SW Michigan

8:39 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

State Senate committee approves new Medicaid expansion bill

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Full Senate could consider competing bills to expand Medicaid
Lansing- Gov. Rick Snyder's proposal to expand access to Medicaid health insurance inched forward in the state Senate Wednesday, but now faces two competing proposals aimed lowering the number of uninsured through private insurance plans. A state Senate committee on Wednesday advanced legislation to expand access to the Medicaid health insurance program for 400,000 low-income residents.
SW Michigan
1:56 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Final Portage Creek cleanup starts

The Kalamazoo River near Portage Creek
Credit WMUK

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will start the last round of clean-up work on Portage Creek in Kalamazoo later this week. The EPA plans to remove about 4,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated by toxic PCBs.

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SW Michigan
12:52 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

WMU picks new education dean

Dr. Ming Li
Credit WMU University Relations

Western Michigan University will soon have a new dean at its College of Education and Human Development. He's Ming Li, who's currently the interim head of the Center for International Studies at Ohio University. Li will replace interim Western education dean Walter Burt. Li starts his new position in Kalamazoo September 1st. Besides education, Li is also involved in research on sports management and the financial side of athletics.

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2013 election
11:14 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Cooney to seek ninth term on Kalamazoo City Commission

Kalamazoo City Hall - file photo
Credit WMUK

Kalamazoo City Commissioner Don Cooney says he will seek re-election this fall. 

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7:19 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Benton Harbor Schools cuts almost $6-million over two school years

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Superintendent hopes district can get long-term loan from state
BENTON HARBOR - The Benton Harbor Area Schools board voted Tuesday to cut almost $6 million from the district's future budgets in the hope of qualifying soon for a $4 million loan from the State Emergency Loan Fund.

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