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Conservation District Looking For Help Collecting Bugs

Coming up next Saturday will be a chance for everyone to help test the quality of the water in the Paw Paw River in Van Buren County. A.J. Brucks, with the Van Buren Conservation District, tells WSJM News volunteers will take to the river in Lawrence to collect bugs. What kinds of insects they can be a hint about whether the water is polluted.. ...Read Full Story

Grand Opening For Andrews University Observatory Next Week

Andrews University plans to celebrate the completion of its new observatory with a grand opening next week. The observatory was originally built in 1957, and the physics department’s Kelly Youngberg tells WSJM News they’ve rebuilt it to make the dome bigger and automate the shutters, among other things. Andrews makes the observatory available to the public about 30 nights per year.. ...Read Full Story

Van Buren Specialty Courts Get $694,000 State Grant

Van Buren County is getting a grant of more than $694,000 to run its specialty courts. The money from the state court administrative office will help continue the county’s drug treatment court, the family treatment court, the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program, and the adult and youth recovery courts. The county has also been awarded a grant to set up a sobriety court for second and third-time drunk driving offenders. Specialty Courts Administrator Rachel Lindley tells WSJM News the programs are designed to help keep some offenders from being stuck in the system indefinitely by giving them extra attention.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joe Fall Festival Underway

Taking place this Saturday downtown is the annual St. Joseph Fall Festival. Everything kicked off Friday with the big bed race down Lake Boulevard, and now St. Joe Today’s Whitney Behnke tells WSJM News Saturday features the St. Joseph Wine Festival and Public Art Auction where you can buy the bug statues that were situated around downtown this summer.. ...Read Full Story

Funeral Held For Slain MI Police Officer

Detroit’s police chief has posthumously promoted a 20-year officer who died five days after being shot while chasing a suspect. Chief James Craig announced the promotion of Sergeant Ken Steil to captain at the end of his funeral Friday at a suburban church. The announcement drew a standing ovation at the packed service. Craig said: “we all love Kenneth Steil.” The husband and father of two sons was nicknamed “Shark” for his diving skills. He was shot in the shoulder and died last Saturday of a blood clot. 21-year-old Marquise Cromer is charged with first-degree murder. Govenor Rick Snyder ordered U.S. and Michigan flags lowered to half-staff Friday in Steil’s honor. A state trooper heading to the funeral was injured when a vehicle struck his motorcycle on a freeway.. ...Read Full Story