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How states fared on unemployment benefit claims

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits plunged last week, a sign that the economy is building strength. more »»

Records show criminal cases for 2 board candidates

July 24, 2014

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Records show two of the four candidates seeking the same seat on the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners have criminal histories. more »»

Lab finds no risk from bacteria at Ohio bakery

July 24, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An independent lab has found that bacteria discovered at a commercial bakery in northeast Ohio poses no risk to public health.

Production at the Schwebel Baking Co. more »»

Judge denies request to halt oil drilling work

July 24, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A judge has denied a request by opponents of an exploratory oil well in Washtenaw County for court intervention to stop work at the approved site. more »»

Insurers owe nearly $13.2M in refunds in Michigan

July 24, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The federal government says more than 184,000 Michigan health insurance customers will benefit from nearly $13. more »»

Prisoner pleads guilty to 2004 Michigan murder

July 24, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prisoner has pleaded guilty to a decade-old murder in Michigan.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit. more »»

Gilda's LaughFest to return for 5th year in March

July 24, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of an annual festival of laughter in western Michigan say the event will return for its fifth year in March. more »»

Tortoise may have helped 12-inch alligator escape

July 24, 2014

NAUBINWAY, Mich. (AP) — An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortois. more »»

Court throws out conviction in 1983 fatal stabbing

July 24, 2014

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has overturned a murder conviction in a Wayne County case that took about 30 years to bring to trial. more »»

Detroit museum to start putting up art in suburbs

July 24, 2014

WIXOM, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts is going to start putting up reproductions of paintings at outdoor sites throughout the area. more »»

Michigan to host conference on African governance

July 24, 2014

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Scholars and policymakers from around the globe plan to gather next month for a conference on Africa at Western Michigan University. more »»

Refugee run farm operates in western Michigan

July 24, 2014

This is an AP Member Exchange shared by WOOD-TV. more »»

Muskegon River to be surveyed for sea lamprey

July 24, 2014

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Federal scientists are preparing to examine a portion of the Muskegon River to determine what steps are needed to control sea lamprey, an invasive fish parasite. more »»

Columbus ship replicas drop anchor in Michigan

July 24, 2014

WYANDOTTE, Mich. (AP) — Replicas of ships used by Christopher Columbus are sailing into a Michigan harbor.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit. more »»

Michigan officials search for 61-year-old boater

July 24, 2014

FENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The family of a man missing on Lake Fenton says he is a 61-year-old Flushing residen. more »»

Judge: Why wasn't child murder suspect in jail?

July 24, 2014

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit judge says it appears an ex-con accused of killing a 2-year-old girl in front of her father should have been behind bars at the time. more »»

Statue series grows, to include Betty Ford in 2018

July 24, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Community Legends project has added a sixth statue to a series that will grow to include former first lady Betty Ford four years from now. more »»

Detroit Land Bank's occupied homes pose challenge

July 24, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Land Bank Authority hopes to come up with a plan later this year on how to deal with homes it is trying to sell that are occupied, officials said. more »»

Lansing groups seek welcome for child immigrants

July 23, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A coalition of activists and religious leaders in Lansing is calling on the City Council to make the community a welcoming place for child immigrants from Central America. more »»



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