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Schwarzenegger To Speak In Michigan

Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger will speak Saturday at a rally in East Lansing. It’s in support of Proposal 2, an effort to eliminate gerrymandering in Michigan. Voters Not Politicians Director Katie Fahey tells us Michigan draws its legislative districts every ten years, and the process is directed by elected officials, meaning the ruling party, whoever it is at any given time, gets to set up the system for itself.. ...Read Full Story

Two Millionth Visitor At Niles Scream Park

Two million people have passed through the gates of the Niles Scream Park since it opened 45 years ago. On Sunday, guest number two million attended. It was Yessica Renteria of Plymouth, Indiana. The Niles Scream Park’s Kellie Welch tells WSJM News this has been a great year at the non-profit attraction.. ...Read Full Story

Major Opioid Legislation Passed

Congressman Fred Upton is waiting on the president to sign opioid legislation that passed the Senate this month. Upton tells WSJM News the landmark package out of the House is designed to help fight the growing opioid abuse crisis. The House approved it before going on break.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Threat Deemed A Hoax

A bomb threat reported this week at Baseline Middle School in South Haven was determined to be a hoax. The South Haven Police Department says it cleared the building of anything dangerous on Wednesday after a search. Police used bomb sniffing dogs to check the school after the threat came in around 2:30 p.m. A custodian found a note in one of the boys restrooms. It said a bomb was in the building. A several hours-long police search determined that was not in fact the case.. ...Read Full Story

Gast Investing In Benton Twp Facility

Gast Manufacturing has announced a $6 million investment in Benton Township. Cornerstone Alliance Business Development Manager Shane Kissack tells WSJM News the company, which designs and produces air-moving products, plans to add at least 30 new jobs over the next three years as it improves its existing facility.. ...Read Full Story

Officials: Still Illegal To Bring Marijuana Across The Border

From the Associated Press — U.S. officials are reminding travelers that it remains illegal to bring marijuana into the United States at border crossings despite the legalization of the drug in Canada. U.S. Customs and Border Protection representative Christopher Perry says the implementation of the new Canadian law on Wednesday thus far has had little effect on the flow of traffic along the border. Perry, CBP’s director of field operations in Michigan, talked to reporters at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, which connects Detroit with Windsor, Ontario. According to Perry, U.S. border agents are asking the same kinds of questions of travelers that they did prior to the change in Canadian law, adding that agents generally will not ask routine questions about marijuana use. On Wednesday, Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace .. ...Read Full Story

Mega Millions Jackpot At $900 Million

The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday’s drawing is now up to $900 million. The Michigan Lottery tells us the cash option for Friday will be $513 million. The $900 million jackpot is the largest ever for the Mega Millions game. If a Michigan player wins Friday, it would be the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in the state and the largest ever Michigan Lottery prize in general. In April of 2005, a Port Huron couple won $208 million playing Mega Millions. A Mega Millions ticket is $2. Your odds of getting the jackpot — 1 in more than 320 million.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Praises Tax Cuts

As next month’s elections are expected to bring a surge in voter turnout, one thing that could help Republicans is the state of the economy. September’s unemployment rate was 3.7%, the lowest it’s been since 1969. Congressman Fred Upton has some thoughts as to why. He spoke with WSJM News this week.. ...Read Full Story

Major Pokagon Construction Project Underway

Major construction is underway at the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi’s Rodgers Lake campus near Dowagiac. Pokagon Band Government Manager Jason Wesaw tells us they’re doing a major improvement project at a cost of $25 million on the Justice Center and the Pokagon Health Services building. He notes the Pokagon Tribal Police have been working out of a building not intended for law enforcement.. ...Read Full Story

Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins authors of the book Convicted; With Respect 10/17/18

John’s guests this week are the authors of the book Convicted. Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins talk over how Collins, a police detective, let his zeal for being the most effective cop get away with him and how he lied, planted evidence, which led to the wrongful convictions of 60 citizens for drugs offenses, including Jameel McGee. Both Jameel and Andrew were convicted, one wrongfully, one righteously, and spent years in prison. But more it is the story of their rebirth after their release and how they are now working together to help make things right. . ...Read Full Story

Immigration Detention Center Proposed For MI

In west Michigan, the Immigration Centers of America has proposed converting the former Deerfield Correctional Center in Ionia into a federal immigration detention center. Dennis Muchmore, who represents the Immigration Centers of America, told Michigan News Network this week it would cost about $35 million.. ...Read Full Story

Commission Discusses Income Tax Appeal Board

With a new city income tax in place, the work to ensure it’s implemented properly never ends for Benton Harbor city leaders. This week, the city commission approved the creation of an Income Tax Board of Review. City Manager Darwin Watson told commissioners it is needed to consider appeals from taxpayers of their city income tax bills. Commissioner Juanita Henry was concerned the Income Tax Board of Review could wind up with only elites serving on it.. ...Read Full Story

Assistance Animals Workshop Next Month

A workshop on the different types of assistance animals and the rules that apply to them is planned for next month in St. Joseph. Disability Network Southwest Michigan Education Coordinator Miranda Grunwell tells WSJM News there are service animals, emotional support animals, and therapy animals.. ...Read Full Story

Opioid Summit Held This Week

The national opioid crisis is being felt all over Michigan. In Washtenaw County there have 56 overdose deaths so far this year, an increase of more than 30% from a year ago. The Washtenaw County Opioid Summit this week brought together health officials and community members to discuss the epidemic. Co-chair of the Washtenaw Opioid Project Jamina Loveluck spoke with Michigan News Network about the crisis.. ...Read Full Story

Fish Virus Appears In Two MI Lakes

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the largemouth bass virus that killed hundreds of fish back in the early 2000s has been found in Cedar Lake in Alcona and Iosco counties. DNR Hatchery Manager Martha Van Amberg tells us, for the most, there is no danger to humans.. ...Read Full Story

Krasl To Unveil New Sculpting Community This Month

The Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph is getting ready to unveil its new outdoor Sculpting Community along with a brand new sculpture by Richard Hunt. The piece from the Chicago artist was shipped into St. Joseph on Monday aboard a flatbed truck, and it’s being installed at the grounds of the Krasl this week. Hunt tells WSJM News it’s about 20 feet high and 40 feet across in two stainless steel pieces.. ...Read Full Story

Voters Urged To Be Prepared

The AARP of Michigan is hoping the state’s voters will get themselves familiar with the variety of proposals set to appear on next month’s ballot before they hit the polls. Manager of Advocacy Lisa Dedden Cooper tells us Proposal 1 would legalize recreational marijuana for people ages 21 and up. Proposal 2 would amend the state constitution to create a new commission to re-draw Michigan’s legislative districts when the Census comes out every 10 years. Proposal 3 would add several voting-rights provisions to the Michigan Constitution.. ...Read Full Story

Cornerstone, Bridgman Chambers Integrating

The Greater Bridgman Chamber and Growth Alliance is integrating into the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce. Cornerstone’s Chris Heugel tells WSJM News the Twin Cities-based chamber started helping the Bridgman chamber when its previous leader moved out of town, and over time, it made sense for the two to combine.. ...Read Full Story

Coast Guard Approves Mackinac Anchor Ban

From the Associated Press — The U.S. Coast Guard says ships can’t drop anchor in the Straits of Mackinac unless they have permission. The area between Michigan’s two peninsulas has an oil pipeline, known as Line 5, as well as electrical cables. The Coast Guard says the goal is to prevent damage to the lines from anchors. There is an exception to the no-anchor zone in case of emergency. The policy starts October 31 and covers ships that are at least 131 feet long. The rule was published October 1 in the Federal Register. The legislature is working on a similar ban. Governor Rick Snyder in May approved an emergency rule barring anchors in the waterway, after a tugboat anchor struck
oil and electrical lines and caused an insulation spill.. ...Read Full Story

DNR Warns About Deer Disease

With hunters now hitting the woods, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking them to be on the lookout for bovine tuberculosis. DNR deer biologist Ashley Autenrieth tells WSJM News bovine TB is an ailment in deer that can sometimes be spotted when a hunter is dressing a deer. They’re asked to watch out for signs.. ...Read Full Story

Resource Officer Coming To BH Schools

A finalized code of conduct at Benton Harbor Area Schools and new security procedures are close to being implemented. District CEO Robert Herrera told WSJM News after a meeting this week the new school resource officer set to be provided by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department should be in place in the next three weeks.. ...Read Full Story

Superintendents Prepare For Funding Talks

St. Joseph Public Schools Superintendent Ann Cardon is hoping to help push for a change in how schools are funded in the state. This week, she spoke to the board of education about a report from the School Finance Research Collaborative on the model used in Michigan. Cardon told WSJM News 1994’s Proposal A was supposed to establish equality for school funding, but time has shown there are several factors that are not considered.. ...Read Full Story