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Police Believe Bridgman Man Shot Wife, Then Self

Police have released an update on two suspicious deaths discovered over the weekend in Bridgman. 63-year-old Donald Ackerman and 67-year-old Pamela Ackerman were found dead on Saturday in their Baldwin Road home, both from gunshot wounds. Autopsies were done on the two this week, and Bridgman police tell us they’ve found Pamela Ackerman was shot in the head twice, while Donald Ackerman was shot in the head once. Investigators believe Donald Ackerman shot his wife before turning the gun on himself. Police say no further information will be released at this time.. ...Read Full Story

Niles Student Hit By Vehicle Outside School

A Niles High School student is being treated for injuries after he was hit by a vehicle near the school on Tuesday. The Niles Police Department tells us it happened around 7:15 a.m. at the intersection of 14th Street and Eagle. The 16-year-old student was crossing Eagle Street headed to school when he was hit by an eastbound vehicle driven by a 46-year-old man. The student was taken to Memorial Hospital, and police say they don’t know his condition. They say neither alcohol nor speed were factors. The incident remains under investigation.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan DNR Adopts 5-Year Plan To Manage State Park System

There is a new five-year strategy for managing Michigan’s parks and recreation system. The Department of Natural Resources says the plan was developed through discussions with other state agencies and groups representing various public interests. The DNR manages 103 state parks and recreation areas that together occupy more than 300,000 acres. The parks and recreation division also oversees the state’s boating program, the state motorized and non-motorized trails system and 138 state forest campgrounds. Division chief Ron Olson says the plan will be a compass that guides the division in acquiring, protecting and preserving natural and cultural resources while providing access for recreation and education. The plan is available online at http://www.michigan.gov/prdstrategicplans. ...Read Full Story

Report: Upton “90% There” On Senate Run

If a report by Lansing-based MIRSNews is accurate, there is something to the rumors about Congressman Fred Upton looking at a run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow. MIRS is citing a source close to Upton as saying he’s “90% there” and is “very seriously looking” at challenging Stabenow. Upton has repeatedly told WSJM News he’s concentrating on the job at hand in the U.S. House. Another Republican source is telling MIRS that Upton’s moderate record won’t work with the more conservative GOP base in the state following the election of Donald Trump as President, even with Trump’s approval rating in the state at a very low level. Former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Young Jr. and John James are the current Republican field for the Senate after Lena Epstein withdrew to run for the U.S. House yesterday.. ...Read Full Story

Pipeline Board: Let Campus Evaluate Line 5

From the Associated Press — An advisory group is recommending that Michigan universities analyze the worst-case scenario of an oil pipeline failure in the Straits of Mackinac. The effort would be led by Michigan Tech University, which would collaborate with experts at other universities. The recommendation was made Monday by the state Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, which includes high-ranking members of Governor Rick Snyder’s administration. A contractor was fired by the state in June because of a conflict of interest with Enbridge Energy, owner of Line 5. Line 5 carries nearly 23 million gallons of light crude oil and liquefied natural gas daily. It runs across Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula before entering the Straits of Mackinac, where it divides into two lines, then continues to refineries in Sarnia, Ontario.. ...Read Full Story

BH City Commissioners Table Paw Paw River Pedestrian Bridge Request

Benton Harbor City Commissioners have tabled a Harbor Shores request for an easement amendment to allow for a new pedestrian bridge to be installed across the Paw Paw River. At a Monday meeting, the commission was told the $1 million bridge from the Harbor Village neighborhood by Harbor Shores to the city of St. Joseph would enable people to walk and ride bikes all throughout the two cities. Commissioner Mary Alice Adams wanted more details.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien RESA Festival Of Families This Weekend

Set for this weekend is the Berrien RESA Festival of Families. RESA spokesperson Karen Heath tells WSJM News the fifth annual event will feature information on all of the services offered to kids around Berrien County. On hand will be groups like the Boys and Girls Club, the Red Cross, and the Berrien County Health department. There’s also some fun.. ...Read Full Story