SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH

Until 10 PM

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids and northern Indiana issues a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joe, and Branch counties until 10 PM.  Damaging wind gusts of 60 mph or greater are the primary concern.  Large hail of 1" in diameter or larger is a close second.  We'll be tracking storm development with Live Doppler Radar throughout your afternoon and evening.  Storm motion is easterly at 30 to 50 mph.  Stay with wwmt.com for the latest weather information!

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Unemployment insurance set to run out for over 1 million Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - More than 1 million Americans currently collecting unemployment insurance payments will lose them Saturday.

The extended unemployment payments enacted during the recession are set to expire, and in Michigan, where the unemployment rate is 9 percent, that means nearly 44,000 people will lose unemployment this weekend.

Another 86,000 people will stop getting checks in the first half of next year.

Tara Mergener tells us if lawmakers in Washington are likely to keep those payments coming.