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South Haven Loses Power

The city of South Haven has no electricity. City officials tell WSJM News both of their transmission lines from American Electric Power are down, with no estimate on when restoration will happen. The outage began around 9:45

Lawsuit Aims To Stop Medicaid Work Requirement

Michigan lawmakers are being asked to put the brakes on the implementation of work requirements for Healthy Michigan enrollees. A coalition of healthcare and anti-poverty organizations filed a lawsuit last week challenging the Trump administration’s approval of

Utilities Prepare For High Winds

With high winds expected Wednesday, utilities are scrambling to be prepared. Consumers Energy spokesperson Brian Wheeler says even though it’s a holiday week, the company’s crews will be ready. “Right now, we’re looking at severe weather, high

USDA Talks Thanksgiving Food Safety

As family cooks everywhere are getting ready to prepare their Thanksgiving meals this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding them of how to safely cook that bird. USDA technical information specialist Chrystal Okonta tells WSJM

Benson Appoints New Elections Director

From the Associated Press — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has named Jonathan Brater to be the next director of the Michigan Bureau of Elections following the retirement of current director Sally Williams. Brater, who will take

New Faculty Contract In Place At SMC

The new contract for faculty at Southwestern Michigan College is in place. The SMC Board of Trustees approved the deal this past week, and the union has already voted on it. The contract includes pay increases of

Hunters Have A Big Impact On Michigan Economy

With firearm deer hunting season underway in Michigan, big bucks are being generated for the state’s economy. Michigan Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Ed Golder tells WSJM News hunting is a part of Michigan’s heritage. “Over the

MDOT Analyst Talks Toll Roads

The Michigan Senate Transportation Committee has moved forward on a bill that would study the idea of implementing toll roads in the state. On a recent episode of the Michigan Department of Transportation podcast, “Talking Michigan Transportation,”

Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputy Receives Award

A Berrien County deputy sheriff has received Berrien RESA’s 2019 Partnership Award. Deputy Kelly Laesch was honored for her efforts to foster relationships that encourage student development, growth, and achievement. Laesch was nominated by RESA employees Joe