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Business Leaders Talk Marijuana Legalization

As Michiganders get set to vote on a ballot proposal that would legalize recreational marijuana, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce held a summit Thursday morning to discuss the local implications. Josh Lunger is the chamber’s Director

Mega Millions Jackpot at $1 Billion

The jackpot for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing is now $1 billion. Yes, that’s $1 billion. And if no one wins it, the jackpot will jump to $1.6 billion for next Tuesday’s drawing, according to the Michigan Lottery.

MI Real Estate Prices Remain Up

The real estate market continues to show gains in Michigan with the median sales price increasing 3% last month compared to September of 2017. Karen Kage with Real Comp told Michigan News Network the region continues to

Schwarzenegger To Speak In Michigan

Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger will speak Saturday at a rally in East Lansing. It’s in support of Proposal 2, an effort to eliminate gerrymandering in Michigan. Voters Not Politicians Director Katie Fahey tells us Michigan draws its

Major Opioid Legislation Passed

Congressman Fred Upton is waiting on the president to sign opioid legislation that passed the Senate this month. Upton tells WSJM News the landmark package out of the House is designed to help fight the growing opioid

South Haven Threat Deemed A Hoax

A bomb threat reported this week at Baseline Middle School in South Haven was determined to be a hoax. The South Haven Police Department says it cleared the building of anything dangerous on Wednesday after a search.

Gast Investing In Benton Twp Facility

Gast Manufacturing has announced a $6 million investment in Benton Township. Cornerstone Alliance Business Development Manager Shane Kissack tells WSJM News the company, which designs and produces air-moving products, plans to add at least 30 new jobs

Mega Millions Jackpot At $900 Million

The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday’s drawing is now up to $900 million. The Michigan Lottery tells us the cash option for Friday will be $513 million. The $900 million jackpot is the largest ever for the

Upton Praises Tax Cuts

As next month’s elections are expected to bring a surge in voter turnout, one thing that could help Republicans is the state of the economy. September’s unemployment rate was 3.7%, the lowest it’s been since 1969. Congressman

Major Pokagon Construction Project Underway

Major construction is underway at the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi’s Rodgers Lake campus near Dowagiac. Pokagon Band Government Manager Jason Wesaw tells us they’re doing a major improvement project at a cost of $25 million on

Immigration Detention Center Proposed For MI

In west Michigan, the Immigration Centers of America has proposed converting the former Deerfield Correctional Center in Ionia into a federal immigration detention center. Dennis Muchmore, who represents the Immigration Centers of America, told Michigan News Network

Assistance Animals Workshop Next Month

A workshop on the different types of assistance animals and the rules that apply to them is planned for next month in St. Joseph. Disability Network Southwest Michigan Education Coordinator Miranda Grunwell tells WSJM News there are

Home Repair Help In South Haven

Residents of South Haven who might need some financial help repairing the exterior of their home could be in luck. South Haven City Manager Brian Dissette tells WSJM News that’s after action by the city council this

Opioid Summit Held This Week

The national opioid crisis is being felt all over Michigan. In Washtenaw County there have 56 overdose deaths so far this year, an increase of more than 30% from a year ago. The Washtenaw County Opioid Summit

Fish Virus Appears In Two MI Lakes

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the largemouth bass virus that killed hundreds of fish back in the early 2000s has been found in Cedar Lake in Alcona and Iosco counties. DNR Hatchery Manager Martha Van

Stabenow And James Talk Healthcare, Trade

By Doug Cunningham U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and GOP Senate candidate John James highlighted differences between them on healthcare when they met for debate. James is a staunch Trump backer who says Michigan needs new blood in

Voters Urged To Be Prepared

The AARP of Michigan is hoping the state’s voters will get themselves familiar with the variety of proposals set to appear on next month’s ballot before they hit the polls. Manager of Advocacy Lisa Dedden Cooper tells

Cornerstone, Bridgman Chambers Integrating

The Greater Bridgman Chamber and Growth Alliance is integrating into the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce. Cornerstone’s Chris Heugel tells WSJM News the Twin Cities-based chamber started helping the Bridgman chamber when its previous leader moved out of

Coast Guard Approves Mackinac Anchor Ban

From the Associated Press — The U.S. Coast Guard says ships can’t drop anchor in the Straits of Mackinac unless they have permission. The area between Michigan’s two peninsulas has an oil pipeline, known as Line 5, as