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Local Students Visit Lawmakers In Lansing


Around 30 students from the Benton Harbor Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program headed to Lansing this week to meet with their state lawmakers. The third annual JMG Legislative Day was Thursday, says program deputy director Mollie Waller.

School Board Wants Return Of Local Control


As leaders at Benton Harbor Area Schools grapple with difficult financial decisions, another matter that needs to be resolved is the question of who’s in charge. Right now, it’s still CEO Robert Herrera under the cooperative agreement.

School Board Facing Tough Financial Decisions


Benton Harbor Area Schools may be facing more than $18 million in debt, but that isn’t necessarily the district’s biggest problem. The biggest problem is declining enrollment. That’s the message from Michigan Department of Treasury Office of

Retired County Commissioner Honored


A former member of the Berrien County Board of Commissioners has been honored by having a conference room at the county administration building named for him. Kenneth Wendzel served on the county commission from 1969 to 1998

Fatal Hit And Run In Van Buren County


Police are investigating a fatal hit and run crash in Van Buren County. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department tells us it happened in the 61,000 block of County Road 378 in Bangor Township around 7:30 p.m.

MSU Campaign Raises More Than $1.8 Billion


From the Associated Press — Michigan State University says its more than seven-year fundraising campaign brought in about $1.83 billion. The Lansing State Journal reports more than 250,000 donors contributed to the Empower Extraordinary campaign, which in

GOP Launches Website On Auto Insurance Reform


Michigan House Republicans have launched a new website dedicated to car insurance reform. State Representative Brad Paquette of Niles tells us ReduceMiRatesNow.com is designed to keep people informed about auto insurance action in the House while giving

Lawmaker Wants To Eliminate Pension Tax


There’s at least one Republican in the state House who wants to toss out one of former GOP Governor Rick Snyder’s first initiatives. Representative Joe Bellino of Monroe has introduced a bill to repeal what’s become known

LMC Auction This Weekend


Set for Saturday is the annual Lake Michigan College Winner’s Circle Benefit Auction. Lake Michigan College Foundation Director Mary Klemm tells WSJM News the event has been held each year since 1988. “It is a fundraiser primarily

State Releases PFAS Test Results


From the Associated Press — Officials say samples taken at 64 water systems around Michigan last year had measurable levels of a class of long-lasting toxic chemicals. The Department of Environmental Quality released findings Monday from a 2018

SMC Increasing Tuition Slightly


Southwestern Michigan College is increasing its tuition for the 2019-2020 year. The SMC Board of Trustees approved the changes Monday night, saying state appropriations for the college are about the same as they were 17 years ago