SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

A Portage man who fostered a young Guatemalan girl taken away from her father at the U.S. border by immigration agents says he feels conflicted about that role. Portage City Councilman Chris Burns says he believes home stays are better for children than mass shelters. But he says he and his wife felt like kidnappers as they tried to comfort a three-year-old who desperately missed her family. The girl was away from her family for about six months.

Protests over family separation in Battle Creek, as Congressman Fred Upton welcomes the President's executive order to end the practice. Business and education leaders pledge to work together to improve the education system. The Growlers' winning streak sets a franchise record, the Bombers have five of their last six. 

Rick Pluta / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) A state elections board has complied with a court order to place a question on the November ballot. It would change how congressional and legislative district boundaries are drawn.

Calhoun County health officials say a whooping cough outbreak reaches 11 cases. Survivors of sexual abuse by Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nasser call for interim MSU president John Engler to resign or be fired. Both the Growlers and Bombers get wins in extra innings. 

Portage is now accepting applications for some medical marijuana related businesses. A Michigan State Unviersity trustee says hiring John Engler as interim president was a mistake. West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton and Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo Bishop Paul Bradley both call for an end to separating families at the U.S. - Mexico border.