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Police Seek More For School Security

From the Associated Press — Michigan’s law enforcement and education leaders are calling on the state legislature to spend $100 million annually to staff schools with more police officers and counselors after last month’s massacre at a Florida high school. The plan outlined Thursday also proposes spending $20 million to harden schools against threats. Under the proposal, every school building in the state
would be visited by law enforcement to identify safety issues. It would be mandatory for threats against schools to be reported to law enforcement. Sheriffs, police, prosecutors and groups representing school administrators and school boards say enough is enough, and it is time for meaningful change to address school shootings and bomb scares.. ...Read Full Story

Residents To Get New Trash Cans

Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad has an update for residents regarding the city’s new garbage contract. At Monday’s meeting, Muhammad said the final contract with We-Cycle Industrial Sanitation is signed, and the trash cans to be used for pick up will soon be available.. ...Read Full Story

House Acts Against Cyberbullying

From the Associated Press — The Michigan House has approved legislation making cyberbullying a crime. Lawmakers voted 91-17 Thursday on the measure that now heads to the Senate. It would be the first time the state has tacked such punishment for threatening behavior specifically on the internet. The bill defines cyberbullying as “harassing or intimidating behavior.” Depending on the severity, penalties as high as a felony sentencing could be tacked on offenders should their actions lead to serious harm. One recent example was the death of 11-year-old Tysen Benz, the Michigan boy who took his own life last year after an online prank convinced him that his girlfriend had done the same.In 2015, Governor Rick Snyder signed a law directing school districts to apply anti-bullying policy to internet harassment as well.. ...Read Full Story

Upton: Spending Bill A Win

Congressman Fred Upton is praising a deal reached this week on an omnibus spending bill in the U.S. House. He calls the spending plan a win for Michigan, telling us it maintains full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, funding to address the opioid crisis, funding for mental health initiatives through the 21st Century Cures Act, and tightened gun background checks. H.R. 1625 is the omnibus appropriations bill that allocates funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 to virtually every federal department. Lawmakers reached an agreement on the plan this week as a possible federal government shutdown loomed on Friday.. ...Read Full Story

Police Warn Students About School Threats

Police chiefs all over Michigan are warning young people about the dangers of making threats against their schools. Warren Police Chief William Dwyer tells Michigan News Network he is talking to students, going to school assemblies and emphasizing that making a threat of terrorism will likely get them arrested and charged with a 20 year felony. Dwyer says school threats have now become a national problem.. ...Read Full Story

Nesbitt Steps Down As Lotto Commissioner

A change has been announced for former state Representative Aric Nesbitt. On Thursday, the Republican from Lawton told us he’s resigned from his post as Michigan Lottery Commissioner. Nesbitt, who has held that job for 13 months, tells WSJM News it’s been a productive time at the Michigan Lottery. ...Read Full Story

Proos Talks Judiciary Budget

State Senator John Proos is pleased with a judiciary budget approved by the Michigan Senate Judiciary subcommittee this week. He tells WSJM News the new budget, which covers corrections, is a 1.1% increase over last year’s spending plan and includes money for technology upgrades, problem-solving courts, and the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program.. ...Read Full Story