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Beginning in the 2021 fall semester, qualifying low-income students can receive free tuition through the Grand Valley Pledge. A program removing financial barriers.

“Focus on families with incomes of less than $50,000, adjusted gross income, and make sure that these prospective learners have a great opportunity to come to Grand Valley State University.”

Students from six Michigan counties; Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Grand Traverse, Calhoun and Wayne.

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A judge has reduced a sentence for a southern Michigan man convicted of murder as a teenager to at least 37 years in prison.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports 41-year-old Terrence Kelly is the second of eight juvenile lifers from Calhoun County to be re-sentenced after a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that life without parole for juveniles is cruel and unusual punishment.

Kelly already has served more than 23 years toward the new 37- to 60-year sentence. Kelly's attorney Sofia Nelson argued for a minimum sentence of 25 years.

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About 150 homeowners near Battle Creek may need to come up with thousands of dollars to eliminate elevated levels of arsenic from their well water.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports each affected homeowner in Calhoun County's Emmett Township could see an estimated $19,000 bill for connection costs to Battle Creek's water system, or $26,000 if road improvements are added.

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Michigan authorities have arrested several people in two incidents involving scores of stolen or fraudulent credit cards.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports Thursday three men and a woman from the Chicago area were jailed Wednesday after Calhoun County sheriff's deputies discovered about 150 cards from foreign countries in a Volkswagen near Marshall.

The car was across the street from a gas station, where a clerk had contacted police about possible credit card fraud.

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Classes are canceled for the day in a southern Michigan school district after photos showing two people holding guns were posted online along with threats to students.

The Calhoun County sheriff's department says two 16-year-old boys were arrested following threats involving Marshall Public Schools.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports authorities got involved after parents notified the district, which contacted police and helped identify the boys.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with assault with intent to murder after a Battle Creek police officer was shot at during a traffic stop.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Dariyone Clark-Brown also was arraigned Monday in Calhoun County District Court on fleeing from police, resisting police and gun charges.

Authorities say a driver stopped for speeding Saturday afternoon fired a shot as the officer leaned over to speak to him. The driver then sped away and eventually ran into a relative's home.

Police surrounded the house for several hours.

Former health official enters plea in Medicaid fraud case

Nov 25, 2015

The former head of a Calhoun County mental health organization faces up to 17 months in prison and will pay more than $1 million as part of a plea deal in a fraud case.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Ervin Brinker pleaded guilty Wednesday in Ingham County Circuit Court in Mason.

Brinker will pay $510,000 in restitution and another $510,000 in civil penalties.

He was fired in February from his job as chief executive for Battle Creek-based Summit Pointe.

Company responsible for oil spill to pay mobile home park

Oct 21, 2015

A southwestern Michigan jury has awarded damages to a mobile home park stemming from the 2010 oil spill that fouled the Kalamazoo River, but far less than what attorneys sought.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports the Calhoun County jury on Wednesday awarded $155,100 to Battle Creek Realty, which owns Baker Estates.

Attorneys representing Baker Estates argued the July 2010 spill damaged the Emmett Township mobile home park and sought $6 million.

The jury found the spill didn't cause damage but did cut into profits.