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Pscholka’s Good Samaritan Law Expands

Anyone in Michigan may report drug overdoses without fear of being prosecuted for illegal possession or use under legislation signed by Governor Rick Snyder. The House voted last month to exempt people of any age from prosecution

Manufacturing Day In Michigan

Events are being held all over Michigan today to recognize Manufacturing Day. President & CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, Ed Youdell wants to see more enter the field. “We need young people to get

Research Warns Of Urban Voting Problems

Voter turnout could play a decisive role in next month’s election, and a new study warns some Americans may have a harder time casting ballots than others. Spencer Overton, with the Joint Center for Political and Economic

Gas Prices Rising Again

Gas prices have spiked again in the Great Lakes States. GasBuddy.com says a couple of factors are at work and a third could make the situation even worse. Analyst Patrick DeHaan says a pair of regional refineries

Clinton Jumps To Big Lead In Michigan

A new poll shows Michigan might not be a battleground state, after all. EPIC-MRA finds Hillary Clinton has regained an 11-point lead over Republican Donald Trump following their first debate and is now up 43% to 32%,

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