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SWM Home Sales Remained Strong In January

The real estate market in southwest Michigan is showing no signs of slowing down. Phil Amodeo, executive with the Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors, tells WSJM News the number of homes sold in January was up 9% over

Van Buren County Courts Saluted By The State

The Michigan Supreme Court has recognized the Van Buren County court system for its efforts to improve efficiency and customer service. Court Administrator Frank Hardester tells WSJM News that’s as the state pushes courts to re-engineer several processes.

JC Penney Mum On Which Stores Will Close

It was once one of the largest department store chains in the country, but now JC Penney is shrinking its retail footprint, and thousands of employees are being asked to retire early. Michigan News Network Business Editor

Slow Recovery Continues For Abigail Kopf

15-year-old Abigail Kopf continues her recovery from last year’s shooting spree in Kalamazoo. Abigail was shot in the head in the rampage that ultimately killed six, and has since then undergone two surgeries to replace part of

South Bend Mayor Hoping To Head DNC

The Democratic National Committee will elect a new chairman on Saturday. The most high profile names nationally up for the job are former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, but South Bend Mayor

Niles Man Charged In Fatal Indiana Crash

A Niles man is facing charges over a crash this week that killed a man in Indiana. According to our reporting partners at NewsCenter 16 WNDU, the St. Joseph County, Indiana Prosecutor’s office has charged 39-year-old James

State House Rejects Income Tax Cut

The Republican-led Michigan House has defeated legislation to lower the state’s income tax. The bill that fell three votes short of passage early Thursday would lower the 4.25% tax to 4.05% by 2019 and then to 3.9%

Mild Winter Saving Some SWM Cities

Less snow this winter has meant savings for some municipalities in southwest Michigan. Tom MacDonald is the director of public works for the city of St. Joseph, and tells WSJM News no snow means time and money