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Group Tracks Missed Votes By State Lawmakers

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has released its annual report on state lawmaker attendance. It’s no surprise that more Michigan lawmakers missed votes this year due to COVID, although Mackinac Center legal analyst Jack McHugh tells

Retailers Optimistic For 2021

Retailers across Michigan are optimistic for the new year with hopes for a rebound after sales slumped during the pandemic. Jennifer Rook, with the Michigan Retailers Association, says optimism is indeed the theme for 2021. “It seems

More Road Projects In 2021

If you think there has been a lot of road work this past year across Michigan, the head of MDOT says wait until the new year, and the year after that. MDOT Director Paul Ajegba says that

Whitmer Releases Video Reflecting On 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has released a video reflecting on 2021 and looking ahead to 2021. The video is below. The governor’s office has released the following: Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released a video on social media reflecting on the unprecedented events and

County Supports City Shoreline Efforts

An application from the city of St. Joseph for a coastal management grant has the backing of the Berrien County Board of Commissioners. During a Thursday meeting the board approved a resolution stating the county’s support for

County Board Hears CARES Act Report

Berrien County received about $1.3 million in CARES Act funds this year. During a Thursday meeting of the Berrien County Board of Commissioners, Financial Services Director Doug James said most of those dollars have been spent. “What

State Adds 4,200 COVID Cases For Wednesday

Michigan is reporting 4,222 additional cases of COVID-19 for Wednesday. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the state has had a total of more than 488,000 cases since the pandemic started. Michigan reported 51

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop In Berrien County

Spectrum Health Lakeland CEO and president Dr. Loren Hamel is thanking southwest Michigan for staying home for Thanksgiving as the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continues to fall. “We currently have 39 individuals under respiratory

Health Department Lays Out Vaccine Strategy

The Berrien County Health Department has received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine, and is now administering it to frontline staff. Spokesperson Gillian Conrad tells WSJM News they got 1,400 doses last week. “We were able to

State Adds 3,400 COVID Cases For Tuesday

Michigan is reporting 3,414 additional cases of COVID-19 for Tuesday. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the state has had a total of more than 483,000 cases since the pandemic started. The state’s chief