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Authorities: CMU student tried to poison roommate
December 5, 2012 | AP Authorities say a Central Michigan University student tried to poison a roommate at their apartment by putting bleach in a glass of iced tea. The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reports ( http://bit.ly/11SSS8t ) 19-year-old Kayla Ashlyn Bonkowski is due in an Isabella County courtroom Monday on the felony poisoning charge. She was named in a warrant issued by prosecutors following a report about the Nov. 11 incident. Reached by email, Bonkowski told The Associated Press on Wednesday morning she needed to consult with a lawyer before commenting. Authorities say they believe Bonkowski put bleach in the drink at the apartment in Union Township, located near the Mount Pleasant school about 120 miles northwest of Detroit. Police say the roommate was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Michigan officials seek comment on wolf management plan
Lansing MI March 5, 2015 | WGVU The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is inviting public feedback on an updated plan for managing the state's gray wolves.
Muskegon Heights house fire that killed 1 ruled arson
Muskegon Heights MI March 5, 2015 | WGVU Investigators have determined someone purposely set a fire that killed a woman squatting in a vacant Muskegon Heights home.
Washington man eyeing 'organ house' in West Michigan
Grand Rapids MI March 5, 2015 | WGVU A retired bus driver from suburban Seattle hopes to move across the country so he can live in a Grand Rapids home containing a massive pipe organ.
Officials: Man dies following house fire in western Michigan
Muskegon Heights MI March 5, 2015 | WGVU Officials say a man has died following a house fire in western Michigan.
Gilda's LaughFest holds opening night paper crown record bid
Grand Rapids MI March 5, 2015 | WGVU An annual festival of laughter in western Michigan is trying to set a record for the most people wearing paper crowns.
Community forum tackles free speech and seperation of church and state
March 5, 2015 | WGVU A forum is being held Thursday evening addressing freedom of expression and free speech in Ottawa County. It comes in response to Grand Haven officials removing a cross from public display and debate over a bible scripture exhibited in a county park.
Mobility device gives local child new independence
March 5, 2015 | WGVU A local family, a genetic disease with no cure and a team of Grand Valley State University researchers and students come together to create a unique medical device.
2015 Laughfest Kicks Off Tonight: Seriously Funny
Grand Rapids MI March 5, 2015 | WGVU Let the laughing begin. Today kicks off another Gilda’s Club LaughFest. Lots of entertainment coming to West Michigan… big names and local talent alike. There’s even a Guinness Book of World Records event. But, while it’s funny, it’s also serious business.
Senate panel passes ban on plastic beads polluting lakes
INDIANAPOLIS March 5, 2015 | AP An Indiana Senate committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban the sale and manufacture of popular toiletries and cosmetics containing tiny plastic particles that environmentalists say are polluting water resources.
Michigan's high school graduation rate goes up to 79 percent
LANSING, Mich. March 5, 2015 | AP Michigan's high school graduation rates have increased for the third consecutive year, moving up to nearly 79 percent statewide.
46 school districts expected to wipe out, reduce deficits
LANSING, Mich. March 5, 2015 | AP Michigan's education chief has told lawmakers in Lansing that a number of the 56 school districts in the state with budget deficits are expected to be out of the red or cut into them this year.
Officials: Baby died at in-home day care in western Michigan
Kentwood MI March 4, 2015 | WGVU Officials say an infant died at an in-home day care center in western Michigan after the operator failed to get him proper medical attention.
Egelston Township scraps porta-potty restrictions
Egelston Twp., MI March 4, 2015 | WGVU Local officials have rescinded a zoning ordinance amendment restricting the use of portable toilets in Egelston Township.
State education board chooses 6 superintendent semifinalists
Lansing MI March 4, 2015 | WGVU The State Board of Education has invited six candidates to publicly interview for the state superintendent job next week.
Michigan Democrats seek 20 percent renewable power by 2022
Lansing MI March 4, 2015 | WGVU Democrats are calling for Michigan to double the amount of electricity that comes from wind and other renewable sources.
Researchers discover Asian carp native predators
March 4, 2015 | WGVU A new study finds there are a number of native predators gobbling up Asian carp. The study has attracted a lot of attention. Are there are enough predator fish to shrink or eliminate the bighead and silver carp populations?
Grand Rapids City Officials Review LGBT Ordinance Language
Grand Rapids MI March 4, 2015 | WGVU Grand Rapids City Officials are looking to perhaps update ordinance language. A review is underway looking at language used in an amendment regarding LGBT protections to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. Some say the language change would simply keep up with the times.
Muskegon partnership proposed to lower chlamydia rates
March 4, 2015 | WGVU Muskegon County officials review a proposed partnership to help address what one health expert calls a “chlamydia epidemic”.
New judge to get update on loose ends in Detroit bankruptcy
DETROIT March 4, 2015 | AP The Detroit bankruptcy case is returning to court with a different judge and some loose ends that need to be tied up.
Michigan’s film incentives move closer to their demise in state Legislature
March 4, 2015 | MPRN A bill to eliminate Michigan’s film incentives is advancing in the state House.
City adds sexual orientation to non-discrimination ordinance
East Grand Rapids, MI March 3, 2015 | WGVU A city in western Michigan is adding sexual orientation and gender identity to an existing non-discrimination ordinance on housing and employment.
Prosecutor: Officers acted in self-defense during shootout
Wyoming MI March 3, 2015 | WGVU A prosecutor has determined two police officers acted in self-defense during a fatal shootout with a suspect in a Grand Rapids suburb.
Former teacher accused in illicit photos case gets probation
St. Joseph, MI March 3, 2015 | WGVU A former southwestern Michigan middle school teacher accused of taking cellphone pictures of a student's underwear has been sentenced to five years of probation.
Lawmakers to be briefed on problem-plagued computer system
Lansing MI March 3, 2015 | WGVU Michigan officials are preparing to update lawmakers on a problem-plagued computer system that is intended to aid child welfare efforts.
Federal agency awards $5.5M in rental assistance to Michigan
Lansing MI March 3, 2015 | WGVU The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding more than $5.5 million in rental assistance to help Michigan residents with disabilities.
City may add sexual orientation to non-discrimination rules
EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. March 3, 2015 | WGVU East Grand Rapids is considering language to amend its housing and employment non-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
IRS Expands Tax Center Test To Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI March 3, 2015 | WGVU The IRS has added Grand Rapids to its list of cities that offers appointment based tax help at its Tax Assistance Centers. The move is part of a test the IRS is doing to see if appointments work better than a walk-in system. The goal is to see if taxpayers avoid the long lines and wait times. The Grand Rapids and Marquette offices are the only two in Michigan.
Michigan officials seek frog, toad survey volunteers
LANSING, Mich. March 3, 2015 | WGVU Michigan officials are seeking volunteers to help with the state's annual frog and toad survey, which is entering its 20th year.
Strong US economy helps automakers plow through snowy weather and boost sales
DETROIT March 3, 2015 | AP Freezing temperatures and drifts of snow likely took a small bite out of U.S. auto sales last month, but most automakers are still reporting gains thanks to the strong economy.
Workers: Computer system slowing child protection efforts
LANSING, Mich. March 3, 2015 | AP Michigan caseworkers say a new computer system that launched 10 months ago is riddled with problems that are hampering their ability to protect vulnerable children.
House committee to take up adoption agency bills
March 3, 2015 | MPRN
A state House committee could vote tomorrow on bills to shield faith-based adoption agencies from having to serve LGBT couples if the US Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage.
Lawmakers considering penalties for failing to call 911 when someone is in danger
March 3, 2015 | MPRN State lawmakers are debating whether someone should face penalties if they fail to act when they know someone else is in danger.
Work starting on facilities for more Fermi 2 protection
Frenchtown Township, MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU Construction starts this week on two facilities to provide more backup protection for Fermi 2's nuclear reactor and used fuel pool in the event of a natural disaster.
Authorities find problem with recent drugged driving law
Lansing MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU Authorities say there's a problem with a recent Michigan law allowing police to conduct a preliminary roadside analysis for drugs and other intoxicating substances in addition to alcohol.
Damage estimate climbs in vandalism at Michigan ski resort
Ann Arbor MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU The general manager of a ski resort vandalized by University of Michigan students estimates the total damage is about four times the original estimate.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 11 cents in past week to $2.42
Dearborn, MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have increased by about 11 cents a gallon within the past week.
Girl, 3, critical after getting stuck outside in deep cold
Lansing MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU Lansing police say a 3-year-old girl sustained critical injuries from hypothermia after she apparently got out of her family's apartment in the bitter cold and then couldn't get back in through a locked door.
Women social workers face leadership barriers
March 2, 2015 | WGVU Social work in the United States was created by women. It would be reasonable to assume women hold the majority of leadership positions. Yet, that’s not the case. Two researchers from Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids campus have revealed the barriers female social workers face. WGVU spoke with the authors of “Falling Silent: Analyzing the Voices of Women Leaders in the Social Work Profession.”
Officials seek to boost food assistance at farmers markets
East Lansing MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU Officials want to boost the use of food assistance benefits at farmers markets in Michigan.
East Grand Rapids reviews non-discrimination policy
March 2, 2015 | WGVU East Grand Rapids officials introduce a new non-discrimination ordinance tonight.
125,000 Dollar effort planned to help study Port of Muskegon
Muskegon MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU A $125,000 effort is planned to help study the best way to develop the Port of Muskegon in western Michigan.
Supporters push for paid sick leave statewide
March 2, 2015 | WGVU Advocates of paid sick leave renew efforts for a statewide policy.
Grants aid Port of Muskegon development study
March 2, 2015 | WGVU West Michigan’s largest natural deep-water port is the recipient of $125,000 in grants to fund study of possible development options.
Michigan could bypass healthier school fundraising rules
LANSING, Mich. March 2, 2015 | AP Legislation introduced in the state House and Senate would offer flexibility to raise money at least three times a week by selling snacks in Michigan schools now banned under federal guidelines.
Michigan pays $4.9M for membership in Common Core group
LANSING, Mich. March 2, 2015 | AP Michigan is paying $4.9 million this school year to continue its membership in a group that develops standardized tests aligned with national Common Core education standards.
Snyder names West Michigan school chief as education adviser
LANSING, Mich. March 2, 2015 | AP Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has named an intermediate school district leader from western Michigan as his new education policy adviser.
Skilled trades, Prop 1, state sup’t search big topics at governor’s education summit
March 2, 2015 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder is getting some tough questions about the May roads ballot proposal at his education and economic summit this week in Detroit.
Michigan appeals federal wolf decision
March 2, 2015 | MPRN Michigan is appealing a federal judge’s decision to restore endangered species protections to the gray wolf. Wildlife groups filed the lawsuit after Michigan and other states adopted wolf hunting seasons.
Fermenta fosters female brewing creativity
February 27, 2015 | WGVU A new women's craft brewing guild makes its mark in Michigan.
Eastpointe man sentenced for selling fake auto insurance
Lansing MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU A 64-year-old Michigan man has been sentenced to one year in jail for selling fake auto insurance certificates.
State shuts down in-home day care amid death investigation
Kentwood MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU The state has shut down an in-home day care center in western Michigan following the death of an infant who'd recently been cared for there.
Jury can hear of road rage killing suspect's aggressive past
Howell MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU A judge says a jury can hear testimony that a 69-year-old man accused of a road-rage killing in southeastern Michigan was involved in a similar but non-fatal confrontation previously.
Compromise plan unveiled for Allied Paper Superfund site
Kalamazoo MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU A $65 million to $70 million compromise plan for cleaning up Kalamazoo's Allied Paper Superfund site has been unveiled.
Palisades nuclear plant's safety rating to be downgraded
Covert Twp MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU Federal regulators say the safety rating for Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan will be downgraded following a violation related to how some workers' radiation doses were monitored and calculated.
Consumers Energy, Salvation Army Keep Customers Warm
Grand Rapids MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU The Salvation Army and Consumers Energy have joined forces once again to help with energy assistance during the cold winter months. More than a million dollars will help cover the cost of heating bills. We spoke with Salvation Army officials about this effort.
Net neutrality lawsuits, legal issues predicted
February 27, 2015 | WGVU The Federal Communications Commission’s decision to treat the internet as a public utility has a broad impact on consumers as well as business interests. WGVU breaks down some of the details with a local legal expert.
DeBoer attorney says SCOTUS arguments will focus on children
February 27, 2015 | WGVU Attorneys for the lesbian couple challenging Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban have filed their briefs with the US Suprem
e Court. Oral arguments are expected this spring.
State grant to GRCC helps bridge workforce and employer demands
February 27, 2015 | WGVU Developing a skilled workforce meeting the needs of area employers received a shot in the arm this week when the Michigan Economic Development Corporation awarded Grand Rapids Community College a $2.9 million grant.
Authorities: Woman dies after being hit by semi in Otsego
OTSEGO, Mich. February 27, 2015 | AP Authorities say a woman was fatally struck by a semi-truck after she fell while crossing a street in southwestern Michigan.
Study to examine Detroit-Lansing-Grand Rapids passenger rail
ANN ARBOR, Mich. February 27, 2015 | AP A study will look at possible new passenger rail service that could connect Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Holland.
Michigan, U.S. appealing judge's ruling on Great Lakes wolves
February 27, 2015 | AP Michigan is joining the federal government in appealing a decision that restores legal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region.