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Girl, 4, fatally shoots boy, 4, at Detroit home
January 17, 2014 | AP Detroit police say a 4-year-old girl accidentally shot her 4-year-old cousin to death with a loaded rifle she found under a bed at their grandfather's home on the city's west side. Sgt. Michael Woody tells The Associated Press the girl was playing and watching TV on Thursday afternoon with the 4-year-old boy and his 5-year-old sister when she found the gun. Woody says she picked it up, pointed it at the boy and shot him once in the chest. Woody says the boy was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead. Woody says an adult family friend was at the home with the children at the time of the shooting. It wasn't immediately known who owns the gun. Police are investigating. A review by prosecutors is expected. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. A 4-year-old girl accidentally shot her 4-year-old cousin to death with a loaded rifle that she found under a bed at a relative's Detroit home, police said Friday. The girl was playing and watching TV on Thursday afternoon with the 4-year-old boy and his 5-year-old sister when she found the gun, police Sgt. Michael Woody said. He said she picked up the weapon, pointed it at the boy and shot him once in the chest. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Woody said. A man who lives at the home on the city's west side was the only adult there at the time and is believed to a grandfather, Woody said. It wasn't immediately known whether the gun belonged to him. An investigation is ongoing and the Wayne County prosecutor's office will determine whether charges should be brought, he said. "It's a tragic incident," Woody told The Associated Press. "It's really not anything more than that. There was no malicious intent. There was nothing there to suggest that the grandfather put those children in harm's way, but the investigation will continue." The boy's name wasn't immediately released. Woody said the shooting reinforces the need for those with guns to keep them secure - especially when there are children around. "This is a very senseless ... incident that could have been avoided," he said. On Thursday night, investigators went in and out of the brick house. Police cars blocked traffic. Neighbors told the Detroit Free Press that they didn't hear a gunshot. "I was just devastated," said 77-year-old neighbor Dorothy Jameson. "I was wondering why two 4-year-olds have access to a gun in the first place." Dennis Queensbury, who told The Detroit News that he has a concealed pistol license, said gun owners need to secure their firearms. "I have three children: 16, 9 years old and 20," Queensbury said, after watching officers at the scene. "But I have a gun lock. You have to have a lock and safes, and be careful."
$32,000 project trims trees, helps restore Capitol grounds
Lansing MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU A $32,000 project is taking place to trim trees and help restore the Michigan Capitol grounds.
Police in Michigan use easy way to check vehicle insurance
Bay City MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU Police in Michigan are using an easy way to check whether a motor vehicle is properly insured.
Snyder orders flags lowered for 3 Marines killed in crash
Lansing MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered that flags be lowered to honor three Michigan Marines who were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida during a training mission.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 7 cents in past week to $2.41
Dearborn, MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have decreased by about 7 cents a gallon within the past week.
Hundreds celebrate, 4 arrested after MSU Final Four advance
East Lansing MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU Hundreds of Michigan State University students and fans have gathered outside an off-campus apartment complex to celebrate the Spartans' victory over Louisville that advanced them to the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
How to move beyond bias
March 30, 2015 | WGVU The 2015 Diversity Alliance Summit on Race and Inclusion was recently held at Grand Haven High School. Keynote speaker, Reverend Alvin Herring discussed how we can all learn to move beyond bias.
International surgeon joins Spectrum Health team
March 30, 2015 | WGVU A cardiothoracic surgeon known for his expertise in heart and lung transplants joins Spectrum Health’s Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center.
Grand Rapids gets $1M for cleanup at future research site
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. March 30, 2015 | AP The state says Grand Rapids is getting $1 million to help clean up the site of Michigan State University's future $85.1 million biomedical research center.
Court says lawyer's brief absence doesn't merit a retrial
March 30, 2015 | AP The Supreme Court says a Michigan man convicted of murder and armed robbery does not deserve a new trial even though his lawyer was absent for 10 minutes during the original trial.
Lawmakers take aim at antiquated, duplicative reporting requirements for schools
March 30, 2015 | MPRN State lawmakers could make big changes to how much and what kind of information schools are required to report to the state.
Businesses join Start Garden to boost interactive technology
Grand Rapids MI March 27, 2015 | WGVU Six businesses are joining western Michigan entrepreneur Rick DeVos' Start Garden venture capital effort to help boost the development of new interactive technologies.
Autopsies scheduled for Detroit children found in freezer
Detroit, MI March 27, 2015 | WGVU Autopsies are scheduled on the bodies of two children found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home.
Unvaccinated students told to stay home amid chickenpox
Birmingham, MI March 27, 2015 | WGVU Unvaccinated children at some schools in a Detroit-area district are being told to stay home from classes until April 14 after three cases of chickenpox were diagnosed.
Think Summer: Cottage & Lakefront Living Show
Grand Rapids MI March 27, 2015 | WGVU For many, there’s nothing like summer in Michigan. With signs of warmer weather ahead, the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show is primed to get Michiganders thinking of summer.
Chief judge encourages pursuit of criminal justice careers
March 27, 2015 | WGVU After fifteen years on the bench, Kent County district judge Sara Smolenski shares challenges and takeaways with women interested in criminal justice careers.
Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain
March 27, 2015 | AP Autopsies have determined that two children found dead in a freezer in their Detroit home were beaten to death, with the youngest child also suffering "thermal injuries."
Court of Appeals refuses to toss staffer lawsuit against lawmaker
March 27, 2015 | MPRN The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected a lawmaker’s attempt to use legislative immunity to fend off a sexual harassment lawsuit.
MI’s defense of same-sex marriage ban delivered to Supreme Court
March 27, 2015 | MPRN Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office has delivered the state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban to the US Supreme Court. The court will hear arguments in the case next month.
Union hosts exhibition featuring art created by Ford workers
Detroit, MI March 26, 2015 | WGVU The United Auto Workers union is hosting an exhibition of 90 artworks created by Ford Motor Co. employees across the country.
Inkster manager, NAACP set news conference on police beating
Inkster, MI March 26, 2015 | WGVU Authorities in the Detroit suburb of Inkster are planning a news conference to discuss the videotaped beating of a black motorist by white police officers.
Workshops offered on foraging for safe wild mushrooms
Traverse City MI March 26, 2015 | WGVU State-approved workshops are being offered this spring on how to forage for safe wild mushrooms.
Funerals set for Michigan Marines killed in helicopter crash
Warren MI March 26, 2015 | WGVU Funeral services take place this week for two of three Michigan Marines killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida during a training mission earlier this month.
Planned Parenthood GR office completes $2M facelift
March 26, 2015 | WGVU A $2 million renovation of Planned Parenthood’s Grand Rapids office updates everything but the exterior bricks.
House approves bill to cut welfare payments if kids persistently miss school
March 26, 2015 | WGVU A bill to end cash assistance for families with truant children has cleared the state House
Expanded services now available to Kent County veterans
March 26, 2015 | WGVU Kent County Veterans Services has a new home that administrators say will provide better access and delivery of services.
GVSU leads the nation in charter school authorizer accreditation
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. March 26, 2015 | WGVU Grand Valley State University is Michigan’s largest charter school authorizer overseeing 69 charter schools. Ensuring quality it completed an external review; the result? Grand Valley State University’s Charter Schools Office is the national leader in charter school accreditation.
Michigan House approves bill prohibiting drones for hunting
LANSING, Mich. March 26, 2015 | AP Michigan's House has approved two bills that would prohibit the use of drones by hunters and those seeking to interfere with hunting.
Michigan House approves bill changing concealed carry law
LANSING, Mich. March 26, 2015 | AP Retired federal law enforcement officers would be able to carry a concealed weapon in "gun-free" zones under a bill approved by the Michigan House.
Michigan's Snyder pushes tax increase before a 2016 decision
WASHINGTON March 26, 2015 | AP Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is fighting for one more accomplishment before deciding whether to run for the Republican nomination for president: Michigan's largest tax increase in decades.
Bills require schools, daycares to post vaccination rates
March 26, 2015 | AP New legislation would require Michigan schools and daycare providers to post their immunization rates online or in their building.
Michigan Senate votes to give judges a pay raise
March 26, 2015 | AP Michigan judges would get a raise under a bill moving forward in the Legislature.
Legislature takes aim at MEDC in budget proposal
March 26, 2015 | MPRN State lawmakers are taking bites out of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation budget. A Senate subcommittee just voted to eliminate state money for a business attraction program.
Endangered bird species to return to Great Lakes region
Grand Rapids MI March 25, 2015 | WGVU A wildlife expert says one of the state's endangered species will soon return to Michigan after spending winter in a warmer climate.
Michigan sheriff increases security after Louisiana attack
Freeland, MI March 25, 2015 | WGVU A sheriff says he's increasing security at MBS International Airport in Michigan following an attack by a machete-wielding man at an airport in Louisiana.
Cargo shipping season resuming on upper Great Lakes
Sault Ste. Marie, MI March 25, 2015 | WGVU Another cargo shipping season is underway on the upper Great Lakes.
Grand Rapids asks for Army Corps help to keep out lampreys
Grand Rapids MI March 25, 2015 | WGVU Grand Rapids officials are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spend about $10 million for a new barrier to keep invasive sea lampreys from moving up the Grand River.
Sap run! Holland couple makes own maple syrup from scratch
Holland MI March 25, 2015 | WGVU It's spring and that means a Holland couple is making maple syrup.
Crowd Funding: Game Changer for Business
Grand Rapids MI March 25, 2015 | WGVU
So, you want to start a business? Or perhaps help out a person down on their luck? Ever think of “crowdfunding” as the way to go? At a recent conference at GVSU for women entrepreneurs the topic of crowdfunding was highlighted. A local strategist says crowdfunding is a major “game-changer” in the way we do business.
Grand Rapids task force takes holistic approach to crime
March 25, 2015 | WGVU Recommendations from a Grand Rapids crime and violence task force include proactive policing and law enforcement technologies such as ShotSpotter. But they also tackle underlying contributors to crime by focusing on youth, employment and mental health.
Bill would gradually lift electric company competition limits
March 25, 2015 | AP A Republican senator has introduced legislation to gradually lift Michigan's limit on competition for electricity customers.
Flanagan: Charter school authorizers no longer at risk of being suspended
March 25, 2015 | MPRN State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says seven institutions no longer risk losing their ability to open new charter schools in Michigan.
Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped its lowest point in 14 years.
March 25, 2015 | MPRN MI jobless rate drops to 5.9 percent.
Report shows strong outlook for Michigan's tourism industry
Grand Rapids MI March 24, 2015 | WGVU A new report says that Michigan's tourism industry grew in 2014 despite the cold, wet year, and the tourism outlook is sunny going forward.
Vaccination rates for Michigan schoolchildren edge higher
Kalamazoo MI March 24, 2015 | WGVU State numbers say vaccination rates for Michigan schoolchildren are edging higher.
Ribbons put up after boy hit by pickup on way to school
Marshall, MI March 24, 2015 | WGVU Blue ribbons, pictures and posters have been put up in Marshall after a 12-year-old boy was hit and critically injured by a pickup truck while trying to board a school bus.
Michigan officials urge caution to prevent spring wildfires
Lansing MI March 24, 2015 | WGVU As the snow melts and spring approaches, Michigan officials are urging caution to prevent wildfires.
Grand Rapids LiveArts will be "unprecedented" in the performing arts
March 24, 2015 | WGVU Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena will host a unique performing arts program in April. It’s called LiveArts. An event combining - for the first time - performances from the Grand Rapids Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, Broadway Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Ballet on one massive stage.
Grand Rapids sets backyard chicken permit fees
March 24, 2015 | WGVU Grand Rapids officials iron out details related to residential chicken coops within city limits.
GM recalls Chevy Malibus to fix sunroof control issue
DETROIT March 24, 2015 | AP General Motors is recalling nearly 92,000 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedans to fix a problem with the power sunroof controls.
House GOP calls for savings from health department merger
LANSING, Mich. March 24, 2015 | AP Michigan's House signaled it won't try to block the proposed merger of the state's Community Health and Human Services departments, but it will seek cost savings as a result.
Mercedes recalls 30,000 cars to fix rear tail lamp problem
DETROIT March 24, 2015 | AP Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.
Bipartisan package aims to help domestic violence survivors
LANSING, Mich. March 24, 2015 | AP A new bipartisan package of bills being introduced in the Michigan Legislature aims to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
House GOP's K-12 budget markedly different from Snyder's
LANSING, Mich. March 24, 2015 | AP Republicans in the Michigan House are proposing a school budget that's markedly different from what Gov. Rick Snyder outlined last month.
West Michigan County votes to keep sign with Bible verse
GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. March 24, 2015 | AP Commissioners in a western Michigan county have given final approval to the reinstallation of a park sign that quotes the Bible.
Proposal targeting Lake Erie algae clears Ohio committee
March 24, 2015 | AP New rules for farmers that are designed to reduce the toxic algae in Lake Erie have cleared a legislative panel after several revisions.
Model civil rights ordinance for local governments includes LGBT protections
March 24, 2015 | MPRN The state Civil Rights Commission hopes to help local governments draft non-discrimination laws.