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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.
Recaro recalls over 39,000 child safety seats
Detroit MI August 19, 2014 | WGVU Recaro is recalling more than 39,000 child safety seats because they can let a child's head move too far in a crash.
Michigan prosecutors reviewing missing woman case
Monroe MI August 19, 2014 | WGVU Monroe County prosecutors say they have received a sheriff's department report about a woman reported missing and found a day later and could decide this week whether to file charges.
Healthier west Michigan economy a drag on GRCC enrollment
August 19, 2014 | WGVU Fall classes at Grand Rapids Community College begin next week and there’s concern a drop in enrollment will impact its budget.
Safety agency opens probe into fire truck recall
Detroit MI August 19, 2014 | AP U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall of 156 fire trucks last year was enough to fix a problem with aerial ladders that can unexpectedly fall.
Wayne County prosecutor's car radio stolen - again
Detroit MI August 19, 2014 | AP Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is no stranger to dealing with Detroit crime, but she's getting a little tired of experiencing it firsthand.
Detroit water fund gets $200,000 in donations
Detroit MI August 19, 2014 | AP A fund created to help Detroiters pay their water bills is getting $200,000 from United Way and the charitable arms of two auto companies.
Conviction reinstated in case linked to perjury
Detroit MI August 19, 2014 | AP A federal court has reinstated the drug conviction of a Detroit-area man whose case made headlines because of misconduct involving a judge, prosecutor and police officers.
Bay City delays vote on child migrant resolution
Bay City MI August 19, 2014 | AP The Bay City Commission has delayed voting on a resolution to support housing child immigrants from Central America during a meeting that drew protesters and supporters of the plan.
Michigan girl mauled by raccoon finishes surgeries
Royal Oak MI August 19, 2014 | AP A western Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby is celebrating the completion of two years' worth of reconstructive surgical procedures.
$218,000 Michigan Lottery prize goes unclaimed
Lansing MI August 19, 2014 | AP A Michigan Lottery ticket worth $218,000 has gone unclaimed for a year and was deposited into the state's fund for K-12 schools.
Woman found guilty of manslaughter in car crash
Detroit MI August 19, 2014 | AP A Detroit-area woman authorities say intentionally crashed her car into another vehicle, causing the death of the other driver, has been convicted of manslaughter.
Audit finds problems with prisoner education programs in Michigan
August 19, 2014 | MPRN Michigan prison officials need to do more to make sure inmates have access to education programs. That’s according to a new report from the state Auditor General’s office.
We have more from Jake Neher.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 9 cents in past week
Dearborn MI August 18, 2014 | WGVU AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state dropped about 9 cents in the last week.
Food bank study on hunger "disturbing"
Grand Rapids MI August 18, 2014 | WGVU A new study on hunger is proving to be a real eye-opener. It shows about 493,000 people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula turn to the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank each year.
All workers to be back at Tech Center by Friday
Warren MI August 18, 2014 | WGVU General Motors Co. says it hopes to have all 19,000 employees and contract workers back into their buildings at the automaker's massive Tech Center in Warren by Friday.
National report lands Grand Rapids Top 10 in concentrated poverty
August 18, 2014 | WGVU Grand Rapids comes in seventh on the Brookings Institution’s report, “The 15 U.S. Cities Where Poor Neighborhoods Are Expanding Fastest.” WGVU takes a closer look at what a community can do to improve economic conditions and current data indicating conditions are improving.
Ottawa County Good Samaritan dies after helping stranded motorist
August 18, 2014 | WGVU Ottawa County officials say a Good Samaritan who stopped to help two teens whose car got stuck in a ditch has died.
Dearborn says no new hookah cafes for 6 months
Dearborn MI August 18, 2014 | AP A Detroit suburb known for an abundance of hookah cafes has ordered that no new ones be opened in the next six months.
Police: Michigan teen, Good Samaritan hospitalized
Bledon Twp MI August 18, 2014 | AP Ottawa County officials say two people including a Good Samaritan have been hospitalized after being hit by a car on a roadside.
Machine to keep lungs alive for transplant tested
Ann Arbor MI August 18, 2014 | AP The University of Michigan is taking part in a clinical trial of a technique to keep lungs alive for days after death, greatly extending the possibility of transplanting them into a needy recipient.
20th Dream Cruise makes its way up Woodward
Ferndale MI August 18, 2014 | AP The Woodward Dream Cruise is back for its 20th installment.
Report recommended removal of 7 from Camp Grayling
Lansing MI August 18, 2014 | AP A Michigan National Guard investigation into alleged wrongdoing at the Camp Grayling military training base recommended the removal of seven people, including two lieutenant colonels.
Flint police say 4 men shot during 1-hour period
Flint MI August 18, 2014 | AP Police in Flint say four men were shot during a one-hour period.
Michigan man charged in 2011 dog dragging death
August 18, 2014 | AP Officials in Michigan say they've arrested a man for allegedly dragging a golden retriever behind a truck in Oceana County three years ago.
Michigan congressional delegation to push FEMA for flood help
August 18, 2014 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan’s congressional delegation are teaming up to push for federal help for flood victims. As Jake Neher reports, thousands in and around Detroit are still dealing with damage after massive floods last week.
Authorities kick off drunken driving crackdown
Roseville MI August 15, 2014 | AP Law enforcement officials in 40 Michigan counties are kicking off a new enforcement campaign aimed at curbing drunken driving.
Rallies in Michigan follow death of Missouri teen
Detroit MI August 15, 2014 | AP People attended protest vigils across Michigan for an unarmed black Missouri teenager fatally shot by a white police officer and other victims who organizers say died as a result of police brutality.
Official offers tips to avoid propane price spikes
Traverse City MI August 15, 2014 | AP The chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission says people who heat their homes with propane should take steps to make sure they'll have a reliable supply during the cold season.
Michigan, US to partner to target disability fraud
Detroit MI August 15, 2014 | AP The state of Michigan and the federal government are partnering to launch a new unit to investigate and crack down on Social Security disability fraud.
Former President Carter to speak in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI August 15, 2014 | AP Former President Jimmy Carter will speak in Grand Rapids for a lecture and book signing.
Cooley Law School cutting faculty, staff positions
August 15, 2014 | AP Thomas M. Cooley Law School is cutting faculty and staff positions at its Michigan campuses.
Snyder says Metro Detroit flood underpins need for more road funding
August 15, 2014 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder says the need for increased funding for roads was underpinned this week by massive flooding in and around Detroit. Jake Neher reports.
Grand Rapids November ballot question would cap terms of Mayor, Commissioners
Grand Rapids MI August 14, 2014 | WGVU Grand Rapids voters will face a term limitation question on the November ballot, covering the mayor and city commission.
Teachers learning how to teach tech-savvy students
August 14, 2014 | WGVU A Wildly Exciting Education Conference was held this week at Grand Valley State University. More than 400 teachers and administrators from across the state gathered for the three day event.
WMU affiliates with Thomas M. Cooley Law School
August 14, 2014 | WGVU The nation’s largest law school, Cooley Law, is now the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The affiliation has been in the works for more than a year.
Routine traffic stop a life saver
August 14, 2014 | WGVU Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer, Jason Gates, has become a national hero in recent days. After spotting a mini-van run a stoplight, he thought he’d be making a routine traffic stop. Instead, officer Gates saved a life.
Michigan environmental officials forming toxic algae prevention plan
August 14, 2014 | WGVU Michigan officials are promising further efforts to prevent the kind of toxic algae growth in Lake Erie that forced a recent shutdown of the public drinking water system in Toledo, Ohio.
Loved ones say goodbye to boy killed at playground
Caledonia Twp MI August 14, 2014 | AP Hundreds of mourners gathered at a western Michigan church to say goodbye to a 9-year-old boy fatally stabbed at a playground.
Michigan jobless rate up 0.2 points to 7.7 percent
Lansing MI August 14, 2014 | AP The state says Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose 0.2 percentage points to 7.7 percent in the latest month.
Kellogg wants suppliers to report carbon emissions
Traverse City MI August 14, 2014 | AP Cereal maker Kellogg says it's stepping up efforts to reduce carbon emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative to be more environmentally friendly.
Crews make progress on Cross Winds Energy Park
Akron Twp MI August 14, 2014 | AP Crews are making progress on construction of a wind power project in Michigan that will expand Consumers Energy's renewable energy options.
Judge delays Detroit bankruptcy trial start 8 days
Detroit MI August 14, 2014 | AP A federal judge has ordered another postponement in the start of a trial on Detroit's bankruptcy plan.
2 Supreme Court incumbents each raise about $500K
Lansing MI August 14, 2014 | AP Two conservative justices on the Michigan Supreme Court have each raised about $500,000 for their campaigns.
State: Many roadway pump stations in poor shape
Detroit MI August 14, 2014 | AP The state says 58 percent of pumping stations used to clear water from major roadways in Michigan are in poor condition.
Red Wings sign GM Holland to 4-year deal
Detroit MI August 14, 2014 | AP The Detroit Red Wings have signed executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland to a four-year contract through the 2017-18 season.
Detroit Bikes rolling out 2nd bicycle model
Detroit MI August 14, 2014 | AP Detroit Bikes will turn out a second bicycle model one year after the company introduced its first.
Lawsuit challenges terror database listing process
August 14, 2014 | AP A civil rights group is challenging the placement of five Detroit area Muslims on a national watch list of suspected terrorists and their associates.
Talks over ways to fix Michigan’s roads “back at square one”
August 14, 2014 | MPRN State lawmakers are hitting the reset button on talks over how to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads. A state Senate workgroup met for the first time today to hammer out a solution. Jake Neher reports.