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State Chemical Warning

More than a dozen Michigan communities have elevated levels of a dangerous chemical. That’s the finding of 2012 Michigan Department of Environmental Quality report that was suppressed until this year. Lisa Wozniak is the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. She spoke with Michigan News Network about the issue.. ...Read Full Story

County Salary Study

A salary study for county employees will be conducted by the Berrien County Board of Commissioners following a Thursday meeting. The board voted to proceed with the study proposed by Commissioner Jeanette Leahey. She told WSJM News it would be helpful to know how the county pays versus competitors to find out if Berrien County loses strong workers due to inadequate pay.. ...Read Full Story

Jury Appreciation Month

Those who make the sacrifice to serve on juries are being recognized this month with Jury Appreciation Month in Michigan. Van Buren County Trial Court Administrator Frank Hardester tells WSJM News jurors have a usually thankless job, and yet one that is very important.. ...Read Full Story

Phone Scam Warning

Police departments in Coloma Township and St. Joseph Township are both warning the public of a phone scam that’s been going around. The departments say they’ve taken several reports phone calls regarding warrants or tax issues. Sometimes, the caller claims to be with the IRS. Needless to say, it’s a scam. Police say the IRS will never call you demanding immediate payment. Instead, they’ll send a letter. Coloma Township police say there’s not much they can do about the scam. Often, the calls come from outside the country and using cloned numbers. In the case of St. Joseph Township, the calls have been coming from the 646 area code. Just don’t fall for them. Police advise everyone not to provide any personal or banking information to the caller, and to just hang up.. ...Read Full Story

Proos Praises Assault Prevention Board

State Senator John Proos has thrown his support behind a state board set up to help prevent sexual abuse and domestic violence. He tells us a 2012 executive order from the governor set up the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board with a mission of preventing assault and abuse. Legislation from this year codified that.. ...Read Full Story

Stabenow, Peters Opposing Trump Nominee

From the Associated Press — Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan say they will oppose President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Stabenow, who’s up for re-election to a fourth term, and Peters made their announcements in statements released Friday. Stabenow says Kavanaugh’s comments and rulings “make it clear” that he would roll back women’s access to reproductive health care, make it harder for people get affordable insurance and side with “special interests over … working people.” The two Republicans vying to face Stabenow in the general election, John James and Sandy Pensler, support Trump’s pick. Peters, a freshman senator, says Kavanaugh has a “clear record” of placing corporate interests before the rights of Michigan residents. He cites rulings involving consumer protection, the Affordable Care Act and environmental regulations.. ...Read Full Story

Total Closure Planned For Short Stretch Of M-43 In South Haven

There will be a little extra time on the commute for those who use M-43 in South Haven. The Michigan Department of Transportation is shutting down M-43 entirely for two-tenths of a mile between Blue Star Highway and Aylworth Avenue starting July 16. The closure will last through Thursday, and is the result of needed concrete repairs. M-DOT’s Nick Schirripa says it’s hopefully going to be a quick project.. ...Read Full Story

Allegan K9 Gets Protective Vest

A K9 with the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department is getting extra protection in the form of a bullet and stab-protective vest. The vest comes courtesy of Vested Interest, a non-profit that has supplied more than 3,000 protective vests to police dogs throughout the country since 2009. Allegan County Sheriff’s Department K9 Edo will get the latest donation. It comes with the sponsorship of Justin and Kristan Goodenough of Allegan. Edo is a 21 month old German Shepard mix who is teamed up with Deputy Blair Kacos. Deputy Kacos says, “Edo and I are proud to serve the citizens of Allegan County and this vest donation will help to protect Edo when deployed in dangerous situations.” He also thanked the Goodenough family and Vested Interest.. ...Read Full Story

Commissioners Talk Speed Limits

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners is taking issue with a state law governing speed limits in townships. At a Thursday meeting, the board approved five resolutions setting new speed limits on stretches of road around the county. However, some felt some of the limits were too high. County Administrator Bill Wolf said Michigan State Police speed studies determine what the limits will be, and then the county has to approve them or the limit will default to 55 miles per hour. Board of Commissioners Chair Jon Hinkelman told WSJM News that should change.. ...Read Full Story