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Vintage WWI cannon swiped from outside Michigan VFW post

Aug 27, 2015

A Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars post is working to track down a vintage World War I cannon swiped from outside its site.

A Veterans of Foreign Wars official in southwestern Michigan fears a stolen WWI cannon may be sold for its metal.

The vintage military hardware was hauled away earlier this week from outside VFW Post 1137 in Benton Township.

The building has been closed since October.

Post adjutant quartermaster Robert Williams says the cannon may be headed to a scrap yard and adds: "Who's going to put it in their yard?"

Rapid bus fare increases
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Rapid management approved the transit line’s first fare increase in seven years.

The increase applies to all fares in the Rapid transit system, and takes effect on October 1.

It includes a single adult rate increase of a quarter to $1.75. Monthly passes will go from $40 to $47, and a reduced-fare monthly pass increases from $26 to $30.

Public comment was collected earlier this summer, with residents and organizations expressing concerns over affordability – especially agencies that provide fare vouchers for low and fixed-income residents.

Snyder: Talking to China important despite GOP critics

Aug 27, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says it's important to talk trade with Chinese officials despite some GOP presidential hopefuls blaming China for the recent tumble of U.S.

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     TEKONSHA, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Michigan are investigating reports of shots being fired at cars on Interstate 94 and Interstate 69.
 
     The Calhoun County sheriff's office says the damage is being blamed on "projectiles." But a closer look at some vehicles confirms that damage is related to gunshots.
 
     The incidents occurred between July 29 and Aug. 21 in Calhoun and Branch counties. No injuries have been reported.
 

Name of man who jumped from freighter is released

Aug 27, 2015

Authorities have released the name of a 41-year-old Ohio man who jumped from a freighter in Lake Michigan in northern Michigan.
 
The Mason County sheriff's office identified him as Jerald Rinaldi of Cleveland. He's been missing since jumping from the Stewart J. Cort early Sunday.
 

Authorities say Rinaldi was in trouble with his bosses on the ship because of alcohol use. The search in Lake Michigan has been suspended, but volunteers have been walking the beach.
 

Crews surveying Lake Michigan yellow perch populations

Aug 27, 2015

State teams are conducting the latest in a series of fish surveys in Lake Michigan to learn more about populations of lake perch and other species that live near the shore.
 
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says crews from the Charlevoix Fisheries Research Station began the latest survey Monday and will continue through Sept. 11.
 
They're taking samples in shallow waters near the ports of South Haven, Grand Haven, Portage, Pentwater, Charlevoix and Petoskey.
 

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Rapid bus line employees, union membership and supporters filled the chambers of an Interurban Transit Partnership board meeting Wednesday, asking for an extension to contract negotiations and speaking out against proposed retirement plan changes.

RiChard Jackson is the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union local 836, which represents Rapid employees.

Michigan Court of Appeals
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The Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of the state and dismissed a major class-action lawsuit by young prisoners who said guards failed to stop sexual assaults behind bars.
 
     The court says Michigan's civil rights law doesn't apply to lawsuits by prisoners. It also dismissed the case on other technical grounds in a decision released Wednesday.
 

'Remove the Grand Haven Cross' Facebook page

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit over the city of Grand Haven's decision to remove a 48-foot cross from city-owned land on Dewey Hill sand dune.
 
     The judge determined Tuesday that the city has the right to do what it wants with its own property. He disagreed with the argument that the cross should continue to be displayed as a matter of free speech.
 

Pokagon Band building new tribal village in Michigan

Aug 26, 2015

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is building a new tribal village in southwestern Michigan.

Pokagon officials say Wednesday that crews have broken ground for the community in Hartford, southwest of Grand Rapids.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed next spring, which will include eight homes. Two additional phases also are planned.

Pokagon Band Chair John Warren says in a release that the project is part of their mission to "assist elders, youth and families with housing, community and self-sufficiency for a better quality of life."

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