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SW Michigan
2:22 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Michigan's migrant population growing

Credit WMUK

Michigan’s population of migrant farm workers is growing. State officials say the number of seasonal farm workers has risen by more than seven percent since 2006.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights says that means the state ranks fifth in the nation in the number of registered migrant workers. It says migrants and their families add about 94,000 people to Michigan’s population. Van Buren and Ottawa counties each have more than 12,000 during the peak harvest season.

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9:56 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commissioner says Douglass Community Association trying to raise $100,000 in month

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Community forum scheduled for August 19th
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- A grassroots campaign has started to help the Douglass Community Association raise $100,000 in 30 days as the organization faces a funding deadline, Kalamazoo City Commissioner Stephanie Moore said. Moore said a grassroots campaign has started with an effort to raise $100,000 to help the organization "bridge a funding gap."
7:10 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Texas Township man gets probation ordered to pay restitution for storing toxic barrels on property

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More than 500 barrels were found on Donald Haugen's property in 2008 after a pole barn fire
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- He'€™ll spend no time in jail, but a Texas Township man who stored hundreds of barrels of toxic substances on his property was ordered Monday to serve five years of probation and to pay $2.7 million in restitution for the chemical cleanup that came following a 2008 pole-barn fire.
6:57 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Benton Harbor income tax will be on November ballot

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Voters will be asked to impose 1% tax on residents and corporations and .5% tax on non-residents who work in city
BENTON HARBOR - Applause exploded in the standing-room-only audience after the Benton Harbor City Commission approved the city income tax ordinance 6-2 with one abstention. City voters will decide whether to impose the tax.
9:56 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Calhoun County to provide policing for city of Springfield

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Council had already decided to close public safety department to address financial shortfall
Calhoun County Sheriff Department deputies will be patrolling the City of Springfield by Sept. 1 after the city council approved a policing contract Monday night. Five of seven council members agreed to negotiate a five-year contract with the sheriff department while two others said they preferred a contract with the City of Battle Creek Police Department.

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