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State Expands Lead Services In Benton Harbor


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is expanding its lead abatement services to all homes in Benton Harbor. The department says previously, free lead abatement services were available to pre-1978 homes occupied by a child

Retailers See Higher Numbers


Retailers across the state saw sales rise in February over a slow January. Meanwhile, state-wide sales tax receipts in February were up 8.5% over last year, totaling $81.8 million above the forecasted amount. Jennifer Rook, spokesperson for

GVSU Holding Gig Fair


We’re increasingly in a gig economy and that’s why Grand Valley State University held a Gig Fair at its Detroit Center Friday. Vice provost for graduate and lifetime learning, Kara Van Dam, says they are trying to

Peters Comments On Gas Prices


Senator Gary Peters is reacting to President Joe Biden’s decision to release oil from U.S. reserves in order to address spiking gas prices. Peters told Michigan News Network it’s an appropriate step given the current circumstances. “We

Upton: Biden Budget Dead On Arrival


Congressman Fred Upton says President Biden’s budget proposal, unveiled this week, is almost certainly dead on arrival. The president on Monday released the $5.8 trillion plan. It increases taxes on the wealthy and seeks to reduce the

EPA Releases Report On BH Water Plant


A report on the Benton Harbor water plant has been released by the Environmental Protection Agency after it issued a unilateral administrative order for the plant in November. At the time, the EPA said an inspection found

FBI Informant Won’t Testify


FBI informant Stephen Robeson of Oxford, Wisconsin will not testify as a defense witness in the trial of four men charged with plotting to kidnap Governor Whitmer. Robeson appeared in federal court yesterday and took the Fifth

Upton Speaks With Ukrainian Lawmakers


A meeting was held this week between members of Congress and members of the Ukrainian parliament. Congressman Fred Upton tells WSJM News it matched much of what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said. “The message from these

Kinexus Leaders Give Labor Market Report


A labor market shortage remains the single biggest challenge facing the southwest Michigan economy heading into the spring of 2022. So says Kinexus Vice President for Government Affairs Al Pscholka, who spoke during an update Wednesday. Pscholka

Governor Signs Infrastructure Bill


From the Associated Press — Fixing dams and roads in Michigan is the goal under a newly signed infrastructure spending plan. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the more than $4.7 billion plan Wednesday in Grand Rapids. It includes

Buchanan To Hold Chili Cookoff


Set for next month is the annual walk and chili cookoff in Buchanan. The Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce says it’s teaming up with Meadows Meridian Senior Living for the event to take place from 5 to

Free COVID-19 Tests Available At Libraries


Free, at-home COVID-19 tests will now be available at 70 libraries in the state. That includes the Cass District Library in Cassopolis, the Buchanan District Library, Watervliet District Library, South Haven Memorial Library, and the Fennville District

PGA Long Drive Contest Next Week


The Kitchenaid Senior PGA Championship is looking for some southwest Michigan golfers who can hit a long drive. Championship Director Brandon Haney tells WSJM News they’re holding the community long drive contest next Wednesday at Pipestone Indoor