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Adopt A Highway Cleanup This Weekend

Starting this Saturday will be the final Adopt a Highway cleanup of Michigan roads for the year. Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson Dan Weingarten tells WSJM News there are more than 2,800 volunteer groups who pick up

Flavored Vaping Ban Takes Effect

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s ban on flavored vaping products is now in effect. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says her emergency rules banning those flavored nicotine vaping products were released Wednesday. The ban was developed

Unemployment Rate Slips In August

From the Associated Press — Michigan’s unemployment rate slipped a bit in August to 4.2% from 4.3% in July. Figures released Wednesday by the state show total employment rose by 4,000 while the number of jobless workers

Legislation Aims To Fight Elder Abuse

The Michigan House Families, Children and Seniors Committee has referred a package of bills dealing with elder abuse to the House Judiciary Committee and recommend passage. State Representative Sarah Anthony, the plan’s sponsor, says the bills deal

SWM Planning Commission Holding Wastewater Tour

The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission is holding a tour this week designed to teach residents how the environment is protected via wastewater treatment plants. Senior planner Marcy Hamilton tells WSJM News they’re going to tour the Galien

Land Auction Pulls In $288,000

The fall Berrien County land auction has been held, netting more than $288,000 for the county’s foreclosure fund. Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski tells WSJM News 112 of 120 properties were sold Tuesday. That money goes into

Paquette Holding Tele Town Hall This Week

A tele-town hall meeting will be held this Wednesday by state Representative Brad Paquette of Niles. He says with recent changes to Michigan’s auto insurance law, he wants to speak with residents to help them understand how

Benton Harbor School Board President Dies

Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education President Stephen Mitchell has died. Board Vice President Joseph Taylor issued a statement Tuesday, saying the board, the district, and the community “are forever grateful for President Mitchell’s leadership and

More Than 30 State Parks Holding Fall Festival

From the Associated Press — More than 30 of Michigan’s state parks are hosting fall harvest festivals this year. They feature activities such as hayrides, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, costume contests, haunted trails, nature programs and horse-drawn carriage

Andrews University Change Day Next Week

Around 800 students and faculty members from Andrews University are set to be out and about around southwest Michigan volunteering for non-profits next week. That’s because the third annual Change Day is Tuesday. Change Day coordinator Teela