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Lawmakers Talk Surplus

Michigan lawmakers are facing a possible surplus of $500 million over the next two years, and it’s looking like at least some of that money will go toward fixing the state’s roads. State Representative Kim LaSata tells

Minimum Wage Proposal Push Back

A group that represents small businesses says a proposal to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 per hour would lead to more than 180,000 jobs lost over ten years if approved. National Federation of Independent Business of

Drain Issues In Berrien

February’s flooding around Berrien County did a number of the drainage system, and it’s still feeling the effects. Berrien County Drain Commissioner Christopher Quattrin tells WSJM News lots of melting snow and rain led to flooding never

New Park Slated For August Opening

Berrien County’s newest park should be open to the public by the end of the summer. Berrien County Parks Director Brian Bailey gave an update to county commissioners this month on Paw Paw River County Park located

New Effort To Stop Marijuana Vote

Michigan voters may not get a chance to vote on legalizing marijuana in November. As we are learning for the first time, key state lawmakers are trying to work out a plan that lawmakers would approve. Michigan

Study Looks At Harbor Issues

Benton Harbor City Commissioners have heard a report on a study done by the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission and others regarding possibilities for development of the local harbor. The Twin Cities Harbor Study took a look at

Upton Hopes For New Farm Bill

Congressman Fred Upton is hoping to see a new Farm Bill approved in the next month or so. He tells WSJM News he was among the representatives who shot down a Farm Bill proposal last week in

One Dead In Crash

One person is dead following a two-vehicle crash in Van Buren County on Friday night. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department tells us it happened just before 9 p.m. on M-51 near 89th Avenue in Decatur. Deputies

Sheriff’s Department Kids Camp

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department is taking registrations for its summer Kids Camp. The department tells us the camp will be held at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs June 21 and 22 from 8

Area Housing Market Frustrating Buyers

There is plenty of frustration building for people trying to buy a home in southwest Michigan, with historically low inventory and lots of competition for fewer houses. According to the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors, April’s median

Plan Aims To Expand Broadband

Testimony was taken this week in the Michigan House regarding new legislation designed to help roll out broadband internet services around the state. The Broadband Investment Act would create a seven-member board made up of townships, counties,

Marijuana Forum Planned

A forum will be held in South Haven next month for everyone to learn a little more about marijuana. Marc Sprague is one of the organizers and tells WSJM News the event is a function of Concerned

Farmers Market Today

The St. Joseph Farmers Market returns to Lake Bluff Park this Saturday, May 26. St. Joseph Today’s Amy Zapal tells WSJM News the market will be held downtown every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through

SMC Food Pantry Gets Boost

Just three months after it got started, the student food pantry at Southwestern Michigan College has gotten a big boost. At a meeting last month, Cass County 100+ Women Who Care voted to adopt the Roadrunner Kitchen.

State’s Most Dangerous Intersections

The most dangerous intersection in Berrien County is Napier Avenue at I-94. At least, that’s according to Michigan Auto Law’s latest list of the state’s worst intersections. Based off 2017 crash data, Michigan Auto Law’s report breaks

Heritage Museum Walking Tours

Walking tours around St. Joseph will once again be offered this summer by the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center. Heritage Museum Curator Tracy Gierada tells WSJM News this year’s program will feature sculpture tours and history tours.

New BH Scholarship Announced

A new $25,000 scholarship for students in Benton Harbor has been announced as part of this week’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. On Friday, Harbor Shores designer Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara announced the Jack and Barbara

LaSata Holding Essay Contest

State Representative Kim LaSata is holding an essay contest for Berrien County high school students. Her office tells us the topic of the essay contest is “What can you do, or what is something you do already

Upton Pushes For School Health Clinics

Congressman Fred Upton has introduced legislation to reauthorize funding for school-based health centers. He tells WSJM News the School-Based Health Centers program will continue through 2023 at more than 2,000 schools throughout the country under the legislation.

Bank Accounts To Help With Taxes

Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski has announced a new service being offered by some local banks to help property taxpayers stay current on their bills. Witkowski tells WSJM News he’s arranged for the banks to offer special

Nicklaus Returns To Harbor Shores

The man who designed Harbor Shores has returned for the first time since it opened in 2010. Jack Nicklaus visited the course during the second round of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Friday to see what his

Help Needed Finding Missing 17-Year-Old

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help finding a missing 17-year-old from the Gobles area. Bonifacio Pena hasn’t had any contact with his family since Saturday, May 19. He was last seen in

Short Term Rental Moratorium

The South Haven City Council has approved a clarifying resolution to amend the short-term rentals moratorium implemented in early May. City Manager Brian Dissette spoke with WSJM News about the matter. “The moratorium does not affect the

Former Lawmaker On Lousy Roads Tour

A former state lawmaker is hitting the road to bring attention to Michigan’s crumbling roads. Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon told Michigan News Network his tour will make five stops around the state before the busy

Pscholka Taking Part In Mackinac Conference

Kinexus Vice President of Government Affairs Al Pscholka will be part of a roundtable discussion on talent development at next week’s Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. Pscholka tells WSJM News “Prioritizing Michigan’s Policy Agenda for Cultivating

Tiscornia Scholarship Winner Announced

A $20,000 scholarship is going to a student from Lakeshore High School thanks to the Tiscornia Foundation. The foundation tells us Erin Lafrenz has been picked for the Lester C. Tiscornia Scholarship this year. The award goes

Trail Expansion Coming

The next phase of work on a trail project in Niles Township will now move forward following approval from the Berrien County Board of Commissioners Thursday. Commissioner Jim Curran tells WSJM News the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail

McCloughan Addresses Senate

Remembering those who gave their lives for our country. That’s what the Michigan Senate did Thursday with a speech by 2017 Congressional Medal of Honor recipient James McCloughan. He was an Army medic in Vietnam who saved