SW Michigan

9:56 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Calhoun County to provide policing for city of Springfield

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Council had already decided to close public safety department to address financial shortfall
Calhoun County Sheriff Department deputies will be patrolling the City of Springfield by Sept. 1 after the city council approved a policing contract Monday night. Five of seven council members agreed to negotiate a five-year contract with the sheriff department while two others said they preferred a contract with the City of Battle Creek Police Department.
8:53 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Michigan Chamber of Commerce launches voter education campaign supporting fracking

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Chamber president says he wants to educate voters on importance of natural gas and danger of petition drive to ban fracking
LANSING - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has launched a statewide campaign to promote fracking and oppose a potential ballot proposal aimed at banning the practice. The business group, which previously came out in support of fracking, has taken it a step further with billboards and an online campaign called "Protect Michigan's Energy Future."
8:48 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Holland Native remembered for service in law

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Wendell Miles died July 31st at 97
Wendell Miles Judge Wendell Miles' list of public accomplishments is a long one, but family friend Julie Carey remembers him as a "genuine person" and "a charming man" who was always ready with a compliment. Miles died July 31 at 97. "He was just a sweet man," Carey said.
3:02 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Over 2100 seek WMU Med School slots

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Western Michigan University officials say WMU and Kalamazoo College graduates will get "preferred" status for the 50 openings in the medical school's first class.
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Western Michigan University School of Medicine is still a year away from opening its doors, but as of July 30, more than 2,100 students have applied for the 50 slots in its inaugural class.
7:12 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Other struggling cities watching how Detroit handles health care

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Orr wants to route Detroit retirees under 65 to health insurance exchange
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's proposal to leverage Obamacare to shed some of Detroit's $5.7 billion debt for retiree health care has angered unions and struck a sour chord with Democrats and Republicans alike. But it might benefit the city and become a model for other financially struggling American cities, some experts say.

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