SW Michigan

3:11 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Calhoun County schools spend to bolster security

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Bulk of money went to equipment upgrades, some also spent on training and consultants
Calhoun County districts that shared information with the Enquirer spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on school security improvements since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre on Dec. 15, 2012
3:06 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Kalamazoo area retailers hope for increase over last year's sales

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Businesses look for customers to continue bounce-back seen last year
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Area retailers are dreaming of a 5-percent Christmas. That is ... a holiday shopping season that is at least 5 percent ahead of last year. "I think people are more optimistic right now," said Chris Lampen-Crowell, owner of the Gazelle Sports stores in Kalamazoo, Holland and Grand Rapids.
3:09 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Some cancelled Michigan health insurance may be reinstated

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Many insurance companies cancelled policies that didn't meet new federal standards well before the January deadline, angering consumers and revving up criticism of the Affordable Care Act.
The head of Michigan's insurance department today said she will allow the state's insurers to reinstate canceled health care policies, essentially pushing forward President Barack Obama's peace offering to angry Americans who had been told they were losing coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. Insurers now must decide whether to take up the offer.
2:49 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Scammers target grandparents over the phone

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A scammer has been calling elderly people claiming to be their grandson. Once the victim has repeated the name of their grandson to the scammer, the scammer then asks the victim to transfer money into an account.
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MI - The Sheriff's Department said older residents have been targeted in a phone scam in which a caller, pretending to be a grandson, asks cash to be wired because he is in trouble. In a typical complaint, the victim, often elderly, receives a call from someone claiming to be the victim's oldest grandson.
2:40 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Economists predict unemployment will go down significantly by 2015

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University of Michigan economists predicted Michigan will add 65,000 jobs next year.
By 2015 Michigan should reach job levels last seen before the 2008-2009 recession, economists announced Friday. But the state would still be just less than halfway back to job levels from the mid-2000s. University of Michigan economists offered an overall optimistic forecast for the Michigan and U.S.