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LaSata Praises Education Budget

State Representative Kim LaSata is praising the state House Appropriations Committee for approving a school budget this week. She tells us the plan includes increased funding for K-12 education and higher ed. LaSata is a chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education and says they worked hard to craft a spending plan the focuses on the future of Michigan’s university students. Among other things, the plan passed this week by Appropriations includes a 2.3% increase for the state’s public universities, an increase of more than $100 per student for K-12 schools, and $129 million to help at-risk students. Legislative Republicans have tasked themselves with getting a new state budget approved by June.. ...Read Full Story

Plans In The Works For New LMC Wine Facility

Plans are being drafted for the new headquarters of Lake Michigan College’s wine making program. LMC Vice President of Administrative Services Anne Erdman tells WSJM News they’re putting up a whole new building behind the Mendel Center to house the growing wine program. Exact details are still being hammered out.. ...Read Full Story

Senator Stabenow Presses For Report On Asian Carp

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow continues to press the Trump administration to release a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan on keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Following a bipartisan and bicameral meeting yesterday, Michigan’s senior U.S. senator called the White House suppression of the report “deeply irresponsible.” Stabenow says the plan needs to be made public and acted on quickly to separate the Chicago River system and the Illinois River from Lake Michigan, as the invasive carp are getting closer every year to the lake. The Corps report was due to be released in February, but has been indefinitely delayed by President Trump.. ...Read Full Story

Grand Rapids-Based Founders Brewery Opening Detroit Taproom

From the Associated Press — A brewer that’s based in western Michigan is planning to open a second taproom on the other side of the state.
Founders Brewing Co. announced Tuesday that it plans to open a fully-operational brewery and retail taproom north of downtown Detroit.
Plans call for construction starting this summer on the 14,000-square-foot building, with a grand opening targeted for this winter. Grand Rapids-based Founders has partnered with Midtown Detroit Inc. and Invest Detroit on the development project.. ...Read Full Story

Two-State Chase Ends In Cass County Arrest

A police chase that started in Indiana and ended in Cass County has an Elkhart man facing fleeing and eluding charges, likely in both his state and Michigan. The 37-year-old was arrested shortly before 1 a.m. today in Cass County by Elkhart County deputies. Investigators with the Cass County Sheriff’s Department haven’t said what started the chase other than the man was wanted on outstanding warrants. The suspect is in jail in Cassopolis awaiting arraignment, and two women who were in his car were questioned and released.. ...Read Full Story

MI Supreme Court Considering Driveway Drunk Driving Case

Should your own driveway count as an area in which to be convicted of drunk driving? That’s what the Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments about this week. The court was considering the case of a Northville man, Gino Rea, who was arrested after he drove his car out of his garage and back into it while drunk. A prosecutor says the driveway is considered open for traffic, but Rea’s attorney, Camilla Barkovic, disagrees.. ...Read Full Story

Lakeland Ranked Among Top 15 Health Systems

Lakeland Health has been named one of the 15 best small health systems in the nation. The distinction comes courtesy of Truven Health Analytics, a provider of information to health systems around the country. Lakeland was also recognized by Truven as a top 100 hospital in 2014. The top 15 study from this year looked at 337 health systems and nearly 2,300 hospitals. It than ranked the top 15 overall based on patient outcomes, the process of care, extended outcomes, efficiency, and the patient experience. It said Lakeland offers shorter emergency wait times, fewer in-hospital deaths, fewer complications, and shorter hospital stays than average. The winning hospitals were announced in the April 24th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. You can learn more right here.. ...Read Full Story

New LMC President Settling Into Position

Dr. Trevor Kubatzke is settling into his new role as the president of Lake Michigan College. He started about two weeks ago, and has been meeting with staff, the students, and the community ever since. Looking to the summer, Kubatzke tells WSJM News he wants to set some goals with the board of trustees.. ...Read Full Story

House OKs Shielding Privacy Of Parents Who Surrender Newborns

From the Associated Press — Legislation advancing in Michigan would protect the confidentiality of parents who give up their newborn by leaving the child at a hospital or with emergency responders. The Safe Delivery of Newborns Law, enacted in 2000, lets parents surrender a
newborn who’s no more than 72 hours old. The bill approved unanimously by the House Tuesday would keep intact birth certificate requirements for hospitals. But if a newborn is surrendered under the baby drop-off law, parents would be listed as “unknown” and the child as
“Baby Doe.” Supporters say the legislation would guarantee anonymity to parents and stop them from leaving newborns in public restrooms and dumpsters. The law has led to 175 newborns being surrendered. Senators will next consider the bill.. ...Read Full Story

Whirlpool Misses Expectations For First Quarter

Revenue was up in the first quarter for Whirlpool, but the world’s largest appliance maker missed Wall Street expectations when it somes to earnings per share at $2.50. The Benton Harbor-based company revised its full-year earnings guidance down, also falling under the expectations of analysts. Whirlpool released its earnings report Monday evening after the market closed, showing revenue growth of around 4% with the full-year earnings pressured by what it calls “temporary integration challenges” in the Europe-Middle East-Asia region.. ...Read Full Story

Two Arrested In Cass County Marijuana Bust

Two people are facing charges following a drug raid in Cass County Monday. The sheriff’s department tells us it searched a home in the 60,000 block of Conrad Road in Howard Township on suspicion marijuana was growing there. Officers searched three buildings, and say they found marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, and a marijuana grow operation. The sheriff’s department tells us it was not being conducted within the guidelines provided in the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act and was therefore illegal. A 62-year-old man and a 56-year-old man were both arrested, and now they’re facing drug charges. Their names have not been released.. ...Read Full Story

State Lifts Weight Restrictions

In a sign of the changing season, the Michigan Department of Transportation has lifted all seasonal weight restrictions on state roads. The restrictions were implemented in February when the weather started to get warmer. Now, it’s been warm long enough to make lifting them possible. Weight restrictions are placed on large trucks, ensuring they don’t exceed certain weights and cause major damage to the roads. MDOT may have lifted weight restrictions, but county road commissions set their own for non-state roads. Anyone looking for more information can check out Michigan.gov/Truckers.. ...Read Full Story

Allegan County Sheriff’s Department Offering Boating Safety Classes

With the arrival of summer just around the corner, the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department is now signing people up for boating safety classes. Each year the department’s marine division offers the classes free of charge so boaters can remain up to date on the state’s boating laws. In order to legally operate a watercraft in Michigan, one must be at least 16 years of age and possess a boating safety certificate. The classes offered by the sheriff’s department help you get that. Different classes are being offered at different locations around the county starting April 29 and running through July 17.  Below is a list of them, along with a link to register.. ...Read Full Story