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Michigan's unemployment rate steady at 8.4 percent

June 20, 2013 | AP   The state says Michigan's seasonally adjusted jobless rate remained steady at 8.4 percent in the latest month as the size of the workforce and the number of people employed both grew.
     The Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Wednesday that May's unemployment rate was unchanged from April. The rate has dropped 0.8 percentage points from May 2012's 9.2 percent.
     Michigan's jobless rate remains higher than the nation's May rate of 7.6 percent, which was up from 7.5 percent in April.
     The department says total Michigan employment rose 24,000 in May to 4.303 million, while the labor force rose by 28,000 to 4.698 million. The state says 395,000 people were unemployed and seeking work in May.

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Governor: Michigan voters defeat tax increases for road work
Lansing MI  May 6, 2015  |  WGVU  Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan voters have resoundingly defeated tax increases to pump $1.2 billion more a year into deteriorating roads.    
At least 9 fired, 29 suspended after patient's arm broken
Kalamazoo MI  May 6, 2015  |  WGVU  An investigation has found that dozens of staff members at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital either abused a patient or witnessed the abuse that led up to the man's arm being broken as staff struggled to restrain him.    
Grand Rapids removes cross display that began 4 decades ago
Grand Rapids MI  May 6, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids has removed a display of crosses on public property after the American Civil Liberties Union contacted the city.    
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Michigan community health centers to get $5.1M federal funds
Washington DC  May 6, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan's U.S. senators have announced $5.1 million in federal funding will go toward new community health centers and care in the state.    
Flags to be lowered in Michigan after SEAL's training death
Lansing MI  May 6, 2015  |  WGVU  U.S. flags will be lowered Friday in Michigan for a second Navy SEAL who died following a training accident in a swimming pool at a base in Virginia.    
East GR voters approve $1.2M road millage
  May 6, 2015  |  WGVU  Construction ramps up this summer in East Grand Rapids, after voters approved a 2-mill levy to help fix local roads.    
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KCHP: Get Out. Get Moving. Get The Golden Shoe
Grand Rapids MI  May 6, 2015  |  WGVU  Get out, get moving and find the Golden Shoe! That’s the message from the Kent County Health Department as it announces a new health initiative. WGVU has the details on finding the “golden shoe” and why the health department is doing this.    
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Study: Lake Erie would offer plenty of food for Asian carp
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.   May 6, 2015  |  AP  A federal study says invasive Asian carp would find plenty of food if they made their way to Lake Erie.   
Drunken driving crackdown leads to hundreds of arrests
LANSING, Mich.   May 6, 2015  |  AP  Authorities say a recent drunken driving crackdown featuring stepped-up patrols led to more than 500 drunken driving arrests.   
Michigan House speaker to propose alternative road plan soon
LANSING, Mich.  May 6, 2015  |  AP  A top Republican lawmaker says he will propose an alternative plan to increase road spending in "days, not weeks."   
Lawmakers already weighing road funding options after Prop 1 failure
  May 6, 2015  |  MPRN  Republican and Democratic leaders in Lansing are presenting their opening bids for a new plan to boost road funding.   
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Coast Guard completes Great Lakes ice breaking
  May 5, 2015  |  WGVU  Efforts to break up ice on the Great Lakes have wrapped up after more than four months.    
Applications for bear, elk hunting licenses now available
Lansing MI  May 5, 2015  |  WGVU  If you're interested in hunting bear or elk in Michigan, now is the time to sign up.    
Western Michigan U to pay $35K in speech lawsuit settlement
Kalamazoo MI  May 5, 2015  |  WGVU  Western Michigan University is paying $35,000 to settle a lawsuit from a student group that said school policies unlawfully limit free speech on campus.    
Woman shot to death in home; 75-year-old man arrested
Texas Township, MI  May 5, 2015  |  WGVU  A 75-year-old man has been arrested after a 74-year-old woman was shot to death in their southwestern Michigan home.    
Prosecutors: Woman had inappropriate relationship with boy
Elizabeth, NJ  May 5, 2015  |  WGVU  Authorities say a Michigan woman had an inappropriate relationship with a New Jersey boy she met while playing video games online.    
Jury selection underway in Michigan road rage shooting
Howell MI  May 5, 2015  |  WGVU  Jury selection is underway in the trial of a man accused of committing murder in a road rage incident in southeastern Michigan.    
Proposal 1 Vote Today
Lansing MI  May 5, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan voters are deciding whether to pay more taxes to improve road infrastructure.    
Clean energy focus of Grand Rapids town hall
  May 5, 2015  |  WGVU  State and local representatives spoke in Grand Rapids this week at a Michigan League of Conservation Voters panel on clean energy.    
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Grand Rapids budget: LED lights, golf course, car share
  May 5, 2015  |  WGVU  Several city of Grand Rapids projects are on the docket for the upcoming fiscal year which starts in July. Those include a $2.5 million investment in the city’s golf course and the possibility of a shared car service.    
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Fulton Place groundbreaking
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  May 5, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids’ near Westside neighborhood will soon be home to a mixed-use housing and retail project.   
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West Michigan's April economic surge promising for summer growth
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  May 5, 2015  |  WGVU  The most recent Supply Management Research survey shows the local economy improved once again in April picking up where it left off in March indicating the West Michigan economy is primed for healthy summer growth.   
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WGVU-HD airing FRONTLINE "Outbreak"
  May 5, 2015  |  WGVU  Tuesday night on WGVU-HD - FRONTLINE investigates the spread of the Ebola virus and why the world was slow to respond?   
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Chrysler worker dies in accident at Detroit plant
DETROIT   May 5, 2015  |  AP  Authorities say a worker has died in an industrial accident at a Chrysler plant in Detroit.   
Militia members lose appeal in lawsuit tied to FBI probe
DETROIT   May 5, 2015  |  AP  Three members of a southern Michigan militia acquitted during a high-profile trial have failed to persuade an appeals court to reinstate a lawsuit against federal investigators.   
U.S. reopens investigation into Jeep, Dodge sun visors
  May 5, 2015  |  AP  The U.S. government is reopening an investigation into Jeep and Dodge sun visors after reports that some caught fire even after a recall repair.   
State board helps Detroit schools avoid default
  May 5, 2015  |  MPRN  A state board has agreed to let the Detroit Public Schools re-finance part of its debt as part of a plan to manage a fiscal crisis.    
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State Senate approves $54 billion budget with Dems opposed
  May 5, 2015  |  MPRN  A 54 (b) billion dollar plan to fund schools and state agencies has cleared the state Senate.   
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Snyder makes final push for voters to approve tax increase
Lansing MI  May 4, 2015  |  WGVU  Gov. Rick Snyder and other Proposal 1 supporters are wrapping up a road tour urging voters to approve a tax increase that would generate $1.2 billion a year more for roads.    
Jury selection on docket in Michigan road rage shooting
Howell MI  May 4, 2015  |  WGVU  Jury selection is starting in the trial of a man accused of committing murder in a road rage incident in southeastern Michigan.    
Old tree transplanted at University of Michigan showing life
Ann Arbor MI  May 4, 2015  |  WGVU  A transplanted centuries-old tree on the University of Michigan campus is showing signs of life in its new home.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices go up 7 cents in past week to $2.56
Dearborn, MI  May 4, 2015  |  WGVU  AAA Michigan reports gas prices statewide have gone up by about 7 cents in the past week, increasing for the third week in a row.    
Vice President Biden touts community policing at NAACP event
Detroit, MI  May 4, 2015  |  WGVU  Vice President Joe Biden has told a crowd at an NAACP event in Detroit that law enforcement officers and the people they are sworn to protect need to "see each other" to know one another.    
Letter Carriers: Stamp Out Hunger-May 9th
Grand Rapids MI  May 4, 2015  |  WGVU  Rain or shine, this week Grand Rapids will take part in the 23rd annual “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.” It’s coordinated by the National Association of Letter Carriers. All food collected will be donated to the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank.    
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Congressman Justin Amash and Kent County GOP "Stand with Rand"
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  May 4, 2015  |  WGVU  Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul visited west Michigan for a “Stand with Rand” event Monday. The Kentucky Senator explained how the GOP can win Michigan again.   
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Walker visiting Michigan to speak with Republicans
LANSING, Mich.  May 4, 2015  |  AP  Wisconsin governor and likely presidential candidate Scott Walker is visiting neighboring Michigan to address Republicans.   
Famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson announces White House campaign
DETROIT   May 4, 2015  |  AP  Retired surgeon Ben Carson has made it official, telling a crowd in his hometown of Detroit that he's running for president.   
West Mich. man with homemade seismograph recorded earthquake
  May 4, 2015  |  AP  A western Michigan man didn't need to be told that an earthquake had struck the state. He found evidence in his basement.    
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Man with homemade seismograph recorded Michigan earthquake
  May 4, 2015  |  MPRN  GOP presidential hopefuls flock to Michigan    

"Creating a Culture of Excellence" aboard CVN-78
  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  The man who will take the helm of the Gerald R. Ford Class of super carriers 2016 visited Grand Rapids Thursday evening. Commanding Officer, Captain John Meier, spoke at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum discussing Creating a Culture of Excellence aboard CVN-78. WGVU spoke with Captain Meier about the crew-building process prior to the event.   
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Dad hopes driver steps forward in death of young Army vet
Birch Run Twp., MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  The father of a young U.S. Army veteran killed in a suspected hit-and-run is appealing to the driver to step forward.    
Regulators approve DTE's plan for 3rd nuclear plant
Newport, MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  Federal regulators have approved DTE Energy's proposal for a new nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan.    
First lady to speak to Detroit high school students
Detroit, MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  First lady Michelle Obama will speak to a rally of more than 1,500 Detroit high school students about the importance of committing to education beyond high school as part of her "Reach Higher" initiative.    
Central Michigan University OKs 2.6 percent tuition increase
Mount Pleasant, MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  Leaders at Central Michigan University have approved a tuition increase that will cost students an extra $10 per credit hour.    
Ex-Detroit Lion quarterback speaks about suicide prevention
Lansing MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  Former Detroit Lion quarterback Eric Hipple is working to raise awareness of suicide prevention at a conference this week.    
Congressman's resolution seeks freedom for ex-Marine in Iran
Flint MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  A Michigan congressman has introduced a bipartisan resolution saying Iran should immediately release jailed ex-Marine Amir Hekmati and "all detained Americans" and provide information on those who've "disappeared within its borders."    
Utility says it followed rules in shutting off service
Lansing MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  A utility says it didn't break any rules when it shut off natural gas service at a Detroit-area home where authorities say a man died of hypothermia and other causes.    
Kent County: 17 Years Of Fiscal Fitness
Grand Rapids MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  More good news on the economic front for West Michigan as Kent County remains financially strong. In fact, for the 17th straight year, the county has received the highest ratings from credit agencies. WGVU looks at why this is good news for residents.    
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Final Epic-MRA Proposal 1 poll reveals voter confusion
  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  Epic-MRA has released its final poll leading up to the May 5th vote on Proposal 1. It indicates voters remain overwhelmingly opposed to the sales tax increase funding a statewide road and bridge fix. WGVU finds out why?   
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Snyder, supporters making final Proposal 1 push
  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  Representatives from West Michigan law enforcement, schools and government spoke on Friday in favor of Proposal 1. They joined the Safe Roads Yes bus tour and Governor Rick Snyder at a stop in Grand Rapids.    
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Most automakers report April sales gains driven by small SUVs
DETROIT  May 1, 2015  |  AP  Demand for small and midsize SUVs is driving up auto sales.   
Lake Express ferry begins 12th season on Lake Michigan
MILWAUKEE   May 1, 2015  |  AP  The ferry connecting Wisconsin and Michigan is off and running for its 12th season.   
First lady speaks to Detroit students about higher education
DETROIT   May 1, 2015  |  AP  First lady Michelle Obama talked to a rally of more than 2,000 Detroit high school students about the importance of committing to education beyond high school as part of her "Reach Higher" initiative.   
Court: Utility has to justify smart meter fee
  May 1, 2015  |  MPRN  The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered a state utility board to take another look at “smart meters” and how much utilities can charge customers who don’t want to use them.    

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