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Buttigieg Ramps Up Outreach To Democratic Superdelegates

South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is ramping up his outreach to Democratic Party superdelegates with a phone call to them outlining the scope of his 2020 presidential campaign. The outreach suggests Buttigieg’s campaign is looking beyond the early primary states to the possibility of a convention fight for the nomination.. ...Read Full Story

Power Out For Some Of Downtown St. Joseph

Power is out to a good chunk of downtown St. Joseph this afternoon. Indiana Michigan Power says over 11-hundred customers are impacted, and the outage started just before 12:30. The Berrien County Courthouse is closed for the rest of the day, as is the Berrien County Administration Building due to the outage. County officials say those will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The utility expects the lights to be back on around 5 tonight. WSJM News is told the cause of the outage is work being done to dismantle and rebuild the power plant next to Clementine’s Too.. ...Read Full Story

Dr. David Mathews Retiring As Southwestern Michigan College President

A change is coming at Southwestern Michigan College. After 18 years as president, Dr. David Mathews is retiring, and his last day will be December 31. Mathews joined SMC in 1997 as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Instructional Innovation, and became vice president of instruction the next year. He was appointed the school’s seventh president in 2001. The college says he’s developed and executed 18 consecutive balanced budgets, with investments in student success and facilities improvements all being done within those constraints. Under his guidance, the SMC Foundation grew from $1.3 million in assets to over $12 million, which Board of Trustees chairman Thomas Jerdon says has had a “huge impact” on wider scholarship availability for students.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor Mayoral Primary Today

Voters in the city of Benton Harbor will be narrowing down the field of mayoral candidates today. Six candidates are on the ballot: Mayor Marcus Muhammad, City Commissioners Juanita Henry, CF Jones, and Ron Singleton, along with Margie Carter and Jamie Davis. Commissioner Henry urged as high a voter turnout as possible during last night’s city commission meeting.. ...Read Full Story

Recreational Marijuana Question Headed To November Ballot In South Haven

The South Haven City Council has voted not to adopt an initiated ordinance to prohibit the manufacture and sale of recreational marijuana. The Concerned Citizens of South Haven submitted a petition with over 100 signatures to prohibit recreational marijuana. The city council voted to put the issue on a public ballot in November. Mayor Scott Smith says he didn’t like what they were being asked.. ...Read Full Story

NRC To Hold Webinar On Decommissioning Of Nuclear Plants This Week

The upcoming decommissioning of the Palisades nuclear power plant will be the topic of a public meeting by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission this fall. The NRC will hold a webinar this Thursday at 1 p.m. in conjunction with the 11 forums staff will hold across the country at sites of soon-to-be-closed nuclear power plants. No date or location has been set as yet for that meeting regarding Palisades. The Covert Township power plant is set to be shut down in 2022, but decommissioning the facility will take several years of work after the reactor is idled for good. Entergy agreed to sell the facility last August to Holtec International for the decommissioning. That sale includes the transfer of licenses, spent fuel, and Nuclear Decommissioning Trusts.. ...Read Full Story

Man Airlifted To Kalamazoo Hospital After Being Hit Walking On Napier In Benton Township

A 53-year-old man is in critical condition at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo after being hit by a SUV on East Napier Avenue near Columbus in Benton Township this morning. The Benton Township Police Department says David Snyder suffered a broken leg and head trauma in the crash, which closed down Napier for a few hours just after 11 a.m. The driver involved has been identified as 48-year-old Georgette McKinney. According to police, Snyder was walking in the outer lane near the fog line when he was hit. Both Snyder and McKinney are from Benton Township. He was airlifted to the Kalamazoo hospital after first being taken to Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph.. ...Read Full Story

Stolen Bikes And More Recovered By St. Joseph Twp Police

Items stolen in St. Joseph Township are slowly being recovered by police. In Facebook posts, the township police department says several bicycles reported stolen in the Fairplain area along with the city of St. Joseph and Shoreham areas have been found and they’re asking those who have been victimized to call to see if their bike is among those recovered. Additionally, police say they’ve been able to take in several items believed stolen from vehicles in the township. Those include a digital camera and a handheld gaming system. Proof of ownership will be needed to claim those items. Police say in late July, there was a rash of vehicle larcenies, with items being swiped from unlocked cars and trucks in neighborhoods north and south of Napier Avenue.. ...Read Full Story

Dowagiac Shootings Ruled Murder-Suicide

Dowagiac authorities are confirming the death of a couple over the weekend was a murder-suicide. Investigators say 41-year-old Jason Clark shot his 49-year-old wife, Tonia, before turning the gun on himself. She called 9-1-1 Saturday night to report the shooting and was still alive when police arrived, but died after being taken to Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital. Police say a child was also at the home at the time, but he was not hurt. The shooting happened in the Clark family home in the 300 block of McOmber Street, and remains under investigation.. ...Read Full Story

LMC: Easier Than Ever For Students To Transfer Credits To Michigan Universities

It’s easier than ever for Lake Michigan College students to transfer their credits to any university in the state. It’s thanks to the launching of a new website, mitransfer.org, from the Michigan Transfer Network. It’s designed to simplify the search process for schools and their transfer requirements. The new website is the result of the 2018 state budget and replaced a site that had been up since 2007. The updated portal came about after two yeas of development by the Michigan Community College Association, the Michigan Association of State Universities, and the Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities, all of which are based in Lansing. LMC provost and vice president of academic affairs Leslie Kellogg was part of the committee that oversaw development of the new site.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Political Titan L. Brooks Patterson Dies At 80

Longtime Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has died at his suburban Detroit home months after announcing he had pancreatic cancer. The 80-year-old Patterson died Saturday in Independence Township, halfway through a seventh term leading the affluent county. Detroit Free Press columnist Carol Cain was a longtime friend and remembered Patterson in comments on Michigan’s Big Show.. ...Read Full Story

State Advises Students To Follow Best Practices With Financial Aid

With high school graduates across Michigan preparing to head off to college, the Michigan Department of Treasury is offering them some advice on seeking financial aid. Office of Post-Secondary Financial Planning Director Anne Wohlfert tells WSJM News students need to know about the the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. That’s the first step. But don’t just assume a loan is the only way to go.. ...Read Full Story

“Enough Is Enough” – Upton Calls For Red Flag Gun Laws

Saying “enough is enough” following the weekend mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Congressman Fred Upton is calling for action. The St. Joseph Republican says Congress needs to pass bipartisan Red Flag laws to give law enforcement and mental health officials “the tools to deny weapons capable of such carnage from being on the streets.” Upton says a “common sense response” to mass shootings in the United States is “way overdue.”. ...Read Full Story

County Parks Millage Could Go Up

Berrien County Commissioners are looking at the possibility of a small increase in the parks millage. At a meeting of the board of commissioners last month, Commissioner Bill Chickering said there are big parks expenses on the way as various improvements at parks around the county are made. He told WSJM News he heard from Berrien County Parks Director Brian Bailey that Bailey has been crunching some numbers.. ...Read Full Story

College Names Learning Center For Former Trustee

Southwestern Michigan College has dedicated a portion of its Fred L. Mathews Library to a former trustee who passed away in 2017. The Carole A. Tate Teaching and Learning Center was officially dedicated last month. SMC says the center is located in the Mathews Library, one of SMC’s three original buildings. Carole Tate served on the Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees for 18 years, and was the only trustee from the Van Buren County portion of SMC’s district. She died on October 7, 2017 in Arizona. SMC Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas Jerdon says “Carole was an exceptional trustee” who he had the privilege of serving with. Throughout her career, Tate worked as the Van Buren District Library children’s librarian and as a media specialist for Lakeshore, Marcellus, and Decatur public schools.. ...Read Full Story

Dowagiac Husband, Wife Dead In Shooting

Dowagiac police are investigating the shooting deaths of a couple Saturday night. A 911 call came in just before 9 p.m. Saturday of a woman shot by her husband in the 300 block of McOmber Street. When officers arrived, they found the 41-year-old husband dead and the 49-year-old wife still alive after being shot. She died after being rushed to Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph Township Police Night Out Tuesday

Preparations are underway for the next National Night Out, the event where police agencies all over the country mingle with the public and offer demonstrations in order to foster better relationships with the people they serve. In St. Joseph, the Night Out will be August 6 at Maiden Lane Community Park in the township. The gathering will include several local police and fire departments, a Jaws of Life demonstration, fire trucks and police cars, stations where parents can get the fingerprints of their kids taken, hot dogs, soda, chips, and ice cream, this year from Culver’s. The National Night Out will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 on the 6th and everyone’s invited.. ...Read Full Story

Attorney General Seeks Power Outage Credit For Customers

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has sent a letter to the Michigan Public Service Commission asking it to require utility companies with smart meters to automatically credit consumers’ bills for prolonged power outages. Nessel last month reminded utility customers in the state there is a law allowing them a $25 outage credit when they experience a power outage that lasts longer than 16 hours. The credit is available as long as there isn’t a general emergency taking place. Nessel’s office says customers can also receive the credit when there’s been a failure to restore electric service within 120 hours after an interruption that occurred during catastrophic conditions, or when there are repetitive interruptions of the same circuit more than seven times in a 12 month period. In her letter to the MPSC, Nessel noted electric service interruption rules were written years before the implementation of smart meters. She says the new tech should make the credit automatic. You can see Nessel’s letter to the MPSC right here.. ...Read Full Story

Police Identify Driver In Quadruple-Fatal Crash

A 53-year-old Buchanan man is expected to face multiple charges upon his release from Memorial Hospital in South Bend for a crash that killed four people Friday. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department has identified him as Dub Collins, who is in stable condition and is being held on a Michigan Department of Corrections Parole Detainer.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Backs Great Lakes Bills

A couple pieces of legislation intended to help protect the Great Lakes have the support of Congressman Fred Upton. He tells us the two bills introduced last week have bipartisan backing. They are the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Act and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Reauthorization Act. The second one would continue the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for five years. Upton says it’s currently set to expire at the end of 2021.. ...Read Full Story