SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

Unemployment rates in the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek labor markets are up slightly from a year ago. A deadline looms for the Legislature to approve a proposal for legalizing marijuana, otherwise it goes on the November ballot. Backers of an initiative to change Michigan's redistricting process go to court to get a state board to put the issue before voters. 

Lawmakers Plan Ways To Make Michigan Roads Safer

May 29, 2018
Once a week, competitive cyclist Valerie Litznerski rides her bike to work. To avoid dangerous intersections, she says she cuts through apartment complexes, parking lots, and adds time to her ride.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

(MPRN-Lansing) Lawmakers in Lansing want to make Michigan roads safer. Republican Senator Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) hopes to wrap up bills to make bicyclists safer on the roads soon. 

State Capitol Rotunda - file photo
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Medical experts in Michigan say reducing the stigma of HIV is key to stopping the spread of the disease. A package of bills in the state Legislature would update the state’s laws. 

The Food Bank of South Central Michigan is looking for a new executive director. An anonymous tip line is set up to report threats against Kalamazoo schools. The Public Media Network is considering layoffs now that Portage is withdrawing from its agreement. A WMU sophomore long jumps her way into next month's NCAA outdoor track and field championship. 

Straits of Mackinac - file photo
Gregory Varnum / Wikimedia Commons

(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder has approved six-month ban on ships dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac. It’s a response to a mishap in April that caused a mineral oil spill and damage to Enbridge Line 5.