SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

South Haven Pier at Lake Michigan - file photo by WMUK

State lawmakers want to make it easier to get a name change after a divorce. Beach goers are urged to go “plastic free” for the holiday weekend. The Growlers sweep a double header from the Bombers in Kalamazoo. 

Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's office. Photo by Andy Robins, WMUK
Andy Robins / WMUK

Benton Harbor’s School Board rejects a state school improvement plan. Kalamazoo County’s Prosecutor drops more than 250 marijuana possession cases. A state grant program aims to bring high speed internet to rural areas.

Kalamazoo City Hall - file photo. Photo by Sehvilla Mann, WMUK
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The state reaches a deal with the Air Force on PFAS clean up. Kalamazoo sells land to be developed as a cannabis farm. Presidential candidate Pete Buttgieg plans a fundraiser in Saugatuck. 

State Capitol - file photo. Photo by Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio Network
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

Michigan School districts have to finalize their budget without a clear picture from the state. Republican and Democratic lawmakers propose changing the state’s emergency manager law. The Growlers and Bombers both end the weekend victorious.

Michigan Congressman Justin Amash - file photo by Gordon Evans, WMUK
Gordon Evans / WMUK

Congressman Justin Amash has another Republican primary challenger, while his fellow GOP representatives say his votes on defense spending have hurt efforts to bring a missile defense system to his district. High water levels put South Haven’s fireworks display in danger of cancellation. Public safety officials say visitors to the Great Lakes need to be extra careful while the water is high. State Farm employees in Portage are expected to lose their jobs by the end of August. Federal officials say Michigan's special education students are doing better in school, but the state still needs "assistance" with is programs.