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Anti Suicide Coalition Promotes Resources

A meeting held at the Berrien County Health Department Tuesday aimed to spread the message that 911 is the number to call when a loved one is feeling suicidal. Berrien County Suicide Prevention Coalition founder Trent Watford

Essay Contest For Honor Flights

A student essay contest is being held by Talons Out Honor Flight. The organization provides veterans of World War II and the Korean War with free trips to Washington, D.C. to see their war memorials each year,

Inventory Slows Home Sales

The latest housing numbers are out from the Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors, and they show the regional market slightly sluggish in February. The association’s Alan Jeffries tells WSJM News the number of units sold in February

No-Wake Zone Could Be Extended

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources can now hold a hearing on extending the no-wake zone in the St. Joseph River in the area of St. Joe and Benton Harbor. That’s because Benton Harbor City Commissioners on

South Haven Addressing Housing, Infrastructrure

The South Haven City Council has its priorities for the upcoming fiscal year following a meeting this week. The top three priorities for the year are development of “missing middle” housing options, economic development, infrastructure repairs. South

Plan Encourages Craft Breweries

State Senator John Proos has introduced legislation designed to provide relief to small distillers who use Michigan-grown grain. He tells WSJM News his plan would change how liquor sales are handled in the state by reducing Michigan

Robotics Competition Underway

It’s a big competition in west Michigan Friday and Saturday. It’s the First Robotics District Competition at Grand Valley State University. Referee Nicki Bonczyk told Michigan News Network a lot of kids come to watch the high

Police Seek More For School Security

From the Associated Press — Michigan’s law enforcement and education leaders are calling on the state legislature to spend $100 million annually to staff schools with more police officers and counselors after last month’s massacre at a

Huge Mega Millions Jackpot Tonight

Nobody’s won the Mega Millions recently and tonight’s jackpot is $421 million. Michigan Lottery spokesman Jeff Holyfield told Michigan News Network Friday that’s the fifth largest Mega Millions jackpot. “If somebody won the jackpot and said, ‘Hey,

Covert Schools Fights Bullying

The prevention of bullying is now a priority at Covert Public Schools in Van Buren County. Director of Communications Brittany Millan tells WSJM News bullying will not be tolerated, and she wants students to report bullying immediately.

Residents To Get New Trash Cans

Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad has an update for residents regarding the city’s new garbage contract. At Monday’s meeting, Muhammad said the final contract with We-Cycle Industrial Sanitation is signed, and the trash cans to be used

House Acts Against Cyberbullying

From the Associated Press — The Michigan House has approved legislation making cyberbullying a crime. Lawmakers voted 91-17 Thursday on the measure that now heads to the Senate. It would be the first time the state has tacked

Postal Worker Killed In SE Michigan

A postal delivery driver was killed in the Pinckney area when she was crushed by her delivery truck. Michigan State Police Lieutenant Mario Gonzalez spoke with Michigan News Network about the incident. “The incident happened Wednesday at

Upton: Spending Bill A Win

Congressman Fred Upton is praising a deal reached this week on an omnibus spending bill in the U.S. House. He calls the spending plan a win for Michigan, telling us it maintains full funding for the Great

Police Warn Students About School Threats

Police chiefs all over Michigan are warning young people about the dangers of making threats against their schools. Warren Police Chief William Dwyer tells Michigan News Network he is talking to students, going to school assemblies and

Nesbitt Steps Down As Lotto Commissioner

A change has been announced for former state Representative Aric Nesbitt. On Thursday, the Republican from Lawton told us he’s resigned from his post as Michigan Lottery Commissioner. Nesbitt, who has held that job for 13 months,

Proos Talks Judiciary Budget

State Senator John Proos is pleased with a judiciary budget approved by the Michigan Senate Judiciary subcommittee this week. He tells WSJM News the new budget, which covers corrections, is a 1.1% increase over last year’s spending

Former Bangor Chief Charged In Vehicle Case

The Michigan Attorney General’s office has announced charges against seven police officers from around the state for allowing improper salvage vehicle inspections. Included on the list of those charged is a former police chief from Bangor. Attorney

Police Investigate Stolen Guns

The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety is investigating a stolen guns case. It tells WSJM News a home on Green Avenue in the city was broken into on Monday. The culprit made off with several handguns,

Anti-Bullying Event In South Haven

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is bringing the Relentless Tour, which is an anti-bullying initiative to South Haven High School Friday afternoon. The speaker is a Michigan State basketball award winner. South Haven Public Schools Becca

IRS Warns About Latest Scam

The IRS is warning taxpayers about the latest scam. Spokesperson Alejandra Castro-Nunez tells WSJM News this one happens when a scammer gets ahold of some of your previous tax information and banking info. “They do a tax

GLRI Funding Restored In Budget

Funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative appears safe. President Trump wanted to cut that spending from $300 million to $30 million, but the GLRI is fully funded in a deal struck by U.S. House and Senate

World Water Day Today

Folks from all ends of the state are being called upon to raise their voices for clean water. World Water Day is Thursday, and a coalition of organizations is rallying in the capital city to show elected

Bangor Schools Closed Due To Threat

Bangor Public Schools will be closed on Thursday due to a threat found written on one of the stalls in a restroom. Bangor Interim Superintendent Lynn Johnson says in a letter to parents a custodian found the

Part Of Road Renamed For Trooper

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation from state Representative Kim LaSata to rename a stretch of Red Arrow Highway in Berrien County in honor of a fallen state police trooper. She tells WSJM News Red Arrow Highway