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Berrien Rep Talks Handgun Bill

State Representative Kim LaSata tells us it wasn’t an easy decision, but she had several reasons for voting in favor of legislation easing restrictions on carrying concealed handguns this past week. The bill approved by the state

Fatal Shooting In Benton Harbor

The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety is investigating a Saturday fatal shooting. It tells WSJM News officers were called out to River Terrace Apartments shortly after 3 p.m. and found the 21-year-old Benton Harbor man with severe wounds. He

RESA Board Members Reelected

Berrien RESA has held its biennial election. School boards across Berrien County get to vote on the RESA board’s makeup every couple of years, and on June 5, they picked Linda Holt and J. Allene Smith to

Michigan Sierra Club Celebrating 50 Years

The Sierra Club’s Michigan Chapter is turning 50 this weekend. Executive Director Gail Philbin told Michigan News Network the organization has 150,000 members and supporters across the state. They tackle environmental issues on all fronts. “It’s important to have

State House Approves Ban On FGM

Legislation outlawing female genital mutilation and allowing victims to receive significant civil damages is headed to the Michigan Senate. That’s following overwhelming approval by the House this week. Representative Beth Griffin of Mattawan tells WSJM News she’s

Governor, Lawmakers Reach Pension Deal

Governor Snyder and Republican legislative leaders say that have reached a tentative framework on making changes to Michigan’s teacher retirement system. They reported the agreement after a meeting at the Capitol Thursday. The progress means Snyder will

One Shot In Benton Township

A shooting in Benton Township is being investigated. Police tell WSJM News 22-year-old Andrew Butler was shot in the left arm by a shotgun just before 1 p.m. yesterday at the Blossom Acres housing complex. They have

Berrien Sheriff Opposed To Handgun Bill

Officials across Michigan have been split on the handgun legislation approved this week by the Michigan House. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey is among those against it. The plan eliminates a requirement to get a license to

Work On M-139, M-63 To Start Next Week

A few more repaving projects for Berrien County have been announced by the Michigan Department of Transportation. MDOT engineer Chris Jacobs says they’re starting next Thursday on M-139 in the city of Niles, and then moving on to

Schuitmaker: Higher Education Budget A Win

The latest higher education budget from the Michigan Legislature includes a 2% funding boost for the state’s 15 public universities. State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker tells WSJM News it also includes a cap on how much each school can