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MI LGBT Groups Concerned Following Trump Win

Advocates for the rights of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender predict there will be challenges under the coming administration of President-elect Donald Trump, but also believe important past legal gains are fairly secure. Hayley Gorenberg, general counsel at Lambda Legal, tells us Trump could appoint an anti-marriage equality Supreme Court justice. However, Gorenberg says replacing Aontonin Scalia with such a justice wouldn’t change anything.... [Read Full Story]

Pokagon Fund Aims To Help Stuff Food Pantries

The Pokagon Fund has announced it’s supporting several south Berrien County food banks this winter. It notes that since its inception in 2007, the fund has given out more than $600,000 to 25 organizations that feed people in the region. Groups being supported by the Pokagon Fund this year are Meals on Wheels of Southwest Michigan, Senior Nutrition Services, Feeding America West Michigan, Blessings in a Backpack, A.C.T.I.O.N. Dowagiac, St. Margaret’s House, and the Harbor Country Rotary. With the winter and Thanksgiving approaching, many southwest Michigan charities are now raising money to help people out. It’s estimated that one in five Harbor Country families will need food assistance this year.... [Read Full Story]

Cass County K9 Helps Catch Domestic Violence Suspect

A Cass County Sheriff’s Department K9 has once again gotten his man. The department tells us deputies were called out to a home in LaGrange Township Sunday night on a report of a domestic assault. They got there and learned the suspect had run off. So, K9 Faust was brought in, and a search of some nearby woods began. After about going about 1.7 miles, Faust found the 31-year-old Cassopolis man hiding in some brush. He was taken to jail on a domestic violence charge, while his alleged victim was taken to a hospital. Faust is a 3-year-old Dutch Shepard who has worked for the department since July.... [Read Full Story]

Theme For Next St. Joe Public Art Display Unveiled

Something’s fishy in St. Joseph. The theme for the 2017 public art display has been unveiled, and coming this summer to the downtown area will be “Fishing for Fun,” featuring 20 statues of fish. City Marketing Director Susan Solon tells us they’ll have some friendly sharks and a special model that tricks the eye.... [Read Full Story]

I&M Warns About The Latest Scams

Customers of Indiana Michigan Power are being warned about the latest scammers out on the prowl. I&M spokesperson Erica Putt tells WSJM News some people have been getting calls or visits from individuals claiming to be with the company and demanding payment immediately. I&M wouldn’t do that.... [Read Full Story]

Man Shot in Berrien Springs Break-In

An Oronoko Township man is expected to fully recover after police say he was shot last week during a break-in to his home. The Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police Department was called out to 221 East Snow Road around 10:20 a.m. Friday when Travis Donnell Eidsness reported he’d been shot in the shoulder. When they got there, police were told three black males had appeared at the front door asking to use the phone. After a short conversation, one of the men pulled a handgun and there was a struggle. That’s when Eidsness was shot. He ran to a neighbor’s house while the suspects all took off. Police are still looking for the suspects. They don’t believe the attack was random, telling us it looks like the suspects specifically targeted that home.... [Read Full Story]

ESPN’s College GameDay Coming To WMU

There are just two undefeated football teams left in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision – Alabama and Western Michigan. The Crimson Tide remain ranked number-one in the AP poll and the “USA Today”/Amway Coaches Poll, while WMU isn’t getting the same amount of respect from the voters yet. The Broncos are 14th in the latest AP poll and 21st in the coaches poll. ESPN, however, will recognize the outstanding season by the Broncos this weekend. The network will broadcast its flagship “College GameDay” program on Saturday from Kalamazoo at 9 a.m. at Sangren Pedestrian Mall on campus. Fans are encouraged to start showing up around 6 a.m. for the program. WMU hosts Buffalo on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., with the game to be televised on ESPNU.... [Read Full Story]

Traverse City Officer Suspended Ater Diving With Confederate Flag

A northern Michigan police officer has been suspended with pay after he was seen off-duty driving a pickup truck bearing a Confederate battle flag around a group protesting Republican Donald Trump’s election as President. Traverse City police Chief Jeff O’Brien announced Michael Peters’ suspension Sunday after earlier saying an internal investigation was to start Monday to see if departmental rules were broken.... [Read Full Story]

MDOT Puts Completion Of US-31 Into 5-Year Plan

The Michigan Department of Transportation has added the completion of the US-31 corridor to its five year construction plan. State Representative Al Pscholka has been working on getting MDOT to commit to the project for years, and tells us he’s relieved US-31 will finally be connected to I-94. He’s always asked about it.... [Read Full Story]

Flint Posts Water Shutoff Notices On Commercial Properties

Flint says water shut-off notices are being posted by city employees on commercial properties with past-due utility accounts. Friday’s efforts follow months of work by the city to obtain payment on commercial water and sewer accounts with high outstanding balances. It’s part of
a state requirement to maintain water credits being provided amid Flint’s crisis with lead-tainted drinking water. Flint says police officers will accompany those posting notices. The notices are being put up at a number of locations in Flint, including apartment complexes. The city says some owners of apartment buildings have been collecting rent, which includes utility fees, but they haven’t been paying the city for sewer and water service. Representatives from the Red Cross and United Way will be available next week to offer assistance, if needed.... [Read Full Story]

Y-Country Stuff A Truck Food Drive Next Week

It’s time once again for 97-5 Y-Country’s Stuff a Truck food drive. The week-long effort starts Monday, and it’ll have Y-Country staff broadcasting live from Roger’s Foodland in St. Joseph alongside a 23-foot truck, stuffing it with things people donate. Y-Country’s Matt Malone tells WSJM News it’s the 20th year for the drive.... [Read Full Story]

Firearm Deer Season Starts Tuesday

Firearm deer hunting season starts Tuesday, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding those who plan to head out into the woods to be safe. It’s issued a quick list of tips to be sure this hunting season is a successful one. First, it’s telling hunters to treat every firearm as though it’s loaded. Keep the safety on until you’re ready to fire and never point the muzzle toward anyone. Also, use a safety harness if you’re up in a tree blind, make sure someone knows just where you’re going to be, and have a cell phone with you. The DNR adds that camouflage hunter orange is legal provided 50% of the pattern is hunter orange. Meanwhile, utility companies remind hunters their property is off limits. You can get the DNR’s app, MI-Hunt, that’ll tip you off to good hunting spots around the state.... [Read Full Story]

Adoption Day To Be Celebrated In Van Buren County

The van Buren County Circuit Court will hold a special ceremony this month to mark Adoption Day. At 10 a.m. on Tuesday the 22nd, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman will be on hand to oversee some adoption confirmations at the court. There are about 13,000 children in the Michigan foster care system, with around 2,400 seeking adoption. Each year, Adoption Day is held around the state to recognize their plight and to celebrate those families that choose to adopt. Anyone interested in signing up to be a foster home can call the Van Buren County Department of Health and Human Services.... [Read Full Story]

Van Buren Road Commission Marks 100 Years

The Van Buren County Road Commission has marked its 100th birthday. The agency was founded in 1916 under a 1912 state law calling for uniformity in road standards statewide, and it’s changed quite a lot since then. The road commission welcomed the public to a party last week where it showed off historical photographs, and let people put their hand print on a special 100th anniversary plow. The road commission started out with just one employee, and today has about 50 who care for more than 1,3000 miles of road. Leaders are thanking all of the friends and family who came out to the birthday celebration.... [Read Full Story]

MI Senate Approves Energy Policy

The Michigan senate has approved a long-awaited energy policy. State Representative Aric Nesbitt, of Lawton, is the chair of the House Committee on Energy Policy, and has led the charge on the package. He tells WSJM News the plan is about making sure the state relies on a wide array of energy sources.... [Read Full Story]

Police Investigating Rash Of Thefts From Cars

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department is working to solve a wave of thefts from parked cars. It says the reports of items being stolen from vehicles have come in all month long from Berrien, Buchanan, Watervliet, Hagar, and Royalton Townships. There’s been about 40 of them. In most of the cases, the vehicles were unlocked, and the thefts happened overnight. Police remind you to lock your car doors and not to leave anything valuable inside the car overnight. If you see anything suspicious, call police.... [Read Full Story]

Hundreds Around Michigan Protest Election Results

Hundreds of people gathered at Michigan State University to protest hateful political rhetoric and promote unity following the presidential election. The East Lansing event Thursday was organized by the MSU College Democrats as a way to come together after the election. Organizers say it wasn’t intended as a protest against President-elect Donald Trump. As the crowd dispersed, some protesters gathered at the MSU Union. The Lansing State Journal reports police locked the building’s doors to keep people from staying inside. No arrests were reported. In Grand Rapids on Thursday night, hundreds of anti-Trump protesters marched through downtown. And in Detroit, hundreds marched from Wayne State University to protest Trump’s election. It was the second day of postelection protests in Michigan. On Wednesday, protesters rallied in Detroit and Ann Arbor.... [Read Full Story]