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Pokagon Pow Wow Starts Today

The 33rd annual Pokagon Band of Potawatomi “Kee-Boon Mein-Kaa” Pow Wow will be this Saturday and Sunday. The tribe’s Trish Williams tells WSJM News the event is a way to celebrate the Pokagon culture, and everyone is

Scream Park Preview Coming Up

The Niles Scream Park is gearing up for another spooky season. The park’s Aaron Smith tells WSJM News they’re putting the finishing touches on the displays and will show them off with a sneak peak party next

Hearing On PFAS Contamination Next Week

Governor Rick Snyder is applauding an announcement this week that the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Environment has scheduled a hearing on PFAS contamination in water systems. The subcommittee will learn about the situation

South Haven Craft Fair Tomorrow

The big event in South Haven this weekend is the 42nd Annual Craft Fair in Stanley Johnston Park. South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce Director Kathy Wagaman tells WSJM News the event has some big draws. “That

Paw Paw Wine Festival Coming Up

Downtown Paw Paw is gearing up for the 2018 Wine and Harvest Festival that runs September 7th through the 9th. Festival President Doug Craddock tells WSJM News what the festival is about. “It’s a celebration of all

Sheriff To Talk Immigration In Washington

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey will be in Washington, D.C. next week to take part in a conference on immigration. As president of the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, Bailey will be Michigan’s representative among the 50 sheriffs who

Labor Day And Gas Prices

We’re paying about 45¢ more per gallon around Michigan as we head into the Labor Day weekend than this time last year according to AAA Michigan. GasBuddy’s Patrick DeHaan tells Michigan News Network he doesn’t expect to

Andrews University Change Day

Andrews University is preparing for its second annual Change Day. Change Day is a chance for faculty, staff, and students to work at more than 75 local volunteer sites in seven neighborhoods and two counties to give

Nurse Pleads To Tampering With Valium

From the Associated Press — A nurse who took Valium for her own use and diluted the medicine for others has pleaded guilty to tampering with a consumer product. The Grand Rapids Press says Kristie Ann Mollohan of

Lognjohn Gets Warren Endorsement

Democratic congressional candidate in the Sixth District Matt Longjohn has received the endorsement of Senator Elizabeth Warren as he seeks to unseat Congressman Fred Upton. In a Facebook post this week, Longjohn’s campaign said he’s proud to

Seven Hurt In Crash Near Edwardsburg

Seven people are recovering from injuries in a crash near Edwardsburg. It happened just after 5 p.m. Thursday in Milton Township at the intersection of US 12 and Beebe Road in Cass County, and one person had

Business Groups Back Environmental Cleanup Plan

From the Associated Press — Key business groups are backing Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed fee hikes to pay for environmental cleanup and water infrastructure needs across Michigan. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Farm Bureau joined

Small I&M Rate Cut Coming

A small rate cut is coming soon to customers of Indiana Michigan Power. I&M spokesperson Tracy Warner tells WSJM News the Michigan Public Service Commission has approved bill credits totaling $8.7 million for Michigan customers. The bill

Land Auction Next Month

Things are coming together for the next Berrien County land auction. Treasurer Bret Witkowski tells WSJM News there will be auction of foreclosed properties September 18 at the DANK. Up for grabs will be exclusively vacant properties.

NCAA Clears MSU Of Rule Violations

From the Associated Press — Michigan State University says the NCAA has cleared it of any rules violations in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal. Athletic director Bill Beekman says the university “cooperated fully with the inquiry” and welcomes

State Police Back To School Reminder

With students in most Michigan school districts heading back to school next week, Michigan State Police are reminding everyone to take extra steps to be safe. MSP Trooper Kellie Shaffer with the Paw Paw post tells WSJM

Michigan Clerks Coping With FOIA Requests

Michigan clerks may know who is behind a massive Freedom of Information Act request for all the ballots from the 2016 presidential election, but that doesn’t make them any happier about it. Priorities USA Foundation is looking

Plenty Of Construction Underway At LMC

Buildings at Lake Michigan College will soon look a lot different as $40 million in construction is underway right now at the Benton Township campus. LMC Director of Facilities Sara VanderVeen tells WSJM News they’re just now

Great Lakes Cruises Being Explored

Ever think of taking a cruise on the Great Lakes? A consortium of states, provinces, and ports has formed what they’re calling  “Cruise the Great Lakes,” an initiative aimed at growing the cruising industry. Co-chair Dave Lorenz

Amber Alert Suspect Arrested Near Sturgis

A 37-year-old man is in police custody in Sturgis after triggering an Amber Alert overnight when police say he abducted his three children. Fernando Cruz was arrested this morning after a standoff near Sturgis. The three kids,

Tornadoes Confirmed In Michigan This Week

From the Associated Press — The National Weather Service has confirmed two weak tornadoes struck northern Michigan. It says a brief twister rated EF-1 with estimated peak winds of 100 mph Tuesday night damaged two homes near

PFAS Hearings Soon In Congress

Hearings inspired by the PFAS contamination in the water system of Parchment could be held soon in Congress. The Kalamazoo County community was unable to use its local water for weeks when the chemical PFAs was found

Coloma Grads Searching For Time Capsule

Former classmates reunited in Coloma this past weekend to uncover a time capsule they buried 30 years ago, but they couldn’t find it. The Herald Palladium reports the seven classmates and two teachers spent two hours on

Kinexus Planning Manufacturing Month

Kinexus is gearing up for its 6th annual Manufacturing Day with a new twist this year. The organization tells us they’re going to hold a whole Manufacturing Week. Slated for October 1 through October 5, the week

LMC Economic Impact Study

The Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees this week heard the results of an economic impact study on the college. Susan Hackett, a consultant with EMSI, a labor market analysis firm, said a look at 2016 and

Educators Notice Teacher Shortage

It’s not just nursing and skilled trades in Michigan where there is a shortage of new, qualified people coming into the field. School administrators around the state say they’re feeling the pinch, too, as there aren’t as

Busy Labor Day Weekend In St. Joe

This will be a packed weekend in downtown St. Joseph as Labor Day arrives and the area sends off the summer. St. Joseph Today Marketing Director Daniele Crevier tells WSJM News the Tri-State Regatta will sail into