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Abby Nobel says she wants to roll back state regulations on health care and schools. The Republican is running for state House in the 80th district, which includes the most of Allegan County. 

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The City of Kalamazoo wants to see more people at Kik Pool – possibly enjoying the water other ways than swimming. It’s holding a meeting Monday night to ask the public for input on what the pool should offer.

Patrick McVerry is with the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. He says while Kik has plenty to offer swimmers, some people might prefer a water slide or a splash pad.

“Incorporation of some different water features may actually bring more people in to use the facility,” he says.

The federal government aims to prevent future oil spills by making an example of Enbridge Energy. The company has reached a $177 million settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice.

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Kalamazoo County officials are set to receive a course in public relations. On Tuesday commissioners agreed to hire a Portage-based firm, Rick Chambers and Associates to work with staff on how they talk about county business.

Employees will be trained on, in the proposal’s words, “what to communicate and how to communicate” as well as how to listen. Top-level administrators and elected officials are among those who will participate.

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The Kalamazoo City Commission has granted raises to four top city officials.

City Clerk Scott Borling, City Manager Jim Ritsema and Internal Auditor Ann Videtich will receive a salary increase at about the same rate city non-bargaining employees got this year. That amounts to a step up in pay grade, a one-percent salary increase and a onetime payment.