Southwest Michigan Today For Friday August 11, 2017

Aug 11, 2017

Grants will help governments in Southwest Michigan battle blight. A new movie theater will move into downtown Kalamazoo. Perrigo reports a second quarter loss. 

Four governments in southwest Michigan are getting state grants to fight blight. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority says it's handing out over $3.5-million statewide. The money will be used to tear down dilapidated homes and businesses. Land Banks in Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties will get some of the money. Berrien County and the City of Sturgis will also get blight elimination grants. (MiBiz)

AMC Theaters is moving into the space in downtown Kalamazoo that had been occupied by the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The 10-screen multiplex will open this fall. Alamo Drafthouse closed in April after three and a half years on Portage Street. (Kalamazoo Gazette

Perrigo reports it lost nearly $70-million in the second quarter. The Dublin-based company, which has most of its operations in Allegan improved its earnings over last year when the maker of store brand pharmaceuticals lost $534-million in the second quarter. (MiBiz

Wayne State University and Spring Arbor University are offering assistance for students at Marygrove College. The Detroit school announced this week that it will drop all undergraduate programs. Marygrove plans to continue offering seven graduate courses, but says declining undergraduate enrollment has made its business model unsustainable. (Detroit News

The semi-finals are set for the 18’s in the United States Tennis Association’s Boys Super Nationals. Friday the 16’s quarter finals will be played at Kalamazoo College’s Stowe Stadium. The quarterfinals for 16’s and 18’s doubles will also be played Friday. (USTA Boys)

In baseball, Battle Creek has clinched a spot in the Northwoods League playoffs after sweeping a double header at Lakeshore. The Bombers completed an 11-1 win in a game that was started in June, but postponed due to weather. Battle Creek took the second game 4-2. (Battle Creek Bombers

Kalamazoo won at Green Bay 19-6, it was the completion of a game started in June, then postponed by weather. The Growlers will play a double header against the Bullfrogs Friday, then will return home for the final three games of the season against Rockford. (Kalamazoo Growlers