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SWM Lawmakers Look Ahead To 2018

Southwest Michigan lawmakers are looking forward to what they hope will be a busy 2018. WSJM News caught up with several of them and learned auto insurance reform remains a priority. State Representative Dave Pagel of Berrien

Pagel Reflects On 2017

2017 was a busy year for state Representative Dave Pagel. He tells WSJM News he looks back at the year and regards a failed House vote to eliminate the Michigan income tax as a significant moment. Pagel

New Laws Aim To Fight Opioid Abuse

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley this week signed legislation designed to fight the opioid epidemic in Michigan. State Representative Beth Griffin of Mattawan tells WSJM News one of the bills Calley signed Wednesday was her plan to have

UPDATE: WB I-94 Reopens

Westbound I-94 is back open in Van Buren County between Decatur and Paw Paw. The highway had been shut down for a few hours Sunday afternoon due to a massive pileup involving as many as 50 vehicles.

Schuitmaker: Much Accomplished In 2017

2017 was a busy year for Michigan lawmakers, and each is now reflecting on what they feel were the biggest accomplishments. State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker of Lawton tells WSJM News she is disappointed the Michigan House didn’t

Disappointing News For Some Taxpayers

Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski is sending out a message to all property owners. He says you can’t pay next year’s property taxes right now in order to get a deduction that’s about to go away. Witkowski

AAA Offers Winter Vehicle Tips

AAA of Michigan has seen a 157% increase in calls for roadside assistance this past week with single digit or near-single digit temperatures around the state. Spokesperson Susan Hiltz tells WSJM News your car needs extra care

Expert Offers Winter Home Maintenance Tips

With frigid temperatures this week, homeowners have a few extra things they need to do to protect their properties. James Oleson with Home Comfort Experts in Mishawaka tells WSJM News freezing water lines are always something to

Sheriff Urges New Year’s Eve Caution

Be careful this New Year’s Eve. That’s the message from Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey. He tells everyone to never drive drunk. Bailey told WSJM News there are many ways to keep yourself from doing so. ”

Berrien County 4H Announces Awards

The Berrien County 4H program has held its annual Member and Leader Recognition Program, honoring individuals who have worked with the 4H recently and for the long-term. At the banquet last month, Janice Gruss of Benton Harbor

Calley Talks Gubernatorial Race

Next year, Michigan’s gubernatorial election will have the nation watching. That’s according to Republican candidate and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley. Michigan News Network asked him this week if he would welcome an endorsement from President Donald Trump.