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Democratic Primary Candidate Focusing On Environment

Bernie Sanders is a big inspiration for a Michigan young Democrat running for political office. 24-year-old Eponine Garrod is seeking the party’s nomination for the Sixth District congressional seat next year. She tells WSJM News she became politically active thanks to Bernie Sanders. Then she got fired up by Donald Trump. She wants to replace Congressman Fred Upton and tells us environmental issues are her biggest priorities.. ...Read Full Story

Man Killed By Amtrak Train In Lawton

An investigation is underway into the death of a man in his 20s in Lawton. He was hit and killed by a westbound Amtrak train around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday a bit west of Main Street. Police are trying to figure out what the man was doing on Amtrak property when he was killed. The accident caused the Chicago-bound train to be parked in Lawton for a few hours last night.. ...Read Full Story

Spraying For Invasive Species To Take Place Next Week In VB County

The Van Buren County Road Commission is letting the public know about some spraying for invasive species that will be going on next month. Starting Labor Day, a firm out of Zeeland will perform herbicide spraying along primary and local roads around the county. The goal is to protect the line of sight along the roads. The road commission tells us spraying will not take place in urban areas, or along orchards and grape vineyards. Nor will it be done near certified organic farms that have been registered on the Michigan Specialty Crop Site Registry. The invasive species they’re going after include the Japanese knotweed.. ...Read Full Story

Snyder Kayaks In U.P. To Promote Tourism

From the Associated Press — Governor Rick Snyder has kayaked around Grand Island in Lake Superior to promote tourism. Snyder began a tour of the Upper Peninsula on Tuesday by paddling near Munising and later visiting the Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center. He says he and other
officials went under an arch and into a “beautiful” cave, calling the experience “pure Michigan.” He told reporters he saw three eagles in one tree alone. Officials are focused on promoting Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and other popular tourism spots as a destination other times of the year — not just summer. Later, Snyder promoted professional trades instruction programs at a high school in Ishpeming. His U.P. tour will continue Wednesday in Marquette, Kingsford, and Hermansville.. ...Read Full Story

Now The Time To Apply For Home Heating Credit

Although summer is still in full swing, now is the time to think about heating your home this winter. That’s because tax credits are still available to help residents of modest means stay warm. Whitney Skeans with Consumers Energy tells us even if your income doesn’t require you to file taxes, you may still qualify for the credit.. ...Read Full Story

Campaign Aims To Increase Michigan Vaccinations

A new campaign is aiming to convince Michigan parents to get their kids vaccinated ahead of the new school year. A coalition which includes the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is hoping everyone goes to the “I Vaccinate” website. Andrea Poole, a spokesperson with the campaign, tells us too many parents aren’t getting their kids fully vaccinated.. ...Read Full Story

1st Source Bank Donates $100,000 To Lakeland Pavilion Project

There’s been another big donation to Lakeland Medical Center’s new pavilion project. 1st Source Bank has given $100,000 to the project. Specifically, it’s in support of two new private glass-enclosed meeting rooms to be located in the courtyard cafe on the second floor. The bank says the donation represents its commitment to the community. So far, the community has donated more than $4.9 million to the Lakeland pavilion project. The plan is to put in a new five-story structure to feature medical and surgical suites, a short stay unit, imaging centers, an intensive care unit, and education and community rooms. Lakeland is putting a total of $160 million into the overall project, which also includes a new main entrance to the facility with a focus on amenities for visitors. The goal is to be finished around 2020.. ...Read Full Story