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A group that represents Michigan cities and townships says state policies have hurt local governments. In a report released Wednesday, the Michigan Municipal League says statewide laws and practices make it hard for even prudently managed governments to manage.

The League says a big drop in state revenue sharing created part of the problem, with property tax caps and the state’s emergency management policies also playing a role.

Without changes, MML Associate Executive Director Tony Minghine says the state could see more cities tip into crisis.

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A Kalamazoo County District judge says there's enough evidence to send mass shooting suspect Jason Brian Dalton to trial in Circuit Court.

The ruling came Friday after a hearing where Dalton had to be removed after an outburst. He's accused of fatally shooting six people and seriously wounding two more as he drove around Kalamazoo February 20.

Kalamazoo County will receive a $400,000 federal grant to help clean up its brownfield sites. Brownfields are former industrial or commercial lands often contaminated by hazardous waste - everything from old gas stations to former paper mills.

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The union representing Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra musicians has filed an Unfair Labor Practice Charge. Kalamazoo Federation of Musicians Local 228 says in its complaint to the National Labor Relations Board that the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra negotiated in bad faith by changing rehearsal times after the two sides had reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. 

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The Kalamazoo County Commission has rejected a proposal to recognize a “gun violence awareness” day in June. The board was down two commissioners Tuesday when it took the vote. Five of the nine present did support the resolution. But the Board’s rules require six votes for a measure to pass.

The proposal called for “responsible gun ownership” and keeping guns “out of the wrong hands” while avoiding policy specifics.

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