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Snyder, lawmakers face tough road funding choices
January 15, 2013 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder's State of the State address will kick off a debate over how to raise money for badly needed repairs to Michigan's roads and bridges. Few would disagree that the state's transportation infrastructure needs fixing. Government and private reports estimate that around $1.5 billion is needed each year to fill potholes and complete other maintenance work. And that doesn't include funds for improvements. Snyder called last year for replacing the 19-cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline with a tax on the wholesale price of fuel. The Legislature took no action. He says he'll make more specific proposals in his speech Wednesday. Mike Nystrom of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association says poor roads are hurting the state's economy. He says strong leadership is needed to win support for new funding.
Commuters cautious as ice coats roads, cancels schools and activities
Undated December 20, 2013 | WGVU Icy road conditions are making travel hazardous this morning. A mix of snow and freezing rain have forced delay or cancellation of hundreds of schools.
Solar Power producer latest tenant at MAREC
December 20, 2013 | WGVU Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) has welcomed a new tenant. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more on solar producer - Chart House Energy LLC.
Homeless encampment in Battle Creek is disbanded
Battle Creek MI December 20, 2013 | AP A homeless encampment near an interstate interchange in Battle Creek has been disbanded following plans to evict people living at the site.
2 held after body of man found in snow along road
Nelson Twp MI December 20, 2013 | AP Two in custody after the body of a 54-year-old man was found in the snow along a western Michigan roadway.
Police catch boy with stolen Christmas presents
Kalamazoo MI December 20, 2013 | AP Police in Kalamazoo say they arrested a 14-year-old boy for stealing Christmas presents after he was spotted unwrapping one in the driveway of a home.
Salvation Army reports gold coin found in kettle
Bangor Twp MI December 20, 2013 | AP The Salvation Army says someone placed a gold coin in one of its Michigan donation kettles.
Loan board approves $350 M lending deal for Detroit
December 20, 2013 | MPRN A state board says the city of Detroit may borrow up to 350 (m) million dollars to pay off investment swaps that went sour. But the deal still needs the approval of a federal bankruptcy judge.
Audit: Michigan department has failed to make sure veterans get maximum benefits
December 20, 2013 | MPRN Michigan has done a poor job over the last decade making sure veterans collect all the benefits they’re entitled to. That’s according to a new report from the state Auditor General’s office.
We have more from Jake Neher.
How to gauge right-to-work one year later?
December 19, 2013 | WGVU Michigan’s right-to-work law has been in effect for one full year and those in favor say it has created jobs and those oppose say the state has lost jobs since its enactment. WGVU spoke with one local economist who says there’s no way at this point to quantify whether it’s working or not.
Pere Marquette development on track for 2014
December 19, 2013 | WGVU Harris Hospitality and the city of Muskegon have finalized plans to develop a new beach bar and restaurant in the city’s Pere Marquette Park. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.
Governor Snyder wants more renewables, less coal in Michigan
December 19, 2013 | WGVU Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan needs more renewable energy and less coal over the next decade.
As Jake Neher reports, the governor today outlined broad goals for energy policy between now and 2025.
Governor Snyder blocks Bridge Card use at certain ATMs
Lansing MI December 19, 2013 | AP Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed laws to block welfare recipients from withdrawing their taxpayer-provided cash from ATMs in liquor stores, horse tracks and strip clubs.
Honda tops insurance industry safety list
Washington DC December 19, 2013 | AP Honda Motor Co. has topped the insurance industry's annual list of the safest new vehicles.
City Council to discuss new Red Wings arena deal
Detroit MI December 19, 2013 | AP The Detroit City Council has called a special session Friday to discuss a management agreement for a Detroit Red Wings sports arena and entertainment complex just outside downtown.
Michigan joblessness drops 0.2 points to 8.8 pct.
Lansing MI December 19, 2013 | AP Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen 0.2 percentage points to 8.8 percent, still well above the national rate.
Panel to decide contract for Michigan state government workers
Lansing MI December 18, 2013 | WGVU State employees are awaiting a decision on what their next labor contract will look like.
U.S. Senate vote on federal budget expected today
December 18, 2013 | WGVU The bipartisan federal budget deal approved by the U.S. House now goes to the Senate for approval. WGVU spoke with Congressman Bill Huizenga of Zeeland about the budget compromise.
Kent County Kids Count reveals positive, negative trends
Grand Rapids MI December 18, 2013 | WGVU The annual 2013 Kids Count in Michigan report is showing mixed results for Kent County. Among other benchmarks, there’s been an increase in the number of children growing up in families struggling to make ends meet. WGVU’s David Moore reports…
Pay-As-You-Throw refuse program struggles with deficit
December 18, 2013 | WGVU Grand Rapids year-old trash removal is struggling to break-even but city officials are not willing to bail out the program with another 2 million. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Decision on contract for Michigan Employees postponed
December 18, 2013 | WGVU The Michigan Civil Service Commission has postponed a decision on whether to impose higher health care costs on tens of thousands of Michigan government workers.
Snyder signs laws requiring EpiPens in schools
Lansing MI December 18, 2013 | AP Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed laws requiring every public school in Michigan to have epinephrine injectors to treat allergic reactions.
Michigan's school violence tip line coming in 2014
Lansing MI December 18, 2013 | AP Michigan students will be able to use a confidential tip line to alert authorities to potential school violence, starting next year.
US pushes states on disabling drunk drivers' cars
Washington DC December 18, 2013 | AP U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants states to require first-time drunken drivers to use alcohol breath monitors before they get behind the wheel.
Michigan, 3 other states test tech that targets slick roads
Detroit MI December 18, 2013 | AP Four states will be using new technology this winter that federal officials say they hope will reduce traffic crashes and save on road maintenance costs.
Mackinac Bridge crossing tolls won't rise in 2014
December 18, 2013 | AP Mackinac Bridge tolls won't be going up next year after all.
Witness: Woman was hurt before being shot on porch
December 18, 2013 | AP A witness says she tried to help a young woman in the hours before she was shot and killed on a man's porch in suburban Detroit.
Quest to restrict union fees targets 3 new states
December 18, 2013 | AP Voters in at least three states could get a chance to decide next year whether to limit the fees that unions can collect.
Report: More Michigan kids qualify for food aid
Lansing MI December 17, 2013 | AP A report by a private foundation says the percentage of young Michigan children qualifying for federal food assistance has jumped in recent years.
Chili powder gets blame for Zeeland breathing problems
Zeeland MI December 17, 2013 | AP Officials say chili powder in the air at a western Michigan manufacturing plant was to blame for reports of breathing problems at the facility.
School gym damaged in storm unusable for 2 months
Mattawan MI December 17, 2013 | AP Officials say a southwestern Michigan high school gymnasium that lost part of its roof in a windstorm is expected to be unusable for about two more months.
Michigan to coordinate donations to support reading
Lansing MI December 17, 2013 | AP Education officials in Michigan are planning an effort to coordinate private donations to help build a culture of reading in the state.
U-M wants $120M dental school overhaul
Ann Arbor MI December 17, 2013 | AP The University of Michigan wants to give its dental school a $120 million renovation and is asking the state to pay for 75 percent of the project.
AAA: 2.9M Michigan residents plan holiday travel
December 17, 2013 | AP About 2.9 million Michigan residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Christmas holiday period.
GRPS listening tour returns next year
Grand Rapids MI December 17, 2013 | AP The upcoming year of 2014 brings a new listening tour by Grand Rapids School Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal. WGVU’s David Moore reports.
Snow creates hazardous driving conditions in Michigan
Undated December 17, 2013 | AP More snow in parts of Michigan has brought hazardous driving conditions blamed for numerous accidents.
State worker unions rally on eve of contract decision
December 17, 2013 | MPRN Thousands of state employees could see their health benefits reduced tomorrow. That’s if a state board votes to approve a new contract drawn up by an independent state panel.
We have more from Jake Neher.
State rolls out violence reporting hotline
December 17, 2013 | MPRN
Governor Snyder has approved a program to allow students and others to report possible threats of violence with a phone call, text message, e-mail or online communication.
Rick Pluta reports.
Officer cleared in shooting of teen with fake gun
Battle Creek MI December 16, 2013 | AP A prosecutor says a Battle Creek police officer was justified in shooting a 14-year-old boy who had a toy gun in the waistband of his pants.
U-Michigan gives honorary degree to MSU president
Ann Arbor MI December 16, 2013 | AP The University of Michigan has given an honorary degree to the president of its in-state rival.
Michigan to have tip line to prevent school violence
December 16, 2013 | AP Michigan is creating a confidential tip line for students designed to prevent school violence.
Michigan GOP doesn't address anti-gay comments
December 16, 2013 | AP Michigan Republicans have taken no official steps to rebuke the kinds of anti-gay comments made recently by GOP National Committee member Dave Agema.
Opponents to target Michigan abortion law in 2014
December 16, 2013 | AP Incensed Democrats and abortion rights advocates are vowing that Republican lawmakers overreached so much with new restrictions on abortion coverage in Michigan's public and private health insurance plans that it'll cost them in next elections.
Crop summit to offer tips on farming techniques
December 16, 2013 | AP A two-day conference in January will give farmers a chance to learn about topics ranging from crop rotation to bee pollination.
Appeal on the docket in Detroit bankruptcy case
December 16, 2013 | AP Unions and Detroit pension funds are back in court to try to persuade a judge to allow them to appeal a decision that lets the city fix itself in bankruptcy.
AAA Michigan.: Gas prices fall 9 cents over past week
December 16, 2013 | AP AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have dropped about nine cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.14 per gallon.
Court won't hear appeal over Michigan sore loser law
December 16, 2013 | AP The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal over Michigan's sore loser law that kept Gary Johnson from appearing as a Libertarian presidential candidate on the state ballot after running in the Republican primary.
Michigan helmet use falls in wake of law change
December 16, 2013 | AP A state survey has found that 73 percent of Michigan motorcyclists wear helmets, down from seven years ago when almost all riders used them.
Snyder: Will discuss, won't lead gay rights move
December 16, 2013 | AP Republican Gov. Rick Snyder says he's open to the idea of extending civil rights protections to gay people, as long as the GOP-led Michigan Legislature is ready to collaborate.
Snyder to release energy plan this week
December 16, 2013 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder is supposed to deliver a special message later this week on his energy plan for Michigan.
Rick Pluta has more.