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South Haven Promoting Beach Smoking Ban

The city of South Haven is stepping up publicity for its smoking ban at parks and beaches. Public Works Director Bill Hunter tells WSJM News the city council approved the ban last July, and it took effect ten days later. This year, the city is increasing efforts to make sure people know there’s no smoking allowed on it beaches and in parks.. ...Read Full Story

Toll Road Study Possible In Michigan

There are just 15 states in the U.S. without toll roads, with Michigan being one of them. It was considered in the 1950s for the routes that became I-94 and I-75, but the idea was shelved because any highways that are federally-funded are not eligible to be toll roads. Now, there’s a state representative from Brighton who is proposing a study to see if money raised in that form would be more than the federal dollars, with the goal of putting that money into road repairs.. ...Read Full Story

State Sees Progress On Employment For Those Receiving Mental Health Services

The employment rate is going up in Michigan for those suffering from a major mental illness and getting one form of state help. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Lynn Sutfin says the latest report shows in 2018 there was 30% employment among those who received Individual Placement and Support services, compared to an employment rate of 10% in 2016. Sutfin says Individual Placement and Support services, or IPS, is a state program that helps people living with behavioral health conditions find jobs.. ...Read Full Story

West Michigan Inmate’s Death Under Investigation

From the Associated Press — A sheriff’s office in western Michigan has reopened its investigation into the death of a jail inmate following a television station’s reports about the circumstances of the death. WOOD-TV ‘s review of surveillance video from the Muskegon County jail revealed a guard watched 39-year-old Paul Bulthouse suffer one of 17 seizures, then walked away. Sheriff Michael Poulin said Thursday his department’s internal investigation hadn’t uncovered that detail. The department had earlier closed its investigation into Bulthouse’s April 4 death, finding no wrongdoing. The TV station’s investigation was based on video from the inside and outside of Bulthouse’s cell that was the obtained from the jail through a public records request. Bulthouse’s doctor has said the jail cut off Bulthouse’s prescription of a medicine that’s used to manage panic attacks and seizures.. ...Read Full Story

Mountain Bikes Donated To Love Creek County Park

The Berrien County Parks Department has received a donation of eight adult and six child-sized mountain bikes for use at Love Creek County Park. The bikes come courtesy of Whirlpool Corporation and the Bike Michiana Coalition. They’ll be used on the mountain biking trails at Love Creek County Park, and the public will be able to rent the adult ones for the cost of $10 an hour. The children’s bikes will be complimentary with the rental of an adult bike. Love Creek County Park naturalist Derek Pelc says the donations create another recreational opportunity at the Berrien Center park, adding someone who is thinking about buying a mountain bike can now just rent one to check them out. Park staff remind everyone to ride safely, wear a helmet, and respect nature.. ...Read Full Story

Man Dies After Falling Into Cass County Lake

An Illinois man has died after he was pulled out of Donnell Lake in Cass County this month. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says 50-year-old Parish Swanson was out on a dock in the 17,000 block of Donnell Lake Street the afternoon of June 8 when he was pushed into the water by his sons as they were playing around with him. After a short time underwater, Swanson was brought back to shore by his sons and CPR was given. Swanson was taken to Elkhart General Hospital and listed in critical condition. The sheriff’s department says he has died as a result of the injuries he sustained. It adds no foul play or suspicious intent are suspected, and the investigation has been closed out as an accidental death.. ...Read Full Story

AG Nessel: New Charges Will Be Filed From Flint Water Crisis

Millions of new documents never reviewed related to the Flint water crisis are now being scoured by the new prosecution team looking into what happened. Attorney General Dana Nessel says they have about 20-times more information that was was previously given to prosecutors under former AG Bill Schuette. The state dismissed all charges against eight people on Thursday, including former Department of Health and Human Services director Nick Lyon, who had been accused of not informing people fast enough regarding a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that killed more than a dozen people.. ...Read Full Story

School Board Hopes To Continue Working With State, Administration Responds

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education wants to continue working with the state on finding a solution to the school district’s problems. At a meeting today, the board turned down a May 24 proposal from the governor’s office to suspend operations at the high school in order to resolve a large part of the district’s debt. Reading a motion, board Vice President Joseph Taylor said the board would prefer not to issue a response out of concern of dividing the community, but its attorney advised a response was needed.. ...Read Full Story