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Plan Unveiled To Prevent Abuse Of Young Athletes

A plan to prevent the sexual abuse of young athletes has been introduced in Lansing. On hand for a press conference Monday for the package’s unveiling were victims of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar. State Representative Beth Griffin has a bill in the plan that would add coaches, assistant coaches, and athletic trainers to the list of authority figures required to report evidence of abuse. Griffin, a former teacher, told us more adults should have to look out for young athletes.. ...Read Full Story

County Offering Flood Damage Reporting Service

If your home has been damaged by flooding, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department wants you to know the right way to report that damage. It’s set up a webpage where damage reporting can be done, and there is also a phone line open for that purpose. You can find the webpage right here, and the phone number to call is 1-800-815-5485. The dedicated phone lines for flood damage reporting will be staffed through this Friday. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. . ...Read Full Story

Kalamazoo Authorities ID Flood Victim

The Kalamazoo Public Safety Department has released the name of the man whose body was found by a kayaker in the floodwater near a business along Riverview Drive on Sunday. Captain Shannon Bagley says 48-year old James Jackson’s family has been notified of his passing. The investigation continues. They say that his car was found submerged not far from where his body was found in the deep water under the rail viaduct and the intersection of East Michigan and Riverview. An autopsy was conducted. They are now waiting for toxicology tests which could take a month or more.. ...Read Full Story

Education Department Investigating Nassar Case

From the Associated Press — The federal Education Department has opened an investigation into how Michigan State University handled allegations of sexual assault against Dr. Larry Nassar. Nassar was a campus sports doctor who has been sentenced to decades in prison
for sexually assaulting gymnasts and other women and girls and for child pornography crimes. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says investigators will look at “systemic issues” with regard how to the school deals with such complaints. She says Nassar’s actions “are unimaginable.” She adds, “The bravery shown by the survivors has been remarkable.” DeVos says the university’s acting president, John Engler, has ordered the school to cooperate fully with the investigation. The Michigan Attorney General’s office also is investigating Michigan State’s handling of Nassar.. ...Read Full Story

State Offers Wetland Lessons To Middle SChoolers

From the Associated Press — Teachers looking for a way to work Michigan’s animals and plants into their lessons have a new option to choose from. The state Department of Natural Resources has developed a curriculum called Michigan’s Wondrous Wetlands and Waterfowl. It’s intended for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades and will provide information about the importance of local wetland ecosystems. The six lessons focus on waterfowl species, their biology and life cycles, plus wetland management and history. The program also recommends a field trip to a local wetland. Educators are asked to register for the classroom program by March 30. Materials will be provided via email to eligible educators.. ...Read Full Story

Red Cross Shelters Remain open

The American Red Cross of Southwest Michigan is providing shelters for residents whose homes are flooded in Berrien County. American Red Cross of Southwest Michigan Director Breeze Ettle tells WSJM News they’re teaming up with the Berrien Community Foundation and the United Way of Southwest Michigan to raise money to help local residents.. ...Read Full Story