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Record 311,000 file initial unemployment claims in Michigan

Claims for unemployment benefits continue to skyrocket in Michigan during the coronavirus pandemic. A record 311,000 people filed initial applications last week. That is more than double from the previous week — shattering the previous high of 128,000 that was set the week before. The system has been deluged. The website went down Tuesday before being restored. The state Unemployment …

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Statement from Indiana Michigan Power

Statement of Toby Thomas, President and Chief Operating Officer of Indiana Michigan Power, updating communities in the I&M service territory regarding delivery of energy service during the coronavirus pandemic: Thank you for this opportunity to update the community about the status of Indiana Michigan Power at this crucial time. I&M does not anticipate any interruptions in our service related to …

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Statement from Kalamazoo State Theatre

The Kalamazoo State Theatre announces that the following shows have been rescheduled due the impact of COVID-19: Robert Cray Band – Original date: March 15/ New date:  September 9, 2020 Kalamazoo Academy of Rock – Original date:  March 21 / New date:  May 17, 2020 1964 The Tribute – Original date:  March 27 / New date:  February 13, 2021 Buddy …

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Statement from Subway

Like many in our community, Team Subway takes the health and safety of our guests and team seriously. Our restaurants are independently owned and operated by small business people. Our teams continue to work hard to keep our restaurants open for takeout and delivery, and we need our community’s support. We remain committed to serving our guests in the best …

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Michigan stops some medical procedures to help hospitals

Michigan doctors and dentists have been ordered to postpone all nonessential medical procedures. Meanwhile, people who are suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus threat have flooded the state with claims for unemployment aid. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says medical procedures should be scratched unless necessary to preserve health and safety. At least 549 people in Michigan have tested positive …

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Statement from Century Bank and Trust

Statement from Century Bank and Trust: As we all continue to navigate the growing concerns of the COVID-19 situation and do our part to help mitigate the situation, it is our goal to make decisions that support the public health of our communities. Century Bank and Trust will be instituting continued preventative measures at all office locations by temporarily limiting …

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Indiana’s RV industry hopes for minimal impact from virus

The RV industry in northern Indiana is watching what kind of impact the coronavirus may have on the market. Many of the factories in China that temporarily closed in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 are starting production again. But there are concerns about transportation and whether finished products will make it to their destination. The South Bend Tribune …

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Art Van to close furniture stores in at least 5 states

Art Van Furniture will close all company-owned stores in at least five states as the retailer heads toward liquidation after more than 60 years in business. Liquidation sales are expected to start Friday. Art Van spokeswoman Diane Charles says in a statement Thursday that the “company’s brands and operating performance have been hit hard by a challenging retail environment.” Archie …

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Project doubling Indiana Michigan Power’s solar generation

Construction is expected to start this spring on a project more than doubling Indiana Michigan Power’s electricity production from solar energy sources. The Fort Wayne-based company has won approval from Indiana officials for the solar farm planned for the Granger area just northeast of South Bend. Completion for the project is expected later this year and is expected to generate …

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MPSC approves new electric rates

The Michigan Public Service Commission last week approved a settlement agreement that establishes new rates in support of Indiana Michigan Power’s Michigan Plan, originally submitted last June. The agreement was reached between Indiana Michigan Power and parties representing the interests of consumers, environmentalists, businesses and the state of Michigan. MPSC approval provides I&M the opportunity to make significant investments in …

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