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Grand Rapids business trends continue to advance
April 5, 2013 | WGVU The survey’s index of business improvement, called new orders, came in at +23,
up from February’s +16 and up considerably from +0 reported in January. The
production index was also up slightly and the employment index rose by 4
"six months now" Auto parts
suppliers continue to feed the strength of the Michigan economy. Long says production
schedules continue to be revised upward for certain lines of cars and trucks, creating
optimism among local firms. The capital equipment firms remain widely mixed,
but this month’s bias is clearly to the up side. Office furniture firms are
still positive, but Long says the market is likely to stabilize at its current
level. “the employment situation”
Long says an
improvement in the office rental market will help boost sales. In early May,
the debt ceiling will be reached and there will again be the possibility of a
government shutdown. He also said it will take many more years before the
unemployment rate returns to 5 percent, given some economists suggest 5 percent is the new norm.
Long says not long ago, 5% unemployment was considered to be
characteristic of a recession.
The monthly issued Institute for Supply Management survey of business
conditions considers 45 purchasing managers in the greater Grand Rapids area
and 25 in Kalamazoo. Respondents include major industrial manufacturers,
distributors and industrial service organizations.
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.
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.
Muskegon Clippers a fan favorite in new baseball league
July 21, 2014 | WGVU They’ve been playing baseball in Muskegon since businessman Charles W. Marsh built Marsh Field in 1916. It’s seen teams come and go. This year, in its inaugural season, the Muskegon Clippers take the field as members of the all-wood bat Michigan Summer Collegiate Baseball League. There are six teams in all from Holland, Grand Rapids and Detroit. The Clippers are winning and drawing crowds.
SE Michigan company recycling poisonous Mercury
Ypsilanti MI July 21, 2014 | WGVU Seems like just about everything can be recycled these days. Here's one more to add to a growing list
New disaster relief assistance announced for fruit growers
July 21, 2014 | WGVU Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, has announced a new relief program for Michigan fruit growers whose farms were devastated by extreme weather conditions in 2012.
Triple homicide update: head missing from body of Charles Oppenneer
July 21, 2014 | WGVU Police say the boyfriend of Brooke Slocum had his head removed from his body. The grisly details of last week’s triple homicide and suicide in a Grand Rapids suburb - coming to light today.
AG prison report cites human, technology errors as prime cause of inmate escape
July 21, 2014 | WGVU A report by the Michigan Attorney General's office has found both human and technology failures played a part in the prison escape of a convicted murderer.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 3 cents in week
Dearborn MI July 21, 2014 | AP AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have fallen about three cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.63 per gallon.
Meeting to discuss toxic cleanup of White Lake
Whitehall MI July 21, 2014 | AP Plans to remove a western Michigan lake from a list of toxic hot spots in the Great Lakes region are the subject of a public meeting.
Michigan gets $200,000 for boat waste disposal
Lansing MI July 21, 2014 | AP Michigan is receiving $200,000 from the federal government for projects that help recreational boaters with proper disposal of on-board septic waste.
Application period starts for antlerless deer hunt
Lansing MI July 21, 2014 | AP Michigan's application period for licenses to hunt antlerless deer is underway and continues through Aug. 15.
Detroit due to report results from pension vote-later
Detroit MI July 21, 2014 | AP The city of Detroit isn't ready to report the results of voting on pension cuts by retirees and workers.
$150,000 study of beach muck getting started
Bangor Twp MI July 21, 2014 | AP A two-year, $150,000 study to better understand problems with muck along beaches at the Bay City State Recreation Area along Saginaw Bay is getting started.
Jury selection starts in football player death
Ann Arbor MI July 21, 2014 | AP Jury selection has started in the trial of a man in the fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.
Black-and-white stripes are the new orange
Saginaw MI July 21, 2014 | AP A Michigan sheriff says he's trading his inmates' orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture.
Report: Michigan splash pad requires costly fixes
Traverse City MI July 21, 2014 | AP A city-commissioned report has found the Traverse City splash pad that rained sewage-contaminated water on children could cost up to $400,000 to repair.
Historical society marks Detroit's 313th birthday
Detroit MI July 21, 2014 | AP The Detroit Historical Society is celebrating Detroit's 313th birthday with a week of activities.
Henry Paulson tells Michigan to seek out Chinese investment
July 21, 2014 | MPRN Former U-S Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says China could play a key role in Michigan’s economic recovery. He spoke today before the Detroit Economic Club.
We have more from Jake Neher.
Police ID suspect in homicides of Brooke Slocum and Charles Oppenneer
July 18, 2014 | WGVU Police have identified 31-year-old Brady Oestrike of Wyoming as the suspect in the deaths of a couple and their unborn child.
West Michigan police: Missing pregnant woman found dead
Wyoming MI July 18, 2014 | AP Police say a pregnant woman missing in the Grand Rapids area has been found dead in a vehicle driven by a man suspected of killing her boyfriend.
Rally planned to protest Detroit water shutoffs
Detroit MI July 18, 2014 | AP A nurses' organization is planning a rally in downtown Detroit protesting service shutoffs by the city's water department.
Flags lowered for ex-Michigan Lt. Gov. Binsfeld
Glen Arbor Twp MI July 18, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder has called for the lowering of U.S. flags at state buildings in memory of former Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld.
Prison for man, woman in OD death of girl, 4
Howell MI July 18, 2014 | AP A man and woman have received prison sentences in the overdose death of his 4-year-old niece in a southeastern Michigan home.
GM says it's replaced 491,000 ignition switches
Detroit MI July 18, 2014 | AP General Motors says it has replaced faulty ignition switches on just under 20 percent of 2.6 million small cars that are being recalled.
New enhanced 911 system could be a life saver
Ottawa County MI July 18, 2014 | AP People in Ottawa County with smart phones can sign up for a new free enhanced 911 emergency service. It’s a feature that makes vital information immediately available to first responders in medical or other emergencies
State could become more transparent about infection rates at hospitals
July 18, 2014 | MPRN The state could soon be more open about how many patients contract infections at hospitals. As Jake Neher reports, state health officials warn it won’t be easy to provide all the information necessary for people to make the most informed decisions.
Muskegon Heights residents support police in effort to fight crime
July 17, 2014 | WGVU The first of several weekly meetings to address criminal activity in Muskegon Heights called for residents to come forward with information to help police solve a spate of violent neighborhood crimes.
Michigan prison workers fired for inmate contact
Ionia MI July 17, 2014 | AP Four female prison workers have been fired from an Ionia correctional facility for sexual contact with inmates.
Dad of boy missing for 11 days returning to court
Detroit MI July 17, 2014 | AP The father and stepmother of a missing 12-year-old Detroit boy who was found in the basement are returning to court for another hearing on their parental rights.
Marygrove College could help child immigrants
Detroit MI July 17, 2014 | AP The president of Marygrove College in Detroit says he's willing us use school resources to help child immigrants from Central America.
Michigan begins selling federal 'duck stamp'
Lansing MI July 17, 2014 | AP The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering online sales of the federal migratory bird hunting stamp, also known as the duck stamp.
Michigan nature center to grow with $40,000 grant
Holland MI July 17, 2014 | AP A western Michigan nature center will expand with the help of a $40,000 community foundation grant.
Judge tells young Detroit man he needed a beating
Detroit MI July 17, 2014 | AP A judge has sentenced a young man to six months in jail for a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist after telling the 19-year-old that his father should have "beat the hell" out of him to discourage him from committing crimes.
Attorney: Detroit boy who went missing doing well
Detroit MI July 17, 2014 | AP A lawyer for a 12-year-old Detroit boy who was found in the basement of his home says the child is doing well living with his mother.
DEQ says “no” to pet coke along the Detroit River
July 17, 2014 | MPRN State environmental regulators have said “no” to a plan to store the industrial by-product pet coke along the Detroit River.
AG Schuette won’t give details on his opposition to medical marijuana bills
July 17, 2014 | MPRN
The state attorney general is not saying why he opposes bills that would ease restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan. As Jake Neher reports, some top lawmakers are urging Bill Schuette to detail his concerns.