SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

State Capitol - file photo
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(MPRN-Lansing) Some lawmakers in Lansing are trying – once again – to tackle the state’s car insurance rates. Michigan’s rates are among the highest in the nation. 

Charles Pickett Jr. is sentenced to prison for killing five bicyclists and injuring four others near Kalamazoo in 2016. The U.S. Department of Justice backs a Washington, D.C. group that is suing the University of Michigan. Backers of a ballot proposal to legalize marijuana prepare for the November election. Economic growth continues in West Michigan. Battle Creek gets a win on the baseball field, while Kalamazoo's four game winning streak ends. 

An adult testifying in court in a criminal case cannot bring an emotional support animal to the stand, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in a decision released on Friday.

Calhoun County reports an outbreak of whooping cough. Several businesses that were about to get a medical marijuana license will have to wait. Electrical meters catch fire in Battle Creek. A proposed tax bill raises concerns over municipal government funding. A distillery in Three Oaks faces a cease and desist order because of waste water disposal. A WMU long jumper comes up short of qualifying for the NCAA finals. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) A proposal to change the way the state draws its political district lines must go on the November ballot.