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Bill Takes On Human Trafficking Online

Federal legislation to crack down on websites that promote human trafficking has the support of Congressman Fred Upton. He tells WSJM News the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” passed the House last

Proos School Spirit Tournament Underway

It’s time once again for state Senator John Proos’ Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament. Proos tells WSJM News it’s a way for communities throughout his district to demonstrate their support for the local high school, with last year’s

MDOT Lays Out 2018 Construction Plans

The Michigan Department of Transportation has released its 2018 construction map. Spokesperson Jeff Cranson tells WSJM News the map can help drivers plan their routes ahead of the busy construction season to avoid being stuck in work

Pscholka Working For Kinexus

Former state Representative Al Pscholka has found a new job. He’s working at Kinexus as the Vice President of Public Relations and Government Affairs. That role will have the Stevensville-based Pscholka working with government leaders relating to

School Safety Legislation Expected Soon

The first federal legislation inspired by last month’s school massacre in Parkland, Florida could get a vote in the U.S. House next week. Congressman Fred Upton tells WSJM News he’s been a co-chair of the Working Group

United Way Collecting Books For Kids

The United Way of Southwest Michigan is running a children’s book drive all throughout this month. The organization’s Julee Laurent tells WSJM News they’ve got book drive stations in businesses and other locations all over Berrien and

Spring Forward This Weekend

It’s time to spring forward this weekend. Michigan State Police tell us the time to move your clocks ahead one hour will be 2 a.m. Sunday. Due to everyone losing an hour of sleep with the time

Multi-Agency Flood Relief Center Opens

A multi-agency flood relief center is being set up in Niles for the next few days to help distribute flood cleanup supplies. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department tells us agencies including Berrien County Office of Emergency Management,

SMC Job Fair Next Week

Southwestern Michigan College will host more than 60 employers from Michigan and Indiana for a jobs fair this month. Set for next Wednesday, the Internship and Career Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Property Tax Deadline Approaching

The Berrien County Treasurer’s office is once again reminding everyone the property tax payment deadline this year is April 2. Treasurer Bret Witkowski tells WSJM News anyone who hasn’t paid their 2015 taxes by then could lose

House Approves Plan To Move Frail Inmates

The Michigan House has approved legislation to create a process for moving sick or frail inmates from the state’s prisons and into medical facilities. State Representative Dave Pagel, the plan’s sponsor, tells WSJM News the legislation only

Woman Charged In Fatal Fire

A South Bend, Indiana woman is now facing a charge of murder in a Van Buren County fire that killed a woman last year. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department tells us the body of 31-year-old Jessica

MI Unemployment Rate Flat In January

From the Associated press — Michigan’s unemployment rate in January was unchanged from the 4.7 percent rate recorded in December. Figures released Thursday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget show Michigan’s January jobless rate was