SW Michigan

10:58 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Snyder moves forward on "right to work"

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The head of the Michigan Nurses Association says, "The People will outlast the law", as union leaders vow to continue fighting "right to work".
Gov. Rick Snyder called for "a chance to move forward" Thursday as union officials held a series of protests in Metro Detroit and Lansing as the traditional labor stronghold became the nation's 24th right-to-work state. Republicans and conservative supporters said giving employees the legal right not to pay dues to unions for collectively bargained wages and benefits would strengthen unions and benefit workers.
10:54 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Kildee: Sequester will hurt Michigan for years

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Kildee says the problem could be offset by raising $500 billion over the next decade by closing tax loopholes and ending some tax breaks.
Michigan families will continue to feel the effects of $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts for years if Congress doesn't act to repeal them, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, said Thursday. "These cuts are wrong for America and they're wrong for Michigan," Kildee said.
7:11 am
Fri March 29, 2013

FBI probe of Battle Creek police sought

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Commissioner Jeffrey Domenico has not released details of his allegations of wrongdoing by the police department.
Battle Creek Police Chief Jackie Hampton said Thursday he is seeking an FBI probe of his department in light of allegations of wrongdoing made by a city commissioner. Commissioner Jeffrey Domenico formally requested an investigation of corruption in the department by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette; when the request was denied, Domenico went to Michigan State Police, who have not responded to his complaint.
7:08 am
Fri March 29, 2013

KPS Board OKs school replacement contract

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The building that houses the Washington Writer's Academy was built nearly a century ago. The much-newer gym will stay after the rest is demolished this summer.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Contracts totaling $9.9 million to demolish Washington Writers' Academy and build a replacement school on the same site were approved Thursday by the Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education. The board also approved $1.8 million in renovations for Woodward Schools for Technology and Research, $1.2 million for new K-5 English language-arts curriculum and almost $70,000 for new computers for Milwood Magnet School.
7:04 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Michigan car insurance rates rise again

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The increase is a lot smaller than the 30 percent hike vehicle owners faced in 2012.
Lansing - Michigan motorists will see a modest increase in their auto insurance premiums starting in July to pay for rising costs associated with the state's catastrophic accident fund. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association's board Wednesday hiked its annual assessment $11 to $186 for each insured vehicle in the state to cover major medical claims and chip away at an estimated $2 billion deficit in the fund.

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