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State Farm announces building consolidation

FLINT — State Farm has announced a statewide facilities plan that will maximize building efficiencies throughout a three-state area. In Michigan, two operations centers in Kalamazoo and Livonia will remain open, while seven field offices across the state will consolidate to remaining offices in Michigan.

The announcement is the result of a study analyzing office space capacity and will allow State Farm to utilize technology while gaining operational efficiencies. The company will sell or end leases at the following seven offices over the next few years: Marquette, Traverse City, Gaylord, Saginaw, Flint, Troy and Wyoming Michigan. — G.G.

Speech center offers free screenings

FLINT TWP. — In celebration of May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, The Speech Language Learning Center, Inc. 2413 S. Linden Rd. Suite B, will offer Free Ages & Stages Screenings to children ages 1-5 years of age on May 21 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Parents that are not sure if their child is achieving their speech and language developmental milestones can come in and receive valuable information and find out if further evaluation of their child is required.

Contact 810-733-3911 for further information or you can also find out more information from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) at — G.G.

Gas prices begin to fall

GENESEE COUNTY — Average retail gasoline prices in Michigan have fallen 12.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.11 per gallon recently. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.93 per gallon, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in Michigan during the past week, prices yesterday were $1.24 per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 26.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 19.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 100.0 cents per gallon higher. — G.G.

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