Snyder confirms Lincoln Park financial emergency Lincoln Park MI April 23, 2014 | AP - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has confirmed his earlier determination that a financial emergency exists in the Detroit suburb of Lincoln Park, giving the City Council seven days to pick a way out of the crisis.
Candidates enter West Michigan political races April 23, 2014 | WGVU The Tuesday deadline for Democratic and Republican candidates to file signatures to run for most state offices has come and gone. Two local candidates are entering West Michigan races.
Utility says it's committed to plant site reuse April 23, 2014 | AP Officials with Consumers Energy said they're committed to helping find a new use for the site of a coal-fired power plant in western Michigan that's scheduled to close in two years.
MAREC holds "crowdfunding" investment conference April 23, 2014 | WGVU During a conference at Grand Valley’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon, businesses and nonprofit organizations learned about "crowdfunding" - an investment strategy for entrepreneurs. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Yesterday Service centers to open to help after flooding Evart MI April 22, 2014 | AP State emergency officials say two service centers will open this week in Newaygo and Osceola counties to provide information and resources to residents affected by flooding.
Raffle winner to visit top of Mackinac Bridge Mackinaw City MI April 22, 2014 | AP The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association is sponsoring a fund-raising raffle with a rare prize: a climb to the top of the Mackinac Bridge.
Saginaw postpones anti-discrimination measure vote Saginaw MI April 22, 2014 | AP City Council in Saginaw has indefinitely postponed consideration of a proposed ordinance to guarantee city residents and visitors equal treatment in employment and public accommodations, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Michigan elections take shape at filing deadline Lansing MI April 22, 2014 | AP Leading candidates for top-of-the-ticket offices in Michigan such as governor and an open U.S. Senate seat are expected to face little or no opposition in the August primary.
Backers, opponents of Michigan ban react to ruling Detroit MI April 22, 2014 | AP A woman who successfully sued the University of Michigan over racial preferences says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a state ban on using race in university admissions is a "great victory" for voters and the state.
Board sets room rates, names band facility East Lansing MI April 22, 2014 | AP The Board of Trustees at Michigan State University has voted to raise room-and-board rates for its dorms by 3.95 percent next academic year.
Music artists can register now for ArtPrize April 22, 2014 | WGVU St. Cecilia Music Center will continue its role as the Official ArtPrize Music Hub in 2014 - awarding prize money to musical entries with five different genre prizes. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.
Innovation Talk April 22, 2014 | WGVU How crowd funding impacts local angel groups.
Monday Michigan man to be sentenced in 1987 double-murder Grand Haven MI April 21, 2014 | AP A 51-year-old western Michigan man is expected to be sentenced to life in prison for the slayings of his sister and her husband in 1987 at their Holland-area home.
Hearing to decide if 4 face trial in mob attack Detroit MI April 21, 2014 | AP Four males ages 17 to 30 are returning to court for a hearing on whether they should stand trial for the severe beating of a suburban man who accidentally struck a 10-year-old with his pickup truck on Detroit's east side.
1 of 4 waives key hearing in Detroit mob attack Detroit MI April 21, 2014 | AP A 17-year-old charged with attempted murder in the beating of a Detroit-area motorist has waived his right to a probable cause hearing and will move his case directly to trial court.
Ash borer invasion costs park hundreds of trees Cheyboygan MI April 21, 2014 | AP State officials say they've removed about 400 dead ash trees from Aloha State Park in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula because of an infestation by emerald ash borer.
Walk to Lansing protests exclusion of students Detroit MI April 21, 2014 | AP A group including students and teachers is marching from Detroit to Lansing to protest what they say is the harmful and unnecessary suspension or expulsion of school children for often-minor offenses.
Peters files nominating petitions for U.S. Senate April 21, 2014 | MPRN By Rick Pluta
Congressman Gary Peters has filed petition signatures to put his name on the ballot. Peters is a Democrat running to succeed retiring US Senator Carl Levin. Peters’ support for the federal healthcare law has been an issue in the campaign. Peters says that’s OK with him.
Governor Snyder says improved transportation infrastructure "would create more jobs" April 21, 2014 | WGVU Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce Monday. He talked about job creation and expanding skilled trade training in the state. The governor explaining the state must continue to grow a business-friendly environment that includes a globally competitive workforce. The formula also includes improved infrastructure.
Lawmaker who mistakenly took tax break makes it up Detroit MI April 18, 2014 | AP A Michigan lawmaker who says she and her husband mistakenly took a property tax break on a rental property they own in suburban Detroit has paid $4,550 to Wayne County and a nonprofit to make up for the error.
Billboard boosts effort to catch serial soiler Ypsilanti MI April 18, 2014 | WGVU A billboard along Interstate 94 is part of an effort to help catch a person who has been defecating on lides at an Ypsilanti playground over the last six months.
Judge agrees to prevent removal of charity bins Ypsilanti Twp MI April 18, 2014 | AP A judge has agreed for now to prevent a Michigan township from forcing the removal of a Maryland-based nonprofit's outdoor clothing donation bins from the area.
Judge sentences man whose daughter died in raid Detroit MI April 18, 2014 | AP A Detroit man whose daughter was accidentally killed by police during a raid has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison for second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager.
Walk to Lansing protests exclusion of students April 18, 2014 | AP A dozen student "gladiators" are planning to lead a march from Detroit to Lansing to protest what they say is the harmful and unnecessary suspension or expulsion of school children for often-minor offenses.
Jazz Pianist And Composer Jeff Haas In Grand Rapids April 18, 2014 | MPRN Traverse City based pianist, composer and radio host Jeff Haas comes from a musical family. His father is the legendary Karl Haas, the great radio host who presented classical music to the world for many decades. Jeff is a jazz master and educator who is performing Monday, April 21, at The BOB.
WGVU's Scott Vander Werf spoke with Jeff Haas...
Local team promotes national sexual assault awareness campaign April 18, 2014 | WGVU Someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the United States. Seven out of ten sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows, including a partner. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and as part of national campaign, a local effort is underway to fight this often silent epidemic. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Bolger: Unions will have to put up cash to help settle Detroit bankruptcy April 18, 2014 | MPRN The state House Republican leader says he expects unions to put up cash from their bank accounts as part of Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement. House Speaker Jase Bolger says that’s one of his conditions before he’ll agree to a legislative vote on putting 350 million dollars of state money toward the bailout.
Thursday Michigan: $600,000 mishandled by funeral director Standish MI April 17, 2014 | AP State Attorney General Bill Schuette says he's brought embezzlement charges against a northern Michigan funeral home operator in connection with mishandled payments for future funerals.
Board seeks return of some duties to Pontiac mayor Pontiac MI April 17, 2014 | AP A board appointed to help guide Pontiac from state oversight to local control wants to transfer budget and some other responsibilities from a city administrator to the mayor.
Snyder: Marquette County getting help after cold Lansing MI April 17, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of emergency for Marquette County following widespread, severe damage to water and sewer lines caused by this winter's extreme cold.
Dry weather helps Michigan floodwaters recede April 17, 2014 | AP Floodwaters are receding along rivers in Michigan's central and western Lower Peninsula, a trend that should continue with mostly dry weather in the forecast for the next several days.
Legislature begins debate over $500 million road funding plan April 17, 2014 | WGVU State House Speaker Jase Bolger says it’s time for lawmakers to do something about Michigan’s crumbling roads – even if it’s not a full solution.
As Jake Neher reports, Bolger outlined his plan today in front of a state House panel.
Snyder files for reelection April 17, 2014 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder has filed 26 thousand petition signatures to put his name on the Republican primary ballot in August, and – if all goes as planned – make him a candidate for reelection in November.
Flooding persists along rivers in western Michigan Evart MI April 16, 2014 | AP The National Weather Service says the Muskegon River reached a record 15.8 feet late Tuesday at Evart in Osceola County after earlier exceeding a previous high of 15 feet set in March 1989.
Authorities: 2 dead in crash with wrong-way driver Plainwell MI April 16, 2014 | WGVU Authorities say two people are dead following a fiery crash involving a wrong-way driver on an Allegan County roadway after state police tried to stop the motorist.
Police: Charges possible after beating on video Warren MI April 16, 2014 | AP Police say two cousins of a 14-year-old suburban Detroit boy could face charges after a video posted online showed them beating him with belts to discipline him for stealing candy at school.
Michigan civil rights group develops mobile app Dearborn MI April 16, 2014 | AP A Michigan civil rights organization has developed what it's calling the first mobile app to report discrimination, ethnic harassment and other forms of bigotry.
Michigan unveils steps to boost black enrollment Ann Arbor MI April 16, 2014 | AP The University of Michigan says it's working to boost black enrollment, which has dropped to 4.7 percent since state residents voted to ban consideration of race in admissions.
Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers Detroit MI April 16, 2014 | AP Pressure is building for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions after the bankrupt city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group.
Spike in West Michigan market for new home sales April 16, 2014 | WGVU There’s a spike in the demand for new construction home sales in West Michigan, following on a national trend in the housing market for single family homes. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Schauer calls education his “top priority” in schools plan April 16, 2014 | MPRN The Democrat likely to challenge Governor Rick Snyder in November says improving public schools would be his top priority in office. As Jake Neher reports, former Congressman Mark Schauer unveiled his education plan today.