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Drain Commissioner On Flooding Issues

February’s flooding around Berrien County did a number of the drainage system, and it’s still feeling the effects. Berrien County Drain Commissioner Christopher Quattrin tells WSJM News lots of melting snow and rain led to flooding never before seen. This spring’s weather hasn’t exactly helped.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Gives DACA Update

The effort to force a vote on a replacement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program continues in the U.S. House. Congressman Fred Upton tells WSJM News he and other backers of a discharge petition are just rising to the president’s call for a legislative DACA replacement while the issue lingers in committee.. ...Read Full Story

Senate Approves Bicycle Rules For Drivers

From the Associated Press — Michigan motorists would have to allow 3 feet of clearance while passing a bike on the road under legislation approved by the state Senate. Senators also voted Wednesday to require teen drivers to learn about laws pertaining to cyclists and other vulnerable roadway users as part of their initial driver education course. Michigan is among 11 states with no “safe passing” law, and bicyclists have been lobbying lawmakers to act. The House passed similar bills in March, so the legislation could soon move toward Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. As introduced, the bills would have made drivers wait for 5 feet of clearance before passing a bike – a wider berth than all but one other state. The 3-foot distance requirement would be in line with many other states.. ...Read Full Story

Group Fights Minimum Wage Proposal

A group that represents small businesses says a proposal to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 per hour would lead to more than 180,000 jobs lost over ten years if approved. National Federation of Independent Business of Michigan Director Charlie Owens tells us the wage increase would be especially harmful to businesses like restaurants. He says tipped workers would also be affected, meaning some could actually lose out.. ...Read Full Story

Former Champ Montgomerie Ready For SPGA

Two-time Senior PGA Championship winner Colin Montgomerie is ready to try to win his third this week at Harbor Shores. He won his first major on the senior tour here in 2014, and followed that up with a win the next year at French Lick Resort in Indiana. Montgomerie says Harbor Shores plays to his strengths.. ...Read Full Story

Warren Dunes Stewardship Event

Volunteers are needed to help protect Warren Dunes State Park from invasive plant species this weekend. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources tells us those who show up Saturday will be pulling garlic mustard from areas off-trail, sometimes in hard to reach locations. Garlic mustard is a pesky invasive plant that is considered one of the most dangerous invasive species. Each plant can produce thousands of seeds which can be spread by wildlife, humans, or water. Those who want to help rid Warren Dunes State Park of the plant this Saturday can show up at 10 a.m. at the organizational campground parking area on Floral Lane. The stewardship event will continue through about 2 p.m. Everyone is advised to wear hiking shoes, long sleeves, and pants.. ...Read Full Story

Nicklaus To Return To Harbor Shores

Golf great Jack Nicklaus will make a return to Harbor Shores this week as part of the 2018 Senior PGA Championship. The PGA tells us Nicklaus is coming back for the first time in six years. As part of an event featuring Nicklaus on Friday, the PGA will make a new community announcement in honor of the World Golf Hall-of-Famer. The organization adds Nicklaus is dropping by Benton Harbor to “see firsthand the continued growth and change in the community since he first conceptualized Harbor Shores.” Friday’s presentation will also feature information on the development of the golf course.. ...Read Full Story

Plan To Save Monarch Butterflies

Wildlife officials say the “king” of butterflies could meet the same fate as the passenger pigeon unless people step in to plant more of the monarch caterpillars’ only food source — milkweed. The monarch butterfly population has crashed, according to Naomi Edelson with the National Wildlife Federation, and can only be revived with a conservation strategy that improves its habitat by increasing its food supply.. ...Read Full Story

Busy Week At Harbor Shores

There’s a lot going on at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor this week. The 79th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship kicked off Tuesday with the Championship ProAm. That gave some golf fans a chance to tee off right alongside some of their favorite pros. For example, retired Whirlpool CEO Jeff Fettig teamed up with 2016 champion Colin Montgomery. Practice rounds for the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship will be Wednesday, and then the tournament itself starts Thursday. The championship will wrap up on Sunday just in time for everyone to relax for Memorial Day. New features for this year’s event for those who plan to head to Harbor Shores include a YMCA Kids Zone, a special tent featuring southwest Michigan-made wines and beers, and a special Amtrak train to bring people to the golf course from Chicago. Go to SRPGA.com to find a full list of this year’s action.. ...Read Full Story