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Self-Driving Plows Possible

A snow plow that drives itself? Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle told Michigan News Network this week the idea is not quite as far-fetched at you might think. “You’d be surprised,” Steudle said. “We have

St. Joseph Public Safety To Get Body Cameras

Public safety officers in St. Joseph are the latest to be getting body cameras. Deputy Public Safety Director Steve Neubecker was given approval by the city commission Monday night for the purchase after testing several different brands

Benches Destroyed By Vandals In New Buffalo

Two benches owned by the city of New Buffalo have been destroyed by vandals. The city’s police department says on Facebook the suspects broke the benches apart early Saturday morning. They were located outside Rosie’s Restaurant at

South Haven Fire Safety Fun Night

With this being Fire Prevention Week, South Haven Area Emergency Services is planning to hold its annual Fire Safety Fun Night on Thursday. Executive Director Ron Wise tells WSJM News everyone’s welcome to bring the kids down

Lawsuit Over Ballot Selfies Continues

From the Associated Press — Eager to snap and post an online photo of your Michigan ballot in the November 6 election? Think again. A lawsuit over photos in polling places still hasn’t reached the finish line

Positive Audit For SJ Schools

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

LMC Names New Wine Center

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

Voter Registration Deadline This Week

Only one day remains before the deadline to register to vote in Michigan’s general election. State Senator John Proos tells us you must be registered if you want to cast a ballot. “After all, this revolutionary idea

State Promotes PACE Senior Program

The Michigan House has approved a resolution from state Representative Mary Whiteford to declare September PACE Awareness Month. The Casco Township Republican tells us PACE, or Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, helps keep senior Michiganders

South Haven Land Purchase

The old Michigan State Police Post in South Haven is owned by the city and they lease out the building. The property around the building, however, is still owned by the state and they want the city

Opioid Overdose Recovery Training

An opioid overdose prevention training event is set for this month in Benton Harbor. This time organized between the Berrien County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Voice Change Hope Alliance, it will be offered in the afternoon

Find Unclaimed Property Online

A new website has been launched by the Michigan Department of Treasury for residents to search for unclaimed property. Treasury’s Terry Stanton tells us the department receives unclaimed properties like dormant bank accounts, life insurance policies, stocks

Anti-Lamprey Spraying In Van Buren County

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is applying lampricides to the Campbell Creek system in Van Buren County for about the next week. They started last Tuesday and will continue through this coming Thursday. Administrator Scott Grunder

Hope For Federal Parks Funding

Congress hasn’t made a significant investment in to upgrade and fix the National Park system in more than 50 years, but that could soon change. A vote in the U.S. Senate this week could advance legislation to

Senate Confirms Kavanaugh

The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. From ABC News: “The Senate’s vote that confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice unfolded as expected but that’s not to

Spectrum Absorbs Lakeland

Lakeland Health is now officially a division of Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health. The board for each entity has signed the deal and finalized it. Spectrum Health Lakeland President Loren Hamel tells WSJM News Lakeland’s 4,000 employees have

Marijuana Proposal And Expected Tax Revenue

The proposal to legalize the recreational marijuana in Michigan could mean more than $130 million per year for state coffers. Josh Hovey with the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol tells WSJM News the proposal specifies how