Local News Archives

Detroit Mayor Suing Over Auto Insurance Law

From the Associated Press — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and residents have filed a federal lawsuit over Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law. The Detroit News reports that the lawsuit was filed Thursday against Patrick McPharlin, the director of

Honor Flight Next Month

Set for September 15 is the next Talons Out Honor Flight. Talons Out is an organization that provides free trips to Washington, D.C. for veterans of the Korean War and World War II so they can see

Donation For Al-Van Humane Society

The Al-Van Humane Society has been awarded a $1,500 grant from the South Haven Community Foundation. The grant will be used for low cost spaying and neutering of community pets, as well as pet education and training

Sex Abuse Hotline Available

A new statewide hotline for survivors of sexual assault. Jordan Kenendy, a spokeswoman for Governor Rick Snyder, spoke with Michigan News Network about the hotline. “The hotline will provide confidential, anonymous 24-7 access to a trained counselor, and

Conservation District Planning Home Fair

The Van Buren Conservation District is planning a Healthy Home Fair for next month in Hartford. The district’s Erin Fuller tells WSJM News he event will be a way to connect residents with Van Buren Conservation District

Kinexus Recognizes Offender Success Program

Kinexus is celebrating its Offender Success program. The employment agency in Benton Harbor tells us Offender Success pairs up recently-released inmates with job opportunities and programs designed to prevent them from re-offending. Offender Success Director Derek Knuth

Road Department Contract Approved

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners has approved its first tentative labor contract with the Berrien County Road Department since taking the road operation over last year. At a Thursday meeting, the county commission agreed to a

Coach Charged With Lying In Nassar Case

From the Associated Press — Investigators say a former head gymnastics coach at Michigan State University lied in June when she denied that witnesses had told her in the past about being sexually assaulted by former sports

West Nile Virus Found In Berrien County

The West Nile virus has been found in Berrien County. Berrien County Health Department spokesperson Gillian Conrad tells WSJM News the illness was confirmed in a woman in late July. She couldn’t tell us more about the

Shooting Victim Dies

One of three women shot at a party over the weekend in Benton Township has died. The Benton Township Police Department tells us 31-year-old Tiera Clark was shot in the chest and throat area early on Sunday

Kalamazoo Planning “Graffiti Gardens”

From the Associated Press — A southwestern Michigan city is planning what are known as graffiti gardens where people can legally draw or paint on billboard-like plywood structures. Kalamazoo is working to provide more opportunities for art on utility

MSU Searching For New President

From the Associate Press — Michigan State University trustees have appointed 19 members to a search committee looking for the school’s next president. The selections were announced Wednesday. The committee will have 10 men and nine women –

Car Break-Ins Reported In South Haven

A series of car break-ins has law enforcement busy around the South Haven area. Incidents of break ins in Casco Township and South Haven have been reported, leading the South Haven Police Department to tell residents to

MI Utilities Steadfast O Coal Plans

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it’s loosening rules on emissions from coal-fired power plants, rolling back the requirements of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The new rules would largely allow states to regulate emissions, and

Upton On Return Of House

When the U.S. House gets back to work after Labor Day, Congressman Fred Upton will be pushing for the implementation of new rules for the chamber. He tells WSJM News November’s elections are likely to result in

Update On Michigan Water Testing

From the Associated Press — Michigan officials say they’re halfway finished with collecting samples for a statewide study of toxic chemicals that have been detected in 33 states’ drinking water. The Department of Environmental Quality has sampled 892

Longjohn Addresses Commission

Democratic candidate for Congress in Michigan’s Sixth District Matt Longjohn stopped by Benton Harbor City Hall on Monday to speak with the Benton Harbor City Commission. Longjohn, a doctor, promoted his healthcare credentials to commissioners, saying his

Existing Home Sales Surge In July In SWMI

Sales of existing homes in July surged 18% over last year according to the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors. Average and median sales prices were nearly unchanged. The inventory of houses for sale rose slightly from a

Mutt March This Weekend

Animal Aid of Southwestern Michigan will hold its annual Mutt March this coming weekend. The Mutt March raises money for the animal rescue organization. It’s a walk including dog owners and their friends in St. Joseph. The

Record Number Of Schools Starting Early

At least 143 Michigan school districts have asked for waivers to begin school before Labor Day this year, the largest number since a law was passed requiring the later start. The tourism industry argued the later start