SW Michigan

5:57 am
Fri August 16, 2013

St. Joseph County commissioner may face gun charges

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A police report says the incident followed an argument between County Commissioner Donald Eaton and several other men. The case could be sent to prosecutors in another county on Friday.
STURGIS, MI -- A St. Joseph County commissioner had two guns confiscated and could face criminal charges after he brought a handgun into the Sturgis Applebee's after a drunken argument last month, according to a police report.
5:34 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Uninsured Michiganders to get help signing up

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Most residents have to sign up for one of about 14 insurance plans in Michigan or face tax penalties, but signing up online isn't easy for everyone.
Less than two months from the launch of the state's on-line insurance marketplace, four Michigan organizations have been handed $2.5 million in federal funds to help consumers navigate the new system. The health insurance exchange, part of federal healthcare reform, goes live Oct.
5:30 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Right-to-work covers state employees

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The Michigan Court of Appeals made that ruling Thursday. This means state employees can choose not to pay union dues as soon as January when new union contracts take effect.
LANSING - The 35,000 unionized employees who work for the state of Michigan are subject to the state's new right-to-work law, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled today. The 2-1 ruling by the court means state workers can now opt out of paying union dues once the next round of contracts take effect in January.
5:28 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

South Beach closed until Friday afternoon

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The beach has been closed for a week since high concentrations of E. coli were found there last Thursday.
SOUTH HAVEN, MI -- South Haven's South Beach remains closed to swimmers and will stay that way until results of water samples are available Friday afternoon, public health officials say. Water samples from South Beach water were taken Thursday morning, said Mick Mcguire, of the Van Buren/Cass County Health Department.
5:26 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

"Quiet cars" now available between Kalamazoo and Chicago

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People in the quiet car are not allowed to talk loudly or use cell phones and noisy computer programs.
LANSING - Train passengers who want some peace and quiet will find respite on Amtrak's specially designated rail cars. Starting Monday, the passenger rail service will designate a "quiet car" on each of its trains on the Wolverine line that travels through Pontiac, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Kalamazoo and several other cities on its way to Chicago.