WGVU Top Story
Taking a bite out of deafness
August 14, 2013 | WGVU “Plug your good ear with your finger. ”From three feet behind Janice Fike’s deaf ear a whisper. “How long did it take you to get here today?” “Oh, yeah, I hear now.” "How long did it take you to get here today?” “Ten minutes.” The sound is picked up by a tiny microphone resting behind Fike’s bad ear that’s transmitted to, of all places, her mouth. This is where a small, custom molded retainer holds a hearing device, the size of a Chiclet, hugging a pair of molars near the good ear. It uses the principle of bone conduction. “Where we transmit the sound via vibration directly to the other side, to the other ear or the other cochlea, and that ear will now pick up the sound.” Dr. Stelios Dokianakas says most, but not everyone, is a candidate for the FDA approved SoundBite Hearing System. “For the first couple of days patients will notice it. Their tongue will go there. They’ll just notice something new and different. After that they adapt and forget about it." His Holland Doctors of Audiology is the first to offer it in the west side of Michigan.Its maker, California-based Sonitus Medical, calls it the first non-surgical and removable hearing solution. “I don’t hear people that are coming up behind me.” “Just from a safety perspective, not to mention quality of life, the sound quality is remarkable,” explains Sonitus consultant, Alain Adam. “The most intrinsically rewarding position I’ve ever had. I’ve sold laparoscopic instrumentation for bariatric procedures. I’ve sold da Vinci robots but by far, to see the instant reaction by patients it’s been just the most rewarding job I’ve had.” For janice Fike, “I’m amazed by the word recognition because word recognition has been a problem.” Dr. Dokianakis says total cost can be up to $6,000 but most insurance plans foot the bill.
'Baby Kate's' dad won't face murder charge
September 15, 2014 | WGVU A judge has dismissed a murder charge against a northern Lower Peninsula man, accused of killing his missing 4 1/2-month-old daughter.
'Hunger Action Week' promotes local, healthy eating
September 15, 2014 | WGVU A series of events in Kent County this week promote healthy food and access to nutrition.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 12 cents in week
Dearborn MI September 15, 2014 | AP AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state fell about 12 cents in the last week.
Detroit bankruptcy trial resumes today
Detroit MI September 15, 2014 | AP A judge is set to resume Detroit's bankruptcy trial after a three-day break tied to a settlement with a major creditor.
Michigan city denies family's bid to keep 4 goats
Ferrysburg MI September 15, 2014 | AP Officials in a western Michigan city are blocking a family from keeping its four goats in a residential area.
Police: Drunk wrong-way driver causes fatal crash
Grand Rapids Twp MI September 15, 2014 | AP Western Michigan authorities say a woman was drunk when she drove her SUV east on westbound Interstate 96, hitting a man's car head on and killing him.
MSU bioengineer seeks better microbe threat tests
East Lansing MI September 15, 2014 | AP As the Ebola virus draws the world's attention to the danger of disease spread, a Michigan State University researcher is working to provide better tools to measure the human health risk from microbes and to train researchers in their use.
Pot smell on kindergartener leads cops to father
Kingsford MI September 15, 2014 | AP An Upper Peninsula man is asking a judge to suppress evidence of more than 200 marijuana plants, which were seized after his daughter told her kindergarten teacher about homegrown pot.
Michigan to upgrade Detroit-Chicago Amtrak route
September 15, 2014 | AP The Michigan Senate has cleared the way for the state to upgrade the speed and comfort of Amtrak services between Detroit and Chicago.
Tennessee man arrested in 2008 Michigan rape case
September 15, 2014 | AP A 57-year-old Memphis, Tennessee, man has been charged in connection with the rape of a woman in western Michigan at knifepoint six years ago.
GM expert says 19 deaths eligible for compensation
September 15, 2014 | AP General Motors' compensation expert in cases involving faulty ignition switches has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from the company.
Michigan rules against drilling in Hartwick Pines
East Lansing MI September 12, 2014 | WGVU Michigan officials have decided not to allow oil or gas companies to drill beneath land in the Hartwick Pines State Park.
WGVU Public Media and GVSU College of Education partner with PBS
September 12, 2014 | WGVU A first of its kind higher education partnership is in the works. PBS is teaming up with WGVU Public Media and Grand Valley State University to educate the next generation of teachers on how to best bring digital media into the classroom.
The announcement made by PBS President and CEO, Paula Kerger, during her visit to Grand Rapids.
Muskegon Community College announces downtown location
September 12, 2014 | WGVU Muskegon Community College chose a site for its new downtown campus, and it’s likely a familiar façade for many residents. WGVU’s Hilary Farrell reports.
Dormitory reopens after Olivet students sickened
Olivet MI September 12, 2014 | AP Olivet College has reopened a residence hall where dozens of students were sickened with symptoms that included headaches, dizziness and nausea.
Ex-Gov. Milliken backs Democrat Peters for Senate
Lansing MI September 12, 2014 | AP Republican ex-Gov. William Milliken is backing Democrat Gary Peters for U.S. Senate, saying the congressman has been a moderate and an independent voice in the Michigan Legislature and U.S. House.
Rep. Dingell released from hospital after 3 days
Detroit MI September 12, 2014 | AP U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Michigan has been released from a hospital, three days after he checked in for abdominal pain.
Ford recalls hybrid SUVs to fix stalling problem
September 12, 2014 | AP Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model gas-electric hybrid SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a stalling problem.
DNR says drilling not OK under old growth forest
September 12, 2014 | MPRN The rights to drill under a landmark old-growth forest in northern Michigan are off the auction block. The decision does not mean that any reserves lying beneath the Hartwick Pines state forest are off limits.
Iinterfaith year of 2015: Moving from discussion to action
Grand Rapids MI September 11, 2014 | WGVU Grand Valley State University is a key player in next year’s 2015 Year of Interfaith Service.
MAREC moves ahead with Holland solar array
Muskegon MI September 11, 2014 | WGVU Although solar energy has been slow to catch on in Michigan, one organization is taking up the cause in a big way.
Changes to local finance authorities expected
September 11, 2014 | WGVU A state focus on certain revenue drivers may mean big changes for the way local units of government such as Downtown Development Authorities do business. WGVU talks to Kristopher Larson at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. about the local landscape.
Olivet College students sickened, hospitalized
Olivet MI September 11, 2014 | AP Officials are trying to determine what has sickened more than three dozen Olivet College students who were hospitalized with symptoms that included headaches, dizziness and nausea.
Ceremonies in Michigan mark Sept. 11 anniversary
Pontiac MI September 11, 2014 | AP Ceremonies and exhibits are taking place across Michigan to mark the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Man charged in tainted steroid case due in court
Boston MA September 11, 2014 | AP A pharmacist who worked for a Massachusetts company blamed for a 2012 deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak will be in federal court Thursday for his arraignment.
Grand Rapids airport gets $7.2 million grant
Cascade Twp MI September 11, 2014 | AP Gerald R. Ford International Airport has received a $7.2 million federal grant for a stormwater facility to limit the impact of deicing fluid on local waterways.
Police say woman used wheelchair cart for getaway
Fruitport Twp MI September 11, 2014 | AP Police in Michigan say they arrested a shoplifting suspect following her slow-speed getaway in a $1,200 motorized wheelchair shopping cart taken from a Wal-Mart.
Toyota recalls pickups to fix air bag problem
September 11, 2014 | AP Toyota is recalling about 130,000 Tundra full-size pickup trucks because a plastic trim piece can interfere with the side air bags.
State superintendent backs “early warning system” for districts in financial trouble
September 11, 2014 | MPRN The state superintendent of schools is applauding lawmakers for trying to keep more schools from getting into financial trouble. Mike Flanagan released a report today that shows the number of schools with budget deficits has not improved in recent months.
Jake Neher reports.
Health director calls for reluctant parents to get vaccine counseling (
September 11, 2014 | MPRN Michigan’s top health official says parents who want to opt out of vaccinating their children should first have to be counseled about the risks.
We have more from Rick Pluta.
National 9/11 exhibit draws crowd at Gerald R. Ford museum
September 10, 2014 | WGVU A national touring exhibit commemorating September 11, 2001, is in Grand Rapids this week. WGVU spoke to visitors and volunteers about why it’s important to remember the attacks.
Meijer Gardens gives tram tours of Japanese garden
Grand Rapids MI September 10, 2014 | AP Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is offering tram tours of a $22 million Japanese garden that's scheduled to open next summer.
Bill lets drivers do community service instead
Lansing MI September 10, 2014 | AP The Michigan Legislature has approved a bill to let drivers who owe extra "responsibility" fees for certain offenses do 10 hours of community service instead.
Detroit bankruptcy trial on hold after major deal
Detroit MI September 10, 2014 | AP A judge has suspended Detroit's bankruptcy trial until Monday to give the city more time to work out details of a settlement with a major creditor.
Lawmakers approve bill to avoid $1 billion budget hole
September 10, 2014 | MPRN It looks like Michigan will not face a billion-dollar budget hole due to a recent state Supreme Court ruling after all. As Jake Neher reports, state lawmakers approved a bill today in response to the ruling.