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Michigan Senate OKs CPR training for high school students

Michigan students in grades 7 to 12 would receive CPR training under a bill advancing in the Legislature. The Senate unanimously approved legislation Tuesday to require the state Education Department to ensure by the 2017-18 academic year that health education guidelines provide for instruction in CPR and automatic external defibrillators. A similar bill is pending on the House floor. The …

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House passes bill that doesn’t stop use of certain car parts

A bill that would affect auto parts at Michigan repair shops is getting different treatment in the House and Senate. The Senate version would force repair shops to use parts from original manufacturers. But the House scrapped that requirement when it approved the bill Tuesday, 86-23. An amendment by Republican Rep. Pete Pettalia of Presque Isle would allow vehicle owners …

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House narrowly votes to scrap morel mushroom inspector rule

The Michigan House narrowly approved a bill that would erase a state requirement ensuring every morel mushroom found in the wild is inspected by a mushroom expert. The House approved the bill Tuesday by a 57-52 vote. Republican Rep. Triston Cole sponsored the bill and says current law infringes “upon an individual’s livelihood” and gets in the way of wild …

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Out and About – Week of May 30th

Monday was Memorial Day, a day to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. There were several parades in St. Joseph County, which, hopefully, many of you attended. The parades, by tradition, or respect, were silent, which means that you shouldn’t have heard any sirens. In Three Rivers and Mendon, there was an honor guard …

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Sentence given in animal cruelty case

Three Rivers-area resident Roxanne Grochoske was sentenced last week on a charge of animal cruelty. Grochoske, 43, was sentenced in St. Joseph County Circuit Court by Judge Paul Stutesman to 18 months of probation, a $100 fine and community service of 150 hours. She was also assigned to two days in jail but given credit for time served. Stutesman also …

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Road commission efficiency study proposed

A St. Joseph County commissioner has proposed an efficiency study related to the county’s road commission be conducted. Don Eaton during a recent commission meeting said the concept would involve a short-term committee to participate in the potential study. He said areas such as the road commission’s budget, operations, efficiencies and roads would be prudent starting points for the analysis. …

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Lockport names interim supervisor

Lockport Township has appointed an interim supervisor. Paul Bungart will serve in the capacity until the November election. He fills the void left by Ray Signorello, who decided last month to step down due to work-related commitments. Bungart had served on the township board as treasurer for more than 27 years before he gave up the post in 2014. Bungart …

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Local art show seeks artists

The organizer of an annual art show in the Sturgis area is reaching out to local artists interested in participating in the event’s fifth year. Set to take place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26, Art in the Park is staged at the Klinger Lake Country Club. Art show organizer Shireen Cline said the event is a great opportunity …

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Searchers find body of dad who jumped into lake to save son

Searchers have recovered the body of a man who drowned while trying to rescue his 15-year-old son in a lake northeast of Kalamazoo. Danyelle Phillips jumped into Gull Lake on Saturday. Another person grabbed his son and got the boy back to a boat, but the 39-year-old Phillips disappeared. The sheriff’s office says his body was recovered Sunday night. Relatives …

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Local unemployment rate shows a decrease

The April unemployment rate in St. Joseph County decreased by four-tenths of a percent compared to a month earlier. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 3.4 percent April unemployment rate was less than March’s 3.8 percent. April’s unemployment rate was eight-tenths of a percent less than the same month …

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