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Van Buren County Voters Consider Proposals

In addition to political races going on Tuesday, Van Buren County voters in several communities were asked to approve ballot proposals. Biggest among them was a countywide road proposal. The Van Buren County Road Commission asked voters

Longjohn To Face Upton In November

We now know who will face Congressman Fred Upton in November. Coming out on top of the Democratic primary on Tuesday was Kalamazoo County doctor Matt Longjohn. He told WSJM News when launching his campaign that he

Schuette, Whitmer Win Gubernatorial Primaries

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – Former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer and Republican state Attorney General Bill Schuette won the nominations to run for Michigan governor on Tuesday, advancing to a November showdown to succeed term-limited

Andrews Wins Dem Primary In 79th

We now know who will be the Democratic candidates to appear on the November ballot in southwest Michigan’s state legislative districts. Coming out on top in Tuesday’s primaries to run for Michigan House in the 79th District

South Haven City Council

The Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor may be be expanding to South Haven in the near future. At a meeting Monday, the South Haven City Council approved a resolution for the exploration of youth program

School Board Meets With CEO

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education has held its first meeting with new CEO Robert Herrera at the helm. About three weeks after he took the position with the Michigan Departments of Education and Treasury

Commission Hears About Harbor Study

An ongoing study on the future development of the riverfront in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor will result in some workshops to seek public input next month. At this week’s Benton Harbor City Commission meeting, commissioners heard

MDOT Updates Traffic Website

The Michigan Department of Transportation has updated its Drive website to be more user friendly. Spokesperson Nick Schirripa tells WSJM News MDOT recently discontinued the MI Drive phone app, and redesigned the website to work better with

Commission Talks Dogs At Jean Klock Park

No dogs allowed. The Benton Harbor City Commission on Monday voted to clarify that is the case with Jean Klock Park. Public Safety Director Dan McGinnis told them his department has gotten complaints about people taking their

Parchment To Receive Kalamazoo Water

An agreement has been finalized so residents of the city of Parchment and Cooper Township who are dealing with chemical contamination in their water will get clean water. The Kalamazoo City Commission and the Parchment City Commission

One Arrested In Vandalia Shooting

Somebody shot up a house in Vandalia Monday evening, and got caught a short time later. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, a suspect fired several shots at a home in the 17-thousand-800 block of State

Police Night Out Tonight

Tonight brings the 35th annual Police National Night Out as local police departments look to mingle with the public and establish good relations. St. Joseph Township Police Officer Rick Knapp tells WSJM News there will be a

Blind Voters May Struggle With New Machines

From the Associated Press — New voting machines in Michigan may cause problems for residents with a visual disability. The Detroit Free Press reports that Tuesday’s primary will feature $40 million of new equipment that replaced aging

St. Joseph Today Unveils New Mural

A brand new 14 by 12 foot mural has been painted on the outside brick wall of the St. Joseph Welcome Center downtown. St. Joseph Today’s Amy Zapal tells WSJM News the organization hired Houston-based artist Anat

Police Night Out In Van Buren County

Residents of Van Buren County are invited to come to Lawrence for the National Night Out. Reserve Captain Rodney Bridgeforth of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department told WSJM News what’s happening. “It’s just an opportunity to

Secretary Of State On Voting Rules

When you cast your ballot today, the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office is reminding you to stick to just Republicans, Democrats, or Libertarians. Spokesman Fred Woodhams says any ballot with more than one party selected will be

Report Looks At Immigrant Business Owners

A new report looks at the effects immigrant entrepreneurs have on Michigan’s economy. The Michigan League for Public Policy report says immigrants account for 12% of business owners in the state, and 20% of Main Street business

Two Drown Off Grand Haven

From the Associated Press — Authorities say beachgoers formed human chains along the shores of Lake Michigan to rescue swimmers caught in rough water blamed for two drownings over the weekend. Officials in western Michigan say three other