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Ferris State University opens Latino Business and Economic Development Center
November 28, 2012 | WGVU
Ferris State University has created the Latino Business and Economic Development Center.
“The whole program is going to be not just for Latinos but for those who work with and in the Latino community.”
Carlos Sanchez, who once led the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce now heads up the new program located in downtown Grand Rapids with offices in the Kendall College of Art and Design. Sanchez is focused on developing entrepreneurial leaders.
“I would hope that with this program we would create a core of individuals that have developed a mentoring group but at the same time if there is a need for a law firm or a hospital someone to go and talk to them about the state of the Latino community there will be more people well equipped to speak on the topic than the very few who are out there right now.”
Sanchez points out that Latinos make up18 percent of west Michigan’s population, yet businesses fail to seriously or affectively target the market.
Ferris State’s Latino Business and Economic Development Center is the place where both Latino and non-Latino students will discover how to prosper and lead.
BBB: Medic alert scam targets Seniors
Grand Rapids MI May 20, 2013 | WGVU Senior citizens are the targets of a widespread scam involving medical alert devices. As WGVU’s David Moore reports, this is one of the latest ways of getting access to sensitive personal information.
Kayakers find body in Thornapple River
May 20, 2013 | WGVU Officials say kayakers have found a man's body in the Thornapple River.
Step Forward MI program invokes faith leaders to help at risk homeowners
May 20, 2013 | WGVU Mayor George Heartwell was joined by Republican State Senator Mark C. Jensen and Democratic State Rep. Winnie Brinks Monday to announce a faith-based initiative to help at-risk homeowners avoid foreclosure. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Snyder officials to meet with Michigan residents
May 20, 2013 | WGVU Officials from Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's administration are planning to travel across the state this week to take suggestions and answer questions from Michigan residents.
Michigan cancer patients to back Medicaid expansion
Lansing MI May 20, 2013 | AP Cancer patients and survivors in Michigan are expected to call on lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage for about 400,000 uninsured Michigan residents
Michigan works to get some inmates higher education
Lansing MI May 20, 2013 | AP The Michigan Department of Corrections has several efforts to teach community college courses and vocational training in-house to a small number of inmates near parole.
Suspended judge faces tenure commission hearing
Ann Arbor MI May 20, 2013 | AP A judge who a state agency says had an affair with a woman who had a child-support case pending in his court faces a hearing.
Officials to kick of Michigan seat belt campaign
Detroit MI May 20, 2013 | AP Law enforcement officials across Michigan will be enforcing federally funded safety belt enforcement zones.
AAA Mich.: Gas prices rise 10 cents over past week
Dearborn MI May 20, 2013 | AP AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have risen about 10 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.88 per gallon.
Police get high-priority tips in search for woman
May 20, 2013 | AP Police looking for a 25-year-old woman who disappeared from her job at a West Michigan gas station last month say they're investigating high-priority tips received over the weekend.
Effort aims to keep Mich. kids out of foster care
May 20, 2013 | AP The Michigan Department of Human Services plans a pilot project in three counties designed to keep children out of foster care and cut costs.
Advocates for the poor: Restore Earned Income Tax Credit with tax windfall
May 20, 2013 | MPRN The debate continues in Lansing over how the state should spend almost half-a-(b) billion dollars in unexpected revenue this year.
As Jake Neher tells us, some advocacy groups say lawmakers should use it to restore tax credits for the working poor.
Salary commission will recommend no changes to governor’s paycheck
May 20, 2013 | MPRN A state salary commission is expected to recommend no pay raises for the governor, lieutenant governor, and legislators when it meets tomorrow . But, as we hear from Rick Pluta, there could be a dust-up over judges’ salaries.
Kent County Health Department warns of increasing mosquito and tick populations
May 17, 2013 | WGVU The mosquitoes have been swarming in recent days and there’s a warning from the Kent County Health Department that ticks are going to be a problem this year, too.
Second person charged with perjury in Latrize Maze case
May 17, 2013 | WGVU A 41 year old relative of the man charged with killing mother of five, Latrize Maze, has been charged with perjury. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Woman charged in fake Jessica Heeringa donation scam
May 17, 2013 | WGVU Police have signed a warrant for the arrest of a woman who pretended to be raising money for the child of a missing Norton Shores woman. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.
Kent County boosts flood damage estimate to $10.6M
Grand Rapids MI May 17, 2013 | AP Officials are boosting the estimate for spring flooding property damage in Kent County to $10.6 million.
Some students to receive new MEAP math scores
Lansing MI May 17, 2013 | AP Some students will get new Michigan Education Assessment Program math scores after a problem with some questions on the exam.
Michigan fruit-growers seem to have dodged bullet
Sparta Twp MI May 17, 2013 | AP Michigan fruit tree growers who suffered devastating freeze losses one year ago seem to have sustained le
GM stock rises above $33 for first time in 2 years
Detroit MI May 17, 2013 | AP Shares of General Motors are trading above $33 for the first time in over two years.
Hope College in West Michigan plans new museum
Holland MI May 17, 2013 | AP Hope College in West Michigan is planning a new art museum to provide exhibition space and house the college's permanent collection.
Audit questions use of Michigan petroleum tax
Lansing MI May 17, 2013 | AP State of Michigan auditors are making objections about the use of millions of dollars from a petroleum tax.
Lawmaker proposes changes to Mich. fireworks law
Lansing MI May 17, 2013 | AP A lawmaker has proposed changes following a slew of complaints, safety concerns and confusion about a law that made powerful fireworks legal in Michigan.
Some in Michigan report feeling Canada quake
May 17, 2013 | AP Some people in Michigan say they felt an earthquake that was reported hundreds of miles away just west of Ottawa, Ontario.
Changes could be coming to Michigan’s fireworks law
May 17, 2013 | MPRN Lawmakers in Lansing are considering some changes to the Michigan’s controversial new fireworks law. A new bill would let local governments put limits on high-powered fireworks.
Man sentenced in drunken driving death of girl, 8
Grand Rapids MI May 17, 2013 | MLive A Grand Rapids man will spend up to 15 years in prison for the drunken driving death of an 8-year-old Detroit girl.
Schuette: Michigan to get $2.3M from drug case
Lansing MI May 17, 2013 | MLive Michigan is expected to receive a $2.3 million share of a $500 million settlement of claims that an India-based pharmaceutical manufacturer distributed adulterated drugs.
DNR steps up salvaging of diseased Michigan trees
Traverse City MI May 17, 2013 | MLive The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is stepping up salvaging of trees that are dying from infestations of the emerald ash borer and beech bark disease.
Safe house for sex trafficked victims opens in Grand Rapids
May 16, 2013 | WGVU The Manasseh Project is an outreach program dedicated to ending sexual exploitation and human trafficking here in West Michigan. Today, with the launch of its multi million dollar campaign, Growing Hope for Children, Wedgewood Christian Services provided tours of a new safe house for victims of trafficking. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
George W. Bush event raises $400,000 for school
Grand Rapids MI May 16, 2013 | AP An event featuring President George W. Bush has raised $400,000 to support the West Michigan Aviation Academy.
Flint public school district plans 139 layoffs
Flint MI May 16, 2013 | AP The Flint public school district plans to lay off 139 teachers and staff at the end of the school year as part of an effort to cut costs.
Segregated Battle Creek exhibit on display in June
Battle Creek MI May 16, 2013 | AP An exhibit coming to Battle Creek aims to show that when it comes to segregation, the city is similar to Detroit.
Power bills to rise for Consumers Energy customers
Lansing MI May 16, 2013 | AP The average electric customer of Consumers Energy will start paying $1.67 more per month.
Wyoming Public Schools consider another millage request
May 15, 2013 | WGVU The Kent County Taxpayers Alliance is challenging a move by Wyoming Public Schools to put another tax election before voters in August following last week’s defeat of a 3.22 mill request that would have raised 53. million dollars for the district.
Buena Vista school board OKs debt plan, may reopen
Lansing MI May 15, 2013 | AP Saginaw County's Buena Vista district soon could reopen its doors after the local school board approved a plan aimed at bringing the district out of its million-dollar deficit.
Mich. House panel puts off debate on FOIA fees cap
Lansing MI May 15, 2013 | AP A Michigan House committee has put off a debate on a bill that would restrict how much government agencies can charge for Freedom of Information Act requests.
Snyder sign bills for vets driver's licenses, IDs
Lansing MI May 15, 2013 | AP - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to allow Michigan veterans to get a special designation on their driver's license or state ID card.
Lawyer: Man's pressure cooker for food, not bombs
Detroit MI May 15, 2013 | AP An attorney for a Saudi man arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after federal agents accused him of lying about why he was traveling with a pressure cooker says his client knew nothing about the device's use in Boston Marathon bombings.
Deep Blackhawks present challenge for Red Wings' D
Chicago IL May 15, 2013 | AP Wings-Blackhawks open semi-final play in Chicago; Blackhawk lines promise a battle
Michigan has $483M more than expected this year
Lansing MI May 15, 2013 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers have hundreds of millions of dollars more than expected when working to finalize Michigan's next budget.
Michigan reminds drivers to look out for bikes
Lansing MI May 15, 2013 | AP Michigan is reminding drivers to look out for bicyclists on the road to prevent crashes this month.
Bill to make Mich. fund schools' mascot changes
May 15, 2013 | AP Michigan lawmakers are introducing legislation requiring a state department to reimburse schools that may have to drop their American Indian mascots.
Crack located in leaking Palisades tank as inspection continues
May 14, 2013 | WGVU One of five members of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission joined St. Joseph Congressman Fred Upton Monday for a tour of Palisades Nuclear Plant. The facility was shut down May 5th after a tank leaked diluted radioactive water into Lake Michigan. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
KCSD offers Child identification kits Wednesday
Grand Rapids MI May 14, 2013 | WGVU With summer vacation looming, there’ll be more kids outside playing. Sadly, there’s a potential downside to the warm weather. According to the FBI, 800,000 children go missing every year. But as WGVU’s David Moore reports, one West Michigan law enforcement agency is helping people be prepared, just in case.
Hard work, much studying for new U.S. citizens
Grand Rapids MI May 14, 2013 | WGVU Naturalization ceremonies tomorrow in Grand Rapids will bring U.S. citizenship to people from several nations. It’s the last step in a long process that includes a written civics test. And as WGVU’s David Moore reports, that exam could prove challenging even for people who’ve lived here all their lives.
Palisades watchdog group accuses Congressman of ignoring constituents
May 14, 2013 | WGVU A watchdog group is accusing St.Joseph Congressman, Fred Upton, of not listening to their concerns about safety at Palisades Nuclear Plant. The plant is undergoing a series of inspections after a recent leak. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports
George W. Bush to speak at West Michigan fundraiser
Grand Rapids MI May 14, 2013 | AP President George W. Bush is the featured speaker at a fundraiser this week for the West Michigan Aviation Academy.
Man dies after fall at club where 2 died before
Grand Rapids MI May 14, 2013 | AP Grand Rapids police say a man has died following a fall down a four-story staircase at a nightclub where two men died in similar accidents.
Michigan House committee to debate FOIA fees cap
Lansing MI May 14, 2013 | AP A Michigan House committee is expected to take up a bill that would restrict how much government agencies can charge for Freedom of Information Act requests.
Snyder to sign bills for veteran driver's license
Lansing MI May 14, 2013 | AP Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is preparing to sign legislation so veterans can get a special designation on their driver's license or state ID card.
Utility toughens dog policy after workers bitten
May 14, 2013 | AP A Michigan utility says a new policy requires people to restrain or contain all dogs before gas or electric meters will be read.
Saudi man with pressure cooker due in Michigan court
May 14, 2013 | AP A Saudi man arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after federal agents said he lied about why he was traveling with a pressure cooker is due in court.
Report: Michigan could get $382M more than expected
May 14, 2013 | AP Michigan could get $382 million more in revenue than projected four months ago.
Report card: Great Lakes still have big problems
May 14, 2013 | AP A U.S.-Canadian agency says efforts to clean up the Great Lakes have yielded mixed results over the past 25 years - and big problems remain.
Gov. Rick Snyder to get bill to make up snow days
May 14, 2013 | AP Michigan schools with too many snow days may avoid having to schedule extra days in June. But students still may not be happy with the remedy.