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Upton Comments On White Supremacist Groups

Following controversy over President Trump’s comments this week about a white supremacist rally in Virginia, Congressman Fred Upton has issued a statement that does not mention Trump, but appears to rebuke him. On Facebook Tuesday night, Upton wrote, “There are no ‘very fine’ white supremacists. I join with many others in denouncing this sort of unacceptable racism and bigotry and condemning white supremacy, neo-Nazi, and KKK groups…” Upton then goes on to say his father fought Nazis in the Battle of the Bulge, and “that kind of evil and hatred must be stamped out.” President Trump has been under fire from many since statements on Tuesday in which he defended some of the rally’s attendees, and also placed blame for Saturday’s violence on “both sides.”. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Lowers Requirements For English Proficiency Test

From the Associated Press — The Michigan Department of Education has announced it will reduce the overall score students need to receive on an English-proficiency test after an earlier change made it more difficult for students to transition out of English learner status. MLive reports that educators and school districts in the state had expressed concern over the WIDA ACCESS test’s rigorous scoring system after less than 1
percent of Michigan students reached the minimum score during the 2016-17 school year. Data from the department says typically between 13 and 15 percent of the state’s more than 97,000 English language learners receive an overall score high enough to transition. In addition to a minimum score on the test, students must demonstrate proficiency on state reading assessments in order to transition.. ...Read Full Story

32-Year-Old Killed In Benton Harbor Shooting

A murder investigation is underway in Benton Harbor. The city’s public safety department tells WSJM News a 32-year-old Benton Harbor man was shot to death overnight, dying of his gunshot wounds at Lakeland Hospital. Officers were called to the River Terrace apartment complex around 11:45 for a shooting. Several people have been questioned, but no arrests have been made as yet. The name of the victim is being withheld until Benton Harbor Public Safety is able to get in touch with his family. The circumstances surrounding the shooting also aren’t being made public.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien Youth Fair Continues All Week

The Berrien County Youth Fair continues through the rest of the week in Berrien Springs. Fair Director Karen Klug tells WSJM News they had more than 18,000 come out for the first official day on Monday. Tuesday was Kids Day featuring a circus, and Wednesday will feature the country music sensations the Brothers Osborne. Looking ahead to Thursday…. ...Read Full Story

More Than $45,000 Raised By Alzheimer’s Walk

More than $45,000 has been raised to fight Alzheimer’s thanks to a walk held in St. Joseph over the weekend. More than 400 people showed up to Riverview Park on Saturday for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Kristin Burt, Walk Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, tells us the event was “incredible,” adding she was inspired to see so many people come together for the cause. In Michigan alone, more than 180,000 people live with the disease. You can find out more, and make a donation, at Alz.org/Walk.. ...Read Full Story

Appeal In St. Joseph Rundown House Case Continues

St. Joseph City Commissioners have gotten an update on a rundown house along Niles Avenue that was ordered demolished several months ago. On Monday, the city attorney told commissioners both sides have now filed their briefs in an appeal of the demolition order. This concerns a home at 1015 Niles, right by Hoyt Street. The house started generating complaints due to a large tarp that’s been draped over the roof for more than a year. City inspectors later determined the home is so dilapidated it needs to come down. The property owner appealed with the Berrien Circuit Court. He now has two weeks to respond to the city’s latest brief. It will likely be a few months before the court responds. Both sides have asked for a hearing in the case.. ...Read Full Story

Grand Rapids Police Investigating Swastika Flag Hung From Overpass

From the Associated Press — The Grand Rapids Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a man who hung an American flag with a swastika painted on it from an overpass over Interstate 196. Police say officers were called to the overpass before 7 a.m. Monday on a
report of a man who was seen hanging the flag from the overpass. Officers removed the flag about 10 minutes later just after arriving on the
scene. Police say the suspect is described as a male in his 20s with black hair and wearing a leather jacket. He was seen walking in the grass down toward the highway.. ...Read Full Story

Whirlpool Pursuing Different Tax Designation For Tech Center Upgrades

Whirlpool is slightly changing one aspect of its St. Joseph Tech Center renovation plans. On Monday, city commissioners heard from Cornerstone Alliance’s Rob Cleveland that the appliance maker is now asking that its tech center property be designated as an industrial development district, as opposed to the previous commercial rehabilitation district. Cleveland told WSJM News it’s related to taxes, but otherwise, the plans for $35 million in work at the tech center don’t change.. ...Read Full Story