SW Michigan

11:48 am
Fri August 30, 2013

K-12 online learning grows in Michigan

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Local public schools must pay for up to two online classes per student each semester in grades 5 through 12 even though students don't need to get approval from their own schools to sign up.
In what may be the biggest change, public school students in Grades 5-12 will be able to take up to two online courses per semester offered by any district or the state's virtual school - classes that will be part of a statewide catalog of online classes maintained by the Michigan Virtual University (MVU) that will be up and running in October.
11:36 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Michigander buying power erodes

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Some suggest that an increase in the minimum wage would help turn the situation around. Others say that would lead to job losses.
LANSING - Median wage earners in Michigan have less purchasing power than they did 30 years ago, with black workers bearing the brunt of the decline. After adjusting for inflation, Michigan's median wage actually dropped since 1982 while wages for earners in the top 10 percent grew, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy's annual Labor Day report.
6:57 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Second Enbridge dredging permit OK'd

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Last week, the Planning Commission rejected a request by Enbridge to put a "dredging pad" in the Comstock Commerce Park. It's still looking for an alternative location for that.
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI - Enbridge, Inc. can breathe a sigh of relief tonight after receiving site approval for its dredging activity south of Morrow Lake near Miller Drive.
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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