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Great Lakes Water Levels Expected To Remain High Through The Fall

Water levels on the Great Lakes are expected to be both higher than average and higher than last year throughout the summer and into the fall. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells us lots of rain in April and May pushed the Great Lakes levels higher than forecast. Now, the predicted summer water levels on Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair, and Erie will be at their highest levels since around 1996. Also, Lake Ontario set a new water level record in May. Higher water levels are better for shipping on the Great Lakes. The Army Corps of Engineers issues its Great Lakes water level forecast every month.. ...Read Full Story

State Budget Could Be Approved Next Week

The state budget is now back on track. That’s according to state Representative Kim LaSata, who tells WSJM News Governor Rick Snyder has reached a compromise with GOP lawmakers on the teacher pension system. The governor was reluctant to move new teachers into a 401(k) style plan. LaSata tells us something still has to be done about teacher pensions.. ...Read Full Story

Police Identify Man Killed In Benton Harbor Shooting

Police have released the name of a man killed in a weekend Benton Harbor shooting. The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety tells WSJM News 21-year-old Kyre Perre Hull, of Benton Harbor, was shot and killed Saturday afternoon outside the River Terrance apartments. An autopsy was done Monday confirming the cause of death. Public safety tells us they’re conducting an intensive investigation. The department asks anyone with information on the crime to contact them.. ...Read Full Story

Indiana Rail Line Rerouting Could Cost Residents Homes

Some Indiana residents may lose their homes to make way for the realignment of the South Shore rail line. The proposed route near the South Bend International Airport is projected to cost up to $25 million. The line would cut 10 minutes off the trip to the airport by taking a more direct route through an area that contains hundreds of homes. The realignment is part of a larger $290 million project to double track 16 miles between Michigan City and Gary. It has an expected completion date of 2020, pending federal funding approval. The airport and railroad had planned a similar project in 2005. The airport bought several area properties before shelving the project because of lack of funding.. ...Read Full Story

At Least 4 Dead In Michigan Lakes Over Weekend

At least four people have died in Michigan lakes over the weekend. Police say a 27-year-old Lansing man was found floating face-down Saturday night in Lake Michigan at Holland State Park. Yellow flags were flying at the time, a warning to swimmers that the water could be risky. Across the state in Wayne County, a 61-year-old man drowned in Belleville Lake. A 23-year-old woman disappeared while swimming at Clear Lake in St. Joseph County. In northern Michigan, authorities are looking for the body of a man in Lake Margrethe in Crawford County.. ...Read Full Story

Gas Prices Fall; SWMI Has State’s Lowest Prices

Early summer gas prices are on the downswing statewide, and we’re starting this week with the state’s lowest prices in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. The latest survey from Triple-A Michigan puts the local prices at $2.31, down 16¢ in the past week. The statewide average dropped about a dime and now stands at $2.40 a gallon. GasBuddy spotters put South Haven’s average the same as Benton Harbor at $2.31, while Dowagiac has the state’s lowest prices with several stations selling gas for as low at $2.06 a gallon.. ...Read Full Story

Two Hurt In Van Buren County Rollover

Two Van Buren County men are hospitalized in Kalamazoo after being badly hurt in a rollover crash in Antwerp Township Sunday afternoon. The sheriff’s department tells us the driver was thrown from the SUV, and his passenger had to be cut out using the Jaws of Life. Investigators don’t know yet why the 29-year-old driver from the Paw Paw area went off the road, which caused him to over correct and lose control. The vehicle hit a tree and a telephone pole before rolling over several times and stopping just feet from hitting a house. Tests will be done to see if the driver was high or drunk, and police say it does not appear he was wearing a seat belt. The passenger is a 50-year-old Lawton area man, and both were taken by ambulance to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo with serious injuries.. ...Read Full Story