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Palisades Safety Rating Downgraded

The safety rating of the Palisades nuclear power plant in Van Buren County has been knocked down a notch following a recent Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigation into some incidents that occurred during its refueling outage last year ...Read More

More Michiganders Travel This Winter As Cold Weather Drags On

There's a bit of a travel boom underway in Michigan, as people get sick of the cold weather and flee to warmer places ...Read More

Effort Underway To Get More MI Workers Paid Sick Days

Taking paid time off work to recover from an illness is something that nearly half of Michigan workers can't afford to do, but it’s a policy that many favor ...Read More

Michigan DNR Hoping For More Barriers To Stop Asian Carp

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is hoping that new legislation introduced by Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congresswoman Candice Miller will mean additional barriers being built in the Chicago shipping canals to stop the Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes ...Read More

April Hearing Set As Pinkney Seeks New Trial

A Berrien County judge has scheduled an April 14th hearing for testimony to be taken regarding two motions filed by jailed Benton Harbor area activist Edward Pinkney, one of them seeking a new trial ...Read More

Bill Would Eliminate MI Film Tax Incentive

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is calling on the state legislature to eliminate Michigan's film production tax incentive ...Read More

Senator Stabenow, Congresswoman Miller Targeting Asian Carp With New Bills

Two Michigan lawmakers are continuing their efforts through the legislative process to halt the spread of Asian carp ...Read More

Gas Prices Shoot Higher

Gas prices around St. Joseph and Benton Harbor are up around the $2 ...Read More

Benton Harbor RTAB Scales Back Meeting Schedule

The Benton Harbor Receivership Transitional Advisory Board will be holding fewer meetings, as members have decided that the city is on the right track and there's no longer a need for the body to meet every month ...Read More

Upton Comments On FCC Net Neutrality Decision

Congressman Fred Upton is expressing doubts about the FCC's decision this week to reclassify broadband internet as a Title II public utility ...Read More

Benton Harbor Man Pleads In Heroin Case

A Benton Harbor man accused of being the leader of a heroin ring that distributed the drug all over southwest Michigan has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to deliver heroin ...Read More

Area Home Prices Up Sharply In January, Number Of Sales Lower Compared To 2014

It appears to be a good market for those selling their homes in terms of getting top-dollar in the area ...Read More

Nesbitt Bill Would Allow For Electronic Proof Of Insurance

Having to have your proof of insurance on paper in your vehicle could be a thing of the past soon in Michigan if a bill before a House committee is approved ...Read More

Santiago Lopez, Founding Member Of The OutCenter, Dies At 45

One of the founding members of the OutCenter has died ...Read More

Investigators Looking For Cause Of Niles Township House Fire

Fire investigators are working to determine what caused a home to go up in flames Tuesday night in southern Berrien County ...Read More

Whirlpool To Present At Two Investor Conferences Next Week

Whirlpool Corporation executives will be reaffirming the Benton Harbor-based company's full-year 2015 financial outlook at a pair of investor conferences in March ...Read More

Palisades Safety Rating Downgraded

The safety rating of the Palisades nuclear power plant in Van Buren County has been knocked down a notch following a recent Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigation into some incidents that occurred during its refueling outage last year ...Read More

Man Arrested For Drugs, Weapons Outside Hartford Dollar General Store

A 20-year-old Hartford man is behind bars awaiting arraignment on drug and concealed weapons-related charges ...Read More

Drug Charges Sought Against Three In Decatur Meth Bust

A meth bust in Decatur has police seeking drug charges against three Van Buren County residents ...Read More

Grand Junction Woman Wins First $1M Prize In Online State Lottery Game

A southwest Michigan woman has made history. Pam Rawson of Grand Junction is the first winner of a million-dollar prize from a Michigan Lottery online game ...Read More Business News
Fire Strikes COGIC Village Apartments
An early morning fire rousted residents of the COGIC Village Apartment Complex in Benton Harbor this morning...
Fire Strikes COGIC Village Apartments
An early morning fire rousted residents of the COGIC Village Apartment Complex in Benton Harbor this morning...
LMC Prez Disappointed by MEDC Denial
Eighteen community colleges in Michigan are getting a total of $50-million in training equipment money. LMC is not among them...
Ciaravino Joins Lakeland Foundations
Regina Ciaravino's new role at the Lakeland Health Foundations has been defined...
Bills Would Boost Manufacturing Jobs
Manufacturers across the state will likely be supporters of legislation introduced yesterday in the Michigan Legislature to give students a leg up in search of jobs in high-skilled careers...
Changing the Guard at the Pier
Pier Realty in St. Joseph has a new Broker/Owner at the helm...
Connect & Grow Your Business
Get your company's growth on a fast track through a free two-hour forum coming in two weeks designed to streamline your access...
Record Home Sale Prices Scored in January
While volume continues to lag, home prices have soared to record January highs in Michigan's Great Southwest...
Death of a Champion
The next rainbow to appear in the skies over Lake Michigan from St. Joseph to Chicago will be a little bit brighter if Chago has a say...
Paving the Perfect Pathway
A new section of the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail has earned an industry award for stellar paving...
Brews & Chews With 100 Women Strong
Have you signed on to attend the upcoming "Brews & Chews" event at The Buck in downtown  St. Joseph yet?
Whirlpool Most Admired Five Years Running
Folks out at "the big house" are proud to be declared one of the World's Most Admired Companies once again...
Looking to Meet a Lender?
Businesses and entrepreneurs in search of key loans have a great forum coming up to find potential lenders...
Small Biz Partnership Created
The Michigan Small Business Development team is adding business consultants into the mix through a partnership with Cornerstone Alliance...
Friends Among the Vines
Another world-class winery and event venue gets added into the mix this spring from an award-winning farm family in Michigan's Great Southwest...
More Accolades for Edward Jones
The trophies continue to rack up at Edward Jones, with multiple reps in Berrien County enjoying the ride...
Mark Ficks: Renaissance Man
An already prolific performer on multiple levels continues to add to an impressive resume in St. Joe...
Halvor Opens Regional Terminal
A new freight operator has set up shop in the region and is recruiting now for top flight drivers with a sign-on bonus...
Local Online Shopping Easier Than Ever
Don't let cabin fever keep you from shopping local merchants right from your own home or office...right now!
UFCU Preps Next Phase for SJ Campus
Just days after opening their new flagship branch facility, United Federal Credit Union will seek approval of the next phase for its Southtown Campus next Monday...
Lazy Ballerina Winery for St. Joe
Make plans to visit a new stop on the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail this summer if the City of St. Joseph gives the nod...
Region Scores $88-Million Casino Impact
Four Winds Casinos are now one of the largest employers in the region and their economic impact last year scored millions for the local economy...
Retailers Projecting Growth in '15
New jobs and an improving state economy have led to strong projections from the state's retail community going forward...
Concours Team Searching for Special Cars
This could be the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream to showcase your masterpiece vehicle as you Pass in Review...
Josh Nowicki on Live TV With Al Roker
St. Joe is becoming a familiar venue for the crew at The Weather Channel's "Wake Up With Al" show...
Tapping the Art of Beer
It's called the Art of Beer Festival...but it could just as easily have been the Love of Beer Fest, and it's just a month away...
Recertification Complete for SJ Doc
In an ongoing commitment to state-of-the-art professional development, Dr. Terry McIlvaine has renewed her board certification in audiology...
United Federal Offers Apple Pay
New transaction technology allowing you to pay with a wave of your iPhone is now available through UFCU...
Date Set for Symetra Tour's Four Winds Invitational
You might have a tough time finding a tee or green under the snow right now...but you can make plans for the Four Winds Invitational now that the dates have been set...
Boost for First Time Home Buyers
Thanks to new mortgage programs, this may be the best time in recent memory for new first time home buyers to get into the market...
Tough Forecast Brings Early Closures
Horrendous road conditions and predictions for a whole lot more of the same in the overnight hours have resulted in school administrators making the early call to shut down operations for the day on Thursday...
Y-Country Cares St. Jude Radiothon
It's time for the 10th Annual 97.5 Y-Country Cares St. Jude Radiothon...and you can play a vital role...
Buffalo Wild Wings Getting Ready for Action
Staff training continues...a VIP party happens Saturday night...and Buffalo Wild Wings opens for business Monday...
Weather Warnings Begin to Close Things Down
Another dicey day from mother nature is scoring an impact through road conditions, event cancelations and more...
New Ovens & Menu Items for DQ
Dairy Queen fans in Michigan's Great Southwest will have nine new product offerings thanks to an investment in new convection ovens...
Sweet Sixteen for Honor Credit Union
For the second time in three weeks, a new student run credit union has opened for business in Michigan's Great Southwest...
Dialing Up For Diva Days
The biggest girl's night out of the year is on the way. Time to register for Diva Days -- A Women's Weekend in St. Joe...
Whirlpool Vet Earns High Military Honor
A retired Whirlpool exec and community leader has earned a high military honor today...
Wightman Helps Preserve Famous Light
A Benton Harbor firm is helping to preserve one of Michigan's most historic lighthouses -- at Mackinac Island...
SJ Doc: Don't Forget Your Sunscreen
It's easy to remember to dress warmly, but don't forget that other nemesis and the damage it can do -- use your sunscreen...
Need Online Speed? There's an App For That!
Businesses heavily reliant on extreme online speeds and access now have a new tool to find their best location in Michigan...
Brilliance in Black -- Jazz Night 2015
A Whirlpool employee group is organizing a tremendous event to cap off Black History Month...and you're invited...
Pscholka: End Future Deals
Legislation to bring the Venture Michigan Fund to an early end could save Michigan taxpayers up to $150-million...
Record Earnings for Coldwater Bank
A Coldwater-based bank with 14 branches in SW Michigan continued a string of record setting performances again last year...
Chassix Stability at Risk
The stability and fate of a sizable local manufacturer are being called into question as financial issues linger...
Weather Impacting Events
As you might expect...the wintry weather today is beginning to impact events in the region like the Blossomtime Fashion Show...check for updates...
Tragedy Claims BH Entrepreneur
Colorful entrepreneur, artist and promoter Laurie Pagogna has died an untimely death in Benton Harbor...
Berrien County Issues Weather Alert
The Berrien County Emergency Management team has issued a Weather Alert in light of impending weather conditions...
Whirlpool's Bridge to China
Bridge to China is collaborating with Whirlpool's Asian Community to celebrate the Chinese New Year this Sunday...
Business Leaders Address Higher Ed
Whirlpool CEO Jeff Fettig and his contemporaries at BLM say that higher education is critical to growing the state's economy...
Regional News from WNDU-TV and WKZO Radio
Students line up for Hesburgh memorial tickets
Home fire injures occupant on Kalamazoo's south side.
New Hampshire lake is lower 48's only ice runway
Kalamazoo Commissioners hold retreat to reset priorities
'Frozen' characters Anna, Elsa skate with kids at Merrifield Park
Woman charged with harboring fugitive in Van Buren County
Lafayette Blvd. to be closed through March 9
Bomb threat evacuates Holland Township Wal-Mart
Saint Mary's College event celebrates cancer patients
Federal court order protecting Grey Wolves will be appealed
Homeland Security shutdown could hurt Coast Guard, other agencies
Van Buren County Deputies stop party van headed for a RAVE
Visitation, funeral arrangements for Rev. Theodore Hesburgh
Gas Prices rising as they do every spring
Elkhart County leads Michiana in 911 texting
Harding's Market on Howard closed
South Bend man arrested after car chase ends in Peru
Palisades Nuclear Plant cited for safety violation
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll for third year in a row
Smash and grab Jewelry robbers rounded up in Detroit
Homeland Security funding still uncertain
Suspect in robbery and sexual assault in Kalamazoo at large
Woman struck and killed by Semi in Otsego
Meth making suspect busted in Van Buren County
Kalamazoo Broadcast pioneer Carl E. Lee dies
Guns in Schools debated in Kalamazoo
Sucker-puncher off the hook in Kalamazoo
Armed man captured with drugs in Hartford
Drug raid on Decatur home results in meth seizure
Road votes in Kalamazoo and Muskegon go in different directions
National News from ABC News Radio
Kerry Worries Israeli PM Visit May Become 'Political Football'
Video Purportedly Shows Moment of Boris Nemtsov Killing
Police Renew Search for Missing 'The People's Court' Mother
GOP Blocking DHS Funding Is 'Delusional,' Rep. King Says
Brrr! February Brought Record Cold, Snow to Northeast
ISIS-Bound Schoolgirls Spotted Waiting for Bus in Turkey
30,000 Marchers in Moscow Mourn Slain Putin Foe
Kerry Defends Claim That Daily Threat Is Down
Alleged Street Race Driver Charged With Murder in Fatal Crash
US Officials Called 'Terrorists' Mock Venezuela Travel Ban
Who Are the Assyrian Christians Captured by ISIS?
New Secret Service Head Wants to Regain America's Trust
Crowd Kills Girl Suspected to Be Suicide Bomber in Nigeria
Truck Goes Through Ice on Frozen NJ River
Young Girl's Story May Lead Idaho to Approve Marijuana Oil
High-Speed Drive Lands Marine in Jail; Struck Bike Officer
Cops: 2 Shot at T.I., Young Jeezy Party in N. Carolina Club
Prince William Gets Close Look at Tsunami Disaster in Japan
Major League Baseball's 1st Black Latino Star Minoso Dies
Deployed Dad Celebrates Surprise Homecoming With Daughters
Photos: Beatles' Childhood Home Auctioned
Jagr Helps Panthers Edge Lightning 4-3
No. 13 Kentucky Women Topple No. 2 South Carolina 67-56
Theater Review: 'Abundance' Is a Tragicomic Look at Old West
Estonia's Ruling Pro-Western Reform Party Wins Election
No. 25 Providence Cruises Past Marquette 77-66
Poulter, Casey Share Lead at Rain-Delayed Honda Classic
Photos: Brad Pitt Spotted at LAX
Photos: Legendary 'Star Trek' Actor Leonard Nimoy Dead at 83
Photos: Lady Gaga Shares a Glam Selfie
Photos: This Week in Pictures: Top Photos from Around the Globe
Photos: Robert Pattinson's Girlfriend Shows Serious Skin