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Wendzel Claims Victory In 79th District

State Representative Pauline Wendzel is claiming victory in her reelection bid. Her campaign issued a statement late Tuesday, saying she had defeated Democrat Chokwe Pitchford in Michigan’s 79th House District. Wendzel thanked supporters, adding, “when this term

Upton Declares Victory

Congressman Fred Upton is claiming victory over Democratic challenger Jon Hoadley in Michigan’s Sixth District. Speaking late Tuesday from his home, Upton told WSJM News he was feeling good, and the staff in his corner were “happy

Strong Absentee Turnout In Benton Harbor

There have been plenty of people taking the absentee option in Benton Harbor this election. Speaking at this week’s city commission meeting, Benton Harbor City Clerk Kimberly Thompson said her office has been hard at work handling

LMC To Host Post Election Discussion

Lake Michigan College is planning a community discussion about this week’s election. Set for Wednesday at 4 p.m., the virtual panel will take place over Zoom and feature LMC political science professor Tiffany Bohm and psychology professors

When To Expect Election Results

When will votes be counted for the general election? Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says it’s a huge undertaking. Could we know winners by Wednesday? “I could see that as a possibility, but I would caution people

Red Cross Facing Blood Shortage

The U.S. is facing a serious blood shortage with donations down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We typically see November and into December as very challenging times for the American Red Cross to collect blood products,” says

Names Released In Triple Fatal Benton Harbor Fire

Benton Harbor Public Safety says the fire Sunday morning at 185 Bellview killed 30-year-old Amanda Hackney, her 15-year-old son Markese Dortch and 12-year-old daughter Sha’tari Razor. They are survived by her husband and the kids’ stepfather, 38-year-old

Three Killed In Benton Harbor Fire

The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety says three people were killed in a fire early on Sunday. Firefighters responded to the scene at 185 Bellview just before 5 a.m. They attempted to gain entry to the

LMC Planning Election Discussion For This Week

Lake Michigan College is planning a post election discussion this week with members of its faculty. Lake Michigan College has released the following: Join Lake Michigan College Political Science and Psychology faculty for an online post-election panel

Campaign Highlights Mental Health Hotline

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding everyone of a mental health helpline. Spokesperson Bob Wheaton tells WSJM News the Stay Well line launched in May. Calling 888-535-6136

State Revenue Sharing Decline Affecting Cities

A new report reveals communities throughout Michigan are paying the price for decades of state revenue sharing cuts. Local revenue sharing payments are state taxes distributed to local governments, and according to the findings these payments decreased

Hartford Farm Gets Cider Making Shut Down

Pica Farms in Hartford has until next Thursday to fix sanitation problems in its cider brewing equipment. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development hit the farm with a cease-and-desist order because the cider wasn’t clean.

Weekend Voting Possible

With the general election just a few days away, you may not realize that clerk’s offices will be open over the weekend for absentee voting. Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope explains why. “The constitutional amendment put in

President Trump Campaigns In Metro Detroit

There are only 5 days left until Election Day — and both presidential candidates are coming to Michigan. President Trump was in suburban Detroit this afternoon at Oakland County International Airport. Mr. Trump starting by talking about