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State Police To Collect Prescription Drugs This Weekend

Michigan State Police will be holding another drug takeback event this weekend. Posts all over Michigan, including those in Paw Paw and Niles, will take part. State police team up with the Drug Enforcement Agency on the effort each spring, asking folks to stop by and drop off their unused and unwanted prescription medications so they can be safely disposed, rather than winding up in the ground water or in the wrong hands. During a one-day effort in October, MSP posts collected a total of 871 pounds of prescription drugs. The drop-off event this Saturday will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Just stop by any post and anonymously drop off any pills you have.. ...Read Full Story

Study: Lake Michigan Has Plenty Of Food For Asian Carp

(Traverse City, MI – AP) – A federal study says the most feared types of Asian carp would find plenty of food if they reached Lake Michigan. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey used computer models to estimate the lake’s suitability for bighead and silver carp. They have advanced up the Illinois River, which is linked to Lake Michigan by other waterways. Government agencies are using electric barriers and other strategies to block their path to the lake, where it’s feared the carp would out-compete many native species. Using satellite imagery, the scientists found that nearshore and bay areas of Lake Michigan have plenty of algae, the carps’ food of choice. Study leader Karl Anderson says that means if the carp reach the lake, they’ll likely congregate in coastal areas, where human activity is heaviest.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien Sheriff’s Department Names Deputy Of The Year

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department has announced its Deputy of the Year. Deputy Angela Baggett was picked by her collegues for the honor this time around. The department tells us Baggett goes above and beyond the call of duty when doing regular road patrols, and is admired by her co-workers for her work ethic. Baggett is one of the top complaint takers at the sheriff’s department, and also one of the lead instructors of the Rape Aggression Defense, or RAD, program. The sheriff’s department cites Baggett’s work to help talk someone out of suicide as a notable accomplishment in the past year.. ...Read Full Story

LaSata Praises Education Budget

State Representative Kim LaSata is praising the state House Appropriations Committee for approving a school budget this week. She tells us the plan includes increased funding for K-12 education and higher ed. LaSata is a chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education and says they worked hard to craft a spending plan the focuses on the future of Michigan’s university students. Among other things, the plan passed this week by Appropriations includes a 2.3% increase for the state’s public universities, an increase of more than $100 per student for K-12 schools, and $129 million to help at-risk students. Legislative Republicans have tasked themselves with getting a new state budget approved by June.. ...Read Full Story

Plans In The Works For New LMC Wine Facility

Plans are being drafted for the new headquarters of Lake Michigan College’s wine making program. LMC Vice President of Administrative Services Anne Erdman tells WSJM News they’re putting up a whole new building behind the Mendel Center to house the growing wine program. Exact details are still being hammered out.. ...Read Full Story