SW Michigan

9:27 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Calhoun County jobless rate falls in March

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Seasonal hiring helps drop jobless rate for Battle Creek labor market. Unemployment rate also down over last year
The unemployment rate in Calhoun County has continued to drop, according to Michigan's Bureau of Labor Market Information. The monthly report for March, released Thursday said the county's jobless rate was 6.8 percent. That's down from 7.3 percent in February, 7.4 percent in January and 8.0 percent in March 2012.
7:36 am
Fri April 26, 2013

New Michigan law allows doctors to turn in patients who shouldn't drive

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Law clarifies doctor's responsibilities when faced with a patient who has patient has vision loss, dementia or other age-related problems
A new Michigan law allows doctors to alert the Secretary of State if they think patients' medical conditions make them unsafe behind the wheel. That may be a welcome change for Michigan families whose elderly loved ones should hang up the car keys.
7:22 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Herman Miller buys New York based firm

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Move could boost company's specialty and consumer segment
Herman Miller Inc. has agreed to purchase Maharam Fabric Corp., a New York-based, high-end interior textiles company, for $156 million in cash, the Holland firm announced.
6:19 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Retired military leaders call for Michigan to invest more in early childhood programs

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Governor Rick Snyder's proposed budget calls for an additional $65-million for the Great Start readiness program. The House budget only includes $38-million
LANSING, MI - A group of retired military generals and admirals is among those calling on Michigan to spend more money on preschool programs. Retired Air Force Major General Thomas Cutler said Thursday that more investment in early education programs would better prepare more children for a wide variety of possible future careers, including the military if they so choose.
9:47 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Four attorneys plan to seek open Calhoun County judgeship

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Governor's office has decline to identify applicants
At least four local attorneys have applied to replace retiring Calhoun County Circuit Judge Allen Garbrecht. Gov. Rick Snyder will select the new judge, but the process is confidential, according to both the office of the governor and the Michigan Bar Association, which conducts interviews with the candidates.