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Movie Theater Chain Sued Over Lack Of Captioning

Celebration Cinema owner Loeks Theaters is being sued for not providing captioning for the hearing disabled at its location in Benton Harbor. The suit announced this week was filed on behalf of St. Joseph resident Graham Forsey, who is deaf, and the National Association of the Deaf. Their attorneys say the Americans with Disabilities Act requires movie theaters to ensure deaf individuals have full and equal access. Forsey says he loves the movies but can’t go in Benton Harbor because, there, he can’t understand them. Celebration Cinema tells WSJM News national standards for accommodating the deaf are expected to be rolled out in the next year, and it’s waiting for that to happen before it installs new technology. The suit’s plaintiffs say the technology to display captioning in theaters is “broadly available.”. ...Read Full Story

Analyst: Third Party Candidate Could Be Major Factor In Election

Some Democrats and Republicans are searching for options other than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for this presidential election, given both candidates’ low popularity ratings. Experts say while third-party and independent candidates have zero chance of winning the White House, their participation can affect the contest. John Clark, a professor of political science at Western Michigan University, says this is definitely one of those years.. ...Read Full Story

Coast Guard Looking For Boater Missing In Lake MI Off Ludington

Authorities in Michigan say searchers have found the body of a boater in Lake Michigan and are looking for a second boater who is missing. The U.S. Coast Guard station in Ludington says three people went out Sunday night to go fishing and two of them ended up in the water off of Oceana County near Little Sable Point. The Coast Guard says one person was found dead and the search is ongoing Monday for the second person. The third boater was OK. Coast Guard crews from Ludington and Muskegon are involved in the search along with other agencies, including sheriff’s departments in Oceana and Mason counties. In addition to boats on the water, a Coast Guard helicopter is involved in the search.. ...Read Full Story

MDOT Closing Stevensville Area I-94 Exit This Week

The Michigan Department of Transportation is advising drivers about a maintenance project starting this week that will mean the closure of an I-94 exit in Berrien County. It says the ramp from westbound 94 to Grand Mere Road, or John Beers, at exit 22 in Stevensville will be closed for construction starting Wednesday. It’ll stay closed through Friday, September 9. Traffic will be detoured at the Bridgman exit. You could also get off at the Red Arrow Highway exit in Stevensville. To stay on top of all of MDOT’s projects this summer, just get its MIDrive app. It’s free for both iPhone and Android.. ...Read Full Story

Dowagiac Sec. Of State Office Closing For Remodel

The Secretary of State branch office in Dowagiac is going to be closed next week for remodeling. The office will be closed August 22-26 and reopen on Monday August 29 at 9 a.m. New data lines are promised along with a customer-friendly new counter design and new furniture. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson notes a lot of business can be done online at ExpressSOS.com, but for those who have to go to a branch, the nearest three are in Niles, Paw Paw and Benton Harbor and will all be open next week.. ...Read Full Story

20 Pigs Had Swine Flu At Cass County Fair

There are no reported human illnesses, but the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department says 20 pigs at the Cass County Fair last week were infected with the H3N2 strain of the swine flu. The health department is working with Cass County Michigan State University Extension 4H, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to monitor the situation. Human infection with swine flu is most likely to happen when people are in close proximity to the infected animals, such as in pig barns and livestock exhibits housing pigs at fairs. The H3N2 strain is considered relatively mild for people.. ...Read Full Story