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House Acts Against Cyberbullying

From the Associated Press — The Michigan House has approved legislation making cyberbullying a crime. Lawmakers voted 91-17 Thursday on the measure that now heads to the Senate. It would be the first time the state has tacked

Postal Worker Killed In SE Michigan

A postal delivery driver was killed in the Pinckney area when she was crushed by her delivery truck. Michigan State Police Lieutenant Mario Gonzalez spoke with Michigan News Network about the incident. “The incident happened Wednesday at

Upton: Spending Bill A Win

Congressman Fred Upton is praising a deal reached this week on an omnibus spending bill in the U.S. House. He calls the spending plan a win for Michigan, telling us it maintains full funding for the Great

Police Warn Students About School Threats

Police chiefs all over Michigan are warning young people about the dangers of making threats against their schools. Warren Police Chief William Dwyer tells Michigan News Network he is talking to students, going to school assemblies and

Nesbitt Steps Down As Lotto Commissioner

A change has been announced for former state Representative Aric Nesbitt. On Thursday, the Republican from Lawton told us he’s resigned from his post as Michigan Lottery Commissioner. Nesbitt, who has held that job for 13 months,

Proos Talks Judiciary Budget

State Senator John Proos is pleased with a judiciary budget approved by the Michigan Senate Judiciary subcommittee this week. He tells WSJM News the new budget, which covers corrections, is a 1.1% increase over last year’s spending

Former Bangor Chief Charged In Vehicle Case

The Michigan Attorney General’s office has announced charges against seven police officers from around the state for allowing improper salvage vehicle inspections. Included on the list of those charged is a former police chief from Bangor. Attorney

Police Investigate Stolen Guns

The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety is investigating a stolen guns case. It tells WSJM News a home on Green Avenue in the city was broken into on Monday. The culprit made off with several handguns,

Anti-Bullying Event In South Haven

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is bringing the Relentless Tour, which is an anti-bullying initiative to South Haven High School Friday afternoon. The speaker is a Michigan State basketball award winner. South Haven Public Schools Becca

IRS Warns About Latest Scam

The IRS is warning taxpayers about the latest scam. Spokesperson Alejandra Castro-Nunez tells WSJM News this one happens when a scammer gets ahold of some of your previous tax information and banking info. “They do a tax

GLRI Funding Restored In Budget

Funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative appears safe. President Trump wanted to cut that spending from $300 million to $30 million, but the GLRI is fully funded in a deal struck by U.S. House and Senate

World Water Day Today

Folks from all ends of the state are being called upon to raise their voices for clean water. World Water Day is Thursday, and a coalition of organizations is rallying in the capital city to show elected

Bangor Schools Closed Due To Threat

Bangor Public Schools will be closed on Thursday due to a threat found written on one of the stalls in a restroom. Bangor Interim Superintendent Lynn Johnson says in a letter to parents a custodian found the

Part Of Road Renamed For Trooper

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation from state Representative Kim LaSata to rename a stretch of Red Arrow Highway in Berrien County in honor of a fallen state police trooper. She tells WSJM News Red Arrow Highway

Final Eight In School Spirit Tournament

State Senator John Proos is congratulating the schools left in his annual Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament. He announced the Elite 8 this week, telling WSJM News we’re now down to Michigan Lutheran versus Lake Michigan Catholic, River

Unemployment Edges Up

From the Associated Press — Michigan’s unemployment rate edged upward to 4.8% in February. Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show Michigan’s jobless rate last month rose from 4.7% in January. It was seven-tenths

House Approves Bike Passing Bill

From the Associated Press — A bill advancing in Michigan’s Legislature would require drivers to allow 3 feet (0.9 meters) of clearance while passing a bike, unless it’s impracticable. Wednesday’s 98-10 vote in the House comes after months

Home Sales Slightly Down

The latest housing numbers are out from the Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors, and they show the regional market slightly sluggish in February. The association’s Alan Jeffries tells WSJM News the number of units sold in February

Police Investigate Dowagiac Shooting

The Dowagiac Police Department is investigating a Wednesday shooting. It tells us officers were called to a home in the 300 block of Pokagon Street shortly before 11 a.m. when a woman called 911 to report she

South Haven Leaders Set Priorities

The South Haven City Council has its priorities for the upcoming fiscal year following a meeting this week. The top three priorities for the year are development of “missing middle” housing options, economic development, infrastructure repairs. South

Lt. Gov. To Snag Endorsement

Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley is expected to be officially endorsed by Governor Rick Snyder. Calley, who has been lieutenant governor alongside Snyder for more than seven years, will host the governor at a campaign event today

Check Your School’s Financial Health

A new website has been launched by the state of Michigan Treasury Department to make financial information about public school districts available to parents. Treasury spokesperson Ron Leix tells WSJM News the site is easy to use,

Blue Ice Forms Up North

This is quite a sight in northern Michigan. Blue ice is piled 20 feet high along the shores of Mackinaw City. Jamie Mersch is the executive director of the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce and told Michigan

Commission Hears About Industrial Property

Benton Harbor City Commissioners have to decide what to do with the vacant Alreco industrial property in town. At Monday’s meeting, they heard from Berrien County Commissioner Mamie Yarbrough that the county land bank has two bids