Today Michigan's unemployment rate up 0.7 points in July Lansing MI August 22, 2014 | AP Michigan authorities say the state's unemployment rate rose 0.7 percentage points in the latest month, calling it a reflection of normal seasonal changes in the job market.
Housing agency board appoints acting director Lansing MI August 22, 2014 | AP A deputy state treasurer has been appointed acting executive director of Michigan's housing agency after the previous head resigned over seeking reimbursement for expensive meals and travel.
Byron Center Tanger Factory Outlet ceremonial ground breaking August 22, 2014 | WGVU Eleven miles south of Grand Rapids mountains of dirt are being pushed around in Byron Township near the intersection of U.S.-131 and 84th Street. That’s where an official groundbreaking took place Thursday celebrating the construction of the 350,000 square foot Tanger Factory Outlet Center.
Telephone lottery scam costs victims big bucks Grand Rapids MI August 22, 2014 | WGVU There’s a new telephone scam out there -which can cost you thousands of dollars. It involves notification that you’ve won an international lottery and progresses from there.
Today, WGVU Midday West Michigan talks with Phil Catlett, president of the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan
Telephone lottery scam costs victims big bucks Grand Rapids MI August 22, 2014 | WGVU There's a new telephone scam out there that can cost you thousands of dollars. It involves notification that you've won an international lottery and proceeds from there.
Snyder wants FEMA to conduct damage assessment Lansing MI August 22, 2014 | AP Governor Snyder wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a preliminary damage assessment following the flooding that ravaged parts of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
2 boys badly hurt in fall from Ferris wheel Chelsea MI August 22, 2014 | AP Police say two boys are critically injured after falling at least 15 feet from a Ferris wheel at a community fair in southeastern Michigan.
Snyder wants FEMA to conduct damage assessment August 22, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a preliminary damage assessment following the flooding that ravaged parts of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
Top Snyder aide pays $16,700 in taxes, interest August 22, 2014 | AP A top aide to Gov. Rick Snyder has paid $16,700 in property taxes and interest after improperly claiming a principal residence exemption on two houses for three years.
Michigan renters to split $500,000 settlement Grand Rapids MI August 21, 2014 | AP At least 13 women will share a more than $500,000 settlement after a federal lawsuit said a Grand Rapids apartment manager sexually harassed tenants.
Ex-Councilwoman Monica Conyers finishes probation Detroit MI August 21, 2014 | AP A federal judge has signed an order ending the probation for ex-Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers, the wife of Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers who was imprisoned in a municipal corruption case.
Levin, Stabenow: US giving $750,000 for flood aid Detroit MI August 21, 2014 | AP Michigan U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow say the U.S. Department of Transportation is giving Michigan $750,000 in disaster aid to help pay for repairs and reconstruction of roads damaged in the severe flooding that hit the southeastern corner of the state.
Parklets sprucing up downtown Grand Rapids Grand Rapids MI August 21, 2014 | WGVU Some downtown Grand Rapids businesses are sporting a new look, at least on the outside. It’s part of an attempt to put more sparkle in the central city.
Today,WGVU Midday West Michigan chats with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Panning Manager Tim Kelly on the subject of parklets. What’s a parklet, you may ask?
Married Michigan same-sex couples seek recognition Detroit MI August 21, 2014 | AP A lawyer has urged a judge to order Michigan to recognize same-sex marriages performed in March, saying the unions are valid even if a higher court reinstates the state's gay marriage ban.
Guitarist Joshua Breakstone Puts The Cello In Jazz August 21, 2014 | WGVU The guitar trio is a standard configuration in the genres of jazz, blues, rock, folk and country music. Some guitarists prefer the harmonic freedom that lies with the simplicity of guitar, bass and drums. In jazz, there’s been a somewhat secret tradition of adding cello into the mix, going back to recordings of Oscar Pettiford, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Nat Adderly and Wes Montgomery. Modern jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone released a record this year that prominently features cello in the mix…
Storms hit southern Michigan, with 60 mph gusts Irving Twp MI August 20, 2014 | AP Severe thunderstorms have pushed across Michigan's Lower Peninsula, creating wind gusts nearing 60 miles per hour in places, knocking down trees and dumping as much as 3.6 inches of rain.
Museum school promises immersion experience for GRPS students Grand Rapids MI August 20, 2014 | AP There’s a new school in Grand Rapids, with classrooms at the Van Andel Public Museum Center. It’s called, appropriately, the Museum School. Today on WGVU Midday West Michigan, we talk with GRPS Communications Specialist John Helmholt for some details.
Kalamazoo County considers defense resolution Kalamazoo MI August 20, 2014 | AP Kalamazoo County officials will decide whether to ask the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a ballistic missile defense system at Fort Custer Training Center.
Male guards can sue over jobs at women's prison Pittsfield Twp MI August 20, 2014 | AP The Michigan appeals court has cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit by dozens of male guards who say they've been denied overtime and job assignments at the state's only prison for women.
Kalamazoo County considers defense resolution August 20, 2014 | WGVU Kalamazoo County officials will decide whether to ask the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a ballistic missile defense system at Fort Custer Training Center.
State approves loan for Detroit Public Schools requested by emergency manager August 20, 2014 | MPRN The state expects to lend about 200 school districts money to help them start the school year. That’s normal in Michigan – which doesn’t send its first school aid payments until October.
But as Jake Neher reports, the process has pitted the school board in the state’s largest district against its emergency manager.
Improving economy impacting GRCC enrollment August 20, 2014 | WGVU As Grand Rapids Community College prepares for its students return to fall classes next week, as of today, enrollment is down and that impacts GRCC's bottom line.
Tuesday Safety agency opens probe into fire truck recall Detroit MI August 19, 2014 | AP U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall of 156 fire trucks last year was enough to fix a problem with aerial ladders that can unexpectedly fall.
Conviction reinstated in case linked to perjury Detroit MI August 19, 2014 | AP A federal court has reinstated the drug conviction of a Detroit-area man whose case made headlines because of misconduct involving a judge, prosecutor and police officers.
Bay City delays vote on child migrant resolution Bay City MI August 19, 2014 | AP The Bay City Commission has delayed voting on a resolution to support housing child immigrants from Central America during a meeting that drew protesters and supporters of the plan.
Michigan girl mauled by raccoon finishes surgeries Royal Oak MI August 19, 2014 | AP A western Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby is celebrating the completion of two years' worth of reconstructive surgical procedures.
Woman found guilty of manslaughter in car crash Detroit MI August 19, 2014 | AP A Detroit-area woman authorities say intentionally crashed her car into another vehicle, causing the death of the other driver, has been convicted of manslaughter.
Michigan prosecutors reviewing missing woman case Monroe MI August 19, 2014 | WGVU Monroe County prosecutors say they have received a sheriff's department report about a woman reported missing and found a day later and could decide this week whether to file charges.
Machine to keep lungs alive for transplant tested Ann Arbor MI August 18, 2014 | AP The University of Michigan is taking part in a clinical trial of a technique to keep lungs alive for days after death, greatly extending the possibility of transplanting them into a needy recipient.
Food bank study on hunger "disturbing" Grand Rapids MI August 18, 2014 | AP A new study on hunger is proving to be a real eye-opener. It shows about 493,000 people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula turn to the Feeding America West Michigan food bank each year.
Today on WGVU Midday West Michigan, we talk with Feeding America Communications Specialist Andrew Steiner for details. Steiner calls the situation “disturbing.”
Food bank study on hunger "disturbing" Grand Rapids MI August 18, 2014 | WGVU A new study on hunger is proving to be a real eye-opener. It shows about 493,000 people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula turn to the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank each year.
All workers to be back at Tech Center by Friday Warren MI August 18, 2014 | WGVU General Motors Co. says it hopes to have all 19,000 employees and contract workers back into their buildings at the automaker's massive Tech Center in Warren by Friday.
Report recommended removal of 7 from Camp Grayling Lansing MI August 18, 2014 | AP A Michigan National Guard investigation into alleged wrongdoing at the Camp Grayling military training base recommended the removal of seven people, including two lieutenant colonels.
National report lands Grand Rapids Top 10 in concentrated poverty August 18, 2014 | WGVU Grand Rapids comes in seventh on the Brookings Institution’s report, “The 15 U.S. Cities Where Poor Neighborhoods Are Expanding Fastest.” WGVU takes a closer look at what a community can do to improve economic conditions and current data indicating conditions are improving.
Western Michigan Jazz Orchestra returns with Travel Notes August 18, 2014 | WGVU Western Michigan University has a thriving music program with jazz as its strength. The Western Michigan Jazz Orchestra has a fine tradition both on CD and in performance. Their latest recording "Travel Notes" present six epic composition...Here's a preview..
Michigan congressional delegation to push FEMA for flood help August 18, 2014 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan’s congressional delegation are teaming up to push for federal help for flood victims. As Jake Neher reports, thousands in and around Detroit are still dealing with damage after massive floods last week.
Rallies in Michigan follow death of Missouri teen Detroit MI August 15, 2014 | AP People attended protest vigils across Michigan for an unarmed black Missouri teenager fatally shot by a white police officer and other victims who organizers say died as a result of police brutality.
Official offers tips to avoid propane price spikes Traverse City MI August 15, 2014 | AP The chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission says people who heat their homes with propane should take steps to make sure they'll have a reliable supply during the cold season.