SW Michigan

6:14 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Saint Joseph ISD voters reject tax proposal

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Proposal would have allowed districts to levy higher tax rate
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
A Headlee override on the St. Joseph ISD's 2.75-mill special education levy failed by an unofficial tally of 1,018 votes in favor to 1,150 against. In Van Buren County, a nonhomestead tax was renewed for Lawrence schools, while Hartford Township voters renewed road and fire taxes.
9:10 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Kalamazoo County Board commits $650,000 for new animal shelter

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County will also contribute $200,000 a year throughout 20 year lease
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The effort for Kalamazoo County and the Kalamazoo Humane Society to partner on a new animal care and resource center received new life today with a financial commitment from the county. The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a two-year memorandum of understanding designed to outline its financial commitment to finding a new animal shelter.
2:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Air Zoo to restore rare World War II fighter plane

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The plane crashed into Lake Michigan during a training flight in 1944.
KALAMAZOO, MI - About 50 Air Zoo volunteers will strip mussels and rust off of a World War II era "Wildcat" fighter plane, which had been sitting at the bottom of Lake Michigan for the past 68 years. The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation announced Monday that the Air Zoo has been selected to restore the Eastern Aircraft FM-2 "Wildcat," Bureau Number 57039.
SW Michigan
2:22 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Michigan's migrant population growing

Credit WMUK

Michigan’s population of migrant farm workers is growing. State officials say the number of seasonal farm workers has risen by more than seven percent since 2006.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights says that means the state ranks fifth in the nation in the number of registered migrant workers. It says migrants and their families add about 94,000 people to Michigan’s population. Van Buren and Ottawa counties each have more than 12,000 during the peak harvest season.

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9:56 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commissioner says Douglass Community Association trying to raise $100,000 in month

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Community forum scheduled for August 19th
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- A grassroots campaign has started to help the Douglass Community Association raise $100,000 in 30 days as the organization faces a funding deadline, Kalamazoo City Commissioner Stephanie Moore said. Moore said a grassroots campaign has started with an effort to raise $100,000 to help the organization "bridge a funding gap."

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