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Southwest Michigan Today: Tuesday July 23, 2019


Four candidates for mayor of Kalamazoo and eight candidates for city commission are set to appear on the ballot. The Attorney General’s office says the governor can’t force Benton Harbor to close its high school. Michigan and other states announce a settlement with Equifax over a data breach. The Michigan Supreme Court has sided with a woman suspected of drunk driving after a police officer entered her home without a warrant. Battle Creek police want to know who zip-tied a cross with hateful language on it to a church. The Bombers rally from a huge deficit. The Growlers end a six game losing streak. 

Four people will be on the ballot for mayor in the City of Kalamazoo this fall, and another eight candidates have filed to run for city commission. The deadline for would-be elected  officeholders to appear on the November ballot was this (Tuesday) afternoon at four o’clock. David Anderson, who’s a Kalamazoo City Commissioner, and David Benac, Esteven Juarez and Corey Smith are the candidates running for mayor. Of the three city commissioners whose terms are up only one is running to keep her seat. That’s Patrese Griffin who was appointed earlier this year to fill a vacancy on the Board.

(Detroit News) The state Attorney General’s office says Governor Gretchen Whitmer doesn’t have the authority to close Benton Harbor’s high school. But AG Dana Nessel says the governor could deploy a financial review team that could result in the appointment of an emergency manager. Whitmer proposed a plan in May that would close Benton Harbor’s high school and send the students, most of whom are African-American to neighboring, mostly white school districts. A spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s office tells the Detroit News that the governor doesn’t have any legal authority to force Benton Harbor schools to accept closing the high school. Benton Harbor’s School board has rejected two proposals from the governor designed to address academic performance and the district’s financial problems. A special school board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night. Trustees are expected to propose a new four year plan to the state by Wednesday.

(MPRN) The state Supreme Court says a police officer violated a woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by arresting her after he was pulled inside her home during a struggle. The officer knocked on the woman’s door after her vehicle was found abandoned and damaged. She spoke with the officer through the door, and had someone else hand over her driver’s license. The woman opened to the door so the officer could return the license. That’s when he grabbed the woman’s arm, and was pulled inside during the struggle. After the arrest, the woman failed two breathalyzer tests. She said that was because she drank after she got home. Nevertheless, she was convicted in the Kent County Circuit Court, and sentenced as a repeat offender. On a five-two decision, the Michigan Supreme Court reversed the conviction. The majority said the home’s doorway was a line the officer could not legally cross without a warrant.

(Battle Creek Enquirer) Police in Battle Creek are hoping to find the person who zip-tied a cross with an anti-transgender message on it to the doors of a church. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that the cross appeared Sunday on the doors of the First Congregational Church, as it prepared to hold a candelight vigil for transgender people who have died from violence or suicide. The newspaper reports that the cross had transphobic language on it and the word “repent.” First Congregational reported the incident to the police, who assigned officers to the vigil. The department is encouraging anyone with a tip to call Silent Observer.

(WCMU) Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has announced that her office, along with 48 other attorneys general, have reached a settlement with Equifax over a 2017 data breach. It was one of the largest breaches in history, and impacted nearly half of the U.S. population. It affected social security numbers, dates of birth, and addresses, among other things. Under the settlement, Equifax will pay up to $425-million to consumers and $175-million to states.

In baseball, Battle Creek came back from an 11 run deficit for a 13-12 win Monday night over Kenosha in 11 innings. The Bombers drew close with two runs in the fourth inning and seven in the seventh, then scored two in the ninth to force extra innings before winning it in the 11th. Battle Creek will host the Kingfish again Tuesday morning at C.O Brown Stadium.

Kalamazoo broke a six game losing streak with a 6-2 win Monday night at Rockford. The Growlers and the Rivets will wrap up their two game series Tuesday.