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Plastic pellets plague Great Lakes, origin unknown

August 30, 2013 | AP      Scientists have now found tiny plastic particles in all of the Great Lakes.
     The Duluth News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1cnm6BS ) they had previously found them in Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie last year.
     Lorena Rios-Mendoza, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, says their summer research has found small concentrations also in Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario.
     She says Lake Erie seems to hold the highest concentrations of plastics, probably because the particles float downstream from the upper lakes.
     Rios-Mendoza says the plastic has also been found in Lake Superior sediment, meaning it's not just floating on the surface.
     The researchers dragged fine-mesh nets across the surface of lakes. Some of the plastic can be seen only under a microscope.

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Competition for fuel-efficient vehicles planned for Detroit
Detroit, MI  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  A competition involving fuel-efficient vehicles is planned for April in Detroit.    
Michigan's agricultural officials issue bird flu warning
Lansing MI  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked domestic bird owners to step up their biosecurity efforts and work to protect their birds from avian influenza.    
State police giving away high-visibility motorcycle vests
Lansing MI  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  State police are giving out specially designed high-visibility vests to motorcyclists who complete a rider training class this year.    
Family of man killed by garbage truck awarded almost $14.5M
Kalamazoo MI  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  A jury has awarded more than $14 million in damages to the family of a 49-year-old southwestern Michigan man killed in an accident involving a garbage truck.    
Police: No foul play suspected in man's drowning death
Grand Rapids MI  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  Authorities say they don't suspect foul play in the death of a missing Grand Haven native whose body was found over the weekend in the Grand River.    
Police have a new way of spotting uninsured drivers
Grand Rapids MI  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  Are you driving without car insurance? If so, Michigan police can now quickly tell just by doing a quick run on your license plate. Michigan State Police say not only is this a good way to get uninsured drivers off the street, but it also cracks down on insurance fraud.    
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Violent crime remains low in the City of East Grand Rapids
  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department has released its annual report that it says makes it one of the safest midsized cities in the state.   
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Two-thirds of Michigan voters polled reject Proposal 1
  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  A new Epic-MRA poll released Tuesday indicates an overwhelming number of Michigan voters now plan to vote “no” on Proposal 1.    
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West Mich. agencies among water quality grant recipients
  March 31, 2015  |  AP  Michigan is awarding nearly $300,000 to universities, local governments and nonprofits to monitor water quality.   
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Famed LGBT advocate to argue for MI in SCOTUS marriage case
  March 31, 2015  |  MPRN  The legal team fighting Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban has settled on a well-known litigator for LGBT rights to argue the case before the US Supreme Court.   
Gov. Snyder open to deal for state to assume Detroit Public School debt
  March 31, 2015  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder is open to a plan for the state to take over debt from Detroit Public Schools.   
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$32,000 project trims trees, helps restore Capitol grounds
Lansing MI  March 30, 2015  |  WGVU   A $32,000 project is taking place to trim trees and help restore the Michigan Capitol grounds.    
Police in Michigan use easy way to check vehicle insurance
Bay City MI  March 30, 2015  |  WGVU  Police in Michigan are using an easy way to check whether a motor vehicle is properly insured.    
Snyder orders flags lowered for 3 Marines killed in crash
Lansing MI  March 30, 2015  |  WGVU  Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered that flags be lowered to honor three Michigan Marines who were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida during a training mission.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 7 cents in past week to $2.41
Dearborn, MI  March 30, 2015  |  WGVU  AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have decreased by about 7 cents a gallon within the past week.    
Hundreds celebrate, 4 arrested after MSU Final Four advance
East Lansing MI  March 30, 2015  |  WGVU  Hundreds of Michigan State University students and fans have gathered outside an off-campus apartment complex to celebrate the Spartans' victory over Louisville that advanced them to the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.    
How to move beyond bias
  March 30, 2015  |  WGVU  The 2015 Diversity Alliance Summit on Race and Inclusion was recently held at Grand Haven High School. Keynote speaker, Reverend Alvin Herring discussed how we can all learn to move beyond bias.   
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International surgeon joins Spectrum Health team
  March 30, 2015  |  WGVU  A cardiothoracic surgeon known for his expertise in heart and lung transplants joins Spectrum Health’s Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center.    
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Grand Rapids gets $1M for cleanup at future research site
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  March 30, 2015  |  AP  The state says Grand Rapids is getting $1 million to help clean up the site of Michigan State University's future $85.1 million biomedical research center.   
Court says lawyer's brief absence doesn't merit a retrial
  March 30, 2015  |  AP  The Supreme Court says a Michigan man convicted of murder and armed robbery does not deserve a new trial even though his lawyer was absent for 10 minutes during the original trial.    
Lawmakers take aim at antiquated, duplicative reporting requirements for schools
  March 30, 2015  |  MPRN  State lawmakers could make big changes to how much and what kind of information schools are required to report to the state.   
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Businesses join Start Garden to boost interactive technology
Grand Rapids MI  March 27, 2015  |  WGVU  Six businesses are joining western Michigan entrepreneur Rick DeVos' Start Garden venture capital effort to help boost the development of new interactive technologies.    
Autopsies scheduled for Detroit children found in freezer
Detroit, MI  March 27, 2015  |  WGVU  Autopsies are scheduled on the bodies of two children found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home.    
Unvaccinated students told to stay home amid chickenpox
Birmingham, MI  March 27, 2015  |  WGVU  Unvaccinated children at some schools in a Detroit-area district are being told to stay home from classes until April 14 after three cases of chickenpox were diagnosed.    
Think Summer: Cottage & Lakefront Living Show
Grand Rapids MI  March 27, 2015  |  WGVU  For many, there’s nothing like summer in Michigan. With signs of warmer weather ahead, the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show is primed to get Michiganders thinking of summer.    
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Chief judge encourages pursuit of criminal justice careers
  March 27, 2015  |  WGVU  After fifteen years on the bench, Kent County district judge Sara Smolenski shares challenges and takeaways with women interested in criminal justice careers.    
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Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain
  March 27, 2015  |  AP  Autopsies have determined that two children found dead in a freezer in their Detroit home were beaten to death, with the youngest child also suffering "thermal injuries."    
Court of Appeals refuses to toss staffer lawsuit against lawmaker
  March 27, 2015  |  MPRN  The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected a lawmaker’s attempt to use legislative immunity to fend off a sexual harassment lawsuit.   
MI’s defense of same-sex marriage ban delivered to Supreme Court
  March 27, 2015  |  MPRN  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office has delivered the state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban to the US Supreme Court. The court will hear arguments in the case next month.   

Union hosts exhibition featuring art created by Ford workers
Detroit, MI  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  The United Auto Workers union is hosting an exhibition of 90 artworks created by Ford Motor Co. employees across the country.    
Inkster manager, NAACP set news conference on police beating
Inkster, MI  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  Authorities in the Detroit suburb of Inkster are planning a news conference to discuss the videotaped beating of a black motorist by white police officers.    
Workshops offered on foraging for safe wild mushrooms
Traverse City MI  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  State-approved workshops are being offered this spring on how to forage for safe wild mushrooms.    
Funerals set for Michigan Marines killed in helicopter crash
Warren MI  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  Funeral services take place this week for two of three Michigan Marines killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida during a training mission earlier this month.    
Planned Parenthood GR office completes $2M facelift
  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  A $2 million renovation of Planned Parenthood’s Grand Rapids office updates everything but the exterior bricks.    
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House approves bill to cut welfare payments if kids persistently miss school
  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  A bill to end cash assistance for families with truant children has cleared the state House   
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Expanded services now available to Kent County veterans
  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  Kent County Veterans Services has a new home that administrators say will provide better access and delivery of services.   
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GVSU leads the nation in charter school authorizer accreditation
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Valley State University is Michigan’s largest charter school authorizer overseeing 69 charter schools. Ensuring quality it completed an external review; the result? Grand Valley State University’s Charter Schools Office is the national leader in charter school accreditation.    
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Michigan House approves bill prohibiting drones for hunting
LANSING, Mich.  March 26, 2015  |  AP  Michigan's House has approved two bills that would prohibit the use of drones by hunters and those seeking to interfere with hunting.   
Michigan House approves bill changing concealed carry law
LANSING, Mich.  March 26, 2015  |  AP  Retired federal law enforcement officers would be able to carry a concealed weapon in "gun-free" zones under a bill approved by the Michigan House.   
Michigan's Snyder pushes tax increase before a 2016 decision
WASHINGTON   March 26, 2015  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is fighting for one more accomplishment before deciding whether to run for the Republican nomination for president: Michigan's largest tax increase in decades.   
Bills require schools, daycares to post vaccination rates
  March 26, 2015  |  AP  New legislation would require Michigan schools and daycare providers to post their immunization rates online or in their building.    
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Michigan Senate votes to give judges a pay raise
  March 26, 2015  |  AP  Michigan judges would get a raise under a bill moving forward in the Legislature.    
Legislature takes aim at MEDC in budget proposal
  March 26, 2015  |  MPRN  State lawmakers are taking bites out of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation budget. A Senate subcommittee just voted to eliminate state money for a business attraction program.    
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Endangered bird species to return to Great Lakes region
Grand Rapids MI  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU  A wildlife expert says one of the state's endangered species will soon return to Michigan after spending winter in a warmer climate.    
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Michigan sheriff increases security after Louisiana attack
Freeland, MI  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU  A sheriff says he's increasing security at MBS International Airport in Michigan following an attack by a machete-wielding man at an airport in Louisiana.    
Cargo shipping season resuming on upper Great Lakes
Sault Ste. Marie, MI  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU  Another cargo shipping season is underway on the upper Great Lakes.    
Grand Rapids asks for Army Corps help to keep out lampreys
Grand Rapids MI  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids officials are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spend about $10 million for a new barrier to keep invasive sea lampreys from moving up the Grand River.    
Sap run! Holland couple makes own maple syrup from scratch
Holland MI  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU  It's spring and that means a Holland couple is making maple syrup.    
Crowd Funding: Game Changer for Business
Grand Rapids MI  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU   So, you want to start a business? Or perhaps help out a person down on their luck? Ever think of “crowdfunding” as the way to go? At a recent conference at GVSU for women entrepreneurs the topic of crowdfunding was highlighted. A local strategist says crowdfunding is a major “game-changer” in the way we do business.    
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Grand Rapids task force takes holistic approach to crime
  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU  Recommendations from a Grand Rapids crime and violence task force include proactive policing and law enforcement technologies such as ShotSpotter. But they also tackle underlying contributors to crime by focusing on youth, employment and mental health.    
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Bill would gradually lift electric company competition limits
  March 25, 2015  |  AP  A Republican senator has introduced legislation to gradually lift Michigan's limit on competition for electricity customers.   
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Flanagan: Charter school authorizers no longer at risk of being suspended
  March 25, 2015  |  MPRN  State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says seven institutions no longer risk losing their ability to open new charter schools in Michigan.   
Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped its lowest point in 14 years.
  March 25, 2015  |  MPRN  MI jobless rate drops to 5.9 percent.    

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