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New MI House Speaker Has Big Plans

State Representative Tom Leonard is the new leader of state House Republicans. He was picked for the job of speaker on Thursday, and says there are a lot of things on his plate. “I’d like to see

Watervliet Solar Power Plant Up And Running

Indiana Michigan Power has completed its solar plant in Watervliet, and the facility is now up and running. Spokesperson Tracy Warner tells WSJM News the 50,000 panel solar farm will generate about 4.6 megawatts of power, which is

Y-Country Stuff A Truck Food Drive Next Week

It’s time once again for 97-5 Y-Country’s Stuff a Truck food drive. The week-long effort starts Monday, and it’ll have Y-Country staff broadcasting live from Roger’s Foodland in St. Joseph alongside a 23-foot truck, stuffing it with

Firearm Deer Season Starts Tuesday

Firearm deer hunting season starts Tuesday, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding those who plan to head out into the woods to be safe. It’s issued a quick list of tips to be sure

MI Senate Approves Energy Policy

The Michigan senate has approved a long-awaited energy policy. State Representative Aric Nesbitt, of Lawton, is the chair of the House Committee on Energy Policy, and has led the charge on the package. He tells WSJM News

Michael Moore: Trump Protests Will Continue

Michael Moore is blasting the government, and Democrats, for not listening to the working people of Michigan. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Friday, Moore says Flint residents and others didn’t feel that Hillary Clinton was on their side

Manufacturing Driving SWM Unemployment Lower

Manufacturing is leading the way in reducing southwest Michigan’s unemployment rate. Southwest Michigan First Chief Executive Officer Ron Kitchens tells our newsroom manufacturers in the region are adding jobs left and right. It’s helped to push the

Edmund Fitzgerald Remembered Today

The Great Lakes area is remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald tragedy, 41 years after the boat sank amid a furious storm on Lake Superior. The Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City is one of several places that

MI companies On Trade Mission To China

Several Michigan companies, including the Michigan Blueberry Growers and Naturipe out of Grand Junction are introducing themselves to China this week. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams is leading her first food

Spartans Cutting Down On Smoking, Drinking

Students at Michigan State University have been cutting back on drinking and smoking. Dr. Dennis Bartell is MSU’s director of health promotion and says the campus becoming tobacco-free is definitely a factor. “It’s really an indication about