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State House Approves Ban On FGM

Legislation outlawing female genital mutilation and allowing victims to receive significant civil damages is headed to the Michigan Senate. That’s following overwhelming approval by the House this week. Representative Beth Griffin of Mattawan tells WSJM News she’s

Governor, Lawmakers Reach Pension Deal

Governor Snyder and Republican legislative leaders say that have reached a tentative framework on making changes to Michigan’s teacher retirement system. They reported the agreement after a meeting at the Capitol Thursday. The progress means Snyder will

One Shot In Benton Township

A shooting in Benton Township is being investigated. Police tell WSJM News 22-year-old Andrew Butler was shot in the left arm by a shotgun just before 1 p.m. yesterday at the Blossom Acres housing complex. They have

Berrien Sheriff Opposed To Handgun Bill

Officials across Michigan have been split on the handgun legislation approved this week by the Michigan House. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey is among those against it. The plan eliminates a requirement to get a license to

Cass County Crash Injures Two

Two people are hospitalized as the result of a car crash in Cass County. The sheriff’s department tells WSJM News that a vehicle driven by 28-year-old Adam Tyszka of Cassopolis went across the center line on M-62

BH Schools Could Offer Extended Kindergarten

A new extended kindergarten program could be coming to Benton Harbor Area Schools. Curriculum Director Patricia Robinson tells WSJM News it will essentially be two years of kindergarten for kids who don’t yet seem ready for further advancement. “During

Hartford Strawberry Festival This Weekend

It’s almost time for the Hartford Strawberry Festival. Co-chair Patty Schroeder tells WSJM News it’ll be Friday and Saturday, packed with music, games, runs, parades, a magic show, a renaissance fair, bed races, a pie eating contest, and

M-51 Repaving To Begin Next Week

A repaving project will get started on M-51 from Dowagiac to just west of Decatur next week. Michigan Department of Transportation engineer Steve Brink tells us it’s about 9 miles of road, and they’re adding rumble strips.

Pagel: Budget Impasse Continues

Work continues on the state budget. Representative Dave Pagel tells WSJM News the big sticking point has been the teacher pension system. GOP leaders in the legislature want to move teachers over to 401(k) style plans. He’s

Kmart Closing Three Stores In Michigan

More K-mart stores are closing in Michigan. Michigan News Network Business Editor Murray Feldman tells us that the retailer, which is owned by Sears, has announced 66 store closings nationwide. “Sears has been struggling to get people into

State Panel Approves Higher Education Budget

From the Associated Press — Michigan’s 15 public universities would get an overall 2 percent boost in state funding under legislation ironed out by lawmakers. A Republican-led conference committee voted 5-1 for the $1.6 billion higher education budget