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$1.2M To Improve Access To Care For Children With Epilepsy

Michigan is getting $1.2 million to help improve access to health care for children with epilepsy in rural and medically underserved areas. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says it recently got the 3-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal Child and Health Systems Branch. The funding will support the Michigan Pediatric Epilepsy Project.. ...Read Full Story

State Police Investigate Hagar Twp Robbery

An armed robbery at the Riverside Food Market in Hagar Township is under investigation. A white man in his late 30s or early 40s is accused of pulling a gun on the clerk around 5 a.m. Tuesday and getting away with an unknown amount of money along with cigarettes. Michigan State Police investigators say the suspect is about five-feet-8 with a medium build and thin wire glasses. When he held up the store, he was dressed in flip flops, a gray Michigan State University hoodie, black pants and a dark baseball hat.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Seeks Emergency Appeal To Reinstate Straight Party Ticket Ban

Michigan says it will file an emergency appeal asking the entire 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider the state’s new ban against straight-party voting. A panel of three judges at the Cincinnati-based federal court rejected Wednesday the state’s request to immediately halt a lower ruling that blocked the Republican-sponsored law. Attorney General Bill Schuette says Michigan “is no different” than 40 other states that do not allow straight-ticket voting, which lets voters cast votes for all candidates from one party with a single mark. U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain blocked the law last month, saying it would cause long lines and place a “disproportionate burden” on black voters in November’s election.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County Youth Fair Continues Through Saturday

You still have time to take in the Berrien County Youth Fair this week. The event continues through Saturday, and Thursday will bring a classic rock show to the grandstand when the Happy Together Tour, featuring members of several rock acts, takes the stage. Youth Fair Director Karen Klug says Friday will feature the rodeo-like Bullmania, and then Saturday’s grandstand show is Diesel Domination.. ...Read Full Story

Immigration Court To Review Parlak Case

Ibrahim Parlak has been granted a little more time in his fight to remain in the United States. This week, the Board of Immigration Appeals sent his case back to a Detroit immigration judge, finding there was reason to believe Parlak could be tortured if he was sent back to his native Turkey. Parlak friend and spokesperson Martin Dzuris.. ...Read Full Story

Work Begins To Replace Chikaming Township Culvert

The Berrien County Road Commission has begun work on a Chikaming Township culvert replacement. The culvert under Red Arrow Highway near Cherry Beach Road is in danger of collapsing, and the road commission earlier this year upset local business owners when it announced Red Arrow would be shut down all summer for the work. It eventually bowed to pressure to reschedule for August. The road commission’s Mike Juengling says the road was closed Monday.. ...Read Full Story

New Details On Watervliet Industrial Accident Released

Police say a 75-year-old Hartford man who was killed in a Tuesday industrial accident near Watervliet fell 25 feet when scaffolding he had climbed collapsed. According to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Carl Lee Stone was working to wire a light at 8901 Industrial Park Drive when the accident happened. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Also, 28-year-old Joshua Stone, of Lawrence, suffered a broken arm and possible internal injuries in the fall. He was taken to Lakeland Hospital in Watervliet. Police continue to investigate the cause of the collapse.. ...Read Full Story

Kalamazoo Rampage Victim Receiving More Surgery

14-year-old Abigail Kopf, the youngest survivor of February’s shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, is undergoing more surgery. An update to her recovery Facebook page says that skin near her head wound from the shooting is not healing properly. Due to an infection, Abbi in June had to undergo surgery for doctors to remove a 3D-printed plate they previously used to reconstruct her skull. The family learned last week that replacing the affected skin will require cosmetic surgery. She was shot outside of a Cracker Barrel restaurant near Kalamazoo in February’s attacks. Four others were shot dead there, allegedly by 45-year-old Jason Dalton.. ...Read Full Story

MI Jobless Rate Down

Michigan’s jobless rate dipped to 4.5 percent in July, a slight drop from the previous month and lowest in 15 years. The state said Wednesday it’s the lowest rate since January 2001’s 4.4 percent, but officials say it corresponds with a significant drop in labor force and employment levels. Total employment fell by 20,000, while the number of unemployed fell by 8,000. The Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives says Michigan’s unemployment rate has incrementally dropped this year, following a mostly decreasing trend since July 2009.
Gov. Rick Snyder says in a statement the creation of 475,000 private sector jobs in the past 5 1/2 years is “something to be proud of,” but adds “demanding challenges remain.” The U.S. jobless rate was unchanged at 4.9 percent in July.. ...Read Full Story

Pure Michigan Getting Fall Campaign Ready

Pure Michigan has some exciting things planned for their Fall campaign. Vice President Dave Lorenz says they’ll continue to feature fall color tours and opportunities to enjoy the heritage around the state. As for what else is being planned, Lorenz is being coy. “We’re working with McDonalds and Coca-Cola on a ‘Share a Coke’ program,” he says. “You’re going to hear about that in just a couple of weeks. I can’t go into too much detail.”. ...Read Full Story