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Stabenow Pushes “Buy American” Bill For U.S. Military

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow has introduced amendments to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act to ensure the military buys American. The Democrat tells WKZO News the Department of Defense uses a loophole that allows federal agencies to circumvent “Buy American” requirements if the products they’re buying are being used overseas. The primary amendment in her package would change that and would directly benefit more than 100,000 Michigan workers connected to the national defense industry.. ...Read Full Story

BH Safety Grant Making A Difference

A $2 million state grant awarded last year to Benton Harbor Area Schools for safety and gang prevention has been making a difference. On Tuesday, the board of education heard the grant has paid for suicide awareness training, a leadership skills program, and self-esteem and life skills training for girls. Superintendent Dr. Shelly Walker tells WSJM News that’s just some of what the district managed to do in the first few months of having the funds at the end of the last school year.. ...Read Full Story

Major Health Insurer Planning To Leave Federal Market

From the Associated Press — One of nine Michigan insurers planning to sell health insurance on the federal marketplace in 2018 no longer will do so. Health Alliance Plan said Friday the move affects about 9,100 people. It says it’s leaving because of uncertainties related to premium stabilization programs, enforcement of the requirement to have insurance and not knowing if the Trump administration will continue funding cost-sharing subsidies. The insurer says it’s prepared to re-enter the government market “if and when the individual market stabilizes.” The announcement came the same day a Michigan congressman announced that groups helping enroll people for coverage have been notified of substantial federal funding cuts. Democratic Congressman Sander Levin calls the cuts “absolutely devastating” and says they’re the latest example of the Trump administration seeking to “sabotage” the health law.. ...Read Full Story

Police Investigating Two Deaths In Bridgman

Police in Bridgman are investigating what they believe may have been a murder-suicide discovered on Saturday afternoon. The city police department tells us an officer was dispatched to a home in the 9,700 block of Baldwin Road shortly before 1 p.m. for a welfare check. Inside the home, the officer found 63-year-old Donald Ackerman and 67-year-old Pamela Ackerman dead. Both had gunshot wounds. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department has been called in to help with the investigation. Autopsies are planned for the next few days.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph, Lincoln Township Form Automatic Aid Agreement

The St. Joseph Department of Public Safety and the Lincoln Township Fire Department now have an automatic aid agreement in place. St. Joe Public Safety Director Brian Uridge tells WSJM News Lincoln Township will automatically send out a truck to the city every time there’s a fire reported. St. Joe will do the same for the township when a commercial property is involved.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Talks New Priorities For Congress

Congressman Fred Upton sees a few immediate priorities for Congress now that it’s back to work. He tells WSJM News getting all of the needed spending measures in place has to be done by the end of the week, and then there’s tax reform. He’s just waiting for details from the Trump administration on its ideas.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Doctor Believes U.S. Ready For First Muslim Governor

From the Associated Press — Perhaps no state has embraced the political outsider as much as Michigan, where a venture capitalist won the last two governor’s elections and a real estate baron carried the presidential vote. But Abdul El-Sayed, a 32-year-old liberal doctor in Detroit, is putting that affinity for newcomers to the test – by mounting a surprisingly robust bid to become the nation’s first Muslim governor. Democratic leaders are stunned by the sudden emergence of El-Sayed, a former Rhodes scholar who served as Detroit public health director, in the primary field after he quickly raised $1 million. He is one of four viable Democrats and, for now, three Republicans in a race that his party considers a must-win to re-establish itself after eight years of GOP control of state government.. ...Read Full Story