SW Michigan

4:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Bill would make teacher evaluations optional

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed that bill Friday, just as Michigan legislators are considering another bill to make student performance the main factor in determining a teacher’s salary.
LANSING -- With state-level workgroup recommendations expected next week on guidelines to evaluate Michigan's teachers, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill Friday that would make teacher evaluations optional rather than mandatory. The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness is expected to release its recommendations on a system to assess teacher performance based on student achievement next week.
4:15 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Layoffs to come at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant

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Entergy Corporation that owns Palisades is reducing its workforce company-wide.
Entergy Corp., the company which owns and operates Palisades, is reducing its workforce fleet-wide, spokesman Mike Burns said. The company is engaged in a number of initiatives to examine how to meet the challenges facing the industry, he said. "One specific initiative is focused on finding ways to increase efficiencies in all parts of our business," said Burns in a statement.
3:52 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Attorney General appeals hold on Detroit bankruptcy

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The state Attorney General’s office has filed an appeal saying Detroit's emergency manager submitted the bankruptcy filing before a circuit court judge ruled the emergency manager law unconstitutional.
LANSING -- The state Attorney General's office has filed an emergency appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals in three cases seeking to block Detroit's petition for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in federal court. Ingham Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina issued a declaratory judgment Friday in a suit brought against Gov.
7:35 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Detroit will need to prove financial insolvency

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Experts say city will also have to show it attempted to negotiate in good faith with creditors
The first bankruptcy court battle in Detroit's quest to shed a $20 billion mountain of debt and liabilities will be establishing its eligibility.
7:33 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Animal facility proposed for Berrien County

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New facility would replace obsolete pound in Berrien Township
ST. JOSEPH - The Berrien County Board on Thursday approved a contract for initial engineering work on the site of a proposed new animal control facility in Benton Township. The contract is with Wightman & Associates for $36,600. The company will work on design and construction engineering, do soil borings and check out wetlands.

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