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Michigan boosts minimum wage to $8.90 an hour

Michigan workers who make the minimum wage are getting a 40-cents-an-hour raise. The state hourly minimum rose from $8.50 to $8.90 on Sunday, the second straight yearly increase under a 2014 law that gradually raised the wage by 25 percent. Here’s a look at how Michigan’s minimum stacks up nationally and at other components of the wage boost: — THE …

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RV industry makes comeback in Elkhart County

The recreational vehicle industry, which drives the economy of Elkhart County in northern Indiana, came back strong in 2016 and industry leaders are optimistic about next year. The Elkhart Truth reports unemployment peaked in Elkhart County at 19.6 percent in 2009 as the RV industry was shedding jobs and struggling to stay afloat during the Great Recession. The industry has …

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Local November unemployment rate is released

The November unemployment rate in St. Joseph County remained unchanged compared to a month earlier. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 3.9 percent November unemployment rate was equal to October’s figure. November’s unemployment rate was seven-tenths of a percent higher than the same month one year earlier, when the …

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Energy company plans to close Michigan nuclear plant in 2018

An energy company announced plans Thursday to permanently close the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan in 2018, which could mean hundreds of job cuts for a major employer in the region if regulators approve the closure. New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. and Michigan-based utility, Consumers Energy, said they’ve agreed to end a power purchase agreement for the plant that …

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STUDY NAMES I&M 2016 UTILITY CUSTOMER CHAMPION

Market Strategies International named Indiana Michigan Power a 2016 Utility Customer Champion for its strong relationship with residential customers. I&M, an operating unit of American Electric Power, was one of just three Midwest electric only utilities to receive the honor. “We are happy to designate Indiana Michigan Power as a 2016 Customer Champion.  Their customers have said they have strong …

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Mackinac Island’s oldest ferry to stop service, sell boats

Mackinac Island’s oldest and longest-running ferry boat company is leaving the passenger business and selling its boats to a competitor. The Detroit Free Press reports that the financially-struggling Arnold Transit Co. is preparing to halt all passenger service to the island for the first time since the 1800s, leaving just two ferry boat services to the island next summer. Star …

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Dunham’s Sports is opening a Sturgis store

Dunham’s Sports, one of the nation’s largest sporting goods chains, is pleased to invite Sturgis, and the surrounding communities, to its grand opening weekend. The ribbon cutting will be hosted on Friday, September 30th at 9:00 a.m. at the new location at 69060 M-66. Store hours are Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. …

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Dunham’s Sports to open Sturgis location this fall

Dunham’s Sports, one of the nation’s largest sporting goods chains, is looking to have its Sturgis, MI location ready to open later this year and is currently interviewing for openings throughout the store. Apply by email at hrnp@dunhams.com or fax to 517-337-0463. The Sturgis, MI store will offer a full line of traditional sporting goods and athletic equipment, as well …

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GM recalls 4M vehicles for air bag defect linked to 1 death

General Motors Co. is recalling more than 4 million vehicles, most of them in the U.S., to fix an air bag software defect that has been linked to one death. The vehicles involved in the recall are all from the 2014-2017 model years and include models from Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac. The company is recalling 4.28 million vehicles worldwide, …

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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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