Government

Government
10:56 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Overseer of prison food contract leaves position

Ed Buss

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Snyder administration says an official overseeing Michigan's prison food contract with Aramark Correctional Services has left the job after five months. 

Ed Buss is an ex-Florida and Indiana prison chief. He began work September 2 overseeing Michigan's three-year, $145 million contract with Philadelphia-based Aramark.

The company's performance in Michigan has been under scrutiny over misconduct by some of its employees and food contamination issues.

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Government
7:39 am
Tue January 27, 2015

MI Senator tries to save mail service centers

Senator Debbie Stabenow

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is trying to prevent the closure of the Kingsford postal facility, among others in Michigan.  

Monday Stabenow and 12 other Senators announced an amendment that would stop the Postal Service from closing the facilities for two years.  It would also re-establish overnight delivery standards for first-class mail. 

Stabenow says the post office provides a critical basic service and that “closing facilities and cutting services will lead to delays that will harm Michigan businesses and families.”

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Social Issues
7:27 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Snyder visits civil rights meeting

Governor Rick Snyder

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has made a rare visit to outline his priorities at a meeting of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in Lansing. 

The Republican governor told commission members Monday that he wants to focus on the disabled, prisoners, racial issues, immigration and debates surrounding police body cameras and drones.

In response to questions from the commission, Snyder also renewed his call for the Legislature to consider adding LGBT protections to Michigan's civil rights law.

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Government/Health
7:07 am
Mon January 26, 2015

WI to consider banning vaping

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Lawmakers are set to reignite conversations this week about whether vaping — using electronic cigarettes and other vapor smoking devices — should be included in Wisconsin's smoking ban. 

The ban took effect in 2010. It outlaws smoking in all public indoor locations, including restaurants and bars. But the ban does not currently apply to vaping, giving venue owners the right to decide whether or not to permit e-cigarettes.

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Government
11:40 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Wisconsin legislators want a higher speed limit

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Republican lawmakers hope their bill aimed at increasing Wisconsin's interstate speed limit to 70 mph will race its way through both chambers. 

Republican Rep. Paul Tittl, of Manitowoc, and Republican Sen. Devin LeMahieu, of Oostburg, said Wednesday that they anticipate newly elected senators will support raising the speed limit from its current 65 mph.

The Assembly approved the 5 mph hike last year, but the measure died when senators declined to back it. Both houses were Republican-controlled, as they are now.

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