SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo Growlers are set to unveil renovations to Homer Stryker Field ahead of the team's home opener May 29. Among the improvements is a section of seats, honoring Kalamazoo's Derek Jeter, who recently retired after a 20-year Major League Baseball career. Dubbed the "Jete Seats," the section features Yankee Stadium replica seats located next to the away dugout. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Senate has canceled its traditional "in-district work period" this summer as lawmakers attempt to craft a long-term road funding in the wake of Proposal 1's historic failure. Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, announced Tuesday that more than 30 additional session days have been added to the calendar for June, July, August and September. (MLive)

The city of Battle Creek has identified Charles Pelfrey and Carl VanDyke as the patrol officers involved in a shooting Sunday morning. Under the Battle Creek Police Department's standard procedure, both are on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

LANSING, MI — College graduates who default on private student loans could get a second chance at a good credit score if legislation proposed by Sen. Gary Peters becomes federal law. In an announcement at Michigan State University on Monday, Peters announced the introduction of the Fair Student Credit Act. The bill would allow students with private loans to have their default wiped from their credit report and their credit rehabilitated if they made a series of nine consecutive monthly payments. (MLive)

VICKSBURG, MI -- Officials at Vicksburg Community Schools say they're reached agreement with their custodial staff to gradually transition to privatizing custodial services. "This move is strictly a financial decision – we've been happy with the work of custodial staff across our district, but we can no longer afford to ignore the additional costs of maintaining the staff internally," Vicksburg Superintendent Charlie Glaes said in a press release. (Kalamazoo Gazette)