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Gast Investing In Benton Twp Facility

Gast Manufacturing has announced a $6 million investment in Benton Township. Cornerstone Alliance Business Development Manager Shane Kissack tells WSJM News the company, which designs and produces air-moving products, plans to add at least 30 new jobs over the next three years as it improves its existing facility.. ...Read Full Story

Officials: Still Illegal To Bring Marijuana Across The Border

From the Associated Press — U.S. officials are reminding travelers that it remains illegal to bring marijuana into the United States at border crossings despite the legalization of the drug in Canada. U.S. Customs and Border Protection representative Christopher Perry says the implementation of the new Canadian law on Wednesday thus far has had little effect on the flow of traffic along the border. Perry, CBP’s director of field operations in Michigan, talked to reporters at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, which connects Detroit with Windsor, Ontario. According to Perry, U.S. border agents are asking the same kinds of questions of travelers that they did prior to the change in Canadian law, adding that agents generally will not ask routine questions about marijuana use. On Wednesday, Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace .. ...Read Full Story

Mega Millions Jackpot At $900 Million

The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday’s drawing is now up to $900 million. The Michigan Lottery tells us the cash option for Friday will be $513 million. The $900 million jackpot is the largest ever for the Mega Millions game. If a Michigan player wins Friday, it would be the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in the state and the largest ever Michigan Lottery prize in general. In April of 2005, a Port Huron couple won $208 million playing Mega Millions. A Mega Millions ticket is $2. Your odds of getting the jackpot — 1 in more than 320 million.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Praises Tax Cuts

As next month’s elections are expected to bring a surge in voter turnout, one thing that could help Republicans is the state of the economy. September’s unemployment rate was 3.7%, the lowest it’s been since 1969. Congressman Fred Upton has some thoughts as to why. He spoke with WSJM News this week.. ...Read Full Story

Major Pokagon Construction Project Underway

Major construction is underway at the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi’s Rodgers Lake campus near Dowagiac. Pokagon Band Government Manager Jason Wesaw tells us they’re doing a major improvement project at a cost of $25 million on the Justice Center and the Pokagon Health Services building. He notes the Pokagon Tribal Police have been working out of a building not intended for law enforcement.. ...Read Full Story

Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins authors of the book Convicted; With Respect 10/17/18

John’s guests this week are the authors of the book Convicted. Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins talk over how Collins, a police detective, let his zeal for being the most effective cop get away with him and how he lied, planted evidence, which led to the wrongful convictions of 60 citizens for drugs offenses, including Jameel McGee. Both Jameel and Andrew were convicted, one wrongfully, one righteously, and spent years in prison. But more it is the story of their rebirth after their release and how they are now working together to help make things right. . ...Read Full Story

Immigration Detention Center Proposed For MI

In west Michigan, the Immigration Centers of America has proposed converting the former Deerfield Correctional Center in Ionia into a federal immigration detention center. Dennis Muchmore, who represents the Immigration Centers of America, told Michigan News Network this week it would cost about $35 million.. ...Read Full Story