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Cooley law grads lose appeal over tuition, jobs

July 30, 2013 | AP       You could call it a textbook case: Are graduates of a Michigan law school entitled to a tuition refund if they don't find satisfactory jobs?
     A federal appeals court said no Tuesday in a case involving unhappy graduates from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, which has campuses across Michigan and in Tampa, Florida.
     Twelve Cooley graduates say they were misled by rosy employment statistics published by the school. But the appeals court says Michigan's consumer protection law doesn't apply, and the graduates put too much emphasis on Cooley's job survey of other graduates.
     The court affirmed a similar decision by a federal judge in Grand Rapids.
     Cooley's tuition now ranges from $34,800 a year for 24 credits to $43,500 for 30 credits. It's slightly less expensive after the first 30 credits.


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Indianapolis IN, Detroit, MI  September 23, 2014  |  WGVU   Public hearings have been scheduled for a draft environmental impact statement to evaluate passenger rail improvements aimed at speeding traffic through northwestern Indiana's congested railroad corridors as well as in Illinois and Michigan.    
Pair of feature films awarded Michigan incentives
Manistee MI  September 23, 2014  |  WGVU   The Michigan Film Office has awarded incentives to a pair of movies that are shooting this month on different sides of the state.    
Detroit officials to testify in water dispute
Detroit MI  September 23, 2014  |  WGVU  A judge is hearing more testimony in a dispute over Detroit's policy to cut off water to residents who can't afford the service.    
Lawmakers to OK career, technical education bill
Lansing MI  September 23, 2014  |  WGVU  The Michigan Legislature is close to sending Gov. Rick Snyder legislation requiring the state to provide information about career and technical education programs to school officials who ask for it.    
Traverse City won't downsize Cherry Festival
Traverse City MI  September 23, 2014  |  WGVU  Traverse City commissioners have agreed not to shorten the National Cherry Festival or move it out of the Open Space Park as some residents have suggested.    
Naming contest for Michigan trail system underway
  September 23, 2014  |  WGVU  Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources wants your input on naming its statewide hiking and biking network.   
Area artists prepare for Art Prize launch
  September 23, 2014  |  WGVU  Art Prize is here, and more than 1,500 entries are on display across Grand Rapids. WGVU talks to two artists getting ready for the big day.   
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Snyder, Schauer to appear at town hall debate
Lansing, MI  September 23, 2014  |  AP  Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Democratic opponent Mark Schauer have agreed to appear Oct. 12 at a town hall-style debate hosted by the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and public television station WTVS.   
Mitt Romney rallies with GOP hopeful, minus Snyder
Livonia, MI  September 23, 2014  |  AP  Mitt Romney will join top Michigan Republican candidates besides Gov. Rick Snyder next week at a political rally in suburban Detroit.   
Propane seller wants to resolve Michigan inquiry
LANSING, Mich.  September 23, 2014  |  AP  A propane seller that's being sued by the Michigan attorney general's office says it has been fully cooperating with the investigation and wants to resolve the situation.   
Nearly 15,000 vehicles stopped during crackdown
LANSING, Mich.  September 23, 2014  |  AP  Michigan law enforcement agencies stopped nearly 15,000 vehicles and arrested 169 suspected drunken drivers as part of a late-summer crackdown.   
Governor signs law to allow service in lieu of driver fees
  September 23, 2014  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder has approved a bill to allow people who owe driver’s fees for traffic offenses to pay off their debt with community service. We have more from Rick Pluta.    
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The city of Grand Rapids has a new information number.
Grand Rapids MI  September 22, 2014  |  WGVU  The centralized system will get callers just about anything they need to know about city government.    
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Michigan gun-rights advocates protest arrest
Detroit MI  September 22, 2014  |  WGVU  Gun-rights advocates in Detroit are showing support for a man who says he was unlawfully arrested because police are against open-carry laws.    
Grand Rapids to reach 'zero discharge' goal
  September 22, 2014  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell says the city will reach a zero discharge into the Grand River via recycling and treatment of its water system.   
Michigan adopts 'Work Ready Communities' assessment
  September 22, 2014  |  WGVU  Governor Rick Snyder came to West Michigan to unveil a new workforce program that leverages some familiar test scores.   
Jimmy Carter featured speaker at GRCC event
  September 22, 2014  |  WGVU  Former President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn spoke of gender inequality, recent military action and LGBT rights during a talk at Grand Rapids Community College.    
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AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 13 cents in week
Dearborn MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP  AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state fell about 13 cents in the last week, totaling a 25-cent drop over the past two weeks.   
Judge to hear from sides in Detroit water shutoffs
Detroit MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP  A hearing is scheduled in bankruptcy court on a motion to stop Detroit's water department from shutting off service to residents with unpaid bills.    
Ex-President Jimmy Carter to speak in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP  Former President Jimmy Carter is to appear in Grand Rapids at a lecture and book signing.    
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Muskegon MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP   Michigan officials have awarded $2.1 million in grants to a western Michigan nonprofit organization that provides services for seniors and disabled residents.   
Michael Moore out as Michigan film board member
Lansing MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP   Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore no longer will serve on the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council after Republican Gov. Rick Snyder named a suburban-Detroit businessman to replace him.   
Michigan attorney general sues over propane costs
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Tardy Wayne County judge suspended for 30 days
Detroit MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP  A Wayne County judge who was repeatedly late to work has been suspended without pay for 30 days.   
North Michigan light house turns 140 years old
Grand Marais MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP   A north Michigan light house on Lake Superior has turned 140 years old.    
5 delay crossing of Lake Michigan on paddle boards
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Michigan GOP OKs March 2016 presidential primary
Lansing, MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP  The Michigan Republican Party has voted to hold a March 2016 presidential primary and not jump out of order like in 2012, when the state moved earlier to be more relevant.   
Lt. Gov. Calley says he’ll push for better employment for disabled people
  September 22, 2014  |  MPRN  Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says he’ll push for policies to give people with disabilities better job opportunities. We have more from Jake Neher.    
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Michigan GOP to decide 2016 presidential primary date
  September 19, 2014  |  WGVU  The Michigan Republican Party is preparing to hold a March 2016 presidential primary and not jump out of order like in 2012, when the state moved earlier to be more relevant.   
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Murderer pleads guilty to escaping Michigan prison
Ionia MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP  A convicted murderer has pleaded guilty to escaping from a western Michigan prison in February.   
DTE Energy dedicates Echo Wind Park
Oliver Twp MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP   DTE Energy Co. has held a formal opening ceremony for a Michigan wind park after problems with turbine blades delayed its launch.   
Michigan prison inmate sues over food service
Grand Rapids MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP  An inmate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has filed a lawsuit saying the quality of food served by a prison food contractor isn't satisfactory.   
Flint authorities investigate theft of water
Flint MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP  Flint authorities say they're investigating about 50 cases of water service theft and they're cracking down on those responsible.    
Macomb County passes anti-discrimination rules
Mount Clemens MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP  Macomb County authorities have passed a policy protecting county employees from discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.   
Muskegon area getting stepped-up patrols
Muskegon MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP   Law enforcement agencies in the Muskegon area are teaming up to conduct what are described as high-intensity patrols.   
Farmers market draws big crowd with late hours
Kalamazoo MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP  A special event to offer nighttime shopping at the farmers market Kalamazoo drew a big crowd - and hopes that such late hours will take place again.   
Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory gets designation
Dearborn MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP  Thomas Edison's reconstructed Menlo Park Laboratory that's located at a suburban Detroit history attraction has been designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.   
Michigan State joins effort against sexual assault
  September 19, 2014  |  AP  Michigan State University says it's joining a White House campaign to help fight campus sexual assault.   

Kent County Health Department scores high national honor
Grand Rapids MI  September 18, 2014  |  WGVU   After more than two years of preparation, the Kent County Health Department has been recognized by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) for its effectiveness, efficiency and outreach.    
State, local initiatives target skilled labor demand
  September 18, 2014  |  WGVU  Talking points of two Grand Rapids-area events focused on college and skilled trade investments.    
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Rep. Amash opposes U.S. arming Syrain rebels to fight ISIS
  September 18, 2014  |  WGVU  President Barack Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria is halfway home after easy approval by the GOP-controlled House Wednesday. In West Michigan, two Republican U.S. Representatives voted against the resolution; Congressman Bill Huizenga of Zeeland and Justin Amash of Cascade Township. WGVU spoke with Representative Amash about his concerns arming Syrian Rebels.   
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U.S. Rep. Huizenga opposes U.S. arming Syrain Rebels to fight ISIS
  September 18, 2014  |  WGVU  President Barack Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria is halfway home after easy approval by the GOP-controlled House Wednesday. In West Michigan, two Republican U.S. Representatives voted against the resolution; Congressman Justin Amash of Cascade Township and Bill Huizenga of Zeeland and. WGVU spoke with Representative Huizenga about his concerns arming Syrian Rebels.   
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Authorities: 5th grader with gun had list of names
Kingsley MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  Authorities say a fifth-grade boy found with a loaded pistol at a middle school in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula had created a list of classmates' names.   
Michigan teen admits arson over arranged marriage
Lansing MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP   A Michigan teenager has admitted she set a fire in her house while her parents were sleeping because she didn't want to get engaged in an arranged marriage.   
Grand Rapids university gets $1 million stained glass
Grand Rapids MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP   A Christian university in Grand Rapids has hired a Danish artist to construct four stained glass windows valued at $1 million for its new chapel.    
Moves urged to target Michigan car insurance fraud
Lansing MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  A task force established by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is recommending proposals to crack down on auto insurance fraud.   
Governor seeks federal aid in flooding recovery
Lansing MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  Michigan is seeking a help from Washington for residents and businesses affected by last month's severe flooding.   
Census figures show Michigan incomes rise in 2013
  September 18, 2014  |  AP  The U.S. Census Bureau says household incomes in Michigan rose 1.7 percent in 2013 after years of decline.   
Work near on Indiana berm to block Asian carp
  September 18, 2014  |  AP  Work could start this fall on building a nearly 2 mile-long earthen berm through a northeastern Indiana marsh considered a possible pathway for Asian carp to reach the Great Lakes.   
Supreme Court suspends Detroit judge Sanders
Detroit MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  A Detroit judge has been suspended without pay by the Michigan Supreme Court.    
Michigan, Stanford get $10M for election studies
Ann Arbor MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $10 million to researchers at the University of Michigan and Stanford University to conduct a series of surveys on political participation and vote choice in the 2016 presidential election.   
Hearses to parade through Hell (Michigan)
Hell MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  Dozens of Michigan hearse enthusiasts will show off their casket-carrying cars during a parade through Hell.   
Ex-Gov. Milliken backs Democrat Totten for AG
  September 18, 2014  |  AP  Former Republican Gov. William Milliken is backing Democrat Mark Totten for state attorney general, saying the Michigan State University associate law professor's experience makes him "highly qualified" for the office.   
Supreme Court edits opinion in parole dispute
Lansing MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  The Michigan Supreme Court has changed the last sentence of a June opinion, an edit that could lead to the release of a prison inmate in an unusual case about the powers of governors.   
Democrats call for hold on new charter schools
  September 18, 2014  |  MPRN  Democrats at the state Capitol are calling for a moratorium on new charter schools until there are rules that ensure more transparency and accountability. We have more from Rick Pluta    
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