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More Than $350,000 Raised For Mosaic CCDA

Mosaic CCDA’s efforts to raise money for a relocation within the city of Benton Harbor have so far resulted in more than $350,000 raised. Mosaic on the Move launched in early October, and a recent donation of $300,000 has helped to push it forward. Mosaic President Brian Bennett tells us the organization is humbled to see the community support. Mosaic on the Move’s overall goal is to raise $850,000 to relocate the Mosaic Retail Store, Jobs for Life Program, and Harbor Shine Enterprises, hopefully to 200 Paw Paw Avenue in Benton Harbor. It’s found another location for Cafe Mosaic at 325 Main Street, where King Kong Express used to be. The new place is expected to be open in February.. ...Read Full Story

MI Lawmakers Move To Ease Penalty For Underage Drinking

Michigan lawmakers are moving to lighten the penalty for underage drinking, making a first offense a civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor crime. The House on Tuesday voted for the change 105-1. The Senate, which passed the legislation previously, is expected to move it to Governor Rick Snyder soon. The maximum $100 fine would stay the same, and a minor could still be ordered to receive substance abuse services. The bill sponsor, Republican Sen. Rick Jones, says the minor-in-possession law is clogging up the courts and hurting young people’s ability to get into college or work. In 2014, there were about 9,300 first-offense convictions for underage drinking.. ...Read Full Story

Capitol Protest By Police, Firefighters Planned

Cops and firefighters in Michigan will be making noise at the state Capitol today, protesting the lawmakers’ latest efforts to rein in pensions and benefits for retirees. These bills were introduced at the last minute that would end post retirement health care for public sector union members. Lawmakers says the current system, underfunded to the tune of $11 billion, will go bankrupt if nothing is done. Union leadership says the proposals would have life changing on their membership. More hearings are expected during the day.. ...Read Full Story

Auction Of Surplus State Land Parcels Getting Underway

If you have ever dreamed of owning land up north, you’re in luck. A sealed-bid auction of surplus state-owned land gets underway today. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the sale will continue until January 10. The auction will feature 58 parcels located primarily in the central and northern Lower Peninsula and in the Upper Peninsula.. ...Read Full Story

Doctors: Hand Washing Key To Flu Prevention

Don’t forget to wash your hands. That’s the message this week from doctors this week as the winter weather has arrived and everyone starts getting the flu. Dr. Robert Jackson, with the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, tells us soap and water are best for after using the bathroom or when hands are dirty. Other times, hand sanitizer is a good option.. ...Read Full Story