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St. Joseph Walking Tours

Walking tours around St. Joseph will once again be offered this summer by the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center. Heritage Museum Curator Tracy Gierada tells WSJM News this year’s program will feature sculpture tours and history tours.. ...Read Full Story

Calls Grow For New 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 manufacturing industry depends on the locks.. ...Read Full Story

Emergency Services Talks 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 Michigan at the beach where you are. South Haven Area Emergency Services Chief Ron Wise spoke with WSJM News about the matter.. ...Read Full Story

Successful 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 at the Mendel Center in Benton Township. Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan Board President Don Blackmond spoke with WSJM News about the auction.. ...Read Full Story

Summer Lighthouse Tours Planned

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 following the lighthouse renovations. She tells us there are a few different types of tours, starting with the walking tours.. ...Read Full Story

Boost For Food Pantry

Just three months after it got started, the student food pantry at Southwestern Michigan College has gotten a big boost. At a meeting last month, Cass County 100+ Women Who Care voted to adopt the Roadrunner Kitchen. SMC Vice President of Instruction David Fleming tells WSJM News the food pantry began this year as a way for students to pick up items when in need.. ...Read Full Story

New Wine Fest In Bridgman

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 Chamber Director Calli Berg tells WSJM News it’s all about celebrating what may be the region’s fastest growing industry.. ...Read Full Story

Summer Event In Bridgman

Downtown Bridgman will be a livelier place this summer thanks to a new series of events organized by the city and local merchants. Bridgman City Manager Juan Ganum tells WSJM News this past Friday brought the first of four Bridgman Family Friday Fests. The events are inspired by the winter Holiday Village festivities.. ...Read Full Story

Proos Talks STEM

A Michigan House committee has approved legislation from state Senator John Proos to encourage high school students to take more STEM classes. Proos tells WSJM News students who take extra science, technology, engineering, or math classes could get a STEM certification on their diploma or transcript. He says that would help those students find work.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Road Closure

The Michigan Department of Transportation is notifying drivers of a partial road closure beginning in South Haven next week. MDOT tells us there will be single-lane closures and a temporary traffic signal for concrete pavement repairs on M-43 between Aylworth Avenue and Francis Street. The work starts Monday and will run through Friday, June 29. Drivers are reminded to give themselves a few extra minutes if they commute through that route. You can stay on top of all of MDOT’s summer road construction projects at the MIDrive website. It’s at Michigan.gov/MIDrive.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Statement On Tariffs

Congressman Fred Upton has weighed in on the Trump administration’s new tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. In a statement issued Friday, Upton says, “We need to target tariffs to address specific unfair trading practices in a way that minimizes negative consequences for Michigan jobs, manufacturers, and consumers.” He goes on to say after speaking with local manufacturers and farmers, Upton has learned they believe a “trade war hurts Michigan.”. ...Read Full Story

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 of Elections that Paul Clements and Eponine Garrod did not turn in enough valid petition signatures to get on the ballot. The two appeared before the board at its morning meeting, and both said they felt that had collected enough signatures. The Michigan Secretary of State tells us Clements initially turned in more than 1,300 of the 1,000 needed petition signatures, but more than 300 of them were deemed invalid. Garrod turned in 1,019, leaving her much less wiggle room. 45 of her petition signatures were found to be invalid. The Democratic field for Congress in the Sixth District is now down to George Franklin, David Benac, Rich Eichholz, and Matt Longjohn.. ...Read Full Story

State Police: Arrow Story Was A Lie

Michigan State Police say a Paw Paw man who reported being shot with an arrow back in March was lying. Troopers from the Paw Paw post were called out to investigate on March 25 when Michael Downey reported he’d been shot in the neck with an arrow while walking in the woods on a trail close to the eastern edge of Van Buren County. Troopers tell us after an extensive investigation involving the MSP Crime Lab and a K9, they determined the report was false. Downey later admitted he’d made the story up. Downey was arraigned Friday on a charge of false report of a felony. Michigan State Police say they will seek restitution for the cost of the investigation.. ...Read Full Story

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 Michigan. RESA Technology Consultant Joe Rommel tells WSJM News there will be all kinds of makers showing off the things they’ve produced. There will also be interactive displays.. ...Read Full Story

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 toy trains are an important part of Bangor’s history.. ...Read Full Story

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 that updated pesticide training materials are available under the Worker Protection Standard passed in 2015. Earthjustice attorney Hannah Chang tells us the materials have been ready for more than a year, and are needed to protect workers.. ...Read Full Story

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 Chamber Director Calli Berg tells WSJM News it’s all about celebrating what may be the region’s fastest growing industry.. ...Read Full Story

Shooting Victim Taken To Cass County Gas Station

A man is hospitalized in Elkhart after being shot in northern Indiana and left at a Cass County gas station. Our newsgathering partners at WNDU NewsCenter 16 report the man was taken to a Marathon station in Union after being shot in Elkhart. Police were called and he was taken back over the border for treatment. The man’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, and there’s no word on any suspect or if an arrest has been made.. ...Read Full Story

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 adopt the citizen-initiated bill, which would enable lawmakers to later amend it. Or it could do nothing and let the proposal go on the ballot. Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said Thursday there’s support within the Senate to pass the legislation, but he won’t vote unless the House gets on board. He accuses House Speaker Tom Leonard of standing in the way and doing a “poor job” educating his caucus. Leonard says there’s not enough support among House Republicans to pursue the initiative. He adds he’s no “dictator” and would allow a vote if there’s support.. ...Read Full Story

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 tells WSJM News the state Bureau of Elections this week made a preliminary ruling against Paul Clements and Eponine Garrod.. ...Read Full Story

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. Thursday on a report of an infant not breathing. They arrived to find the six-week-old child dead. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department says the investigation into the case is ongoing, and an autopsy will be performed Friday at Western Michigan University. Child Protective Services is assisting. The sheriff’s department says upon completion of the investigation, the report will be forwarded to the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office for review, which is customary in suspicious death situations.. ...Read Full Story

Democratic Field Challenging Upton Could Be Shrinking

There were once seven Democrats running for their party’s nomination to challenge Congressman Fred Upton this fall, and now the field is down to five. Aida Gray was the first to drop out, as her name is not among the list of candidates in the most recent listing by the Secretary of State’s office. Now comes word state elections officials are recommending Western Michigan University professor Paul Clements, who won the nomination but lost to Upton in both 2014 and 2016, be removed from the primary ballot in August. A supporter of Democratic candidate Matt Longjohn filed a challenge that Clements didn’t have enough valid signatures of registered voters in the 6th Congressional District to qualify. If the recommendation stands, voters will chose between David Benac, Rich Eichholz, George Franklin, Eponine Garrod, and Longjohn in August.. ...Read Full Story

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 following the lighthouse renovations. She tells us there are a few different types of tours, starting with the walking tours.. ...Read Full Story