5:37 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Money for dangerous leaky tanks goes elsewhere

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An audit found that more than $200 million have been going to holes in the state's budget.
Michigan's fund for cleaning up leaking underground fuel tanks - a chronically underfunded effort is headed for an overhaul after a recent audit found that state officials diverted $216 million in designated cleanup funds to unrelated programs. The diverted money was used, over the last decade, to plug holes in the state budget, even while Michigan struggled to deal with the nation's second largest inventory of leaking underground gas tanks.
5:22 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Fruit farmers may be getting better harvests

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Rain during the growing season has been a big help to some fruit farmers.
PAW PAW, MI -- Harvest of blueberries, raspberries, apricots and sweet and tart cherries is underway in Southwest Michigan this week, at about the five-year average according to a weekly report by Michigan State University Extension educators Mark Longstroth, Bill Shane and Diane Brown.
5:17 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Medical marijuana patients must be residents

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A Michigan Court of Appeals made that ruling this week.
LANSING -- A Michigan appeals court ruled this week that the state's medical marijuana law requires cardholders to be Michigan residents, and held that immunity from prosecution under the law is a question for a judge, not a jury, to decide.
4:56 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Scammers threaten Consumers Energy customers

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The con artists are phone and door-to-door salesmen who claim to be from Consumers Energy.
KALAMAZOO, MI - By phone and door-to-door, imposter bill collectors are scamming utility customers by claiming service will be disconnected unless a credit card payment is made, Consumers Energy warns. According to a news release from the utility, Southwest Michigan is the area hardest hit by the imposters.
5:40 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Unemployment rises with summer job hunt

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The joblessness rate in May went up by as much as 0.9 percent in Kalamazoo and Hillsdale counties to only 0.2 percent in Allegan.
KALAMAZOO, MI - More people looking for work during the summer was more than the area job market - which grew -- could handle. That pushed the unemployment rate for the Kalamazoo-Portage area to 7.4 percent in May. "A significant number of individuals entered the job market seeking summer employment in May," wrote Leonidas Murembya in his latest analysis of Southwest Michigan.