SW Michigan

7:53 am
Tue July 16, 2013

"Right to work" questions surround state contract talks

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State Supreme Court has refused to weigh in on issue before it goes through lower courts
Before negotiators even approach a bargaining table later this summer, state officials and the unions that represent 36,000 state workers are still at odds over one key issue: Do Michigan's new right-to-work laws apply to civil service employees?
7:39 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Portage School Board praises outgoing Superintendent Rob Olsen

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Paw Paw Superintendent Mark Bielang takes over as Superintendent of Portage Schools in August
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Portage Public Schools Acting Superintendent Rob Olsen ended his brief run as head of the district Monday night with lavish thanks and praise from the school board, administrators and the public.
6:31 am
Tue July 16, 2013

University of Michigan considering in-state tuition for undocumented students

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U-M regents also considering in-state tuition for any military member, currently serving or honorably discharged, regardless of where they live
The University of Michigan is expected to begin offering in-state tuition to undocumented students who can prove they graduated from a Michigan high school and attended at least some middle and high school in the state. The new policy, part of a sweeping overhaul of who is considered an in-state student, will be voted on Thursday by the university's Board of Regents.
6:27 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Nonprofit conservancy to manage Benton Harbor parks

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Commissioners say agreement will provide jobs to local residents
BENTON HARBOR - City commissioners Monday agreed to hand over management of city parks to a nonprofit conservancy. "I've been the big voice against the parks conservancy," Commissioner Trenton Bowens said before the vote.
8:36 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Detroit Emergency Manager reaches agreement with some creditors, but no details are released

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Spokesman for Kevyn Orr says deal should be signed "in next day or two"
Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has reached a settlement with unnamed creditors, according to federal court filings in a lawsuit against a financial insurer his office sued to block from accessing $11 million a month in tax revenue from the city's three casinos.