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8:25 am
Thu June 12, 2014

WSW: State House Democratic Candidate Jon Hoadley

Jon Hoadley
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WestSouthwest with Jon Hoadley

Jon Hoadley has managed campaigns in the past, but this is the first time his name has been on the ballot. 

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Election 2014
8:15 am
Thu June 12, 2014

WSW: Republican state Senate Candidate Margaret O'Brien

Margaret O'Brien
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WestSouthwest with Margaret O'Brien

    

State Representative Margaret O'Brien says she would bring a record of results and leadership to the state Senate. 

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WMUK News
12:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Local Fruit Crops Mostly in Good Shape

Raspberry plants at a farm in Van Buren County in early spring.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Southwest Michigan’s fruit season generally gets underway in April. By July most growers have their hands full managing their crops. But in between, many attend weekly meetings held by the MSU Extension.

Their discussions cover every factor that could affect the harvest, from pests to weather. This year the harsh winter took a bite out of several crops, including grapes, peaches and cherries. But much of the news this season is positive.

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SW Michigan
4:57 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Battle Creek Police Set 2 Public Input Meetings

The City of Battle Creek has announced two occasions when members of the public can share opinions on who should be the city’s next police chief and other matters of concern.

They include a June 26 meeting where people can meet the city’s three finalists for the position, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Department of Public Works' multipurpose room.

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SW Michigan
4:48 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Auto Parts Maker to Bring Jobs to Battle Creek

A company that makes parts for the roofs of cars says it plans to bring jobs and investments to Battle Creek.

WKW Roof Rail Systems LLC is owned by the German company WKW Automotive. It already runs a sales office in the Detroit metro area and a manufacturing plant in Portage. WKW plans to buy the former Toyota Group plant in Battle Creek and use it to produce aluminum roof rails.

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