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State Pursuing Efficiency With Bridge Repairs

With the governor seeking funds for hundreds of bridge repair and replacement projects in the next budget, the Michigan Department of Transportation is planning to follow a practice called bridge bundling. MDOT Chief Bridge Engineer Matt Chynoweth

MDOT Prepared For Heavy Snow

With lots of snow falling this week, the Michigan Department of Transportation’s fleet of plows has been plenty busy. MDOT spokesperson Nick Schirripa tells WSJM News when storms are approaching, they’re already making preparations, moving plows around

Police: Stay Away From Lake Michigan Ice

With an ice shelf now formed in Lake Michigan, police say it’s a good idea to keep your distance. Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Fred Laesch tells WSJM News recent erosion and weather have made venturing close

Decatur Woman Busted For Suspected Meth

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department says a Decatur woman is facing a variety of charges after she was found in possession of meth. Sheriff’s deputies pulled over the 42-year-old woman in the 42,000 block of County

Budget Proposal Includes $300 For Bridge Work

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has allocated $300 million to repair and replace 129 local bridges in her latest budget proposal. Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association Vice President of Government Relations Lance Binoniem tells Michigan News Network he supports

President Biden To Tour Pfizer In Portage

President Biden will make his first visit to Michigan Thursday since being elected. He will tour the Pfizer plant where they’re making COVID-19 vaccinations and meet with employees. Pfizer said last week they will be able to

County Broadband Survey About To Launch

A survey to learn detailed information regarding the availability of broadband internet around Berrien County will officially launch next week, but you can take it now. During this week’s Berrien County Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Teri

Saturday COVID Cases Up 852

Michigan is reporting 852 new cases of COVID-19 for Saturday. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says that brings the state’s total to 574,224 since the pandemic started in March. There were 88 additional deaths

I&M Previews Transmission Line Project

Indiana Michigan Power has launched a virtual open house for a transmission line project it has planned for the Benton Harbor area. It says the Benton Harbor-Fair Plain Transmission Line Rebuild Project is designed to ensure customers

Tuition Going Up Slightly At SMC

Tuition at Southwestern Michigan College is going up slightly. During Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday, a tuition hike of 1%, or $1.25 per contact hour, for in-district students was approved. There will also be

South Haven Could Get A Social District

The city of South Haven is looking at the possibility of establishing a social district. Legislation signed last year by Governor Gretchen Whitmer allows communities to set them up as common drinking areas. South Haven City Manager

Bill Aims To Prevent Domestic Terrorism

Congressman Fred Upton has signed on as a supporter of the newly re-introduced Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act. He told WSJM News the act passed the House last year but got caught up in the Senate. It’s designed

State Releases COVID Numbers For Friday

Michigan is reporting 1,193 new cases of COVID-19 for Friday. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says that brings the state’s total to more than 573,000 since the pandemic started in March. There were ten