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Work On New Legislative Districts To Continue


Despite a blow from the U.S. Supreme Court, anti-gerrymandering groups are pressing on to implement the Michigan voter initiative that gives redistricting power to an independent citizens’ commission. The high court ruled late last week federal judges

State Launches Crop Recovery Site


The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has launched an online portal for farmers to find the help they need after severe weather this year that has damaged their crops or prevented them from planting. Farmers

Road Funding Town Hall Monday


State Representative Brad Paquette is planning a town hall for Monday to talk about road funding in Michigan. The event will be held at the Niles District Library in Niles on July 8 from 6 to 7

State Shuts Down Auto Dealership


The state has shut down a Cass County auto dealership for failing to provide records for inspections. The Michigan Department of State says Jake’s Enterprises in Dowagiac has received a summary suspension after a department agent went

MSU To Open Allergen-free Dining Room


From the Associated Press — Students with food allergies will soon have a new place to dine on Michigan State University’s campus. The Lansing State Journal reports that the school is opening its first allergen-free dining hall,

State Grants For Broadband Expansion


Grants to help roll out high-speed internet to underserved areas of Michigan are now available through the Connecting Michigan Communities program. The office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued word this week applications are being taken for the

Upton Expects Action On Asian Carp Plan


Congressman Fred Upton wants to get to work soon on securing federal funds to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fully implement its recently-completed plan to stop the Asian carp from getting into Lake Michigan.

Motocross Returns To RedBud


Motocross racing is back in southwest Michigan this weekend. RedBud in Buchanan is hosting the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships, featuring both amateur and professional dirt bike racers. Among them is Kyleigh Hayes, who’s been racing for

Fire Marshal Urges Fireworks Caution


Michigan State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer wants everyone to be clear on the fireworks laws now that Fourth of July is here. He tells WSJM News state law outlines 12 days when fireworks are allowed statewide. “The

Upton Talks Border Funding


With protests this week about conditions at detention centers holding migrant families along the southern U.S. border, Congressman Fred Upton tells WSJM News he personally has not been to one of the centers to. However, that could

City Commission Rejects Employee Raises


The Benton Harbor City Commission has rejected a pay increase for city employees in the AFSCME union. At a Monday meeting, Commissioner Juanita Henry said the 2% pay increase that was negotiated with the union might put

School Leaders Reject State Plan


A proposal from the state that would give Benton Harbor Area Schools one year to show progress toward a turnaround or face closure of its high school is being rejected by the local board of education. At