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Assistance Animals Workshop Next Month

A workshop on the different types of assistance animals and the rules that apply to them is planned for next month in St. Joseph. Disability Network Southwest Michigan Education Coordinator Miranda Grunwell tells WSJM News there are

Home Repair Help In South Haven

Residents of South Haven who might need some financial help repairing the exterior of their home could be in luck. South Haven City Manager Brian Dissette tells WSJM News that’s after action by the city council this

Michigan Bans Marijuana-Infused Drinks

From the Associated Press — Rick Snyder has signed legislation to immediately prohibit marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks in Michigan. The law enacted Tuesday bars the use, possession or sale of marijuana-infused beer, wine, liquor and mixed drinks. Supporters

Maritime Museum Fright Nights This Week

Set for this weekend is the fourth annual Michigan Maritime Museum Fright Nights in South Haven. The museum’s Ashley Deming tells WSJM News they’ll have the grounds decked out in a scary theme designed to thrill those

Opioid Summit Held This Week

The national opioid crisis is being felt all over Michigan. In Washtenaw County there have 56 overdose deaths so far this year, an increase of more than 30% from a year ago. The Washtenaw County Opioid Summit

Fish Virus Appears In Two MI Lakes

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the largemouth bass virus that killed hundreds of fish back in the early 2000s has been found in Cedar Lake in Alcona and Iosco counties. DNR Hatchery Manager Martha Van

Stabenow And James Talk Healthcare, Trade

By Doug Cunningham U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and GOP Senate candidate John James highlighted differences between them on healthcare when they met for debate. James is a staunch Trump backer who says Michigan needs new blood in

Voters Urged To Be Prepared

The AARP of Michigan is hoping the state’s voters will get themselves familiar with the variety of proposals set to appear on next month’s ballot before they hit the polls. Manager of Advocacy Lisa Dedden Cooper tells

Cornerstone, Bridgman Chambers Integrating

The Greater Bridgman Chamber and Growth Alliance is integrating into the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce. Cornerstone’s Chris Heugel tells WSJM News the Twin Cities-based chamber started helping the Bridgman chamber when its previous leader moved out of

Upton, Longjohn Debate

Rep. Fred Upton and Dr. Matt Longjohn faced off for an hour long debate Monday simulcast on WKZO and WSJM.  This is the closest re-election race Upton has faced since winning his seat in Congress in 1986.

Coast Guard Approves Mackinac Anchor Ban

From the Associated Press — The U.S. Coast Guard says ships can’t drop anchor in the Straits of Mackinac unless they have permission. The area between Michigan’s two peninsulas has an oil pipeline, known as Line 5, as

DNR Warns About Deer Disease

With hunters now hitting the woods, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking them to be on the lookout for bovine tuberculosis. DNR deer biologist Ashley Autenrieth tells WSJM News bovine TB is an ailment in

Resource Officer Coming To BH Schools

A finalized code of conduct at Benton Harbor Area Schools and new security procedures are close to being implemented. District CEO Robert Herrera told WSJM News after a meeting this week the new school resource officer set

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Domestic Violence Coalition of Van Buren County, located in Paw Paw is ready to help. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are

Food Center Possible For Benton Harbor

Feeding America West Michigan is conducting a study on a possible community food center in Benton Harbor. Marketing and Development Director Pattijean McCahill tells WSJM News the organization helps relieve hunger in 40 counties, but right now

BH Schools Early Enrollment Numbers

The early enrollment numbers for Benton Harbor Area Schools this year are down slightly. District CEO Robert Herrera told WSJM News this week the counts are showing a loss of about 70 students from last year, which

SJ Schools In Good Financial Shape

The latest financial audit has found St. Joseph Public Schools to be in good shape. At a meeting this past week, the board of education was told the district in the last year spent slightly less than

Emergency Management Training Soon

The Berrien County Office of Emergency Management is preparing to offer another round of Community Emergency Response Team training to the public. The Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, is trained to help respond to disasters in

LMC Wine Center Named For Couple

Lake Michigan College has named its new wine and viticulture center in honor of a Stevensville couple who has worked to help the college complete major projects. LMC President Trevor Kubatzke tells WSJM News the Welch Center

Car-Deer Crashes Advisory

With the fall here, the Insurance Alliance of Michigan is reminding all drivers of the dangers posed by deer. The alliance’s Mark Fisk tells WSJM News deer are more active this time of year, especially at dusk

Bangor Apple Festival Saturday

Set for this Saturday is the 40th annual Bangor Apple Festival. Event co-chair Elizabeth Green tells WSJM News there will be a variety of events and activities around the downtown area from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pop-Up Fundraiser In Bridgman Next Week

The United Way of Southwest Michigan is bringing a different kind of fundraiser to the Haymarket Brewery in Bridgman next week. The United Way’s Ryan Cheevers tells WSJM News they’re holding a pop-up giving event where those