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Plan Calls For 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

City Considers Public Safety 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 this past week’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

Dog Park Planned In Baroda

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

Plan To Boost School Safety

Governor Rick Snyder is proposing a school safety plan that calls for upgrading security at up to 400 schools and tripling the budget of the OK2Say tip line. The proposal made Monday includes $20 million to update school buildings with locks and other security features, says spokesperson Ari Adler. He spoke with WSJM News about the proposal.. ...Read Full Story

State Police Highlight Safe Delivery Law

Michigan State Police are reminding everyone about the state’s Safe Delivery of Newborns Law. Approved in 2001, the law allows for the parents of an infant to surrender it to an emergency service provider within 72 hours of its birth without facing a penalty. The baby has to be dropped off with a uniformed or otherwise identified employee or contractor of a fire department, hospital, or police station that is inside the building and on duty. Also, a newborn can be surrendered to an EMT responding to a 911 call. Since the law was approved, it has resulted in the safe delivery of 155 newborns. Lawmakers approved it in order to prevent the abandonment of unwanted babies. You can find out more about the Safe Delivery of Newborns Law at Michigan.gov/SafeDelivery.. ...Read Full Story

Survey Considers Support For Teen Mothers

Most adults with children feel that state support for pregnant teens is a good investment in the baby’s health. That’s according to a new national study by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. Study co-director Sarah Clark spoke with Michigan News Network about her findings.. ...Read Full Story

Amtrak Train Planned For PGA Event

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

Beach Preparations Underway

Despite the recent weather, summer is actually coming to southwest Michigan at some point and that means getting South Haven’s beaches ready for visitors. City Manager Brian Dissette tells WSJM News work on the City’s North Beach has begun.. ...Read Full Story

Plan To Prevent Sex Assault By Doctors

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

I&M Saluted For Green Energy Efforts

Indiana Michigan Power has been saluted for its green energy policies. The company has been named a 2018 Environmental Champion from a Cogent Reports study by Market Strategies International. I&M spokesperson Tracy Warner tells WSJM News the honor is for the company’s renewable energy portfolio. He says I&M gets two thirds of its electricity generation from emission-free sources, with the Cook nuclear power plant in Bridgman being a big part of that. I&M also has solar, hydroelectric, and wind programs.. ...Read Full Story