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Federal Aid To U.P. Flood Areas

As cleanup is ongoing in the western Upper Peninsula following massive flooding last month, federal help is coming. The Federal Highway Administration said Tuesday morning it will provide $2 million from the Emergency Relief program. Chris Bush is acting commanding officer of the State Emergency Management Homeland Security Division. He spoke with Michigan News Network about the quest to get federal disaster assistance.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Still Wants Immigration Action

Congressman Fred Upton remains disappointed in the U.S. House’s failure to pass an immigration reform plan. Since President Trump signed an executive order to end the separation of families detained at the border with Mexico, Upton tells WSJM News a new fear has arisen in Congress.. ...Read Full Story

Unusual Tax Situation Resolved

A Benton Harbor woman is close to getting an unusual property tax problem resolved, thanks to action by the city commission this week. At Monday’s meeting, commissioners waived about $12,000 in back taxes for the woman whose home on Edwards Street was on two parcels, even though she hadn’t been told that when she bought the one parcel she thought it was on. Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski tells WSJM News the whole situation involving a house on two parcels was all due to a mix up involving the state and a now-defunct non-profit from the early 2000s.. ...Read Full Story

Warrant Issued In BH Shooting

A suspect has been identified in one of the shootings this past weekend in Benton Harbor. The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety tells us it has obtained a warrant for 22-year-old Tarone Devon Washington on charges of assault with intent to murder and felony firearm. The warrant is in relation to a shooting early Sunday morning on Edgecumbe near North McCord. 26-year-old Joseph “Jo-Jo” Tyson was killed in the incident, while Robert White Jr. and Natasha Hill were injured. Police say another person of interest in the case is 24-year-old Decorey Monte Harris Jr., who is currently listed as a parole absconder. Police ask anyone with information on the location of either Washington or Harris to contact them. Two people were killed in two shootings in Benton Harbor early Sunday. The other shooting was on Lavette. Killed in the incident was 22-year-old Andre Sanders.. ...Read Full Story

Voter Registration Deadline

From the Associated Press — The deadline to register to vote in the August 7 primary election is just days away. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says the deadline is Monday, July 9. She says every community will have a primary election on Aug. 7.
Voters must be 18 years old by the election date. They can register by mail or in person at their local clerk’s office or at a secretary of state office. A registered voter who needs to change an address can go to www.ExpressSOS.com. The primary election ballot will include races for governor and U.S. Senate.. ...Read Full Story

DNR Fire Warning

The risk of wildfire started by fireworks is higher than normal this Fourth of July because of the recent hot, dry weather. The heat is drying out vegetation, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The agency is asking people to take extra precautions, especially in the northern part of the state on the lake shores. Paul Rogers, a fire prevention specialist with the DNR, tells us dune grass may look green and healthy. However, looks can be deceiving.. ...Read Full Story

Reminder: Don’t Leave Keys In Ignition Of Your Car

Lock you car and don’t leave the keys inside. That’s the bottom line from a rash of car thefts in the past week in Cass County. The sheriff’s department says nine vehicles have been stolen over the past week in six townships, and all have been recovered Anything valuable that was left inside is long gone, however. Investigators say in every case, the owner of the car or truck had left the keys in the ignition.. ...Read Full Story

Golf Course Owner: State Unfair About Water

From the Associated Press — A western Michigan golf course owner says the state is unfairly targeting him after elevated levels of chemical contaminants were found in nearby wells. Andrew Dykema tells MLive.com that Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality is forcing his Boulder Creek course to provide safe water to nearby properties. The Plainfield Township course, northeast of Grand Rapids, was built over a gravel pit and landfill. Dykema says he didn’t know the contaminants were
beneath the course. MLive.com reports that Environmental Quality officials told a development company in a June 19 letter that high levels of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances — known as PFAS — were found in monitoring wells at
the golf course. Contamination also was found in residential wells. The chemicals were used in firefighting, waterproofing, carpeting and other products.. ...Read Full Story

City Hall To Be Renamed For Former Mayor

Benton Harbor City Commissioners have voted to rename city hall the Dr. Wilce L. Cooke Municipal Building. At a Monday meeting, the commission approved the move in honor of the former mayor. Cooke served from 1981 to 1987, and then from 2004 to 2011. Director of the Wilce L. Cooke Foundation Princella Tobias told WSJM News Cooke has always been about serving the community. She said he’s honored by the commission’s action.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Fireworks Online

One of the largest fireworks displays on this side of Lake Michigan will happen Tuesday night in South Haven with Light Up the Lake. The fireworks are synced to music played on 103.7 Cosy FM and for a first this year, you can watch the show anywhere in the world at WCSY.com. Lucas Koenig of All Web Infused spoke with WSJM News about the options.. ...Read Full Story