SW Michigan

7:32 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Residents Criticize "Bad Decision Making" at Parchment School Board Meeting

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Monday's school board meeting was the first since reports that $20,000 in athletic department funds were embezzled
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PARCHMENT, MI -- Parchment school Board President Nancy Lenz began Monday's meeting by reading a statement asking for community support and called for an end to "making assumptions that overshadow" the district's accomplishments.
7:30 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Appeals Court Denies Request for Full Review of Same-Sex Marriage Case

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Attorney General Bill Schuette had asked for full panel of judges to hear case, rather than a three judge panel
The U.S. Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit has denied Attorney General Bill Schuette's motion to have a full bench hear his appeal in Michigan's landmark gay marriage case. Schuette had petitioned for an "en banc" -which means full bench- instead of the standard 3-judge panel, but the court determined Monday evening that no judge "favored" the suggestion and denied the petition.
7:25 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Benton Harbor District in "Financial Stress"

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Superintendent says "consent agreement" could work for district
BENTON HARBOR - Benton Harbor Area Schools was declared to be in probable financial stress Monday by the state Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board, which met in Lansing. And that's exactly what Superintendent Leonard Seawood wanted.
7:20 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Demolition to Make Way for Power Plant in Holland Will Cost $1.3-Million

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Recommendation will come before Holland City Council May 14th
Demolition of the Fairbanks Avenue and Sixth Street neighborhood where the new natural gas power plant will be located could start within a couple weeks and will cost about $1.3 million.The Holland Board of Public Works Board of Directors approved a contract with Environmental Resources Management Michigan Inc. Monday.
6:12 am
Tue April 29, 2014

New Fracking Rules for Michigan

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DEQ rules being revised for the first time since 2011
New rules for hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - oil and gas well drilling will increase information available to concerned residents and keep better track of water impacts, state and environmental officials said. Fracking is a controversial drilling practice where water mixed with chemicals and sand is blasted underground through high-pressure injection, causing tiny fractures in mineral layers to release oil and natural gas.