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Manufacturing Driving SWM Unemployment Lower

Manufacturing is leading the way in reducing southwest Michigan’s unemployment rate. Southwest Michigan First Chief Executive Officer Ron Kitchens tells our newsroom manufacturers in the region are adding jobs left and right. It’s helped to push the

Edmund Fitzgerald Remembered Today

The Great Lakes area is remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald tragedy, 41 years after the boat sank amid a furious storm on Lake Superior. The Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City is one of several places that

MI companies On Trade Mission To China

Several Michigan companies, including the Michigan Blueberry Growers and Naturipe out of Grand Junction are introducing themselves to China this week. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams is leading her first food

Spartans Cutting Down On Smoking, Drinking

Students at Michigan State University have been cutting back on drinking and smoking. Dr. Dennis Bartell is MSU’s director of health promotion and says the campus becoming tobacco-free is definitely a factor. “It’s really an indication about

Chikaming Twp Culvert Work All Finished

The $1.4 million replacement of a culvert on Red Arrow Highway in Berrien County is now done. The Berrien County Road Commission this week celebrated with a ribbon cutting. The project to replace the nearly 80-year-old culvert

GM Cutting About 2,000 MI Jobs

General Motors is cutting shifts at two plants, eliminating about two thousand jobs. The Lansing Grand River Plant builds Camaros and Cadillacs. The Lordstown plant makes the Chevy Cruze small car. AutoTrader analyst Michelle Krebs says this

Snyder Ready To Work With Trump

Governor Snyder says he’ll be working to improve Michigan’s relationship with the White House under a Donald Trump presidency. Snyder points out that Trump and Hillary Clinton made numerous stops here during the campaign. And he expects

Voters Approve LMC Millage Request

Voters have approved Lake Michigan College’s millage request. It was a close one, but in the end, the millage passed by about 680 votes. LMC President Dr. Bob Harrison tells WSJM News it’s gratifying to get the

Upton Congratulates Trump

Congressman Fred Upton has congratulated President-elect Donald Trump. The St. Joseph Republican stayed out of the race for president, not endorsing Trump. However, following Trump’s surprise and decisive victory Tuesday Upton issued a statement saying that he’s

MI Judge Seeking To Beat Age Limit Loses

A judge seeking to get around Michigan’s age limit by challenging another judge has lost an election in Livingston County. But Carol Sue Reader won’t be out of a job. She’ll still remain on the county’s District Court

LMC Millage Inching Toward Passage

It appears the Lake Michigan College capital millage proposal is going to be approved. As of 4 a.m., two precincts were still left to be counted in Berrien County and the “yes” votes were ahead by 1,078

Bailey Welcomes Another Term

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey has secured another term. Bailey easily won Tuesday over his only rival on the ballot, Rick Briand, of the Natural Law Party. Bailey told WSJM News he’s honored to serve once again.

Dave Pagel Wins In The 78th District

It’s a third term for state Representative Dave Pagel. The Republican handily defeated Democratic rival Dean Hill Tuesday, carrying the district by about 9,000 votes. Pagel owns Pagel Farms in Berrien Springs. His district covers several south

LaSata “Ready To Legislate”

Kim LaSata will be the next state representative for the 79th District. The Republican cruised to victory Tuesday over Democratic rival Marletta Seats. LaSata told WSJM News a good, positive campaign is a thing that “makes you feel great.”