SW Michigan

3:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

BC Picks New Police Chief

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City officials say Jim Blocker, who had been serving as interim chief, was the "outstanding" choice for the permanent position.
After a 90-day trial run, Jim Blocker was named Thursday as Battle Creek police chief. Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole announced her decision to appoint Blocker to replace Jackie Hampton who retired in January. The appointment is immediate. "I believe Jim best meets the needs of the department, organization and community," Bedsole said in a prepared statement.
7:16 am
Thu July 3, 2014

First West Nile Infected Mosquitoes Found in State

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Two people in Michigan died in 2013 after being infected by West Nile Virus
SAGINAW, MI - Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus have been found in Saginaw County. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, tests conducted on Wednesday, July 2, confirmed the presence of the virus among mosquitoes collected in Saginaw County. The mosquitoes were collected in mid-June, according to health officials.
Power Out
6:51 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Power Still Out From Monday's Storms

Credit WMUK

Consumers Energy says customers in Southwest Michigan should have power back sometime today. 

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6:23 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Outside Groups Spend Big on TV Ads in Michigan

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Director of Michigan Campaign Finance Network says Supreme Court rulings have opened the door to more independent spending in state campaigns
Michigan voters were exposed to nearly $18 million in television ads about the candidates for governor and U.S. Senate during the first six months of the year about one-fifth of the spending came from the candidates themselves.
6:18 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Increase Expected in Holiday Travel, Despite Higher Gas Prices

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Travel is expected to be up 2.5% from Independence Day last year. Most of them will travel by car
Gas prices may be up about 45 cents over the last year, but that's not stopping people from hitting the roads this Fourth of July weekend. After a brutal winter that saw many parts of Michigan seeing record-breaking snowfall, people are eager to get away for the holiday weekend, said Susan Hiltz, a spokeswoman for AAA Michigan.