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Kalamazoo Residents Split Over Controversial Fountain

From the Associated Press — Officials in southwest Michigan are considering how to handle a controversial fountain that some say celebrates white supremacy. The Fountain of the Pioneers in Kalamazoo features a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American. Some residents say the piece is racist, while others argue that it’s a work of art that can teach people about history.
Kalamazoo City Commission saw a presentation from city staff Monday about the Bronson Park fountain’s history. The commission didn’t have a vote scheduled on the issue and will revisit the topic in 90 days. A $2.8 million plan to restore the weathered statute and improve Bronson Park was approved in 2016. Fundraising efforts for the project have stalled because of the fountain debate.. ...Read Full Story

Report: Congressman Conyers Settled Complaint Over Sexual Conduct

A news website Is reporting that Michigan Congressman John Conyers settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances. BuzzFeed reports that the office of the Detroit Democrat paid the woman over $27,000 to settle the complaint under a confidentiality agreement. BuzzFeed also published affidavits from former staff members who said they had witnessed Conyers touching female staffers inappropriately or requesting sexual favors.. ...Read Full Story

2018 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Logo Unveiled

The logo for the 2018 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship is now at center ice of the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena in St. Joseph. The arena opens this weekend for the season, and city leaders and tournament officials gathered for the unveiling yesterday. KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship general chairman Sam Abdelnour spoke to our partners at WNDU NewsCenter 16.. ...Read Full Story

Consumers Energy Offers Thanksgiving Energy Tips

With Thanksgiving coming up this Thursday, utilities are giving customers some estimates regarding how much it will cost to prepare that big meal. Consumers Energy tells our newsroom it actually costs less than $2 in energy to prepare the Thanksgiving feast. That includes natural gas or electricity for roasting the stuffed 18-pound turkey at the center of the table and for cooking enough side dishes and dessert to serve 12 guests. The company adds you can increase your energy value even more by using a roasting bag to cut in half the time it takes to cook a turkey, combining several dishes when baking, and keeping the oven door closed. The utility has more energy saving tips at ConsumersEnergy.com/MyHome.. ...Read Full Story

Doctors Recommend Annual Wellness Exams

Doctors are urging everyone to make sure they get an annual wellness exam. Dr. Robert Jackson, chairman of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, tells us he’s seen many positive changes since Medicare began covering the exams in 2011. He says it’s important to remember that regardless of age, medicine has limited benefits. What he says really helps is getting patients to make long-term lifestyle changes.. ...Read Full Story

Wightman And Associates Named Wonderful Place To Work

Wightman and Associates has been picked by 269 Magazine as one of Southwest Michigan’s Wonderful Workplaces. The civil engineering firm tells us the award celebrates the efforts made by local businesses to be great places to work. Winners are recognized in the November-December issue of 269 Magazine. The publication’s Ron Kitchens tells us having a “highly engaged and productive workforce is about understanding that people who work in an amazing environment are going to do incredible things.” Wightman and Associates tells us, “Winning companies empower their workers while emphasizing overall wellness.” Other companies in the Wonderful Workplaces list are Consumers Credit Union and CSM Group.. ...Read Full Story

Komen Working On New Breast Cancer Treatment Program

A new pilot program will be launched next year to help keep women in the loop regarding the breast cancer services available in Michigan. Komen Michigan’s Erica Bills tells WSJM News the organization has been selected to work with several agencies of the Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control and Navigation Program on a Breast Cancer Toolkit. She says there are many programs in place to prevent and treat breast cancer, and the more people know, the better.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor Preparing For Local Income Tax

Benton Harbor City Manager Darwin Watson has a lot of work to do in the next couple of months. He tells WSJM News he’s meeting next week with representatives of cities that have local income taxes now that Benton Harbor voters have approved one. He’s also working with city commissioners as they draft an ordinance to govern how the tax will work. . ...Read Full Story

Part Of Territorial Road To Be Shut Down

Territorial Road between North Branch Road and Millburg Drive will be closed starting next Monday while the Berrien County Road Department works to strengthen a recently-rebuilt culvert. It’s been put in danger by heavy rains throughout November. Berrien County Road Department Traffic Safety Supervisor Mike Juengling tells WSJM News crews just finished work on the collapsed Blue Creek culvert.. ...Read Full Story