SW Michigan

8:40 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Former director of WMU's Black Americana Studies Program Leroy Ray dies

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Ray came to Western in 1973 and worked there until his retirement in 1996.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Leroy Ronald Ray, Jr., 82, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 in Kalamazoo. He was born Oct. 17, 1930 to Leroy Sr. and Tommie Lee Ray in Temple, TX, and attended segregated public schools in Temple, graduating from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School.
7:58 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson opposes raising vehicle rates to pay for roads

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Johnson says roads are in rough shape, but many families could not afford higher registration rates.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Michigan's crumbling roads need attention, but money for those repairs shouldn't come from increasing vehicle registration fees, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says. Johnson, a Republican whose office is charged with collecting such fees, said she has tremendous respect for Gov. Rick Snyder.
7:40 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Michigan corrections costs remain high, despite drop in inmate and staffing

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State Senator John Proos says prisons should competitively bid prison services such as food and health care.
Despite significant drops in the number of inmates and prison staff, it still costs $2 billion to run the Michigan Department of Corrections -- the single biggest drain on the state's general fund. The static nature of the department's budget, despite a 15% drop in the number of inmates since 2006, is an increasing source of frustration for lawmakers.
6:42 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Men's Basketball Bowling Green 70 Western Michigan 60

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Broncos have lost two straight, but remain tied for first in Mid-American Conference West Division.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
It was tough enough for the Western Michigan University basketball team to contain Bowling Green's dynamic duo of A'uston Calhoun and Jordon Crawford Wednesday night. The Broncos made things more difficult on themselves with turnovers and missed free throws. As a result, WMU suffered its second straight loss on the road, 70-60, at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio.
6:31 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Pokagon Tribe, schools consider use of nicknames, mascots

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State Department of Civil Rights has filed a complaint with federal Education Department asking for a ban on Indian nicknames and imagery.
DOWAGIAC - Consensus may be elusive among Pokagon Band Potawatomi when it comes to what they think about schools using Indian nicknames and mascots, a tribal spokeswoman said.

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