Feral swine carry off a fawn in this undated photo from the Michigan United Conservation Clubs.

Feral swine decreasing but still pose threat

The number of feral swine in the state is declining, but there’s still concern about their transmitting diseases to domestic pigs — threatening a $500-million-a-year industry — and to people, as well as damage to vegetation. Allegan, Cass, Branch, St. Joseph and Ottawa counties are the top producers. We talk to the Michigan Pork Producers Association and MUCC. By Katrianna Ray.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson holds a press conference to discuss her 30-minute guarantee on Dec. 12, 2019.

Secretary of state warns Michigan could be last to report in 2020 election

East Lansing’s November 2019 election was a small preview. More than 1,000 people registered to vote on Election Day, and the city experienced a 20% increase in absentee ballots.

There are concerns for higher-profile elections such as the state’s March 10 presidential primary. Michigan’s new laws allow no-reason absentee voting, Election Day registration and automatic registration when people apply for a state ID.

Watch Focal Point: Silver Bells in the City, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Frozen 2 premiere and more.

This week’s episode of Focal Point, we’re live from Lansing’s Christmas tradition, “Silver Bells in the City.” The face of Michigan State Basketball is now in Detroit’s Thanksgiving parade. With new bills in the Michigan House, sports betting may soon be legal in the state. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance was this past Wednesday and members of the Transgender community gave us some insight on the holiday. The Sears at Frandor Shopping Center has announced it’s closing early next year. 

In sports, Michigan State football had a tough loss to in-state rival Michigan while the basketball team had a more personal loss. 

In entertainment, we preview movies coming to theaters soon as well as the dying market for video stores. 

These stories and more on this edition of Focal Point.