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One Killed In Cass County Crash

An Elkhart man is dead as the result of a crash in Cass County this morning. The sheriff’s department tells WSJM News 48-year-old Daniel Staley lost control on an icy patch of Mason Street at Union Road in Porter Township just before 5 a.m. and flipped over. He was thrown out of the vehicle, as he had not been wearing a seat belt. Staley was pronounced dead at the scene, and no alcohol or drugs are believed to have been involved.. ...Read Full Story

LaSata Writes Op-Ed Regarding MSU Sex Assaults

State Representative Kim LaSata is calling on Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon to “seriously consider resigning.” Simon has been under fire over MSU’s handling of sexual assault cases on campus. Specifically, the furor is over the Larry Nassar case. Nassar was a gymnastics doctor who has been convicted of molesting girls at his campus office and elsewhere.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Rep Proposes Legislation To Save Endangered Species

Preventing more species from winding up on the endangered list is the goal of a new bipartisan effort in Congress being spearheaded by Michigan Representative Debbie Dingell. The Dearborn Democrat is co-sponsor of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, introduced last week. It would provide $1.3 billion each year to state wildlife and habitat management programs to protect at-risk species. Dingell says more than 12,000 species of fish, wildlife, and plants nationwide could benefit.. ...Read Full Story

BH Commissioners Select Income Tax Oversight Committee

The committee that will oversee the city of Benton Harbor’s new income tax has now been chosen. At a Monday session, the Benton Harbor City Commission approved eight applicants for the body that will make recommendations for the use of the more than $2 million the tax is expected to generate. City Commissioner Juanita Henry voted no on each applicant because the city’s deadline to take applications for the committee was supposed to be December 27.. ...Read Full Story

SJ Commissioners Select Lynn Todman For Vacant Post

The St. Joseph City Commission is whole again. After a public session Monday, the commission voted four to zero to appoint Lynn Todman to a vacant seat on the body. Todman was one of eight applicants for the position left vacant when former City Commissioner Chris Huegel resigned this fall due to moving to the township. St. Joseph City Manager John Hodgson tells WSJM News the eight applicants each answered ten questions from the city commission and the public at Monday evening’s session. The forum started at 5:30 and ended a little after 8:30. Todman works at Lakeland. She’ll serve about two years on the St. Joseph City Commission. The other seven applicants were Nicole Coar, Al DiBrito, Shawn Hill, Gary Irving, Joseph LoPresti, James Rommel, and Kenneth Zimmerman.. ...Read Full Story

Heritage Museum And Cultural Center Damaged By Flooding

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joseph is shut down due to flood damage. The museum tells us major flooding was discovered in the building on December 11. It was caused by an HVAC boiler located above the upper galleries. While the Heritage Museum suffered serious damage to interior walls, floors, and offices, there was no damage to its archival storage spaces. The museum tells us a few artifacts on exhibit were damaged, but they’ll be restored. In addition to the archives and exhibits, the building’s Parlor, kitchen, bathrooms, and most of the Shepard Hall event space were unaffected. For now, the museum tells us all upcoming events and programming have been cancelled or moved to another location. The building will remain closed until further notice. The Heritage Museum
is plannig some fundraisers for the near future to help speed up the restoration.. ...Read Full Story

Utility: Upgrade Your Christmas Lights To Save

If your house is decorated with festive lights for this holiday season, remember you could probably be saving some money on your energy bills by upgrading. Consumers Energy spokesperson Brian Wheeler tells WSJM News those old C bulbs you could still be stringing up around the house cost about $15 a month to run. Go with LEDs instead. ...Read Full Story

Cause Of Van Buren County Fire Under Investigation

The cause of a house fire in Van Buren County’s Geneva Township on Monday remains under investigation. South Haven Area Emergency Services tells us firefighters were called out to County Road 687 near 16th Avenue around 1:45 p.m. The residents at the home escaped without injury. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the rear of the structure with some aid from the Bangor Community Fire Department. South Haven Area Emergency Services tells us this was the first fire for the department’s new Ladder One truck. It was also the department’s fourth response to a working house fire in the past month.. ...Read Full Story