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South Haven Company Saluted For SAfety

A South Haven company has been saluted by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or MIOSHA, for its safety record. Albemarle Corporation is now a recipient of the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program Star Award for 2018.

All Clear After School Illness Scare

After a brief scare last week at the STEAM Academy at MLK, Benton Harbor Area Schools tells us the building has been cleared of illness by the Berrien County Health Department. The district says an illness was

New Rules For Recounts

From the Associated Press — Political candidates who lose big like Jill Stein wouldn’t be able to seek a recount under legislation nearing the Michigan governor’s desk. The Republican-led Senate voted 27-8 Wednesday for legislation upping the standards

Former Lawmaker Pursuing Lawsuit

From the Associated Press — A former Michigan lawmaker who was expelled from office amid a sex scandal is asking a court to reconsider her lawsuit against the Michigan House, legislators and staff. The Holland Sentinel reports that

Amtrak Planning Special PGA Train

Folks from the Chicago-area who want to come to Benton Harbor next month for the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship will have a new way to do so thanks to Amtrak. Spokesperson Mark Magliari tells WSJM News Amtrak

School Hires Attendance Officials

Benton Harbor Area Schools is getting serious about maintaining student attendance levels. At this week’s meeting, the board of education approved the hiring of some attendance ombudsmen to make sure students make it to class each day.

Medicaid Work Requirement Advancing

From the Associated Press — Able-bodied adults would have to complete 29 hours of work, job training or education per week to qualify for Medicaid under a bill advancing in Michigan. A Republican-controlled Senate committee approved the legislation

Bills Aim To Prevent Nassar Repeat

Legislation is being worked on in the Michigan House to help ensure there is never a repeat of the Larry Nassar situation. Although the former sports doctor will be behind bars for the rest of his life,

School Official Talks Homelessness

A recent report based on numbers from the University of Michigan inaccurately reported the number of homeless students at Berrien Springs Public Schools. So says the district’s special education director. Danny Bartz tells us a report run

School Safety Forum Planned

A forum for parents of students at St. Joseph Public Schools to discuss safety will be held Thursday night. The district notified parents this week “Creating a Safer School Environment through Prevention, Intervention, and Response” will be

South Haven Robotics Team Gets Boost

The South Haven Robotics Team is headed to the World Championship in Detroit next week. There was some concern about financing a trip to Detroit for the team but, that concern was put aside rather quickly, according

Line 5 Remains Under Fire

The Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straights of Mackinac is being inspected by Enbridge. It was shut down on Sunday due to high waves and reopened Monday afternoon. David Holtz is with the Oil and Water

Casino Donates To Autism Center

The Four Winds Casinos have announced a $30,000 grant for the Logan Center, a non-profit that provides therapy to those with autism. Logan Center Director of Development Pat Roemer tells us Four Winds employees collected the money

Tugboat Blamed For Pipeline Damage

From the Associated Press — The U.S. Coast Guard says it’s still looking into what caused damage to underwater electric cables and oil pipelines in the channel that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Cmdr. Shaun Edwards declined

Commission Talks Procedures

Benton Harbor City Commissioners this week shot down a couple of proposals that would have changed up some of their own procedures. At Monday’s meeting, the commission considered changing a rule which states the mayor gets to

Proos On Prison Kitchen Inspections

State Senator John Proos is working on language to insert in the Michigan Department of Corrections budget to subject all department-operated kitchens to the public safety requirements of the state’s food code. Proos tells WSJM News it

Teachers Voice Support For Principal

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education has heard from a group of teachers opposed to the possible release of High School Principal Donald Pearson. The board was presented on Tuesday with a letter signed by

Realtors Helping To Create Dog Park

The village of Baroda is getting a new dog park thanks to the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors. Association Executive Alan Jeffries tells WSJM News they award a $2,500 grant each year to a local community for

Lawmakers Talk Nassar Bills

A Michigan House committee on Tuesday heard testimony on a package of bills in response to the Larry Nassar sexual misconduct scandal. Oakland County Republican Klint Kesto told Michigan News Network his legislation prohibits sexual contact under

Humane Society Festival Next Weekend

Tickets are on sale for the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan’s second annual Charcuterie Festival. Set for next Saturday in downtown Stevensville, it’s a chance for everyone to sample beers and food from 11 restaurants and 15

City Considers Public Safety Cost Ordinance

A proposal to charge non-residents for their costs to the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety is being considered by city commissioners. At Monday’s meeting, commissioners heard a proposal from City Manager Darwin Watson to set up

South Haven Expands Rental Inspections

The city of South Haven will be expanding the number of short-term rental home inspections this year as the Summer rental season approaches. City Manager Brian Dissette spoke with WSJM News about the plan. “The city has begun

Airline Accused Of Mechanical Issues

Allegiant Air, which flies out of Grand Rapids, is accused in a “60 Minutes” report of having more than 100 serious mechanical incidents in a year and a half. Gerald R. Ford International Airport spokeswoman Tara Hernandez