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38th District Candidate Forum This Week

There will be a forum this week with candidates for the Michigan House in the 38th District. The event is a partnership between WSJM News and the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber. The chamber’s Arthur Havlicek tells WSJM

Fire Closes Curious Kids Museum

The Curious Kids Museum in downtown St. Joseph is closed after a fire Tuesday morning. Museum Director Lori Marciniak tells WSJM News she never saw any active flames, but the problem was electrical and started in the

This Is Lake Appreciation Month

July is Lakes Appreciation Month in Michigan. Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy spokesperson Jeff Johnston tells WSJM News Governor Gretchen Whitmer has made the declaration to highlight the rich ecosystems, fresh drinking water, recreational

DNR To Auction Surplus Land

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is planning to auction off surplus land it owns around the state. The DNR’s Michael Michalek tells WSJM News 188 properties will be for sale in August and early September. “This

Study Looking At Jail Racial Disparity

A study is being done by Andrews University, working with Berrien County and Interfaith Action of Southwest Michigan, on racial disparities in the inmate population at the Berrien County Jail. The percentage of inmates who are Black

Silver Beach Lifeguards Needed

The Berrien County Parks Department is looking for lifeguards for Silver Beach this summer. Parks Director Jill Adams tells WSJM News even though the summer swimming season has already started, the county is still recruiting lifeguards. “Every

LaSata Talks New State Budget

State Senator Kim LaSata says the new Michigan budget approved by lawmakers this week “addresses the realities facing Michigan families and communities.” The budget was approved early Friday. LaSata tells WSJM News it increases funding for education