SW Michigan

5:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Michigan Rep. wants to change sexual assault prosecutions in the military

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It would leave chain-of-command officers out of decisions with sentences of more than a year in confinement. Instead, those cases would be passed to military prosecutors. The goal of the legislation is to help victims of sexual assault in the military feel comfortable coming forward, knowing such crimes will be investigated.
WASHINGTON - Calling the widening controversy over sexual assaults in the military a "travesty," U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, Michigan's only member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, introduced legislation today that could reform how the Pentagon handles such crimes. Benishek's legislation - a companion piece to that being introduced in the Senate by Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
2:37 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Michigan lawmakers propose allowing more college savings

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Republican Tim Walberg and Democrat Dan Kildee have proposed bill that would expand what families can invest in Coverdell Savings Accounts
WASHINGTON - Two Michigan congressmen are proposing legislation that would allow families to save even more for their children's college costs.
2:31 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Race an issue in Albion students transferring to Marshall

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Students from mostly African-American Albion could up in mostly white Marshall after decision to close Albion High School
ALBION - As midnight neared Tuesday at Albion High School, Vic Potter, the Marshall school board president, approached Christina Womack in the hallway and offered his hand. Moments before, the Albion Board of Education had voted to close Albion High and send its students to Marshall.
2:10 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Snyder signs bill that allows schools to make up snow days with longer hours

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Several school administrators favored the change after having to call off school for multiple days because of a harsh winter
LANSING, MI -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed into law legislation allowing school districts that cancelled class multiple times this winter to meet state requirements by extending existing days rather than scheduling makeups.
1:34 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

State Senate budget approved without Medicaid expansion

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Governor Snyder has proposed expanding Medicaid, House proposal would put four-year cap on benefits for able-bodied adults
LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder's hope for an expansion of Medicaid to 470,000 more low-income Michigan residents faded a little bit more Thursday. The state Senate passed the Department of Community Health budget on a 20-18 vote, without the Medicaid expansion. It also killed an amendment offered by Sen.

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