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BH Principal Placed On Leave

Another official with Benton Harbor Area Schools is on non-disciplinary paid administrative leave pending an unspecified investigation. This time, it’s STEAM Academy at MLK Principal John David VanDyke. In a brief statement issued Thursday, the school district said VanDyke’s on-leave status is indefinite.The district tells us Jordan Wright will assume the duties of principal while VanDyke is out. All of this while Superintendent Shelly Walker remains on non-disciplinary paid administrative leave pending the results of another  investigation. Any parents with questions can call the central administration office. School officials are offering no further details.. ...Read Full Story

Upton: DACA Now Up To House

Congressman Fred Upton is still holding out hope for a replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after the Senate failed last week to put together an immigration bill. The DACA program enables young people brought into the country illegally as children to stay in the U.S. Upton tells WSJM News he’s been in regular contact with DACA kids in southwest Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

More Berrien County Evacuations Ordered

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department continues to help local first responders deal with flooding. Undersheriff Chuck Heit tells WSJM News the department was helping to evacuate some Royalton Township residents on Thursday in the area of of Linden and Derfla Drives. The area had water surrounding it, leading to the rescue of about 25 residents.. ...Read Full Story

Democrat Talks Candidacy For 79th District

The current political climate has inspired a local Democrat to run for Michigan House in the 79th District. Joey Andrews operates a solar energy company and works for a family business in the St. Joseph area. He tells WSJM News he thinks promoting renewable energy should be a major priority in Lansing.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Responders Rescue Two Girls

Two girls are back with their families following a rescue by South Haven Area Emergency Services this week. The department tells us firefighters on Tuesday afternoon rescued the girls who were stuck in a ravine area behind Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park in Geneva Township. The 12-year-old girls had gone back there looking for something, and before they knew it, they were surrounded by moving water. South Haven Area Emergency Services was called out by the park superintendent when he found the girls. A crew of 15 responders showed up and was able to get the girls back to dry ground. The water was about two feet deep in the area, and the agency tells us it would have been dangerous for the girls to wade in. They were reunited with their parents and checked out at a local hospital.. ...Read Full Story

No Injuries In Van Buren County Bus Fire

23 passengers aboard an Indian Trails bus that caught fire on I-94 in Van Buren County Thursday are unhurt. Michigan State Police tell us the bus was in the eastbound lanes of the highway near Hartford when it caught fire around 9:30 a.m. The driver heard a loud bang and then saw smoke toward the rear of the bus. It may have been a tire blowout. The driver managed to evacuate all of the passengers before the fire spread. Michigan State Police troopers tell us the bus was a “huge ball of flame” by the time they rolled up a few minutes later. The Hartford Fire Department put out the blaze, and then a Hartford school bus came to the scene and picked up the passengers after a state police headcount. The passengers were later loaded on to a Greyhound bus that happened to be not far away. The original bus had been on its way from Chicago to Kalamazoo. State police tell us the incident could have been a lot worse.. ...Read Full Story

U Of M Changes Time Policy

From the Associated Press — The University of Michigan is changing a policy that allows for classes to begin 10 minutes after their scheduled start. The university announced that the “Michigan Time” policy will be phased out on May 1. The policy was put in place in the 1930s to allow for transfer time between classes on the more than 3,200-acre (campus. Transfer time will now be shifted to the end of class periods, so classes that end on the hour will wrap up 10 minutes earlier. UM Provost Martin Philbert says officials decided to move away from Michigan Time in order to be more consistent across the system’s schools and colleges. The university says the switch will allow the campus to be more in sync with off-campus activities.. ...Read Full Story

Van Buren Corrections Officer Finishes Extra Training

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department is congratulating one of its corrections officers for having completed a local corrections officer training academy held at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The sheriff’s department tells us Rebecca Laws took part in the four week program. It covers subjects that include custody and security, defensive tactics, first aid, suicide awareness, fire safety, and communications. Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Abbott says the academy plays an important part in keeping the county jail safe for both inmates and corrections officers.. ...Read Full Story