SW Michigan

9:19 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Bill would make state civil rights department pay schools that have to change mascots

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Saugatuck Representative Bob Genetski co-sponsoring bill that would create fund for schools that have to change Native-American mascots
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights earlier this year filed a federal complaint asking the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to issue an order prohibiting the use of American Indian mascots, names, nicknames, slogans, chants and imagery.
9:11 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Questions about firing of Mattawan basketball coach

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Supporters of coach Dan Hoff say the investigation seems incomplete
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
MATTAWAN, MI - It's clear that Mattawan High School boys varsity basketball coach Dan Hoff, fired April 15 after 27 years, has plenty of supporters. They've been vocal on social media, at a recent school board meeting and with letters and emails to administration.
SW Michigan
2:33 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Consumers Energy customers get a rate hike and refunds

High-voltage transmission lines in POrtage
Credit WMUK

Consumers Energy customers will soon see slightly bigger electric bills. The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved an $89 million rate increase, 40 percent less than originally sought by the utility.

The commission says that means a typical residential customer will see an increase of about a $1.67 per month. Consumers Energy had initially asked for a rate increase of $148 million.

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2:27 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

BC suburb may close its police department

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Springfield could contract with Calhoun County or the neighboring City of Battle Creek for police service as one way to head off looming budget deficits.
Faced with budget deficits, the Springfield City Council is considering a hefty millage increase or contracting with another department for public safety services. The council will listen to residents Wednesday about the future of its public safety department. A special meeting of the council begins at 6:30 p.m.
12:17 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

State releases money will allow Buena Vista district to finish school year

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The state had withheld school aid payments. District still faces a $1-million budget deficit
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI - State Superintendent Mike Flanagan has released money to the Buena Vista School District to allow the school to reopen and complete the school year. The Saginaw County school district of 430 students has been closed for two weeks after the district could not make its May 24 payroll and laid off all but three employees.