Snyder signs bills to streamline some courts LANSING, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to streamline the district court system in Michigan by creating more flexibility for magistrates.
Snyder signs bill to expand nuisance abatement LANSING, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to expand local governments' power to file nuisance complaints against homeowners and businesses suspected of illegal activity such human trafficking or gun crimes.
Cyberbullying legislation sent to Gov. Snyder LANSING, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP Michigan school districts would have to include cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policies and report bullying data to the state under legislation going to Gov. Rick Snyder.
Michigan gets $349,000 in cell 'cramming' deal LANSING, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the state will receive $349,000 as part of a $90 million national settlement with cellphone company T-Mobile.
Hop candy delivers flavor without the hangover GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. December 19, 2014 | WGVU Today is National Hard Candy Day. The ingredients for making hard candy is basic; syrup, citric acid, food coloring and flavoring. And for kids young and old it’s the flavor that matters. WGVU discovered a one-of-a-kind candy taste earlier this year at the American Homebrewers Association Conference held at Grand Rapids’ DeVos Place.
Labor activist faces sentencing in fraud case Detroit, MI December 18, 2014 | WGVU A Detroit-area labor activist known for repeatedly suing Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit officials to stop the use of emergency managers faces sentencing in a federal fraud case.
Michigan to vote on 7 percent sales tax for roads LANSING, Mich. December 18, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders have struck a road funding deal to put a proposed 1 percentage point hike in the 6 percent sales tax to a statewide vote in May.
Voters would have to approve road funding plan December 18, 2014 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders are trying to convince state lawmakers to adopt a plan to raise one-point-three billion dollars for roads, and then put the question on the ballot in May.
Wednesday Report cites need to fix Michigan's school funding Lansing MI December 17, 2014 | WGVU A report endorsed by the state Board of Education says Michigan needs to fix its school funding system and spend money more wisely to improve student outcomes.
Michigan getting $70M for health improvements Lansing MI December 17, 2014 | WGVU Michigan is getting $70 million in federal funding during the next four years to support health care system enhancements that are designed to benefit families.
Michigan road funds deal in doubt this session Lansing MI December 17, 2014 | WGVU Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders are still talking about how to raise taxes to improve Michigan's roads, as chances rise that no deal will be struck before lawmakers adjourn for the year.
African American Churches Hold Special Prayer Grand Rapids MI December 17, 2014 | WGVU
Demonstrations over grand jury decisions have moved from outdoor protests to inside church sanctuaries, as many African American churches held special services on the theme: “Black Lives Matter.”
Bills signed to create parolee work certificate LANSING, Mich. December 17, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing Michigan inmates released on parole to be given a work certificate if they complete a career and technical education course and meet other requirements.
Michigan probe continues into meningitis outbreak LANSING, Mich. December 17, 2014 | AP Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says a state investigation continues after federal indictments of 14 people in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide.
Top Dem: House should vote on Senate gas tax hike LANSING, Mich. December 17, 2014 | AP A top Democrat says the Michigan House should vote on a Senate-approved plan that would significantly raise gasoline and diesel taxes to generate at least $1 billion more in road repair funding.
Doctors: Man in train stabbing suffered delusions SAGINAW, Mich. December 17, 2014 | AP Documents show that a Michigan man and Army veteran charged with stabbing four people aboard an Amtrak train had delusions at one time and spent time in jail for attacking a girlfriend.
State's jobless rate off 0.4 points to 6.7 percent LANSING, Mich. December 17, 2014 | AP Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped 0.4 percentage points to 6.7 percent in the latest month, reaching its lowest level in more than eight years.
14 charged in meningitis outbreak December 17, 2014 | WGVU The owners of a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts face federal murder charges for mishandling medical steroids that were distributed nationwide and caused a meningitis outbreak.
64 people died – 23 from Michigan.
Man sentenced in Benton Harbor election fraud Benton Harbor MI December 16, 2014 | WGVU A Michigan man who was found guilty of fraud in a Benton Harbor mayoral recall election has been sentenced to 2 1/2 to 10 years in prison.
Flood aid in Detroit area totals $246 million Detroit, MI December 16, 2014 | WGVU Federal assistance for Detroit-area residents who suffered property damage during severe August flooding has totaled $246 million following the application deadline.
Man sentenced in Benton Harbor election fraud BENTON HARBOR, Mich. December 16, 2014 | WGVU A Michigan man who was found guilty of fraud in a Benton Harbor mayoral recall election has been sentenced to 2 1/2 to 10 years in prison.
Retired officer gives autism safety talk across US Ypsilanti MI December 16, 2014 | WGVU A retired police officer from Michigan is making it his mission to educate first responders and others about how to more effectively interact with those with autism spectrum disorder.
AAA forecasts big travel season in Michigan DEARBORN, Mich. December 16, 2014 | AP AAA says more than 3 million people from Michigan are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season.
Effort to showcase stories of failure expands GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. December 16, 2014 | AP An effort to showcase individual and personal stories of failure that gained momentum in Michigan is planning an international expansion.
Drop in oil prices a result of global market battle December 16, 2014 | WGVU Gas prices in West Michigan are down more than $1.50 a gallon over the past six months. How long will it last? One analyst says prices will stay under $3 a gallon through 2015? What are the factors behind the price drop?
Michigan bills OK'd to loosen air gun regulations LANSING, Mich. December 16, 2014 | AP Michigan lawmakers have approved legislation to loosen licensing restrictions on air guns and limit local governments' ability to set their own regulations, except when the guns are being used by kids under age 16.
Requests for GRPD body cams continue December 16, 2014 | WGVU Grand Rapids City Commission chambers were again full Tuesday night, as residents and others spoke to the need for police officer body cameras.
Monday US attorney: Wayne County probe winding down Detroit, MI December 15, 2014 | WGVU Federal authorities say they're close to announcing whether new charges will be brought following a yearslong investigation of corruption in Wayne County government.
Friday Ballet company teams with 'Polar Express' creator Grand Rapids MI December 12, 2014 | WGVU The Grand Rapids Ballet is unveiling a new production of "The Nutcracker" that's co-designed by Chris Van Allsburg, known for his book "The Polar Express."
Man charged in Amtrak stabbings due in court St. Joseph, MI December 12, 2014 | WGVU A mental competency exam is likely to be discussed when a man accused of stabbing four people on an Amtrak train returns to court in southwestern Michigan.
Fruitport elementary classes get books from state Fruitport, MI December 12, 2014 | WGVU A kindergarten and two third-grade classrooms in Fruitport are among the 115 elementary classrooms and early childhood programs that will receive books through the Michigan Department of Education's Culture of Reading program.
Grand Rapids blocks guest house for nuns, families Grand Rapids MI December 12, 2014 | WGVU Officials have denied a nursing home's request to create a guest house in a Grand Rapids neighborhood for visiting nuns and family members of people in hospice care.
Conference committees named in road funding talks LANSING, Mich. December 12, 2014 | AP Michigan legislative leaders have named four Republicans and two Democrats to serve on House-Senate conference committees that will consider competing road funding bills in the final week of the session.
Legislation seeks interim steps to stop Asian carp TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. December 12, 2014 | AP Members of Congress have introduced legislation calling for interim steps to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes through Chicago-area waterways while a permanent solution is debated.