SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - No matter what happens with the Detroit Red Wings coaching situation following the departure of Mike Babcock, frontrunner Jeff Blashill will stay with the Grand Rapids Griffins for the duration of the playoffs. Ryan Martin, Red Wings assistant general manager, confirmed in a text Wednesday afternoon Blashill would continue to coach the team, currently preparing for the Western Conference finals. (MLive)

LANSING, MI -- Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 5.4 percent, matching the national average for the first time since September of 2000, according to the Department of Technology Management and Budget. That's the month the musical Cats closed on Broadway, the Summer Olympics opened in Sydney and Emmys went to The West Wing and Will & Grace. (MLive)

Athens Area Schools Superintendent Rich Franklin will soon be leaving the district to take the top job at Barry Intermediate School District. Franklin, whose resignation is effective June 30, will be the next superintendent of Barry ISD, effective July 1, according to a news release. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

The former director of the Calhoun County Veterans Affairs office has been ordered to stand trial in circuit court on new charges. Scott Losey, 45, of Portage, is now charged with three high-court misdemeanors and three misdemeanors for money and gifts he solicited from veterans and family members seeking help with disability claims between 2010 and 2015. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Willie Nelson has postponed his concert tonight in Kalamazoo due to illness, according to a press release from Miller Auditorium. Miller Auditorium is advising all ticket holders to retain their tickets until the can be rescheduled for a later date. Once a new date is scheduled, ticket holders will be contacted and asked to exchange their tickets for new ones. (Kalamazoo Gazette)