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Michigan State Police Director Faces Investigation After NFL Protest Post

The Michigan State Police says an internal investigation will determine whether the agency’s director will be disciplined for sharing a Facebook meme that called some NFL players “anti-American degenerates.” Spokeswoman Shanon Banner said in an email Friday that Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue will be treated the same as any other state police employee accused of misconduct. Banner says if Etue is found to have violated agency policy, she could receive a written reprimand or a five-day suspension.. ...Read Full Story

Ex Attorney In Race For MI Attorney General

From the Associated Press — Pat Miles, a former U.S. attorney in western Michigan, is running for state attorney general in 2018.
Miles is announcing his candidacy Thursday in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit. He’s the second Democrat to enter the race, joining Detroit-area lawyer Dana Nessel. Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette can’t seek for the office again and is running for governor.The 49-year-old Miles became the first black U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan when President Barack Obama appointed him in 2012. Miles resigned in January when Donald Trump took office. The Harvard Law graduate spent 21 years at Grand Rapids law firms before becoming a federal prosecutor. He ran for Congress in 2010 but lost to Republican Justin Amash. Democrats will choose their attorney general nominees at conventions next summer.. ...Read Full Story

Fernwood Breaks Ground On New Education Center

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve near Buchanan has broken ground on a new education center. Dignitaries gathered Thursday to celebrate the beginning of a $2 million, 5,500 square foot facility set to be the location of classes, workshops, interactive exhibits, research materials, and a gathering space. The project is three years in the making, and it’s been made possible thanks to the Seed the Future capital campaign, which has so far raised $3 million. The rest of the money will be used for improvements to the garden and the welcome center, and also to boost Fernwood’s endowment. The new education center’s two wings — Flora and Fauna — will bring Fernwood’s classroom capacity from 72 to 400. Fernwood will remain open during construction, and the project is expected to be finished next fall.. ...Read Full Story

New Mosaic Cafe Open At Lake Michigan College

Lake Michigan College now has a new location for students and the public to grab a sandwich. The Mosaic on Campus Cafe opened Tuesday. LMC President Trevor Kubatzke tells WSJM News it’s the first time an entity like Mosaic CCDA has opened a location on campus. He’s pleased to see a convergence of the missions of Mosaic and LMC.. ...Read Full Story

Dowagiac Union High School Placed On Lockdown Thursday

Police say a tense situation at Dowagiac Union High School on Thursday has turned out to be nothing. The Dowagaic Police Department tells us the school was placed on lockdown around 11 a.m. when it got a report of a student at the school with a gun. The 15-year-old was found, and police searched him, finding no weapon. A search of other areas, including the student’s vehicle, also found no weapons. No threats involving the supposed gun were ever made, and no one was hurt. The student was turned over to his mother, and his name isn’t being released. Police say they don’t know if any charges will be pursued in the incident. Police also note an ambulance was dispatched to the school around the same time, but it was for an unrelated matter.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County Moves To Dissolve Road Commission

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners has voted to take over the county road commission. The vote Thursday morning was split 6 to 5 with Chair Jon Hinkelman voting no. He tells WSJM News the issue is the time frame for the appointment of a permanent director of the new Berrien County Road Department. Hinkelman felt giving Berrien County Adminsitrator Bill Wolf just three months to find a director was pushing it. Still, he thinks Wolf will make everything work.. ...Read Full Story