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3 new infections in Michigan from bad steroids
January 21, 2013 | AP Michigan health officials have reported three more infections in the past week linked to contaminated steroids supplied by a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company. The Michigan Department of Community Health says at least 244 people have been infected with illnesses including fungal meningitis that are part of a national disease outbreak. The steroids are used in injections to treat neck and back pain. The department reports that at least 15 people have died in the outbreak, unchanged from last Monday. As of Friday, the department says there have been 68 cases of fungal meningitis, 153 epidural abscesses, one stroke and 22 peripheral joint infections in Michigan tied to the steroids. --- Online: Michigan Department of Community Health meningitis link: http://1.usa.gov/Wom9rn U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meningitis outbreak map: http://1.usa.gov/Qsw1eU
MDOT holds 2nd public open house on freeway reconstruction
March 13, 2014 | WGVU As the House Senate Committee agreed on 215 million dollars for road maintenance, MDOT officials were busy gathering public input on what to do with local freeways. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports on last evening's meeting at the Walker Fire Station.
Prison food service provider fined for breach of contract
Lansing MI March 12, 2014 | WGVU The Michigan Department of Corrections levied a hefty fine against the private company in charge of food operations in state prisons. WGVU’s David Moore reports.
Open Door Open Hearts highlights plight of homeless women
March 12, 2014 | WGVU Women in the community are invited to attend Open Door Open Hearts, an event Thursday evening to highlight Degage Ministries' support of homeless women in crisis. WGVU’S Caroline MacGregor reports.
Mid-year budget bill has $215 million for roads
Lansing MI March 12, 2014 | AP Michigan legislative leaders have agreed to set aside $215 million in the middle of the budget year for road maintenance, partly to help road agencies grappling with winter costs and potholes.
Sobriety Court arrives in Grand Haven
Grand Haven MI March 12, 2014 | AP Second-offense drunked drivers are being offered a second chance through a program started recently in Grand Haven.
Steps taken toward cleanup of White Lake pollution
Muskegon MI March 12, 2014 | AP A western Michigan lake is moving closer to removal from a list of toxic hot spots in the Great Lakes region.
Bill letting Vietnam vets get diplomas nearly done
Lansing MI March 12, 2014 | AP Legislation nearing the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder would let high schools award diplomas to Vietnam War-era veterans who enlisted or were drafted before graduating.
Wife to testify against man in 1987 double-killing
Grand Haven MI March 12, 2014 | AP A prosecutor says a woman will testify that her then-boyfriend came to her crying and then confessed to killing his sister and brother-in-law 27 years ago.
Campaign to stop wolf hunt to turn in petitions
March 12, 2014 | MPRN The campaign to stop wolf hunts in Michigan says it has enough petition signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot. As we hear from Rick Pluta, this would be the second ballot challenge to a wolf hunt.
Grand Rapids aviation school expects record enrollment this fall
Grand Rapids MI March 11, 2014 | WGVU A West Michigan high school that focuses on flying is looking for good things come the fall. The West Michigan Aviation Academy is marking its third year, and as WGVU’s David Moore reports, the demand for graduates continues to grow.
A 40 to 90 percent chance for West Michigan Spring flooding
March 11, 2014 | WGVU The stage is set for spring flooding in West Michigan; a near record snowpack containing plenty of water and an above normal amount of ice on our rivers are the prime concerns. As we head into mid-March the days get longer and warmer. What scenarios is the National Weather Service keeping an eye on?
Local doctor weighs in on random screening of athletes for heart conditions
March 11, 2014 | WGVU Visitation for 17 year old Ryan Fischer is this afternoon. The Grandville student athlete died in his sleep from an undiagnosed heart condition. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor asked a local doctor about the need to screen young athletes for pre-existing heart problems.
Officials making announcement about medical school
Kalamazoo MI March 11, 2014 | AP Officials today to reveal what they are calling a "major" announcement related to the Western Michigan University School of Medicine
Service union pays $205,000 for campaign violation
Lansing MI March 11, 2014 | AP Michigan's secretary of state says the Service Employees International Union will pay $205,000 in penalties in a deal to settle campaign spending law violations during a failed ballot issue campaign.
Land offers ideas for alternative to health law
Lansing MI March 11, 2014 | AP Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has relentlessly attacked Democrat Gary Peters for supporting the federal health care law.
GVSU leader uses YouTube to show a boring break
Allendale MI March 11, 2014 | AP What did the president of a Michigan university do on spring break? He made a snow angel, napped on an empty bus and read a book in a greenhouse.
Man's ear partially bitten off, girlfriend charged
Macomb Township MI March 11, 2014 | AP Authorities have arrested a 31-year-old suburban Detroit woman they say bit off part of her boyfriend's ear.
Lake Michigan ice cover breaks 37-year-old record
Ann Arbor MI March 11, 2014 | AP Lake Michigan's ice cover has set a record.
Firefighter keeps working after fall through floor
Detroit MI March 11, 2014 | AP A Detroit firefighter kept working after being injured while falling through the floor of a burning home on the city's east side.
Trial could last 2 weeks in 1987 double murder
Grand Haven MI March 11, 2014 | AP The trial of a western Michigan man charged with fatally shooting his sister and brother-in-law in 1987 is expected to last at least two weeks.
Officials launching new transportation center
Kalamazoo MI March 11, 2014 | AP Western Michigan University is getting ready to launch a center to develop and promote better public and non-motor transportation.
Disgraced Wayne County judge wants 6 more years
Detroit MI March 11, 2014 | AP A suspended Wayne County judge has filed for re-election while the Michigan Supreme Court decides whether to remove him office for an affair with a woman who appeared in his court.
Medical school to be named after Dr. Homer Stryker
March 11, 2014 | AP Western Michigan University's new medical school will be named after the founder of the medical technology company Stryker Corp.
Business leaders brainstorm on jobs, transforming Michigan's economy
Detroit MI March 10, 2014 | WGVU A top level meeting of executives today focused on Michigan’s economic transformation. Nearly 500 business and policy leaders came together to brainstorm the subject. WGVU’s David Moore reports
Ryan Fischer's heart condition found in one in every 500 people
March 10, 2014 | WGVU Friends and fellow students remembered fellow student Ryan Fischer during a memorial service at Grandville High School Sunday. Fischer, who was 17, died Friday from a heart condition. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Hampton Inn & Suites locating along Medical Mile
March 10, 2014 | WGVU Groundbreaking for a new hotel along Grand Rapids' Medical Mile will begin in April.
Justin Amash slammed in attack ads for abortion voting record
March 10, 2014 | WGVU A local businessman has launched a series of a television ads, accusing Justin Amash of allowing abortions based on gender selection, to continue. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.
Fraternity members walk 160 miles for fundraiser
Traverse City MI March 10, 2014 | AP A group of fraternity members from Grand Valley State University have wrapped up an eight-day, 160-mile walk to raise money to support multiple sclerosis research and education.
Michigan bill allows local stock exchanges
Lansing MI March 10, 2014 | AP Michigan cities are getting behind legislation to create local stock exchanges allowing residents to invest in smaller businesses.
Gilda's laughter festival holds FUNderwear Run 5K
Grand Rapids MI March 10, 2014 | AP Organizers of an annual festival of laughter have held a 5K race with a unique dress code.
Plans moving forward for new Detroit-Canada bridge
Detroit MI March 10, 2014 | AP Officials in Michigan say the omission in the federal budget for funding of a border inspection plaza in Michigan is not expected to delay construction of a commuter bridge between Detroit and Canada.
Jury resumes deliberations in trial tied to couple's death
Grand Rapids MI March 10, 2014 | AP A jury is returning to a Grand Rapids courtroom Monday for the first full day of deliberations in the case of an elderly couple killed at home.
Officials see more growth in Michigan tourism
March 10, 2014 | AP Officials say Michigan's tourism industry is expected to grow as the state begins advertising more in Canada, Europe and China.
Man convicted of killing elderly Michigan couple
March 10, 2014 | AP A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder for killing an elderly couple in their Grand Rapids-area home before stealing their car.
Governor meets with legislative leaders to hammer out road fix, Medicaid deal
March 10, 2014 | MPRN State lawmakers are about to dive into the process of crafting a budget for next fiscal year. But as Jake Neher reports, they have to fix some problems with the current year’s budget first.
Michigan requiring more mental health services
March 7, 2014 | WGVU Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation designed to offer more treatment options in Michigan for people with mental illness, including those who are jailed or at risk of being imprisoned.
Michigan trial on gay-marriage ban enters last leg
March 7, 2014 | WGVU A judge is hearing final arguments in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2004.
Authorities: Farm worker dies after attack by bull
March 7, 2014 | WGVU Authorities say a 42-year-old farm worker has died after being attacked by a bull in Barry County.
DNR: 2 men to be charged with illegal bear buys
March 7, 2014 | WGVU Two men from Midland have been arrested on charges of illegally buying Michigan black bears and bear parts.
Professor urges 24-hour technology break
March 7, 2014 | WGVU An Eastern Michigan University educator wants people to give themselves a 24-hour break from smartphones, text messages and other media-based technology.
Five Rockford Middle school students suspended for using e-cigarettes
March 7, 2014 | WGVU Five East Rockford Middle School eighth-graders were suspended this week for using electronic cigarettes. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.
Death of Forest Hills student ruled accidental after hospital mishap
March 7, 2014 | WGVU The death of a Forest Hills seventh-grader was not due to cancer as originally thought but from a medical procedure that went wrong during her treatment at Spectrum Health hospital. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association suing City of Grand Rapids
March 7, 2014 | WGVU Did the City of Grand Rapids miss ballot certification deadline or not?
The Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association says it did and is filing a lawsuit against the city. It says the City of Grand Rapids missed the certification deadline with the county clerk to include the street tax proposal on the May 6th ballot.
Michigan: Unsecured alarms 'major' role in escape
March 7, 2014 | AP The Michigan Corrections Department says prison guards' failure to reset motion-detection alarms played a "major role" in a convicted quadruple killer's escape last month.
Closing arguments wrap up in same-sex marriage trial
March 7, 2014 | MPRN A federal judge says he expects to take two weeks or less to issue his opinion on whether Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. As Rick Pluta reports, the trial wrapped up today.