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Jury Selection This Week In Baby Kate Case

Jury selection is taking place for the trial of a northern Michigan man charged with murder in the disappearance of his infant daughter. Katherine Phillips, known as “Baby Kate,” disappeared in 2011 in the Ludington area. Defense

Monitor To Watch Over Flint Aid Money

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration plans to hire a monitor to scrutinize Flint aid and ensure state appropriations are being appropriately used to address the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water. The Detroit News reports the state’s Department of Technology,

Arnold Palmer Dies At 87

Golf icon Arnold Palmer has died at the age of 87. Palmer won seven majors during his career and became one of the most famous golfers and athletes in history during his career. He played a round

Secretary Of State Food Drive Underway

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has kicked off the 26th annual Harvest Gathering food drive. She tells WSJM News the drive began Thursday, collecting non-perishables for the needy at all 131 branch offices. Johnson says Michiganders are

Bicyclist Hit By Car In Cass County

A 55-year-old Niles man is recovering at Lakeland Hospital after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department is investigating, and says it happened around 1 p.m. Saturday near Ironwood Road

Scam Investigated In Hartford

Van Buren County residents are being cautioned about a scam that a Hartford resident fell victim to about a week ago. The sheriff’s department says a gold, tan or bronze-colored Chevrolet pickup pulled into a driveway, and

MI Homelessness Going Down

The Campaign to End Homelessness is noting some progress Michigan has seen in recent years. The group’s Kelly Rose says homelessness was down 6% in 2015. Still, homelessness remains a problem. “We had almost 70,000 Michigan citizens

Time Running Out To Register to Vote

If you’re not registered to vote, then you’re almost out of time to do so if you want to have a say in November’s presidential election. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is reminding stragglers they have

Schuitmaker Named MADD Legislator Of The Year

State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker has been named one of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s legislators of the year. MADD says it wants to recognize the Lawton Republican, along with Oakland County state Representative Klint Kesto, for their efforts

Niles Scream Park Open For The Season

Halloween isn’t far off, and up and running for the season is the Niles Scream Park. Manager Matt Herm tells WSJM News the theme this year is 1930s monsters. Visitors can take in different scenes from several classics.

Shots Fired after Benton Harbor Football Game

Information continues to become available about reports of gunshots fired outside Godwin Heights football stadium right after the Benton Harbor Football game Friday night. WSJM Sports Play by Play Announcer Jon Wallace says there were just wrapping

St. Joe Fall Festival Underway

Taking place this Saturday downtown is the annual St. Joseph Fall Festival. Everything kicked off Friday with the big bed race down Lake Boulevard, and now St. Joe Today’s Whitney Behnke tells WSJM News Saturday features the

Funeral Held For Slain MI Police Officer

Detroit’s police chief has posthumously promoted a 20-year officer who died five days after being shot while chasing a suspect. Chief James Craig announced the promotion of Sergeant Ken Steil to captain at the end of his funeral

SWM Home Sales Up In August

Home sales in southwest Michigan continue to be strong, as the month of August brought an increase in units moved. Gary Walter, with the Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors, tells WSJM News it was a good month