SW Michigan

3:15 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Holland moves to remove infected ash trees

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Ash trees make up 6% to 8% of trees in city of Holland
A pest that has infected hundreds of mature trees throughout downtown Holland is becoming a real pain in the ash. The removal of an estimated 2,000 ash trees within the city of Holland, including 86 in the downtown corridor in the past few months, has been stepped up because of decay caused by an infestation of the emerald ash borer, an insect first found in Michigan more than a decade ago.
3:11 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Calhoun County schools spend to bolster security

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Bulk of money went to equipment upgrades, some also spent on training and consultants
Calhoun County districts that shared information with the Enquirer spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on school security improvements since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre on Dec. 15, 2012
3:06 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Kalamazoo area retailers hope for increase over last year's sales

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Businesses look for customers to continue bounce-back seen last year
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Area retailers are dreaming of a 5-percent Christmas. That is ... a holiday shopping season that is at least 5 percent ahead of last year. "I think people are more optimistic right now," said Chris Lampen-Crowell, owner of the Gazelle Sports stores in Kalamazoo, Holland and Grand Rapids.
3:09 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Some cancelled Michigan health insurance may be reinstated

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Many insurance companies cancelled policies that didn't meet new federal standards well before the January deadline, angering consumers and revving up criticism of the Affordable Care Act.
The head of Michigan's insurance department today said she will allow the state's insurers to reinstate canceled health care policies, essentially pushing forward President Barack Obama's peace offering to angry Americans who had been told they were losing coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. Insurers now must decide whether to take up the offer.
2:49 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Scammers target grandparents over the phone

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A scammer has been calling elderly people claiming to be their grandson. Once the victim has repeated the name of their grandson to the scammer, the scammer then asks the victim to transfer money into an account.
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MI - The Sheriff's Department said older residents have been targeted in a phone scam in which a caller, pretending to be a grandson, asks cash to be wired because he is in trouble. In a typical complaint, the victim, often elderly, receives a call from someone claiming to be the victim's oldest grandson.