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Democrats Slam Wage Move

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon says Republicans in the Michigan Legislature are making a mistake by planning to gut a proposal to raise the minimum wage. The legislature on Wednesday approved the ballot measure to make

“Rake A Difference” Day Coming Up

The United Way of Southwest Michigan is now signing up volunteers for its annual “Rake a Difference” Day of Action for Seniors. The organization’s Julee Laurent tells WSJM News that’s the day when hundreds of volunteers fan

Register Of Deeds Remembered In Senate

Recently-deceased Berrien County Register of Deeds Lori Jarvis has been memorialized in the Michigan Senate. On Wednesday, state Senator John Proos spoke on the floor about Jarvis, who passed away June 14 due to a car crash.

Palisades Open House Next Week

The public is invited to an open house planned for the Palisades nuclear power plant next week. Palisades owner Entergy tells us the informational open house will be held Wednesday at the Palisades Emergency Operations Facility and

Law Enforcement Torch Runs

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from all over Michigan will be taking part in torch runs for the Special Olympics starting this weekend. Special Olympics spokesperson Aaron Mills tells WSJM News the organization is the official non-profit

Hagar Twp Dune Tour Saturday

Preserve the Dunes is offering a special tour of a Berrien County lakeshore park this weekend. President Marcy Hamilton tells WSJM News an expert from the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy will present information on the environment on

New Health Clinic Coming To Niles

Ground will be broken next week on a new health clinic in Niles. The Cassopolis Family Clinic Network tells us the new $8.5 million Niles Community Health Center will be 31,500 square feet with more than 20

Child Murder Under Investigation

Michigan State Police are investigating the murder of a child in Van Buren County. They tell us troopers out of the Paw Paw post were sent to a home in Almena Township on Tuesday on a report

Street Rebuild Planned For Benton Harbor

The city of Benton Harbor is going to repave the streets surrounding a housing project this year. Community and Economic Development Director Stephanie Scott-Sims tells WSJM News Buss Avenue and Sickle Street in the area of what’s

MITA VP Talks Road Construction Lockout

Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association VP Mike Nystrom says the employer’s group is continuing to insist that the Operating Engineers union ratify the industry’s labor contract proposal before road and bridge projects will continue. “We’re at a

Detroit Schools Using Bottled Water

Students in the Detroit Public Schools Community District won’t be drinking from the fountain at school anytime soon, as they will be using bottled water and water coolers. The decision was made after tests showed elevated levels

Five Area Road Projects Could Be Stopped By Lockout

The lockout of some 2,000 union road construction workers is likely to impact several projects in southwest Michigan. The Michigan Department of Transportation tells WSJM News the labor stoppage initiated by the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association,

LaSata Talks MSU And Sex Abuse

The impact of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal that rocked Michigan State University is being felt at all of the state’s public universities. State Representative Kim LaSata of Berrien County chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on

Commission Hears About Home Rehab Program

There’s plenty going on lately at the Benton Harbor Community Development Department. This week, city commissioners learned more about the HUD-funded home rehabilitation program, now back in action. Community Development Director Stephanie Scott-Sims told them it pays

Minimum Wage Group Vows Fight

From the Associated Press — Organizers of a ballot initiative that would raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour say they will sue if the Republican-led Legislature adopts the proposal but then weakens it later in

Mental Health Crisis Training This Month

Police officers from all over Michigan will be in New Buffalo this month for training on mental health crisis intervention. Riverwood Center Jail Diversion Supervisor Gretchen Carlson tells WSJM News the training teach those who work with

One Injured In Farm Accident

A Benton Harbor man is hospitalized after a farm accident in Cass County Tuesday afternoon. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department tells us 66-year-old Willie Lewis was lying down in a field in the 2300 block of Lake

Fallen Trooper To Be Honored Sunday

Red Arrow Highway between Glenlord and Hilltop roads will be dedicated for Michigan State Police Trooper Robert Mihalik this weekend. The state Legislature approved the honorary designation for Mihalik earlier this year, and the ceremony will be

Strong Sales For Ford

Ford posted a strong sales report for August, led by booming sales of the Lincoln Navigator and Ford F-150 pick up. Auto analyst John McElroy told Michigan News Network this week sales were up just over 4%