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Buchanan Hits Brakes On Opting Out Of Recreational Marijuana Busineses

Buchanan residents want to be part of the discussion about whether or not the city should allow recreational marijuana sales and production with the decriminalization of the drug taking effect statewide next Thursday. The city commission pulled an opt-out ordinance last night after residents spoke up to say they felt their voices weren’t being heard on both sides of the issue. City Manager Bill Marx talked to our partners at WNDU NewsCenter 16, cautioning people interested in setting up shop in town to hold off for now.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph Opt-Out Marijuana Ordinance Takes Effect December 6

The city of St. Joseph will have a new ordinance next Thursday banning any businesses from opening up to sell, manufacture, or transport recreational marijuana now that Proposal 1 will be in place the same day. Mayor Pro Tem Laura Goos says the city commission passed the ordinance opting out as a precaution to wait for the state to implement the laws and rules governing the drug.. ...Read Full Story

Wendzel Receives Committee Assignment

State Representative-elect Pauline Wendzel has received her first committee assignment in the Michigan House. She will serve on the House Committee on Committees for the 2019-2020 legislative term. The Committee on Committees chooses chairs and members of the standing Michigan House committees. Wendzel was just elected to the state House in the 79th District this month. She’s replacing state Representative Kim LaSata, who has moved up to the Michigan Senate. In regards to her commmittee assignment, Wendzel says it’s “truly an honor to have been chosen as one of the few first-term legislators to receive this privilege.”. ...Read Full Story

Traffic To Be Stopped On I-196 Wednesday Morning

Drivers that take I-196 in the South Haven area probably have noticed that the Michigan Department of Transportation has put up signs indicating traffic will be stopped near the Palisades nuclear plant Wednesday morning from 8 to 11. There has been some electrical power line work near Palisades and, after checking with Entergy/Palisades, they said it’s not related to what they are doing. A company named ITC owns the switchyard and did inspections of transmission towers and lines in our area this past September. Plan to take another route if traveling on I-196 north or south near the Palisades Power Plant on Wednesday morning.. ...Read Full Story

Red Cross Asks For Donors

The American Red Cross in the Great Lakes region says it has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors as the holiday season continues. Those donations often decline around the holidays as regular donors are busy and travel is more difficult. Everyone is asked to give now before the blood supply runs low. Those who do donate through December 19 will get a $5 Amazon gift card. You can make an appointment to donate blood with the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.. ...Read Full Story

Analyst Talks GM Plant Closures

The potential closure of five plants, including two in Michigan, are part of a restructuring announcement by General Motors. The plants impacted include the Hamtramck Assembly Plant in Detroit and Warren Transmissions Operations in Warren. Kristen Dzichzek with the Center for Automotive Research told Michigan News Network  the workers in those plants will have other job opportunities.. ...Read Full Story