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Lawmakers Seek Reforms With MI Jails, Courts

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is highlighting a package of bills on jail and pretrial reforms. They say the bills address factors which contribute to Michigan’s county jail populations while balancing the goals of protecting the

State House Approves Return To Learn Plan

The Michigan House has approved a plan for getting students back to school this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. State Representative Beth Griffin tells WSJM News the Return to Learn plan empowers local school districts and health

SWM Housing Market Rebounds In June

The real estate market in southwest Michigan was substantially up in June when compared to May. The Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors tells us sales were up 124% for the month. That’s after home sales slowed during

Lawmaker Wants More Transparency With Drug Prices

State Representative Hank Vaupel, chair of the Michigan House Health Policy Committee, introduced a plan in Lansing on Tuesday to improve prescription drug price transparency in Michigan. The bipartisan proposal requires drug manufacturers to submit information about

Upton Expects Stimulus Bill This Week

Congressman Fred Upton expects the next coronavirus stimulus package to come together this week. He tells WSJM News the talks are ramping up. “They’ve now begun discussions between the White House and the leadership in the Senate,”

SMC Bringing Back Competitive Cross Country

Southwestern Michigan College is bringing back some athletics. The SMC Board of Trustees voted on Wednesday for the return of men’s and women’s cross-country for the fall of 2021. Board Chair Thomas Jerdon tells WSJM News that’s

MI Real Estate Market Seeing Rebound

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Michigan real estate industry is experiencing a strong sellers market. Inventory is extremely low and home prices are on the rise. Frank Tarala, president of Realcomp, told Michigan News Network this week

LMC Names Basketball Coaches For Coming Season

Lake Michigan College has named former Aurora University assistant Rickey Hampton as the Red Hawk’s head men’s basketball coach. Meanwhile, Ray Kimball, whose career includes stints at both Grand Rapids and Lansing Community Colleges, has been named