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Upton Keeping Options Open

Following the Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission’s vote on the state’s new congressional maps this week, Congressman Fred Upton is keeping his options open about seeking re-election. In a social media post Wednesday, Upton wrote, “Michigan’s newly drawn

A Look At The New Michigan Legislative Maps

The Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission has approved new legislative district maps for the state, and they would alter southwest Michigan’s districts quite a bit. Starting with the U.S. House map, the commission on Tuesday approved the proposed

Law Encourages Development Of Brownfield Sites

From the Associated Press — Michigan developers with “transformational” plans to redevelop brownfield sites can continue to seek tax incentives after Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature extended the program for an additional five years. The state’s

Controlled Explosions Planned In Grand Rapids

From the Associated Press — Controlled detonations are planned in Grand Rapids as the police department’s bomb squad disposes of explosives and other hazardous materials. The Grand Rapids Police Department says intermittent detonations will be held between

Redistricting Commissioner Explains New Maps

After much debate and scrutiny, the Michigan Redistricting Commission has approved new legislative maps for the next decade. Eight of 13 members of the panel created by a voter-approved constitutional amendment voted for the 13-district Congressional plan.

MDOT Ends Plow Naming Contest

The Michigan Department of Transportation has ended a contest to name some of its plows. MDOT spokesperson Nick Schirripa tells us about one of the most popular submissions. “”There were some great names,” Schirripa said. “The name

Schools Using State Grants To Hire More Counselors

Governor Whitmer today announced that schools are recruiting and in the process of hiring 560 more school psychologists, school social workers, school counselors, and school nurses with the help of funding from the FY22 State School Aid Act.    “The pandemic

Gas Prices Expected To Rise

The price of gas is about to jump for the first time in nearly two months. GasBuddy.com analyst Patrick DeHaan is expecting a price jump in the next two days in west Michigan. “Stations usually decrease their

Part Of Holden Road Closed In Baroda

A portion of Holden Road in the Baroda area has been closed by the Berrien County Road Department for a drain project. It says the Berrien County Drain Commission is working on the Sober and Becker Drain,

Upton Discusses Toxic Political Culture

Congressman Fred Upton is decrying the divisive environment in Washington and around the country. Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union over the weekend, Upton said nasty rhetoric in the national discourse is affecting the ability of