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.
5:36 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Michigan 2nd in lightning deaths

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However, Michigan ranks 33rd in the number of lightning strikes.
Michigan is a dangerous place in thunderstorms. We rank number 2 out of 50 states for the number of deaths and injuries from lightning since 1959. That is remarkable since we rank 33 out of 50 states for the number of lightning strikes. Florida has the most lightning, and the most lightning related injuries and deaths.
5:39 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Drownings prompt Lake Michigan rip current study

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Members of Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research Center say they want to able to predict when and where rip currents might occur at least a day in advance.
WEST MICHIGAN - Lake Michigan provides a picturesque setting for those seeking relief from the summer heat, with breezy north winds and waves just large enough to jump in and cool off. These conditions aren't always friendly for swimmers, however.
5:09 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

High purity heroin in Kalamazoo County leads to rise in overdoses

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A Kalamazoo Public Safety official says it is easy for addicts to overdose on the drug if they are not used to such a high concentration of heroin. An uptick in heroin addictions often leads to more robberies, larcenies, and retail fraud.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- High purity combined with rising heroin use have Kalamazoo-area law enforcement officials concerned. It was an overdose of heroin that killed Jayme Robert Earle, 26, the Richland man found dead inside his pickup truck in March in Kalamazoo's Stuart neighborhood, police said last week.
4:05 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

UPDATE: Radioactive water goes into lake before Palisades shut down

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Almost 80 gallons of radioactive water was released into Lake Michigan from the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant this weekend. A spokesperson for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says that the radioactive material is not a health risk because the water was diluted before it reached the lake.
COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI - Before Sunday's shutdown of Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, about 79 gallons of diluted radioactive water were released into Lake Michigan, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday, May 6. But by the time the water reached the lake, the level of radioactivity had been diluted to the point where it did not represent a health or safety risk, a spokeswoman for the NRC said.