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LaSata: Buy Local This Weekend

The Michigan House has approved a resolution from state Representative Kim LaSata calling on all Michiganders to buy local this weekend. LaSata tells us she wants to declare October 7 and 8 as Buy Nearby Weekend. LaSata says if everyone would buy local, shoppers would create an additional $9 billion in economic activity and nearly 74,000 new jobs. She notes retailers alone represent more than 850,000 jobs in Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Issues Boil Water Notice

The city of South Haven is advising residents there has been a water main break. It happened about 5 p.m. near 9235 Blue Star Highway. The break affects Casco Township, a large part of the city of South Haven, and part of South Haven Township. The city says anyone in the affected area should boil water prior to drinking it. Crews are working to fix the break, and they’re expected to be finished by about midnight. You can find out more right here.. ...Read Full Story

Upton In Favor Of Ban On Bump Stocks

Congressman Fred Upton has added his voice to the chorus of lawmakers who want to see a ban on bump stocks. Those are the devices that can be used to turn a semi automatic rifle into an automatic. The Las Vegas shooter was using a bump stock. Congressman Upton issued a statement Thursday, saying “we cannot with a straight face justify the legality of these tools that can so easily be manipulated to do unimaginable harm and are specifically designed to get around the automatic weapon ban.” He adds he’s working with other lawmakers on a letter to the ATF asking for bump stocks to be banned. Even the National Rifle Association called for “additional regulations” on bump stocks.. ...Read Full Story

State House Speaker Running For MI Attorney General

From the Associated Press — A Republican legislative leader is running to be Michigan’s next attorney general. House Speaker Tom Leonard announced his candidacy Thursday, saying he will “make Michigan stronger and safer.” He’s the second Republican to enter the
race, joining state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker. Republicans and Democrats will choose their attorney general candidates at conventions next summer. The 36-year-old Leonard has led the House since January and is in his final House term due to term limits. He previously worked as an assistant prosecutor in Genesee County. He says Michigan must be tough on violent crime, protect gun rights and stop
“sanctuary” cities from shielding immigrants in the country illegally. Democratic candidates include former federal prosecutor Pat Miles and former Wayne County assistant prosecutor Dana Nessel. Attorney General Bill Schuette is term-limited.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor School Facing Teacher Recruitment Problem

One problem facing Benton Harbor Area Schools this year is a large number of teaching positions that are going unfilled. Superintendent Shelly Walker told the board of education this week “a vast number of positions” are currently available. The problem isn’t just money-related. She told WSJM News teachers consider several other factors when deciding where to go. She knows where they’re most attracted.. ...Read Full Story