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School board recall – Not enough valid signatures

A recall effort in which a trio of Three Rivers Board of Education members has been targeted appears to have reached a conclusion. County clerk Lindsay Oswald said the minimum number of valid signatures required for the recall to appear before voters in the November election fell short on all three petitions. A minimum of 1,165 valid signatures was necessary …

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Jodi Parrack investigation continues

Law-enforcement officials investigating the 2007 case involving the homicide of 11-year-old Jodi Parrack are pursuing a new avenue, thanks to a change in Michigan’s DNA collection law. A 65-year-old White Pigeon man, arrested in August for allegedly assaulting and restricting with a dangerous weapon a 10-year-old neighbor, is not considered a person of interest in the Parrack homicide, said Constantine …

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Traffic stop leads to arrest of man in teen’s sexual assault

State police have arrested a 52-year-old man in connection with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy at a southern Michigan cemetery. WOOD-TV and WXMI-TV report that the man and boy were in a van stopped about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The trooper learned during the traffic stop that the boy had been sexually assaulted at a cemetery in Coldwater. The …

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9-foot polar bear is back on campus after a summer makeover

MSU staffers approve as the school's huge polar bear is lifted back into place at MSU's Natural Resources Building, Tuesday,  Sept. 1, 2015 after undergoing extensive restoration work by Dennis Harris and Jamie Outman of Artistry of Wildlife taxidermy studio in Sandusky, Mich.  The two washed, cleaned, bleached, reconstructed the mouth, nose, claws and pads and even used matching mountain goat hair to rebuild the bear.  A new base was also made, complete with the Spartan logo. (Rod Sanford/Lansing State Journal via AP)

The bear is back. A 9-foot stuffed polar bear returned to Michigan State University on Tuesday after spending the summer with a taxidermist. It was the first time the bear had been away from the lobby of the Natural Resources Building since 1966. The Lansing State Journal says the bear has clean white fur, a new jaw and new pads …

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Glen Oaks, MSU partner for new degree

Glen Oaks Community College announced last week it has entered into a partnership with Michigan State University to offer an Associate of Applied Science in Business degree with a concentration in Agricultural Operations. The partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology while working toward an associate’s degree from Glen Oaks. The agreement, according …

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Sturgis will send resolution to legislature to repeal fireworks safety act

Sturgis city commissioners recently voted to repeal Michigan’s Fireworks Safety Act, saying the 2011 law took away local government’s ability to regulate consumer fireworks. The law liberalized fireworks sales in the state and limited local governments’ oversight authority. Following the latest July 4 holiday, commissioners had complained about widespread use of loud pyrotechnics in Sturgis neighborhoods, claiming it created a …

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