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5:28 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Berrien, Barry Counties Receive Funds for Habitats

Aquatic wildlife projects in Barry and Berrien Counties are getting a boost from the state Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR has awarded $200,000 to the City of Niles to remove a dam at Pucker Street on the Dowagiac River. It will also give just under $100,000 to the Barry Conservation District for creek habitat restoration.

The DNR says it received 58 applications for a total of a million dollars for aquatic habitat projects; it’s ended up splitting the money between eight of them.

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WMUK News
5:43 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

House Considers Budget With New Funds for HICA

The Michigan House is set to consider a budget bill that would direct more than a hundred million dollars of extra funding to the Department of Community Health.

Gongwer News Service reports that the bill aims to remedy a gap in funding for the Health Insurance Claims Assessment. It’s been approved 19 to 0 by the House Appropriations Committee, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats abstaining.

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WMUK News
5:40 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Battle Creek Reinvestigates Police Incident

Credit WMUK

The City of Battle Creek says it’s investigating whether a police officer used excessive force when arresting an assault suspect more than a year ago.

A previous inquiry into the October 2012 incident had cleared patrol officer Christopher Hug of wrongdoing. But city officials say they recently discovered that some key information from the case never made it to the county prosecutor’s office. That includes surveillance tape that shows Hug apparently beating suspect Kenneth Moye.

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WMUK News
9:43 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Seventeen Apply to Portage Acting Manager Job

The Portage City Council meets on April 15, 2014
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Portage city officials say 17 people have applied to become the next acting city manager. The acting manager would fill the position until Portage finds a permanent manager, hopefully this fall according to Mayor Pro Tem Jim Pearson.

Pearson says council members tentatively plan to discuss the applications for acting manager at a special meeting April 21st. He adds that the council hopes to vote on a candidate in May and have that person start no later than June.

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WMUK News
3:05 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

You Can Help Undergraduate Research at WMU

WMU senior Deirdre Courtney in the field with bug-eating pitcher plants.
Credit Western Michigan University

Graduate students are expected to do research. Undergraduates usually don’t. But a new project at Western Michigan University’s Department of Biological Sciences hopes to change that. It’s using a fundraising system modeled on Kickstarter to attract community support for SABRE: "Students Advancing Biological Research and Engagement."

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