Stay Safe During Summer Heat

MDHHS routinely reviews emergency department (ED) data for heat-related illness. During this past July 4 weekend, July 2 to July 5, 120 ED visits due to complaints that include heat exhaustion and heatstroke, sunburn and sun poisoning were reported. Daily temperatures this week are anticipated to again rise above 80 degrees, which generally correlates with an increase in ED visits for heat-related illness. R EAD MORE

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State’s Reformed No-Fault Law

Griffin, of Mattawan, helped approve a major overhaul to Michigan’s much-maligned no-fault system. The new law guarantees lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stopping price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, combating fraudulent claims and strengthening consumer protections. READ MORE!

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Look Out for Harmful Algal Blooms

If you or your family will be living near or visiting Michigan waters this summer, it is important to be aware of potential harmful algal blooms (HABs) caused by cyanobacteria, which can have an impact on the health of people and animals. Also called blue-green algae, cyanobacteria are a natural part of Michigan lakes, rivers, and ponds. However, some cyanobacteria produce toxins, called cyanotoxins, that can make people and animals sick if they grow to form HABs. READ MORE!

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Minority Businesses in Kalamazoo Receive Funding…Is it Enough?

Tao Adedeji, the owner of He Reigns Magazine, was one of those businesses. Already a one-man operation, Adedeji was informed by a vendor, Ralph Jones of RJ’s Printing, of an opportunity to receive $5,000 through a Micro-Enterprise Grant. That referral turned into a blessing. But would it be enough for the black business community? READ MORE!

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Community Input Sought on Zoning Downtown

The goal of this project is to create a zoning code that is clear and easy to understand, creates predictable outcomes for development, and ultimately help to achieve the community’s vision for Downtown. The current zoning code was last updated in 2005. Since then the City has completed two Master Plans including the most recent 2025 Master Plan which specifically calls for an update of the zoning code. READ MORE ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED!

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