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Amtrak Planning Special PGA Train

Folks from the Chicago-area who want to come to Benton Harbor next month for the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship will have a new way to do so thanks to Amtrak. Spokesperson Mark Magliari tells WSJM News Amtrak will run a special train to the area on Saturday, May 26. The train will go from Chicago to Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor. It’s been a long time in the making.. ...Read Full Story

School Hires Attendance Officials

Benton Harbor Area Schools is getting serious about maintaining student attendance levels. At this week’s meeting, the board of education approved the hiring of some attendance ombudsmen to make sure students make it to class each day. Interim Superintendent Patricia Robinson read the resolution.. ...Read Full Story

Medicaid Work Requirement Advancing

From the Associated Press — Able-bodied adults would have to complete 29 hours of work, job training or education per week to qualify for Medicaid under a bill advancing in Michigan. A Republican-controlled Senate committee approved the legislation on party lines Wednesday, months after the Trump administration announced it would permit such work requirements under a waiver process. If the bill is enacted, it could affect up to 1 million non-elderly, non-disabled Michigan adults enrolled in Medicaid, government health insurance for low-income people. Supporters say the Medicaid population is ballooning and costs are rising, and it makes sense to require that recipients work for their benefits. Opponents say the legislation would jeopardize access to health coverage and most of those who can work already do. The measure goes to the full Senate for consideration next.. ...Read Full Story

Paw Paw Threat Hearing Adjourned To May 2

The Paw Paw High School liaison officer is disputing the claims of the family of a 15-year-old boy suspected of planning an attack on the school last month that he had been bullied. In court yesterday, Deputy Trever Tate testified he interviewed over 50 students, and none of them said the teen was a bullying victim. The boy’s parents, however, contend that was the case and have said a photo of their son in just his underwear had previously been posted on social media. Tate responded that wasn’t necessarily bullying when pressed by the boy’s attorney.. ...Read Full Story

Bills Aim To Prevent Nassar Repeat

Legislation is being worked on in the Michigan House to help ensure there is never a repeat of the Larry Nassar situation. Although the former sports doctor will be behind bars for the rest of his life, lawmakers want to make sure no other doctor can sexually abuse patients under the guise of medical examination. State Representative Mary Whiteford of Casco Township told us more.. ...Read Full Story

School Official Talks Homelessness

A recent report based on numbers from the University of Michigan inaccurately reported the number of homeless students at Berrien Springs Public Schools. So says the district’s special education director. Danny Bartz tells us a report run by some TV stations placed Berrien Springs high on the list Michigan school districts in that regard.. ...Read Full Story

Former Major Leaguer Reportedly Arrested In Berrien

A former pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks is reportedly facing a charge of assault and battery in Berrien County. According to TMZ Sports, 44-year-old Matt Mantei was arrested on Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and was given a personal recognizance bond. Mantai was a closer who played ten seasons in the Major League. Details of his arrest have not yet been released, but Mantei is due back in court on May 1.. ...Read Full Story

School Safety Forum Planned

A forum for parents of students at St. Joseph Public Schools to discuss safety will be held Thursday night. The district notified parents this week “Creating a Safer School Environment through Prevention, Intervention, and Response” will be at the John and Dede Howard Auditorium from 6 to 7:30 p.m. On hand will be officials from the St. Joseph Department of Public Safety who will talk about school violence statistics, myths, prevention methods, and best practice models. They’ll also discuss how they want to develop a culture designed to prevent school violence that will include educators, the community, family, and police. The effort is the result of a partnership with St. Joseph Schools and the St. Joseph Department of Public Safety following the tragedy in Florida in February.. ...Read Full Story

Line 5 Remains Under Fire

The Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straights of Mackinac is being inspected by Enbridge. It was shut down on Sunday due to high waves and reopened Monday afternoon. David Holtz is with the Oil and Water Don’t Mix Campaign. He spoke with Michigan News Network.. ...Read Full Story