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MI Homelessness Going Down

The Campaign to End Homelessness is noting some progress Michigan has seen in recent years. The group’s Kelly Rose says homelessness was down 6% in 2015. Still, homelessness remains a problem. “We had almost 70,000 Michigan citizens

Time Running Out To Register to Vote

If you’re not registered to vote, then you’re almost out of time to do so if you want to have a say in November’s presidential election. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is reminding stragglers they have

Schuitmaker Named MADD Legislator Of The Year

State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker has been named one of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s legislators of the year. MADD says it wants to recognize the Lawton Republican, along with Oakland County state Representative Klint Kesto, for their efforts

Niles Scream Park Open For The Season

Halloween isn’t far off, and up and running for the season is the Niles Scream Park. Manager Matt Herm tells WSJM News the theme this year is 1930s monsters. Visitors can take in different scenes from several classics.

Shots Fired after Benton Harbor Football Game

Information continues to become available about reports of gunshots fired outside Godwin Heights football stadium right after the Benton Harbor Football game Friday night. WSJM Sports Play by Play Announcer Jon Wallace says there were just wrapping

St. Joe Fall Festival Underway

Taking place this Saturday downtown is the annual St. Joseph Fall Festival. Everything kicked off Friday with the big bed race down Lake Boulevard, and now St. Joe Today’s Whitney Behnke tells WSJM News Saturday features the

Funeral Held For Slain MI Police Officer

Detroit’s police chief has posthumously promoted a 20-year officer who died five days after being shot while chasing a suspect. Chief James Craig announced the promotion of Sergeant Ken Steil to captain at the end of his funeral

SWM Home Sales Up In August

Home sales in southwest Michigan continue to be strong, as the month of August brought an increase in units moved. Gary Walter, with the Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors, tells WSJM News it was a good month

Automaker Tesla Sues Michigan Over Dealership Laws

Tesla Motors has sued Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials, challenging a 2014 law that clarified that automakers can only sell through franchised dealerships. The federal lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgment that the “anti-Tesla” law is unconstitutional

Snyder Rolling Out Ads For House Candidates

Governor Rick Snyder is helping out six state House candidates with a series of TV ads. Among the candidates is state Representative Brandt Iden, of Kalamazoo County. He says he doesn’t think the governor’s ad indicates he’s

SWM Economy Flat In 2nd Quarter

The latest business outlook report from the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research is out, and it’s anticipating flat hiring in Berrien County for the third quarter. Regional analyst Brian Pittelko tells WSJM News the main indicators for the

Secretary Of State Begins Annual Food Drive

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has kicked off the 26th annual Harvest Gathering food drive. She tells WSJM News the drive began Thursday, collecting non-perishables for the needy at all 131 branch offices. Johnson says Michiganders are

Tesla Suing Michigan Over Dealership Law

Tesla has sued Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials, challenging a 2014 law that ensures automakers can only sell through franchised dealerships. The federal lawsuit filed Thursday seeks a declaratory judgment that the “anti-Tesla” law is unconstitutional

Threat Alert System Launched

Michigan’s new Amber Alert-like system to quickly warn people of mass shootings, terrorist attacks and other nearby threats is operational. Michigan State Police spokeswoman Lori Dougavito explains that it can be used to interrupt radio and TV