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Michigan murderer who escaped scheduled for court
ionia MI  April 23, 2014  |  AP   A convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison in February is scheduled for arraignment on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges   

Crews remove, destroy unexploded military shell
Battle Creek MI  April 23, 2014  |  AP  Bomb disposal crews responded to a Battle Creek home after a scrap business operator obtained an unexploded military shell.   

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.   

GM restructuring engineering in response to recall
Detroit MI  April 23, 2014  |  AP  General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.    

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.   

Gilda's Club Grand Rapids attracting crowds and growing revenue
  April 23, 2014  |  WGVU  After four years Millions of laughs and now more than $1 million dollars have been raised by LaughFest supporting programs at Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids.   

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.   

Michigan to designate veterans on driver's license
  April 23, 2014  |  AP  Michigan will let its 680,000 military veterans get a special designation on their driver's licenses starting May 1.   

Michigan murderer arraigned in prison escape
  April 23, 2014  |  AP  A convicted murderer who broke out of a western Michigan prison in February has been arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.   

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.     mp3

Gov. Snyder and Senate leader not embracing Bolger’s union demands
  April 23, 2014  |  MPRN  State House Speaker Jase Bolger is the only Republican leader in Lansing demanding that unions contribute to Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement.   

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.   

Coast Guard finishes lower Great Lakes icebreaking
Detroit MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP  The U.S. Coast Guard says it has wrapped up more than four months of icebreaking to open shipping lanes on the lower Great Lakes.   

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.    

New service animals area opening at Detroit Metro
Romulus MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP  Officials are set to show off a new spot at Detroit Metropolitan Airport where passengers can take their service animals.   

Earth Week effort uses four legged plant eaters to uproot invasives
Ottawa County MI  April 22, 2014  |  WGVU  On this Earth Day, there’s a special effort beginning in Ottawa County to deal with invasive species at the local level. As WGVU’s David Moore reports, the way they’re hoping to control two particular plants may surprise you.   

High court decides Michigan affirmative action issue
Washington DC  April 22, 2014  |  AP  The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.   

Judge rules for newspaper in mug shot dispute case
Detroit MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP  A judge says the federal government must turn over mug shots of criminal defendants to the Detroit Free Press.   

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.   

Experts tapped to help judge in Detroit bankruptcy
Detroit MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP   A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy has selected experts from Boston and New York to advise him on the city's plan to get out of Chapter 9.   

91-year-old World War II veteran gets honor
Rochester Hills MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP   A 91-year-old World War II veteran in suburban Detroit has received a long-overdue honor.   

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.   

Police investigate report of West Michigan brawl involving 100
Muskegon MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP   Police say they're investigating following a report of a weekend brawl in Muskegon that may have involved about 100 people.   

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.    

Muskegon Heights 2 million in debt since Mosaica took over
  April 22, 2014  |  WGVU  The Muskegon Heights Charter School District is scrambling to balance its budget in the wake of 2 million dollars in additional debt since a charter operator took over in 2012. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.    mp3

SCOTUS upholds Michigan affirmative action amendment
  April 22, 2014  |  MPRN  The US Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on race- and gender-based affirmative action that was approved by voters eight years ago.   

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.     mp3

Schuette praises high court ruling on admissions
  April 22, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the state's ban on using race in university admissions.   

EAA debate heats up in Lansing, final vote possible this week
  April 22, 2014  |  MPRN  Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville hopes to hold a final vote this week on a bill to expand the state’s Education Achievement Authority. There’s still plenty of opposition to the legislation in Lansing.    mp3

Innovation Talk
  April 22, 2014  |  WGVU  How crowd funding impacts local angel groups.    

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.    

Cheney to visit Grand Rapids, talk heart problems
Grand Rapids MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP   Former Vice President Dick Cheney plans to visit Grand Rapids with his cardiologist to discuss Cheney's history of heart problems.    

Beer honoring slain officer to benefit foundation
Kalamazoo MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP   A beer made in honor of a slain Kalamazoo police officer will benefit the foundation that bears his name.   

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.   

Secretary of State Johnson starts re-election bid
Waterford Twp MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is formally launching her campaign for a second four-year term.   

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.    

Charter school operator says its owed $2 million
  April 21, 2014  |  AP  The charter operator of the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System says the district owes it more than $2 million.    

School districts get leeway in making up snow days
  April 21, 2014  |  AP  Michigan is giving school districts more flexibility in making up for snow days this academic year.   

Former VP Dick Cheney in Grand Rapids to talk about heart disease
  April 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Former Vice President Dick Cheney was in town Monday for a roundtable discussion with his cardiologist and other physicians before talking to the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.    

Former reserve police officer arrested in connection with girl's murder
  April 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Police have arrested a former reserve police officer in connection with the murder of an 11-year-old Michigan girl. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.    

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.   

Ruth Johnson announces reelection bid for Secretary of State
  April 21, 2014  |  MPRN  By Jake Neher Ruth Johnson will seek another term as Michigan’s Secretary of State.   

Michigan man sentenced in 1987 double-murder
  April 21, 2014  |  AP  A 51-year-old western Michigan man has been sentenced to life in prison for the slayings of his sister and her husband in 1987 at their Holland-area home.   

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.   

Parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula get fresh snow
Ironwood MI  April 18, 2014  |  AP   Parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula got more than a foot of snow during spring storms this week, breaking at least one daily snowfall record.    

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.    

Battle Creek police review use-of-force policies
Battle Creek MI  April 18, 2014  |  AP   Battle Creek police plan to review their use-of-force policies following an arrest that led to a $31,000 settlement.    

Grant money increases for Michigan specialty crops
Washington DC  April 18, 2014  |  AP   Michigan could receive nearly $2 million in federal block grants for specialty crops as a result of the U.S. farm bill.    

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.    

University of Michigan moves on construction work
Ann Arbor MI  April 18, 2014  |  AP  The University of Michigan is moving forward with plans for a $135 million addition to its business school and other construction projects.   

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...    mp3

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.     mp3

WGVU-TV's West Michigan Week: Grand Rapids Juvenile Offense Index
  April 18, 2014  |  WGVU  Juvenile crime in Grand Rapids over the past seven years has declined 44-percent. WGVU-TV’s “West Michigan Week” takes a closer look at who’s committing the crimes and how the report aids in forming public policy.    mp3

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.    

Schauer files 27,000 signatures to get name on ballot
  April 18, 2014  |  MPRN   Democrat Mark Schauer filed 27 thousand petition signatures today to put his name on the August primary ballot.    

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.   

Teen faces hearing in mob attack on motorist
Detroit MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP   A 16-year-old Detroit boy is due back in juvenile court on assault and ethnic intimidation charges in the brutal beating of a suburban motorist.   

Man's body found on Lake Michigan beach identified
Ludington MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP  The frozen body of a man found on a remote Lake Michigan beach has been identified as a missing Wisconsin resident.    

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.   

Fermi 2 nuclear plant shuts for fix to transformer
Frenchtown Twp MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP   DTE Energy Co. says it's shut down the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant to replace one of the two main transformers.    

Biz Journal: Downtown GR to get new apartment, hotel space
Grand Rapids MI  April 17, 2014  |  WGVU  Downtown Grand Rapids is getting more hotel and housing space. But as WGVU’s David Moore reports, this project will make use of an existing building, rather than any new construction.     mp3

Lawsuit: Wayne State bilked research money from US
Detroit MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP   A lawsuit filed by a fired medical school professor says Wayne State University bilked more than $169 million in research grant money from the U.S. government.   

Police: Man fatally shot at Kalamazoo sports bar
Kalamazoo MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP  Police say a 23-year-old man shot to death at a Kalamazoo night spot   

Dark Sky Park in Michigan getting $7M upgrade
Wawatam Twp MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP  Plans call for a $7 million upgrade starting this year at a park on the Straits of Mackinac that's designated as a prime spot for stargazing.   

Flint plans to start using river water on Monday
Flint MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP  Flint's plans to get drinking water from the Flint River instead of the Detroit water department are expected to become reality on Monday.   

Detroit sees more deals ahead in bankruptcy case
Detroit MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP  The city of Detroit is optimistic it will make more deals in the next several days to help emerge from bankruptcy.   

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.   

Nonprofit's Detroit demolition work consolidated
Detroit MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP   Officials say demolition work of the nonprofit Detroit Blight Authority is being consolidated under city-run efforts to tear down dangerous buildings.   

Snyder turns in signatures for re-election bid
  April 17, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has made his re-election bid official by turning in more than 26,000 signatures from all 83 counties to election officials.   

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.   

Illegal marijuana operation investigation covers West Michigan
  April 17, 2014  |  WGVU  A huge government led police investigation has uncovered an illegal marijuana growing operation in West Michigan. WGVUs’ Caroline MacGregor has more.   

Muskegon Community College plans downtown location
  April 17, 2014  |  WGVU  Muskegon Community College (MCC) is working toward completing a renovation and expansion project that includes a downtown Muskegon location. WGVU's Caroline MacGregor has more   

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.    

Former Governor John Engler: raising Michigan's GDP key to growth
  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  Former Michigan Governor, John Engler, spoke to the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday about his perspective on moving Michigan’s economy forward faster. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.     mp3

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: Body found on Lake Michigan beach
Ludington MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   Authorities say the body of a man has been found on a Lake Michigan beach.   

AG, lawyers disagree over gay marriage appeal path
Detroit MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage are opposing the state's request to have an entire appeals court take the case.    

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.   

Grand Rapids NBA D-League ownership group talks long-term success
  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  Details of a Detroit Pistons’ minor league team calling Grand Rapids home have been announced.     mp3

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.   

Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang
New York NY  April 16, 2014  |  AP   Ford is building a limited-edition Mustang GT to honor the pony car's 50th anniversary.   

Governor tabs Kent County Public Works Director to recycling council
Grand Rapids MI  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  Kent County has been named a member of Governor Snyder’s Council on recycling.   

Governor names Kent County Public Works Director to recycling council
Grand Rapids MI  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  Kent County has been named a member of Governor Snyder’s Council on Recycling.    mp3

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.   

Official: Killer of trooper remains hospitalized
Jackson MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   An official says a man sentenced to life in prison last week for the slaying of a Michigan state trooper remains hospitalized after trying to kill himself.   

Study examines deaths of trout that eat alewife
  April 16, 2014  |  AP  Researchers are making progress toward understanding why some Great Lakes trout die after eating an invasive prey fish called alewife.   

Michigan adjusted jobless rate down to 7.5 percent
  April 16, 2014  |  AP  The state says Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in six years, falling two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.5 percent.   

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.     mp3

State investigating death at Jenison assisted living home
  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  The death of a West Michigan adult care home resident is being investigated by the state.    mp3

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.    

MiBiz with Mark Sanchez
  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  Michigan receives an "F" for medical cost transparency.   

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