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Schools close, West Michigan shovels out of winter storm

David Moore
February 8, 2013 | AP  Hundreds of West Michigan schools are closed for the day because of a snowstorm hitting the state. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport got ten inches, with more reported in other areas.
Virtually all schools and districts in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon Counties cancelled classes today, including Grand Rapids Public. 

Grand Rapids Community College scratched its morning classes, but kept afternoon classes on schedule.We had about 200 closings in 17 counties in the WGVU listening area.  

Statewide, the largest public school system in Michigan, Detroit, also cancelled classes, along with Wayne State University’s campuses.

Today’s forecast for Western Michigan calls for the snow to end, with temperatures holding in the upper 20’s, but by Sunday, we can expect rain, with highs around 40

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Officer contests firing after videotaped beating of motorist
Inkster, MI  April 17, 2015  |  WGVU  A white police officer who was fired following the videotaped beating a black motorist during a suburban Detroit traffic stop says his firing wasn't based on the facts.    
Michigan State Police hosting seminar to recruit women
Lansing MI  April 17, 2015  |  WGVU  The Michigan State Police is holding a seminar for women in an effort to increase its number of female recruits.    
Michigan's Capitol dome getting overhaul amid $6.4M project
Lansing MI  April 17, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan's Capitol dome in Lansing is getting an overhaul as part of a $6.4 million project.    
Conviction stands for man who found cop's gun in restroom
Kalkaska, MI  April 17, 2015  |  WGVU  The Michigan appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a northern Michigan man who kept a state trooper's gun that was found in a grocery store restroom.    
Public's help sought to list Michigan reptiles, amphibians
Lansing MI  April 17, 2015  |  WGVU  Wildlife experts are putting together Michigan's first statewide inventory of reptiles and amphibians and want the public's help.    
ArtPrize whale sculpture to leave Bay County this summer
Bay City MI  April 17, 2015  |  WGVU  A 1,000-pound whale sculpture created for the 2014 ArtPrize competition will stay in Bay County for the next few months before heading north.    
Police arrest 8 affirmative action protesters at U-M regents
Ann Arbor MI  April 17, 2015  |  WGVU  Police have arrested eight people during a protest at a University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting over the level of minority enrollment.    
State Online Testing Started This Week:The Verdict?
Grand Rapids MI  April 17, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan schools kicked off new, online standardized testing this week. State officials say so far, no widespread failures or network outages have been reported. We talked with a local schools superintendent and found out the new test is not without its challenges.    
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Michigan House votes to eliminate February elections
LANSING, Mich.  April 17, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan would no longer hold elections in February under legislation moving forward in Lansing.   
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Auto suppliers speak against Dieseltec post
  April 17, 2015  |  WGVU  At least two companies have distanced themselves from Grandville-based Dieseltec after the repair shop's comments against homosexuality ignited on social media.    
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Holland councilman makes bid for mayor
  April 17, 2015  |  WGVU  A longtime Holland City Council member has announced his campaign for Mayor.    
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GRPD: 64 tickets at Michigan/Fuller intersection
  April 17, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids police issued 64 traffic tickets this past week near Michigan Street Northeast and Fuller Avenue.   
Bill would create GPS pilot to track state government cars
LANSING, Mich.   April 17, 2015  |  AP  A bill advancing in Michigan's Legislature would create a GPS pilot program to track state government vehicles.   
AG seeks reveal of prisoner names in prison sex abuse suit
LANSING, Mich.  April 17, 2015  |  AP  Michigan's attorney general is arguing that the names should be revealed of three male prison inmates who say in lawsuits against the state Corrections department that they were sexually assaulted.   
Gov. Snyder orders flags lowered for former state Rep. Nitz
LANSING, Mich.  April 17, 2015  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags within the capitol complex to be flown at half-staff in remembrance of former Rep. Neal Nitz. He was 61.   
Lawmaker proposes state registry of homeschooled children
LANSING, Mich.  April 17, 2015  |  AP  Michigan legislation is planned to create a registry of homeschooled children following the deaths of two Detroit children found in a freezer.   
National Guard training exercise starts this weekend
GRAYLING, Mich.  April 17, 2015  |  AP  A Michigan National Guard training exercise takes place starting this weekend at Camp Grayling, Rockport State Recreation Area and in Mackinaw City.   
Governor Snyder says he’s glad to see action on no-fault
  April 17, 2015  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder says he was surprised this week when the state Senate adopted an overhaul of Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law. The governor says he was pleased to see action on the issue.   
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Frederik Meijer preview: Japanese garden, sculptures and music
  April 16, 2015  |  WGVU  The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park celebrates its 20th season this year, with the addition of a new eight-acre Japanese garden, sculptures and multiple musical acts.    
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Bill would let Michigan have risk-based bridge inspections
Lansing MI  April 16, 2015  |  WGVU  The Michigan Legislature is preparing to consider legislation responding to a recent audit that found some state bridge inspections weren't always completed on time or thoroughly.    
Zombies, Spartans battle in campus game
East Lansing MI  April 16, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan State University students are competing this week in a zombie apocalypse version of tag.    
Statewide tornado drill taking place across Michigan
Lansing MI  April 16, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan residents are participating in a statewide tornado drill.    
Spring turkey hunt licenses still available in Michigan
Lansing MI  April 16, 2015  |  WGVU  State officials say licenses are still available to hunt wild turkeys in Michigan this spring.    
Boy found in basement after search could testify in hearing
Detroit, MI  April 16, 2015  |  WGVU  More testimony is expected at a hearing in the case of a Detroit father and stepmother accused of torture and abuse after the man's son was found in their basement following an 11-day search by police.    
Grandville shop's pro-gun, anti-gay message traversing social media
  April 16, 2015  |  WGVU  A West Michigan auto repair owner faces backlash - and support - after making his negative stance on same-sex relationships clear on social media this week.    
Severe Weather Awareness: Are You Ready?
Grand Rapids MI  April 16, 2015  |  WGVU  This week is severe weather awareness week and Kent County officials want you to be ready. And while “this week” calls attention to being prepared, the potential for severe weather in West Michigan is just beginning.    
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Auto shop owner stands by controversial social media post
  April 16, 2015  |  WGVU  A West Michigan auto repair owner’s statement on a business social media account against same-sex relationships gains traction, and threats, online.   
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Michigan Senate OKs STEM endorsement on high school diplomas
LANSING, Mich.   April 16, 2015  |  AP  High school students could be awarded a special endorsement on their diploma if they earn enough credits in science, technology, engineering and math under bills advancing in the Michigan Legislature.   
Report: Specialty courts are keeping people out of trouble
DETROIT  April 16, 2015  |  AP   Judges are praising the results of Michigan's specialty courts, which have given thousands of people, especially veterans, a chance to turn their lives around.   
Senate adopts no-fault overhaul
LANSING, Mich  April 16, 2015  |  MPRN  Republicans in the Michigan Senate have taken an early step toward overhauling Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system.   
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Snyder orders flags flown at half-staff in Lincoln's honor
Lansing MI  April 15, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for U.S. flags displayed on state property to be flown at half-staff Wednesday in remembrance of former President Abraham Lincoln.    
Agency awards $1.5M in grants to 10 Michigan organizations
Lansing MI  April 15, 2015  |  WGVU  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $1.5 million in federal grants to 10 Michigan organizations dedicated to helping residents with housing needs.    
DeZwaan Windmill celebrates golden anniversary in Holland
Holland MI  April 15, 2015  |  WGVU  A celebration is taking place this weekend for a 200-year-old Dutch windmill that has been in Holland for 50 years.    
Bill seeks insurance coverage of hearing aids for children
Lansing MI  April 15, 2015  |  WGVU  A lawmaker and Miss Michigan are teaming up to back legislation requiring health insurers to cover hearing aids for those 21 and younger.    
Officials approve $1.5M Grand River grant application
  April 15, 2015  |  WGVU  A $1.5 million grant may help return the rapids to the Grand River.    
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Pennock Healthcare System merges with Spectrum Health
  April 15, 2015  |  WGVU  Hastings’ Pennock Healthcare System is merging with Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health. Beginning May 1st the deal will be official when the hospital’s name is officially changed to Spectrum Health Pennock.   
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State’s jobless rate drops to 5.6 percent
  April 15, 2015  |  MPRN  Michigan’s jobless rate has dropped to five-point-six percent, bringing it very close to the national average.   
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Eastern Michigan University set to host teacher job fair
Ypsilanti MI  April 14, 2015  |  WGVU  Eastern Michigan University is getting ready to host a major annual job fair for teachers.    
Hearing to resume in case of Detroit boy found in basement
Detroit, MI  April 14, 2015  |  WGVU  A judge plans to hear more testimony in the case of a Detroit couple accused of torturing a boy through physical abuse, rigorous workouts and limited meals.    
Officials encourage steps to prevent spread of oak wilt
Lansing MI  April 14, 2015  |  WGVU  Officials are urging Michigan residents to take steps to prevent the spread of oak wilt.    
Lynne Cheney to speak at event commemorating Betty Ford
Grand Rapids MI  April 14, 2015  |  WGVU  Lynne Cheney is scheduled to speak at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation's commemoration of the 97th anniversary of Betty Ford's birth.    
Woman wounded in accidental shooting after target practice
Pennfield Twp., MI  April 14, 2015  |  WGVU  Authorities say a woman was critically wounded after being accidentally shot by a 13-year-old boy after they were target shooting near Battle Creek.    
Renowned Spoken Word Poet Visits Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI  April 14, 2015  |  WGVU  A renowned poet and spoken word artist is in Grand Rapids tonight. As part of the Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series, Sarah Kay will be speaking. Kay has traveled the globe with her poetry and now uses it as a literacy tool.    
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Dick, Lynne Cheney share memories of Betty Ford
  April 14, 2015  |  WGVU  Former Vice President and Second Lady Dick and Dr. Lynne Cheney shared memories of the Ford family in a visit to Grand Rapids honoring what would've been Betty Ford's 97th birthday.   
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City of Holland Mayor won't seek re-election
  April 14, 2015  |  WGVU  Holland Mayor, Kurt Dykstra, announced Tuesday that he will not seek a fourth term in office.   
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Officials encourage steps to prevent spread of oak wilt
LANSING, Mich.  April 14, 2015  |  AP  Officials are urging Michigan residents to take steps to prevent the spread of oak wilt.   
Statewide tornado drill planned for Thursday in Michigan
LANSING, Mich.  April 14, 2015  |  AP  State police and emergency management officials are asking Michigan residents to participate in a statewide tornado drill this week.Statewide tornado drill planned for Thursday in Michigan.Statewide tornado drill planned for Thursday in Michigan.   
Stabenow, Peters oppose Canadian nuke waste disposal plan
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.  April 14, 2015  |  AP  U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan have introduced a resolution urging the Obama administration to fight a Canadian plan to bury nuclear waste underground less than a mile from Lake Huron.   
Snyder marks merger of Michigan's social services agencies
LANSING, Mich.  April 14, 2015  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder says combining two of Michigan's largest agencies will help focus on improving outcomes for recipients of government assistance.   
New emergency managers named for 2 Michigan school districts
LANSING, Mich.  April 14, 2015  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed new emergency managers for school districts in Highland Park and Muskegon Heights.   
Vehicle, trailer fire forces closure of Ambassador Bridge
DETROIT  April 14, 2015  |  AP  Authorities say a vehicle fire has shut down traffic on the bridge that connects Detroit with the Canadian city of Windsor.   
Settlement upholds academic dishonesty against GVSU students
ALLENDALE, Mich.   April 14, 2015  |  AP  Findings of academic dishonesty are being upheld against two former Grand Valley State University students as part of a lawsuit settlement.   
Anti-fracking campaign expects to launch next month
  April 14, 2015  |  MPRN  Opponents of the drilling method known as “fracking” plan to launch a petition drive next month. This will be the group’s third attempt to outlaw fracking.   
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Authorities: Michigan traffic deaths less than 900 in 2014
Lansing MI  April 13, 2015  |  WGVU  Authorities say Michigan traffic deaths totaled less than 900 last year for the first time since 2011.    
Michigan arts group awarding $128K to 53 organizations
Lansing MI  April 13, 2015  |  WGVU  The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs is awarding nearly $128,000 in grants to 53 groups working on arts and culture projects in Michigan.    
Efforts take place to bring more visitors to state Capitol
Lansing MI  April 13, 2015  |  WGVU  Efforts are taking place in Lansing to bring more visitors to the state Capitol building and the Michigan Library & Historical Museum.    
Michigan schools starting new online standardized testing
Lansing MI  April 13, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan schools are starting new online standardized testing this week.    
2 brothers scheduled to stand trial in 1989 Michigan slaying
White Cloud, MI  April 13, 2015  |  WGVU  Two western Michigan brothers are scheduled to stand trial in the slaying of an 18-year-old woman in 1989.    
Vacant factory destroyed in overnight fire in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI  April 13, 2015  |  WGVU  Authorities are investigating after an overnight fire destroyed a vacant factory on the northeast side of Grand Rapids.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 10 cents in past week to $2.31
Dearborn, MI  April 13, 2015  |  WGVU  AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have decreased by about 10 cents a gallon within the past week.    
Officials could remove Grand Rapids skateboard ban
  April 13, 2015  |  WGVU  A ban on skateboards in downtown Grand Rapids could be repealed.    
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State criticized in latest report on child welfare reforms
DETROIT  April 13, 2015  |  WGVU  A judge says the state of Michigan still has "serious problems" in collecting statistics that are crucial to improving foster care, child welfare and other programs for kids.   
Coast Guard video shows copter using rotors to free boaters
PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich.  April 13, 2015  |  WGVU  The U.S. Coast Guard has released a video of a helicopter crew using the wind from the rotor blades to clear a path through the ice for two men who got stuck in Lake Michigan while fishing.   
U.S. Attorney talks faith's role in communities
  April 13, 2015  |  WGVU  The U.S. Attorney for West Michigan speaks in Holland on Tuesday afternoon.    
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School districts say energy overhaul could cost them millions
  April 13, 2015  |  MPRN  A state law allows some Michigan businesses, school districts, and households to shop for their electric company instead of relying on their region’s utility. That policy was the center of a hearing Monday as lawmakers debate overhauling the state’s energy policies.   
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