SW Michigan

8:41 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Kalamazoo Makes U.S. News and World Report List of "Underrated Beer Cities"

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Magazine recommends eight cities throughout the world for having a pint
Any bona fide beer geek already knows they can find a great brew in Denver, Portland, Oregon, and Dublin. But if you've already tapped the keg on these well-known beer cities, perhaps you and your taste buds are ready to explore a new frontier (with someone else behind the wheel, of course).
7:18 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Committee Vote Expected Wednesday on Teacher Evaluation Bills

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Michigan is at risk of losing a federal waiver and nearly $28-million in funding
Education advocates are keeping a watchful eye Wednesday on two bills that would create a statewide teacher evaluation system for Michigan. At 10:30 a.m., the House education committee is expected to vote on HB 5223 and HB 5224, designed to implement a new teacher evaluation system that for the first time would include student growth in rating a teacher's performance.
7:14 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Kalamazoo Farmers Market Opens for Season Saturday With Changes

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At least 105 businesses are expected to participate on a regular basis
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo Farmers Market will open for the season Saturday, May 3, with some changes intended to improve customer access. Chris Broadbent, who manages the market for the People's Food Co-op of Kalamazoo, said he has made layout changes to the market to make space for more customers, make the market easier to walk through and to increase business owners' abilities to interact with and sell to customers.
6:56 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Battle Creek Commissioners Raise Questions About Police Spending

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City manager's office has proposed a $43.5-million budget
Battle Creek city commissioners hammered city administration Tuesday, asking why the police department spent nearly $3 million more than had been budgeted over the past four years. The concerns were expressed as the administration presented its most recent budget proposal. "If you don't recognize what happened in the past," Commissioner Jeff Domenico said, "it's going to happen in the future.
6:13 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Questions Raised Over Conyers' Petition Signatures

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People not registered to vote may have collected signatures to get long-time Democratic Congressman on ballot
Rev. Horace Sheffield, a congressional candidate hoping to beat U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, in the August primary, may have found the perfect solution. The Detroit Democrat is challenging the petition signatures filed by Conyers, claiming that two of the people circulating petitions for the 49-year veteran of Congress weren't registered voters when they collected the signatures.