SW Michigan

7:19 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Former Portage Schools Human Resources Director resigns from Muskegon Charter School

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Patricia Koeze steps down as Superintendent of charter school in Muskegon, days after resigning from the Portage School District.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- For the second time this week, Patricia Koeze has resigned a job as a school administrator. Meanwhile, MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette has learned that Koeze's lawyer alleges she is the victim of a "smear campaign" by officials in Portage Public Schools.
11:07 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Audit finds state agency did poor job monitoring low-tax zones

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Auditor General report says claims that the program generated more than 12,000 jobs can't be verified.
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has done a poor job of tracking the economic impact of the state's low-tax renaissance zones, where businesses sometimes receive tax breaks 'while providing little or no employment and economic impact to the state,' Auditor General Thomas McTavish said in a report released Wednesday.
11:02 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Low water levels raise concerns ahead of boating season

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Officials say planned dredging will improve the situation, but more precipitation would help more.
ST. JOSEPH - This year's recreational boating season could be disappointing without a rise in the water level on the St. Joseph River.
8:17 am
Thu January 24, 2013

How Michigan ranks in school spending

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Center for Michigan's Bridge Magazine continues its look at education issues by examining how much money goes to education, and how it is spent.
  • Source: Bridgemi
  • | Via: Center for Michigan
(courtesy photo/used under Creative Commons license) By Chris Andrews/Bridge Magazine contributor Michigan will spend about $13 billion on K-12 education this year - the single largest use of state revenue. And how those sums will get spent next year and beyond will consume a considerable amount of attention at the Capitol, where views on running schools can be deeply divided.
7:42 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Injunction denied against marijuana decriminalization law in Grand Rapids

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Grand Rapids voters approved initiative in November that makes marijuana possession a civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor crime.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Grand Rapids Press
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A judge has rejected a motion for preliminary injunction against a voter initiative that decriminalizes marijuana in Grand Rapids. The decision, issued Wednesday, Jan. 23, by Kent County Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan, allows the city to implement the charter amendment decriminalizing marijuana pending final resolution of the case or other court orders.

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