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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

Former MSU President Arraigned

Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon is now officially facing charges in Eaton County, just west of Lansing. She’s been charged with lying to police, regarding if she knew former sports doctor Larry Nassar was under investigation for sexual abuse. Her attorney Lee Silver says the charges are bogus.. ...Read Full Story

Winter Storm Knocks Out Power To Over 10,000 In Berrien County

The snowstorm is causing more problems than just slowing down travel. Indiana Michigan Power says there are just over 10,000 customers in Berrien County who have lost power, with 500 in the dark in Cass County and another 300 in Van Buren County. Repairs are getting underway early this afternoon, and the utility has not given an estimate as to when the power will be back, but they do say the equipment repairs will take about four hours. There have been plenty of power lines knocked down by falling tree limbs throughout the area.. ...Read Full Story

Income House Speaker Talks Road Funding

What do you think of the roads in Michigan? Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer pledged to fix the roads during her campaign, but she’ll be working with a Republican controlled House and Senate. Republican Lee Chatfield is the new Speaker of the House come January. He spoke with Michigan News Network about road issues.. ...Read Full Story

Retailers Optimistic

This holiday shopping season is expected to be a good one for retailers. Meagan Holland of the Michigan Retailers Association tells Michigan News Network the organization does a monthly survey in conjunction with the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago, and it has some telling signs.. ...Read Full Story

United Way Auction Starts Tomorrow

The United Way of Southwest Michigan is gearing up for another Bid United online auction. To be held next week, Bid United is a totally online auction with a wide variety of items and services up for grabs, all donated by local businesses. United Way spokesperson Ryan Cheevers spoke with WSJM News about the auction.. ...Read Full Story