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Kalamazoo Symphony, musicians union reach contract deal

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra says it’s reached a contract agreement with members of its musicians union. The symphony’s Board of Directors and management announced Tuesday that they reached the tentative deal with the Kalamazoo Federation of Musicians Local 228. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the union is expected to submit the tentative contract to its membership for ratification. The union represents …

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Meijer recalls salads, sandwiches due to salmonella risk

Midwest retailer Meijer Inc. says some salads and sandwiches that it sells are being recalled due to a potential risk of salmonella contamination. The company says the “Markets of Meijer” products were sold at Meijer stores from July 20 through Monday. Meijer says there have been no known illnesses reported to the company from foods. Meijer says the salads and …

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Michigan unemployment rate dips to 4.6 percent in June

Michigan’s jobless rate dipped to 4.6 percent in June, a slight drop from May but the lowest in 15 years. The state says it was the second consecutive monthly decline and the fourth so far this year. Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, attributed the June decline to fewer people active in the …

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Local Business Receives Award for Outstanding Revenue Performance at SERVPRO’s Annual Convention

Local entrepreneur Anthony Blodgett of SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties was recognized with the MILLIONAIRE’S Gold award for outstanding revenue performance during an Awards ceremony at the 47th Annual SERVPRO® Convention. A record-setting group of more than 2800 franchise owners, key staff and corporate representatives attended the convention, which was held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas from …

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Qualified labor is needed for local job positions

St. Joseph County manufacturing companies are having a problem finding qualified labor to fill well-paying jobs, according to a Southwest Michigan First official. But, the situation is not unique to the area, noted Ken Jones, chair of the agency’s Economic Development Corporation Board. Jones provided county commissioners a quarterly update during last week’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners executive …

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Sturgis Hospital FastCare Clinic to Open

Sturgis Hospital announces it will have a FastCare retail health clinic insider of the Sturgis Meijer, 408 W. South St.. The clinic is scheduled to open on Sept. 1. FastCare clinics offer convenient and economical health care for minor conditions and symptoms. Among those seen and treated are sore throats, fevers, flu and colds, ear and sinus infections, pink eye, …

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