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Lawmakers Raise $40,000 For Special Olympics In Polar Plunge


He's been a shark. He's been a penguin. This year, Representative Al Pscholka dressed up as the Grinch to raise money for Special Olympics in Michigan in the fourth annual Legislative Polar Plunge ...Read More

Benton Harbor Commissioner Questions Transportation For Health Department Move


A Benton Harbor city commissioner is asking if the Berrien County Board looked into how residents of her city would be able to get to the new county health department offices with their move to Napier Avenue, just south of I-94 ...Read More

Nesbitt Introduces 8-Bill Energy Package


Michigan's renewable power requirement would be left intact but not rise under legislation introduced by a key Republican ...Read More

State House Passes Bill To Allow Retired Teachers To Return To Classroom


The door is being opened to allow retired teachers to work as subs in the districts from which they retired in Michigan ...Read More

Michigan Association Of Counties Backing Proposal 1 On May Ballot


Proposal 1 on the May ballot to raise the state's sales tax by 1% to fund road work, local governments and schools continues to be a hot topic around the state ...Read More

City Of Benton Harbor Offering Help With Frozen Water Lines


Help is available for people who live in the city of Benton Harbor and have frozen water pipes in their home ...Read More

Spokesman Says MLive Article "False," Waterfront Film Festival Not Canceled


The Waterfront Film Festival will be held this year in South Haven, despite a report to the contrary that was published Wednesday afternoon by the "Kalamazoo Gazette" and MLive ...Read More

Upton Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Ban Plastic Microbeads


A bill is now before the U.S. House to ban the sale and distribution of soap, toothpaste and other items that include plastic microbeads ...Read More

State Lawmakers Prepare For Polar Plunge


State lawmakers will be raising money for Special Olympics Michigan tomorrow with their fourth annual Polar Plunge ...Read More

Benton Harbor Public Safety To Hold Forums On Use Of Force


A series of public forums discussing the use of force by police are slated to start next Tuesday at Benton Harbor High School ...Read More

Affordable Care Act Case Could Affect Many Michiganders


The United States Supreme Court is hearing the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act today/Wednesday ...Read More

New Benton Township Supervisor Sworn In


Benton Township's new supervisor was sworn in on Tuesday ...Read More

Benton Harbor Woman Sentenced For Stealing Guns


A Benton Harbor woman has been sentenced to a prison term of two and a half to 15 years for stealing some guns from an acquaintance ...Read More

Bob Harrison Stepping Down From Lake Michigan College This Year


Doctor Bob Harrison says that he is stepping down as president of Lake Michigan College at the end of this year ...Read More

Pscholka: Eliminating Business Tax Breaks A "Nuclear Option"


For as much of a headache as tax credits given to companies under the former Michigan Business Tax, don't look for them to be stripped off the books even though the previous program has been modified ...Read More

Benton Harbor Garden Gearing Up For Another Growing Season


It's still freezing outside, but that's not stopping preparations for Benton Harbor's Fresh Start Children's Garden, where a variety of vegetables are grown each year ...Read More

Solar Power Jobs Declining In Michigan


While Michigan is on track to meet its current renewable energy goals, the lack of plans for the future may be contributing to job losses in the industry ...Read More

SWM Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Children At A Daycare


Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday announced that his office has charged a southwest Michigan man with criminal sexual conduct for allegedly molesting children at a Saint Joseph County daycare ...Read More

David Petraeus To Plead Guilty; Scheduled To Speak To SWMI Econ Club In June


Former CIA Director and retired U.S. Army General David Petraeus will plead guilty to a charge of mishandling classified materials ...Read More

Former New Buffalo Middle School Teacher Gets Probation For Upskirt Pics


A former New Buffalo middle school teacher will stay out of jail for taking pictures up the skirts of students ...Read More

Forum On Police Use Of Force To Be Held Next Week In Benton Harbor


Everyone's invited to come to a forum next week in Benton Harbor for the public to learn more about police procedures, and in particular, the use of force ...Read More

MI Senate Committee Approves Parks Funding For SWM


The State Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved over 24 million dollars in grants for parks projects around Michigan as part of the Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund program ...Read More

Storm Spotter Training To Be Offered In Berrien County Next Week


The Berrien County Office of Emergency Management is once again offering Skywarn Storm Spotter training to anyone interested in learning more about how to detect impending severe weather ...Read More

President Carter, Secretary Rice Among Dignitaries For Reverend Hesburgh Service


Former University of Notre Dame President Reverend Theodore Hesburgh will be eulogized by some very powerful dignitaries Wednesday night ...Read More

Galien River County Park Wins Pair Of Awards


Two organizations are recognizing the work done to revamp Galien River County Park ...Read More

Notre Dame's Spring Football Game To Be By Invitation Only


Notre Dame's Blue and Gold spring football game will have some drastic changes this year ...Read More

Early Morning Benton Harbor Fire Blamed On Resident Falling Asleep While Cooking


People who live in the COGIC Village Apartments on Territorial in Benton Harbor had a very early wake-up call on Sunday due to a fire that broke out around 4:30 a ...Read More