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State Shuts Down Auto Dealership

The state has shut down a Cass County auto dealership for failing to provide records for inspections. The Michigan Department of State says Jake’s Enterprises in Dowagiac has received a summary suspension after a department agent went

MSU To Open Allergen-free Dining Room

From the Associated Press — Students with food allergies will soon have a new place to dine on Michigan State University’s campus. The Lansing State Journal reports that the school is opening its first allergen-free dining hall,

State Grants For Broadband Expansion

Grants to help roll out high-speed internet to underserved areas of Michigan are now available through the Connecting Michigan Communities program. The office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued word this week applications are being taken for the

Upton Expects Action On Asian Carp Plan

Congressman Fred Upton wants to get to work soon on securing federal funds to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fully implement its recently-completed plan to stop the Asian carp from getting into Lake Michigan.

Motocross Returns To RedBud

Motocross racing is back in southwest Michigan this weekend. RedBud in Buchanan is hosting the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships, featuring both amateur and professional dirt bike racers. Among them is Kyleigh Hayes, who’s been racing for

Fire Marshal Urges Fireworks Caution

Michigan State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer wants everyone to be clear on the fireworks laws now that Fourth of July is here. He tells WSJM News state law outlines 12 days when fireworks are allowed statewide. “The

Upton Talks Border Funding

With protests this week about conditions at detention centers holding migrant families along the southern U.S. border, Congressman Fred Upton tells WSJM News he personally has not been to one of the centers to see for himself.

City Commission Rejects Employee Raises

The Benton Harbor City Commission has rejected a pay increase for city employees in the AFSCME union. At a Monday meeting, Commissioner Juanita Henry said the 2% pay increase that was negotiated with the union might put

School Leaders Reject State Plan

A proposal from the state that would give Benton Harbor Area Schools one year to show progress toward a turnaround or face closure of its high school is being rejected by the local board of education. At

[VIDEO] Upton Visits Farms Impacted by Bad Weather

Video Playback Not Supported <iframe class=’wpb_videoplayer video-single-player-iframe’ allowfullscreen scrolling=’no’ width=’600′ height=’330′ frameborder=’0′ src=’https://www.wsjm.com/wp-content/plugins/wpb-video/wpb-video-embed/wpb-video-embed.php?blogid=321&id=66050&flag_call=singleVideo&playerid=fbqwxde&player_slug=wsjm-com-stories&chkFlagFrom=meta_insert_video’></iframe> Farms throughout the Midwest are struggling with near-record amounts of rain this year, putting crops well behind normal for growth. Congressman Fred Upton visited

Congressman Upton Tours SW Michigan Farms

Southwest Michigan farmers are taking it on the chin this year with much more rain than normal combined with imported commodities undercutting what they can sell for. Sodus Township farmer Russ Costanza welcomed in Congressman Fred Upton