SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

"KALAMAZOO, MI - A Kalamazoo County assistant prosecutor who was fired earlier this month amid a drunk-driving investigation has been charged with a felony, according to court records. Paige L. Timmer, 27, is charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury, according to Kalamazoo County District Court records." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

A protest that featured police and protesters smashing into tables and wrestling on the ground is not the best way to get the University of Michigan to address diversity issues, university regents said. "It does a great disservice to this important cause," Regent Mark Bernstein, a Democrat who has chaired the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, said. "It's essential that students engage in this vital issue in a way that is civil and productive. These types of tactics don't do that." (Detroit Free Press)

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(MPRN-Lansing) The Michigan Senate has taken an initial step toward overhauling Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system. 

LANSING, MI -- Michigan would eliminate February elections under legislation approved Thursday by the Michigan House, limiting local and statewide elections to three dates a year. Supporters say optional February elections often feature single-issue ballot questions on school millages or bonds but are marked by low voter turnout. (MLive)

The state’s House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs unanimously voted today to urge that Battle Creek’s Fort Custer Training Center be chosen for a new ground-based interceptor ballistic missile defense mission. The resolution, introduced by Rep. David Maturen, was voted on Thursday. The House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs recommended the resolution, 9-0, and it now heads to the House floor for a vote. (Battle Creek Enquirer)