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Wendzel Election Security Legislation Moves Forward

Legislation from state Representative intended to improve the security of elections has moved forward in Lansing. Wendzel’s office has released the following statement: State Rep. Pauline Wendzel’s election security legislation advanced out of the House Elections and

BH Commission Purchases Two Garbage Trucks

Benton Harbor City Commissioners have taken another step toward the establishment of a municipal trash collection service. During a Tuesday meeting, the body approved the purchase of two trash trucks. The cost is $239,000. City Commissioner Ron

Fall Color Preview

Summer is coming to an unofficial close, meaning we can now start to look forward to the coming autumn colors. “I think we’re probably looking at a normal time period, which is the first week or so

New COVID-19 Numbers Released

Michigan has 441 new COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday afternoon for a total of 107,812. The number of deaths has risen by 1 for a total of 6,539. Locally, Berrien County is up by four to 1,500

Two Hurt In Tuesday Morning Cass County Crash

A 37-year-old Niles man is hospitalized in South Bend for injuries suffered when he crashed his vehicle shortly after 6 Tuesday morning. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says Eric Sienicki suffered a medical issue while heading east

Growers Welcome USDA Disaster Designation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week issued a disaster designation for Berrien, Cass, and Ottawa counties. MSU Extension fruit educator Mark Longstroth tells WSJM News it’s due to freezes that hit in the spring, damaging a

South Haven Beach To Remain Closed

South Beach in South Haven will remain closed due to hazardous conditions in Lake Michigan. Emergency agencies are searching for an 18-year-old presumed drowned in Lake Michigan on Sunday. The South Haven Police Department has released the

Truck Safety Campaign Underway This Weekend

The Michigan Center for Truck Safety has announced a new public awareness campaign aimed at making the highways safer during this Labor Day weekend. Group safety specialist Charlie Culton tells WSJM News crashes involving heavy duty trucks

Report Examines Needs Of Rural Areas

There’s a new blueprint for how candidates in 2020 might be able to sway rural voters from Michigan and other states. People’s Action, a coalition of grassroots organizations, has released a “Rural Relief, Recovery and Reimagination Agenda.”

MI Attorney General: Don’t Vote Twice

Following suggestions by President Trump this past week that voters cast two ballots to make sure their votes are counted, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are reminding everyone that’s illegal. Their offices

Water Rescues In South Haven Saturday

South Haven Area Emergency Services says there have been multiple water rescues in Lake Michigan to start off Labor Day weekend. SHAES has released the following statement: SHAES and law enforcement agencies have responded to three rescues

United Way Promotes Voter Registration

The United Way of Southwest Michigan is launching a voter registration campaign. Spokesperson Jennifer Tomshack tells WSJM News with September 22 being National Voter Registration Day, it’s spending all of the month helping people get signed up

RESA Providing Masks To local Schools

Berrien RESA is going to provide school districts throughout the county with personal protective equipment. RESA Superintendent Eric Hoppstock tells WSJM News the Governor’s Mask Up campaign is working with ISDs to get masks out to students.

State Police Tout Transparency Website

Michigan State Police have launched a new website to share information about traffic stops, department policies, use of force, and more. MSP Lieutenant Duwayne Robinson with the Fifth District tells WSJM News the Transparency and Accountability page

Essential School Workers Seek More Support

As Michigan celebrates Labor Day, some of those who support K-through-12 learning say their contributions are being taken for granted. There are thousands of food-service workers, school nurses, and secretaries throughout Michigan, and Jeff Whittle with the

State To Mark Suicide Prevention Week

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared September 6 through September 12 Suicide Prevention Week. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Lynn Sutfin tells WSJM News with the pandemic going on, state health officials know more people

DPD Chief James: I’m Not Going Anywhere

As protests calling for police reform continue in Detroit, several activists groups are calling for Detroit’s Chief of Police to resign. What does James Craig think? “I’m not going anywhere,” said Craig. “These outsiders, these agitators, in

Theater Chain Hopes To Reopen

Celebration Cinema is ready to reopen, and waiting for permission from the governor. Celebration Cinema spokesperson Emily Loeks spoke at a press conference on Thursday, saying the theater chain has been losing close to $1 million per

State COVID Numbers For Friday

Michigan is reporting 982 additional cases of COVID-19 for Friday. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says there have been a total of 105,377 cases of the illness in the state since the start of

MSU Issues Mask Warning

While undergraduate students continue remote learning during the fall semester, it’s a stern warning from the president of Michigan State University. “Following public health guidance and regulations passed by local authorities to combat this pandemic is the