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South Haven Repair Assistance


Residents of South Haven who might need some financial help repairing the exterior of their home could be in luck. South Haven City Manager Brian Dissette tells WSJM News that’s after action by the city council this

Sunday Afternoon Outage Update


Indiana Michigan Power has issued this updated statement on service restoration efforts around southwest Michigan following Saturday’s high winds. October 21, 2018 4:00 p.m. Update Crews have made great progress through the day and we have restored

Possible MI Immigration Center


In west Michigan, the Immigration Centers of America has proposed converting the former Deerfield Correctional Center in Ionia into a federal immigration detention center. Dennis Muchmore, who represents the Immigration Centers of America, told Michigan News Network

Two Chambers Integrating


The Greater Bridgman Chamber and Growth Alliance is integrating into the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce. Cornerstone’s Chris Heugel tells WSJM News the Twin Cities-based chamber started helping the Bridgman chamber when its previous leader moved out of

Drunk Driving Crackdown Underway


Extra drunk driving patrols are out on Michigan roads ahead of the coming Halloween period. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning’s Kari Arend tells WSJM News officers from around 100 police agencies are taking part in

Sunday Power Outage Update


Indiana Michigan Power has issued the following statement regarding power outages from Saturday’s high winds. “October 21, 2018 10:00 a.m. Update Crews have been hard at work since yesterday and we’ve made good progress. More than 12,000 customers

Learn About Assistance Animals In SJ


A workshop on the different types of assistance animals and the rules that apply to them is planned for next month in St. Joseph. Disability Network Southwest Michigan Education Coordinator Miranda Grunwell tells WSJM News there are

Power Outage Update


Indiana Michigan Power continues to respond to service outages around southwest Michigan by high winds. Below is the utility’s latest statement: “October 20, 2018 7:30 p.m. Update Storms and high winds moved across all of I&M’s service

High Winds Causing Power Outages


High winds around southwest Michigan on Saturday have led to thousands of power outages and some roads to be temporarily blocked. As of early evening, Indiana Michigan Power was dealing with just under 27,000 outages. The high

Pokagons Doing Major Campus Upgrade


Major construction is underway at the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi’s Rodgers Lake campus near Dowagiac. Pokagon Band Government Manager Jason Wesaw tells us they’re doing a major improvement project at a cost of $25 million on

Religious Complaint Against College


From the Associated Press — A complaint has been filed against a Michigan college for having a religious invocation at its commencement ceremony. The Muskegon Chronicle reports that the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists on Thursday

Three Hurt In South Haven Area Crash


Three people are injured following a crash in South Haven Township Friday night. South Haven Area Emergency Services responded to the two-vehicle, head-on crash on M-140 near 24th Avenue at 10:15 p.m. Responders found three people in

Several Proposals To Appear On Ballot


The AARP of Michigan is hoping the state’s voters will get themselves familiar with the variety of proposals set to appear on next month’s ballot before they hit the polls. Manager of Advocacy Lisa Dedden Cooper tells

Amtrak Prepares For Thanksgiving


Additional trains are being added to several Amtrak lines in anticipation of Thanksgiving. Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari tells WSJM News folks heading home for the holiday will have more chances to take a train. The busiest day

DNR Warns About Fish Virus


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the largemouth bass virus that killed hundreds of fish back in the early 2000s has been found in Cedar Lake in Alcona and Iosco counties. DNR Hatchery Manager Martha Van

School To Open Time Capsule Sunday


Brown Elementary School in St. Joseph will dig up a 20-year-old time capsule this weekend. Principal Kristen Bawks tells WSJM News she learned about the time capsule buried by students from Brown’s previous principal, Craig Hubble. “Former

Road Millage Presentation Next Week


The Van Buren County Road Commission continues to push its road millage proposal as the November 6 elections get close. Road Commission Finance Director Linnea Rader tells WSJM News after the same proposal was shot down by

NOAA Predicts Mild Winter


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releasing its Winter Outlook prediction. Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, told Michigan News Network there’s good news for us here in Michigan. “The outlook that was released

Business Leaders Talk Marijuana Legalization


As Michiganders get set to vote on a ballot proposal that would legalize recreational marijuana, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce held a summit Thursday morning to discuss the local implications. Josh Lunger is the chamber’s Director

Mega Millions Jackpot at $1 Billion


The jackpot for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing is now $1 billion. Yes, that’s $1 billion. And if no one wins it, the jackpot will jump to $1.6 billion for next Tuesday’s drawing, according to the Michigan Lottery.

MI Real Estate Prices Remain Up


The real estate market continues to show gains in Michigan with the median sales price increasing 3% last month compared to September of 2017. Karen Kage with Real Comp told Michigan News Network the region continues to

Schwarzenegger To Speak In Michigan


Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger will speak Saturday at a rally in East Lansing. It’s in support of Proposal 2, an effort to eliminate gerrymandering in Michigan. Voters Not Politicians Director Katie Fahey tells us Michigan draws its