SW Michigan

6:17 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Guns, ammunition, explosive devices found in raids on marijuana dispensaries

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Co-owner of one dispensary says he is not breaking the law
Police will conduct tests and interviews as they investigate results of search warrants executed Wednesday at three medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield and homes in two other counties. Detective First Lt. Wayne Edington, commander of the Michigan State Police Southwest Enforcement Team, said Thursday teams of officers seized marijuana plants, marijuana, weapons and ammunition along with more than 20 small explosive devices.
10:04 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Illinois firm chosen to assist with Kalamazoo city manager search

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Vorhees services will cost city almost $20,000
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission chose Voorhees Associates LLC of Deerfield, Ill., to lead the search for the next Kalamazoo city manager at a special meeting Thursday. Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with Voorhees as the new head-hunting firm after firing Bob Murray & Associates of Roseville, Calif., in May and reopening the search.
5:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Farmers may need permits for wetland use

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants more restrictions on how wetland use is regulated.
Michigan may lose its Department of Environmental Quality-run wetlands permitting program despite legislation awaiting the signature of Gov. Rick Snyder that is designed to stave off a federal takeover. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for several years has identified problems with the state's enforcement of the Clean Water Act - the only state other than New Jersey that is allowed this power.
5:40 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Unemployment rises with summer job hunt

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The joblessness rate in May went up by as much as 0.9 percent in Kalamazoo and Hillsdale counties to only 0.2 percent in Allegan.
KALAMAZOO, MI - More people looking for work during the summer was more than the area job market - which grew -- could handle. That pushed the unemployment rate for the Kalamazoo-Portage area to 7.4 percent in May. "A significant number of individuals entered the job market seeking summer employment in May," wrote Leonidas Murembya in his latest analysis of Southwest Michigan.
5:36 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Michigan 2nd in lightning deaths

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However, Michigan ranks 33rd in the number of lightning strikes.
Michigan is a dangerous place in thunderstorms. We rank number 2 out of 50 states for the number of deaths and injuries from lightning since 1959. That is remarkable since we rank 33 out of 50 states for the number of lightning strikes. Florida has the most lightning, and the most lightning related injuries and deaths.