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Candidates For St. Joseph Clerk, Finance Director To Be Interviewed

Interviews with four candidates for St. Joseph City Clerk and Finance Director will be held on Tuesday. The city commission has scheduled a special meeting for 10 a.m. to speak with the applicants. They are Tonia Betty, currently the clerk for the city of Watervliet, Ian Haight, current clerk for Hagar Township, Lisa LaValley, an accountant at Shepherd Caster Corporation, and Sara McCallum, the treasurer of Pere Marquette Township near Ludington. In all, the city received eight applications for clerk and finance director, which is one position. Tuesday’s interviews are expected to last into the afternoon hours.. ...Read Full Story

Time Changed For Trump Rally Near Lansing

If you’re planning to head to suburban Lansing for today’s Donald Trump rally, you’ve got a little more time. For the third time in the past few days, the time of the event has changed. Doors will now open at 2 p.m. at The Summit Sports and Ice Complex in Diamondale, and Trump will take the stage at 5. His campaign says the speech will focus on national security and other topics. Michigan State University Institute for Public Policy and Social Research director Matt Grossmann says he thinks Trump will also talk about jobs and the economy, but a stronger focus on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is likely in the works.. ...Read Full Story

South Bend Dealing With Flooding 2 Days After Record Storm

Authorities say a storm that dumped more than 8 inches of rain in less than 24 hours in South Bend earlier this week collapsed two houses and the foundations of seven more, and the Red Cross has classified another 13 houses as destroyed. More than 700 people have contacted the city’s emergency management hotline and the Red Cross to report damage to homes and businesses. The flooding has left three roads remained closed in the city, as well as a lane on a major roadway and more than a dozen roads in surrounding St. Joseph County. Mayor Pete Buttigieg says the toughest days may still be ahead as frustration sets in while people wait for the flooding to subside. No deaths or injuries have been reported.. ...Read Full Story

State Targets Improper Tax Breaks For Cottages, Second Homes

Records say thousands of summer cottages, second homes and other Michigan properties have lost a valuable tax break in recent years amid state Treasury Department audits. The Detroit News reports that the crackdown on improper exemptions affects a wide range of property owners, including Detroit landlords and billionaires with multi-acre compounds. Records show 23,800 property owners have been ordered to pay more taxes after audits since 2013. The audits target properties that claim a 100 percent principal residence exemption. The tax break saves property owners on school district taxes. The audits were instituted in 2005 to determine whether property owners getting the tax break owned and occupied the home as a primary residence. In numerous cases, people ended up losing the tax break on rental properties and vacation homes.. ...Read Full Story

Grassroots Group Looks To Help Berrien County Police

A group of Berrien County residents is hoping to help police in the area following last month’s fatal shootings at the Berrien County Courthouse. Berrien County Strong — Community in Action was formed on Facebook by Gretta Volkenstein soon after the July 11 incident. On Thursday, members met to talk fundraising, among other things. Volkenstein says they’ll start by raising money for the Berrien Community Foundation’s sheriff’s department challenge grant.. ...Read Full Story