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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

More than 150 blue pinwheels were set up at Free Church Park in Sturgis Sunday afternoon in recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention month. The pinwheels were planted to recognize the confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect in St. Joseph County last year. The Child Abuse and Neglect Council of St. Joseph County uses the pinwheels to …

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Mob attack – More arrests

Detroit police say they have arrested two more men in connection with the severe mob beating of a suburban motorist who had accidentally hit a 10-year-old boy who stepped in front of his truck. Sgt. Michael Woody said a 30-year-old man was arrested Sunday night and a 24-year-old on Monday afternoon. That brings to four the number arrested in the …

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Unemployment rate decreases

February’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County decreased by one-tenth 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 6.8 percent February unemployment rate was more than January’s 6.9 percent. February’s unemployment rate was 1.3 percent less than the same month one year earlier, …

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Sturgis student charged with arson

A 15-year-old student has been charged with arson following an incident last week at Sturgis High School. According to Sturgis police, a paper-towel dispenser was intentionally set on fire in a bathroom shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday. Fire crews arrived to find a moderate amount of smoke but no fire. With the aid of school-security video, district officials and law-enforcement …

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TR Health has counselors on-site

Three Rivers Health now has two certified application counselors on site to assist residents in applying for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Its counselors can help people understand, apply online and enroll for health coverage through the Marketplace. They are available to answer questions and be a resource for the community. CEO William Russell said the Certified Application Counselors …

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Water-trickle ends

The Three Rivers Department of Public Services has announced it is ending its suggested water-trickle notice. Most of the water services that were frozen over the winter months have now thawed, and frost is out of the ground in most areas, DPS officials said. The suggested measure was noted a month ago.

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Questionnaire results released

Results of a needs-assessment questionnaire, distributed jointly by Sturgis Hospital and Three Rivers Health, have been released. The fifth of five fields focuses on maternal and infant health. According to the St. Joseph County 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, issues associated with teen pregnancies, teen births and poor birth outcomes ranked in the top five health concerns. More than half …

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Body found in lake

Authorities say the body of a woman has been found in a northwestern Indiana lake near where they conducted a January search for a missing Michigan doctor. Indiana State Police say a fisherman on Lake Charles in the town of Porter reported something suspicious Sunday morning. They say divers helped recover a female body dressed in dark clothing. Police say …

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Shooting in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo policed say a 13-year-old Kalamazoo boy was shot after leaving a party on the city’s south side. The shooting happened about 11:40 p.m. Saturday. The Department of Public Safety says the boy was shot in the back. It reports that the boy told investigators he was walking when he heard a gunshot and realized he’d been hit. The department …

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A tough winter for fruit trees

A Michigan farm group says the state’s harsh winter has damaged some fruit trees and vineyards. The Michigan Farm Bureau says the late thaw is finally allowing fruit farmers to assess damage from the cold and heavy snow. Horticulture and forestry specialist Ken Nye says there’s going to be some bud damage and also “potential damage to the wood.” Michigan …

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