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House Approves Bill Banning Party Names, Logos On Ballots

From the Associated Press — Names and logos of political parties no longer would be allowed on election ballots under two bills approved by Michigan’s state House. The legislation passed Thursday in Lansing and now heads to the GOP-controlled state Senate. Opponents of the current bills say party logos are necessary to help some voters identify the political parties of candidates appearing on election ballots. The two bills are sponsored by Republican Representatives Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville and Edward Canfield of Sebewaing. The bills were introduced last session to address a Senate bill that would have eliminated straight-ticket voting in Michigan. The Senate bill was signed into law in 2015 by Gov. Rick Snyder but later blocked by a federal district judge ahead of the 2016 November election.. ...Read Full Story

Murder Investigation In Benton Harbor

A murder investigation is underway in Benton Harbor. 37-year-old Tavaris Brummette was found badly wounded by gunshots in the Heyward Wells apartment complex this morning around 12:30 by public safety officers, and he died after being taken to Lakeland in St. Joseph. Several people have been interviewed by police, but no suspects have yet been identified. Authorities have not indicated what may have led to the shooting, and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has information is urged to call Benton Harbor Public Safety or Crime Stoppers.. ...Read Full Story

MI legislature Approves Funding For Flint Water Crisis

From the Associated Press — The Michigan Legislature is sending Flint $100 million in federal funding to address the water crisis. Then-President Barack Obama and Congress approved the aid in December. State lawmakers voted Thursday to officially pass the money along to Flint. The federal funding requires a $20 million state match, which will be provided from funding already authorized last year. The new money will be used to replace corroded pipes that leached lead and to update aging water mains and infrastructure. Water meters will be replaced and
an engineering study will be done. This week marked the three-year anniversary of the city’s fateful switch to using the Flint River for municipal water while under state management. Residents are still using water filters or bottled water.. ...Read Full Story

Stevensville Manufacturer To Receive State Expansion Grant

A Stevensville-based manufacturer is getting a $135,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant to help with an expansion project. State Senator John Proos tells WSJM News Falcon Lakeside Manufacturing will invest $1.8 million in Berrien County. He thinks it serves the state well to work with businesses that might otherwise expand across the border instead.. ...Read Full Story

Woman Charged In Dowagiac Knife Attack

A Kalamazoo woman is in the Cass County Jail following a knife attack on her boyfriend at Southwestern Michigan College Thursday. The Dowagiac Police Department tells us officers were sent out to the dorms at SMC around 11:30 a.m. on a report that a woman was trying to stab herself. They got there and found a 20-year-old man who told them his girlfriend cut him while he was trying to get a knife away from her. Officers found the woman in her dorm and arrested her, while the victim was treated by EMTs. The 18-year-old woman was taken to a hospital to be checked out and then to the jail. She’s charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence. Her name has not been released.. ...Read Full Story

House Votes To Change Charity Gambling Rules Following Crackdown

From the Associated Press — A bill advancing in Michigan’s Legislature would change regulations in the charitable gambling industry after backlash over a state crackdown that charities say has restricted their fundraising. The legislation , approved 100-9 Thursday by the House, relates to casino-style events where nonprofits split cash proceeds with poker rooms that run their Texas Hold ‘Em and other fundraisers.
The bill would rescind rules and require the Gaming Control Board to implement new ones consistent with the legislation. The sponsor, Rep. Tom Barrett, says the agency has overstepped. The agency – given oversight of charitable gambling by Governor Rick Snyder – opposes the bill. It says it would limit its discretion to deny licenses and raise a limit on chips sold. The bill goes to the Senate.. ...Read Full Story