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Democrat Running For 79th District State House Seat

A Democrat has stepped forward to run for the 79th District Michigan House seat. 29-year-old Joey Andrews of St. Joseph is the first one to announce a run for the office. Andrews is a St. Joe native and Wayne State Law graduate who hopes to represent the area in Lansing come next year. The 79th District is currently represented by Kim LaSata, but she’s not running for the state Senate to replace John Proos. Andrews tells us he has the perspective needed in Lansing, that of a young person. He adds “our state government has implemented policies that erode at equality and opportunity for Michigan residents” just to benefit special interests. Like many Democratic candidates lately, Andrews says the 2016 election was a wake-up call to him. He cites improving education, protecting the Great Lakes, encouraging small business, and pursuing clean and renewable energy sources as among his priorities. You can find out more about Andrews at VoteJoeyAndrews.com.. ...Read Full Story

SWM Man Wins Big In Lotto

There’s been another big time lotto winner in southwest Michigan. This time, it’s an Allegan County man whose won $1 million in the Mega Millions game. Manuel Perez III tells WSJM News he plans to use his winnings to change his life by expanding a small business he runs. The 47-year-old Perez, of Otsego, matched the five white balls drawn in the February 2 Mega Millions drawing. He bought his winning ticket at a Kroger in Bridgeport, and picked up his winning check at the Michigan Lottery office in Lansing on Friday. In addition to expanding his business, Perez says he plans to share some of his winnings with family.. ...Read Full Story

Police K9 Gets Protective Vest

A K9 for the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department has gotten some new duds. Lajki is a 26-month-old German Shephard handled by Deputy Mike Martin. Lajki has been with the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department for one year, and during his time there, Lajki has located drugs and also spent time in schools and at community events. Thanks to the group Vested Interest, Lajki now has a bullet and stab protective vest. Vested Interest is a non-profit that donates the protective vests to police K9s all over the country. The Allegan County Sheriff’s Department tells us it’s provided more than 2,800 protective vests in 50 states through private and corporate donations at a cost of more than $2.4 million. Each vest, like the one Lajki got this week, runs about $950.. ...Read Full Story

Senate Committee Talking University Sexual Assault Policies

The Michigan Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education this week kicked off a series of meetings to discuss sexual misconduct policies at Michigan’s public universities and whether changes need to be made to better protect students. State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, the co-chair of the committee, tells WSJM News the recent Larry Nassar debacle has got lawmakers setting their attention on the state’s universities.. ...Read Full Story

Students Reminded Of State Safety Tipline

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is again putting out a reminder to young people about his office’s OK2SAY tip line. AG spokesperson Andrea Bitely tells WSJM News the service has received more than 11,000 tips since 2014. It’s designed specifically so youngsters will feel OK about reporting troubling situations in their schools.. ...Read Full Story

MDOT: Report Potholes

It’s pothole season in southwest Michigan, and if you’ve driven on I-94 or I-196 you already know that. The Michigan Department of Transportation’s Nick Schrippa tells WSJM News the road crews are filling potholes and you can help by reporting where those potholes are.. ...Read Full Story

Cornerstone Honors Local Businesses

Cornerstone Alliance and Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce have had their chance to salute southwest Michigan’s biggest business movers and shakers. At their awards breakfast Thursday, Cornerstone Alliance President Rob Cleveland tells WSJM News JR Automation got the award for large manufacturer.. ...Read Full Story

Radio-thon For Children’s Hospital Continues Today

The crew from Y Country radio continues their radiothon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital today. The annual event raises money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which treats children with cancer for free. The Y Country team raised $11,112 on Thursday. Morning host Matt Malone made a bet with listeners, telling them he’d get a St. Jude tattoo if they raised more than $10,000 for the day. Looks like he’ll be doing it now. So will Intern Lisa, who matched Matt on the bet. You can still help because the Y Country crew is at it again, hanging out at Shadowland Pavilion in St. Joseph through 7 p.m. Stop in and say hello, or go to 975YCountry.com to donate.. ...Read Full Story

Whitmer Removes Campaign Manager Over Inappropriate Behavior

From the Associated Press — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has forced her campaign manager to resign after learning he engaged in past “inappropriate behavior” in the workplace. Keenan Pontoni joined Whitmer’s campaign in August, replacing a previous campaign manager. In a statement Thursday, Whitmer says she received a credible report Wednesday that a number of years ago, Pontoni had “engaged in inappropriate behavior with people in the workplace and for that reason I have asked for and received his  resignation effective immediately.” Pontoni previously managed the campaign for Democrat John Ossoff in a special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. He managed Democrat Grethen Driskell’s campaign for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District. He also has
worked in the state House, where he coordinated special projects for Democrats.. ...Read Full Story