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Community Could Drop Lifeguard Services

New Buffalo city leaders are thinking about not having life guards at the local beach this summer. However, that won’t affect how the U.S. Coast Guard approaches its duties there. Executive Petty Officer Lazaro Lopez with the U.S. Coast Guard station in St. Joseph tells WSJM News they’ll serve the area as they always have, although not having lifeguards may reduce response times in some cases. He tells us he’s seen many communities drop lifeguard services at their beaches in recent years. Silver Beach is one of the few in southwest Michigan to still have them.. ...Read Full Story

Small Business Event Next Month

An event is coming up at the Mendel Center in Benton Township for small business owners and those interested in starting a business. Cornerstone Alliance Entrepreneurship Director Stacey Stephens tells WSJM News Small Business Day will be held Wednesday, May 2.. ...Read Full Story

Thousands Remain Without Power

From the Associated Press — Nearly a quarter of a million Michigan power customers remain without service after a storm brought freezing rain and high winds to the state. DTE Energy said Monday afternoon about 240,000 of its customers had no electricity after service to 150,000 other was restored. It says crews are finding more extensive damage than anticipated. Consumers Energy says about 9,000 customers remained without power after service to 130,000 was restored. In the Detroit suburb of Warren, a fallen power line sparked a fire that destroyed 10 vehicles at a used car dealership. Heavy rains caused scattered flooding and easterly winds were blamed for
weekend flooding along Saginaw Bay off Lake Huron and in Monroe County off Lake Erie. Other areas received heavy snow.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Democrats Pick Nessel As AG Choice

Michigan Democrats have endorsed Dana Nessel in a hotly contested race to be the party’s state attorney general candidate. Thousands of delegates made their choice Sunday at a convention at Cobo Center in Detroit. Nessel, a former assistant prosecutor in Wayne County who now is a private attorney, defeated Pat Miles, a former U.S. attorney for western Michigan under former President Barack Obama. She is expected to be formally nominated at a convention in August, but the victory will give her a head start preparing for November’s general election. Nessel is the first openly gay candidate for a statewide office in Michigan history.. ...Read Full Story

House Plan To Fight Student Sex Abuse

The Michigan House inquiry into the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal has led to the introduction of legislation intended to protect Michigan students. House leaders on Wednesday announced the package which includes tougher child pornography penalties and penalties for those who fail to report abuse. State Representative Kim LaSata told us more.. ...Read Full Story

MI Beverage Industry Shows Strong Growth

The food and beverage industry in southwest Michigan is showing very strong growth in a new study. Commissioned by Indiana Michigan Power, the study was done to help better plan for the utility’s responsibilities and also to help economic developers. I&M spokesperson Dave Bergsma tells WSJM News the craft beer industry has led the way in the growth of beverage producing in southwest Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

Names Released In Triple-Fatal Crash

All four young men who broke into the Black Arsenal Gun Store and led police on a chase that ended with their SUV crashing into a tree on M-139 near Rockey Weed Road have been identified. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department says the crash killed 20-year-old Jamahri Fuller, who was driving the SUV, and two passengers, 17-year-olds Davion Patton and Allan Velox. 17-year-old Anton Morgan is hospitalized at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids in critical condition. Lincoln Township Police say there were eight guns stolen from the gun store just after 5 a.m. Sunday, and all were recovered from the crash scene. Those were three pistols, five rifles, and one shotgun.. ...Read Full Story