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Surprise Guilty Plea In Cass County Rape Case

A Cass County rape trial has been ended early after the suspect confessed and pleaded guilty Wednesday morning. The Cass County Prosecutor’s office tells WSJM News 21-year-old Markal Leneal Jackson, of Benton Harbor, halted the proceedings just as

Upton Waiting On Healthcare Details

Congressman Fred Upton is still waiting to learn details of the Senate healthcare plan being hammered out by Republicans. He tells WSJM News he’s been trying to learn what’s in it. “I’ve not talked to any senators

Everything Back To Normal At Leco

Everything’s back to normal at Leco Corporation in St. Joseph following an investigation of suspicious activity Wednesday. Around 1:30 p.m. police issued a lockdown order for the area around Leco, saying a suspect who was possibly armed

Upton Laments Violent Political Speech

Last week’s shooting of Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise has got Congressman Fred Upton concerned about divisive political rhetoric. He tells WSJM News people have been allowing themselves to be whipped into fear and hate. “The blogs, some

Fettig Stepping Down As Whirlpool CEO

There is a change at the top of the world’s largest home appliance maker. Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool says CEO Jeff Fettig is stepping down from his role as CEO effective October 1. He will remain the Chairman

Legislature Approves Teacher Pension Changes

From the Associated Press — The Michigan Legislature has given final approval to legislation to coax more newly hired school employees into a 401(k)-only benefit instead of one that includes a traditional pension. The Republican-controlled House approved the

Emergency Responders Train Off Silver Beach

The U.S. Coast Guard, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, and the Berrien County Parks Department continue to hone their skills when it comes to water rescues. On Monday, lifeguards trained at Silver Beach by simulating a drowning. The

Benton Harbor Farmers Market To Open Wednesday

The Benton Harbor Farmers Market opens for the summer this Wednesday. Berrien County Health Department spokesperson Gillian Conrad tells our newsroom they organize the events each year to help Benton Harbor residents have access to healthy foods.

Thousands Say Goodbye To Lincoln Principal

Tears, hugs, and plenty of good memories were shared last night at Shadowland Pavilion at Silver Beach County Park as thousands gathered to say goodbye to St. Joseph Lincoln Elementary Principal Mike Wagner. The 53-year-old died unexpectedly