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Michigan law limiting talk about elections won’t be enforced

The state of Michigan won’t enforce a law that blocks local government officials from talking about a ballot question before an election, under a deal approved Thursday by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara stopped the law in February with a preliminary injunction, saying the so-called gag order was vague and violated free speech rights. Now, nearly …

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CMH recognized with legislative tribute

State Reps. Aaron Miller and Eric Leutheuser recently presented a legislative tribute to the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency in the Capitol rotunda after the agency was recognized with an award during National Health Week. Miller and Leutheuser presented the tribute to Rebecca Burns, health officer for Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph County, and Jim Cook, emergency preparedness coordinator for the tri-county agency, …

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Burr Oak pastor opened House session

A St. Joseph County man opened the Michigan House session Tuesday as the guest of State Rep. Aaron Miller. Pastor Bill Beck, of Locust Grove Mennonite Church in Burr Oak, opened the session by offering the invocation. State Rep. and Speaker pro-tem Tom Leonard joined Beck and Miller at the House rostrum.

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Miller to hold office hours in Cassopolis

State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced office hours for an informal gathering later this month in Cass County. Miller invites residents to join him 8 to 9 a.m. March 30 at the Broadway Café, 158 S.  Broadway St., in Cassopolis. Miller said connecting face-to-face with people in communities throughout the district is one of the most rewarding aspects of being …

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School millage request is defeated

Officials from Three Rivers Community Schools will have plenty to discuss at their next meeting, as the district’s second failed millage request in 10 months went down Tuesday by a 3-to-2 margin. With all 24 precincts reporting, unofficial results show the 1.95-mill increase request was rejected, 2,240 to 1,501. The shortfall came despite a solid public-relations campaign to promote details …

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Charter status proposal fails

Lockport Township will not adopt charter status, as its registered voters turned down the proposal Tuesday. Results weren’t available until past midnight, and by the time all ballots were counted, the measure fell by a margin of about two-thirds opposed to one-third in favor. Final votes were 696 people against the measure and 398 supporting the concept, according to unofficial …

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