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Muskegon City Manager announces early retirement
February 25, 2013 | WGVU
Bryon Mazade, 54,
plans to step down as City Manager on October 1st. He’s been with the
city 20 years and has decided to take early retirement. Over the years, Mazade
has earned the respect of commissioners and the public. He helped establish several
city projects including the expansion of several industrial parks and
revitalization of the downtown’s historic district. He also helped launch the
Lake Express ferry which operates between Muskegon and Milwaukee. In 2001, an
effort to fire Mazade by Mayor Fred Nielsen failed after the community rallied
behind him. Commissioners are expected to immediately begin the search process
for Mazade’s successor.
18 residents displaced by apartment fire
July 25, 2014 | WGVU A housing unit on Grand Rapids’ northwest side destroyed by fire Thursday evening has left 18 people homeless. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Ex-radio host signs plea deal in child porn probe
Grand Rapids MI July 25, 2014 | AP A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan plans to plead guilty in a child pornography investigation.
Fire guts apartment building in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI July 25, 2014 | AP A fire has gutted an eight-unit apartment building in Grand Rapids.
Michigan DNR offers young hunter workshops
Lansing MI July 25, 2014 | AP Young hunters can get instructions on use of a variety of weaponry and equipment this summer during a series of workshops at state-operated shooting ranges.
Man arraigned in stab slaying of gas station clerk
Battle Creek MI July 25, 2014 | AP A man has been arraigned on first-degree murder charges in the fatal stabbing of a 27-year-old Battle Creek gas station employee.
Closing arguments Monday in player's slaying
Ann Arbor MI July 25, 2014 | AP Closing arguments are expected Monday in the trial of a man in the fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.
Group wants probe of absentee voting allegations
Dearborn Heights MI July 25, 2014 | AP An advocacy group says it wants state and federal authorities to investigate allegations that suburban Detroit officials prevented Arab-Americans from obtaining absentee ballots.
Judge: Detroit mob beating sentences will stand
Detroit MI July 25, 2014 | AP A judge is sticking to light sentences for two men who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist in April.
State Senator ready to revisit creating state-run health exchange
July 25, 2014 | MPRN There could be another push in Lansing to set up a state-run website to purchase insurance through the federal healthcare law. As Jake Neher reports, one state Senator says he’s ready to revisit the idea.
Rise in hand, foot and mouth disease in Kent County
July 24, 2014 | WGVU Cases of hand, foot and mouth disease have risen in Kent County. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
June increase in unemployment in West Michigan
July 24, 2014 | WGVU Unemployment figures for the Grand Rapids-Wyoming labor market increased by more than five and a half percent in June.
Board to consider minimum wage, wolf ballot issues
Lansing MI July 24, 2014 | AP Michigan's elections board will consider whether supporters of a minimum wage increase and wolf hunting collected enough voter signatures for proposals to advance to legislators and possibly a statewide vote.
Gilda's LaughFest to return for 5th year in March
Grand Rapids MI July 24, 2014 | AP Organizers of an annual festival of laughter in western Michigan say the event will return for its fifth year in March.
Tortoise may have helped 12-inch alligator escape
Naubinway MI July 24, 2014 | AP An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise.
Muskegon River to be surveyed for sea lamprey
Muskegon MI July 24, 2014 | AP Federal scientists are preparing to examine a portion of the Muskegon River to determine what steps are needed to control sea lamprey, an invasive fish parasite.
Michigan board certifies 3rd wolf hunt measure
Lansing MI July 24, 2014 | AP A measure intended to make moot two wolf-hunting referendums on the November statewide ballot is headed to the Michigan Legislature.
Michigan funeral home director sentenced to prison
Ionia MI July 24, 2014 | AP The former director of a Michigan funeral home is heading to jail for up to four years after stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in funeral funds.
State to measure impact of Pathways to Potential
Lansing MI July 24, 2014 | AP The Michigan Department of Human Services is partnering with Grand Valley State University and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on a project to measure the impact of a program that puts department workers in nearly 170 schools across the state.
Porch shooter was surprised by firing of gun
Detroit MI July 24, 2014 | AP A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch told police that he didn't know there was a round in the shotgun.
GM profit 2Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs
Detroit MI July 24, 2014 | AP General Motors says second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.
Records show criminal cases for 2 board candidates
Kalamazoo MI July 24, 2014 | AP Records show two of the four candidates seeking the same seat on the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners have criminal histories.
Schauer voted in 2012 GOP presidential primary
Lansing MI July 24, 2014 | AP Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is acknowledging that he voted in the state's 2012 Republican presidential primary.
Board rules minimum wage drive short of signatures
July 24, 2014 | AP Michigan's elections board has voted not to certify a voter-initiated proposal to raise the state's minimum wage.
State orders Enbridge to fix pipeline through Mackinac straits
July 24, 2014 | MPRN Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the state Department of Environmental Quality have told Enbridge Energy the company has to do a better job of securing an oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.
Rick Pluta explains.
Police welcome tips in Rebekah Bletsch death investigation
July 23, 2014 | WGVU The investigation into the shooting death of jogger Rebekah Bletsch has not resulted in any arrests but police hope new information in the case will lead them to her killer. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival begins this weekend
July 23, 2014 | WGVU Final preparations are underway for the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival which gets underway this weekend.
Pro-Gaza protesters rally at state Capitol
July 23, 2014 | WGVU Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups are holding events across Michigan to offer their perspectives on the conflict in Gaza. As Jake Neher reports, protesters gathered in front of the state Capitol today in support of Palestinians.
Agency finds Michigan plant breached security plan
Covert Twp MI July 23, 2014 | AP Federal regulators have determined Palisades Nuclear Plant staff willfully violated the plant's security plan in 2012.
Lansing Board of Water & Light reappoints leader
Lansing MI July 23, 2014 | AP The Lansing Board of Water & Light has reappointed J. Peter Lark as general manager despite criticism about the utility's response to a December ice storm that left some customers without power for more than a week.
Court: Ex-judge Wade McCree immune from civil suit
Detroit MI July 23, 2014 | AP A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that a disgraced Detroit judge cannot be sued by a defendant in a child support case he presided over.
Michigan agency plans hearing on standardized test
Lansing MI July 23, 2014 | AP The public will get a chance to weigh in on what Michigan's next standardized test for students should look like.
Chrysler recalls Jeep SUVs for ignition switches
Detroit MI July 23, 2014 | AP Chrysler is recalling up to 792,300 older Jeep SUVs worldwide because the ignition switches could cause engine stalling.
Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life
Detroit MI July 23, 2014 | AP A defense lawyer says a Detroit-area man who killed a young, unarmed woman on his porch heard "boom, boom, boom" at last four separate times before he opened the door and shot her in the face.
Filmmaker Michael Moore's divorce is finalized
Bellaire MI July 23, 2014 | AP Filmmaker Michael Moore's divorce from Kathleen Glynn has been finalized, ending their two-decade-long marriage.
Statue of Betty Ford planned for Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI July 23, 2014 | AP A statue of former first lady Betty Ford is planned for Grand Rapids in 2018.
Land close to amending records to account for $3M
Lansing MI July 23, 2014 | AP Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land says she's close to filing an amended financial disclosure statement to account for nearly $3 million she's given her campaign.
Elections panel to consider minimum wage, wolf hunting petition drives
July 23, 2014 | MPRN A state elections board will decide tomorrow whether to certify petitions to initiate two new state laws. One would increase Michigan’s minimum wage. The other would allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.
Muskegon man pleas no contest to second degree murder
July 22, 2014 | WGVU The jury trial of Deontay Demarco Black-Wickliffe, the Muskegon man charged with killing Gary Lee Ogreen and wounding three other men at a party, is underway in Muskegon County.
Report: State child poverty up, teen deaths down
Lansing MI July 22, 2014 | AP The annual Kids Count survey finds child poverty rates rising during 25 years of data-gathering while fewer teens are giving birth or dying.
Snyder: Vote recognizes efforts to help Detroit
Lansing MI July 22, 2014 | AP Governor Snyder says a vote by Detroit workers and retirees to approve pension cuts in the city's bankruptcy is recognition that the state has pulled together in support of the city.
DNR hosts forest open houses in northern Michigan
Traverse City MI July 22, 2014 | AP State forestry officials are hosting open houses this week to provide information and receive public comments on plans for logging and other management activities in the northwestern Lower Peninsula.
Man sentenced in death of 2-year-old daughter
Flint MI July 22, 2014 | AP A Michigan man has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison in the 2011 beating death of his 2-year-old daughter who was found with human bite marks on her body.
Counter-protest emerges amid child migrant plans
Vassar MI July 22, 2014 | AP A counter-protest has emerged in a small Michigan community where people have been rallying against a social services organization's proposal to house child immigrants from Central America.
More layoffs coming at GRPS
Grand Rapids MI July 22, 2014 | AP The Grand Rapids Public Schools district is sending layoff notices to about 90 staffers as it projects losing another 400 students this fall.
Michigan approves 9 projects to add 3,900 jobs
July 22, 2014 | AP Michigan's economic development arm has approved nine projects expected to bring about 3,900 jobs to the state.
Chrysler recalls Jeep SUVs for ignition switches
July 22, 2014 | AP Chrysler is recalling up to 792,300 older Jeep SUVs worldwide because the ignition switches could cause engine stalling.
Snyder: Pensioner approval of grand bargain sets Detroit up for faster recovery
July 22, 2014 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder says pensioner approval of Detroit’s grand bargain sets the city up for a faster recovery. But as Jake Neher reports, Snyder admits the bankruptcy process is still far from over.
Court ruling on Obamacare tax breaks has no immediate effect in Michigan
July 22, 2014 | MPRN An appeals court ruling today out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly a quarter million Michiganders buy health coverage.
We have more from Rick Pluta.