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Talons Out Honor Flight Expands To Include Vietnam Veterans

Talons Out Honor Flight has announced it’s going to start taking Vietnam veterans to visit their war memorial in Washington, D.C. The organization for years has taken veterans of World War II and the Korean War to the nation’s capital to see their memorials. At a press conference this week, Talons Out announced the expansion to cover Vietnam veterans as well. Talons Out Honor Flightvtells us dwindling numbers of Korea and WWII vets prompted it to make the move, and it expects applications to jump as a result. Talons Out Honor Flight takes veterans on a day trip to Washington, typically leaving out of Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo. It allows each veteran to bring along a companion, and the day includes meals. It’s all possible thanks to donations.The first flight of 2019 will leave Kalamazoo on April 20. Anyione who wants to learn more can go to TalonsOutHonorFlight.org.. ...Read Full Story

Longtime Face Of The Cook Plant Retires

He’s been the face and the voice of the Cook nuclear power plant for 24 years, and now Bill Schalk has retired. As Cook spokesperson, Schalk tells us it was his job to keep the public informed about what’s going on at the facility. He was also active throughout the southwest Michigan community in a variety of other ways before retiring this past Wednesday. Schalk came to Cook in 1986 after doing television work in Fort Wayne and then working for I&M there. He tells WSJM News although the fundamental science behind nuclear power has stayed the same, some of the technology in industry has changed, and the whole energy market has evolved.. ...Read Full Story

Fatal Crash In Cass County

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Friday night in Porter Township. It was reported just before 10:30 at Sunset Boulevard near South Beechwood Street. Sheriff’s deputies tell us 39-year-old Travis Lee Schlabach of Elkhart was southbound on Sunset when he lost control of his vehicle. It left the road and crashed into a tree. Schlabach was killed. Police say it appears speed was a factor in the crash, and Schlabach was not wearing a seat belt. The crash remains under investigation.. ...Read Full Story

BH Residents Can Pick Up Free Water Filters

Water filters are being made available for all residents of Benton Harbor starting this past week. The Berrien County Health Department’s Nicki Britten tells us the filters are certified to reduce the risk of lead exposure in drinking water. That’s after some homes around the city tested for elevated levels of lead late last year. The filters will be provided at several locations throughout the city for free.. ...Read Full Story

State Police Warn About Latest Email Scam

Michigan State Police are advising everyone about an e-mail scam that’s been making the rounds. MSP says it’s been hearing about an increase in e-mails containing malicious links or attachments sent to businesses and individuals. They’ve had subject lines that include words like “invoice” or “receipt,” and the email contains an attachment or link to download a PDF, MS Word, or Excel document containing malware. Recent infections have been a result of the Emotet virus, which has been known to steal contact information from e-mail address books. It also could steal passwords and spread to other computers in a network. Michigan State Police remind everyone to treat e-mails with attachments with extra care. Don’t open an attachment unless you’re certain who it’s from and that it’s safe. Also, don’t follow links that are e-mailed to you. You can find out more about the latest threat right here.. ...Read Full Story

Advocates Slam Proposed Payday Lender Rules

The federal government is proposing to gut rules that protect consumers from short-term payday loan companies. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau already put the Obama-era Payday Lending Rule on hold, but on Wednesday, the agency said it wants to remove the requirement that lenders determine whether borrowers have the ability to pay the loan back. Christine Hines with the National Association of Consumer Advocates tells us she thinks the feds have caved to industry pressure.. ...Read Full Story

Realtors Association Taking Applications For Placemakers Grants

The Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors is notifying organizations throughout the region that it’s offering grants to community and neighborhood projects. The Placemaking Challenge Grants are intended for smaller projects intended to improve a community in an innovative way. The grants can range from $500 to $3,500, and there will be two available this year. The Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors notes past Placemaking Challenge Grants have helped to pay for a dog park in Baroda, a park and playground area next to Milton Township Hall, and Victorian style exterior post clock in Downtown Watervliet. The deadline to apply for a Placemaking Challenge Grant is March 15. You can find the application for the Placemakers Grants right here.. ...Read Full Story

Two Arrested In BH Drug Bust

A Benton Harbor man is facing charges following a heroin and meth bust this week. The Southwest Enforcement Team tells us police conducted a sting on Tuesday following a nine month investigation into the 36-year-old suspect for the sale and distribution of methamphetamine and heroin in Benton Harbor. Officers with SWET say they saw the suspect conduct several drug transactions in the area of McCord and East Vineyard. When he was apprehended, police say they found a large amount of crystal meth, heroin, and cash on him. The suspect was taken to the Berrien County Jail on charges including eight counts of delivery of heroin, second offense, possession with intent to deliver heroin, second offense, possession with intent to deliver crystal meth, second offense, and two outstanding warrants for unarmed-robbery and fleeing eluding police. One other man was arrested on two counts of delivery of heroin, second offense.. ...Read Full Story