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World’s Largest Self-Driving Car Test Facility Planned In Michigan

The site of a former General Motors plant has taken another step toward becoming a testing facility for driverless vehicles. According to The Detroit News, developers of the proposed American Center for Mobility have now bought Willow Run for $1.2 million. The center is planned for 311 acres at the Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township. Governor Rick Snyder highlighted the project during his state of the state address in January. State officials say construction could begin later this year and the center could be open in December 2017. The Michigan Strategic Fund invested $20 million in the project but more money is needed. Willow Run has a long history and once produced World War II-era bombers.. ...Read Full Story

Plenty On The Ballot In Berrien County Tomorrow

While you’re voting in the presidential election Tuesday, you’ll also have some more local matters to decide. First, there’s the race for the Sixth District Congressional seat between incumbent Republican Fred Upton, Democrat Paul Clements, and Libertarian Lorence Wenke. There’s also the race for state House in the 79th District with Republican Kim LaSata and Democrat Marletta Seats. Meanwhile, down in the 78th District, there’s a race between Democrat Dean Hill and incumbent Republican Dave Pagel. Finally, on a more local level, proposals will appear on the ballot in New Buffalo, Hagar Township, and Weesaw Township, and there will be candidates to vote for in Benton Township, Coloma, New Buffalo, Niles, and Watervliet. Finally, voters throughout Berrien County will decide on a millage request from Lake Michigan College. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. You can see the whole list of proposals and candidates at BerrienCounty.org/Elections.. ...Read Full Story

Law Professior Sees Continues Supreme Court Woes

If Hillary Clinton becomes the next president, there could be continued difficulty fully stocking the Supreme Court. That’s according to Western Michigan University Cooley Law School professor Devin Schindler, who tells us if the Senate remains Republican-controlled, it could stall on approving any new justice, which causes other problems.. ...Read Full Story

Tesla Ending Free Use Of Supercharging Stations

Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it will end free use of its worldwide charging station network. The company says cars ordered after Jan. 1, 2017 will get roughly 1,000 miles worth of credits at the supercharging stations. After credits are used, owners will have to pay fees. Cars ordered or sold on or before Jan. 1 would still get free charging. Tesla didn’t specify the fees but says charging would cost less than the price of filling a comparable gasoline car. The company says it will release fee details later this year. It says prices could fluctuate over time and vary by regional electricity costs. This means that free charging won’t apply to the $35,000 Model 3, which is due to enter production in the second half of 2017.. ...Read Full Story

It’s Not Too Late To Change Absentee Ballots

If you suffer from early voter’s remorse, you may be able to cast another ballot. While the process is little known and rarely used, some states do allow voters to change their early or absentee ballots with no questions asked — Michigan is among them. The big question is how does it work? Ed Sidlow, a political science professor at Eastern Michigan University, explains.. ...Read Full Story

One Killed In Berrien Township Crash

Michigan State Police are investigating a Berrien Township crash that killed a woman Sunday night. Around 6:20, troopers were dispatched to US-31 Hwy, a half mile south of Lake Chapin Road, for a single car crash. Upon their arrival, they spoke with witnesses who said one vehicle traveled off the roadway and flipped multiple times. All five passengers were transported to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, where an elderly female was pronounced dead due to injuries from the crash.. ...Read Full Story

Vandals Cause Sewage Spill In Kalamazoo

Officials in Kalamazoo say 450 gallons of waste overflowed from a sanitary sewer after vandals removed a manhole cover and stuffed the sewer with sticks and other debris. MLive reports that the Department of Public Services Field Services staff removed the debris shortly before midnight on Saturday. They say that normal flow conditions have been restored and that the spillage of the sewage won’t affect area drinking water. The Water Reclamation Plant notified the state’s Department of Environmental Quality at the Kalamazoo District Office and the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health and Community Services of the spill.. ...Read Full Story

Gas Prices Up Slightly To Start The Week

AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 4 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.16 per gallon. That’s about 22 cents less than it was at the same point last year. The lowest average price was about $2.09 per gallon in the Traverse City area, while the highest average was about $2.22 per gallon in the Saginaw, Bay City and Midland areas. AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.. ...Read Full Story

What To Look For On Election Night In Michigan

Michigan’s status as a presidential battleground is no longer in question on the eve of the election. Barack Obama trounced Republicans here twice, making the state an afterthought the last eight years outside of the primaries. But in 2016, the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has tightened and is possibly too close for comfort for Democrats. Clinton’s get-out-the-vote rally in Detroit on Friday was the latest foray
into Michigan for a Democratic nominee in a dozen years. She visited four days after Trump, who could use a breakthrough in the industrial Midwest, campaigned in the Grand Rapids and Detroit suburbs. The state has not backed a Republican presidential candidate since 1988.
At least a quarter of Michigan voters will cast absentee ballots, either by mail or in person.. ...Read Full Story