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The Kalamazoo City Commission has warmed to a proposal from the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball team to set fireworks off at certain games. Last month commissioners had voted to approve only two of six planned displays pending further discussion.

On Monday night Growlers Vice President Brian Colopy assured the Board that this year’s fireworks would be smaller, quieter and more contained than last summer’s.

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Lawyers for the man accused in the mass shooting in Kalamazoo earlier this year say they’ll argue in court that their client is insane. Jason Dalton’s defense told a Circuit Court judge of their intentions during in a closed pre-trial conference Monday.

Dalton is accused of killing six people and seriously wounding two others in February. After his arrest he told police the ride-sharing app Uber had possessed him. Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting says given the evidence that Dalton carried out the shootings, the defense’s decision doesn’t surprise him.

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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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