SW Michigan

7:41 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Bipartisan bill introduced to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana

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West Michigan Republican Representative Mike Callton among the bill's co-sponsors
LANSING, MI -- Democratic state Rep. Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor wants to decriminalize marijuana in Michigan, and at least two Republicans agree that it's time to have the debate.
6:36 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Michigan House Republicans want to shift film credit money to roads

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Senate Republicans have proposed $50-million and Governor Snyder $25-million for film incentives
Lansing - The Republican-controlled state House wants to eliminate tax incentives for making movies in Michigan so the money can be shifted to repairing roads. The House on Tuesday stripped $25 million in tax money it planned to set aside for the film industry as well as $25 million for economic development through the Strategic Fund, shifting it to road funding.
6:33 am
Thu April 25, 2013

State Superintendent to lead group on education

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Michael Flanagan says school vouchers won't be part of the discussion
Mike Flanagan - Michigan's superintendent of public instruction - said today he's accepted an invitation from Gov. Rick Snyder to take the lead in discussions on integrating technology into public education. It's the latest twist in the "skunk works" saga.
6:19 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Calhoun County health care providers identify obesity and health care access as top concerns

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Community needs assessment is required as part of federal Affordable Health Care Act
It's official: obesity, nutrition and fitness are Calhoun County's top health priorities. That's according to a new report from a group of area health care providers and others who joined together to meet a goal required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
8:53 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

State House, Senate agree on education, hunting fees, not Medicaid

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Most budget bills passed along party lines in the Republican controlled House and Senate
LANSING - As the $50.9-billion state budget winds its way through the state Legislature, there are areas of agreement with Gov. Rick Snyder's spending plan and some big areas of contention. The House of Representatives approved the two omnibus budgets Wednesday: one covering all of the education-related fiscal plans, and the other dealing with the rest of the state government.