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MI Students Go On Freedom Ride To Civil Rights Sites

Nearly 30 students from Oakland and Wayne counties are visiting southern historical sites of the civil rights movement this week as part of a Freedom Ride. It’s a week-long journey to sites in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Memphis, and Louisville. Barbara Tally is founder of the Martin Luther King Junior Task Force in Southfield, which is coordinating the trip. She spoke with Michigan News Network about the struggle for civil rights.. ...Read Full Story

Effort To Strengthen Section Of Eroded Bluff Moving Forward

There’s been some movement on shoring up the bluff in St. Joseph in an area where there have been concerns about a possible collapse. Early this year, city commissioners were alerted to erosion along the bluff in the area of 2405 Old Lakeshore. That’s right by some CSX Railroad tracks. It took a while, but St. Joseph City Manager John Hodgson tells WSJM News the railroad has applied for permits from the state and feds to get lay some large rocks down below to strengthen the bluff.. ...Read Full Story

One Arrested In Benton Twp Drug Bust

One person is facing drug charges following a crack bust in Benton Township last week. The Southwest Enforcement Team tells us it raided a home in the 1,900 block of Pipestone Road on Thursday, finding heroin, crack, crystal meth, and marijuana. The raid came at the culmination of a two month investigation into possible drug dealing at the home. 35-year-old Richard Hayes was arrested on a variety of drug charges, and also for having an outstanding warrant. The Southwest Enforcement Team is a coalition of several police agencies around southwest Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

Bridgman Master Plan Meeting This Week

The city of Bridgman wants to hear from residents as it develops its next master plan. City Manager Juan Ganum tells WSJM News it’s important for a community to carefully craft a master plan because the document governs several aspects of local development for as long as 20 years into the future.. ...Read Full Story

State Produces Human Trafficking Video For Medical Community

The Michigan Attorney General’s office has released a new training video designed to help medical professionals spot cases of human trafficking. The AG’s office tells us many human trafficking victims have interactions with doctors and nurses during their ordeal, and the video is designed to teach those professionals about the crime in general while, and also how to interview and interact with the victims. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says public awareness is a good first step when it comes to fighting human trafficking, but reaching medical professionals and teaching them how to spot it and intervene is another critical component. The video features local and federal law enforcement, members of the Michigan medical community, former human trafficking victims and Schuette himself. You can see the video below.. ...Read Full Story

Snyder Speaks Out Against Hate Following Virginia Violence

From the Associated Press — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is speaking out against hate and violence following the white supremacist rally that spiraled into deadly confrontation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Snyder released a statement Monday saying, “Hate speech and violence are not
welcome in Michigan – it’s not representative of who Michiganders truly are or of the future we want to build for our children.” Snyder says history has shown “hate begets hate and violence begets violence. On the other hand, unity and cooperation have shown how much we can accomplish when we respect our neighbors, embrace our differences and focus our energy on how we can all move forward and prosper together.” Vigils and rallies seeking to counter the Virginia violence occurred Sunday in the Detroit area, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Traverse City.. ...Read Full Story

Police Release Name Of Niles Woman Killed In Home Invasion

Police have released the name of a Niles woman killed in a robbery at her home over the weekend. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department tells WSJM News 55-year-old Carla Jean Lewis was shot and killed when two suspects broke into her home on Lawndale Avenue shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday. The department was called by 49-year-old John Lewis, the victim’s husband. He said two suspects broke into the home and shot his wife in the basement. They then fled the scene in the victim’s car. It’s described as a 2008 Mazda CX-9, dark in color. The plate number is CMY 3721. Police continue to look for the two suspects. Anyone with information on their location is asked to call the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department. The suspects are considered to be armed and dangerous. Police also say the victim’s husband was arrested at the scene for violating Michigan’s medical marijuana law.. ...Read Full Story

AAA: Gas Prices In Michigan Up

AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 7¢ per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.49 per gallon. AAA says the lowest average price was about $2.43 per gallon in the Jackson area. The highest was about $2.52 per gallon in the Ann Arbor area. Locally, prices in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph are up 8¢ from last week at $2.47. In South Haven, Gas Buddy spotters are finding most stations at $2.42, with one at $2.44 and another at $2.46.. ...Read Full Story

Woman Killed In Niles Twp Home Invasion

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police are looking for two suspects in a home invasion and murder in Niles Township. Our newsgathering partners at WNDU NewsCenter 16 report a woman was found shot to death in the home around 6 p.m. Sunday on Lawndale Avenue between 14th and 15th streets. Her husband called 9-1-1 to report two black men had broken in and one shot his wife, and then the suspects stole their car. Police are searching for a black or dark blue 2008 Mazda with the Michigan license plate CMY-3721.. ...Read Full Story