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Have Auto Sales Peaked?

Another indication that auto sales may have hit a peak. The latest sales forecast from J.D. Power and L.M.C. Automotive predicts September sales are expected to drop slightly from a year ago. Jeff Schuster with L.M.C Automotive

SJ Commission On Board With Lakeland Expansion

A $160 million expansion to Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph is moving forward following a Monday meeting of the St. Joseph City Commission. Commissioners granted planned unit development status to the Lakeland Medical Center Pavilion from

Dowagiac Police Make Three Drug Arrests

The Dowagiac Department of Public Safety says its K9 unit helped lead to the arrest of three drug suspects over the weekend. Also, officers busted someone with a stolen automatic handgun. The busy weekend started around 10

Jury Selection This Week In Baby Kate Case

Jury selection is taking place for the trial of a northern Michigan man charged with murder in the disappearance of his infant daughter. Katherine Phillips, known as “Baby Kate,” disappeared in 2011 in the Ludington area. Defense

Monitor To Watch Over Flint Aid Money

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration plans to hire a monitor to scrutinize Flint aid and ensure state appropriations are being appropriately used to address the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water. The Detroit News reports the state’s Department of Technology,

Arnold Palmer Dies At 87

Golf icon Arnold Palmer has died at the age of 87. Palmer won seven majors during his career and became one of the most famous golfers and athletes in history during his career. He played a round

Secretary Of State Food Drive Underway

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has kicked off the 26th annual Harvest Gathering food drive. She tells WSJM News the drive began Thursday, collecting non-perishables for the needy at all 131 branch offices. Johnson says Michiganders are

Bicyclist Hit By Car In Cass County

A 55-year-old Niles man is recovering at Lakeland Hospital after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department is investigating, and says it happened around 1 p.m. Saturday near Ironwood Road

Scam Investigated In Hartford

Van Buren County residents are being cautioned about a scam that a Hartford resident fell victim to about a week ago. The sheriff’s department says a gold, tan or bronze-colored Chevrolet pickup pulled into a driveway, and

MI Homelessness Going Down

The Campaign to End Homelessness is noting some progress Michigan has seen in recent years. The group’s Kelly Rose says homelessness was down 6% in 2015. Still, homelessness remains a problem. “We had almost 70,000 Michigan citizens

Time Running Out To Register to Vote

If you’re not registered to vote, then you’re almost out of time to do so if you want to have a say in November’s presidential election. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is reminding stragglers they have

Schuitmaker Named MADD Legislator Of The Year

State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker has been named one of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s legislators of the year. MADD says it wants to recognize the Lawton Republican, along with Oakland County state Representative Klint Kesto, for their efforts

Niles Scream Park Open For The Season

Halloween isn’t far off, and up and running for the season is the Niles Scream Park. Manager Matt Herm tells WSJM News the theme this year is 1930s monsters. Visitors can take in different scenes from several classics.