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4:57 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Upton: Heads at Veterans' Affairs "Needed to Roll"

Credit WMUK

Representative Fred Upton says he’s glad the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will soon be “under new leadership.”

Department secretary Eric Shinseki resigned today. The V.A. is facing intense criticism following allegations that veterans were mistreated at its hospitals.

In a statement, Upton says Shinseki has had an “honorable and distinguished career in service to our country” but that the scandal meant “heads needed to roll.”

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4:52 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

SOS Drops Efforts to Keep Conyers Off Ballot

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Conyers' candidacy in the Democratic primary August 5 had been in question after the Wayne Co. Circuit Clerk ruled he hadn't met the requirement to gather 1,000 signatures.
The Michigan Secretary of State will not appeal a judge's order to place U.S. Rep. John Conyers on the primary ballot. "Based on the facts of the judge's order, the state has decided not to appeal in the Conyers case," according to the Secretary of State's Office.
6:50 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Planned Ordination of Womanpriest moved because of harassment

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Bishop is warning Catholics not to participate in Saturday's ceremony
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
THREE OAKS, MI -- Lillian Lewis, who is to be ordained as a priest Saturday by a dissident Catholic group, says harassing phone calls have forced relocation of the ceremony. The event originally was to be held at the First Congregational Church in Three Oaks, where Lewis resides.
6:18 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Harper Creek Superintendent Taking Job in Muskegon

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John Severson takes over leadership of Muskegon Area Intermediate School District July 1st
Harper Creek Community Schools Superintendent John Severson will leave a post he's held for 10 years after being chosen Thursday to become superintendent of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. The Muskegon district said in a news release Thursday that its Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Severson to replace retiring Superintendent Dave Sipka.
6:11 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Attorney Says Van Buren County Sheriff Won't Reimburse for Vehicle Use

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County Commission voted on Tuesday to reprimand Dale Gribler and take his car away
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PAW PAW, MI -- An attorney for Van Buren County Sheriff Dale Gribler said the sheriff violated no county policy when he transported the Lawrence High School baseball team to Georgia in April using a county-owned car. Michael Bingen, of Kalamazoo, said the county has provided the sheriff with a vehicle for his own personal use for over 30 years.

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