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Drivers Get Grace Period For New Tabs

The Michigan Secretary of State’s office is praising the Michigan Legislature for approving the creation of a new 30-day grace period for drivers to affix their new license plate tabs when they renew their registration each year. Governor Rick Snyder signed the grace period into law this week. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says, thanks to the new rule, if you renew your registration online or at the last minute, you don’t have to worry about getting a ticket if you haven’t received your tab yet. Drivers who renew online will receive a receipt that can be shown to police officers to prove they have renewed their vehicle registration. Additionally, most law enforcement agencies can verify electronically if the vehicle’s plate has been renewed or is expired. Johnson testified in favor of the plan last year.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Talks School Safety And Protests

As students protested school violence across the country Wednesday, the U.S. House was voting to increase security in schools. Congressman Fred Upton tells WSJM News the STOP School Violence Act had its vote, passing 407 to 10. It sets aside $75 million for school safety grants to train teachers and others. Upton says he has appreciated high school students getting involved in civics since the Parkland, Florida shootings.. ...Read Full Story

Resolution Salutes Women In Elected Office

The Michigan Senate this week approved a resolution co-sponsored by state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker to salute the women who hold elected office in the state. The resolution declares March 19, next Monday, as Women in Public Office Day. Schuitmaker, who is the second woman in the state’s history to serve as president pro tempore of the Senate, said she hopes the move will encourage more women to run for office. She tells us the number of women holding elected office in Michigan has been steadily increasing for several years, with 2018 being a major breakout year. She urges more young women to aspire to holding elected office so they can make a difference in their communities and in their state.. ...Read Full Story

Students Hold Walkouts At Local Schools

High school students at schools around southwest Michigan and the entire country have raised their voice to speak out against violence. At Lakeshore High School Wednesday morning, the kids walked out to chants of “enough is enough.” One of the walkout’s organizers, senior Anna, told WSJM News the recent school shootings in Parkland, Florida have resonated with students.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Leaders Talking 2018 Priorities

South Haven City Manager Brian Dissette is tasking the city council with addressing a list of priorities he gave to them at a meeting last night. The council members also added to the document, and Dissette says this is just the first step in deciding what the priorities are and what order they should be addressed.. ...Read Full Story

Legislation To Help Nassar Victims Being Held Back

From the Associated Press — Legislation in Michigan that would help victims of imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse move forward with lawsuits is in limbo amid pushback from universities, the Catholic Church and others. The Republican-led Senate is considering bills Wednesday to retroactively extend the statute of limitations to sue and restrict governments’ ability to claim immunity. Senators discussed the bills privately and plan to resume session later in the day. Michigan State University, where Nassar worked for decades, has been sued by more than 250 girls and women. The school contends many waited too long to sue and that it has immunity.
People sexually abused as children in Michigan generally have until their 19th birthdays to sue. Under the legislation, those abused in 1993 or later could sue until their 48th birthdays.. ...Read Full Story

Woman Avoiding Deportation Finds Sanctuary In MI church

From the Associated Press — A Michigan woman has moved into a church in the southwest part of the state in an effort to avoid being deported to Pakistan. Saheeda Nadeem moved into First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo Monday. The 62-year-old was born in Pakistan, and then lived in Kuwait before moving to the U.S. 13 years ago. She came to the U.S. legally but overstayed her visa. Nadeem hasn’t been back to Pakistan in 40 years. First Congregational unanimously voted to become a public sanctuary church last year. Rev. Nathan Dannison says the congregation won’t let ICE tear families apart. A 2011 Immigration and Customs Enforcement memo says the agency’s policy limits actions at places of worship, except in extreme cases. ICE didn’t immediately respond to the Kalamazoo Gazette’s request for comment.. ...Read Full Story

Cyber Security Summit Underway In Metro Detroit

A special summit is underway this week in metro Detroit highlighting how Michigan is a driving force in cyber security through the automotive and defense industries. Sarah Tennant is the Strategic Advisor for Cyber Initiatives at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. She spoke with Michigan News Network about the summit.. ...Read Full Story

Municipal League Wants Federal Infrastructure Money

The head Michigan’s association of local governments says Uncle Sam needs to dig deeper to help fix our roads. Dan Gilmartin of the Michigan Municipal League told Michigan News Network this week at least an extra billion dollars would help, but it doesn’t cover the need for a mass transit system, which is becoming more and more of a need by businesses coming to Michigan.. ...Read Full Story