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Wayne County aims to curb unsafe infant sleeping


November 26, 2013 | AP  Wayne County officials are planning courses and other initiatives to combat infant deaths caused by unsafe sleeping.
 
     The county's health department said Monday that it's launching safe-sleep classes and workshops in January at multiple locations for new parents or caregivers. The department also plans to hold demonstrations at health fairs and baby showers.
 
     A state grant will provide money for an instructor.
 
     Officials say suffocation due to unsafe sleeping environments was the leading cause of accidental death for babies in the county in 2012, and it continues to be this year.
 
     Health officials say the deaths are tragic but preventable. Steps include placing a baby to sleep alone in a crib on his or her back, and keeping sleeping areas free of blankets, animals and other objects.


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Today
Two in custody after Kent County police chase
  December 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Two males were taken into custody late Sunday night following a police chase in Kent County.   
Victims of fatal West Mich. fire identified
  December 29, 2014  |  AP  Family members have released the name of a 54-year-old man who died along with his 55-year-old girlfriend in their mobile home in western Michigan.    
Bail possible for doctor charged with fraud
  December 29, 2014  |  AP  A Detroit-area doctor in jail on fraud charges will make another appeal to get bond while he awaits trial in federal court.   
MI public records could be cheaper, easier to obtain
  December 29, 2014  |  MPRN  Gov. Rick Snyder will soon consider a bill that could make public records cheaper and easier to obtain. Jake Neher reports.   
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Friday
Recruits to start DNR conservation officer academy
LANSING, Mich.  December 26, 2014  |  AP  A group of 44 potential state conservation officers are scheduled to start recruit school.   
College sees small, big benefits with loan promise
ADRIAN, Mich.  December 26, 2014  |  AP  A small, private Michigan college has a deal for students: Make more than $37,000 a year after graduating or the school will pay all or part of your loans.   
Eastern Michigan offers grad school open house
YPSILANTI, Mich.   December 26, 2014  |  AP  Eastern Michigan University has scheduled an open house for undergraduate students and working professionals interested in graduate school.   
ACLU backs evangelists in Arab fest controversy
DEARBORN, Mich.  December 26, 2014  |  AP  The American Civil Liberties Union is taking the side of Christian evangelists in a free speech case at a federal appeals court.   
Man donates 26 rods to hook more kids on fishing
PORTAGE, Mich.  December 26, 2014  |  AP  Hams, money, coats? No, a Kalamazoo-area man gave the needy what he knows best - fishing.   
Midwestern governors build credentials for 2016
MADISON, Wis.   December 26, 2014  |  AP  Some potential Republican presidential candidates likely won't be shuffling off to Iowa or New Hampshire as the calendar flips to 2015. They'll be hunkered down in statehouses across the Midwest, drafting budgets and pushing bills through their GOP Legislature.   
MI Supreme Court to decide whether paternity can be challenged after divorce
  December 26, 2014  |  MPRN  The state Supreme Court will decide whether a woman can have her ex-husband’s parental rights revoked because he’s not the biological father of her daughter.   
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Wednesday
Expert believes boy is competent to stand trial
Grand Rapids MI  December 24, 2014  |  WGVU  A psychologist says a 12-year-old boy is competent to face trial in the fatal stabbing of a 9-year-old boy at a playground in the Grand Rapids area.    
Investigator joins Michigan secretary of state
Lansing MI  December 24, 2014  |  WGVU  A veteran investigator has joined the Michigan Secretary of State's Office to crack down on auto insurance fraud and other scams.    
Muskegon teen to be tried in death of her newborn
Muskegon MI  December 24, 2014  |  WGVU   A 17-year-old girl has agreed to stand trial on a murder charge after her newborn daughter was found partially buried outside an apartment complex in western Michigan.    
'Swiss' Imfeld retires from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.   December 24, 2014  |  AP  The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel's longtime food purchasing manager has retired.   
Enbridge oil spill settlement is $6.25M, not $6.75M
BATTLE CREEK, Mich.  December 24, 2014  |  AP  A settlement over a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan is worth $6.25 million, not $6.75 million as lawyers reported earlier in December.   
Forecasters warn about strong Christmas winds
DETROIT   December 24, 2014  |  AP  Michigan utilities are bracing for extremely strong winds, a year after a storm put thousands of people in the dark at Christmas.   
Session yields 224 lame-duck bills going to Snyder
LANSING, Mich.  December 24, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is reviewing hundreds of bills approved by the Legislature in the waning days of the lame-duck session.   
Gold bars worth $2,370 dropped in Michigan kettle
MUSKEGON, Mich.  December 24, 2014  |  AP  The gold rush continues at Salvation Army collection centers in Michigan with the discovery of two gold bars in a donation kettle in Muskegon.   
What stalled in Legislature's lame-duck session
LANSING, Mich.  December 24, 2014  |  AP  A look at some legislation that died in the recent lame-duck period and must be reintroduced in the Republican-controlled Legislature's next two-year session.   
NRC adopts eat-what-you-road-kill policy
LANSING, Mich  December 24, 2014  |  MPRN  A new rule makes it easier for drivers who hit and kill an animal to claim their road kill.   
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Tuesday
Cop gives gift cards, not tickets, in small town
bellevue, MI  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  A police officer inspired by the generosity of others with a badge is giving gifts instead of tickets in southwestern Michigan.    
Prisoner who won Supreme Court case denied parole
Adrian, MI  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  A prisoner who won a major Michigan Supreme Court case about changing his sentence won't be released anytime soon.    
100th Agriculture and Natural Resources Week set
East Lansing MI  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  Plans are being made to mark the 100th Agriculture and Natural Resources Week next year.    
No appeal after law on same-sex benefits is stopped
Detroit, MI  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  The state of Michigan won't appeal a decision that struck down a law barring local governments from offering benefits to same-sex partners.    
Muskegon Heights city manager gets new Flint post
  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  Flint's state-appointed emergency manager has named Muskegon Heights city manager, Natasha Henderson, to the same job in Flint.   
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Gay marriage cases teed up for justices' action
WASHINGTON   December 23, 2014  |  AP  Gay marriage cases have been added to the Supreme Court's agenda, with enough time for them to be argued and decided by late June.   
Democratic mayor to help inaugurate GOP governor
LANSING, Mich.  December 23, 2014  |  AP  Detroit's Democratic mayor will serve as master of ceremonies for the inauguration of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in Lansing.   
DNR: Federal ruling limits options for wolf management
  December 23, 2014  |  MPRN  State wildlife officials say they’re disappointed in a court decision that restores federal endangered species protections to the gray wolf in Michigan and other Great Lakes states.   
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Gov. Snyder will have final say on eliminating county gun boards
  December 23, 2014  |  MPRN  Significant changes could be coming soon to the way Michigan issues concealed pistol licenses (CPLs).   
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MI Supreme Court: Schools must show dollar loss to sue state
LANSING, Mich  December 23, 2014  |  MPRN  The Michigan Supreme Court says schools districts cannot sue the state under the Headlee Amendment for underfunding K-through-12 education.    
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