SW Michigan

4:14 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Demolition Monday kicks off blight removal in Detroit

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The $52 million dollar project may be the largest residential blight removal Michigan’s history.
Detroit - Gov. Rick Snyder joined city and congressional officials Monday to kick off what was described as the largest residential blight removal in state history, using part of $52 million in federal aid to start tearing down five abandoned homes on the city's west side. Authorities worked with the U.S.
3:50 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Prisoners who get their GED less likely to re-offend, study says

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The study concludes that while providing education costs $1,400 per inmate, it saves the state roughly $1 million.
LANSING -- A new study of the effectiveness of prison education programs has revealed that prisoners who participate in studying while incarcerated have much lower odds of re-offending. The study, conducted by the RAND Corporation on behalf of the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance, analyzed a number of research studies conducted on correctional education to determine if educational programs are effective in reducing crime and rehabilitating inmates.
3:34 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

McClendon to sell dunes property

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Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance has been in a long legal battle with energy tycoon Aubrey McClendon over his right to develop the land into luxury condos. Though a parcel of land is for sale, McClendon’s company still plans to build a road through the area. The coastal alliance is holding a public hearing about the issue Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at Saugatuck High School.
Please come to the public hearing to discuss Aubrey McClendon's Singapore Dunes road permit on August 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Saugatuck High School Auditorium (401 Elizabeth Street in Saugatuck).
7:06 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Fewer cops but less crime in Kalamazoo County

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Experts aren't exactly sure why, although they point to several possible factors, like more people at home because they don't have jobs and a drop in the number of young men, the group most likely to break the law.
KALAMAZOO, MI - It seems logical enough. More police officers on the streets, less crime. But in Kalamazoo County, serious crimes are on the decline over the past nine years, despite a slight drop in the number of police officers on the streets.
7:03 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Feds to see big student loan profits

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The Congressional Budget Office says a new law regulating college loan interest rates will mean a federal profit of about $175 billion over the next decade.
A law touted by politicians as their way of keeping money in the pockets of the nation's college students will instead funnel more than $700 million in additional profit into the federal government's wallet over the next 10 years, a new analysis shows.

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