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Lansing zoo sends 2 Amur tigers to South Dakota

Amur tiger

January 17, 2014 | AP        Officials at the Lansing zoo says two Amur tigers born there three years ago are heading for a new home in South Dakota.
     The Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/1eFGtu1 ) says the Potter Park Zoo tigers known as Kira and Savelii have a new home at Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, S.D.
     The move was taking place Thursday.
     The Lansing zoo is keeping the tigers' sister Ameliya, father Sivaki and mother Nika.
     Amur tigers were once referred to as Siberian tigers, but they're no longer found throughout that region. They're named for the Amur River in far eastern Russia where nearly all the big cats are still found the wild.

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Lansing MI  March 2, 2015  |  WGVU  Authorities say there's a problem with a recent Michigan law allowing police to conduct a preliminary roadside analysis for drugs and other intoxicating substances in addition to alcohol.    
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Dearborn, MI  March 2, 2015  |  WGVU  AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have increased by about 11 cents a gallon within the past week.    
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Lansing MI  March 2, 2015  |  WGVU  Lansing police say a 3-year-old girl sustained critical injuries from hypothermia after she apparently got out of her family's apartment in the bitter cold and then couldn't get back in through a locked door.    
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East Lansing MI  March 2, 2015  |  WGVU  Officials want to boost the use of food assistance benefits at farmers markets in Michigan.    
East Grand Rapids reviews non-discrimination policy
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  March 2, 2015  |  WGVU  Advocates of paid sick leave renew efforts for a statewide policy.    
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  March 2, 2015  |  WGVU  West Michigan’s largest natural deep-water port is the recipient of $125,000 in grants to fund study of possible development options.   
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Michigan could bypass healthier school fundraising rules
LANSING, Mich.  March 2, 2015  |  AP  Legislation introduced in the state House and Senate would offer flexibility to raise money at least three times a week by selling snacks in Michigan schools now banned under federal guidelines.   
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LANSING, Mich.  March 2, 2015  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has named an intermediate school district leader from western Michigan as his new education policy adviser.   
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  March 2, 2015  |  MPRN  Michigan is appealing a federal judge’s decision to restore endangered species protections to the gray wolf. Wildlife groups filed the lawsuit after Michigan and other states adopted wolf hunting seasons.    
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Fermenta fosters female brewing creativity
  February 27, 2015  |  WGVU  A new women's craft brewing guild makes its mark in Michigan.    
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Eastpointe man sentenced for selling fake auto insurance
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  February 27, 2015  |  WGVU  Attorneys for the lesbian couple challenging Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban have filed their briefs with the US Suprem e Court. Oral arguments are expected this spring.    
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  February 27, 2015  |  WGVU  Developing a skilled workforce meeting the needs of area employers received a shot in the arm this week when the Michigan Economic Development Corporation awarded Grand Rapids Community College a $2.9 million grant.   
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OTSEGO, Mich.   February 27, 2015  |  AP  Authorities say a woman was fatally struck by a semi-truck after she fell while crossing a street in southwestern Michigan.   
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Kalamazoo Promise celebrating 10th anniversary
Kalamazoo MI  February 26, 2015  |  WGVU  An initiative that awards college tuition to Kalamazoo high school graduates is celebrating its 10th anniversary and nearly 4,000 scholarships.    
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Fruitport Twp MI  February 26, 2015  |  WGVU  Plans are moving forward for a casino at a former horse racing track in western Michigan.    
Records: Number of women getting concealed gun licenses up
Lansing MI  February 26, 2015  |  WGVU  Records show an increase in the number of women getting a license to carry a concealed handgun.    
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KENTWOOD, Mich.  February 26, 2015  |  WGVU  The state has shut down an in-home day care in western Michigan following the death of an infant who had recently been cared for there.   
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LANSING, Mich.   February 26, 2015  |  WGVU  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says 20 projects are getting more than $4 million as part of efforts to fight invasive species.   
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House adopts bills to relax air guns rules
  February 26, 2015  |  WGVU  The state House has adopted legislation that would exempt air-, spring-, and gas-powered guns from Michigan firearms laws.   
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State grants boost local college skilled trade programs
  February 26, 2015  |  WGVU  Nearly $13 million has been allocated to four western Michigan community colleges in an effort to bolster the state’s skilled trade programs.   
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Officials in Grand Rapids seek to boost youth employment
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  February 26, 2015  |  AP  Officials in Grand Rapids are taking steps to boost employment opportunities for young people in the city.   
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LANSING, Mich.   February 26, 2015  |  AP  The state House is delaying voting on a bill that would require wireless carriers to share cellphone location information with law enforcement during emergencies.   
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  February 26, 2015  |  MPRN  Legislation headed to Governor Rick Snyder would divert surplus school aid money to help fill Michigan’s budget hole.    
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GRPD expands youth outreach, summer academy program
  February 25, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids Police Department officers visited more than two dozen schools to talk with students about law enforcement opportunities. It's a part of strategic recruitment efforts, and something officers say they enjoy.   
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Delta ends service from Rochester, Minnesota to Detroit
Rochester, Minnesota  February 25, 2015  |  WGVU  Delta Airlines plans to end its daily flight from Rochester, Minnesota to Detroit, Michigan.    
Records: Official urged state not to lease passenger trains
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Dearborn, MI  February 25, 2015  |  WGVU  Deer are being killed near the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn as part of an effort to manage the area's deer population.    
Advocates urge Congress not to cut Great Lakes funding
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Michigan House considering bills changing gun permit process
Lansing MI  February 25, 2015  |  WGVU  The state House is moving this week on approving a variety of bills changing how gun possession and use are regulated in Michigan.    
Muskegon casino takes step toward becoming reality
  February 25, 2015  |  WGVU  Little River Band of Ottawa Indians files application with Bureau of Indian Affairs   
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Black History Month: The Next Generation
Grand Rapids MI  February 25, 2015  |  WGVU  Black History month is nearing its end. We have a couple of profiles to round out the week. Today, we talk with long time Grand Rapids City Commissioner Elias Lumpkins. He says Grand Rapids needs the commitment of young people to continue along the path of progress that’s already in the works.    
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Muskegon road millage, local fire proposals defeated
  February 25, 2015  |  WGVU  Two Muskegon County tax proposals have been voted down by residents.    
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Authorities: Bicyclist, 58, dies after being hit by vehicle
PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.  February 25, 2015  |  WGVU  Authorities say a 58-year-old bicyclist had died after being struck by a vehicle in western Michigan.   
Grand Rapids commission renovations approved
  February 25, 2015  |  WGVU  A more than $600,000 facelift for the Grand Rapids City Commission chambers called “unconscionable” by one commissioner receives 6-1 approval.   
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Grand Rapids Public Museum to open Egyptian exhibition
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.   February 25, 2015  |  AP  The Grand Rapids Public Museum is preparing to open an exhibition of its collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.   
Lawsuit challenges photos, fingerprinting of young people
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  February 25, 2015  |  AP  A black man who says he was stopped, photographed and fingerprinted by Grand Rapids police despite committing no crime is challenging the practice.   
Volunteers plan alternative to candy-tossing ban at parade
GRANDVILLE, Mich.   February 25, 2015  |  AP  Organizers of a July 4 parade in western Michigan are seeking to avoid a ban on candy-tossing to spectators by having volunteers keep people from getting too close to vehicles along the route.   
Michigan House approves bills changing gun permit process
LANSING, Mich.   February 25, 2015  |  AP  The state House has begun approving a variety of bills changing how gun possession and use are regulated in Michigan.   
U.S. House approves bill to step up fight against toxic algae
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.   February 25, 2015  |  AP  The U.S. House has voted to require more aggressive federal action to prevent toxic algae blooms from contaminating the Great Lakes and other waterways around the nation.   
New fight at Capitol over film subsidies
  February 25, 2015  |  MPRN  A state House committee held a hearing today on legislation to end Michigan’s big tax breaks for film, TV, and movie projects.    
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State House approves overhaul of concealed pistol license approval
  February 25, 2015  |  MPRN  Concealed weapons bills similar to ones Governor Rick Snyder vetoed last month are one step closer to heading back to his desk.   
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Boil water advisory in effect due to broken pipe in Baldwin
Baldwin, MI  February 24, 2015  |  WGVU  The Lake County Central Dispatch has issued a boil water advisory for Baldwin residents.    
Grand Rapids plans $10 million land purchase for green space
Grand Rapids MI  February 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids plans to seek a state grant to make a $10 million purchase of about four acres of property along the Grand River for use as green space.    
Company awarded contract to build Lake Huron research vessel
Lansing MI  February 24, 2015  |  WGVU  State officials say they've awarded a contract for construction of a new vessel to support Lake Huron fisheries research.    
Snow, wind to make travel hazardous in parts of Michigan
Grand Haven, MI  February 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Another round of winter weather is expected to make travel difficult in parts of Michigan as bitterly cold temperatures moderate somewhat.    
Gilda's LaughFest plans opening night paper crown record bid
Grand Rapids MI  February 24, 2015  |  WGVU  An annual festival of laughter in western Michigan is planning an effort to set a record for the most people wearing paper crowns.    
GRPS To Ask Voters For $175 M Tax Proposal
Grand Rapids MI  February 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids Public Schools hopes voters will support a nearly 175-million dollar tax proposal come November. The money would be used for renovations, security and technology.    
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Grand Rapids chicken ordinance approved
  February 24, 2015  |  WGVU  There’s a new meaning for the term ‘spring chicken’ in Grand Rapids. A pilot program allowing for backyard chickens at city residential properties begins in a couple months.   
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Grand Rapids Chamber supports Proposal 1
  February 24, 2015  |  WGVU  The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce explains why its throwing support behind Proposal 1.   
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State lawmakers taking another crack at corrections overhaul
  February 24, 2015  |  WGVU  There’s a renewed push in the state Legislature to overhaul Michigan’s corrections system.   
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18 community college given $50 million for trades equipment
LANSING, Mich.  February 24, 2015  |  AP  Eighteen Michigan community colleges are receiving $50 million to train students for careers in the skilled trades.   
Snyder cheers bond funding for workforce training programs
  February 24, 2015  |  MPRN  A state board has approved selling bonds to come up with 50 million dollars to help community colleges ramp up their career and technical training.    
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