SW Michigan

2:54 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

WMU gets "Green Award" for public institutions

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The honor comes from the Michigan Green Leaders program.
KALAMAZOO - For more than three decades, Western Michigan University has been one of the greenest-minded academic institutions in the U.S. Home to the nation's first college revolving fund for financing energy-saving initiatives, WMU was among the first universities to abandon coal as a fuel source.
7:23 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Michigan lawmakers push federal government for aid to Great Lakes

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Representatives hope to speed up backlog of dredging projects in Great Lakes
Washington - A trio of Michigan lawmakers introduced federal legislation Thursday aimed at securing long-awaited funding for Great Lakes dredging and harbor maintenance projects. U.S. Reps. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township; Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls; and Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, partnered on the Great Lakes Navigation System Sustainability Act designed to treat the Great Lakes as one unit for budgeting purposes to ensure their harbors receive adequate funding.
7:09 am
Fri June 7, 2013

State education officials say record number of Michigan districts are operating under deficit

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State Superintendent Michael Flanagan says he would like authority to dissolve districts that aren't emerging from defecit
It's not just urban school districts, like Detroit, Ecorse and Pontiac, that are operating with deficits, state School Superintendent Mike Flanagan told legislators Thursday morning. Fifty-five districts, including Mt. Clemens, Brighton, Pickney and White Cloud, are spending more money than they're taking in and are subject to state review.
6:05 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Michigan House approves changes to merit high school curriculum graduation requirements

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Supporters say changes give some flexibility for vocational education. Critics worry about watering down education requirements
LANSING -- A pair of bills which expand the subjects which satisfy high school graduation requirements in mathematics, science, foreign languages, health and physical education were approved by the state House of Representatives by wide margins with bipartisan support Thursday.
5:49 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Detroit Emergency Financial Manager to offer creditors "pennies on dollar" to avoid bankruptcy

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Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's office has not confirmed figure, meetings will likely happen next week
Detroit's attempt to avoid bankruptcy will hit a critical stage next week as emergency manager Kevyn Orr brings together dozens of creditors to present a stark offer: less than 10 cents on the dollar for the loans, bonds, retiree obligations and other debts that have been strangling the city for years.