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Michigan Legislature returns after monthlong break


January 8, 2014 | AP       Michigan lawmakers are returning to Lansing for a new year of work after a month long break.
 
     Today is the start of the 2014 session in the Legislature. No recorded votes are planned this week.
 
     The Senate's first action is expected to be approving a resolution commemorating the 25th anniversary of the North American International Auto Show.
 
     Legislators on budget committees will meet Friday to receive consensus revenue projections. A surplus is expected, and lawmakers are looking to enact tax relief this election year.
 
     Legislation that could see movement in coming months include easing phone companies' ability to transition away from traditional land lines, cracking down on scrap metal theft and ranking schools with A-F letter grades.
 
     Many bills also could win passage during the lame-duck session after the November election.


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Yesterday
Western Michigan approves 3-year faculty contract
KALAMAZOO, Mich  October 1, 2014  |  WGVU  The Western Michigan University board of trustees has approved a new contract with the school's faculty union.   
Founders Brewing plans $35 million expansion
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  October 1, 2014  |  WGVU  Founders Brewing Co. is planning a $35 million project to double the size of its Grand Rapids facility.   
USDA grant funds connections to farmers
  October 1, 2014  |  WGVU  A Grand Rapids organization is among several in Michigan receiving grants to grow community markets.    
Muskegon County, Detroit, get lead abatement aid
MUSKEGON, Mich.  October 1, 2014  |  AP  The federal government has awarded $4.74 million to Muskegon County and Detroit authorities to protect children from lead poisoning at home.    
Michigan has 25 confirmed cases of severe virus
LANSING, Mich.  October 1, 2014  |  AP  Federal health officials have confirmed 25 cases of a severe respiratory illness in Michigan, including a young child that developed lower extremity paralysis.   
Chrysler's US sales jump 19 percent in September
DETROIT   October 1, 2014  |  AP  Chrysler Group says its U.S. sales rose 19 percent in September thanks to strong demand for the new Jeep Cherokee SUV and the Ram pickup.   
Consumers Energy builds new 24-mile pipeline
COLDWATER, Mich.  October 1, 2014  |  AP  Consumers Energy has built a 24-mile natural gas pipeline in southwestern Michigan that's part of a $120 million project.   
Aramark will boost pay, staffing & training to help fix prison food problems
  October 1, 2014  |  MPRN  The private company that manages food services in state prisons has agreed to hire more people and improve wages and training. As we hear from Rick Pluta, it’s part of an effort to fix the state’s problem-plagued agreement with Aramark.    
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Human trafficking bills expected to clear state Legislature this week
  October 1, 2014  |  MPRN  The state Legislature is likely to approve tougher anti-human trafficking laws before the end of the week. The state House approved several bills in the package today. We have more from Jake Neher.    
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Tuesday
Lawyer says singer Anita Baker owes him money
Detroit MI  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  A lawyer who represented Anita Baker against allegations she failed to pay for work done on her Detroit-area home is suing the singer, saying she owes him money.    
Name released of woman, 72, found slain in river
Polkton Township, MI  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  Authorities have released the name of a 72-year-old woman whose body was found in the Grand River in western Michigan after she was beaten to death.    
State offers $20 permits for cutting fuel wood
Lansing MI  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering permits for cutting wood in state forests to use as fuel this winter.    
$2.3 million aims to help public housing residents
Lansing MI  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  More than $2.3 million will help public housing residents and others across Michigan connect with local services to improve their education and employment.    
Kellogg introduces Battle Creek economic project
Battle Creek MI  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  Cereal maker Kellogg and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation plan to work with Battle Creek residents to address economic issues in the city.    
U.S. Department of Education partnering with WMU to improve graduation rate
KALAMAZOO, Mich.  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  Western Michigan University is receiving more than $3 million from the federal government aimed at improving low-income student graduation rates.   
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State changes to tax-funded development expected
  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  Efforts to reform tax capture districts continue at the state level.    
West Michigan boy, 15, struck and killed by car
HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich.  September 30, 2014  |  AP  A 15-year-old western Michigan boy has been struck and killed by a car.   
Snyder defends record, says he made tough calls
KALAMAZOO, Mich.  September 30, 2014  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder has defended his record in a town hall event with voters, saying he made "tough decisions" to put Michigan on a positive path forward.   
Multiple-murder convict gets 30-50 years in escape
IONIA, Mich.  September 30, 2014  |  AP  A man serving life for his role in four murders has been sentenced to 30 to 50 years for escaping from a Michigan prison and kidnapping a woman during his attempted getaway.   
State lawmakers debate bill aimed at reducing homelessness
  September 30, 2014  |  MPRN  It looks like a bipartisan bill meant to reduce homelessness in Michigan has stalled. As Jake Neher reports, the governor’s Mental Health and Wellness Commission called for the legislation.    
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Monday
Judge won't stop Detroit water shutoffs
Detroit MI  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy won't stop the city from shutting off water if people can't pay their bill.    
Port Huron center construction hits halfway mark
Port Huron  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Construction is about halfway complete on a $5.5 million welcome center for people entering the U.S. at Port Huron.    
Detroit crews start laying light rail track
Detroit MI  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Crews have started laying the track for Detroit's long-awaited commuter light rail project.    
West Africans in Detroit rally over Ebola outbreak
Detroit MI  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Detroit's West African communities are rallying to raise money and awareness to help families suffering from the Ebola virus overseas, as well as those in Michigan feeling the effects of the crisis.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 4 cents in week
Dearborn MI  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state have risen about 4 cents in the last week.    
Grand Rapids forum tackles local, state issues
  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Business and policy leaders talk West Michigan’s future at a two-day event.   
Music and art featured at Grand Haven festival
  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Art Prize is not the only creative showcase in town.    
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WMPF: Correct framework key to addressing poverty
  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Social misunderstandings of poverty may cause additional harm when it comes to education and employment.    
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Snyder hosting 1st of town hall campaign events
KALAMAZOO, Mich.  September 29, 2014  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder is kicking off a series of town hall-style events with voters as he campaigns for re-election.   
Michigan pit bull owners protest at ArtPrize entry
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  September 29, 2014  |  AP  Pit bull owners are protesting an entry in the Grand Rapids ArtPrize contest that memorializes dog attack victims because they say it unfairly blames the dog breeds.   
Man, 83, charged in wreck that killed his wife
WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich.  September 29, 2014  |  AP  An 83-year-old man has been charged in a wrong-way crash that killed his wife and another woman on Interstate 96 in western Michigan.   
Snyder: US, not Canada, should pay for customs plaza
  September 29, 2014  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder is expressing frustration that the US government still hasn’t ponied up the money to pay for a new customs plaza to go along with the new international bridge in Detroit. We have more from Rick Pluta.    
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Friday
Company working to Mow Down Hunger in Detroit area
Detroit MI  September 26, 2014  |  WGVU  An outdoor power equipment company is continuing to Mow Down Hunger in the Detroit area.    
Muskegon college opens health science center
Muskegon MI  September 26, 2014  |  WGVU  A Muskegon college has opened an $8 million health science center to train health care providers in a simulated operating room and radiology suite.    
Detroit's elected officials regain control of city
Detroit MI  September 26, 2014  |  WGVU  The day-to-day operations of Detroit's city government are back in the hands of its elected mayor and City Council.    
Girl, 10, with leukemia to be celebrity for a day
  September 26, 2014  |  WGVU  A 10-year-old Detroit-area girl with leukemia is about to become a celebrity for a day.    
Grant aimed at improving health in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI  September 26, 2014  |  WGVU  A health department that serves the Grand Rapids area will receive more than $2 million over three years to reduce chronic disease and promote healthier lifestyles.    
Holland looks to link new residents to community
  September 26, 2014  |  WGVU  City of Holland officials want to be better neighbors to new families.    
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Man convicted in fatal shooting at Kalamazoo bar
Kalamazoo, MI  September 26, 2014  |  AP  A 24-year-old man faces sentencing next month after being convicted of second-degree murder in a shooting death at a Kalamazoo sports bar.   
Ex-state Sen. Jaye gets plea deal in Macomb County
  September 26, 2014  |  AP  A former state senator has taken a plea deal for a disorderly conduct charge in Macomb County.   
Land transfer deal for new border bridge approved
DETROIT  September 26, 2014  |  AP  The state has approved Detroit's transfer of 301 city-owned properties to a Michigan land bank authority in exchange for $1.4 million from the Canadian government as part of plans for an international commuter bridge.   
Christie praises Snyder's handling of Detroit
DETROIT   September 26, 2014  |  AP  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is praising how Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has addressed bankrupt Detroit, crediting him for being realistic with residents.   
State board completes Detroit EM wrapup
  September 26, 2014  |  MPRN  A loan board has approved some of the final steps that make up the state’s role in Detroit’s bankruptcy. We have more from Rick Pluta.    
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