"KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo City Commission candidate Daniel VanSweden has withdrawn his candidacy, leaving the field of candidates for the Nov. 3 election at 14. VanSweden, a Westnedge Hill resident, withdrew his candidacy in a letter to the Kalamazoo Gazette dated Aug. 14, citing family reasons." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Michigan Public Radio Network

A former staffer for embattled state representatives Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) is speaking out against his former bosses. 

"Lansing — Republican state Rep. Cindy Gamrat enlisted the help of the head of security for the House of Representatives to report an alleged blackmail scheme to law enforcement authorities rather than go directly to the Michigan State Police herself." (Detroit News)

The mail processing plant on 9th Street in Oshtemo Township
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

In April, the U.S. Postal Service was forced to shut down Oshtemo's mail processing facility to cut costs. But a new bill from U.S. Senator Gary Peters could reverse that and other closings across the country. The Senator’s plan would put a two-year moratorium on postal facility closures. 

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

A class action lawsuit claims Michigan ignores due process when overseeing tax foreclosures. The Gongwer news service first reported on the lawsuit. Plaintiffs say the state does not hold impartial hearings so that people can appeal foreclosure decisions.