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New Kitchen Helps Train LMC Culinary Students

Lake Michigan College has a new feature to help teach its culinary management students. A temporary kitchen, resembling a restaurant kitchen, is now up and running at the Napier Avenue campus. The board of trustees was given a tour this week. LMC VP of Academic Services Leslie Kellogg tells WSJM News the kitchen helps train students for the tourism industry in the region.. ...Read Full Story

Arrest Made Over Stolen Campaign Signs

One person is facing charges after being arrested this week for stealing campaign signs in Cass County. The Silver Creek Township Police Department made the arrest in the early morning hours of Thursday. The suspect allegedly stole campaign signs from two separate properties around 4 a.m. They’re now facing a charge of larceny under $200, and could get up to 93 days in jail and $500 in fines. The suspect posted bond after being arrested, and faces arraignment later this week.. ...Read Full Story

BH School Board Votes Confidence In Superintendent

The Benton Harbor School Board has reaffirmed its support for Superintendent Dr. Shelly Walker. At Thursday’s meeting, Treasurer James Turner proposed a vote of confidence in Walker and it passed. The move came after last week’s vote by the board not to fire suspended High School Principal Rodger Tripplett. Turner told us the suspension of Tripplett has been a controversy, and it’s unfortunate Walker has been blamed by some for it.. ...Read Full Story

Search For Suspect Causes Delay Of Classes At Watervliet Schools

Parents have nothing to worry about following a delay of the start of classes Thursday at Watervliet Schools. Around 6:20 a.m., Superintendent Kevin Schooley says he got a call from police about the search for a domestic violence suspect in the area. He decided to delay classes by two hours due to the search being near the school and its bus stops. However, Schooley got a call back from police around 6:40 telling him they found their suspect. It was too late at that point to rescind the delay, so it remained in effect. In any event, Schooley says parents need not worry. No one was in any danger.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph Today Director Steps Down

The search will soon begin for a new executive director for St. Joseph Today. That’s after Whitney Behnke resigned the position this week following less than a year on the job. Behnke cited the difficulty of attending the organization’s many events while also caring for a toddler as the reason for stepping down. The St. Joe Today Board accepted Behnke’s resignation on Wednesday, and vice president Mike Patel tells us they wish Behnke well. In place as interim director for St. Joseph Today is Brian Smith, the organization’s event manager. He’s served as interim director before, and St. Joe Today remains fully functional. No timetable has yet been announced for finding Behnke’s permanent replacement.. ...Read Full Story

Snyder Vetoes Medicaid Tax Changes

Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed legislation that would have changed how health insurers are taxed and Medicaid is funded. Snyder said Thursday he rejected the bills because he was “very concerned” that the federal government would not recognize the tax structure, putting at
risk federal matching funds and “leaving our state budget out of balance.” The veto comes a week after the Republican-led Senate voted overwhelmingly to continue a 6 percent “use” tax on Medicaid managed care organizations, more quickly end a broader health insurance tax that the business lobby dislikes and change the pot of state money that is used to draw federal matching dollars. Snyder says he looks forward to continued discussions with lawmakers.. ...Read Full Story

MI Board Allows Flint To Sue The State

A state board overseeing Flint as it transitions from state emergency management has reversed course and lifted the city’s ability to sue without first getting approval from the board. The Receivership Transition Advisory Board on Wednesday amended a resolution it passed in March just days after Flint served notice it might file a lawsuit against Michigan over its lead-contaminated water supply. State Department of Treasury spokeswoman Danelle Gittus says the change clarifies the earlier order, and it was never the board’s intent to block Flint from suing “but rather to provide oversight of settlements related to litigation and labor disputes.” Also Wednesday, the board OK’d an agreement for Republic Services to continue hauling trash in Flint for one year, with an option to extend the contract for an additional year.. ...Read Full Story

Website: MI Cops The Most Overworked

Michigan has the hardest working men and women in blue, according to one website. Security site SafeWise.com took a look at FBI statistics, and found Michigan has about 23,200 law enforcement employees, leaving one cop for about every 350 civilians. SafeWise’s Sarah Brown tells WSJM News if you combine that with another stat, MI cops are a busy lot.. ...Read Full Story