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New Faculty Contract In Place At SMC

The new contract for faculty at Southwestern Michigan College is in place. The SMC Board of Trustees approved the deal this past week, and the union has already voted on it. The contract includes pay increases of

Hunters Have A Big Impact On Michigan Economy

With firearm deer hunting season underway in Michigan, big bucks are being generated for the state’s economy. Michigan Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Ed Golder tells WSJM News hunting is a part of Michigan’s heritage. “Over the

MDOT Analyst Talks Toll Roads

The Michigan Senate Transportation Committee has moved forward on a bill that would study the idea of implementing toll roads in the state. On a recent episode of the Michigan Department of Transportation podcast, “Talking Michigan Transportation,”

Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputy Receives Award

A Berrien County deputy sheriff has received Berrien RESA’s 2019 Partnership Award. Deputy Kelly Laesch was honored for her efforts to foster relationships that encourage student development, growth, and achievement. Laesch was nominated by RESA employees Joe

Kinexus Part Of New Manufacturing Association

Benton Harbor-based Kinexus has announced the creation of a new manufacturing support group. The Michigan Manufacturing and Technology Association is a partnership between several industry groups around the state to provide expertise to manufacturing companies looking to

Upton: Help Available For Farmers

Congressman Fred Upton is welcoming news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that farmers in southwest Michigan can now apply for help to recover from poor weather this year that’s damaged their crops. Upton says he and

Annual Holiday Sock Drive Underway

While you’re out and about shopping this holiday season, the St. Joseph lodge of the Masons is asking that you grab a package of socks to be given to those in need. Jerry Sirk says he’s started

Upton Talks Violence Prevention Legislation

Following the most recent mass shootings around the United States, Congressman Fred Upton has thrown his support behind legislation intended to prevent such incidents, but not through gun control. He tells WSJM News the TAPS Act would

GVSU Brings Back Pledge Of Allegiance At Meetings

From the Associated Press — After a backlash, student government at Grand Valley State University is reinstating the Pledge of Allegiance at meetings. Student Senate President Eric-John Szczepaniak says there were reports that families were reconsidering whether