Author: Johnathon Gustin

BREAKING: Body Found in Benzie County

The Benzie County Sheriff’s Office says a body was found Saturday north of Honor. They say it was discovered in 3 feet of water by Indian Hill Rd. and Hooker Rd., an area flooded by the Platte River. Investigators say there are no initial signs of foul play and the body is currently in the process of being identified. Stay…

5th Circuit Court Rules Part of Affordable Care Act is Unconstitutional

In this update, a federal appeals court says part of the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. The 5th Circuit Court ruled Wednesday that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is invalid. It follows a similar 2018 ruling in a Texas district court. Both courts said when the tax on people without insurance was dropped to zero in 2017,…

Gov. Whitmer Says She’s Not Giving Up on Fixing The Roads

Gov. Whitmer says she’s not giving up on her effort to fix Michigan’s roads. Wednesday she told reporters she is working on an alternative to her proposed 45 cent per gallon gas tax increase. That plan went nowhere in the Republican legislature. She says it would be “unwise” to push forward with the same plan. Governor Whitmer says people will…

Millions of Americans Could Lose Access to Food Stamps

3.7 million Americans could lose access to federal food stamps if proposed changes to the program get approved. The Supplemental Nutrition Program known as SNAP gives an average of $127 per month to people in need. That’s less than $2 a day for food. A proposed change would remove automatic enrollment for families that qualify for other federal benefits. It…

Democrats Push for Rep. Amash to Become Senate Impeachment Manager

A group of freshmen Democrats is pushing a Michigan representative to become the impeachment manager for the Senate’s trial. Justin Amash has been outspoken about his support for impeaching President Trump. The Michigan lawmaker left the Republican Party after criticizing the president. He’s now an independent. A group of 30 freshman Democrats say Amash could reach conservative voters in a…

Great Lakes Potato Chip Co. Sells Out of Purple Potato Chips

Traverse City-based Great Lakes Potato Chip Co. says they have sold out of purple chips. You may have noticed the unique snack if you were out shopping in Traverse City, East Lansing, Ann Arbor or Detroit. They were developed between the chip company and Michigan State University’s potato program. Researchers spent two decades cross-breeding spuds to develop the blackberry potato….

Troopers Collect Donations During Seventh Annual ‘Stuff a Blue Goose’

State police say this weekend’s Seventh Annual “Stuff a Blue Goose” event was a success. The nickname for the trooper patrol car is a blue goose. Across the state Saturday, they stuffed them with donated food, clothing and toys. The Alpena MSP post says they collected more than 800 unwrapped new toys and 2,700 non-perishable food items. They say half…

One Person Hurt After Crash in Mecosta County

Icy conditions led to a crash Saturday night in Mecosta County. Deputies say they were called around 11 p.m. to U.S. 131. They say a driver going north lost control near 22 Mile Rd. and went into the median. A few minutes later, a second driver also lost control due to icy roads and hit the vehicle in the median….

Mason County Man Dead After Head-on Crash

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office says a man is dead after an early-morning crash. Emergency crews were called to a two-vehicle crash north of Free Soil Township around 4:30 Saturday morning. The sheriff’s office says it appears a Muskegon County man was driving south on U.S. 31 when he crossed the center lane. They say he hit a Mason County…

Two People Dead After Minivan Catches Fire in Gladwin County

Deputies say two people are dead and two children are hurt after an accident in Gladwin County. The sheriff’s office says they were called to the intersection of E. Knox Rd. and Wieman Rd. in Billings township Saturday around 12 a.m. Deputies say a Chrysler minivan was driving east but did not stop at the intersection. They say it went…