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Bear cub petting zoo bill headed to Governor Snyder’s desk


March 12, 2013 | MPRN  The bill would let the public handle cubs up to 36 weeks old or less than 90 pounds. Some lawmakers worried the measure would lead to a surge of new bear petting zoos across the state looking to cash in on the experience.

But lawmakers in the state House last week limited the bill so it would only apply to businesses already offering bear petting.

Bill sponsor Senator Tom Casperson had opposed the change, but says it was necessary to get enough votes in the House.

“We thought we were being reasonable with those that might have objections that we’re not running around trying to expand this operation. That was a big question that kept being asked.”

Critics of the bill say the operations are not safe for humans or bears.

Governor Rick Snyder vetoed similar legislation last year because it included other measures he opposed.

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Yesterday
Grand Rapids $40 million Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit reality
  August 26, 2014  |  WGVU  After a decade of planning, securing funding and construction, the Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit system is now moving riders utilizing much of Division Avenue from 60th Street through downtown Grand Rapids. WGVU checks out the features riders will experience from this $40 million investment.   
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Funeral planned for Cardinal Edmund Szoka
Detroit MI  August 26, 2014  |  AP  A funeral is planned for Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican.   
Michigan unions brace for teacher opt-out decision
Novi MI  August 26, 2014  |  AP  Organized labor and pro-business groups are waging an intense lobbying campaign directed at Michigan teachers who are deciding whether to remain in their union.    
Biden to speak in Detroit after Labor Day parade
Detroit MI  August 26, 2014  |  AP   Vice President Joe Biden will be Detroit on Labor Day for the second time in three years.   
Man gets 6 1/2-17 years in accidental shooting death
Muskegon MI  August 26, 2014  |  AP  An 18-year-old Muskegon man has been sentenced to 7 1/2 to 17 years in prison for accidentally killing a longtime friend while they were playing with a gun.   
Detroit water service shutoff moratorium ending
Detroit MI  August 26, 2014  |  AP   Detroit says the last of a series of "water fairs" has helped at least 1,300 residents avoid having their taps run dry as a shutoff moratorium ends.   
Metro Health publishes ER wait times on web
Grand Rapids MI  August 26, 2014  |  AP  A Grand Rapids hospital system is going public with some key information for those who need urgent medical attention.    
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Pure Michigan tourism campaign shows up in tattoos
Lansing MI  August 26, 2014  |  AP  The state's Pure Michigan tourism campaign is getting a little ink - on people's bodies.    
GM starts bike sharing program at Tech Center
Warren MI  August 26, 2014  |  AP  General Motors Co.'s Tech Center is starting a bike sharing program for the 19,000 people who work at the suburban Detroit site.   
National anthem singing contest extends deadline
Detroit MI  August 26, 2014  |  AP  The deadline has been extended a week to enter a singing contest for southeastern Michigan police, firefighters and military members.   
Toledo water treatment plant supervisor resigns
Toledo OH  August 26, 2014  |  AP  A city official who was in charge of Toledo's water treatment plant has resigned just three weeks after toxins contaminated the water supply for about 400,000 people.   
Lions announce name, sponsor of college bowl game
Detroit MI  August 26, 2014  |  AP  The Detroit Lions have announced a name and sponsor for its college bowl game.   
US probes Ford Explorer police SUV brake hoses
Detroit MI  August 26, 2014  |  AP   U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint that front brake hoses can fail on some Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs.   
7 Michigan health care centers to split $1.7M
  August 26, 2014  |  AP  Seven Michigan health care centers will split a federal award of nearly $1.7 million to support construction and facility improvements.   
Education groups join calls for LGBT rights in Michigan
  August 26, 2014  |  MPRN  More groups have joined calls to add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law. College, university, and school officials now say they support the measure. We have more from Jake Neher.    
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Monday
Michigan gas prices steady
Dearborn MI  August 25, 2014  |  AP  AAA Michigan says statewide gasoline prices remained stable last week as Detroit-area prices decreased.   
Seed company sued by migrant workers in Michigan
Cassopolis MI  August 25, 2014  |  AP  A major seed company is being sued by more than 30 migrant farm workers who say they were underpaid while removing tassels from corn in southwestern Michigan.    
Michigan schools train for laws requiring EpiPens
Lansing MI  August 25, 2014  |  AP  Training is taking place to prepare every public school in Michigan to have epinephrine injectors to treat allergic reactions starting this academic year.    
Forecast: Near-record Michigan apple harvest seen
Lansing MI  August 25, 2014  |  AP   A new report says Michigan's apple crop should be among its best ever.    
Protesters lock themselves to oil pipeline truck
  August 25, 2014  |  AP  A group that opposes expanding an underground oil pipeline in Michigan says two of its members are in custody after locking themselves to a truck belonging to a company involved with the project.   
Snyder wants review of radioactive waste standards
  August 25, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered a review of Michigan's standards for disposal of certain types of radioactive wastes to make sure they adequately protect the environment.   
Michigan Democrats nominate state candidates
  August 25, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Democrats have nominated candidates for the November ballot in their drive to wrest control of state government from Republicans.   
State police plan passenger bus inspections
  August 25, 2014  |  AP  Michigan State Police motor carrier officers are joining the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for the National Motorcoach Safety Initiative.   
Wolf hunting, civil rights, and $1B budget hole on state lawmakers’ agenda
  August 25, 2014  |  MPRN  State lawmakers have a wide range of issues to address between now and the November election. The state House returns from its summer break for one day this week. We have more from Jake Neher.    
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Friday
Byron Center Tanger Factory Outlet ceremonial ground breaking
  August 22, 2014  |  WGVU  Eleven miles south of Grand Rapids mountains of dirt are being pushed around in Byron Township near the intersection of U.S.-131 and 84th Street. That’s where an official groundbreaking took place Thursday celebrating the construction of the 350,000 square foot Tanger Factory Outlet Center.   
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Telephone lottery scam costs victims big bucks
Grand Rapids MI  August 22, 2014  |  WGVU  There's a new telephone scam out there that can cost you thousands of dollars. It involves notification that you've won an international lottery and proceeds from there.   
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Michigan's unemployment rate up 0.7 points in July
Lansing MI  August 22, 2014  |  AP  Michigan authorities say the state's unemployment rate rose 0.7 percentage points in the latest month, calling it a reflection of normal seasonal changes in the job market.    
Ford recalling more than 160,000 vehicles
Detroit MI  August 22, 2014  |  AP   Ford is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues.   
Honda recalls Fits to boost crash resistance
Detroit MI  August 22, 2014  |  AP   Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant.   
Woman, 2 men stabbed at Kent County mobile home
Plainfield Twp MI  August 22, 2014  |  AP  The Kent County sheriff's department says three people have been stabbed at a mobile home park.   
Housing agency board appoints acting director
Lansing MI  August 22, 2014  |  AP   A deputy state treasurer has been appointed acting executive director of Michigan's housing agency after the previous head resigned over seeking reimbursement for expensive meals and travel.   
Some dogs removed from home ready for adoption
Grand Rapids MI  August 22, 2014  |  AP  Some of the three-dozen dogs removed from a Grand Rapids home are available for adoption.   
Snyder wants FEMA to conduct damage assessment
Lansing MI  August 22, 2014  |  AP  Governor Snyder wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a preliminary damage assessment following the flooding that ravaged parts of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.   
Pope Francis offers condolences on Szoka's death
Detroit MI  August 22, 2014  |  AP  Pope Francis says he offers his "heartfelt condolences" to the Detroit archdiocese over the death of Cardinal Edmund Szoka    
2 boys badly hurt in fall from Ferris wheel
Chelsea MI  August 22, 2014  |  AP  Police say two boys are critically injured after falling at least 15 feet from a Ferris wheel at a community fair in southeastern Michigan.   
Police: DNA links 3-year-old crime to Michigan man
Bay City MI  August 22, 2014  |  AP   Police say a DNA analysis has linked a three-year-old burglary case to a Michigan man.    
Man accused of rape was Eastern Michigan player
Ypsilanti MI  August 22, 2014  |  AP   An Oklahoma City police officer accused of committing a series of sexual assaults while on duty played football at Eastern Michigan.   
Saginaw meter reader suffers 3rd dog bite on job
Saginaw MI  August 22, 2014  |  AP   A Saginaw water-meter reader is back in action despite suffering the third dog bite of his 19-year career.   
Detroit emergency manager increases City Council funds
Detroit MI  August 22, 2014  |  AP  Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager has increased funding for Detroit City Council offices this fiscal year despite limits to their authority.   
Michigan courts looking at electronic case filing
  August 22, 2014  |  AP  The agency that oversees Michigan's courts says it will work with lawmakers to move toward a statewide system of electronic case filing.   
Snyder wants FEMA to conduct damage assessment
  August 22, 2014  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a preliminary damage assessment following the flooding that ravaged parts of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.   
Some dogs removed from home ready for adoption
  August 22, 2014  |  AP  Some of the three-dozen dogs removed from a Grand Rapids home are available for adoption.   
Top Snyder aide pays $16,700 in taxes, interest
  August 22, 2014  |  AP  A top aide to Gov. Rick Snyder has paid $16,700 in property taxes and interest after improperly claiming a principal residence exemption on two houses for three years.   

Thursday
New details in Oregon beach killing
  August 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Authorities in Oregon now know who pulled the trigger in a drive-by shooting killing a vacationing Michigan man from Walker.    
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New parklets sprucing up downtown Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI  August 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Some downtown Grand Rapids businesses are sporting a new look, at least on the outside. It’s part of an attempt to put more sparkle in the central city.    
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Construction set for western Michigan outlet mall
Byron Twp MI  August 21, 2014  |  AP  Tanger Outlets Factory Outlet Centers Inc. is ready to break ground on its third Michigan mall.   
Judge adjusts Detroit bankruptcy trial schedule
Detroit MI  August 21, 2014  |  AP  The Detroit bankruptcy trial will start Sept. 2 after the judge decided to move some testimony to later in the case.   
Michigan renters to split $500,000 settlement
Grand Rapids MI  August 21, 2014  |  AP  At least 13 women will share a more than $500,000 settlement after a federal lawsuit said a Grand Rapids apartment manager sexually harassed tenants.   
Ex-Councilwoman Monica Conyers finishes probation
Detroit MI  August 21, 2014  |  AP  A federal judge has signed an order ending the probation for ex-Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers, the wife of Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers who was imprisoned in a municipal corruption case.    
Levin, Stabenow: US giving $750,000 for flood aid
Detroit MI  August 21, 2014  |  AP   Michigan U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow say the U.S. Department of Transportation is giving Michigan $750,000 in disaster aid to help pay for repairs and reconstruction of roads damaged in the severe flooding that hit the southeastern corner of the state.   
Michigan police: Toddler left outside in rainstorm
Muskegon MI  August 21, 2014  |  AP  Police in western Michigan say a drunk woman left a toddler outside in a rainstorm while she was inside a home.   
Former Vatican City governor Szoka dies at age 86
Detroit MI  August 21, 2014  |  AP  Cardinal Edmund Szoka the former governor of Vatican City and the head of the Detroit archdiocese, has died. He was 86.   
Peters campaigning with Stabenow for 3rd day
Interlochen MI  August 21, 2014  |  AP  U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters is campaigning with Sen. Debbie Stabenow for a third straight day in Michigan.   
Married Michigan same-sex couples seek recognition
Detroit MI  August 21, 2014  |  AP   A lawyer has urged a judge to order Michigan to recognize same-sex marriages performed in March, saying the unions are valid even if a higher court reinstates the state's gay marriage ban.   
Body found in Belleville Lake during search
Belleville MI  August 21, 2014  |  AP  Authorities say they have recovered a body during a search for a missing swimmer in Belleville Lake.   
Honda recalls Fits to boost crash resistance
Detroit MI  August 21, 2014  |  AP  Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant.   
Michigan police: Toddler left outside in rainstorm
  August 21, 2014  |  AP  Police in western Michigan say a drunk woman left a toddler outside in a rainstorm while she was inside a home.   
Teen killed while walking in Muskegon Heights
  August 21, 2014  |  AP  A 17-year-old was killed while walking down the street in Muskegon Heights.   
Judge hears arguments over recognizing 300 same-sex marriages in Michigan
  August 21, 2014  |  MPRN  About 300 same-sex couples in Michigan hope a federal judge will force the state to recognize their marriages. Judge Mark Goldsmith heard arguments in the case today. Jake Neher reports.    
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