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Red Cross recognizes SERVPRO for their contribution to disaster preparedness and recovery efforts

The American Red Cross recently recognized SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration company, for participation in its Disaster Responder Program1. As a Disaster Responder Program member, SERVPRO pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO is entering their third …

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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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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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Officer gets pizza to destination after delivery driver hurt

A suburban Detroit police officer stepped in after a pizza delivery driver was injured in a car crash to make sure a still-warm order made it to its destination. Lincoln Park police Cpl. Joe Sparks tells The Detroit News that Monday’s collision sent the Jet’s Pizza driver to a hospital with bruises and a sore head. Sparks spotted an oven …

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Nursing homes turn to eviction to drop difficult patients

Nursing homes are increasingly evicting their most challenging residents, testing protections for some of society’s most vulnerable, advocates for the aged and disabled say. Those targeted for eviction are frequently poor and suffering from dementia, with families unsure of what to do, according to residents’ allies. Removing them allows an often stretched-thin staff to avoid the demands of labor-intensive patients …

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Coal-fired power plant to shut down in southern Michigan

A utility that serves five southern Michigan communities plans to shut down its coal-burning power plant on May 31. The Daily Reporter of Coldwater reports the Michigan South Central Power Agency will end operations at the 55-megawatt Endicott power plant. Officials have said cost is the reason for shutting down the plant. Plans call for the plant to be demolished …

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