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More MI Residents Taking Cruises

More Michigan residents are taking to the sea for their vacations. AAA spokesperson Susan Hiltz tells WKZO News a recent survey found there’s a 14% increase in cruise bookings, which she attributes to an improving economy. Michiganders are cruising all around the world.. ...Read Full Story

State Urges Pregnant Women To Be Tested For STDs

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging pregnant women to consider the importance of being tested for sexually transmitted diseases. It says many STD infections in a pregnant woman can also affect their babies, but there are also ways to prevent that from happening if the disease is caught early enough. The state recommends every pregnant woman be tested for HIV, hepatitis B, and syphilis at their first prenatal visit. It also recommends more testing at 26 to 28 weeks. The department of health tells us, in the past five years, Michigan has had three preventable cases of perinatal hepatitis B, three cases of congenital syphilis, and three babies born with an HIV infection. You can find out more at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website.. ...Read Full Story

Post Office Planning Food Drive For Next Month

Post offices around southwest Michigan are joining the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive next month. The drive last year collected about 42,000 pounds of food around Berrien and Cass Counties. Each May, the National Association of Letter Carriers runs the effort, asking folks along their route to leave non-perishable food items by the mailbox. Nationwide, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collected more than 80 million pounds of food last year. You can leave food items out for pick-up at your mailbox on May 13, or drop off items at a post office between May 7 and May 13. The U.S. Postal Service tells WSJM News the donated items all stay local. This is the 25th year for the drive.. ...Read Full Story

Celebration Cinema Renovations On Schedule

Celebration Cinema expects the ongoing renovations at its Benton Harbor location to be finished in June. Spokesperson Steve VanWagoner tells WSJM News they’ve added the new luxury recliners to six of the theater’s 14 auditoriums so far. By the end of next week, they’ll have finished eight. He tells us they want to make the movie going experience special.. ...Read Full Story

Police Investigate Break-In At The DANK

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a break-in at the DANK in Sodus Township. It says the break-in at the facility on Pipestone occurred sometime between 4 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 a.m. Friday. The suspects made off with a large amount of alcohol and electronics. Anyone with information that could lead to the suspects is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-342-STOP.. ...Read Full Story

One Arrested In Child Abuse Case Involving 3-Month-Old

An arrest has been made in a Berrien County child abuse case involving a baby. Michigan State Police tell WSJM News they were called out to investigate a suspected case of abuse on Thursday in Weesaw Township. They arrived to find a 3-month-old had suffered critical injuries to the skull. The baby was first taken to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, and then to Helen Devos Childrens Hospital in Grand Rapids. The infant was listed in stable condition as of Friday morning. A 33-year-old suspect has been charged with child abuse in the case, along with assault and probation violation. State police say the investigation continues, and more information will be released later.. ...Read Full Story

Police Remove More Than 100 Cats From MI Home

From the Associated Press — Authorities say they temporarily evacuated a home in southern Michigan after a woman was found living with more than 100 cats. The animal control divisions of the Calhoun County sheriff’s department and the Battle Creek Police Department went to the home in Athens on Thursday as part of an investigation into suspected animal cruelty. The sheriff’s department says the 113 cats were found “in various conditions of health and sanitation” and they were removed from the home. Investigators say the 64-year-old woman living with them was cooperative. County health officials say the home is habitable, but tests found high levels of ammonia and methane as well as decreased oxygen levels. The home was evacuated for the night so it could be appropriately ventilated. The woman could face charges.. ...Read Full Story