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State Lifts Weight Restrictions

In a sign of the changing season, the Michigan Department of Transportation has lifted all seasonal weight restrictions on state roads. The restrictions were implemented in February when the weather started to get warmer. Now, it’s been warm long enough to make lifting them possible. Weight restrictions are placed on large trucks, ensuring they don’t exceed certain weights and cause major damage to the roads. MDOT may have lifted weight restrictions, but county road commissions set their own for non-state roads. Anyone looking for more information can check out Michigan.gov/Truckers.. ...Read Full Story

Allegan County Sheriff’s Department Offering Boating Safety Classes

With the arrival of summer just around the corner, the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department is now signing people up for boating safety classes. Each year the department’s marine division offers the classes free of charge so boaters can remain up to date on the state’s boating laws. In order to legally operate a watercraft in Michigan, one must be at least 16 years of age and possess a boating safety certificate. The classes offered by the sheriff’s department help you get that. Different classes are being offered at different locations around the county starting April 29 and running through July 17.  Below is a list of them, along with a link to register.. ...Read Full Story

Police Release More Information On Weekend Motorcycle Crash

Police continue to investigate a weekend crash in Berrien Springs which resulted in the deaths of two motorcyclists. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department tells us David and Christine Cox, both from Granger, Indiana, were killed Saturday when their motorcycle collided with a vehicle making a turn at Garr and Shawnee Roads. The driver of the other vehicle has been identified as 80-year-old Charles Habenicht. Police haven’t said if he’ll be charged in the crash. They’ll release more information once the accident reconstruction has been completed.. ...Read Full Story

Report: U.S. Air Quality Improving

The American Lung Association has issued a new report on air quality in the United States. Spokesperson Janice Nolan tells WKZO News air quality nationwide has been improving, and Michigan is making particular progress. That’s not to mean the state doesn’t still have problems, though.. ...Read Full Story

Justices Turn Away GM Appeal Over Ignition Switches

From the Associated Press — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from General Motors seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims. The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that said the automaker’s 2009 bankruptcy did not shield it from liability in the cases. A federal appeals court ruled last year that GM remains responsible for ignition-switch injuries and deaths that occurred pre-bankruptcy because the company knew about the problem for more than a decade but kept it secret from the bankruptcy court. The company said well-established bankruptcy law allowed the newly reorganized GM to obtain the old company’s assets “free and clear” of liabilities.. ...Read Full Story

Cook Plant Is State’s Largest Water User, But…

There is a lot of debate in the state over Nestle wanting to increase the amount of groundwater it’s pulling for its Ice Mountain bottled water plant in Mecosta County, which has prompted a “Detroit Free Press” report into the top water users in the state. The entity which uses the most water in Michigan is the DC Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman at over 765-billion gallons in 2015. Plant spokesman Bill Schalk says the plant “absolutely” is the largest water user on the Great Lakes.. ...Read Full Story

Dowagiac Woman Arrested After Chase, Crash

Formal charges are expected to be filed soon against a 27-year-old Dowagiac woman who had an outstanding warrant after she took police on a chase over the weekend. She fled a traffic stop early Sunday morning, with the chase ending when she crashed her car on Johnson Street. The woman then ran and hid in some thick underbrush and weeds near the scene and was found by a Cass County Sheriff’s Department K-9. She was taken to the Cass County Jail after being evaluated at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital. She is facing charges including fleeing and eluding, driving without a license, marijuana possession and leaving the scene of a crash along with the original charge for which she was wanted.. ...Read Full Story