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Governor Signs Police Officer Standards Into Law


Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation sponsored by state senator Tonya Schuitmaker designed to tighten the standards for police officers around Michigan. Schuitmaker tells WSJM News it gives the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards — or MCOLES

Survey Shows Increase In Hiring


A new survey from Michigan State University show employers are doing more hiring, which is good news for fresh college graduates. Study author Phil Gardner says at least businesses are giving them a chance. “This does not

SWM Winemakers Expecting A Good Year


Wineries in southwest Michigan are hard at work harvesting their grapes for the next vintage this month, and they’re feeling pretty good about how it’s going to turn out. Mike Merchant, the wine maker at Tabor Hills,

Kalamazoo County Tree Trimmer Killed In Fall


A 49-year-old man has died after falling from a tree-trimming bucket truck in southwest Michigan. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department says Wednesday that Ronald Lee Phillips tumbled 50 feet to the ground Monday outside a home in Schoolcraft

State Urges Zika Protections


62 cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus have been confirmed in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has now issued a travel warning in response, says spokesperson Jennifer Eisner. “We want to make sure

Walk To School Day Wednesday


Wednesday is International Walk to School day and thousands of kids are participating. Colleen Oliver, with the National Center for Safe Routes for School, says this year’s event is incredibly special because it’s the 20th year. “We are bringing

Police: Facebook Threats Were Unrelated


Police don’t think incidents in South Haven and Covert involving teens making threats while posing as clowns on Facebook are related. Two teens were identified by police as having threatened others, but Covert Township Police Chief Jay

Upton Sides With Override Of Obama Veto


Congressman Fred Upton is among those who voted last week to override President Obama’s veto of legislation allowing foreign governments to be sued for their role in terror attacks. He tells WSJM News it’s only right the

Student Count Day A Big Deal For Districts


Schools all around Michigan will be counting their students on Wednesday to determine how much state aid they’ll receive in the next year. It’s the fall student Count Day, and Lakeshore Schools Superintendent Phillip Freeman tells WSJM

Bill Clinton Campaigns In Michigan For Wife


Campaigning for his wife, former President Bill Clinton made stops Monday in Saginaw and Flint to spread the message of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “We can re-create a strong middle class and give poor people a

Cass County K9 Helps Make Another Bust


Cass County Sheriff’s Department K9 Faust has done it again, nabbing another criminal suspect. The department tells our newsroom deputies were checking out a home in Howard Township last Friday, looking for a person who had skipped