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State Rep Highlights Education Funding Increases

As a new academic year draws closer, state Representative Beth Griffin of Mattawan is applauding the increased funding schools are receiving. She tells us the state legislature last year approved a per pupil funding increase of $60 for K through 12 schools. Some smaller, rural districts are getting $120 more per student. Griffin says the budget also includes another $25 per student for high school students on top of the base allocation. She lauded the focus on career and technical education the funding has. Griffin’s office tells us state funding for K-12 education is now at a record amount.. ...Read Full Story

Upton: Congress Has To Get To Work On Tax Reform

Congress gets back to work next week, and Fred Upton is ready to get a few things done. The Republican congressman from Michigan’s Sixth District told Michigan’s Big Show this week Congress has to get to work on tax reform. He tells us he doubts anything will come out of President Trump’s threats to shut down the government without a border wall.. ...Read Full Story

Two More Charged In Benton Harbor Shooting Death

Two more suspects have been charged in the shooting death of a Benton Harbor man this month. The Berrien County Prosecutor’s office tells WSJM News 21-year-old Shuantae Hill and 23-year-old Denzeil Dade are now charged with felony murder, armed robbery, and felony firearm in the death of 32-year-old Nathaniel Lee. Felony murder comes with a penalty of life in prison. Bond for both Hill and Dade has been set at $1 million, and they’re due back in court September 1. A total of four suspects are charged in Nathaniel Lee’s Death. He was shot and killed outside of the River Terrace apartments in Benton Harbor on August 15. The prosecutor says police believe it happened during a robbery. The other two suspects, Antonio Hall and Davion Turner, have also been arraigned.. ...Read Full Story

State Announces New Deer Hunting Rules

From the Associated Press — If you’re a hunter who shoots deer or related animals in other states, be advised that there are new rules about bringing their parts into Michigan. The tougher regulations are intended to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease among Michigan’s deer, elk and moose. The illness attacks the central nervous system of animals in the deer family and can eventually kill them.
Nine free-ranging deer in Michigan have tested positive since April 2015. Under the new rules, hunters who kill a deer in any other state or Canadian province can bring only certain parts into Michigan. Among them are hides, deboned meat, quarters, finished taxidermy products, cleaned teeth and antlers. The Department of Natural Resources says violators can be fined and have the animal confiscated.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph Twp Police: Lock Your Doors!

A warning is going out in St. Joseph Township to keep your doors locked on your homes and your vehicles. The township police department on Facebook says they’ve had several home invasions and window peepings in the Arlington, Arbor, Clemens, and Marvin areas of the township. No description of the suspect has been released. Police say the suspect is getting in to homes through unlocked doors after midnight while people are sleeping. No other details are being released.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Issuing Driver’s License To Comply With Federal Law

Michigan is set to start issuing driver’s licenses today that residents eventually need to board domestic flights if they don’t have passports or other accepted documents. New ID standards were created after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Starting in October 2020, compliant driver’s licenses or state IDs will be needed to fly or to visit federal buildings, nuclear plants and military bases unless other acceptable documents are provided. If you already have an enhanced driver’s license or ID card, you won’t need to make any changes, as that card is already REAL-ID compliant.. ...Read Full Story

Gas Prices Up, Will Go Higher Due To Hurricane Harvey

Get ready for some pain at the gas pump, courtesy of Hurricane Harvey. Prices around the state went up a modest 6¢ a gallon over the past week according to Triple-A Michigan, but more increases are on the way. We’re starting the week with an average in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph of $2.44, which is currently the lowest average in the state, while Traverse City drivers are paying the most at $2.53. The statewide average is currently $2.47. On Twitter, GasBuddy.com analyst Patrick DeHaan is predicting prices in the Midwest will go up by a dime to a quarter per gallon in the next two weeks. Just when the increase will start and how steep it will be remains to be seen.. ...Read Full Story

Retired MSP Trooper Honored In Benton Harbor

Benton Harbor City Commissioners have honored a local Michigan State Police trooper with a key to the city. Trooper Maurice Burton retired this year after serving the state police since 1986. He’d been the city’s community service trooper since the Granholm administration and told WSJM News he’s seen the community’s police presence change a lot since then.. ...Read Full Story