SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners selected an Illinois-based search firm Tuesday night to assist with the hiring of the county's next administrator. Commissioners voted 8-3 in favor of Gov HR USA, of Northbrook, Ill. Commissioners Kevin Wordelman, D-Kalamazoo, Scott McGraw, R-Portage, and Dale Schugars, R-Portage, voted against the hire. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI -- Western Michigan University is seeking support from Kalamazoo County as the institution plans a massive expansion of its business technology and research park in Oshtemo Township. Representatives from WMU, Oshtemo and Southwest Michigan First spoke with Kalamazoo County commissioners Tuesday about partnering to secure $3.5 million to fund infrastructure installation and land preparation on 44 acres of Colony Farms Orchard, land owned by WMU at the northwest corner of Drake Road and Parkview Avenue near the existing business park. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

LANSING -- The Michigan State Board of Education condemned Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to move the School Reform Office out of their control, saying it violates the Michigan Constitution. "We believe that the Executive Order 2015-9, signed by Governor Rick Snyder on March 12, 2015, violates the State Constitution by stripping the State Superintendent of his/her authority to execute the policies of the State Board of Education," the statement read. (MLive)

Democrats Unveil Bills to Increase Transparency

Mar 17, 2015
Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) New bills at the state Capitol seek to make state government more transparent. Among other things, the Democratic bills would ban the state from awarding contracts to some campaign contributors. 


(MPRN-Lansing) A state House panel has approved legislation that would end Michigan’s long-standing ban on ticket scalping. The bill would allow people to resell tickets for more than face value without the venue’s consent.