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Snyder Calls For Quick Recount

A massive recount of 4.8 million ballots cast in the presidential election in Michigan is underway. That’s after U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith issued his ruling that rejected an effort by state officials to wait two business days to get started hand-counting the ballots. Governor Rick Snyder says so be it.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor Area Businesses Hit With Liquor License Suspension

Three Benton Harbor area businesses are hurting after having their liquor licenses suspended by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. Slosson’s Liquors on Napier Avenue, A&D Liquor Corner on Pipestone, and Jay’s Lounge, also on Pipestone, can’t sell or serve booze until December 21. According to Moodyon the Market, the sanction stems from a stockholder’s legal troubles. They include convictions of drunk driving and domestic violence. As a result, an administrative law judge ordered the liquor license suspensions, and also that the investor give up his ownership stake in the businesses. In the meantime, they remain open, but cannot sell any alcohol.. ...Read Full Story

Sentencing Delayed In Death Of 8-Month-Old

The sentencing for a Hartford woman charged in the death of her baby son early this year has been postponed. Autumn Atchley was scheduled Monday to be sentenced for being an accessory after the fact to the death of 8-month-old Carter Donovan. However, the matter was adjourned until January 30. Baby Carter died on February 19 in the care of Brandon Beshires while Atchley was at an appointment. Prosecutors say that Atchley gave false information to police at first to cover for Beshires when she discovered her baby had been killed. Beshires is charged with murder in the case. Athley is facing up to five years in prison.. ...Read Full Story

Update — Names Released In Van Buren Fatal Crash

The names of a man and woman killed in a Sunday crash in Van Buren County have been released. The sheriff’s department tells our newsroom 22-year-old Jaylen Weller and 20-year-old Kylie Benkert, both from Dowagiac, were killed when Weller lost control of their car on M-40 in Porter Township around 4 p.m. The car hit a pickup driven by a Marcellus man, who was not injured. Police say slick roads were the cause of the crash. It closed part of M-40 between Lawton and Marcellus for several hours Sunday.. ...Read Full Story

Trump Plans Thank You Speech In Grand Rapids

President-elect Donald J. Trump will visit Grand Rapids on Friday as part of his “thank you” tour of states that contributed to his victory.
Transition officials announced the Michigan visit Monday on a call with reporters. The rally will be held at 7 p.m at the DeltaPlex Arena.
Tickets to the event are available on a first come-first serve basis at https://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/register/grand-rapids-mi4/ .
The rally was announced as Michigan, responding to a federal court order, began its recount of the presidential race that Trump won narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Michigan’s appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday on a Trump request to halt the recount. Trump ended his presidential campaign in the early morning hours of Election Day with a rally at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.. ...Read Full Story

Police, Fire Unions Blast Retiree Healthcare Plan

Police and firefighters are blasting a Republican-sponsored plan to cut their retiree health care benefits, calling it an “unconscionable” attack on people who risk their lives protecting the public. Unions for officers and firefighters, along with groups representing chiefs and prosecutors, spoke out against the legislation Monday during a Capitol news conference. Ken Grabowski of the Police Officers Association of Michigan says Republicans’ consideration of the new plan during the post-election session is “an insult to every police officer and retired police officer in this state.” He says those who would support the bills during the “lame-duck” period are an “enemy of public safety” and police “will never forget.”
Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter has said addressing unfunded liabilities will protect benefits that could be lost if cities declare bankruptcies.. ...Read Full Story

Niles High School On Put On Lockdown Monday Morning

Everyone’s OK and things are back to normal at Niles High School after the building was put on lockdown Monday. The administration sent a letter out to parents telling them the place was put on lockdown shortly before 11 a.m. when an airsoft gun was found in a student’s backpack. That student has since been caught. Airsoft guns shoot plastic pellets, but can resemble real guns. The high school principal says no threat was made and no one was in any danger. The school says it’s working with police on the matter.. ...Read Full Story