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Upton Confident On Proposed House Rules

The push for new rules in the U.S House continues. Congressman Fred Upton tells WSJM News the Problem Solvers group appears to be gaining momentum with so many new members having been elected this month. The Problem Solvers want the new House Speaker to ensure amendments or bills supported by a certain number of representatives are guaranteed consideration.. ...Read Full Story

Army Corps Releases Asian Carp Plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its final plan to stop the Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes. It centers around the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, and involves a specially-designed vessel channel, noisemakers, and a water-flushing lock to keep the invasive fish out of Lake Michigan. The total cost of the plan — $778 million, much more than the $275 million the Corps estimated in a draft from last year. After a public comment period, the Corps is expected to send the plan to Congress in February as it seeks the funding. You can see the Army Corps plan right here.. ...Read Full Story

SMC Leader Talks Marijuana Policy

Leaders at Southwestern Michigan College are working to make sure students understand SMC’s policy on marijuana now that Michigan voters have opted to decriminalize the substance. SMC President David Mathews tells WSJM News no marijuana is allowed on campus.. ...Read Full Story

Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Time Changes Approved By State Senate

Changes have been approved to the state’s new minimum wage law by the Michigan Senate. The Government Operations Committee voted to push back the full implementation of the $12 minimum wage to 2030 instead of 2024, and full Senate passage happened this afternoon. Waitress Tracy Pease says she’s only received a $1 per hour raise in 30 years to go along with her tips.. ...Read Full Story

Whiteford Receives Committee Assignment

State Representative Mary Whiteford of Casco Township has been named to the Michigan House Committee on Committees. That’s a body that decides which lawmakers get assigned to which legislative committees when the new term begins in January. Whiteford tells us the body’s got its work cut out for it.. ...Read Full Story

Road Department Warns About Snow Removal Law

With snow now on the ground in southwest Michigan, the Berrien County Road Department is reminding everyone of rules they have to follow when it comes to shoveling. The department tells us every year it gets calls about people and snow removal businesses pushing snow across roadways. It is illegal to do so. The department says you may not remove or deposit snow across public roads or put snow in a place where it could block a driver’s line of sight. Snow deposited on road shoulders can freeze and damage plows. Everyone is reminded to be mindful of the state law.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Praises Funding For New Shipping Lock

Congressman Fred Upton is pleased the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has set aside more than $32 million to start work on a new Soo Lock. The Soo Locks in the St. Marys River allow for shipping between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. Upton tells WSJM News the money announced Monday gets things rolling.. ...Read Full Story

Part Of I-196 To Be Closed

There will be intermittent traffic closures on I-196 and Blue Star Highway Wednesday morning between 8 and 11 near the Palisades power plant. The International Transmission Company, or ITC, will be installing a new transmission line in that area and there will be 15 minute traffic stoppages in both directions on I-196 and Blue Star Highway as the line is installed. A spokesperson for ITC stated traffic flow should resume to normal around 11 Wednesday morning.. ...Read Full Story