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Veterans To Be Honored At BH Nursing Home

Some veterans living at a Benton Harbor nursing home will receive special pins as a thank you for their service today. Hallmark Living nursing home activities aid Rosa Long tells us 13 veterans in total, including a few staff members, will get the pins along with certificates at 11 a.m. The nursing home salutes its veterans every year, but the pins they’re getting today are new.. ...Read Full Story

Sheriff’s Department Receives Care Packages

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department has received the gift of gratitude for its efforts to keep the community safe. The department tells us on Thursday it received a care package for each deputy from Operation Gratitude, a non-profit Military and First Responder support organization. The group has sent more than 2.1 million packages to police, military, and other first responder groups since 2003. The care packages received this week by Berrien County deputies included food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, along with personal letters of support. The care packages were sent to Operation Gratitude by donors from every state in the nation. It took hundreds of volunteers to put them together. The sheriff’s department thanked Operation Gratitude for its generosity.. ...Read Full Story

Hundreds Of Volunteers Serve Seniors

The United Way of Southwest Michigan had volunteers out and about throughout Berrien and Cass counties Thursday for its eighth annual Day of Action for Seniors. Volunteer Engagement Manager Julee Laurent tells WSJM News teams from businesses, schools, churches, and more took part in Rake a Difference, raking leaves at the homes of seniors.. ...Read Full Story

Progressive Groups Pleased With Election Results

Progressive groups say they’re encouraged by victories in the races for governor, attorney general, and secretary of state, as well as in ballot initiatives to clean up elections and legalize marijuana. Katie Fahey with Voters Not Politicians, the anti-gerrymandering group behind Proposal 2, tells us more than two million people voted to create an independent redistricting commission in an attempt to end gerrymandering – when districts are redrawn after the 2020 Census.. ...Read Full Story

Snyder Lowers Flags To Honor Bar Shooting Victims

From the Associated Press — Governor Rick Snyder is joining President Donald Trump’s call to lower Michigan and U.S. flags to half-staff through sunset on Saturday to honor the victims of the mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.
Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full-staff Saturday evening. When flown at half-staff, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to its peak for an instant and then lowered to half-staff. The flag should again be raised to full staff before being lowered for the day.
Authorities say a Marine combat veteran opened fire Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, killing 12 people before apparently taking his own life.. ...Read Full Story

State Drive Collects 400,000 Pounds Of Food

The annual Harvest Gathering food drive run by the Michigan Attorney General’s office is being described as a success this year. AG spokesperson Megan Hawthorne tells us Attorney General Bill Schuette started the Harvest Gathering in 1991 when he was the state agriculture director. As part of the effort, the Michigan Secretary of State collects food and money through its branch offices.. ...Read Full Story

Downtown Master Plan Meeting In St. Joseph

Residents and business owners from St. Joseph are being asked to weigh in on a master plan for the downtown that’s being drafted right now. Paul Finn, a planner with the firm Houseal Lavigne, tells WSJM News “Downtown Vision” will be a document the city can use to guide development in the area for the next 15 to 20 years.. ...Read Full Story

What’s Next After Elections

Now that the election is over, what’s next? Oakland University Political Science Professor Dave Dulio told Michigan News Network he wouldn’t be surprised if opponents challenged proposals one and two — gerrymandering and recreational marijuana.. ...Read Full Story