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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

Krasl Art Fair About To Start

As many as 50,000 people will descend on downtown St. Joseph this Saturday and Sunday for the 57th annual Krasl Art Fair. The fair’s Dee Hodgson tells WSJM News the big event is one of the premier summer activities in southwest Michigan, attracting all kinds of artists from all over the country.. ...Read Full Story

BH Officer Facing Assault Charge

A charge of assault with a dangerous weapon has been filed against a former officer for the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety over an incident that occurred in May. The Berrien County Prosecutor’s office tells us Officer Steven Johnson was pursuing a suspect down an alley in the 100 block of North Fair Street on the night of May 10 when the dash cam shows Johnson struck the suspect with his patrol vehicle. The suspect, 25-year-old Ronald Glover, Jr., kept running and was subdued by other officers. Police were chasing him because he ran off while they tried to question him. Glover was later charged with fleeing and eluding and possession of marijuana over the incident. Officer Johnson, meanwhile, was fired, and Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety asked Michigan State Police to review the incident. The 53-year-old Johnson was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, which is a four year felony. He was arraigned this week.. ...Read Full Story

Groups Fight Use Of Pesticide

Labor, civil rights, and health groups, along with seven states, have made their final arguments in court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to ban a pesticide that they say is dangerous. The EPA had proposed to ban chlorpyrifos, but former chief Scott Pruitt reversed course. Hector Sanchez with the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement says Pruitt’s announcement came not long after he met with the head of Michigan-based Dow Chemical, which sells the pesticide.. ...Read Full Story

Interim South Haven Superintendent

The South Haven Board of Education has voted to accept the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Robert Herrera as he assumes a similar role at Benton Harbor Area Schools. Dr. Herrera’s resignation is effective on July 17. The board appointed a short-term interim superintendent this week. Board Secretary Becca Teunissen tells us they picked Carey Frost, the principal at North Shore Elementary.. ...Read Full Story