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Royalton Township Flooding Starting To Ease

Relief is being noticed from flooding along the St. Joseph River in Royalton Township. Berrien County Sheriff’s Captain Rockey Adams says the water is starting to recede and there’s been a “significant reduction” of water from yards along the riverfront. Adams adds ice along the river at the M-139 bridge broke free to allow the river to resume a normal flow after slowing the current this week and being a big factor in the flooding. He says once that ice broke free Wednesday night, residents reported an eight-inch drop in the water levels in the street and from drainage ditches. The United Way of Southwest Michigan also helped this week by providing volunteers to fill sandbags for residents along Derfla and Linden drives off Bacon School Road.. ...Read Full Story

MDOT Says Michigan Left Best Option For M-51/US-12 Interchange

The M-51 interchange with US-12 or 3rd Street in Niles will be rebuilt by the Michigan Department of Transportation sometime in the next four years. Exactly what it will look like is still up for debate, but what MDOT wants is not the same as what area residents do. The state is looking at installing the Michigan Left system, which they say is cheaper and will allow for more vehicles. Kyle Rudlaff is an MDOT project manager and told our partners at WNDU NewsCenter 16 “It would take a lot to convince us that we’re going down the wrong road with the leading alternative, but we’re still listening.”. ...Read Full Story

House Votes To Overturn Whitmer’s Order Restructuring DEQ

For the first time since William Milliken was governor in 1977, the state Legislature is poised to overturn an executive order by a governor. The House voted along party lines Wednesday to overrule Governor Whitmer’s attempt to restructure the Department of Environmental Quality, scrapping three commissions in the DEQ set up last year. She contends they’re not needed and have held a total of two meetings so far.. ...Read Full Story

South Shore Offers Discount After Suspended Service

The South Shore Line is offering a 10% discount on monthly passes during the month of March to help make up for four days of suspended service during last week’s bitter cold spell. Officials with the South Bend-to-Chicago commuter rail line says discount pricing will automatically be applied at the time a March pass is purchased. The South Shore Line also is offering free westbound rides on all off-peak and weekend trains from Saturday through February 18.. ...Read Full Story

Report: Former Congressman John Dingell In Hospice Care

Former Congressman John Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress in American history, is receiving hospice care. The 92-year-old Dingell was diagnosed last year with cancer and also suffered a heart attack last fall. His wife, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, successfully ran for her husband’s seat in 2014. She tweeted Wednesday morning that she was with him at their home in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. She said they’ve “entered a new phase” and thanked people for their “friendship and support,” and asked for “prayers and privacy during this difficult time.”. ...Read Full Story

MDOT Director Says State Needs $1.5B More For Roads

The new Michigan Department of Transportation director says at least $1.5 billion more is needed to improve the condition of state highways. That is nearly double what is now being spent and in line with figures from the former Snyder administration. Paul Ajegba disclosed the estimate in his advice-and-consent hearing before a Senate committee this week.. ...Read Full Story

Van Buren County Courts Working To Make Jury Duty Easier

It’s normally not an envelope people enjoy getting: a summons for jury duty. However, officials in Van Buren County are doing what they can to make it a little easier with a new online system. You can watch an orientation video and sign up for reminders via text, email, and calls for when you need to report. According to a study, most “failure to appear” cases are the result of people simply forgetting they had to serve jury duty or losing the mail. The first full day of jury duty brings a $30 payment, and pay is $45 per day for every full day afterward along with mileage. More information is online at the Van Buren County court website at vbco.org and clicking the “Courts” tab.. ...Read Full Story

South Bend Cubs Asking For Fan-Submitted Pics, Videos

Baseball season will be here before you know it, and the South Bend Cubs are putting out a call for fans to submit photos and videos taken at Four Winds Field. Some will be used in promotional materials like print and television ads for the ballclub. Cubs president Joe Hart says others will be used on the scoreboard throughout the upcoming season. Fans can upload the pictures and videos at MySouthBendCubs.com, and they are asking the images and videos include either fan gear or have been taken at the stadium. You can also submit pics and vids through the season using that website or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #mysouthbendcubs. Opening day at Four Winds Field this year will be Thursday, April 4 against the West Michigan Whitecaps.. ...Read Full Story

Flooding Impacting Some St. Joseph Streets Along River

The Berrien County Road Department is asking people to avoid Derfla and Linden drives off of Bacon School Road in St. Joseph due to flooding. They’ve placed signs up warning drivers of the problem with the St. Joseph River coming over the banks. Volunteers with the United Way of Southwest Michigan have also been working to fill sandbags for people who live in the area. The road department is asking people who see flooded streets to call them or Berrien County Dispatch as all the snow from last week continues to melt.. ...Read Full Story