SW Michigan

12:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Former Michigan Governor Jim Blanchard Promotes "Promise Like" Plan for Nation

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Other former Michigan lawmakers supporting "America's Promise" effort
LANSING -- Former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard is among a group of retired politicians, education organizations and businesses backing a plan to create a Kalamazoo Promise-style tuition plan across the nation.
7:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Community Organizations Offering Help For People Displaced by Fire in Battle Creek

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Fire on Monday forced evacuation of senior citizen apartment building
Jenny Thompson waited outside her grandmother's fire damaged apartment at Lakeview Meadows on Tuesday, hoping for a cat rescue. "His name is Bieber - my daughter named it - and (my grandmother) was concerned about the cat. I think she cares more about that cat than anyone else.
7:03 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Prominent Republicans Support Eliminating Michigan's Ban on Gay Marriage

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Former Congressman and state lawmaker Joe Schwarz of Battle Creek is among those who have signed amicus brief
LANSING - A brief signed by 25 leading Republicans is among 31 briefs filed Monday supporting throwing out Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. The group of former lawmakers and staffers say in their brief that they "generally believe that while government should play a limited role in the lives of Americans, it must act when individual liberties are at stake.
6:53 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Audit Finds Felons Were Hired to Work With Disabled in State

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Michigan Department of Community Health says it's developing new policies regarding background checks
A state audit has found nearly 3,800 convicted felons working in the homes of disabled adults, about two years after Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration abolished a union-backed program that included criminal background checks of some workers. A scathing state Auditor General’s report released Tuesday on the Medicaid Home Help Program found 572 home help aides with violent crime convictions ranging from assault to homicide, and 285 workers with sex-related convictions as of January 2013.
6:37 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Kalamazoo Mayor Among Those Attending White House Event on Innovation

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Bobby Hopewell along with mayors of Flint and Lansing will be at White House on Wednesday
Washington Three Michigan mayors will be at the White House today for an event with President Barack Obama that highlights American ingenuity and innovation.

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