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Student Athlete Concussions Down

The number of concussions suffered by high school athletes in Michigan continues to fall. In its third annual report, the Michigan High School Athletic Association says concussions were down 10% in the most recent school year compared to the one prior, and they were down 19.6% from the first year of the study. Football had the most per 1,000 athletes, but the MHSAA notes girls reported three-times more concussions than boys in the same sport. Boys, though accounted for two-thirds of all the head injuries due to playing more contact sports. Varsity athletes suffered 56% of the concussions, and the MHSAA says the majority happened during games.. ...Read Full Story

State Warns About Student Loan Scams

The Michigan Department of Treasury is warning all students to watch out for loan and scholarship scams. Acting Deputy State Treasurer Anne Wohlfert tells WSJM News this is the time of year when many college-bound students are getting their financial ducks in a row. They may get offers for bogus loan programs.. ...Read Full Story

Maytag Ironman Steelhead Sunday

Set for this Sunday is the 16th annual Maytag IronMan 70.3 Steelhead, an endurance triathlon that starts at Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor. Race Director Mike Ryan tells WSJM News about 2,000 people will take part in the event. It will take the triathletes on a mile swim in Lake Michigan, followed by a bike ride to South Haven, and then back to Benton Harbor. They’ll have a 13 mile run through the Whirlpool campus. Ryan says the participants were streaming into Benton Harbor on Friday.. ...Read Full Story

Land Bank Pushing For Alreco Sale

The Berrien County Land Bank is hoping to close a deal soon with a buyer for the vacant Alreco industrial property in Benton Harbor. Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski tells WSJM News the land bank has received two offers from medical marijuana producers for the 11 acre site on Alreco Road. They are the Harvest Group out of Okemos, and NoBo Partners out of Colorado. The Harvest Group has already secured support from the city of Benton Harbor to buy the site, but has not moved forward.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien Cancer Service Relocating

A move is in the works for Berrien County Cancer Service. Organization CEO Nancy Church tells WSJM News they’re relocating from their building on Red Arrow Highway near Stevensville to the second floor of the Marie Yeager Cancer Center in Royalton Township. She says this will put Berrien County Cancer Service closer to many patients.. ...Read Full Story

Trial Set In Uber Shooting Case

From the Associated Press– A January trial date has been set in the case of an Uber driver charged with killing six people in Michigan after a prosecutor said he won’t appeal a decision that keeps a lid on parts of a police interview. Kalamazoo County prosecutor Jeff Getting says it’s time to bring the “matter to trial without further delay.” The shootings occurred in February 2016. The state appeals court recently threw out some statements made by Jason Dalton. Getting says he won’t appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court. Dalton is charged with killing six people and wounding two others while driving for Uber. He’s not accused of shooting customers. Dalton told police that a “devil figure” on Uber’s app was controlling him. Jury selection will start January 3.. ...Read Full Story

University Of Michigan Band To Play At Lakeshore

The University of Michigan marching band will perform at Lakeshore High School next month. The Lakeshore Excellence Foundation tells us Lakeshore High School will host the U of M band on September 1, before the university band goes on to play at the University of Notre Dame as the Wolverines take on the Fighting Irish. The public is invited to come out on Saturday, September 1 at 2:45 p.m. to see the U of M band’s pregame and halftime performance free of charge at Al Stockman Stadium on Cleveland Avenue in Stevensville. Donations will be accepted with all of the proceeds going to the United Way of Southwest Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County Youth Fair Starts Monday

The Berrien County Youth Fair gets underway Monday in Berrien Springs. This year’s theme is “Passport to Adventure,” and the first day of the fair features several animal judging events including horses, goats, cats, and rabbits. The evening entertainment Monday is the 98.3 The Coast Talent Show at 7 pm. As normal, Tuesday will be Kids Day, with all children up through high school getting in for free. Wednesday night, the country duo LoCash performs in the grandstand at 7 p.m, sponsored by 97.5 Y-Country and United Federal Credit Union. Thursday night features the truck demolition derby sponsored by 957 & 1400 WSJM Sports and Honor Credit Union. The car demolition derby is Friday night, and the fair wraps up Saturday night with Bullmania. The full schedule is available online at BCYF.org.. ...Read Full Story

Automotive Supplier Planning Hagar Twp Location

As many as 100 new jobs are coming to Hagar Township. Cornerstone Alliance tells WSJM News that Dicastal Logistics Group will be opening a new operation in the township. The Chinese-based company is the largest manufacturer of aluminum wheels for the auto industry in the world, and distributes those to 46 assembly plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. DLG will be making what the Alliance calls a “significant investment” in the 423,000 square foot facility at 4412 Coloma Road.. ...Read Full Story