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Slide-off leaves truck hanging from Indiana tollway overpass

A semitrailer was left dangling from an Indiana Toll Road overpass for hours Wednesday after it slid off the tollway amid icy, frigid conditions that caused other accidents, state police said. A car traveling in front of the FedEx semitrailer lost its traction and skidded about 9 a.m. Wednesday, prompting the truck’s driver to swerve near Mishawaka, just east of …

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Michigan deaths in 2020, first year of COVID, topped births

Deaths exceeded births in Michigan in 2020, a rare result influenced by COVID-19, statistics show. “We can blame a lot of deaths on COVID,” demographer Kurt Metzger told the Detroit Free Press, “but the fact is the trend of increasing deaths and decreasing births is a problem for Michigan outside of COVID.” Slightly more than 117,000 people died in 2020, while …

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Michigan AG asks feds to investigate fake GOP electors

Michigan’s attorney general is asking federal prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into 16 Republicans who submitted false certificates stating they were the state’s presidential electors despite Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in 2020. Dana Nessel, a Democrat, disclosed Thursday that her office had been evaluating charges for nearly a year but decided to refer the matter to the U.S. attorney in western …

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Police release names of 2 Michigan women killed in car fire

Authorities have identified two southwest Michigan women who died last week when their car caught fire after apparently getting stuck in heavy snowfall. Electra May Sutfin, 27, of Galien, and Chloe Clink, 28, of Dowagiac died early on Jan. 7 south of Dowagiac, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. The women were identified by the Kalamazoo Medical Examiner’s Office …

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Village of Colon looks ahead to 2022

The village of Colon is expecting to see a number of infrastructure and ordinance improvements in the new year. Sharon Craun, village president, said one project includes the installation of two new lift stations, and upgrades to the municipality lagoons and inlet structures. She said the village was fortunate to have been chosen for the Michigan State University Sustainable Built …

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Sturgis – Planning continues for splash pad

Two options for design work at and around the forthcoming splash pad at Thurston Woods Park next year were recently presented to members of the Sturgis City Commission. Eventually, one of the options was selected with further examination set to take place in 2022. City staff has been working with Abonmarche Consultants Inc. on the site plan design for the …

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Fatal pedestrian accident in Three Rivers

A 39-year-old Three Rivers resident died after being struck by a car while crossing a street in Three Rivers. According to a department media release, local police officers were called shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday to the intersection of North Main and Cushman streets. The pedestrian was crossing North Main Street when struck by a southbound vehicle. The pedestrian was …

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Michigan governor supports vaccine mandate; AG would defend

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she still supports President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, clarifying comments she made earlier this month in which she expressed concerns about it. After a federal appeals court overruled a decision last week that paused a nationwide vaccine mandate for employers of 100 workers or more, 27 Republican-led state governments have come forward with their intent …

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Two mile trail proposed for Sturgis

Sturgis commissioners are reviewing a plan calling for development of a trail on leased Michigan Southern Railway right-of-way. The proposed route would extend from west of Big Hill Road west to North Jefferson Street, then south to Chicago Road. Initially, the scope of work consists of preliminary design layout, final design, preparation of contractor requests for bids, evaluation of bids, …

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Man injured in crash near Jones

A Jones man was injured in a single-vehicle crash earlier this week in Cass County’s Newberg Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday to Bair Lake Street, near Wood Lake Road. Authorities said a vehicle driven by 41-year-old Adam Bistodeau, of Jones, left the roadway and struck a tree. Bistodeau was transported to Three …

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