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Cherry Beach Gets New Staircase


There’s a new staircase now installed at Cherry Beach in Chikaming Township. The old staircase was destroyed by high water levels and wild conditions on Lake Michigan back in January. Chikaming Township Supervisor David Bunte tells us

Grant To Mean Expansion Of Berrien Park


Berrien County will expand Paw Paw River County Park in Watervliet thanks to a state grant. The Michigan Legislature this week signed off a list of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund projects for 2020. Berrien County Parks

Lawmakers Seek Reforms With MI Jails, Courts


A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is highlighting a package of bills on jail and pretrial reforms. They say the bills address factors which contribute to Michigan’s county jail populations while balancing the goals of protecting the

State House Approves Return To Learn Plan


The Michigan House has approved a plan for getting students back to school this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. State Representative Beth Griffin tells WSJM News the Return to Learn plan empowers local school districts and health

Lawmaker Wants More Transparency With Drug Prices


State Representative Hank Vaupel, chair of the Michigan House Health Policy Committee, introduced a plan in Lansing on Tuesday to improve prescription drug price transparency in Michigan. The bipartisan proposal requires drug manufacturers to submit information about

Upton Expects Stimulus Bill This Week


Congressman Fred Upton expects the next coronavirus stimulus package to come together this week. He tells WSJM News the talks are ramping up. “They’ve now begun discussions between the White House and the leadership in the Senate,”

SMC Bringing Back Competitive Cross Country


Southwestern Michigan College is bringing back some athletics. The SMC Board of Trustees voted on Wednesday for the return of men’s and women’s cross-country for the fall of 2021. Board Chair Thomas Jerdon tells WSJM News that’s