WGVU Top Story
Snyder to leave next week on trade trip to Asia
Governor Rick Snyder
August 30, 2013 | AP Governor Snyder plans to leave next week on another economic-development trip to Asia. Snyder says he looks forward to building on relationships garnered during his first two trips. Snyder announced plans for the trip to China and Japan earlier this year. He also led trips to the region in 2011 and 2012. Snyder is expected to market the state's export offerings, promote Michigan as a tourist destination and make a case for investment. Snyder is expected to join the 11-day trade and investment mission a few days late in order to stay in Lansing to make sure efforts to make more low-income adults eligible for Medicaid wrap up. The House is expected to send legislation to Snyder for his signature.
Grand Rapids aviation school expects record enrollment this fall
Grand Rapids MI March 11, 2014 | WGVU A West Michigan high school that focuses on flying is looking for good things come the fall. The West Michigan Aviation Academy is marking its third year, and as WGVU’s David Moore reports, the demand for graduates continues to grow.
A 40 to 90 percent chance for West Michigan Spring flooding
March 11, 2014 | WGVU The stage is set for spring flooding in West Michigan; a near record snowpack containing plenty of water and an above normal amount of ice on our rivers are the prime concerns. As we head into mid-March the days get longer and warmer. What scenarios is the National Weather Service keeping an eye on?
Local doctor weighs in on random screening of athletes for heart conditions
March 11, 2014 | WGVU Visitation for 17 year old Ryan Fischer is this afternoon. The Grandville student athlete died in his sleep from an undiagnosed heart condition. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor asked a local doctor about the need to screen young athletes for pre-existing heart problems.
Officials making announcement about medical school
Kalamazoo MI March 11, 2014 | AP Officials today to reveal what they are calling a "major" announcement related to the Western Michigan University School of Medicine
Service union pays $205,000 for campaign violation
Lansing MI March 11, 2014 | AP Michigan's secretary of state says the Service Employees International Union will pay $205,000 in penalties in a deal to settle campaign spending law violations during a failed ballot issue campaign.
Land offers ideas for alternative to health law
Lansing MI March 11, 2014 | AP Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has relentlessly attacked Democrat Gary Peters for supporting the federal health care law.
GVSU leader uses YouTube to show a boring break
Allendale MI March 11, 2014 | AP What did the president of a Michigan university do on spring break? He made a snow angel, napped on an empty bus and read a book in a greenhouse.
Man's ear partially bitten off, girlfriend charged
Macomb Township MI March 11, 2014 | AP Authorities have arrested a 31-year-old suburban Detroit woman they say bit off part of her boyfriend's ear.
Lake Michigan ice cover breaks 37-year-old record
Ann Arbor MI March 11, 2014 | AP Lake Michigan's ice cover has set a record.
Firefighter keeps working after fall through floor
Detroit MI March 11, 2014 | AP A Detroit firefighter kept working after being injured while falling through the floor of a burning home on the city's east side.
Trial could last 2 weeks in 1987 double murder
Grand Haven MI March 11, 2014 | AP The trial of a western Michigan man charged with fatally shooting his sister and brother-in-law in 1987 is expected to last at least two weeks.
Officials launching new transportation center
Kalamazoo MI March 11, 2014 | AP Western Michigan University is getting ready to launch a center to develop and promote better public and non-motor transportation.
Disgraced Wayne County judge wants 6 more years
Detroit MI March 11, 2014 | AP A suspended Wayne County judge has filed for re-election while the Michigan Supreme Court decides whether to remove him office for an affair with a woman who appeared in his court.
Medical school to be named after Dr. Homer Stryker
March 11, 2014 | AP Western Michigan University's new medical school will be named after the founder of the medical technology company Stryker Corp.
Business leaders brainstorm on jobs, transforming Michigan's economy
Detroit MI March 10, 2014 | WGVU A top level meeting of executives today focused on Michigan’s economic transformation. Nearly 500 business and policy leaders came together to brainstorm the subject. WGVU’s David Moore reports
Ryan Fischer's heart condition found in one in every 500 people
March 10, 2014 | WGVU Friends and fellow students remembered fellow student Ryan Fischer during a memorial service at Grandville High School Sunday. Fischer, who was 17, died Friday from a heart condition. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Hampton Inn & Suites locating along Medical Mile
March 10, 2014 | WGVU Groundbreaking for a new hotel along Grand Rapids' Medical Mile will begin in April.
Justin Amash slammed in attack ads for abortion voting record
March 10, 2014 | WGVU A local businessman has launched a series of a television ads, accusing Justin Amash of allowing abortions based on gender selection, to continue. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.
Fraternity members walk 160 miles for fundraiser
Traverse City MI March 10, 2014 | AP A group of fraternity members from Grand Valley State University have wrapped up an eight-day, 160-mile walk to raise money to support multiple sclerosis research and education.
Michigan bill allows local stock exchanges
Lansing MI March 10, 2014 | AP Michigan cities are getting behind legislation to create local stock exchanges allowing residents to invest in smaller businesses.
Gilda's laughter festival holds FUNderwear Run 5K
Grand Rapids MI March 10, 2014 | AP Organizers of an annual festival of laughter have held a 5K race with a unique dress code.
Plans moving forward for new Detroit-Canada bridge
Detroit MI March 10, 2014 | AP Officials in Michigan say the omission in the federal budget for funding of a border inspection plaza in Michigan is not expected to delay construction of a commuter bridge between Detroit and Canada.
Jury resumes deliberations in trial tied to couple's death
Grand Rapids MI March 10, 2014 | AP A jury is returning to a Grand Rapids courtroom Monday for the first full day of deliberations in the case of an elderly couple killed at home.
Officials see more growth in Michigan tourism
March 10, 2014 | AP Officials say Michigan's tourism industry is expected to grow as the state begins advertising more in Canada, Europe and China.
Man convicted of killing elderly Michigan couple
March 10, 2014 | AP A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder for killing an elderly couple in their Grand Rapids-area home before stealing their car.
Governor meets with legislative leaders to hammer out road fix, Medicaid deal
March 10, 2014 | MPRN State lawmakers are about to dive into the process of crafting a budget for next fiscal year. But as Jake Neher reports, they have to fix some problems with the current year’s budget first.
Michigan requiring more mental health services
March 7, 2014 | WGVU Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation designed to offer more treatment options in Michigan for people with mental illness, including those who are jailed or at risk of being imprisoned.
Michigan trial on gay-marriage ban enters last leg
March 7, 2014 | WGVU A judge is hearing final arguments in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2004.
Authorities: Farm worker dies after attack by bull
March 7, 2014 | WGVU Authorities say a 42-year-old farm worker has died after being attacked by a bull in Barry County.
DNR: 2 men to be charged with illegal bear buys
March 7, 2014 | WGVU Two men from Midland have been arrested on charges of illegally buying Michigan black bears and bear parts.
Professor urges 24-hour technology break
March 7, 2014 | WGVU An Eastern Michigan University educator wants people to give themselves a 24-hour break from smartphones, text messages and other media-based technology.
Five Rockford Middle school students suspended for using e-cigarettes
March 7, 2014 | WGVU Five East Rockford Middle School eighth-graders were suspended this week for using electronic cigarettes. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.
Death of Forest Hills student ruled accidental after hospital mishap
March 7, 2014 | WGVU The death of a Forest Hills seventh-grader was not due to cancer as originally thought but from a medical procedure that went wrong during her treatment at Spectrum Health hospital. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association suing City of Grand Rapids
March 7, 2014 | WGVU Did the City of Grand Rapids miss ballot certification deadline or not?
The Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association says it did and is filing a lawsuit against the city. It says the City of Grand Rapids missed the certification deadline with the county clerk to include the street tax proposal on the May 6th ballot.
Michigan: Unsecured alarms 'major' role in escape
March 7, 2014 | AP The Michigan Corrections Department says prison guards' failure to reset motion-detection alarms played a "major role" in a convicted quadruple killer's escape last month.
Closing arguments wrap up in same-sex marriage trial
March 7, 2014 | MPRN A federal judge says he expects to take two weeks or less to issue his opinion on whether Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. As Rick Pluta reports, the trial wrapped up today.
ArtPrize changes its award structure for 2014
March 6, 2014 | WGVU The annual ArtPrize competition in Michigan is changing its awards, doubling the amount of a top prize selected by art experts.
Hundreds to don shades in record-setting attempt
March 6, 2014 | WGVU If it's March, it must be time to try to set another arcane world record in Grand Rapids. Gilda's LaughFest organizers in the past three years have overseen record-setting attempts for donning false mustaches, wearing chicken beaks and tossing rubber chickens.
Battle Creek police open internal investigation
March 6, 2014 | WGVU Battle Creek police have opened an internal investigation of more than one member of the department.
MDOT wants driver input on proposed highway reconstruction
March 6, 2014 | WGVU The Michigan Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting today to talk about reconstruction on US-131 and I-96 in Kent County that could take 20 years to complete. WGVU’s Carolne Macgregor reports.
Local attorney questions Personal Property Tax elimination benefit
March 6, 2014 | WGVU There’s legislation designed to replace revenue lost with the repeal of the personal property tax. Where will legislators recoup the cash? WGVU’s spoke with a local attorney crunching the numbers.
Governor Snyder says auto industry "re-consolidating" in Michigan
March 6, 2014 | WGVU Michigan Governor Rick Snyder doesn’t think the state’s economy is too heavily dependent on the auto industry. While in Grand Rapids addressing the15 Annual Automotive Suppliers Symposium at Grand Valley State University, the governor says the auto industry has looked around the globe and realizes Michigan is the place to be.
Global automotive industry forecast is mostly sunny
March 6, 2014 | WGVU The North American automotive market has rebounded nicely from the Great Recession and the outlook is for continued slow and steady growth.
Aquinas College affected by water main break
March 6, 2014 | AP Officials say a water main break at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids has left several buildings without water service.
Senate OKs banning e-cigarette sales to minors
March 6, 2014 | AP Selling electronic cigarettes to minors would be prohibited under legislation that has unanimously passed the Michigan Senate.
Michigan's top court hears juvenile lifers case
March 6, 2014 | AP Attorneys for the state of Michigan have urged the state Supreme Court to deny any new benefit to more than 350 prisoners who are serving no-parole sentences for murder.
Officials say no Asian carp DNA found in Michigan
March 6, 2014 | AP State officials say no signs of Asian carp were found during searches of Michigan rivers and inland lakes last year.
State board says PTSD patients should be able to use medical marijuana
March 6, 2014 | MPRN
The state could soon allow residents dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder to use medical marijuana.
As Jake Neher reports, a state board today approved adding P-T-S-D to the state’s medical marijuana program.