Local News Archives

Congressman Upton Comments On Death Of Barbara Bush

Congressman Fred Upton is among thousands of Americans remembering former First Lady Barbara Bush. In a statement, the St. Joseph Republican called her “the epitome of class and as genuine as they come.” He added he has great memories of campaigning with her and former President George H.W. Bush, saying she “always thought of others first, was always kind, and was always quick with a joke and a smile.” Barbara Bush was only the second woman in history to be both a first lady and the mother of a President. Her funeral will be Saturday in Houston, and by invitation only.. ...Read Full Story

Proos On Prison Kitchen Inspections

State Senator John Proos is working on language to insert in the Michigan Department of Corrections budget to subject all department-operated kitchens to the public safety requirements of the state’s food code. Proos tells WSJM News it would make sense for prison kitchens to be inspected the same way as restaurants.. ...Read Full Story

Teachers Voice Support For Principal

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education has heard from a group of teachers opposed to the possible release of High School Principal Donald Pearson. The board was presented on Tuesday with a letter signed by nearly 40 staff members stating support for Pearson. Teacher Shay Briggs-Sternaman read from it.. ...Read Full Story

Realtors Helping To Create Dog Park

The village of Baroda is getting a new dog park thanks to the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors. Association Executive Alan Jeffries tells WSJM News they award a $2,500 grant each year to a local community for an improvement project with the national association’s placemaking grant program. This year, Baroda gets an area where people can take their dogs.. ...Read Full Story

Lawmakers Talk Nassar Bills

A Michigan House committee on Tuesday heard testimony on a package of bills in response to the Larry Nassar sexual misconduct scandal. Oakland County Republican Klint Kesto told Michigan News Network his legislation prohibits sexual contact under the pretext of medical treatment.. ...Read Full Story

Humane Society Festival Next Weekend

Tickets are on sale for the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan’s second annual Charcuterie Festival. Set for next Saturday in downtown Stevensville, it’s a chance for everyone to sample beers and food from 11 restaurants and 15 local breweries. The Humane Society’s Jill Svoboda spoke with WSJM News about the event.. ...Read Full Story

City Considers Public Safety Cost Ordinance

A proposal to charge non-residents for their costs to the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety is being considered by city commissioners. At Monday’s meeting, commissioners heard a proposal from City Manager Darwin Watson to set up a fee structure for those out-of-towners who need things like fire services or emergency help. He noted many other communities have such an ordinance. Mayor Pro Tem Duane Seats said there are situations in which public safety spends a lot to help someone who doesn’t pay the city taxes.. ...Read Full Story

Underwater Vehicle To Inspect Damaged Pipeline

From the Associated Press — The company that owns twin oil pipelines beneath the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan is preparing to launch an underwater vehicle to inspect damage that may have been caused by a ship’s anchor. A spokesman for Enbridge Inc. said Monday the remote-controlled vehicle will examine the submerged pipes in the Straits of Mackinac. They are part of Line 5,
which carries 23 million gallons of crude oil daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario. Enbridge temporarily shut down the line over the weekend, blaming a power outage at its Superior terminal. Officials say dents in both pipes may have been caused by “vessel activity” also believed responsible for damaging two electric cables that leaked 600 gallons  of coolant fluid into the straits.. ...Read Full Story

Airline Accused Of Mechanical Issues

Allegiant Air, which flies out of Grand Rapids, is accused in a “60 Minutes” report of having more than 100 serious mechanical incidents in a year and a half. Gerald R. Ford International Airport spokeswoman Tara Hernandez told Michigan News Network Allegiant has been a good partner.. ...Read Full Story