SW Michigan

6:58 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

North Beach in South Haven back open

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South Haven’s beaches have been closed off-and-on this summer due to E. Coli. For now they’re open to swimmers.
SOUTH HAVEN, MI -- North Beach has been re-opened to swimming after E. coli testing Wednesday. The results of the test showed that the amount of E. coli in the water is in compliance with the state standard, so the Van Buren/Cass County District Public Health Department discontinued a public health advisory.
SW Michigan
11:18 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Berrien County swine flu case reported

Credit WMUK

State health officials are reporting a case of "swine flu" in southwest Michigan. The Community health and Agriculture departments say the case involves a child who had pigs on display at the Berrien County Youth Fair earlier this month.  The child was not hospitalized.

Officials say they're trying to reach other exhibitors to find out if they also came down with the H3N2v virus. It causes symptoms like those of the regular seasonal influenza, although some cases can be severe and even fatal. However, experts say this strain of the virus rarely spreads from person-to-person.

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9:45 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Superhero movie to film in Michigan

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The producers of the as yet untitled sequel to "Man of Steel" say they expect to spend about $131 million during production in Michigan in exchange for #35 million in state tax breaks.
Michigan is getting the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader. The upcoming Superman-Batman movie has been approved for the state's film incentives, the Michigan Film Office announced today. The Warner Bros. film featuring the two biggest superheroes of DC Comics expects to begin shooting in metro Detroit and elsewhere in Michigan sometime in the first three months of 2014.
9:21 am
Thu August 29, 2013

State wants more oversight of Indian casinos

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State officials say all tribal casinos must give two percent of revenues to their local communities under a 1993 agreement.
By Ted Roelofs/Bridge Magazine contributor Since Indian casino gambling in Michigan began in 1994, seven tribes have doled out more than $200 million in communities surrounding their casinos. It was widely presumed, under a federal decree governing these payouts, that 2 percent of slot machine and video gaming profits would go to local government to compensate for economic costs of casino operations.
7:07 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Buskirk to run for State House

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Buskirk has served on the Kalamazoo County Commission for two decades.
KALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo County Commissioner David Buskirk ended speculation surrounding his political future today by announcing his plan to run for the 60th district Michigan House of Representatives seat. "I want to put my 20 years of experience on the Kalamazoo County Commission, with many years of those in leadership positions, to work for the citizens of the 60th District," Buskirk said in a press release announcing his decision.

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