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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

Winter Activity Day At Fish Hatchery

This Saturday will be Winter Activity Day at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan. That’s a facility where the Michigan Department of Natural Resources breeds millions of fish each year for the state’s lakes. State Representative Beth Griffin of Mattawan invites everyone to stop by.. ...Read Full Story

Proos Praises Elimination Of Driver Fees

The elimination of driver responsibility fees in Michigan is a good thing, according to state Senator John Proos. He tells us those fees, created in 2003, were just on top of the penalty some drivers, like drunk drivers, were assessed for their infractions. Hundreds of millions are collectively owed in the state because of them.. ...Read Full Story

Local School Official Talks Security

The shootings at a Florida High School this week have many parents nervous about sending their kids to school, but education leaders in southwest Michigan say they do all they can to be prepared for dangerous situations. Lakeshore Schools Superintendent Phil Freeman tells WSJM News it’s standard practice to restrict access to the buildings.. ...Read Full Story