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State Legislature Returns To Work This Week

The Republican-led Michigan Legislature returns for voting this week after a three-month summer break, with plans for an abbreviated calendar before the crucial November election determines which party controls the House. Both chambers will have three weeks in

Apple Growers Enjoying Bumper Crop

Apple growers around southwest Michigan say they’re pleased with this year’s crop. The Michigan Apple Committee announced this week 2016’s harvest will be much larger than usual, and Sarah Jollay, with Jollay Orchards in Coloma, tells WSJM

Orchards Mall Facing Possible Foreclosure

Foreclosure is a possibility for the Orchards Mall in six months. The owner of the Orchards Mall in Benton Township owes $324,000 in back property taxes to Berrien County and is flirting with foreclosure. County Treasurer Bret Witkowski

150,000 Jobs Added In August

The latest numbers from the United States Labor Department show employers added 151,000 jobs in August. That may seem like a lot, but it’s about half of what was added in July and June. Michigan News Network

Protesters Greet Trump In Detroit

Area clergy and several hundred city residents have denounced a visit by Donald Trump to a Detroit church as the Republican presidential candidate hopes to convince black voters to cast their ballots for him. Trump attended an attendance-by-ticket-only

Auto Sales Down In August

U.S. sales of new cars and trucks were expected to drop in August, ending summer on a low note for the auto industry. Ford’s sales were down 8 percent compared to last August. More automakers will report sales

Hiring Slows In August

The latest numbers from the United States Labor Department show employers added 151,000 jobs in August. That may seem like a lot, but it’s about half of what was added in July and June. Michigan News Network

Report Examines Payday Lending Abuses

A new report from the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan has taken a look at nearly 10,000 complaints filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about payday lenders and found serious abuses. It’s recommending some changes to

Trump To Visit Detroit Church Saturday

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be in Detroit this weekend. He’s slated to visit a church on Saturday as he tries to reach out to black voters. However, Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber says Detroit is

Arrest Made In Dowagiac Gas Station Robbery

A suspect has been arrested in the robbery of a Marathon station in Dowagiac this week. The Cass County Prosecutor’s office says 30-year-old Christopher Rhodes is charged with robbery, larceny, and felony firearm. Police say he walked into

State Lists Worst Schools

Many of the schools on Michigan’s newest bottom 5% list are in Detroit and will not be closed by the state until 2019 at the earliest because of how the laws enacting a financial bailout of the

State Warns About Gas Pump Skimmers

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is again warning drivers about gas pump skimming devices. The skimmers can be attached to a gas pump to steal your credit card information when you pay outside. Department