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LaSata Talks New State Budget

State Senator Kim LaSata says the new Michigan budget approved by lawmakers this week “addresses the realities facing Michigan families and communities.” The budget was approved early Friday. LaSata tells WSJM News it increases funding for education

New Trail Opening In South Haven

There will be a grand opening this month for the new Sesquicentennial Trail in South Haven. The South Haven and Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau says the trail is thanks to a collaboration with the

July is Lakes Appreciation Month in Michigan

July is Lakes Appreciation Month in Michigan. Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy spokesperson Jeff Johnston tells WSJM News Governor Gretchen Whitmer has made the declaration to highlight the rich ecosystems, fresh drinking water, recreational

Legislature Approves State Budget

From the Associated Press — Michigan lawmakers have approved a state budget that increases money for education but delayed a decision on how to cut taxes, unable to yet bridge disagreement between Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Republican

DNR Selling Off Surplus State Land

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is planning to auction off surplus land it owns around the state. The DNR’s Michael Michalek tells WSJM News 188 properties will be for sale in August and early September. “This

Berrien Springs Pickle Festival Monday

Taking place on Monday is the Berrien Springs Pickle Festival. The event was held in Berrien Springs each summer from 1995 to around 2005 and then brought back last year. Organizer Rhiannon Cizon tells WSJM News it

State Park Campgrounds Nearly Full

If you were still planning to go camping at a state park over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, you better get cracking. DNR Parks & Recreation chief, Ron Olson, says they’re 94.5% booked. “I would suggest

Two Hurt After Motorcycle Hits Deer

Two Elkhart, Indiana residents are hospitalized after their motorcycle hit a deer Wednesday night. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Matthew Cooper and 37-year-old Casandra Raley were sent to South Bend Memorial Hospital. Their conditions are

BHAS Board Names Interim Superintendent

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education has named an interim superintendent for the district. Dr. Kelvin Butts will lead Benton Harbor Area Schools as the board seeks a permanent replacement for Andrae Townsel, who leaves

MDOT Starts Work On I-94, Pipestone

Work has started on a Michigan Department of Transportation project on I-94 that will have a lane closed in each direction from around Stevensville to Benton Harbor through mid-November. Also, Pipestone Street under the I-94 bridge has