SW Michigan

6:14 am
Fri March 7, 2014

CVS Pulls Request in Face of Opposition in Saint Joseph

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Residents were concerned about impact on residential neighborhood, environment and wildlife
ST. JOSEPH - In the face of strong community opposition - and a possible no vote by the St. Joseph Planning Commission - developers of a proposed CVS pharmacy on Niles Avenue on Thursday withdrew a request to rezone three adjacent properties.
8:44 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Peters Has New Manager for U.S. Senate Campaign

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Michigan is gaining importance as a key battleground for control of U.S. Senate
With Michigan looming as a now key Senate race, Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who is locked in a tight battle with Republican Terri Lynn Land, has replaced his campaign manager. Paul Tencher, who ran now-Sen. Joe Donnelly’s winning campaign for the Democrats in Indiana last cycle, will take over as the head of Peters’s campaign operation....
8:34 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Report Finds Failure to Reset Motion Sensors Led to Prisoner Escape

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Michigan Department of Corrections also finds informal prisoner counts were not done on day of Michael Elliot's escape
A review of a quadruple murderer's escape from the Ionia Correctional Facility revealed staff failed to reset motion sensor alarms in the area where Michael Elliot pried open two fences - using a pair of hobby craft scissors and his belt buckle - until about an hour and a half after he escaped.
12:13 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Vicksburg Schools Putting Bond Request for New Facilities on May Ballot

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1.5-mill "enhancement" millage will also be on ballot for nine school districts in Kalamazoo County
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
VICKSBURG, MI -- Officials at Vicksburg Community Schools are asking voters in May to approve a $15.4 million bond issue for facility improvement. The bond issue would increase the district's debt levy by 1.5 mills, or about $84 on a home with a taxable value of $56,000 and an assessed value of $112,000, which is about average for the district.
11:34 am
Thu March 6, 2014

WMU Graduate Remembered for Battle Against Cancer, Perseverance

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A private graduation ceremony was held for Chris Boes in November after his health took a turn for the worse
Chris Boes, a Western Michigan University student who inspired many by tenaciously pursuing his degree while battling cancer, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Boes, 28, of North Muskegon, fought brain cancer for almost five years.