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Lampricide To Be Applied To Creek

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be treating Rogers Creek in Van Buren County this month for sea lamprey. They’ll apply lampricide to the creek between May 1 and May 10. The agency’s Scott Grunder told WSJM News last year the invasive sea lamprey came to the Great Lakes with the opening of shipping canals.. ...Read Full Story

MI Student Wins National Art Contest

A Macomb County ten-year-old girl is the winner of a national poster art contest to help find missing children. Michigan State Police Missing Children’s Clearinghouse Manager Jolene Hardesty tells WSJM News more than 2,000 submissions from 17 states came in for the 2018 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. Now that a winner has been picked, her art will appear on posters reminding the public of missing children throughout the year.. ...Read Full Story

Senate Approves Medicaid Work Requirement

Able-bodied Medicaid recipients in Michigan may soon have to choose between finding a job or losing their health insurance. The ultimatum comes in the form of a bill approved by Michigan Senators 26 to 11. After their amendments were shot down, Democrats took the floor Thursday to blast the bill for what they said was punishing the poor. Democrat Curtis Hertel spoke on the Senate floor.. ...Read Full Story

MI Unemployment Edges Down

From the Associated Press — Michigan’s unemployment rate declined slightly to 4.7% in March. Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show Michigan’s jobless rate last month fell from 4.8 % in February. It was six-tenths of a percentage point above the national rate of 4.1% last month and slightly higher that the state’s March 2017 rate of 4.6%. The agency says total employment was essentially unchanged over the month, as total employment increased by 3,000 and the number of unemployed in the state decreased by the same number. Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives Director Jason
Palmer says Michigan jobless rates have been very steady since September and payroll jobs have risen consistently since early fall.. ...Read Full Story

Police Talk School Safety With Parents

Parents from St. Joseph Public Schools have had a chance to hear from police about what is being done to prevent and be prepared for a violent incident at local schools. At a forum at St. Joseph High School Thursday, St. Joe Public Safety Director Brian Uridge said prevention and intervention are much more important than response. Noting that most incidents are over within five minutes, Uridge said it’s important for parents, teachers, and the students to know what to look out for. He spoke with WSJM News after the presentation.. ...Read Full Story

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. MIOSHA tells us Albemarle has a “commitment to worker health and safety protections” that exceeds what’s required. Albemarle first received its Rising Star award in April of 2012, and was awarded its first Star award in November of 2014. The MVPP Star is given to companies that implement protections beyond MIOSHA standards and have injury and illness rates below the industry average for the last three years. Albemarle Plant Manager Ricky Coats tells us the company is proud to receive the designation. Albermarle is a chemical company based in North
Carolina.. ...Read Full Story

All Clear After School Illness Scare

After a brief scare this 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 reported late in the day on Thursday with children vomiting and a few with rashes on their forearms. The kids were evaluated on scene by EMTs and no life threatening conditions were found. The Berrien County Health Department contacted Lakeland Health, MedExpress, and Intercare to request physician reports of the children ages eight to ten at MLK, and no illnesses reported by the hospital matched the initial report of vomiting. The school district tells us upon further investigation, the health department has found no threat to the public’s health present at the school or among the school population. Reports from community partners have also suggested that there are no environmental hazards present. There is also no suspicion of a food-borne illness.. ...Read Full Story

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 for election recounts to require aggrieved candidates to prove they have a reasonable chance of victory. Currently, candidates need to believe they are aggrieved due to fraud or mistake to petition for a recount. The House also voted 93-16 for a bill to double a losing candidate’s fees to recount votes if he or she is down by more than 5 percentage points. Stein, the Green Party candidate in the 2016 presidential election, triggered a recount in Michigan after Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton. Both bills will soon go to Gov. Rick Snyder.. ...Read Full Story