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Diwali celebraton welcomes all, offers special foods, music and Hindu culture
November 14, 2012 | WGVU This Friday marks the annual celebration of Diwali. And although, like Chanukah, it commemorates a serious event from antiquity, it’s still first and foremost a joyous occasion. WGVU religion reporter David Moore has the story. Diwali is anticipated all year, a cultural celebration rising from a legendary event dating back 7,000 years. It’s observed in homes, and is often a day where businesses actually begin what amounts to a new fiscal year, starting their books over again. Fred Stella is President of the West Michigan Interfaith Dialogue Association and tells us “It’s also a time for cleaning. People scrub their houses from top to bottom. People in business often purchase new equipment or books for bookkeeping. It is really considered to be a new beginning.” Diwali at Fountain Street Church offers special foods, music, dancing and is also a celebration of culture. Stella says Stella says Diwali is often referred to as the “Hindu Christmas,” without the Christian spiritual basis. And he adds even the “barely religious” often turn out for the event at a community observance or at their local Hindu temple. The Fountain Street Church event runs from 6:00pm until 9:00pm Friday. It's free and open to all, but you’ll need reservations. Call 459-8386. Fountain Street Church is located at 24 Fountain Street NE in downtown Grand Rapids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Final push for funding for new Spring Lake Catholic school
Spring Lake MI April 15, 2014 | WGVU St. Mary’s Parish in Spring Lake is in the final stages of fundraising for a new $1.5 million dollar school and education center. WGVU’s David Moore has the story
Grand Haven/Holland metro area most satisfied in state
April 15, 2014 | WGVU A new Gallup poll shows residents of Grand Haven and Kalamazoo are among the most satisfied when it comes to their community. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.
Utility crews work to restore power after storms
Pontiac MI April 15, 2014 | AP Michigan's largest utilities say crews are working to finish restoring power to about 35,000 homes and business without service following three days of storms packing high winds.
Michigan girl mauled by raccoon getting new ear
Royal Oak MI April 15, 2014 | AP A surgeon at a Detroit-area hospital plans to perform a procedure that will begin the process of creating a new ear for a western Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby.
Judge holding hearing on ban on same-sex benefits
Detroit MI April 15, 2014 | AP A judge is being asked to call a time-out in a lawsuit that challenges a Michigan law banning same-sex benefits in public schools and local governments.
Official: Man who killed trooper tried suicide
Jackson MI April 15, 2014 | AP Authorities say a man who was sentenced to life in prison last week for the slaying of a Michigan state trooper tried to kill himself.
Ex-principal sentenced in student sex abuse case
Vicksburg MI April 15, 2014 | AP An ex-principal in southwestern Michigan has pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with a relationship he had with a former middle school student.
Michigan's North Campus to get $6.9M face-lift
Ann Arbor MI April 15, 2014 | AP The University of Michigan's North Campus is in line for a $6.9 million outdoor face-lift.
Police probe bogus Twitter account
Royal Oak MI April 15, 2014 | AP Royal Oak police investigators are trying to determine who set up a fake account in the department's name on Twitter.
Cheney to visit Grand Rapids, talk heart problems
Grand Rapids MI April 15, 2014 | AP Former Vice President Dick Cheney plans to visit Grand Rapids next week with his cardiologist to discuss Cheney's history of heart problems.
Flooding threatens homes along Michigan rivers
Evart MI April 15, 2014 | AP Flood warnings are in effect along rivers in a wide swath of Michigan's Lower Peninsula as rising water from heavy rain and snow melt-off threatens some homes.
Changes approved for Detroit property taxes
Detroit MI April 15, 2014 | AP State regulators have approved a plan to overhaul the Detroit department that sets property taxes following complaints of over-assessments.
Storm breaks Detroit, Flint snowfall records
Romulus MI April 15, 2014 | AP A spring storm that's left roads slippery across Michigan has shattered seasonal snowfall records in Detroit and Flint.
Local governments: Tax Day study shows state not paying fair share
April 15, 2014 | MPRN Local officials want the state to share more of the revenue it takes in. As Jake Neher reports, a study released today shows local revenue has dropped by more than a billion dollars in recent years.
Search for new Muskegon ISD superintendent moves forward
Muskegon MI April 14, 2014 | WGVU The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District has narrowed its search for a new superintendent, trimming the field to four candidates.
Parklet spaces to spruce up downtown Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI April 14, 2014 | WGVU Some downtown Grand Rapids businesses will soon be sporting a new look, at least on the outside. It’s part of an attempt to put more sparkle in the central city. David Moore reports…
Consumers working around clock to restore power
April 14, 2014 | WGVU Consumers Energy crews have restored power to more than 60 percent of 110,000 Michigan homes and businesses that lost power this weekend due to severe weather. WGVU’S Caroline MacGregor has more on the situation in West Michigan.
Muskegon River to crest Tuesday
April 14, 2014 | WGVU Flooding on the Muskegon River has forced some evacuations in Newaygo County's Croton Township. For more on the flooding situation and what to expect along West Michigan rivers WGVU recently spoke with the National Weather Service.
Michigan gets snow, rain amid storm cleanup
Jackson MI April 14, 2014 | AP Michigan is getting snow and rain as crews work to restore power to thousands without electricity service following damaging weekend storms.
Snyder approves $27.6 million in outdoors grants
Lansing MI April 14, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation approving more than $27.6 million in grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.
Family of ex-Marine in Iran sees hope of freedom
Flint MI April 14, 2014 | AP The Michigan family of an ex-Marine imprisoned in Iran since his 2011 arrest on spying charges says recent legal developments hold out hope of his release.
Kalamazoo police use tear gas to quell disturbance
Kalamazoo MI April 14, 2014 | AP Kalamazoo police say a civil disturbance broke out in a crowd of about 2,000 in a Western Michigan University student neighborhood, with some people fighting and throwing bottles and rocks at officers seeking to restore order.
Museum highlights Michigan's role in Civil War
Grand Rapids MI April 14, 2014 | AP The Grand Rapids Public Museum is displaying the overcoat of a Civil War surgeon who was on guard duty the night Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre.
AAA Mich.: Gas prices rise 6 cents over past week
Dearborn MI April 14, 2014 | AP AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have risen about 6 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.71 per gallon.
Ice affecting Mackinac Island ferry service
Mackinac Island MI April 14, 2014 | AP A ferry company that serves Mackinac Island says the start of service this year will be affected by ice.
GM replacing communications, human resources heads
Detroit MI April 14, 2014 | AP General Motors is replacing its chiefs of communications and human resources.
Water tower design decried as ugly, gets 2nd look
Jackson MI April 14, 2014 | AP A mid-Michigan community's selection of a water tower design that prompted some city council opposition and online backlash is getting another look.
ACLU sues Michigan, wants gay marriages recognized
April 14, 2014 | AP The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force the state of Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.
Evacuations at Croton Dam as Muskegon River floods
April 14, 2014 | AP Several Michigan rivers are over their banks after three days of storms dropped as much of 5.5 inches of rain, forcing some flood plain residents from their homes.
Snyder sued for not recognizing same-sex marriages
April 14, 2014 | MPRN The ACLU and eight same-sex couples have sued the state. As Rick Pluta reports, they say Michigan has to recognize their marriages while a court decision is under appeal.
Ex-Northern Michigan student president is charged
April 11, 2014 | WGVU The former student president at Northern Michigan University has been charged with embezzlement.
US agency closes probe into Ford pickup trucks
April 11, 2014 | WGVU U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about EcoBoost engines losing power.
Fifth suspect to be arraigned in mob beating case
April 11, 2014 | WGVU A 19-year-old man is expected to be arraigned in the mob beating of a suburban Detroit motorist who stopped his pickup truck after accidentally hitting a child on the city's east side.
Several hundred gather at vigil for beaten driver
April 11, 2014 | WGVU Several hundred people are gathering at a Detroit church to stand against racism and pray for a white motorist beaten by a black mob after he stopped to check on a child struck by his pickup truck.
State orders three day liquor license suspension for The B.O.B.
April 11, 2014 | WGVU The state liquor control commission has ordered that the liquor license of The B.O.B. be suspended for three days following a hearing over the death of a customer last year. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Questions surround resignation of president of Kendall College of Arts
April 11, 2014 | WGVU The reasons surrounding the sudden resignation of Kendall College of Arts’ president remain unknown.
Michigan girl mauled by raccoon to get new ear
April 11, 2014 | AP A surgeon at a Detroit-area hospital plans to perform a procedure next week that will begin the process of giving a new ear to a western Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby.
Weekend rain could cause some Michigan flooding
Grand Rapids MI April 11, 2014 | AP Forecasters say weekend rain could cause some flooding problems in Michigan's Lower Peninsula in areas including along the Grand River.
Education groups uniting around bills to revamp teacher evaluations
April 11, 2014 | MPRN Bills that would overhaul teacher evaluations in Michigan could see movement soon in the state Legislature. As Jake Neher reports, a number of groups that didn’t support the bills now say they’re on board.
Muskegon Heights addresses cash shortfall that left teachers without paycheck
April 10, 2014 | WGVU The Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System planned to meet in a special session Thursday to talk about financial problems that led to staff going unpaid. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.
Muskegon Heights asks state for another advance to make payroll
April 10, 2014 | WGVU The Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System is once again turning to the state for financial help so teachers can see their next paycheck. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.
5th arrest made in Detroit mob attack on motorist
Detroit MI April 10, 2014 | AP Police have arrested a fifth person in the beating of a motorist who'd stopped to help a 10-year-old Detroit boy struck by his pickup truck.
Share of Michigan kids without insurance shrinks
Lansing MI April 10, 2014 | AP A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report shows more children in Michigan had health insurance in 2012 than in 2008.
Meijer Gardens announces summer concert lineup
Grand Rapids MI April 10, 2014 | AP Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan has announced the complete lineup for its outdoor summer concert series.
Company begins work on carferry ash storage system
Ludington MI April 10, 2014 | AP Operators of the S.S. Badger say they've begun retrofitting the vessel to allow ash from its coal-fired burners to be stored onboard while the ferryboat hauls passengers and vehicles across Lake Michigan.
Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in warehouse
New York NY April 10, 2014 | AP At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime's worth of Rosa Parks' belongings sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.
Detroit creditors still have eye on city-owned art
Detroit MI April 10, 2014 | AP Some creditors in Detroit's bankruptcy with eyes on city-owned art say they've found buyers willing to pay more than $1 billion for parts or all of the collection.
Teen charged with hate crime in beating of driver
Detroit MI April 10, 2014 | AP A 16-year-old boy has been charged with assault and a hate crime in the beating of a man who was attacked after accidentally striking another boy with his pickup truck.
GM puts 2 engineers on paid leave in recall case
Detroit MI April 10, 2014 | AP General Motors has put two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.
Father of Michigan sextuplets dies at age 39
Holland MI April 10, 2014 | AP The father of Michigan's first surviving set of sextuplets has died at age 39 after suffering a heart attack at his home near Holland.
Bill to fight scrap metal theft signed into law
April 10, 2014 | MPRN A bill meant to fight scrap metal theft in Michigan is now law. Governor Rick Snyder signed the legislation today.
As Jake Neher reports, supporters of the bill say communities across the state have literally been ripped apart by illegal scrapping.