SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

"LANSING -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he will not sign into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act bill currently under debate in the Michigan Senate. Dave Murray, a spokesman for Snyder, said Snyder plans to veto any standalone legislation similar to the controversial law passed in Indiana this month." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

Craig Stihler / West Virginia Dept. of Natural Resources

(Lansing-MPRN) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has placed the northern long-eared bat on the “threatened” species list. But the agency stopped short of saying the species is threatened with extinction by a fungus that’s already killed millions of bats. 

Battle Creek has been the home of the MHSAA Team State Wrestling Finals since the event started, nearly three decades ago. But that run has ended. The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday the selection of a new venue for the Team State Wrestling Finals, moving the tournament to McGuirk Arena at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, beginning in 2016. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A Kalamazoo County assistant prosecutor who is under investigation following a crash in which police say alcohol may have been a factor has been fired from her position, Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting announced Wednesday. However, Getting said it is still being determined if Paige L. Timmer will face criminal charges for her involvement in a serious two-vehicle crash on Stadium Drive just before 2:20 a.m. March 14 that injured her and another driver. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Membership in the UAW is the highest it has been since 2008, according to the organization’s annual labor report. The union grew by three percent in the past year, reaching just over 400,000 members. (WDET)