Service union pays $205,000 for campaign violation Lansing MI March 11, 2014 | AP Michigan's secretary of state says the Service Employees International Union will pay $205,000 in penalties in a deal to settle campaign spending law violations during a failed ballot issue campaign.
Grand Rapids aviation school to mark record enrollment this fall Grand Rapids MI March 11, 2014 | WGVU A West Michigan high school that focuses on flying is looking for good things come the fall. The West Michigan Aviation Academy is marking its third year, and as WGVU’s David Moore reports, the demand for graduates continues to grow.
Yesterday Fraternity members walk 160 miles for fundraiser Traverse City MI March 10, 2014 | AP A group of fraternity members from Grand Valley State University have wrapped up an eight-day, 160-mile walk to raise money to support multiple sclerosis research and education.
Plans moving forward for new Detroit-Canada bridge Detroit MI March 10, 2014 | AP Officials in Michigan say the omission in the federal budget for funding of a border inspection plaza in Michigan is not expected to delay construction of a commuter bridge between Detroit and Canada.
Friday Michigan requiring more mental health services March 7, 2014 | WGVU Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation designed to offer more treatment options in Michigan for people with mental illness, including those who are jailed or at risk of being imprisoned.
Professor urges 24-hour technology break March 7, 2014 | WGVU An Eastern Michigan University educator wants people to give themselves a 24-hour break from smartphones, text messages and other media-based technology.
Closing arguments wrap up in same-sex marriage trial March 7, 2014 | MPRN A federal judge says he expects to take two weeks or less to issue his opinion on whether Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. As Rick Pluta reports, the trial wrapped up today.
Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association suing City of Grand Rapids March 7, 2014 | WGVU Did the City of Grand Rapids miss ballot certification deadline or not?
The Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association says it did and is filing a lawsuit against the city. It says the City of Grand Rapids missed the certification deadline with the county clerk to include the street tax proposal on the May 6th ballot.
Hundreds to don shades in record-setting attempt March 6, 2014 | WGVU If it's March, it must be time to try to set another arcane world record in Grand Rapids. Gilda's LaughFest organizers in the past three years have overseen record-setting attempts for donning false mustaches, wearing chicken beaks and tossing rubber chickens.
Michigan's top court hears juvenile lifers case March 6, 2014 | AP Attorneys for the state of Michigan have urged the state Supreme Court to deny any new benefit to more than 350 prisoners who are serving no-parole sentences for murder.
Michigan Supreme Court to decide fate of 350 juvenile lifers March 6, 2014 | MPRN Life without parole used to be the automatic sentence for juveniles who were tried as adults and convicted of first degree murder. That was until June of 2012, when the US Supreme Court ruled that automatic life without parole for juveniles was unconstitutional. But there’s a question here in Michigan that remains – what happens to more than 350 juvenile lifers here who were sent to prison before the decision. The state Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday on that question.
Governor Snyder says auto industry "re-consolidating" in Michigan March 6, 2014 | WGVU Michigan Governor Rick Snyder doesn’t think the state’s economy is too heavily dependent on the auto industry. While in Grand Rapids addressing the15 Annual Automotive Suppliers Symposium at Grand Valley State University, the governor says the auto industry has looked around the globe and realizes Michigan is the place to be.
USDA looks at U. of Michigan animal research March 5, 2014 | WGVU The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to review incidents involving animal research at University of Michigan that included the accidental strangulation death of a baboon.
State jobless rate down half point to 7.8 percent March 5, 2014 | AP Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment has dropped half a percentage point to 7.8 percent in the latest month as the number of jobless work-seekers fell despite an increase in the labor force.
City of Grand Rapids snow pushback continues March 5, 2014 | WGVU The City of Grand Rapids is beginning to wind down its street widening program. Three more neighborhoods will see snow plows pushing back mounds of snow restricting emergency vehicles from passing through.
MiBiz with Mark Sanchez March 5, 2014 | WGVU Spectrum Health innovations take shape with local partnerships. The number of senior living facilities expand with an aging population. The impact of Muskegon Angels one year after inception.
Tuesday Advocates lobby feds for Great Lakes programs March 4, 2014 | AP Great Lakes advocates are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week to lobby for funding of environmental projects and to discuss strategies for dealing with challenges such as invasive species.
Lawyers to grill sociologist in gay-marriage trial March 4, 2014 | WGVU A University of Texas professor will face a vigorous cross-examination in the trial over Michigan's gay-marriage ban. Mark Regnerus is returning to the witness chair Tuesday in Detroit federal court.
City to strike ban on being willfully annoying March 4, 2014 | WGVU It's soon expected to be OK to be willfully annoying in Grand Rapids. The City Commission is nixing a 38-year-old section of city code that states "no person shall willfully annoy another person."
Grand Rapids City reviews archaic law March 4, 2014 | WGVU So what constitutes “willfully annoying?” The Grand Rapids City Commission has decided throw out a 38-year-old section of city code that states "no person shall willfully annoy another person." WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
No bucks for Detroit bridge plaza in Obama budget March 4, 2014 | AP President Barack Obama has failed to put money in his federal budget proposal for a customs plaza on the Detroit side of a planned $3.5 billion bridge between the city and Canada.
PennDOT officials travel to Michigan pitching transportation funding model March 4, 2014 | WGVU Michigan Governor Rick Snyder proposed spending $12 billion over 10-years to fix the states roads and bridges. That was last year and the legislature was cool to the idea. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania and its Republican Governor and legislature passed a transportation bill raising an additional $2.3 billion dollars a year. PennDOT officials are traveling to Michigan discussing its funding formula.
Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan March 4, 2014 | WGVU The West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center's mission statement is "To support refugee children and families to gain necessary skills for seamless and successful integration into the community."
House OKs road money, accounts for Medicaid delay March 4, 2014 | AP A divided Michigan House has approved a mid-year spending bill that includes extra money for road maintenance and accounts for a delay in the contentious expansion of Medicaid.
Effort underway to regulate e-cigarettes March 4, 2014 | MPRN There is an effort afoot in Lansing to regulate smokeless electronic cigarettes – and ban their sale to minors. But, as we hear from Rick Pluta, there is a difference of opinion on how to go about it.