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Invasive Shrimp Found In Lake Superior

From the Associated Press — A new invasive species has turned up in Lake Superior, the bloody red shrimp. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says researchers found a single specimen of the tiny shrimp in the Duluth-Superior harbor last summer. There are now documented findings of bloody red shrimp in all of the Great Lakes. They were first found in Lake Ontario and Lake Michigan in 2006. Bloody red shrimp are native to Eastern Europe. Scientists say they may have reached Lake Superior in a ship’s ballast water. Jeremy Bates of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says there’s no indication yet that they’ve become established in Lake Superior. Doug Jensen of the Sea Grant program at the University of Minnesota Duluth says it’s not clear yet how they’ll influence Great Lakes ecosystems.. ...Read Full Story

School Trustees Forming Real Estate Plan

What to do with vacant buildings? That’s a question facing the Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education as it puts together a district real estate plan in order to please the state. At a meeting Tuesday, trustees were told it could cost millions of dollars to reopen the Boynton Montessori and Fairplain West buildings. Trustee Joseph Taylor told WSJM News he wants to move some elementary kids out of MLK and perhaps to Boynton, saying it would be better for them.. ...Read Full Story

School District Announces Robotics Facility

St. Joseph Public Schools has announced plans to build a new robotics facility. To be named the Edward J. Todd Innovation Center, the 7000 square foot building will be adjacent to the Career Technical Center of the high school with access from Lakeview Avenue. The building will be used by the district’s robotics program, which sponsors 12 teams made up of students from grades two through twelve. The lead donor for the facility is Edward J. Todd, a St. Joe High School grad from the class of 1954. The district tells us he’s a strong supporter of improvements for schools. Another backer is the Hanson Family Foundation. St. Joseph Public Schools Board of Education President Amy Porritt-Peirce tells us the new robotics facility will enhance the success and opportunities of the district’s FIRST Robotics program and also strengthen its emphasis on STEAM education. Construction on the robotics facility is scheduled to start this spring and be finished by the end of the year.. ...Read Full Story

Police Issue Flooding Tips

Michigan State Police recommend homeowners take steps to ensure they’re ready if any of the flooding that’s affected roads this week starts to hit homes. MSP Emergency Management Division Inspector Chris Bush tells WSJM News you can take a few precautionary measures.. ...Read Full Story

Celebration Cinema Making Name Change

Celebration Cinema has announced it will begin to do business under the name Studio C. The new entity is intended to serve as an overarching brand for the company’s theatre and consumer show divisions, along with new divisions dedicated to music, dining, and investments. The new Studio C name will be applied to new theater locations, although there are no immediate plans to rename the company’s current theaters, including the location in Benton Harbor. This announcement arrives on the heels of the theatre company revealing plans for a new location in downtown Grand Rapids, slated for completion in 2019. Called Studio Park, the complex will be the company’s first venture as Studio C, with plans for dining, office spaces, a hotel, apartments, a theatre, live events, and parking. Studio C leaders say this new decision to expand their focus reflects a philosophy that “You can’t be focused on just one thing and be creative.”. ...Read Full Story

Road Department Deals With Flooding

The Berrien County Road Department and the Van Buren County Road Commission are both dealing with a large number of roads that have been flooded over this week. Berrien County Road Department Director Jason Lathum tells WSJM News the crews are out and marking problem spots.. ...Read Full Story

School Leaders Work To Evaluate Superintendent

The annual performance evaluation of Benton Harbor Area Schools Superintendent Shelly Walker is now being worked on by the board of education. However, the board is facing one complication. Walker is currently suspended for an unspecified investigation. Trustee Joseph Taylor tells us the board will just have to get materials for its evaluation from the Acting Superintendent Patricia Robinson.. ...Read Full Story

City Of St. Joseph Announces Closings

The city of St. Joseph is advising everyone of some weather-related closings. The Howard Ice Arena is now shut down because of the warm weather. The city will keep us updated regarding its status. Also, the city says it’s closed Kiwanis Park due to flooding, adding it may very well also be closed on Wednesday. Furthermore, the city says the closing of Riverview Park may be forthcoming. It’s being monitored, and with the anticipated forecast of more rain, city staff may be forced to close Riverview at some point in the coming day. Anyone who wants more information can contact city hall or watch the city’s website for updates.. ...Read Full Story

SJ Superintendent: No Immediate Threat To Students

St. Joseph Public Schools Superintendent Ann Cardon tells WSJM News the investigation into a threat against the high school is continuing between the district, St. Joseph Public Safety, and the FBI. Cardon says there have been no arrests, and everyone involved in the incident is cooperating. She and Public Safety Director Brian Uridge are continuing to call the situation a “miscommunication posted briefly on social media.” On Facebook, parents of St. Joseph students have said it was a Snapchat post threatening a shooting at the high school. Cardon and Uridge say there is “no immediate threat to the students or the community.” Extra police were sent to the high school today in response to the online threat.. ...Read Full Story