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Humane Society Planning “Mustachio Bashio”

The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan is gearing up for another Mustachio Bashio early next month. The third annual Mustachio Bashio will be Saturday, December 1 starting at 5:30 p.m. at North Pier Brewing Company in Benton Harbor. The Humane Society tells us the event is a chance for anyone with a mustache to come and compete with other mustachioed individuals for the title of greatest mustache. There will be prizes awarded in several categories, and it’s a chance to help raise money for the Humane Society.. ...Read Full Story

Some Ski Slopes Already Open

It’s an earlier than usual start for ski resorts in Michigan as many are open because there have been colder temperatures and snow. Mickey MacWilliams, the executive director of the Michigan Snow Sports Industry Association, spoke with Michigan News Network this week.. ...Read Full Story

Fire Marshal Urges Safety With Deep Fryers

Thanksgiving is the top day for home cooking fires, and Michigan State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer is reminding everyone of some safety tips. First of all, he says those who use portable deep fryers to cook turkeys should know the dangers involved and consider an oil-less fryer which is a safer alternative. Sehlmeyer says you should never use a portable deep fryer in a garage, on or under a deck, on a porch, or inside any building. That means your house. He adds you should make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry the turkey prior to putting it in the fryer, and also only place the fryer on a flat surface. Sehlmeyer tells us unattended cooking is the leading cause of residential fires, especially on Thanksgiving when busy cooks can be distracted. He reminds all cooks to never leave cooking unattended, even for a second. He recommends keeping children out of the kitchen when preparing Thanksgiving dinner, and making sure all of the smoke detectors are in good working order. You can find more fire safety tips right here.. ...Read Full Story

Governor Seeks $372 Million As Term Ends

From the Associated Press — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is seeking a final $372 million budget bill before he leaves office, proposing to spend more on addressing water contamination and hiring 246 additional children’s protective services caseworkers following a scathing audit. The state budget office made its request public late Tuesday, about a week after it was sent to lawmakers. The Snyder administration says tax collections are up due to the economy. The proposal would factor in deals reached as part of the budget Snyder signed in June, but it also would include new spending. The outgoing Republican governor wants the GOP-controlled Legislature to allocate $160 million for savings, $43 million to address perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances that have tainted drinking water and $31 million to improve child protection – among other things.. ...Read Full Story

Suspected Drunk Driver Hits Patrol Vehicle

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says a Dowagiac man is facing charges after hitting a police vehicle while possibly driving drunk. The department tells us a sheriff’s deputy had pulled over a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Hartford on Saturday night. The stop was initiated around 10:30 p.m. on M51 near Van Buren Street in Wayne Township. While the sheriff’s deputy was conducting an investigation of the pulled-over driver, another vehicle came along and struck the driver’s side door of the deputy’s patrol vehicle, missing the deputy by inches. Pokagon Tribal Police, who were assisting Cass County deputies, stopped the vehicle that had just hit the cruiser. Its driver, 47-year-old Spencer Mourning, was arrested for suspicion of operating under the influence, possession of an open container, possession of marijuana, and leaving the scene of an accident. The driver of the stolen vehicle, 31-year-old Patrick McMeeken of Dowagiac, was also arrested. He’s facing charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of meth, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.. ...Read Full Story

DEA Opening Traverse City Office

From the Associated Press — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is opening an office in Traverse City. The DEA’s Detroit Field Division says the new post will help the agency identify, disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations and their subsidiaries in northern Michigan. Special Agent in Charge Timothy Plancon says the office will work closely with the Michigan State Police Traverse Narcotics Team, which includes more than a dozen federal, state and local agencies. Plancon says the opioid epidemic is a priority for the DEA, but the new partnership will enable the agencies to deal with any future threat posed by illegal drugs in northern Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

Large Grant To Motown Museum

A $500,000 grant from DTE Energy to the Motown Museum in Detroit will support its  plans for an expansion of the facility. CEO and Chairwoman of the Motown Museum Robin Terry told Michigan News Network this week the grant is keeping in line with recent efforts to upgrade the museum.. ...Read Full Story