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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Legislation would renew long-term unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Legislation to renew an expired program of benefits for the long-term unemployed faces a test in the Senate Wednesday.

If it receives 60-votes as expected, passage could come Thursday.

Legislation would restore the benefit program for five months, retroactive to when it expired December 28th.

Democrats have been trying to restore the program since January.
The bill faces a cold reception from republicans in the House.