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City of Grand Rapids clearing flood debris from Fulton Street bridge archways
Fulton Street Bridge
April 22, 2013 | WGVU
“We closed the Fulton Street Bridge as a precaution.”
It’s now the third downtown bridge closed to traffic and pedestrians along with North Park and the Sixth Street Bridge.
Mayor George Heartwell explaining water is within a foot of the arches and accumulating debris is threatening the city’s fiber optic cables and Consumers Energy power lines.
“A significant danger to people on the bridge, danger of electrocution.”
There are four high-voltage power lines energized with 46,000 volts at risk to debris.
Roger Morgenstern is with Consumer Energy.
“We’re rerouting the power so that the customers will not be affected. The power will stay on downtown. That is our expectation.”
While the lights will stay on, a number of downtown residents and visitors have been asked to move out of buildings along the river where basements are flooded.
Sunday, residents at Forsland Condominium were evacuated. In previous days it was the Plaza Towers Apartments, Park Place Apartment Complex and Courtyard by Marriot.
The mayor is putting out the call for more volunteers to fill sandbags currently being stacked at 6,000 an hour. Residents can pick them up at 201 Market Street SW.
While the river is cresting, there’s concern for more rain this week and more sandbags just in case.
National conference focuses attention on highway traffic safety
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Local business chimes in on minimum wage increase
September 2, 2014 | WGVU Michigan’s new minimum wage increase went into effect this week. One Grand Rapids restaurant owner tells WGVU it makes no difference to his bottom line.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 8 cents in past week
Dearborn MI September 2, 2014 | AP AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state rose about 8 cents in the last week.
Police: 2 Michigan suspects attempt ATM robbery
Canton MI September 2, 2014 | AP Canton Township police are looking for two people who attempted to steal an ATM by driving through a movie theater's front entrance.
Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin
Detroit MI September 2, 2014 | AP Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a judge with the start of the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.
Coast Guard rescues kayaker crossing Lake Michigan
Muskegon MI September 2, 2014 | AP The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued a kayaker who activated an emergency beacon while trying to cross Lake Michigan from Milwaukee.
Michigan activists try to rescue Saugatuck channel
Saugatuck MI September 2, 2014 | AP Michigan conservationists want to reclaim land purchased eight years ago by an Oklahoma businessman.
Sea lamprey treatment planned for Muskegon River
Muskegon MI September 2, 2014 | AP The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to introduce sea lamprey-killing pesticides to the Muskegon River system.
Officials: No invasive species in Michigan lake
Kalamazoo MI September 2, 2014 | AP The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says no new invasive species have been found after a day of collecting fish and other aquatic species in Morrow Lake.
University of Michigan acquires Hayden's papers
Ann Arbor MI September 2, 2014 | AP The University of Michigan has acquired the papers of Tom Hayden, an alumnus and founding member of Students for a Democratic Society.
Reward doubles in Rosa Parks apartment theft case
Montgomery AL September 2, 2014 | AP People attending a community gathering in Montgomery over the weekend contributed to a reward fund, doubling the amount offered for information about thefts at Rosa Parks' former apartment.
Study: Michigan lacks disaster plans for children
September 2, 2014 | AP An aid group says Michigan doesn't require a basic safety plan to protect children in school and child care from disasters.
Snyder ad says he's built 'strong foundation'
September 2, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder is airing his first TV ad for the final two months of the governor's race, emphasizing his accountant credentials as key to building a "strong foundation" for Michigan's recovery.
Officials: No invasive species in Michigan lake
September 2, 2014 | AP The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says no new invasive species have been found after a day of collecting fish and other aquatic species in Morrow Lake.
State House Dems call for higher minimum school funding
September 2, 2014 | MPRN A group of state lawmakers says some schools are making tough cuts as the school year gets underway. As Jake Neher reports, Democrats in the state House want to increase the minimum amount the state sends to districts.
State report shows income disparity locally
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Modest, gradual minimum wage hike set to launch
Lansing MI September 1, 2014 | AP An increase in Michigan's minimum wage is set to launch, and with it comes a test of whether the gradual rise will help workers, harm businesses or neither.
Study: 40 percent of households not meeting needs
Detroit MI September 1, 2014 | AP A new study finds 40 percent of Michigan households with at least one worker don't make enough money to meet basic survival needs.
No human cases of West Nile in Michigan yet
East Lansing MI September 1, 2014 | AP Just two years after 17 deaths, Michigan so far is reporting no human cases of West Nile virus in 2014.
Robot to join governor for Mackinac Bridge Walk
St. Ignace MI September 1, 2014 | AP Tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in the Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge - and they'll be joined by one robot.
Boy, 13, shot in foot at Muskegon High School game
Muskegon MI September 1, 2014 | AP Authorities say they're investigating the shooting of a 13-year-old boy during a football game at Muskegon High School.
60,000 in Michigan could be eligible to sign up for health care before November
September 1, 2014 | MPRN More than 60 thousand Michiganders have likely experienced a life-changing event that qualifies them to sign up for health care through the federal health exchange before November.
We have more from Jake Neher.
Counterterrorism analyst talks ISIS strategy
August 29, 2014 | WGVU President Barack Obama says degrading Islamic State militants is going to require a "regional strategy" and assistance from partners in the Middle East.
What could that strategy look like? WGVU spoke with terrorism expert Jonathan White.
The Shark is back in the water again
Grand Rapids MI August 29, 2014 | WGVU Super swimmer Jim Dreyer is back again, this time taking on the Straits of Mackinac. And this may be his most grueling journey yet.
GVSU charter administrator weighs in on MCCSA proposal
August 29, 2014 | WGVU A quality control system for Michigan charter schools proposed by a state charter council offers an alternative to Department of Education plans. WGVU takes a look at that proposal, and its impact on Grand Valley State University among other charter programs.
West Nile Virus found in Michigan horse, turkeys
Traverse City MI August 29, 2014 | AP Michigan officials have confirmed the West Nile Virus has been found in a northern Michigan horse and a mid-Michigan turkey flock.
Officials urge fire caution over holiday weekend
Lansing MI August 29, 2014 | AP
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Officials say despite recent rain, conditions will be right for wildfires during the Labor Day weekend.
Kildee sponsors anti nuke measure in Congress
Saginaw MI August 29, 2014 | AP A member of Congress from Michigan says he'll sponsor a resolution opposing a Canadian power company's plan to bury waste from nuclear plants less than a mile from Lake Huron.
Fiat-Chrysler stock should be on market soon
Detroit MI August 29, 2014 | AP U.S. investors should soon be able to buy stock in Chrysler for the first time in seven years.
Police: Woman held after man fatally stabbed
Grand Rapids MI August 29, 2014 | AP Authorities say a woman has been taken into custody after a man was fatally stabbed at a Grand Rapids apartment.
Michigan State enrollment expected about 49,700
East Lansing MI August 29, 2014 | AP Michigan State University says enrollment for the 2014 academic year is expected to be about 49,700 students, a slight increase over last year.
Lawyer: Rosa Parks artifacts sold for $4.5M
Detroit MI August 29, 2014 | AP A lawyer says the purchase price for hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks is $4.5 million.
Consumers Energy updates Michigan utility meters
Jackson MI August 29, 2014 | AP Consumers Energy is speeding up its plan to update electric meters for homes and businesses across Michigan.
Prisoner, 16, dies after struggle, shooting self
Hampton Twp MI August 29, 2014 | AP Authorities say a 16-year-old prisoner has died after shooting himself following a struggle where a police officer was wounded outside a Bay County juvenile facility.
Detroit gets $275 million financing from Barclays
Detroit MI August 29, 2014 | AP Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager says Barclays PLC will provide $275 million to fund the city's exit from bankruptcy.
Charter school authorizers vow to hold themselves to higher standards
August 29, 2014 | MPRN A group of institutions that oversee Michigan charter schools says it will hold itself to higher standards. As Jake Neher reports, it plans to adopt a new oversight system that could lead to some charter schools closing.
MAREC welcomes new director next month
Muskegon MI August 28, 2014 | WGVU Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) is getting a new director. Kevin Ricco takes over next month.
New clinic provides low-income health and dental services
August 28, 2014 | WGVU The former site of a Kent County library has been repurposed into a medical and dental facility that offers a variety of services for low-income residents. Two health providers tell WGVU how this benefits the community.
Arrival of immigrant children in Bay City delayed
Bay City MI August 28, 2014 | AP Federal officials have pushed back plans to bring two dozen immigrant children from Central America to Bay City.
Baby born early at Mackinaw City ferry docks
Mackinaw City MI August 28, 2014 | AP A baby girl has been born on ferry docks in Mackinaw City.
30,000 of 174,000 customers still blacked out
Detroit MI August 28, 2014 | AP DTE Energy Co. says about 30,000 homes and businesses remain without power a day after severe thunderstorms struck parts of southern Michigan, blacking out 174,000 utility customers.
Groups to discuss oil pipelines during bridge walk
Mackinaw City MI August 28, 2014 | AP Environmentalists will use the annual Mackinac Bridge walk to raise awareness about oil pipelines in the area and urge Gov. Rick Snyder to make sure they won't leak into the Great Lakes.
UAW: GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Tenn.
Nashville TN August 28, 2014 | AP The United Auto Workers union says General Motors will move production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to Spring Hill, Tennessee.
18,000 of 174,000 customers still without power
Undated August 28, 2014 | AP DTE Energy Co. says about 18,000 homes and businesses remain without power two days after severe thunderstorms struck parts of southern Michigan, knocking out service to 174,000 utility customers.
Man, woman accused of torturing 11-year-old boy
South Haven MI August 28, 2014 | AP Authorities say a man and his mother used plumber's tape to keep an 11-year-old boy restrained for several hours at a time at a home in southwestern Michigan.
Bait dumping offers invaders path to Great lakes
August 28, 2014 | AP A scientific paper released Thursday says the bait fish trade represents a serious threat for spreading invasive species in the Great Lakes area.
Minimum 17-year sentence sought in porch shooting
August 28, 2014 | AP Prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of at least 17 years for a Detroit-area man convicted of murder for killing an unarmed woman on his porch.
Son of Tigers, Red Wings owner held on drug charge
August 28, 2014 | AP Authorities in Detroit say that a son of Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch was caught with cocaine after a traffic stop.
Michigan’s top health official resigns after suffering mild stroke
August 28, 2014 | MPRN The head of the Michigan Department of Community Health is stepping down. Jim Haveman has decided to focus on his personal health after suffering a mild stroke in May.