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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

Secretary Of State Reminds Voters Of Polling Rules

Voters are being reminded of the rules they need to follow when they head to the polls Tuesday. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says the ballot selfie ban remains in effect, so don’t take any pictures or video while you’re in the polling place. Also, you’re not allowed to wear any t-shirts or buttons in support of a particular candidate or party. The secretary of state adds that it’s illegal to show your ballot to anyone under the secret balloting rules. Finally, everyone who votes has to bring along a valid ID. You can find out all the information you need about your polling place at Michigan.gov/Vote.. ...Read Full Story

Mercy Hospital Demolition Begins Tomorrow

The former Mercy Hospital building in Benton Harbor will soon be no more. Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski tells us demolition starts Monday, and it should be finished within a few weeks. Witkowski tells WSJM News it’s a shame to see the historic structure go, but there was little chance another use could have been found for it.. ...Read Full Story

SWM Tourism Leaders See Benefits Of Pure Michigan Campaign

A report from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy this week concluded there’s no evidence that the Pure Michigan tourism campaign is worth the money, but if you ask local tourism leaders, they’ll tell you otherwise. Millicent Huminsky, with the Southwest Michigan Tourist Council, tells WSJM News the boom that the industry has seen recent years is partly due to the ad campaign.. ...Read Full Story

Voting Open In Celebrated Service Awards

Voting has opened in the sixth annual Celebrated Service Awards. The awards are handed out each year by Celebration Cinema to recognize businesses in each of its service areas that give their customers the best treatment. In the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph area, the nominees this year are All Star Family Chiropractic, Biggby Coffee, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cafe Mosaic, the Chatterbox Bar & Grill, the Hilton Garden Inn, Jimmy Johns of Benton Harbor, the Mason Jar Cafe, Silver Harbor Brewing Company, and Zoup. The winner will receive special promotions on Celebration Cinema screens and $5,000. You can vote for your favorite at CelebratedService.com. Or, you can vote via text message this year. Below are the instructions.. ...Read Full Story

Suspected Drunk Driver Causes Corn Spill On VB County Road

A Marcellus man is facing several charges after police say he caused a crash south of Lawton Friday night that led to a semi spilling corn all over M-40. It happened around 10:35 p.m. just north of County Road 352 in Porter Township. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department tells us a Ford F-150 driven by the 33-year-old was southbound on M-40 when it crossed the center line into the path of a double-trailer semi carrying freshly picked corn. The driver of the semi, a 32-year-old Paw Paw man, tried to avoid the crash but was still hit. The semi rolled onto M-40, spilling both trailers of corn. As a result, the road had to be shut down for two and a half hours. Deputies say they learned the driver of the pickup and his passenger, a 34-year-old Marcellus man, had been drinking heavily. They also learned the pickup’s driver had no license or insurance. He was to taken to a hospital for treatment of broken bones, while his passenger was arrested at the scene. The driver of the semi was also taken to a hospital for non life-threatening injuries. The case will be referred on to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s office for charges.. ...Read Full Story

Don’t Forget To Fall Back

This is the weekend to fall back. Come 2 a.m. Sunday, don’t forget to turn your clocks back by one hour, as it is the end of Daylight Savings time. Emergency preparedness experts also say the time change is a good opportunity to check a few things around the house. They say you should change the batteries in your smoke detectors and test your carbon monoxide alarms. For more preparedness tips, go to Ready.gov.. ...Read Full Story

Grand Rapids Police Taking Steps To Curb Gun Violence

Grand Rapids Police are deploying more patrol units and plainclothes officers in targeted areas of the city this weekend as it reacts to an increase in gun violence over the last two months. Chief David Rahinsky said Friday the initiative called Operation Safe Streets also will include foot and bicycle patrols at times and the deployment of a mobile command post. He’s asking residents to support police responding to crimes and to report crimes they see being committed. Police say that in October, the city had one shooting death and nine attempted slayings. That followed two slayings and two attempted slayings in September. The city had 62 firearm-related incidents over those two months. Rahinsky says the gun violence is “unacceptable.”. ...Read Full Story