(Lansing-MPRN) A state elections board has given a green light to a petition drive to ban prevailing wage requirements in Michigan.

The in-school music program Kalamazoo Kids In Tune welcomed its first students four years ago. Now, the first graders who entered the program in 2011 are fifth graders bound for middle school. A gala concert, featuring all 80-plus children in the program, will take place in WMU's Dalton Center Recital Hall on Wednesday at 5:30 pm.


(MPRN-Lansing) State lawmakers have taken another step to revoke cash assistance from families with kids who persistently miss school. 

KALAMAZOO, MI – A number of Borgess Health employees received good news ahead of the holiday weekend Friday when its parent organization announced the company was raising the minimum wage for its member hospitals to $11 per hour. The change will impact 97 of Borgess Health's more than 4,200 employees, said Borgess spokesman Lew Tysman. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"LAWRENCE, MI -- You thought squirrels were bad at cleaning out bird feeders? How about bears? Black bears are moving south, and Southwest Michigan residents may have to adopt the same practices their northern Michigan neighbors have learned to avoid bear trouble." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)