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New Michigan State Police Troopers Coming To SWM

There are some new Michigan State Police troopers coming to southwest Michigan. State Police graduated their 133rd Trooper Recruit School this week, announcing the locations to which all 127 graduates will be sent. Paw Paw-based Michigan State Police Lieutenant Dale Hinz tells WSJM News the Niles post is getting five new troopers, and the Paw Paw post is getting 8 more. He says adding eight new members to the staff will require some adjustments.. ...Read Full Story

Huge Piece Of Palisades Equipment Passes Through SWM

If you happened to notice a convoy of police, electric crews, and a huge flatbed truck moving through your town this week, it was likely some equipment headed to the Palisades nuclear power plant in Covert Township. The plant recently ordered a spare transformer. It’s 500 tons and it arrived from Spain at the Lafarge Dock in St. Joe on Tuesday. The equipment left St Joe late Wednesday night, and it continued its journey Thursday night after being parked at Roadside Park in Hager Township for about a day. The equipment can only be moved at about 5 miles per hour. Palisades tells us acquiring the transformer is another example of its continued investment into the plant despite plans to close it in 2022.. ...Read Full Story

Scream Park Announces Yearly Charitable Donations

The Niles Scream Park has ended another season by giving out more than $110,000 to non-profits all over the region. The attraction itself is a non-profit, and the more then 400 volunteers who worked there this Halloween season have made their picks for which charities it will support. Park Secretary Kellie Welch spoke with WSJM News.. ...Read Full Story

Police Identify Watervliet Woman Killed In Friday Crash

A Watervliet woman is dead following a crash with a semi in Hartford Township Friday morning. Michigan State Police tells us it happened around 7:30 a.m. on County Road 687 at 66th Avenue. 68-year-old Deborah Baier of Watervliet was eastbound on 66th Avenue when she ran the stop sign at County Road 687, hitting a semi that was southbound on that road. Baier was pronounced dead at the scene. Her two minor children, who were passengers in the van, were transported to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo where they were treated for minor injuries. The driver of the semi was not hurt. The crash remains under investigation.. ...Read Full Story

Light Up The Bluff Tonight In Downtown st. Joseph

Tonight is the night. They’ll light up the bluff starting at 6 p.m. You’ll hear the St. Joseph High School Choir -sing for about a half hour, and then the city says one million lights will be flicked on for the winter. The downtown event has been a tradition for 11 years now. After the lighting of the bluff, St. Joe Today’s Amy Zapal tells us they’ll have live mannequins downtown.. ...Read Full Story

General Motors Planning To Launch self-Driving Cars In 2019

From the Associated Press — General Motors expects to have autonomous vehicles working commercially in big cities sometime in 2019.
The company made the prediction Thursday in slides posted on its website ahead of an investor presentation. The company says that based on its current rate of change, it expects “commercial launch at scale” in heavily traveled urban environments in 2019. The slides mention delivery and carrying passengers. GM’s Cruise Automation unit is currently testing autonomous Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles with human backup drivers in San Francisco, Detroit and Phoenix with plans to test in Manhattan next year. Presumably the backup driver would be removed at the time of the commercial launch.The slides say that GM is focused on deploying self-driving vehicles safely but say the company is in the lead vs rival companies.. ...Read Full Story

One Killed In Hartford Crash

A crash between a passenger vehicle and a semi has killed one adult and injured two kids in Van Buren County. It happened around 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of County Road 678 and 66th Avenue in Hartford. The driver of the passenger vehicle was killed, but authorities haven’t released information yet about that person’s identity. The injuries suffered by the kids have also not been revealed. What caused the crash is still under investigation.. ...Read Full Story

New OutCenter Programs Focus On Moms

A new focus at the OutCenter in Benton Harbor — moms. OutCenter Director Mary Jo Schnell tells WSJM News the last presidential election brought a lot of mothers through the OutCenter’s doors, concerned about trends they were seeing with how people are treating each other. They worry about their LGBTQ kids. Now, they’ve set up two initiatives. First, there’s Moms are IN at the OutCenter.. ...Read Full Story