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Former Oakland County Priest Sentenced

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Former Oakland County priest 79-year-old Gary Berthiaume has been sentenced to between 17 months and 15 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct. Michigan Assistant Attorney General Danielle Russo Bennetts says the charges stemmed from allegations of

Senator Stabenow Discusses Infrastructure Spending

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Senator Debbie Stabenow hosted a virtual meeting on Thursday with southeast Michigan local leaders to discuss federal infrastructure funding opportunities. She outlined where she thinks the money should go. “Lead pipes,” said the senator. “Nobody has to

MI Utility Announces $500,0000 In Grants

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The Consumers Energy Foundation has announced nearly $500,000 in People Award grants for organizations around the state. Spokesperson Terry DeDoes tells WSJM News Consumers focuses its efforts on improving the planet, people, and prosperity, and each of

Small Businesses Respond To Survey

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Michigan’s small businesses continue to struggle with workforce shortages, inflation and supply chain disruptions, according to a new survey released by the Small Business Association of Michigan. Small Business Association of Michigan president and CEO Brian Calley

I&M Gives Away 12,500 LED Light Bulbs

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Indiana Michigan Power has donated 12,500 LED lightbulbs to service agencies around southwest Michigan. I&M worked with 12 Southwest Michigan non-profit agencies, including food banks, pantries, non-profits, senior centers, and other social service organizations serving low and

Funding Secured To Complete New Soo Lock

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Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters have announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive $479 million from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to invest in modernizing the Soo Locks. They say with the

Nonprofits Awarded $870,000 To Bolster Worker Protections

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Nineteen nonprofit organizations across the state have received a total of $870,000 in training grants to strengthen worker safety and health, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) announced today.  The annual MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training grants are awarded for the development and implementation of

GVSU To Expand Free Tuition Statewide

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Grand Valley State University is expanding it’s successful Grand Valley Pledge, which offers free tuition to students with families making $50,000 or less. Vice president of enrollment development at Grand Valley, B. Donta Truss, says initially the

DNR Completes Latest Fish Stocking Season

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has closed the books on what it calls another successful fish stocking season. Eight different species, adding up to 672,478 fish, weighing in at nearly 13.5 tons were released into state

St. Joseph Ice Fest Next Month

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Coming up the weekend of February 4 is the 2022 St. Joseph Ice Fest. St. Joseph Today’s Daniele Crevier tells WSJM News the event is a great way to celebrate the winter by taking in ice sculptures

Whiteford Running For State House

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There’s a new candidate in the running for the Michigan House in the 38th District. Kevin Whiteford has announced his candidacy. Like his wife and current state Representative, Mary, Kevin Whiteford is a Republican. The 38th District

Whitmer Comments On Nursing Home Report

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has responded following the release of a report from the state’s auditor general concluding a higher number of patients at long-term care facilities had died from COVID-19 than what her administration reported. Whitmer says

Wendzel Seeking Third Term

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Seeking a third and final term in the Michigan House is state Representative Pauline Wendzel. She’s running in the new 39th District this time. That district includes Bainbridge Township, Coloma Township, Coloma City, Watervliet Township, and Watervliet