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Michigan economic outlook better, still not great


January 9, 2014 | AP        A statewide survey of business people shows that their confidence in Michigan's economy has grown greatly since the bottom of the Great Recession, with room to improve as well.
 
     Results of the second annual Michigan Economic Outlook survey were released Wednesday at the Detroit Economic Club.
 
     Margaret Baker of Ann Arbor's Baker Strategy Group says that leaders of Michigan's key manufacturers gave the state a business rating of 65, up from 25 in 2009. Baker says that's still low.
 
     Michigan State University economist Charles Ballard says a concern is how many Michigan communities like Detroit are struggling to cope with a shrunken tax bases after property values fell sharply.
 
     The forum took place at the MotorCity Casino in Detroit.
 

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Today
Program pairs online and local shopping
  October 20, 2014  |  WGVU  In Muskegon, the concept of ‘buy local’ is now online.   
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Invasive insect annoys some Michigan homeowners
St. Joseph, MI  October 20, 2014  |  WGVU  An invasive insect capable of stripping fields and orchards is annoying homeowners in southwestern Michigan as well.    
New sentence next for man in forced labor case
Detroit MI  October 20, 2014  |  WGVU  A former tennis pro from Africa is returning to Detroit federal court after an appeals court threw out his conviction for forcing children into hard labor.    
Detroit crews pour concrete for light rail
Detroit MI  October 20, 2014  |  WGVU  Crews have started pouring concrete for Detroit's long-awaited commuter light rail project.    
Chamber plans petition drive on Michigan roads
Lansing MI  October 20, 2014  |  WGVU  The Michigan Chamber of Commerce plans to spearhead a petition drive to force lawmakers to pass a road funding plan or place the issue on the ballot for voters to decide.    
Panel sheds light on Nixon pardon
  October 20, 2014  |  WGVU  Forty years after Gerald R. Ford took his Presidential oath, a Grand Rapids panel discusses the pardon of Richard Nixon. That includes some lesser-known parts of the story.    
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US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed
DETROIT  October 20, 2014  |  AP  U.S. safety regulators are warning owners of more than 4.7 million vehicles that have been recalled for air bag problems to get them repaired immediately.   
State aims to curb misuse of prescription drugs
LANSING, Mich.  October 20, 2014  |  AP  The Michigan Department of Community Health has developed a website to increase public awareness of the risks and potential harm associated with misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs   
Man enters plea in shooting of hospital guard
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  October 20, 2014  |  AP  A man who authorities say shot and wounded a hospital security guard during a confrontation in a Grand Rapids parking structure has pleaded no contest to attempted murder and other charges.   
Chamber plans petition drive on Michigan roads
LANSING, Mich.  October 20, 2014  |  AP  The Michigan Chamber of Commerce plans a petition drive to force lawmakers to pass a road funding plan or place the issue on the ballot for voters to decide.   
Petition drive to limit hospital charges gets OK
LANSING, Mich.   October 20, 2014  |  AP  Michigan has given the go-ahead for a petition drive that would limit how much hospitals can charge uninsured and underinsured patients and auto accident victims.   
Report: Lack of autism specialists creating long wait times for children
  October 20, 2014  |  MPRN  A new report says Michigan needs more autism specialists to help diagnose and treat children with the disorder. Advocates say some kids are waiting up to two years to get help.   
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Friday
Open house seeks Grand Rapids feedback
  October 17, 2014  |  WGVU  The city of Grand Rapids wants to know what “downtown” means to you.    
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Michigan officials hosting summit about heroin
East Lansing MI  October 17, 2014  |  WGVU  Michigan officials are hosting a gathering next week aimed at helping stem the use of heroin and other illegal drugs in the state.    
Logos stolen off Consumers Energy truck in Flint
Flint MI  October 17, 2014  |  WGVU  A Michigan utility is reminding people to ask for a company-issued photo ID from workers after logos were stolen off a vehicle in Flint.    
More small businesses eligible for flooding help
Detroit MI  October 17, 2014  |  WGVU  Small businesses in more Michigan counties are eligible for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration following flooding in August.    
Muskegon County opens juvenile transition center
Muskegon MI  October 17, 2014  |  WGVU  Muskegon County has opened a $6 million juvenile transition center for housing and treating young offenders.    
Michigan funeral home provides drive-thru option
Saginaw MI  October 17, 2014  |  WGVU  Only a couple of families have taken advantage of a new service available at a Saginaw funeral home.    
Habitat project benefits local veterans
  October 17, 2014  |  WGVU  Volunteers across Kent County helped repair, renovate - and in one case build - six homes belonging to local veterans and their families.    
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Michigan teen sues after Amtrak bars travel
CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.  October 17, 2014  |  AP  A Grand Rapids-area teenager with a nut allergy is suing Amtrak, saying his rights were violated when he was barred from riding the train without an adult.   
Strong harvest brings in 60M pounds of potatoes
ALBA, Mich.  October 17, 2014  |  AP  A strong harvest has been reported by a top Michigan potato grower.   
Snyder approves “right-to-try” law
  October 17, 2014  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill to allow terminally patients to try experimental therapies when other options have failed.    

Thursday
'BRA Day' encourages mastectomy knowledge
  October 16, 2014  |  WGVU  A newer initiative promoting mastectomy awareness is among October breast cancer advocacy efforts.    
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5,700 sturgeon released into Michigan waterways
Lansing MI  October 16, 2014  |  WGVU  State biologists and private groups released more than 5,700 lake sturgeon into public waters across Michigan this summer and fall.    
Government distributes millions in flooding aid
Detroit MI  October 16, 2014  |  WGVU  The federal government says more than $63 million already is in the hands of southeastern Michigan residents for repairs following August flooding.    
Officials encourage flu vaccinations in Michigan
Okemos, MI  October 16, 2014  |  WGVU  Health officials are encouraging Michigan residents to get flu vaccinations.    
Grand Valley State facing Title IX investigation
ALLENDALE, Mich.  October 16, 2014  |  WGVU  The U.S. Department of Education says Grand Valley State University is being investigated for its handling of sexual abuse complaints.   
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Wyoming GM added to 'landfill-free' list
  October 16, 2014  |  WGVU  General Motors added 11 sites to its list of 122 that operate as “landfill-free” facilities. That list includes GM’s Wyoming plant.    
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U.S. Rep. Upton recommends U.S. travel ban limiting spread of Ebola
  October 16, 2014  |  WGVU  The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing Thursday focusing on preventing the spread of Ebola in the United States. U.S. Representative Fred Upton from Saint Joseph chairs the committee. WGVU spoke with the Congressman about what he believes the nation needs to do to stop the Ebola outbreak.   
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Hillary Clinton to aid Dems in key Michigan county
LANSING, Mich.  October 16, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Democrats hope to make the most of Hillary Rodham Clinton's visit by dispatching her to a bellwether county to keep an open Senate seat and upend the state's Republican governor.   
Gov. Snyder signs anti-human trafficking laws
TROY, Mich.   October 16, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation aiming to crack down on human trafficking and help its victims.   
Ex-lawmaker plans petition to limit hospital bills
LANSING, Mich.  October 16, 2014  |  AP  A former Michigan lawmaker is spearheading a petition drive to limit how much hospitals can charge uninsured and underinsured patients and those injured in car accidents.   
Woman charged in death of daughter's dad
MUSKEGON, Mich.  October 16, 2014  |  AP  A woman is accused of killing a man in Muskegon in western Michigan, the third fatal stabbing in the area this week.   
Man charged in death of West Michigan motorcyclist
ALLEGAN, Mich.  October 16, 2014  |  AP  A man has been charged with causing the death of a western Michigan motorcyclist who was struck and killed on an Allegan County roadway.   

Wednesday
Michigan council OKs bridge rebuilding grant
keene twp. , MI  October 15, 2014  |  WGVU   Michigan officials are considering a $275,000 grant to help rebuild a Keene Township bridge destroyed in an arson fire last year.    
Cedar Springs considers disbanding police
Cedar Springs, MI  October 15, 2014  |  WGVU  The Cedar Springs Police Department plans to disband next month and transfer policing authority to the Kent County Sheriff's Department.    
Arrest links Muskegon Heights homicide cases
  October 15, 2014  |  WGVU  An arrest has been made in two reported Muskegon Heights homicides.   
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$45M 'Laker Line' to cut commute time, add capacity
  October 15, 2014  |  WGVU  A new bus route along Grand Valley’s Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses could mean a quicker commute for thousands of daily riders.    
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Man charged with 4 murders in Muskegon Heights
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.  October 15, 2014  |  WGVU  An ex-convict has been charged with killing four women in western Michigan - two this week and two back in 1989 after a prison escape.   
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Schauer, Snyder campaigns vie for women's vote
LANSING, Mich.  October 15, 2014  |  AP  Michigan's gubernatorial and other candidates are intensifying their efforts for the women's vote three weeks before Election Day.   
Veterans' issues come before women's commission
LANSING, Mich.  October 15, 2014  |  AP  Officials from state offices representing veterans and immigrants will be sharing updates and insights with the Michigan Women's Commission.   
New child foster care placement policy announced
LANSING, Mich.  October 15, 2014  |  AP  The state wants child welfare workers to consider how attached infants and toddlers are to their parents or caregivers when making foster care or permanent home placement decisions.   
Estate of Chicago man sues following 2011 drowning
HAGAR TOWNSHIP, Mich.  October 15, 2014  |  AP  The estate of a Chicago man who died drowned off a beach in southwestern Michigan in 2011 is suing about warnings at the beach.   
Peters raises $2.3M in campaign for US Senate
DETROIT  October 15, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Democratic Senate candidate Gary Peters says he raised $2.3 million in the third quarter, calling it his best three months of fundraising as the race winds down.   
State launches effort to reduce trauma for infants in foster care
  October 15, 2014  |  MPRN   State officials say too many infants experience psychological trauma when they’re removed from their homes and put into foster care. As Jake Neher tells us, the Michigan Department of Human Services hopes to change that with some new policies.    
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Tuesday
Video game art exhibit heading to Flint museum
Flint MI  October 14, 2014  |  WGVU  An exhibit exploring the art and evolution of video games is heading to Flint this month.    
Detroit close to another deal with major creditor
Detroit MI  October 14, 2014  |  WGVU  Lawyers for Detroit and a major creditor say they're close to a settlement in the city's bankruptcy case.    
Police: Woman, 63, apparently stabbed to death
Muskegon MI  October 14, 2014  |  WGVU  Police say a 63-year-old woman has been found apparently stabbed to death inside a home in western Michigan.    
Grand Rapids schools boosting marketing efforts
Grand Rapids MI  October 14, 2014  |  WGVU  The Grand Rapids Public Schools district is ramping up its marketing efforts with a campaign to recruit more students from the city.    
U. of Michigan updates staffing rules for weather
Ann Arbor MI  October 14, 2014  |  WGVU  The University of Michigan has revised its policy for staffing in severe weather following criticism from faculty and staff last winter.    
Wyoming Profile Industrial Packaging moving to Walker
WYOMING, Mich  October 14, 2014  |  WGVU  A West Michigan manufacturer is moving to a new location and making a $26 million investment that will create new jobs.   
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Art Prize winner, finalist reflect on experience
  October 14, 2014  |  WGVU  The votes are tallied and the winners announced for this year’s Art Prize. WGVU talks to two artists about what the competition means to them.   
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Grand Rapids to host 2017 State Games of America
Grand Rapids MI  October 14, 2014  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids has been selected to host the 2017 State Games of America.    
Police seek tips in Muskegon homicides
  October 14, 2014  |  WGVU  Muskegon officials are asking for help locating a vehicle of interest in two recent homicides.   
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WGVU-HD airing FRONTLINE "The Trouble with Antibiotics"
  October 14, 2014  |  WGVU  Tonight on WGVU-HD FRONTLINE investigates the rise of antibiotic resistance. WGVU previews “The Trouble with Antibiotics.”   
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Snyder, Stabenow part of GRCC centennial event
  October 14, 2014  |  WGVU  There were some familiar faces, and a scholarship announcement, at a Grand Rapids Community College centennial celebration.    
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State’s top education official will not weigh in on education funding issue
  October 14, 2014  |  MPRN  The state’s top education official is refusing to weigh in on the debate over school funding ahead of the November election. As Jake Neher reports, that’s been a central issue in the governor’s race.   
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