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Carra sponsored bills head to Senate

State Rep. Steve Carra and the Michigan House of Representatives approved a plan to prevent experimentation on the remains of aborted children. House Bills 5558 and 5559, which Carra co-sponsored, would prevent any research on an organ, tissue or cell taken from an aborted embryo, fetus or neonate, to the extent allowed under the state constitution. An intentional violation would …

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Campaign underway to change lake name

St. Joseph County officials are being asked to support a drive seeking to change the name of a popular lake in Park and Lockport townships. County commission members were asked during their executive committee meeting Tuesday to back proponents of a campaign to make “Fisher Lake” the legal name of what is alternatively known as Fishers Lake. While the county …

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KN95 masks available in Cass and Van Buren counties

Van Buren/Cass District Health Department will be distributing free KN95 masks to organizations and community members in Van Buren and Cass counties. A partial list of participating organizations distributing masks, while supplies last, includes Van Buren Cass District Health Department at its Lawrence and Dowagiac offices; fire Departments in both counties; all Cass District Library branches; Cass County Council on Aging; Cass …

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Teen sentenced in two cases

A Sturgis teenager was sentenced to two years of probation and one year of jail for attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Court officials said Dwight Summey, 19, was sentenced recently by St. Joseph County Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman. Summey was given the same sentence for breaking into Glen Oaks Community College. Summey faced life felonies for safe breaking and …

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Woman injured in snowmobile accident

A Sturgis woman was injured in a snowmobile accident last week in Cass County’s LaGrange Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly before 7 p.m. to an area near Dunning Street and Oak Grove Road. Investigators said 30-year-old Catherine Miller was snowmobiling with a group on Trail 12. Behnke said Miller’s snowmobile was approaching a hill when she …

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Man arrested on outstanding warrants

St. Joseph County Sheriff deputies arrested a Marcellus man on outstanding warrants Monday. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies stopped a vehicle at 2 a.m. in the area of Broadway and Constantine streets in the city of Three Rivers for an equipment violation. Deputies found the driver was wanted on unspecified warrants and taken to the county jail. During the admission …

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Increase in education spending in budget plan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will unveil an ambitious budget plan this week that addresses Michigan’s educator shortage, as well as mental health and learning needs for students. Whitmer is proposing to provide the biggest increase in education spending in 20 years. The governor’s budget director is set to present the spending recommendations to lawmakers Wednesday. Whitmer’s $18.4 billion pre-K-12 spending plan …

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Vehicle stolen in Leonidas

Sheriff’s department deputies are investigating the theft of a vehicle last week from a location in Leonidas Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said the incident occurred in the evening or night hours Jan. 31. The vehicle is a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. It is blue in color and was stolen from a residence in the 30000 block of Longnecker Road. The vehicle …

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Michigan man convicted in killings of 4 women dies at 78

A Michigan man who was serving life sentences for the 1972 killings of four women in the Kalamazoo area has died after being found unresponsive in prison, a correction official said. Staff found Danny Ranes, 78, unresponsive on Jan. 29 at the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater and he was later pronounced dead at a hospital, Chris Gautz, a spokesman …

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Woman injured in Nottawa crash

A Centreville woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash last week in Nottawa Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies were called shortly after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday to the area of M-86 and Rambadt Road. Investigators found that a 65-year-old woman was driving west on M-86 when her vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a semi-tractor trailer heading east. The woman …

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