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MDOT And Private Foundation Team Up For Expansion Of Cable Guardrails

A new public-private partnership is resulting in the addition of new cable guardrails to a stretch on I-96 in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Transportation’s Jeff Cranson tells WSJM News the Mitchel Kiefer Foundation was founded by a General Motors executive who lost his son in a car crash on the highway. It’s working with MDOT to pay for about 1.7 miles of cable rail in Ingham County.. ...Read Full Story

Premiums In Michigan’s Individual Market May Rise 28%

From the Associated Press — People buying their own health insurance on Michigan’s individual market could see the sticker price of premiums rise by nearly 28% on average next year if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to cut billions of dollars in payments to insurers. Companies’ sky-high rate requests – which assume the cost-sharing reductions will occur – were made public by the state Friday. Department of Insurance and Financial Services Director Patrick McPharlin says he’s hopeful insurers will be allowed to change to a lower set of rates if the state receives a commitment that the cost-sharing payments will be made. The average 28% premium increase across ten insurers doesn’t factor in federal tax credits that about 80% of customers receive to offset the cost.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph Leaders Remain Vocal On Short Term Rental Legislation

St. Joseph City Commissioners continue to keep their eye on legislation introduced in the Michigan Senate that they say would remove local authority to regulate short-term rental properties. Back in May, the commission expressed its opposition to the idea, and Mayor Mike Garey said at a meeting this week the body needs to remain vocal. He said the plan is intended to back the real estate lobby, and would prevent local authorities from making their own rules.. ...Read Full Story

September Is Emergency Preparedness Month

Everyone around Michigan is encouraged to make sure they’re properly prepared to deal with emergency situations as part of the state’s Preparedness Month. Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Chris Kelenske tells WSJM News folks need to think in advance about how they’d get through a disaster. For example, you should have an emergency kit.. ...Read Full Story

Two Drug Busts This Week In Berrien County

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department tells us two people have been arrested in a couple of separate drug busts which took place this past week around the Benton Harbor area. The first bust happened Monday in the 300 block of Walnut Avenue in Benton Township. The Southwest Enforcement Team says it searched a home and seized several grams of crack, a quarter pound of marijuana, a hand gun, and several hundred dollars. One man was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, maintaining a drug house, possession of a firearm by a felon, and felony firearms.
The other drug bust happened on Wednesday in Benton Harbor at a home in the 1,000 block of East Main Street. Police say they seized an ounce of cocaine, a half ounce of crack, a half ounce of heroin, and several hundred dollars. One man was arrested in that bust and charged with six felony offenses. The Southwest Enforcement Team is made up of several law enforcement agencies from all over southwest Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

Extra Patrols Now Out On Michigan Roads

Michigan State Police will have expanded patrols this Labor Day weekend. It’s once again time for Operation CARE, or Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts. In addition to more troopers being out on the roads, more than 150 local enforcement agencies will have extra patrols. Police are also taking a zero tolerance approach to drunk driving with the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Last year, there were ten fatal traffic crashes on Michigan Roads during the Labor Day travel period. State police remind everyone to buckle up, put down their phones when behind the wheel, and to pay attention to what other drivers are doing. The Labor Day travel period runs through 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 4.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien Breweries Raising Money To Fight Hunger

Breweries around Berrien County are planning to help Feeding America West Michigan raise money for hunger relief this month with special events at their locations. It’s an effort called Hops Against Hunger, and each pace has its own spin on the idea. Feeding America West Michigan spokesperson Sean Little told WSJM News about some details.. ...Read Full Story

State Police Preparing For Mackinac Bridge Walk

With the Mackinac Bridge closing for the first time this year for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk, Michigan State Police will be monitoring traffic northbound on I-75 and may create detours. That’s according to Mark Harris, with the Gaylord post. He spoke with Michigan News Network about traffic for this year’s walk.. ...Read Full Story