SW Michigan

11:13 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Anti-fracking petitions can circulate

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The controversial procedure has been used for decades. Energy industry officials say fracking is safe but opponents charge that it can cause pollution.
LANSING - Supporters of a ban on fracking in Michigan can begin gathering signatures on petitions that could put the issue on the 2014 ballot. The state Board of Canvassers approved the petition language Wednesday morning, that would ban the practice of using horizontal hydraulic fracturing, called fracking, to get at pools of natural gas and oil deep under the ground across the state.
10:53 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Core K-12 curriculum support waivers

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Some Republicans in the state legislature say the national standards are an "overreach" that interferes with local control of schools. Supporters say they are needed to make sure Michigan students are ready for college.
Seven years ago, Michigan's Democratic and Republican lawmakers arrived at a rare moment of consensus: They agreed to dramatically raise the bar for high school graduation. A two-bill package passed the Senate without dissent, and there was just a smattering of no votes in the 110-member House.
8:18 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Finalist for Portage Superintendent was not among original 23 people applying for job

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Consultant says he was given Greg Gray's name by a school trustee after board reviewed initial pool of applicants
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Greg Gray, head of Brighton Area Schools and the only person being interviewed for the superintendency of Portage Public Schools, was not among the 23 original applicants in Portage, confirmed a consultant involved with the superintendent search.
7:25 am
Thu April 18, 2013

WMU trustees to consider room and board rates, contract with power plant workers

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Trustees will meet Thursday morning at 11:00 in Bernhard Center
  • Source: Wmich
  • | Via: WMU news release
KALAMAZOO-The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees will consider room-and-board rates for 2013-14 as well as a new three-year contract that covers members of the Michigan State Employees Association who run the campus power plant.
7:20 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Holland City Council approves limits on fireworks in city limits

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Ordinance limits days and hours fireworks can be set off
The Holland City Council approved a fireworks ordinance Wednesday that limits the use of fireworks in the city. The ordinance changes are in response to the state's repeal of a long-standing ban on fireworks that leave the ground or make loud bangs after being ignited.