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Hearing On PFAS Contamination Next Week

Governor Rick Snyder is applauding an announcement this week that the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Environment has scheduled a hearing on PFAS contamination in water systems. The subcommittee will learn about the situation in Parchment this summer, hearing from the head of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team. The governor says the “emerging contaminants known as PFAS are a national concern and need a national spotlight to be addressed appropriately.” Congressman Fred Upton tells us the hearing will be next week, and he believes it will start the process of ensuring the problems of Parchment won’t be experienced again. He says he’s working on legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to publish drinking water regulations for PFAS nationwide. About 3,000 residents of the Parchment area in Kalamazoo County were unable to drink their local water for weeks this summer when high levels of the carcinogen PFAS were found in the system. Parchment is now getting its water from the city of Kalamazoo.. ...Read Full Story

Sheriff To Talk Immigration In Washington

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey will be in Washington, D.C. next week to take part in a conference on immigration. As president of the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, Bailey will be Michigan’s representative among the 50 sheriffs who will meet with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and members of Congress. Bailey tells WSJM News he has a couple of goals.. ...Read Full Story

Nurse Pleads To Tampering With Valium

From the Associated Press — A nurse who took Valium for her own use and diluted the medicine for others has pleaded guilty to tampering with a consumer product. The Grand Rapids Press says Kristie Ann Mollohan of Kalamazoo pleaded guilty
Thursday in federal court. Police say she was a home-health nurse in 2016 when a 4-year-old boy in her care died of seizures after his medication was diluted. But prosecutors acknowledged that they can’t prove Mollohan’s conduct resulted in the death.
She admits removing liquid Valium, also known as diazepam, from three patients. The medicine was supposed to be used to suppress their seizures. Mollohan told investigators that she diverted the drug because she was depressed about family problems.. ...Read Full Story

Lognjohn Gets Warren Endorsement

Democratic congressional candidate in the Sixth District Matt Longjohn has received the endorsement of Senator Elizabeth Warren as he seeks to unseat Congressman Fred Upton. In a Facebook post this week, Longjohn’s campaign said he’s proud to have the backing of the Democratic senator from Massachusetts. Warren says Longjohn, a physician, “has a proven record of putting people first.” Longjohn is making healthcare a major focus of his campaign. Warren writes he’ll “never stop fighting until families in Michigan have access to affordable healthcare and prescription drugs.”. ...Read Full Story

Major Crystal Meth Bust In Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, Phoenix

Federal officials are charging 18 people with drug counts after a 14-month investigation into crystal meth dealing in southwest Michigan. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Grand Rapids says drugs were sent through the mail, and authorities made nine undercover drug buys of almost two pounds of the drug. Search warrants were executed in Benton Harbor and Kalamazoo and Phoenix, Arizona. Nearly 17 pounds of crystal meth was seized during the investigation along with five guns. Eight suspects are from Benton Harbor, eight are from Kalamazoo, and the other two are from Atlanta, Georgia and Phoenix. One remains on the loose, and the FBI is asking for the public’s help finding 26-year-old Scotty Deandre-Marcus Campbell of Benton Harbor.. ...Read Full Story

Seven Hurt In Crash Near Edwardsburg

Seven people are recovering from injuries in a crash near Edwardsburg. It happened just after 5 p.m. Thursday in Milton Township at the intersection of US 12 and Beebe Road in Cass County, and one person had to be airlifted to a hospital. Police also had to extricate one person.. ...Read Full Story

Business Groups Back Environmental Cleanup Plan

From the Associated Press — Key business groups are backing Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed fee hikes to pay for environmental cleanup and water infrastructure needs across Michigan. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Farm Bureau joined the Republican governor at a news conference Thursday to support the $179 million plan, which he first unveiled earlier this year. Snyder wants the GOP-led Legislature to pass the new or increased fees before he leaves office. The plan would raise the landfill dumping fee, costing households no more than $3.99 more per year. Snyder says Michigan’s fee is lowest in the Great Lakes region and would remain below the regional average after being increased. The new fee would replace a bond issue approved by voters that generated $675 million but is expected to dry up.. ...Read Full Story

Small I&M Rate Cut Coming

A small rate cut is coming soon to customers of Indiana Michigan Power. I&M spokesperson Tracy Warner tells WSJM News the Michigan Public Service Commission has approved bill credits totaling $8.7 million for Michigan customers. The bill credit is a result of the federal corporate tax cut approved last year. Warner says the savings are being passed down to customers.. ...Read Full Story