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Hospital Offers Vaccine Coloring Book

As kids ages five to eleven prepare to roll up their sleeves, there’s a coloring book available to calm their nerves if they’re feeling anxious. Rachel Schmelzer is a child life specialist at St. Jude Children’s Research

County Board Hears Budget Presentation

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners is working on the county budget for 2022. During a presentation Thursday, Financial Services Director Doug James said the proposed budget envisions about $148 million in revenues and $155 million in

County Passes On COVID Funding From State

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners has passed on some funding that would help pay for COVID-19 response in schools. During Thursday’s meeting, some members of the public asked the board to reject the $24,000 that would

County Appoints New Acting Health Officer

Berrien County has named a new acting health officer. That’s after the resignation of former acting Health Officer Courtney Davis. During a Thursday meeting, the Berrien County Board of Commissioners appointed Guy Miller to the role. He’s

Governor Signs Bill To Eliminate Tampon Tax

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to eliminate the sales tax on menstrual products, including tampons. The governor’s office tells us more: Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed HB 5267, half of a bipartisan package to repeal the tax on essential menstrual products, including tampons, driving down costs and saving families from

Police Agencies Experiencing Staffing Shortage

They’re overworked and burned out. That’s what officials from various police agencies told members of a state appropriations committee in Lansing on Wednesday. Bob Stephenson is the director of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, and

Healthcare Open Enrollment Is Now

Open enrollment for health insurance has begun and you may want to double check your plan. Jason Resendez is a board member for Consumers for Quality Care and told Michigan News Network there have been changes to

Tourism Leaders Gather In Detroit

Tourism was a $27 billion industry in Michigan before the pandemic and state leaders are talking ways to bring it back. Tourism officials from around the state gathered in Detroit Wednesday for the Michigan Tourism Conference. Pure

Grand Opening For The Market This Weekend

Set for Sunday is a grand opening and ribbon cutting for The Market in downtown St. Joseph. Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber Membership and Events Director Sarah Spoonholtz tells WSJM News it’s an indoor farmers market with eight

Resource Fair Tomorrow In Benton Harbor

A resource fair will be held for Benton Harbor residents Thursday so they can learn about places to turn for help as the city’s water crisis continues. Benton Harbor Community Response Team Chair Princella Tobias tells WSJM

Comcast Increases Internet Speeds In SWM

Comcast has announced it’s increased internet speeds in southwest Michigan. The company says most Xfinity customers have gotten a boost. The upgraded speeds, based on service level, can be seen below: • Performance Starter upload speeds doubled

Detroit Mayor Cruises To Re-Election

From the Associated Press — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has easily defeated attorney Anthony Adams to win a third four-year term leading the Motor City. Duggan was the clear favorite to win Tuesday’s election after first winning

Berrien County Election Results

Michele Binkley, Michael Sarola, and Brook Thomas have been elected to the St. Joseph City Commission. The three were chosen by voters on Tuesday from a field of six. Binkley was the lone incumbent in the race.