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Plan Expands OK2Say Line

The Michigan House last week approved legislation from state Representative Kim LaSata to expand the OK2SAY tip line to include reporting on sexual abuse, assault, and rape. The bill was part of an 18-bill package intended to better protect students following the Larry Nassar debacle. LaSata tells us about it.. ...Read Full Story

Jail Project On Track

The renovation project at the Berrien County Jail is on track. Berrien County Board of Commissioners Chair Jon Hinkelman tells WSJM News the work is going by quietly and fluidly. The $8.4 million project will involve improvements and an expansion to the intake area, exam rooms, and more space for female inmates.. ...Read Full Story

Southwest Michigan Population Gains

Southwest Michigan has seen some population gains in the past year. According to Kinexus, after years of population loss, the tri-county region of Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties showed a slight increase in 2017. Across the three counties, the population went up by 426 people. Berrien County gained 102 residents, or 0.10%. Van Buren County saw an increase of 152 people, or 0.20%, and Cass County’s population went up by 172, or 0.30%. Kinexus CEO Todd Gustafson tells us a declining population, an aging workforce, and lower educational attainment are the three big problems facing southwest Michigan. He tells us the 2017 figures are encouraging, considering the region’s overall population decline since 2010. Gustafson says, since then, we’ve seen a 2% decline in population since 2010 in Berrien County, a 2% decline in Cass County, and a 1% decline in Van Buren County over the past seven years.. ...Read Full Story

Lake Huron Drownings On The Rise

Huron County officials are bracing for the seasonal surge of kayakers taking advantage of the north shore of Lake Huron for adventure. Sheriff Kelly Hanson tells Michigan News Network they’ve also handled a surge of rescue calls from kayakers not prepared for the dangers of kayaking on one of the Great Lakes.. ...Read Full Story

Pscholka To Talk Talent Development

Kinexus Vice President of Government Affairs Al Pscholka will be part of a roundtable discussion on talent development at next week’s Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. Pscholka tells WSJM News “Prioritizing Michigan’s Policy Agenda for Cultivating 21st Century Talent” will feature education and business leaders talking about state policies that could help their regions better develop. He has a few suggestions.. ...Read Full Story

Health Department On Safe Boating

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding boaters of a danger on the water that many might forget. Spokesperson Lynn Sutfin tells WSJM News boat generators often create carbon monoxide. She says every boat should have a carbon monoxide detector.. ...Read Full Story

Paul Broadhurst Wins KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

This year’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores is in the books, with 52-year-old Englishman Paul Broadhurst earning his second career senior major victory. Broadhurst shot a final round record of 63 to finish 19-under par at 265 for the tournament. His score tied a Championship record set by Rocco Mediate at the 2016 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, also at Harbor Shores. Broadhurst was one-over after the opening round on Thursday, and joked with reporters on Saturday that he almost called his travel agent to book a flight home because he wasn’t sure he’d make the cut. He carded rounds of 66 and 64 on Friday and Saturday, moving from a tie for 77th to third as Sunday’s final round began. Broadhurst converted a combined 16 birdies over the weekend, and his 64 Saturday and 63 Sunday were the best scores in the field.. ...Read Full Story