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Amash calls Associated Press story "rumor"
December 5, 2012 | WGVU Congressman Justin Amash (MI-3) has released a statement through his Facebook page: Rumor has it that I’ve been removed from the House Committee on the Budget. Remarkably, I still have not received a single call, e-mail, or text from Republican leadership confirming this story. In fact, I wouldn’t even have learned about it if not for the news reports. I look forward to hearing from my party’s leadership about why my principled, conservative voting record offends them. That’s sure to be a lively and entertaining conversation. In the meantime, I can only speculate as to what specifically would make Republican leadership punish several of its party’s most principled members. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who was kicked off of both Budget and the Committee on Agriculture, voted with me against the 2013 House budget resolution because it does not sufficiently address the federal government’s debt crisis. That was one of only three times during this Congress that I voted against the Chairman’s recommendations in committee. In fact, I voted with the Republican Chairman more than 95% of the time, and I have voted with my party’s leadership more than three quarters of the time on the House floor. What message does leadership’s heavy-handedness send? It says that independent thinking won’t be tolerated, not even 5% of the time. It says that voting your conscience won’t be respected. It says that fulfilling your commitment to your constituents to work with both Republicans and Democrats to reduce our debt takes a back seat to the desires of corporate special interests. And, most troubling for our party, it says to the growing number of young believers in liberty that their views are not welcome here. I’ll miss working with my colleagues on Budget. I don’t relish this situation, but if one thing is clear based on the response from the grassroots, it’s that leadership’s actions will backfire. If they think kicking me off of a committee will lead me to abandon my principles or stifle my bipartisan work toward a balanced budget, I have a message for them: You’re dead wrong.
Anti-abortion measure could come for votes in the state Legislature this week
Lansing MI December 9, 2013 | MPRN The state Legislature could take up a measure this week that would ban abortion coverage in standard health insurance plans. As Jake Neher reports, Republican leaders in the House and Senate say they expect to act soon.
Michigan bill designed to protect late-night clerks
Norton Shores MI December 9, 2013 | AP Legislation is being announced that would require Michigan gas stations open after 11 p.m. to have two employees working or to install security cameras.
2 vigils to mark anniversary of EMU student death
Ypsilanti MI December 9, 2013 | AP Candlelight vigils are planned for a 23-year-old Eastern Michigan University student whose bathtub drowning last December was ruled a homicide
Scientists test ideas in bird botulism outbreaks
Traverse City MI December 9, 2013 | AP Scientists are stepping up efforts to learn where and how many Great Lakes water birds are getting fatal food poisoning.
Audit: One-stop state licensing system little used
Lansing MI December 9, 2013 | AP Michigan's auditor general says state departments mostly aren't using a one-stop online permitting system designed to help people who want to start, operate or expand a business.
Muskegon's Hughes wants her job back
December 6, 2013 | WGVU Former Muskegon State Representative Holly Hughes wants her old office back. She’s announced an election run for the 91st District seat.
Michigan elected officials praise Nelson Mandela
Dearborn MI December 6, 2013 | AP Michigan elected officials are praising ex-South African South African President Nelson Mandela, who paid a visit to Detroit soon after leaving prison.
Group favors opening Muskegon port to river barges
Muskegon MI December 6, 2013 | AP Michigan business interests are asking the U.S. Coast Guard to open the port of Muskegon to river barge traffic.
WMU to become tobacco-free
Kalamazoo MI December 6, 2013 | AP Western Michigan University plans to become tobacco-free starting Sept. 1 as part of a broader effort to improve the health of the campus community.
Donor offers $5M to help protect Detroit art
Detroit MI December 6, 2013 | AP A philanthropist says he's willing to donate $5 million to help protect the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection amid the city's bankruptcy.
Explosion sparks fire at West Michigan plant; no injuries
Whitehall MI December 6, 2013 | AP Authorities say an explosion sparked a fire at a western Michigan manufacturing facility and prompted an evacuation at the plant.
New center aims to help better preserve roadways
December 6, 2013 | AP A new center at Michigan State University aims to look for better ways to preserve roadways.
New MSU center aims to help better preserve roadways
East Lansing MI December 6, 2013 | AP A new center at Michigan State University aims to look for better ways to preserve roadways.
Christmas tree ship arrives in Chicago from Michigan
Chicago IL December 6, 2013 | AP A Michigan-based U.S. Coast Guard ship loaded with more than 1,200 Michigan Christmas trees has arrived in downtown Chicago.
Police: 3 dead in possible double-murder, suicide
Lansing MI December 6, 2013 | AP Lansing police say three people are dead in what initial reports by investigators say appears to be a double-murder and suicide.
Michigan investigation sought of non-citizen voting
Lansing MI December 6, 2013 | AP Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she's asked the state Attorney General's office to investigate 10 people who aren't U.S. citizens but have voted in past Michigan elections.
Snyder: Prison upgrades on the way
December 6, 2013 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder says he’s looking to overhaul corrections and criminal justice in the coming year. As we hear from Rick Pluta, the governor spoke to a graduating class of corrections officers.
Giving back at Christmas time
Grand Rapids MI December 5, 2013 | WGVU The newly founded celebration of Giving Tuesday has helped increase awareness of the need to support non-profits and charitable institutions.
But as WGVU’s David Moore reports, feeling good isn’t the only reason we share our blessings.
West Michigan economy in a "slow growth" pattern
December 5, 2013 | WGVU The November edition of the Supply Management Research Survey shows West Michigan’s economy continues its slow growth trajectory.
Ford celebrates Mustang's 50th with new design
Dearborn MI December 5, 2013 | AP Ford Motor Co. will reveal the 2015 Mustang Thursday at events in New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney, Barcelona and its hometown of Dearborn, Mich.
4th Michigan death now linked to November storm
Mount Morris Twp MI December 5, 2013 | AP - A fourth death in Michigan has now been linked to a damaging November Midwestern storm that hit the state.
2 vigils to mark anniversary of EMU student death
Ypsilanti MI December 5, 2013 | AP Candlelight vigils are planned next week for a 23-year-old Eastern Michigan University student whose bathtub drowning last December was ruled a homicide.
House votes to assume teen prostitutes are victims
Lansing MI December 5, 2013 | AP The Michigan House has voted to give legal protection to teen prostitutes in an attempt to address human trafficking.
Murder charge for man accused of fatal beating
Kalamazoo MI December 5, 2013 | AP Prosecutors have filed a murder charge against a man accused of beating another man with a baseball bat, then leaving him critically injured in a trash bin.
Anti-blight bills headed to Michigan governor
December 5, 2013 | AP Michigan is close to enacting laws designed to crack down on the owners of blighted properties.
Michigan House doesn't vote on education bills
December 5, 2013 | AP The Michigan House has put off voting on legislation to hold back third-graders who aren't proficient in reading and grade public schools from A to F instead of colors.
Senate votes to ease ability to drop land lines
December 5, 2013 | AP Phone companies would have an easier time discontinuing traditional land lines under legislation that has passed the Michigan Senate.
Abortion rights advocates push lawmakers to put question on ballot (
December 5, 2013 | MPRN Abortion rights advocates were at the state Capitol today to ask lawmakers *not* to vote on a controversial abortion measure. As Rick Pluta reports, that would allow the measure to, instead, go on the 2014 ballot.
Beating holiday stress one task at a time
Undated December 4, 2013 | WGVU The Christmas season brings out lots of the red and green decorations. But for many, the holidays are done more in shades of blue. WGVU’s David Moore reports.
Former GRCCPresident Richard Calkins dies
Grand Rapids MI December 4, 2013 | WGVU Grand Rapids Community College faculty and staff are mourning the Nov. 29 death of President Emeritus Richard W. Calkins, who led unprecedented campus expansion and the college’s transformation as an independent institution.
Report: Detroit-bought art worth as much as $870M
Detroit MI December 4, 2013 | WGVU New York auction house Christie's estimates the fair market value of city-bought works at the Detroit Institute of Arts to be between roughly $450 million and $870 million.
Health officials warn of stomach illness in Michigan
Grand Rapids MI December 4, 2013 | AP Health officials say there's been a reported increase in stomach illness over the past week in Michigan.
Traverse City mayor sentenced for impaired driving
Traverse City MI December 4, 2013 | AP Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes has been sentenced to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to driving while impaired.
Icy roads, fog create hazardous road conditions
Grand Rapids MI December 4, 2013 | AP Icy roads and fog are creating hazardous driving conditions in parts of Michigan, prompting some schools to close or delay the start of classes.
Unadjusted jobless rate off 0.4 points in Michigan
Lansing MI December 4, 2013 | AP Michigan says the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate has dropped 0.4 percentage points since it last reported on its regional labor markets.
Affiliation proposed for 2 Michigan health systems
Ann Arbor MI December 4, 2013 | AP A proposal would make Allegiance Health a part of the University of Michigan Health System.
Michigan Senate votes to authorize sale of building
Lansing MI December 4, 2013 | AP The Republican-led Michigan Senate has voted to authorize the potential sale of a downtown Lansing building that houses senators' offices.
Recall petition rejected for clerk following slur
Buena Vista Twp MI December 4, 2013 | AP The Saginaw County Election Commission has rejected a proposed recall petition for a white Michigan township clerk who was recorded using a racial slur to describe a black official.
Employees at 2 Ann Arbor bars see big mystery tips
Ann Arbor MI December 4, 2013 | AP Employees at two Ann Arbor bars have seen some unusually big tips this year.
House votes to ensure jury trials in state suits
December 4, 2013 | AP The Michigan House has voted unanimously to ensure that the right to jury trials continues in certain lawsuits filed against the state.
Michigan House budget rising 5 percent in 2014
December 4, 2013 | AP Lawmakers in the Michigan House will see their office budgets rise 5 percent in 2014.
Michigan Farm Bureau talks issues in annual meeting
Grand Rapids MI December 3, 2013 | WGVU Michigan’s top agricultural officials are in Grand Rapids this week, for the annual Michigan Farm Bureau meeting. And as you might guess, the subject of seasonal workers was on the program. WGVU’s David Moore reports…
Consumers Energy cuts Grand Rapids $60K rebate check
December 3, 2013 | WGVU A new system for saving power at the City of Grand Rapids’ wastewater treatment plant is paying off with Consumers Energy cutting the city a giant check today.
Aviation Academy expanding
December 3, 2013 | WGVU Nearly four years after opening its doors, the West Michigan Aviation Academy revealed plans for continuing its expansion.
Michigan Attorney General wants juvenile lifers to stay behind bars
Ann Arbor MI December 3, 2013 | AP Michigan's attorney general is pledging to challenge court rulings that could lead to parole for prisoners convicted of murders committed when they were under 18.
Jackson police plan to follow marijuana ordinance
Jackson MI December 3, 2013 | AP Law enforcement and city officials in Jackson plan to follow a new marijuana ordinance in a way that they say falls within the spirit of the law.
ACLU sues U.S. bishops over Catholic hospital ethics
Detroit MI December 3, 2013 | AP The American Civil Liberties Union is taking aim at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its ethical guidelines for Catholic hospitals.
West Michigan city plans own crime lab to speed results
Wyoming MI December 3, 2013 | AP The Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming is planning to create its own crime lab as part of an effort to get evidence analyzed more quickly.
Judge OK's Bankruptcy route for City of Detroit
Detroit MI December 3, 2013 | AP A judge says Detroit is eligible to fix its finances in bankruptcy court.
ACLU sues US bishops over Catholic hospital ethics
December 3, 2013 | AP The American Civil Liberties Union is taking aim at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its ethical guidelines for Catholic hospitals.