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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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Utility shuts down nuclear power unit after steam release

A rupture released steam at a nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan, forcing a utility to shut down one of the two units. Indiana Michigan Power says the steam was not radioactive but it damaged a wall at the Cook Nuclear Plant Unit 2 early Wednesday in Bridgman. There were no injuries. The utility says there were no other complications …

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What Volkswagen owners can expect from emissions settlement

Volkswagen owners can finally dump their cheatin’ cars, if they want to. The German automaker has agreed to an unprecedented U.S. settlement to make things right after admitting that it programmed about half a million of its diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests. When driven on the road, the vehicles put out levels of nitrous oxide well above U.S. …

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