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Apple Pay option for West Michigan consumers
Hilary Farrell
October 21, 2014 | WGVU  This week's launch of Apple Pay gives consumers another way to pay. Will it change the way we shop?
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Gov. Snyder signs law to ban Tesla direct sales
October 21, 2014 | AP  Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law tighter restrictions to prohibit electric car maker Tesla Motors from selling vehicles in Michigan.

Michigan donors to super PAC include Land's dad
October 21, 2014 | AP  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land's father was among Michigan residents who gave heavily last month to a conservative group that has spent at least $4 million on TV ads against Democrat Gary Peters.

Spectrum Health, Pennock enter merger talks
Patrick Center
October 21, 2014 | AP  Spectrum Health and Pennock Hospital in Barry County are entering into merger talks. Pennock with its 49-bed hospital in Hastings has entered into merger talks with Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health. Discussions are underway after Pennock Health’s board of directors signed a non-binding letter of intent. The Pennock health care system includes eight primary care physician offices, three specialty clinics for women’s health, general surgery, orthopedics, two pharmacies and a health and wellness center. There are also plans for the construction of a new, $70 million Pennock Hospital near Hastings. If a partnership can be reached, it’s not clear what will become of those plans. Officials there say the creation of a new master facility plan would be necessary to determine whether the new hospital moves forward.
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Democrats slam Snyder over health care contract
October 21, 2014 | AP  The Michigan Democratic Party is accusing Gov. Rick Snyder's administration of extending a state contract without competitive bidding and increasing its worth a day after the company's executives held a fundraiser for his campaign.

Health groups plan Michigan insurance events
October 21, 2014 | AP  Health advocacy groups are partnering in Michigan to help uninsured residents sign up for health coverage.

Michigan doctor sentenced in sexual assault
October 21, 2014 | AP  A northern Michigan family care doctor who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a patient under the pretense of therapy has been sentenced to 38 months to 10 years in prison.

Upper Midwest wolf population rises despite hunts
October 21, 2014 | AP  The gray wolf population has increased slightly in the Western Great Lakes District, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Great Lakes water levels rise to above average
October 21, 2014 | WGVU  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit says water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron are above average this season for the first time since 1998.

Grand Rapids Community College plans buyouts
October 21, 2014 | WGVU   Grand Rapids Community College plans to offer buyouts to some faculty and staff as part of an effort that could save $5 million over the next decade.

Central Michigan star back Rawls to be sentenced
October 21, 2014 | WGVU  One of college football's top running backs faces sentencing in a Michigan theft case.

Wayne State law school plans to freeze tuition
October 21, 2014 | WGVU  Wayne State University's Law School plans to freeze tuition next year and give a scholarship to every incoming student.

Settlement to end odors from Detroit incinerator
October 21, 2014 | WGVU  The state of Michigan says it's reached an agreement with two companies to end odors from a Detroit incinerator as part of a settlement that includes a $350,000 fine.

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