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Cook nuclear plant online after routine refueling outage

Operators of southwestern Michigan’s Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant say one of its units is back online after being shut down for routine refueling and maintenance. Plant spokesman Bill Schalk says the Unit 1 reactor is connected to the transmission grid after a 36-day outage that began last month. The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports workers also completed several large …

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Bills to raise adult criminal age to 18 advance in Michigan

Seventeen-year-olds can’t vote, drop out of school or buy cigarettes in Michigan. But they’re automatically prosecuted, sentenced and locked up as adults if they commit a crime. That could change after a bipartisan push to raise Michigan’s age for adult offenders from 17 to 18 received a major lift in the Legislature. The Republican-controlled House approved a 20-bill package this …

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Fun planned for Treasures of St. Joseph County

Details of the fourth annual Treasures of St. Joseph County have been announced by the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce. Set to take place July 17, the event will closely follow the concept of “The Amazing Race.” Chamber director Christy Trammell said the event will cover four locations in the county and involve various challenges at each stop to …

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House passes budget including increase in school funding

State Rep. Aaron Miller has praised bipartisan passage of the House budget for the coming fiscal year, noting every school in St. Joseph and Cass counties will receive the maximum per-pupil increase in state funding. Miller, who serves as chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State Police, said all schools in the 59th House District will receive a $120 …

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Legislation to prevent deed scams signed

St. Joseph County Clerk and Register of Deeds Lindsay Oswald has forwarded a media release detailing legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The new legislation will prevent private companies from charging exorbitant fees for copies of deeds that are available from their county Register of Deeds for only $1 per page. Amy Bissell, president of the Michigan Association of Registers …

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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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