Southwest Michigan Today: Wednesday May 8, 2019

May 8, 2019

Kalamazoo Schools Administration Building - file photo
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KPS Superintendent Michael Rice is set to become Michigan’s next state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Voters back a school infrastructure proposal in Comstock and a request for roads in Emmet Township. Auto insurance changes pass the Michigan Senate. 

(Michigan Radio) Kalamazoo school superintendent Michael Rice will be Michigan’s next state Superintendent of Public Instruction. The State Board of Education picked Rice Tuesday after a second round of interviews with three finalists. Rice has been KPS Superintendent for 12 years. He would fill the job left vacant after the death of former state Superintendent Brian Whiston last year. Rice still has to negotiate a contract, but is expected to start his new job in July.

Voters in Emmet Township have approved a $14.3-million bond proposal for road improvements. Unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show about 65-percent of the 1,950 voters casting ballots voted for the proposal. Comstock School District voters approved a bond proposal Tuesday to pay for infrastructure improvements. Unofficial election results from Kalamazoo County show the proposal to create the “sinking fund” passed with 645 votes for and 588 against.

(MPRN) The state Senate has approved a bill to change the rules governing how auto insurance is sold in Michigan. Among other things, the bill that passed Tuesday would place new caps on medical benefits for people who don’t buy additional coverage. Republicans say Michigan’s generous medical benefits result in some of the highest rates in the country. Two Democrats joined Republicans in voting for the legislation, but most Democrats say the plan would leave drivers who would be hurt the most by high medical bills with the least protection. The bill now goes to the state House, which is also controlled by Republicans.

(Michigan Radio) The State House floor is the next stop for legislation aimed at banning a particular type of second trimester abortion procedure in Michigan. The House Judiciary committee approved bills Tuesday banning “Dilation and Evacuation”…also known as “D and E.” There is an exception if the mother’s life is at risk. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has pledged to veto the legislation.

In baseball, Western Michigan lost at Pittsburgh Tuesday 14-3. It was the Broncos final non-conference game of the regular season. Western will play a three game series at Miami of Ohio beginning Friday.