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Governor Signs Proos STEM Bills

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation from state Senator John Proos designed to reward Michigan students who take STEM classes and to inform them about the jobs available in their areas. Proos tells WSJM News one bill creates a special STEM certification to be put on a student’s diploma or transcript when they take extra science, technology, engineering, or math classes.. ...Read Full Story

July Is Craft Beer Month

July is Craft Beer Month, a chance for Michigan’s quickly growing craft beer industry to showcase its strength and for distributors to celebrate locally-made brews. Bud Distributing Sales Manager Jenna Podjan tells WSJM News the Dowagiac-based company’s roster of beers has grown quite a bit recently as local makers have sprung up.. ...Read Full Story

Eau Claire Cherry Fest Next Week

The 33rd annual Eau Claire Cherry Festival will be held on Wednesday, the Fourth of July. The festival’s Cindy Glassman Cantrell tells us the downtown area of Eau Claire is shut down for the fun, which is intended for all ages. They’ll have everything from a baby contest to teen and adult tricycle races. It all kicks off at 9 a.m. with the oil can derby and baking contest. At 10 a.m. they’ll have the cherry baby contest, the parade is at 1 p.m. and the pie eating contest. Cantrell tells us the contest is a fun way to get some free cherry pie. You’ll be able to buy a cup of cherries around town for $1. There will also be fireworks at dusk at the Pipestone Township office. Cantrell expects around 2,000 people to come to town for the festival, which she tells us is all about the community and the children.. ...Read Full Story

Health Department Talks Heat

The Berrien County Health Department has activated a heat alert for this entire weekend, warning everyone to take steps to keep themselves healthy and safe. Spokesperson Gillian Conrad tells WSJM News you need to be sure to drink plenty of water.. ...Read Full Story

Dowagiac Fireworks Tonight

Dowagiac will hold its fireworks tonight. The fifth annual fireworks celebration in Dowagiac will be at dusk at the Dowagiac Municipal Airport. The show is possible thanks to the Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac and donations from the community. Southwestern Michigan College has also stepped in to make the grand finale possible. The Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac tell us you’ll be able to watch the fireworks from any location near the airport. You can find out more at their Facebook page.. ...Read Full Story

Keeping Your A/C Cooling Your House In Extreme Heat

Air conditioners are buzzing and likely won’t be turning off until next week all over southwest Michigan with this heat bubble that’s slowly moving over the eastern U.S. In order to be sure your home stays as cool as it can, Michael Levy of Airmaster Heating and Air Conditioning in metro Detroit says you should make sure you have a clean air filter, and that you’ve hosed off all the coils in the outside unit. But the thermostat may still take a while to go down inside your home if you keep it set in the low 70s.. ...Read Full Story

Red Arrow Hwy Called Scenic Route

USA Today has included Red Arrow Highway in its list of beautiful scenic drives around the United States. In a piece published this week, USA Today picks one route from each state to identify as offering lovely views. For Michigan, the pick is “The Red Arrow Highway.” The article writes it “takes you along the shores of Lake Michigan through quaint coastal towns,” adding a popular attraction along the way is the St. Joseph Lighthouse. Red Arrow Highway can take you from New Buffalo to Kalamazoo. As for Indiana, USA Today recommends driving around Parke County because of its covered bridges. For Illinois, it’s the Ohio River Scenic Byway. You can see the USA Today list right here.. ...Read Full Story

Herrera, BHAS, State Agree On Start Date

Benton Harbor Area Schools will be led by Dr. Robert Herrera, after all. The school board, state officials, and Herrera have agreed on a start date of July 17 for him to serve as the district’s CEO. The board announced his hire a few weeks ago, only to have Herrera issue a statement the next day saying there were too many unanswered questions from the state at the time and saying he had not been offered a job. He is currently the superintendent of South Haven Public Schools.. ...Read Full Story

Snyder Approves Education Budget

From the Associated Press —  Rick Snyder has signed a $16.8 billion education budget that includes a sizable increase in base aid for lower-funded K-12 districts in Michigan. The outgoing Republican governor approved his final education budget Thursday. It adds $120 to $240 for each student compared to last year’s budget. It’s the largest increase in 17 years.
The budget also buoys career and technical training – a priority of Snyder’s – by funding high schools up to $50 more per student in those programs. Democrats had rejected the proposed budget in the GOP-controlled Legislature, saying it won’t be enough to reverse course in Michigan’s most cash-strapped districts. They also castigated a provision that allows a quarter of the staff at some schools to be laid off if student performance does not improve.. ...Read Full Story