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Man dies after being thrown from personal watercraft

Authorities say a man has died after being thrown from a personal watercraft and hit by the vehicle at a lake in southwestern Michigan. The crash happened Tuesday at Magician Lake in Cass County. The sheriff’s department says 28-year-old Derek Jackson of Gobles hit a wave and was thrown from the watercraft. He was taken to a hospital in South …

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Calley starts new effort to make Legislature part-time

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is starting a new effort to make Michigan’s Legislature part-time. The Detroit News reports Calley’s Clean Michigan Committee announced Monday it submitted a new petition with revised language to the Secretary of State. The new petition would generally require lawmakers to finish the regular legislative session by April 15 each year. The previous version sought to …

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Man tries to remove bees with fireworks, burns down garage

A Michigan man who tried to use fireworks to remove a bees’ nest from his garage ended up burning the building down instead. MLive reports crews responding to the home in Grand Blanc Township on Monday saw fireworks shooting into the sky from the burning garage. No one was injured. Grand Blanc Fire Chief Bob Burdette says the homeowner was …

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Man injured in crash

A 29- year- old Constantine man was in critical condition at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo following a crash over the weekend in Constantine Township. Sheriff ’s deputies said Dustin Cole was driving east on Featherstone Road near Constantine Road around 8:30 a.m. Saturday when he lost control of the car. Cole’s vehicle left the right side of road before the …

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Mottville fire – No health-related concerns

Local health officials say there is no concern to the general population for any health-related hazards or risks associated with lingering smoke from last week’s Mottville Township fire. The fire at Green Stream Recycling began June 26 and has affected an area of about 15 acres. Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has been in contact with the Kalamazoo district office …

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No property tax increase in Sturgis

Property owners in the city of Sturgis will see no property tax increase this year. City commissioners last week sidestepped adding nearly a half-mill to hire an additional police officer and a fire marshal. The commission set the 2017 operating tax rate at 10.0285 mills, the same millage levied in the city for more than a decade. A millage hike was …

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