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SJ Officials Look To Crack Down On Blighted Properties

The city of St. Joseph will soon hire a new code enforcement officer, and officials hope that will make it easier to address the matter of blighted homes. Several weeks ago, a group of residents complained, in particular, about the home at 907 Wayne Street. The owner has been ticketed, and the city’s building inspector says he’s fixed some of the problems there. Mayor Mike Garey tells us the city has to respect property rights while ensuring standards are met in the community.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien Springs Community Expo Friday

Set for this Friday is the first every community expo at Berrien Springs High School. Anyone who’s interested in learning more about what the community of Berrien Springs has to offer is invited to stop by. Berrien Springs High School senior Daniel Chi is one of the organizers who tells us they want to better connect students with local businesses.. ...Read Full Story

September Home Sales Up In SWM

Homes sales in southwest Michigan remain strong, as the latest numbers show a 14% jump for the month this year over last year. Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors Vice President Gary Walter tells us September’s unit sales were the highest the region has seen in the month for ten years. It’s a good time to buy.. ...Read Full Story

Court Denies Request For Probe Of Snyder’s Flint Legal Bills

A Michigan court has rejected a request for a one-judge grand jury investigation of Governor Rick Snyder’s decision to use at least $2 million in state funds for his legal representation related to criminal probes of Flint’s water crisis. A city resident and her attorney said Tuesday that the Ingham County Circuit Court denied their petition. The judges did not state a reason in their ruling. The resident, Keri Webber, and lawyer Mark Brewer – former chairman of the state Democratic Party – filed a complaint Oct. 11 alleging the Republican governor broke the law by violating conflict-of-interest prohibitions and spending taxpayer money for personal benefit without proper authority. Snyder’s office has said the spending is “legally sound” because the fees are related to actions taken in his official capacity.. ...Read Full Story

Judge Blocks “Ballot Selfie” Ban

A judge has blocked Michigan law and policies that would prevent voters from taking photos of their ballot in the November 8 election. Joel Crookston of Portage sued in Grand Rapids federal court, saying his First Amendment right to free speech was violated. Judge Janet Neff issued a preliminary injunction Monday. State election officials had argued that the rules are intended to protect the integrity of the election. But the judge said it could be done without a sweeping prohibition. The secretary of state asked Neff to freeze her order so it can file an appeal.  Crookston filed a lawsuit after learning that a picture of a ballot could get him in trouble. He took a “ballot selfie” in 2012 while voting for a write-in candidate for Michigan State University trustee. No action was taken.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph Officials Seeking Action On Run-Down Homes

The city of St. Joseph will soon hire a new code enforcement officer, and officials hope that will make it easier to address the matter of blighted homes. Several weeks ago, a group of residents complained, in particular, about the home at 907 Wayne Street. The owner has been ticketed, and the city’s building inspector says he’s fixed some of the problems there. Mayor Mike Garey tells us the city has to respect property rights while ensuring standards are met in the community.. ...Read Full Story