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Group favors opening Muskegon port to river barges
December 6, 2013 | AP Michigan business interests are asking the U.S. Coast Guard to open the port of Muskegon to river barge traffic. The Michigan Agri-Business Association and local leaders have scheduled a news conference for Friday in Muskegon to discuss the proposal, which the group says would bring more opportunities for economic growth. The Coast Guard allows barges and other commercial vessels to operate along set routes in some navigable waterways. Interest recently has risen in bringing barge traffic commonly seen on the Mississippi River and its tributaries to Lake Michigan. The Coast Guard will be accepting public comment on the idea in coming weeks.
"Creating a Culture of Excellence" aboard CVN-78
May 1, 2015 | WGVU The man who will take the helm of the Gerald R. Ford Class of super carriers 2016 visited Grand Rapids Thursday evening. Commanding Officer, Captain John Meier, spoke at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum discussing Creating a Culture of Excellence aboard CVN-78. WGVU spoke with Captain Meier about the crew-building process prior to the event.
Dad hopes driver steps forward in death of young Army vet
Birch Run Twp., MI May 1, 2015 | WGVU The father of a young U.S. Army veteran killed in a suspected hit-and-run is appealing to the driver to step forward.
Regulators approve DTE's plan for 3rd nuclear plant
Newport, MI May 1, 2015 | WGVU Federal regulators have approved DTE Energy's proposal for a new nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan.
First lady to speak to Detroit high school students
Detroit, MI May 1, 2015 | WGVU First lady Michelle Obama will speak to a rally of more than 1,500 Detroit high school students about the importance of committing to education beyond high school as part of her "Reach Higher" initiative.
Central Michigan University OKs 2.6 percent tuition increase
Mount Pleasant, MI May 1, 2015 | WGVU Leaders at Central Michigan University have approved a tuition increase that will cost students an extra $10 per credit hour.
Ex-Detroit Lion quarterback speaks about suicide prevention
Lansing MI May 1, 2015 | WGVU Former Detroit Lion quarterback Eric Hipple is working to raise awareness of suicide prevention at a conference this week.
Congressman's resolution seeks freedom for ex-Marine in Iran
Flint MI May 1, 2015 | WGVU A Michigan congressman has introduced a bipartisan resolution saying Iran should immediately release jailed ex-Marine Amir Hekmati and "all detained Americans" and provide information on those who've "disappeared within its borders."
Utility says it followed rules in shutting off service
Lansing MI May 1, 2015 | WGVU A utility says it didn't break any rules when it shut off natural gas service at a Detroit-area home where authorities say a man died of hypothermia and other causes.
Kent County: 17 Years Of Fiscal Fitness
Grand Rapids MI May 1, 2015 | WGVU More good news on the economic front for West Michigan as Kent County remains financially strong. In fact, for the 17th straight year, the county has received the highest ratings from credit agencies. WGVU looks at why this is good news for residents.
Final Epic-MRA Proposal 1 poll reveals voter confusion
May 1, 2015 | WGVU Epic-MRA has released its final poll leading up to the May 5th vote on Proposal 1. It indicates voters remain overwhelmingly opposed to the sales tax increase funding a statewide road and bridge fix. WGVU finds out why?
Snyder, supporters making final Proposal 1 push
May 1, 2015 | WGVU Representatives from West Michigan law enforcement, schools and government spoke on Friday in favor of Proposal 1. They joined the Safe Roads Yes bus tour and Governor Rick Snyder at a stop in Grand Rapids.
Most automakers report April sales gains driven by small SUVs
DETROIT May 1, 2015 | AP Demand for small and midsize SUVs is driving up auto sales.
Lake Express ferry begins 12th season on Lake Michigan
MILWAUKEE May 1, 2015 | AP The ferry connecting Wisconsin and Michigan is off and running for its 12th season.
First lady speaks to Detroit students about higher education
DETROIT May 1, 2015 | AP First lady Michelle Obama talked to a rally of more than 2,000 Detroit high school students about the importance of committing to education beyond high school as part of her "Reach Higher" initiative.
Court: Utility has to justify smart meter fee
May 1, 2015 | MPRN The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered a state utility board to take another look at “smart meters” and how much utilities can charge customers who don’t want to use them.
20 million pounds of asparagus to be harvested in Michigan
April 30, 2015 | WGVU Agriculture officials are predicting another good harvest this year for asparagus in Michigan.
Ann Arbor Pioneer High School hosts Michigan's top court
Ann Arbor MI April 30, 2015 | WGVU The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in front of hundreds of students at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School.
County not giving up after losing discrimination trial
Washtenaw, MI April 30, 2015 | WGVU Washtenaw County is appealing a nearly $1.2 million verdict in favor of a Muslim man who said he was called a terrorist and repeatedly passed over for promotions.
GVSU Conference focuses on "Rediscovering the Midwest"
April 30, 2015 | WGVU The Midwest is often referred to as “flyover country” by east and west coast Americans. The perception is that the Midwest doesn’t have much to offer. Au Contraire says Grand Valley’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. It’s hosting a conference highlighting the Midwest’s cultural importance and inviting reporters from across the country to attend.
GM to spend $5.4B over 3 years, add 650 jobs
April 30, 2015 | WGVU General Motors says it will spend $5.4 billion to improve its U.S. factories during the next three years, creating about 650 new jobs.
Kent County Undersheriff announces retirement
April 30, 2015 | WGVU Kent County’s Undersheriff, John Hess, is retiring after serving 35 years in the Sheriff Department.
US Sen. Rand Paul to visit Grand Rapids next week
Grand Rapids MI April 30, 2015 | AP Republican presidential contender Rand Paul will make a campaign stop next week in Grand Rapids.
EPA officials to answer questions on Kalamazoo cleanup
Kalamazoo MI April 30, 2015 | AP U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are set to visit Kalamazoo this week to answer questions about a proposal to remove contaminants from the Allied Paper Superfund site.
Maintenance, refueling outage finished at Cook nuclear plant
Lake Township, MI April 30, 2015 | AP Operators of southwestern Michigan's Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant say that one of its units has returned to service after a 34-day shutdown for refueling.
Police: Michigan woman tried to set NHL flag on fire
Detroit, MI April 30, 2015 | AP A Michigan woman is facing an arson charge for allegedly trying to set a Tampa Bay Lightning flag on fire during an NHL playoff game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Detroit teacher protest closes 17 schools
April 30, 2015 | MPRN Eighteen schools in Detroit were closed today as teachers and other staff skipped classes to protest at the state Capitol.
Prospect of marijuana legalization may help medical pot bills pass
April 30, 2015 | MPRN Bills to expand access to medical marijuana in Michigan may be benefitting from efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016.
Kildee rallies against Canadian nuclear waste proposal
April 29, 2015 | WGVU Congressman Dan Kildee visited West Michigan to advocate against a proposed underground storage site for nuclear waste close to Lake Huron.
Ex-convict pleads no contest to western Michigan murders
Muskegon MI April 29, 2015 | WGVU An ex-convict charged with killing four women in western Michigan has pleaded no contest to two counts of murder.
Spring Lake's International Aid providing relief to Nepal earthquake victims
April 29, 2015 | WGVU Efforts to bring aid to survivors of Saturday's earthquake in Nepal are underway. Spring Lake’s International Aid is working with partners in the region providing relief for the hundreds of thousands of people now living in the open without clean water or sanitation.
Atomic Object making Grand Rapids investment
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. April 29, 2015 | WGVU A Grand Rapids-based tech firm is expanding and making a multimillion dollar expansion.
Michigan fishing harvest's value rises in 2014
April 29, 2015 | AP The commercial fishing industry's total catch last year in Michigan was down slightly, but its cash value was up.
GM foundation donates $4M to Flint college
April 29, 2015 | AP Officials say Kettering University will receive $4 million through a donation from General Motors Co. and its foundation to build more lab spaces.
Bell's Brewery expanding in southwestern Michigan
Kalamazoo MI April 29, 2015 | AP Bell's Brewery Inc. says it's expanding to meet demand for its beer.
Dozens gather to remember southeastern Mich. woman
Monroe, MI April 29, 2015 | AP Several dozens of people have gathered at a church to commemorate the life of a 22-year-old southeastern Michigan woman whose skeletal remains were found last week.
Atheist sets up 'reason station' inside Warren City Hall
Warren MI April 29, 2015 | AP An atheist man has finally set up an informational booth promoting free thought and use of reason after winning a lawsuit to have it inside Warren City Hall.
Residents want action after Inkster man's beating, arrest
Inkster, MI April 29, 2015 | AP Residents and community leaders have called for disciplining and dismissing all officers involved in the beating and violent arrest of a motorist in a Detroit suburb.
House committee OKs bills to limit tax credit liabilities
Lansing MI April 29, 2015 | AP The tax credit program that unexpectedly brought on more than $9 billion in potential liability for the state would be limited under two bills moving through the Michigan Legislature.
SpartanNash buying grocery chain in Bismarck-Mandan
BISMARCK, N.D. April 29, 2015 | AP Michigan-based SpartanNash Co. is buying more grocery stores in North Dakota.
Gov. Snyder declares Flint’s financial emergency over
April 29, 2015 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder has lifted the city of Flint’s financial emergency.
Snyder renews opposition to open carry in schools as pro-gun activists rally at Capitol
April 29, 2015 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder is renewing his support for banning openly carrying firearms in Michigan schools.
Several in Grandville request anti-discrimination ordinance
April 28, 2015 | WGVU Some Grandville residents are requesting better LGBT protections following anti-gay statements made by an area business owner.
Grand Rapids residents encouraged to report graffiti
April 28, 2015 | WGVU The Grand Rapids Police Department asks residents to report occurrences of graffiti and vandalism.
Grand Rapids postpones skateboarding, ShotSpotter decisions
April 28, 2015 | WGVU Grand Rapids commissioners postponed votes on allowing skateboarding downtown and the purchase of technology said to locate gunfire in real time.
Both sides say victory within their grasp in SCOTUS marriage case
April 28, 2015 | WGVU Michigan is now waiting for the US Supreme Court to make its decision on same-sex marriage bans. The court heard arguments today..
The Right Place encourages Proposal 1 "yes" vote
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. April 28, 2015 | WGVU In one week Michigan voters will head to the polls to decide if the state sales tax should increase from six to seven percent. The Constitutional amendment would fund a $1.3 billion per year road and bridge fix and increase education funding by $300 million each year. Monday, regional non-profit economic development organization, The Right place, endorsed Proposal 1.
Detroit suburb grounds plan to ban drones after pushback
April 28, 2015 | AP Officials in a Detroit suburb have grounded plans to ban drones from flying over the city.
Man sentenced to life in slaying of 2-year-old son
April 28, 2015 | AP A western Michigan man will spend the rest of his life in prison in the slaying of his 2-year-old son.
Michigan State Police to investigate inmate death
April 28, 2015 | AP Authorities say a 39-year-old Delta Township man being held at a Lansing police lockup has died.
Historic hotel becomes luxury living in Kalamazoo
April 28, 2015 | AP A building in downtown Kalamazoo that is on the National Register of Historic Places is being repurposed as luxury living space.
Michigan police, doctors urge powdered alcohol ban
April 28, 2015 | AP Michigan may join at least six other states and ban a powder product that makes vodka, rum and cocktail drinks when mixed with water.
Lawmakers to hear testimony on religious objections bill
LANSING, Mich. April 28, 2015 | AP Lawmakers will consider whether Michigan needs a law protecting people who say their exercise of religion has been substantially burdened by the government.
Michigan House OKs version of $37.9B general budget bill
LANSING, Mich. April 28, 2015 | AP The Michigan House has approved a $37.9 billion budget bill covering all non-education state spending in the fiscal year starting in five months.
Man gets coffee, doughnut - and $250,000 lottery windfall
Jackson MI April 27, 2015 | WGVU A man who stopped at a store called the Minnow Bucket in Jackson walked out with a whopper.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 6 cents in past week to $2.48
Dearborn, MI April 27, 2015 | WGVU AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have increased by about 6 cents a gallon within the past week.
Vigil marks 2-year anniversary of mother's disappearance
Norton Shores, MI April 27, 2015 | WGVU People gathered outside a western Michigan gas station on the two-year anniversary of a mother's disappearance from her job at the business.
Woman who lost grandson to heroin takes on drug addiction
St. Joseph, MI April 27, 2015 | WGVU A St. Joseph woman whose grandson died of a heroin overdose is among those fighting against drug addiction in the community.
Girl with leukemia dismissed from school offered return
Battle Creek MI April 27, 2015 | WGVU The mother of a Michigan girl dismissed from a Catholic school for not meeting academic and attendance standards during leukemia treatments says she's been invited back but will attend a public school for now.
Modern Family' co-producer speaks at college commencement
Ypsilanti MI April 27, 2015 | WGVU Eastern Michigan University alum and ABC's "Modern Family" co-producer Sally Young told students at her alma mater that they need to invest in themselves.
GRPD seeks ShotSpotter approval
April 27, 2015 | WGVU Grand Rapids officials review a $1.2 million purchase of technology said to identify gunfire in real time.
GM ignition switch death toll rises to 90
April 27, 2015 | AP Families of at least 90 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the automaker.
Democrats blast proposed state House budget for funding Senate office move
April 27, 2015 | MPRN The state House could vote as soon as this week on its state budget priorities.
SCOTUS to hear challenge to Michigan same-sex marriage ban
April 27, 2015 | MPRN Large crowds and rallies are expected in Washington tomorrow as the US Supreme Court takes up the question of whether same-sex marriage bans like Michigan’s violate the Constitution.