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Covert Man Awaiting Arraignment After Chase On Stolen Motorcycle

A list of charges is pending against a Covert man who was arrested Wednesday night after leading a Van Buren County deputy on a high-speed chase in Geneva Township on what turned out to be a stolen motorcycle. The deputy stopped giving chase due to the speed and the reckless behavior of the 29-year-old suspect, and the man drove the motorcycle into a field at 56th Street and 18th Avenue right after. The deputy chased him on foot and made the arrest, with the suspect admitting he was high on meth and ecstasy. The bike had been reported stolen in Allegan County last year. Along with resisting and obstructing, the man is expected to be charged with fleeing and eluding police, possession of a stolen motorcycle, and operating under the influence of drugs. He also had a traffic warrant out of Kalamazoo County.. ...Read Full Story

First West Nile Virus Activity Confirmed For Year In Michigan

Michigan’s first West Nile virus activity of the year is in three counties. Mosquitoes in Saginaw and Oakland counties have been confirmed to be carrying the virus, along with one Canada goose in Kalamazoo County. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says there are no human cases as yet. Symptoms of West Nile virus include confusion, a high fever, muscle weakness, and a severe headache, with neurological illnesses like meningitis and encephalitis being more serious possible complications. The state had 104 serious illnesses and nine deaths from West Nile virus. Health officials say the best way to prevent infection is to take precautions like using insect repellent with DEET, wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long pants when possible outdoors, and getting rid of standing water around your home to prevent mosquitoes from having a breeding area.. ...Read Full Story

Family Video Closing In St. Joseph

The end is near for what’s become a relic of the past in St. Joseph. The Family Video store is no longer renting movies and games, as it’s preparing to shut down. Everything is being sold as people started streaming movies online and video game discs started becoming more rare in favor of downloadable content. The owners of Family Video tell Moody On The Market they’re planning to sell the building, and had been making money on real estate much more so than renting and selling movies and games. The last day for the business will be on or before July 6, depending on how long it takes to sell off the inventory.. ...Read Full Story

Palisades Site Vice President Retiring

The site vice president at the Palisades nuclear power plant in Van Buren County is retiring. Charlie Arnone [[ are-none ]] has worked in the nuclear industry for nearly 43 years. Prior to becoming site vice president at Palisades, he served the Entergy nuclear fleet as general manager of operations support. He’s also been the director of nuclear safety assurance at Palisades. Now that Arnone stepping down, Darrell Corbin, currently the general manager of plant operations at Palisades, will take on the position of site vice president, effective August 5.. ...Read Full Story

OutCenter Discussion On Healthcare Tomorrow

The next installment of the OutCenter’s Southwest Michigan VOICES speaker series will be this Thursday at Lake Michigan College. The OutCenter’s Paula Camp tells WSJM News representatives of Spectrum Health will make a presentation about the importance and challenges of accessible local healthcare for the LGBTQ community. Camp says, for example, there can be complications when transgender people seek medical treatment.. ...Read Full Story

Legislation Would Prohibit Sanctuary Cities In Michigan

Legislation that would prohibit Michigan municipalities and counties from enacting sanctuary city policies has been introduced in the state Senate. Sponsor Aric Nesbitt of Lawton tells WSJM News the plan would ban local governments from having policies that prohibit their police, local officials, or employees from communicating with federal officials concerning an individual’s immigration status.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Pushing For Pipeline Safety Legislation

Pipeline safety legislation is among the things Congressman Fred Upton is working on right now in Washington. The House Subcommittee on Energy discussed the topic on Wednesday. Upton wants to renew legislation set to expire in September, and tells us right now, all the subcommittee has is a draft bill. He tells WSJM News there are a few things he thinks should be put into the legislation.. ...Read Full Story

Report Ranks Michigan 32nd For Well-Being Of Children

Despite progress in child outcomes since 1990, a new report reveals serious racial and ethnic disparities persist in Michigan and other states. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2019 Kids Count Data Book ranks the state 32nd overall in its measure of how kids are faring. Kids Count Project Director at the Michigan League for Public Policy Alicia Guevara Warren says Michigan’s child poverty rate is 11% worse now than when the report was first published three decades ago.. ...Read Full Story