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Sturgis calls for repeal of state ballot law

Sturgis city commissioners have called for the repeal of a new state law that prohibits using public funds to communicate any information to voters in the 60 days prior to any local election. City leaders said state law already prohibited use of public money to advocate for support or rejection of a ballot proposal, millage issue or candidate election. But …

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Three Rivers named award-winning school

Three Rivers High School has been named an award-winning school by U.S. News and World Report. The publication named the high school a bronze-level winner in the “America’s Best High School 2015” contest. A number of factors are used to determine which schools qualify at which level, Principal Carrie Balk said. In the case of Three Rivers, it has improved …

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Students below average on state tests countywide

The average percentage of St. Joseph County students who tested proficient on new 2015 state assessment tests was below the state average at every grade level and in every subject. A report compiled by the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District shows that score disparity was greatest on the fifth-grade social studies test, while the countywide grade-level averages in English …

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Police issue citations following I-94 pileups

Authorities have issued citations to 20 drivers following a series of crashes along snowy I-94 in southwestern Michigan earlier this month that left two people dead. State police First Lt. Dale Hinz tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that citations were mailed this week to the drivers of four commercial vehicles and 16 passenger vehicles. The Van Buren County prosecutor’s office also …

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Michigan’s vaccination waiver rate drops after rule change

Fewer Michigan schoolchildren are getting immunization waivers, a drop that state health officials attribute to a year-old rule that requires parents to first talk with a local health department about the risks of not being vaccinated. Preliminary numbers released by the state Thursday show nearly 8,000 fewer waivers from the last school year, a 41 percent decline from about 19,100 …

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Fuel theft in Colon

State police were called this week to investigate the theft of diesel fuel in Colon Township. According to an agency media release, troopers responded at 9 a.m. Wednesday to the 6500 block of Middle Colon Road, where an unknown quantity of fuel was siphoned from a large holding tank. The suspect’s vehicle is a white, midsize pickup with lettering near …

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