Local News Archives

Officials Remind All Of Flood Health Risks

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You may have seen images online this past weekend of some southwest Michigan residents riding jet skis around in flood water. Berrien County Health Department spokesperson Gillian Conrad tells WSJM News that’s really not a good idea.

Sheriff’s Department Assessing Flood Damage

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The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department has started its damage assessment in the Berrien Springs and Niles areas following this month’s flooding. Chief Deputy Robert Boyce tells WSJM News the sheriff’s department’s damage assessment team was checking out

Plea Entered In Cass County Stabbing

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There has been a guilty plea in a 2017 workplace stabbing in Cass County. The Cass County Prosecutor’s office tells us 24-year-old William Henderson on Monday pleaded guilty to second degree murder, admitting he stabbed Jan Mendez

River Levels Drop In Grand Rapids

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From the Associated Press — River levels are dropping in Michigan after flooding last week and over the weekend because of heavy rains and melting snow. The National Weather Service says the Grand River in Grand Rapids crested

Road Money Before State Senate

The state Senate is poised to take up legislation passed last week by the House to spend an extra $175 million this fiscal year on road repairs. Republican Representative Laura Cox of Livonia said before the House

Berrien County Starting Flood Recovery

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Ever so slowly, the foodwaters that ravaged Berrien County are starting to recede. Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Robert Boyce says as the waters go back down, the focus is on cleanup and recovery now that

MDOT Enforcing Weight Restrictions

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Truck weight restrictions took effect Monday to avoid damaging Michigan roads as the weather begins to warm up. The restrictions are imposed on all state highways from the Michigan-Indiana and Michigan-Ohio state lines north to Muskegon County. Dan

LaSata Campaign Co-Chairs Announced

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State Representative Kim LaSata has announced her campaign co-chairs as she runs for the Michigan Senate in the 21st District, and they’re some well-known names. LaSata tells us her chair for Berrien County will be Berrien County

Police Offering Skywarn Training

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The arrival of spring can provide some interesting and sometimes severe weather, and the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department would like to sign up some volunteers to help spot it. Lieutenant Robert Kirk tells WSJM News there

Plan Would Reduce Some Vehicle Fees

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A new plan from state Senator John Proos is designed to allow more wheelchair-accessible vehicles to receive a state registration fee deduction. Proos tells us the idea applies to vehicles that have been specially-modified for wheelchair use.

Griffin Talks Van Buren Road Funding

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The Michigan House on Wednesday voted to spend $175 million more on road repairs. State Representative Beth Griffin tells WSJM News the move comes just as the state is hit with a fresh new round of potholes

SJ Schools Getting Robotics Facility

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St. Joseph Public Schools has announced plans to build a new robotics facility. To be named the Edward J. Todd Innovation Center, the 7000 square foot building will be adjacent to the Career Technical Center of the

Pagel Discusses Race For MI Senate

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Experience. That’s what state Representative Dave Pagel says he has heading into the race for the 21st District Michigan Senate seat. He has announced he’s running to replace the term-limited state Senator John Proos. Pagel tells WSJM

Proos Vows Support For Flood-Affected Areas

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State Senator John Proos on Friday issued the following statement following the Berrien County Board of Commissioners action to declare a state of emergency due to flooding: “Our emergency management officials have done and continue to do

MI Utility Increases Renewable Energy Goal

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Consumers Energy is aiming to completely eliminate coal from its energy portfolio in the coming decades. Spokesperson Brian Wheeler tells WSJM News the utility announced several long-term energy goals on Monday. “By 2040, we expect to be

What’s Next After Disaster Declaration

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The Berrien County Board of Commissioners on Friday declared a Local State of Emergency due to the flooding this week. Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Robert Boyce tells WSJM News the declaration is the first step

LaSata Praises New Road Funding

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The Michigan House on Wednesday voted to spend $175 million more on road repairs. State Representative Kim LaSata tells WSJM News the move was timely. “As we know, it’s a top priority right now, especially as the

State Seeking Volunteers For Frog, Toad Survey

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From the Associated Press — Michigan biologists are looking for volunteers to help with an annual survey of frogs and toads. Declining numbers of frogs, toads and other amphibians have been documented worldwide since the 1980s. Studies suggest