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Clements, Garrod Out Of Dem Field


There are now just four Democrats set to appear on their party’s primary ballot for Congress in the Sixth District this August. On Friday, the State Board of Canvassers held up an opinion from the State Bureau

Makers Faire Tomorrow


Coming up this Saturday is the fourth annual Southwest Michigan Mini Maker’s Faire at Whirlpool Centennial Park in St. Joseph. The fair is organized by Berrien RESA to celebrate that maker spirit that’s been growing in southwest

Bangor Train Celebration Tomorrow


The Bangor Historical Society will be dedicating the Duane Goss Kalamazoo Toy Train this Saturday at the museum located at the old Ely Hardware building on West Monroe Street. Musum member Rick Dillman told WSJM News the

EPA Taking Heat Over Pesticides


A new lawsuit accuses the Environmental Protection Agency of putting farmworkers in Michigan and other states at increased risk of pesticide exposure. Earthjustice and Farmworker Justice are suing the agency for its failure to issue a notice

Makers Trail Festival Coming Up


Excitement is brewing for the newest wine festival in southwest Michigan. Set for June 9 at Weko Beach in Bridgman will be the Makers Trail Festival, featuring 23 makers of wine and other spirits. Greater Bridgman Area

Lawmakers Fight Over Marijuana Proposal


From the Associated Press — Republican legislative leaders are at odds as a deadline nears to enact a marijuana legalization measure or let it go to a statewide vote in November. Tuesday is the deadline. The Legislature could

Trolley Rides Downtown St. Joe


The horses are back in downtown St. Joseph. At least, they are two days a week through the rest of the summer. St. Joseph Today’s Amy Zapal tells WSJM News you can take free rides in horse-drawn

Meeting To Determine Candidate Eligibility


Two of the Democratic candidates seeking their party’s nomination to run against Congressman Fred Upton in November will find out Friday if their names will appear on the primary ballot. Michigan Secretary of State spokesperson Fred Woodhams

Manufacturer Support For Improved Soo Locks


The Michigan Manufacturers Association is expressing support for Governor Rick Snyder’s commitment this week of $50 million of state revenue toward the national effort to rebuild the Soo Locks. The association’s Mike Johnston tells WSJM News the

Memorial Day Bridge Problem


If you spent Memorial Day in South Haven, you may have noticed the Dyckman Bridge was up and stayed up for a few hours. South Haven Director of Public Works Bill Hunter told WSJM News what happened.

Infant Death Under Investigation


The death of a six-week-old baby in under investigation in Berrien County. The sheriff’s department tells us deputies were called out to a home in the 3900 block of Fikes Road in Hagar Township around 6:20 a.m.

Changes For Mackinac Bridge Walk


This year’s Mackinac Bridge Walk will have some new rules. The Mackinac Bridge Authority has releases a video outlining to potential walkers security protocols that will affect the walk experience. “This year, the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk

Lighthouse Tours This Summer


The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joseph has released the schedule for this summer’s lighthouse tours. Curator Tracy Gierada tells us this will be the third year for the tours, which opened up in 2016

Opioid Discussion At Mackinac Conference


Among the topics being discussed at the Mackinac Policy Conference are “Opioids in the Workplace.” The discussion led by Barbara McQuade, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and law professor at the University

Record Humane Society Auction


This year’s Bids for Barks auction to benefit the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan was a resounding success. So says the Humane Society, which tells us a record amount was raised at the event, held May 19

El-Sayed Talks Roads


Democratic Candidate for governor Abdul El-Sayed says he has come up with a plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads. He spoke about the plan with Michigan News Network at the Mackinac Policy Conference. “We need innovative approaches

MI Colleges Increasing Success Rates


Students at Michigan’s 15 public universities and 28 community colleges are finding more success, according to data reported this week by the state’s Center for Educational Performance and Information. Spokesperson Lauren Leeds tells WSJM News university students

AAA On “100 Deadliest Days”


AAA of Michigan is calling the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day the 100 deadliest days on the road. For that reason, it’s reaching out to teens and reminding them of some safe driving tips. AAA

Mini Makers Faire This Weekend


Coming up this Saturday is the fourth annual Southwest Michigan Mini Maker’s Faire at Whirlpool Centennial Park in St. Joseph. The fair is organized by Berrien RESA to celebrate that maker spirit that’s been growing in southwest

Police On Beach Safety


Hot weather and summer vacation with the kids often means a trip to the beach. South Haven has seven public beaches and all them have beach warning flags that will inform you about swimming conditions in Lake

Fire Officials Lack Resources For Inspections


From the Associated Press — A newspaper investigation has found the Michigan fire marshal’s office hasn’t performed annual inspections of churches, theaters, restaurants or other places of public assemblage as required by state law. The Lansing State Journal