SW Michigan

7:45 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Belding clock tower to come down

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Crews will try to save top of structure
BELDING, MI - After standing watch over the city for 123 years, the iconic Belding silk mill clock tower's final days are winding down quickly. Little besides the tower remains of a once-hulking factory complex that has undergone demolition since late March in the middle of downtown Belding.
6:52 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Kalamazoo Central High School student inspires bill to allow students to miss school for religious holidays

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Madeline Richman testified before the House Education committee on Wednesday
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Madeline Richman, a junior at Kalamazoo Central High School, was reluctant to miss school last fall to mark the Jewish High Holidays because it would undermine her record of perfect school attendance. She mentioned her dilemma to Kate Segal, a Battle Creek lawmaker in the state House and, like Richman, a member of Temple B'nai Israel in Kalamazoo.
6:18 am
Fri May 3, 2013

"No fault" insurance reform clears House committee

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Bill passed Insurance Committee on party-line vote, bill's sponsor says it faces "an uphill battle"
LANSING, MI -- Legislation that would overhaul Michigan's no-fault auto insurance system is headed to the state House for consideration after a Republican-led committee advanced it this evening. "The votes were there, and we'll see if we have the votes on the floor," said state Rep.
SW Michigan
1:46 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Wolf hunting bill clears the state House

Wolves on Isle Royale in 2006 (hunting would not be allowed there even if the state law is approved)
Credit John Vucetich/Michigan Technological University / AP Photo

It looks increasingly like Michigan voters will not get to decide whether or not wolves can be hunted in the Upper Peninsula. The state House has approved a bill that would let the Natural Resources Commission decide which species can be hunted. The Gongwer News Service says supporters of hunting say that’s the best way to control the wolf population.

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12:41 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Nursing shortage still looms in Michigan

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Problems persist in getting new nurses as one in three Registered Nurses in Michigan is approaching retirement age
  • Source: Bridgemi
  • | Via: Center for Michigan
In 2007, warning of a nurse shortage in Michigan and long admission waiting lists for nursing schools, then- Gov. Jennifer Granholm proclaimed: "Something's wrong with this picture and we are going to fix it." Well, not exactly. Six years and millions of dollars later, there are renewed warnings of impending nursing shortages.