SW Michigan

3:22 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Medicaid expansion stalls in the Senate

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The measure would provide health care for more than 400,000 additional residents.
LANSING - The Medicaid expansion debate in the Senate will have to wait for at least a couple of weeks. The Senate work group is meeting privately twice a week to look at and tweak the expansion bill passed by the House of Representatives in June.
7:33 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Benton Harbor library officials want Benton Township voters to approve tax

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Benton Township trustees ended their contribution to the library because of dwindling revenue
BENTON HARBOR - Benton Harbor library officials want Benton Township voters to support a library tax. The Benton Harbor Library Board is facing a more than $300,000 drop in revenue in the next fiscal year because Benton Township is dropping its annual contribution.
7:27 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Secretary of State says Michigan ready for online registration, no reason absentee voting

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Michigan law currently requires voters to give a "valid excuse" to get an absentee ballot
LANSING, MI -- If the legislature is willing, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says Michigan is ready for online registration and no-reason absentee voting. Johnson, who joined MLive Media Group for a live chat Tuesday in our downtown Lansing hub, said that existing technology and security measures within her office could allow for expanded voter access without jeopardizing election integrity.
7:22 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Battle Creek officials weigh possible public safety changes

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City currently searching for a new fire chief to replace the retired Larry Hausman
City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama said after being pressed by some Battle Creek city commissioners that he has not moved forward with any plans to create a public safety director position but is currently "leaving the door open" on the idea.
6:33 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Decision on "common core" standards not likely until fall

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Lawmakers hope to have issue wrapped up before new state fiscal year begins October 1st
LANSING - New standards for Michigan's students, which were approved by the state Board of Education three years ago, probably won't get a stamp of approval - or rejection - from the state Legislature until after school starts in the fall.

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