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MI Congressman Embraces Town Halls

From the Associated Press — Congressman Justin Amash, of Michigan, is embracing the town halls that many of his Republican counterparts in Congress have avoided as people lash out at President Donald Trump’s early actions and the planned repeal of the federal health care law.
He says he has a duty to attend. The events are earning the 36-year-old libertarian, who is among Trump’s most prominent critics in the GOP on immigration and other issues, some respect from angry Democrats who vehemently oppose many of Amash’s stances but credit him for not ducking his constituents and listening to them. The fourth-term congressman who has sparred with the Republican establishment is not immune to criticism from Trump loyalists, either. Amash says he is comfortable with town meetings because he has being hosting them for years.. ...Read Full Story

SMC Planning Big Expansion To Nursing Program

Southwestern Michigan College is planning to expand its Nursing and Health Education Building so more programs can be offered and more students trained. SMC President Dr. David Mathews tells WSJM News the $9.6 million project is intended to help SMC better serve the area, noting the nursing program has been a big success.. ...Read Full Story

Two Killed In Cass County Crash

A four-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man are dead after a car accident in Cass County. The sheriff’s department says Jordan White of Dowagiac lost control on School Street while in the oncoming lane, left the road and hit several trees. He was killed along with Wyatt Lister. The young boy’s mother, 20-year-old Allison Hurry of Dowagiac, was airlifted by Med Flight to South Bend Memorial Hospital for treatment. ...Read Full Story

Upton To Hold Tuesday Tele-Town Hall

Congressman Fred Upton is planning to hold a tele-town hall meeting next week. That’s as protesters demand he hold a physical town hall, which he has declined to do. Upton’s tele-town hall is set for Tuesday at 5 p.m. However, that will be dependent on the voting schedule of the House that day. During the last two tele-town halls that Upton has held, his office says about 3,000 people had a chance to dial in. The St. Joseph Republican tells us he wants to hear from constituents about whatever is on their minds. You can sign up to take part in next Tuesday’s call by going to Upton.House.Gov.. ...Read Full Story

Bill Would Let Drivers Leave Their Cars Running While Unattended

Legislation making its way through the Michigan House would allow drivers to leave their cars running on private property to warm them up. Leaving a car unattended while it’s running could currently get you a ticket in Michigan, as learned by a Roseville man this year who was fined $128 for warming his car. State Representative Holly Hughes told Michigan’s Big Show this week that whether or not it’s risky is something you should be allowed to decide for yourself.. ...Read Full Story

SWM Home Sales Remained Strong In January

The real estate market in southwest Michigan is showing no signs of slowing down. Phil Amodeo, executive with the Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors, tells WSJM News the number of homes sold in January was up 9% over January the year before. The one problem he sees is that inventory is starting to get tight.. ...Read Full Story