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Splash pad hit by sewer backup lacked permits


July 3, 2013 | AP   Officials say Traverse City's new $360,000 splash pad that was fouled by a sewer backup didn't have some permits that typically are needed.
 
     The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/120hL4B ) Paul Sisson, an environmental engineering specialist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, gave the city permission to open the Clinch Park splash pad June 27 without a construction permit or state license to operate.
 
     Sisson says there was "political pressure" on the agency for approval.
 
     City officials discovered Sunday morning that sewage backed up into the splash pad's reservoir, raining water contaminated with human waste as a half-dozen children played. The waterscape is named for former Michigan Gov. William Milliken.
 
     City planner Russ Soyring says Traverse City also failed to obtain electrical and mechanical permits from Grand Traverse County.
 

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Today
Kent County voters face crucial library millage next week
Grand Rapids MI  July 30, 2014  |  WGVU  Kent County voters are facing two county wide millage proposals next week. One of them is a renewal and increase combination for the Kent District Library.    
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Schauer says he'd create tens of thousands of jobs
Watertown Twp MI  July 30, 2014  |  AP   Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer has unveiled an economic blueprint he says will create "tens of thousands" of jobs if he defeats Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.   
Fort Wayne GM plant lacks parts, cancels shifts
Fort Wayne IN  July 30, 2014  |  AP  An auto parts shortage has caused the cancellation of several shifts at the General Motors truck assembly plant in Fort Wayne.   
Small cars fare poorly in crash tests
Detroit MI  July 30, 2014  |  AP  The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.   
Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated
Washington DC  July 30, 2014  |  AP   Congressional investigators say the government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists.    
Autopsy finds woman died of ligature strangulation
  July 30, 2014  |  WGVU  A medical examiner has found that a pregnant Michigan woman police say was killed by a man she connected with through Craigslist was strangled with a rope, strap or other device.   
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Personal Property Tax repeal and replacement on August 5th ballot
  July 30, 2014  |  WGVU  It’s up to Michigan voters to approve the repeal of the state’s personal property tax. It will appear on the August 5th ballot as Proposal 1. What is the personal property tax and how will the money lost be replaced?   
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Canada, Michigan name border bridge authority
  July 30, 2014  |  AP  Michigan and Canada have appointed members of an authority to oversee construction of a $2 billion public bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.   
Lawyer sues GM on behalf of 658 plaintiffs
  July 30, 2014  |  AP  A Texas lawyer has sued General Motors on behalf of 658 people injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches.   
625-lb Michigan bomb threat suspect bedridden
  July 30, 2014  |  AP  A 44-year-old Michigan man charged with making a bomb threat says he can't appear in court because of his weight.   
100+ show up to give input on new standardized test
  July 30, 2014  |  MPRN   Michigan education officials are in the process of finding a new standardized test – again. As Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, more than a hundred people were in Lansing today to say what they want out of a new assessment.    
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Yesterday
Community meetings help officials better deal with lead abatement
Grand Rapids MI  July 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Childhood lead poisoning continues to be a problem in West Michigan, just as it is around most of the state. A series of lead poisoning prevention training sessions will help community leaders get a better idea of what needs to be done.   
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Balyo enters guilty plea
  July 29, 2014  |  WGVU  A former Grand Rapids radio host has pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation and possessing child pornography.   
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Ex-radio host expected to plea in child porn probe
Grand Rapids MI  July 29, 2014  |  AP  A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan is expected to plead guilty in a child pornography investigation.   
Testimony to resume in porch slaying trial
Detroit MI  July 29, 2014  |  AP  Testimony is to resume in the trial of a suburban Detroit man charged in the shooting death of a 19-year-old woman on his porch.    
Man walking dog finds abandoned newborn along road
White Cloud MI  July 29, 2014  |  AP  A man walking a dog along a western Michigan dirt road has found a newborn with her umbilical cord still attached.   
Ford raising prices on new F-150
Detroit MI  July 29, 2014  |  AP  Ford is raising the price of its new aluminum-sided pickup truck, but still trying to stay competitive with rivals.   
White House to honor Michigan blueberry producer
Washington DC  July 29, 2014  |  AP   A Paw Paw, Michigan blueberry producer is among 15 "Champions of Change" for agriculture.   
Storms prompt concern about some Michigan crops
Beaver Twp MI  July 29, 2014  |  AP  There's concern among some Michigan farmers that severe thunderstorms that dropped hail on parts of the state will hurt their harvests.   
Suzuki recalls nearly 26,000 cars for fire risk
  July 29, 2014  |  AP  Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.   

Monday
St. Marys cutting down on germs with futuristic robot
Grand Rapids MI  July 28, 2014  |  WGVU  Cleaning patient rooms is entering a new dimension at Mercy Health St. Mary’s hospital in Grand Rapids.    
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Founders Bank & Trust partnering with Old National
  July 28, 2014  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids-based Founders Bank & Trust is being acquired by Old National Bancorp.   
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Meijer LPGA Classic benefits Simply Give program
  July 28, 2014  |  WGVU  The LPGA Tour brings the best players in women’s golf to Grand Rapids for the first time in more than a decade. The inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic takes place August 7-10, at Blythefield Country Club.    
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AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 14 cents in week
Dearborn MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP  AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state dropped about 14 cents in the last week, the fourth straight week they've fallen.   
Funeral planned for Michigan gas station clerk
Battle Creek MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP   Funeral services will be held for a Battle Creek gas station employee who was fatally stabbed during a robbery.   
Review: Compliance issues in 20 home day cares
Detroit MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP   A review of 20 Michigan home day cares has found each out of compliance with at least one state requirement for children's health and safety.   
Churches hold day of prayer for child immigrants
Grand Rapids MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP  A number of churches in Michigan have joined in a day of prayer for the tens of thousands of child immigrants who have been flooding across the nation's southern border.   
Grand River burn planned to remove invasive plants
Lansing MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP  State officials are planning a series of fires on two islands in the Grand River in Ottawa County to get rid of an invasive, reedy plant called phragmites   
Michigan school chief meets with charter leaders
Lansing MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP   Michigan's schools superintendent will meet with charter school backers as he works to hold institutions accountable for schools they authorize.   
Residents clean up after severe thunderstorms
White Lake Twp MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP  Residents of Michigan's Lower Peninsula are cleaning up after a series of severe thunderstorms that hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula and knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses.   
Construction begins on Detroit light rail project
Detroit MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP   Construction is starting on a long-awaited commuter light rail project linking downtown Detroit to the city's New Center area.   
Crews work to restore power after severe storms
Highland Twp MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP   Crews are working to restore power after severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula and knocked out power to about 223,000 homes and businesses.    
Northern Michigan lawmaker's mom supports opponent
  July 28, 2014  |  AP  State Rep. Wayne Schmidt has picked up support from an unlikely source in a closely watched battle for an open Senate seat in northern Michigan: his opponent's mom.   
Michigan residents asked to respect rattlesnakes
Ann Arbor MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP  Michigan residents have been asked to respect rattlesnakes in light of a recent incident at an Ann Arbor botanical garden.   
Projects in 5 counties fight blight, boost housing
  July 28, 2014  |  AP  The state says projects in five Michigan counties are getting a share of more than $2.5 million to help fight blight and create senior housing.   
Report for Detroit creditor boosts value of art
Detroit MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP  One of the companies challenging Detroit's bankruptcy plan says the possible value of the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection is $8.5 billion - a figure that's higher than previous estimates.    
Possible land deal for US-Canada bridge delayed
  July 28, 2014  |  AP  A proposal has been delayed to transfer 301 Detroit-owned properties to the Michigan Land Bank in exchange for $1.4 million from the Canadian government as part of plans for a $2 billion international commuter bridge.   
Fireworks association plans 2016 Michigan event
  July 28, 2014  |  AP  The National Fireworks Association plans to hold its annual convention in Grand Rapids in 2016.   

Friday
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.   
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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.   
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Thursday
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.   
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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.    
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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.    
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