SW Michigan

7:51 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Prison sentencing guidelines under review

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Lawmakers hope to cut costs by reducing prison sentences
Lansing- State lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder are considering the first comprehensive prison sentencing reforms since their predecessors got tough on crime 15 years ago. The idea is at least partly driven by a desire to reduce the Corrections Department budget, which exceeds $2 billion.
7:23 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Michigan scores well in college affordability study

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Western Michigan University ranks 97th in nation, second in state, in net price
Michigan's public universities are sure to love this ranking system: a federal Department of Education list shows the state's universities aren't squeezing students' wallets as much as other schools across the nation. The rankings, found through the government's College Affordability and Transparency Center, rate every institution in the nation on tuition cost and net price.
7:12 am
Mon July 8, 2013

First reading of non-discrimination ordinance in Kalamazoo Township Monday night

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Ordinance banning discrimination in employment and housing includes sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Township trustees will consider an ordinance for first reading that bans discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing practices. The township's draft non-discrimination ordinance bans discrimination based "in whole or part on the actual or perceived race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, height, weight, marital status, familial status, citizenship, physical or mental ability, gender identity, sexual orientation or genetic information of another person."
6:22 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Texas man wins Field of Flight championship

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Joe Zvada won overall title at the Battle Creek Balloon Festival
Patience and new equipment helped Joe Zvada win Battle Creek's balloon festival, according to the pilot who finished second. "I think he has the perfect personality," said Paul Petrehn of Howell. "You don't get up and you don't get down. You don't scream at your crew and you don't get rattled.
6:12 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Rise in heroin overdoses in Kalamazoo County

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Law enforcement says high demand and high purity driving increase
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
The high demand and the purity of the heroin hitting Kalamazoo's streets have led to a recent spike in the number of non-fatal and fatal overdoses, Kalamazoo Public Safety Capt. David Boysen said, and numbers from KDPS and a local ambulance service are indicative of the trend.

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