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Third Grade Reading Bill Close To Final Approval

(Lansing, MI – AP) – Michigan lawmakers have given preliminary approval to compromise legislation designed to improve third-graders’ reading but that has been caught up in a dispute over making students repeat a grade if they lag too far behind. A Republican-led conference committee approved the bill on a 5-1 vote Tuesday, with one Democrat opposed. The bill was pending with the panel since March after the House and Senate passed different versions.. ...Read Full Story

US Postal Service Plans To Issue Hesburgh Stamp Next Year

(South Bend, IN – AP) – The U.S. Postal Service plans to issue a stamp honoring the late Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who served 35 years as president of the University of Notre Dame until retiring in 1987. The Postal Service announced Tuesday it will issue the stamp on May 25, 2017, which would have been his 100th birthday. The stamp will feature an image of Hesburgh standing on the Notre Dame campus, with the Golden Dome of the Main Building visible behind him.. ...Read Full Story

Report: Billions Wasted On Premium Gas Each Year

Americans waste more than $2 billion per year on premium gasoline, says a new report from AAA. The auto club’s Gary Bubar tells WSJM News they studied different vehicles and the effect premium fuel had on their gas mileage, horsepower, and emissions, finding it didn’t improve anything. You should only get premium blend if your vehicle specifically requires it. ...Read Full Story

Niles Scream Park Open Now Open

Halloween isn’t far off, and up and running for the season is the Niles Scream Park. It just had its opening weekend for the year, and manager Matt Herm tells WSJM News the theme is 1930s monsters. Visitors can take in different scenes from several classics.. ...Read Full Story

Free Car Inspections For Seniors Next Week

The Berrien Springs Oronoko Township Police Department is offering senior citizens a chance to get their cars checked for safety next week. The department’s Rick Smiedendorf tells WSJM News Car Fit inspections will be held Wednesday at the Berrien Springs Public Schools Virtual Academy. They’ll make sure everything is situated properly.. ...Read Full Story

Lane Closure In Effect On I-196 This Week

A lane closure is in effect on I-196 this week in Van Buren County. The Michigan Department of Transportation says one lane is shut down between mile markers 15 and 11 on the southbound side of the highway due to patching work. The affected area is in Covert Township. The lane closure will be in place through next Monday. Anyone who wants to stay on top of MDOT construction projects can do so with its app, MIDrive, which is available for both iPhone and Android.. ...Read Full Story

Jail Renovations To Begin Next Year

A planned renovation project for the Berrien County Jail is expected to keep the facility up and running for another three decades. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey tells WSJM News the county commission has given the green light to seeking bids for the work which will expand the intake area and add other improvements.. ...Read Full Story

Good Samaritan Legislation Headed To The Governor

Legislation from state Representative Al Pscholka granting limited exemption from prosecution to people of any age reporting a possible drug overdose to police or medical authorities is now headed to Governor Rick Snyder. The state House gave final approval to the Good Samaritan plan Tuesday. It’s an expansion of a previous plan from Pscholka protecting people underage. Pscholka says he’s proud of it.. ...Read Full Story

Great Lakes Restoration Conference Underway This Week

The Great Lakes Restoration Conference is underway this week in Ohio, and representatives of both the Clinton and Trump campaigns are scheduled to be on hand. Gildo Tori is with Ducks Unlimited, a group calling for the candidates to clearly express support for the Great Lakes. He says the Flint water crisis highlights the need for clean-water investments.. ...Read Full Story

Road Signs Damaged By Vandals

Someone damaged more than a dozen street signs around Berrien and Oronoko Townships over the weekend, and the Berrien County Road Commission would like some help in catching them. The commission says stop, curve, arrow, and other signs were knocked over by some kind of vehicle that left orange paint on the posts. Some of the signs also had a black, foam substance on them. Anyone who has information that could lead to the culprits is asked to contact the road commission at 925-1196.. ...Read Full Story