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Airport lacking bathroom after security to get one
August 16, 2013 | AP You wonder why it took them so long. Travelers at a regional airport in Michigan will be getting a convenience that should make trips a little better - a restroom beyond the security checkpoint. The Muskegon Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/18zOVbU ) officials approved an $80,000 grant contract for the Muskegon County Airport. The airport will match part of the funds, and $60,000 will go toward adding the bathroom. Airport manager Marty Piette says there haven't been complaints about the lack of lavatory facilities, but there were comments about it. Piette says it was an inconvenience, since travelers needed to be screened again by security if they left the secure area of the terminal. A timeline for adding the new loo hasn't been set. Piette says the other $20,000 will be used to refurbish the West Michigan airport's deicing truck.
Panel to decide contract for Michigan state government workers
Lansing MI December 18, 2013 | WGVU State employees are awaiting a decision on what their next labor contract will look like.
Snyder signs laws requiring EpiPens in schools
Lansing MI December 18, 2013 | AP Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed laws requiring every public school in Michigan to have epinephrine injectors to treat allergic reactions.
Michigan's school violence tip line coming in 2014
Lansing MI December 18, 2013 | AP Michigan students will be able to use a confidential tip line to alert authorities to potential school violence, starting next year.
US pushes states on disabling drunk drivers' cars
Washington DC December 18, 2013 | AP U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants states to require first-time drunken drivers to use alcohol breath monitors before they get behind the wheel.
Michigan, 3 other states test tech that targets slick roads
Detroit MI December 18, 2013 | AP Four states will be using new technology this winter that federal officials say they hope will reduce traffic crashes and save on road maintenance costs.
Report: More Michigan kids qualify for food aid
Lansing MI December 17, 2013 | AP A report by a private foundation says the percentage of young Michigan children qualifying for federal food assistance has jumped in recent years.
Chili powder gets blame for Zeeland breathing problems
Zeeland MI December 17, 2013 | AP Officials say chili powder in the air at a western Michigan manufacturing plant was to blame for reports of breathing problems at the facility.
School gym damaged in storm unusable for 2 months
Mattawan MI December 17, 2013 | AP Officials say a southwestern Michigan high school gymnasium that lost part of its roof in a windstorm is expected to be unusable for about two more months.
Michigan to coordinate donations to support reading
Lansing MI December 17, 2013 | AP Education officials in Michigan are planning an effort to coordinate private donations to help build a culture of reading in the state.
U-M wants $120M dental school overhaul
Ann Arbor MI December 17, 2013 | AP The University of Michigan wants to give its dental school a $120 million renovation and is asking the state to pay for 75 percent of the project.
AAA: 2.9M Michigan residents plan holiday travel
December 17, 2013 | AP About 2.9 million Michigan residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Christmas holiday period.
GRPS listening tour returns next year
Grand Rapids MI December 17, 2013 | AP The upcoming year of 2014 brings a new listening tour by Grand Rapids School Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal. WGVU’s David Moore reports.
Snow creates hazardous driving conditions in Michigan
Undated December 17, 2013 | AP More snow in parts of Michigan has brought hazardous driving conditions blamed for numerous accidents.
State worker unions rally on eve of contract decision
December 17, 2013 | MPRN Thousands of state employees could see their health benefits reduced tomorrow. That’s if a state board votes to approve a new contract drawn up by an independent state panel.
We have more from Jake Neher.
State rolls out violence reporting hotline
December 17, 2013 | MPRN
Governor Snyder has approved a program to allow students and others to report possible threats of violence with a phone call, text message, e-mail or online communication.
Rick Pluta reports.
Officer cleared in shooting of teen with fake gun
Battle Creek MI December 16, 2013 | AP A prosecutor says a Battle Creek police officer was justified in shooting a 14-year-old boy who had a toy gun in the waistband of his pants.
U-Michigan gives honorary degree to MSU president
Ann Arbor MI December 16, 2013 | AP The University of Michigan has given an honorary degree to the president of its in-state rival.
Michigan to have tip line to prevent school violence
December 16, 2013 | AP Michigan is creating a confidential tip line for students designed to prevent school violence.
Michigan GOP doesn't address anti-gay comments
December 16, 2013 | AP Michigan Republicans have taken no official steps to rebuke the kinds of anti-gay comments made recently by GOP National Committee member Dave Agema.
Opponents to target Michigan abortion law in 2014
December 16, 2013 | AP Incensed Democrats and abortion rights advocates are vowing that Republican lawmakers overreached so much with new restrictions on abortion coverage in Michigan's public and private health insurance plans that it'll cost them in next elections.
Crop summit to offer tips on farming techniques
December 16, 2013 | AP A two-day conference in January will give farmers a chance to learn about topics ranging from crop rotation to bee pollination.
Appeal on the docket in Detroit bankruptcy case
December 16, 2013 | AP Unions and Detroit pension funds are back in court to try to persuade a judge to allow them to appeal a decision that lets the city fix itself in bankruptcy.
AAA Michigan.: Gas prices fall 9 cents over past week
December 16, 2013 | AP AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have dropped about nine cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.14 per gallon.
Court won't hear appeal over Michigan sore loser law
December 16, 2013 | AP The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal over Michigan's sore loser law that kept Gary Johnson from appearing as a Libertarian presidential candidate on the state ballot after running in the Republican primary.
Michigan helmet use falls in wake of law change
December 16, 2013 | AP A state survey has found that 73 percent of Michigan motorcyclists wear helmets, down from seven years ago when almost all riders used them.
Snyder: Will discuss, won't lead gay rights move
December 16, 2013 | AP Republican Gov. Rick Snyder says he's open to the idea of extending civil rights protections to gay people, as long as the GOP-led Michigan Legislature is ready to collaborate.
Snyder to release energy plan this week
December 16, 2013 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder is supposed to deliver a special message later this week on his energy plan for Michigan.
Rick Pluta has more.
Mandela's admirers say last goodbyes, but not all know of his legacy
Beaufort West, South Africa December 13, 2013 | WGVU As the world pays its final respects to Nelson Mandela, WGVU's Caroline MacGregor has been touring South Africa. She files this retrospective.
50 new jobs coming to Vergennes Township
December 13, 2013 | WGVU A Vergennes Township manufacturer is investing more than a $1 million in renovations and adding dozens of new jobs.
Chef shares secrets of successful holiday party
Grand Rapids MI December 13, 2013 | WGVU Right up there along with trimming the tree and wrapping the gifts is the task of hosting or attending Christmas parties. And with so little time, planning food can give us a big headache. As we hear from WGVU’s David Moore, a little simplicity can go a long way.
Former U.S. Senator on a mission to bridge partisan divide
December 13, 2013 | WGVU Olympia Snowe served more than two decades in the U.S. Senate and Congress. Now as partisan politics grinds policymaking to a halt, this Republican from Maine is working toward finding solutions to get government working again for the people. She visited Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.
Up to 6 inches of snow forecast for southern Michigan
Undated December 13, 2013 | AP Forecasters say 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected by the end of Saturday across much of Michigan's southern Lower Peninsula.
MSU to honor U-M leader
East Lansing MI December 13, 2013 | AP Michigan State University plans to give an honorary degree to the president of its in-state rival.
Bills requiring EpiPens in schools goes to Snyder
Lansing MI December 13, 2013 | AP Bills requiring every public school in Michigan to have special injectors to treat allergic reactions are going to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.
Michigan House approves medical marijuana bills
Lansing MI December 13, 2013 | AP Michigan lawmakers have voted to let local governments allow or prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries in their communities.
Snyder: Would veto abortion bill again
December 13, 2013 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder says he’s still opposed to requiring people to buy separate insurance to cover abortions.
We have more from Rick Pluta.
State Legislature starts clock on abortion, Medicaid, and other bills taking effect
December 13, 2013 | MPRN Some of the most high-profile laws passed by this year by state lawmakers will take effect in 90 days. The Legislature officially ended its 2013 session today (Fri.).
We have more from Jake Neher.
Mandela's admirers say last goodbyes
Beaufort West, South Africa December 12, 2013 | WGVU
World leaders and the common man alike have been paying final respects to Nelson Mandela, whose body has been lying in state in Pretoria. It’s the same location as where he took the oath of office as South Africas’ first ever black president 19 years ago. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor is in South Africa where she reports on how Mandela first campaigned for the job, putting his very life at risk.
Kent County Commissioner turns in resignation letter
December 12, 2013 | WGVU A Kent County Commissioner charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct will resign his post effective January 1st.
West Michigan 2014 economic forecast positive
December 12, 2013 | WGVU The Right Place hosted the 17th Annual West Michigan Economic Outlook for 2014. The W.E. Upjohn Institute is forecasting robust economic growth.
More severe cold, snow on tap for Michigan
Grand Rapids MI December 12, 2013 | AP Snow is expected to hit parts of Michigan, but cold is a definite for the entire Great Lakes State.
Ex-special ed teacher pleads in Michigan sex case
Allegan MI December 12, 2013 | AP A former teacher has pleaded no contest in a sex case involving a special education student at a southwestern Michigan high school.
Selfie' is on the record at state Supreme Court
Lansing MI December 12, 2013 | AP The word "selfie" is spoken even at the Michigan Supreme Court.
Final day of voting to be busy in Michigan Capitol
Lansing MI December 12, 2013 | AP Michigan lawmakers are preparing to pass a flurry of bills on the last day of voting in 2013.
Grand Traverse County sherrif lobby no place for homeless
Traverse City MI December 12, 2013 | AP The Grand Traverse County sheriff stands by a September decision to lock the department's lobby doors at night, closing it to homeless people as cold temperatures hit.
Michigan hunter details his Alaska survival tale
Grand Ledge December 12, 2013 | AP A Michigan hunter is detailing how he survived for a week in the Alaskan wilderness.
Campaign bills win final OK from Michigan Legislature
December 12, 2013 | AP Michigan lawmakers have finished approving bills to double the maximum contributions to political candidates and block a plan to require disclosure of donors to certain kinds of election ads.
“Pro-choice” groups gear up to challenge new abortion law
December 12, 2013 | MPRN The Legislature’s votes to enact a law to require people to buy separate insurance policies to cover abortions may not be the final word on the issue.
As Rick Pluta reports, an effort is organizing to challenge the law.