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Help Available To Farmers Hurt By Weather


Congressman Fred Upton welcomed news this month 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

Small Business Saturday Is Tomorrow


Retailers are following today’s Black Friday frenzy with the 10th annual Small Business Saturday. Michigan Retailers Association spokeswoman Meagan Holland says it’s an opportunity to keep your own community thriving by shopping your hometown stores. “If you

County Hopes For Action On Erosion


A disaster declaration for the entire Great Lakes shoreline in Michigan — more than 3,000 miles — is being sought by the Berrien County Board of Commissioners from the governor and the Michigan Legislature. At a meeting

Allegan County Launches Smart 911 System


Allegan County has announced the launch of its new Smart 911 system. Allegan County Central Dispatch Director Jeremy Ludwig tells WSJM News Smart 911 allows residents to register themselves with central dispatch so if they ever call

SW Michigan Housing Market Stays Strong


The area’s housing market continues to show signs of strength. The latest numbers for October are out from the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors, showing a 6% rise in sales over a year ago with 345 homes

Today Is Year’s Busiest Travel Day


One-point-seven million Michigan residents are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday this year. Most are driving, but more than 151,000 are flying, with many in and out of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. “We

South Haven Loses Power


The city of South Haven has no electricity. City officials tell WSJM News both of their transmission lines from American Electric Power are down, with no estimate on when restoration will happen. The outage began around 9:45

Lawsuit Aims To Stop Medicaid Work Requirement


Michigan lawmakers are being asked to put the brakes on the implementation of work requirements for Healthy Michigan enrollees. A coalition of healthcare and anti-poverty organizations filed a lawsuit last week challenging the Trump administration’s approval of

Utilities Prepare For High Winds


With high winds expected Wednesday, utilities are scrambling to be prepared. Consumers Energy spokesperson Brian Wheeler says even though it’s a holiday week, the company’s crews will be ready. “Right now, we’re looking at severe weather, high

USDA Talks Thanksgiving Food Safety


As family cooks everywhere are getting ready to prepare their Thanksgiving meals this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding them of how to safely cook that bird. USDA technical information specialist Chrystal Okonta tells WSJM