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MI Supreme Court rejects local ordinance that bans medical marijuana


February 6, 2014 | MPRN                
The city of Wyoming in west Michigan tried to ban medical marijuana by banning any substance outlawed by the federal Controlled Substances Act. A medical marijuana user with a state-issued card sued the city. The state Supreme Court decision was unanimous. It acknowledges the federal law and the state medical marijuana act are not entirely consistent. But it says the state is not stopping the federal government from enforcing the federal law if it chooses to do so. But, it says, Wyoming’s ordinance does step on rights the state has granted medical marijuana users under the state law. The Michigan medical marijuana law was approved by voters in 2008.

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Today
Ex-radio host signs plea deal in child porn probe
Grand Rapids MI  July 25, 2014  |  AP   A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan plans to plead guilty in a child pornography investigation.   
Fire guts apartment building in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI  July 25, 2014  |  AP   A fire has gutted an eight-unit apartment building in Grand Rapids.   
Michigan DNR offers young hunter workshops
Lansing MI  July 25, 2014  |  AP  Young hunters can get instructions on use of a variety of weaponry and equipment this summer during a series of workshops at state-operated shooting ranges.   
Man arraigned in stab slaying of gas station clerk
Battle Creek MI  July 25, 2014  |  AP  A man has been arraigned on first-degree murder charges in the fatal stabbing of a 27-year-old Battle Creek gas station employee.    
Closing arguments Monday in player's slaying
Ann Arbor MI  July 25, 2014  |  AP   Closing arguments are expected Monday in the trial of a man in the fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.   
Group wants probe of absentee voting allegations
Dearborn Heights MI  July 25, 2014  |  AP  An advocacy group says it wants state and federal authorities to investigate allegations that suburban Detroit officials prevented Arab-Americans from obtaining absentee ballots.   
Judge: Detroit mob beating sentences will stand
Detroit MI  July 25, 2014  |  AP  A judge is sticking to light sentences for two men who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist in April.   

Yesterday
Rise in hand, foot and mouth disease in Kent County
  July 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Cases of hand, foot and mouth disease have risen in Kent County. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.   
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June increase in unemployment in West Michigan
  July 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Unemployment figures for the Grand Rapids-Wyoming labor market increased by more than five and a half percent in June.    
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Board to consider minimum wage, wolf ballot issues
Lansing MI  July 24, 2014  |  AP  Michigan's elections board will consider whether supporters of a minimum wage increase and wolf hunting collected enough voter signatures for proposals to advance to legislators and possibly a statewide vote.   
Gilda's LaughFest to return for 5th year in March
Grand Rapids MI  July 24, 2014  |  AP  Organizers of an annual festival of laughter in western Michigan say the event will return for its fifth year in March.   
Tortoise may have helped 12-inch alligator escape
Naubinway MI  July 24, 2014  |  AP  An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise.    
Muskegon River to be surveyed for sea lamprey
Muskegon MI  July 24, 2014  |  AP   Federal scientists are preparing to examine a portion of the Muskegon River to determine what steps are needed to control sea lamprey, an invasive fish parasite.   
Michigan board certifies 3rd wolf hunt measure
Lansing MI  July 24, 2014  |  AP   A measure intended to make moot two wolf-hunting referendums on the November statewide ballot is headed to the Michigan Legislature.   
Michigan funeral home director sentenced to prison
Ionia MI  July 24, 2014  |  AP  The former director of a Michigan funeral home is heading to jail for up to four years after stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in funeral funds.   
State to measure impact of Pathways to Potential
Lansing MI  July 24, 2014  |  AP  The Michigan Department of Human Services is partnering with Grand Valley State University and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on a project to measure the impact of a program that puts department workers in nearly 170 schools across the state.   
Porch shooter was surprised by firing of gun
Detroit MI  July 24, 2014  |  AP   A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch told police that he didn't know there was a round in the shotgun.   
GM profit 2Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs
Detroit MI  July 24, 2014  |  AP   General Motors says second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.    
Records show criminal cases for 2 board candidates
Kalamazoo MI  July 24, 2014  |  AP   Records show two of the four candidates seeking the same seat on the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners have criminal histories.   
Schauer voted in 2012 GOP presidential primary
Lansing MI  July 24, 2014  |  AP   Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is acknowledging that he voted in the state's 2012 Republican presidential primary.    
Board rules minimum wage drive short of signatures
  July 24, 2014  |  AP  Michigan's elections board has voted not to certify a voter-initiated proposal to raise the state's minimum wage.    
State orders Enbridge to fix pipeline through Mackinac straits
  July 24, 2014  |  MPRN  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the state Department of Environmental Quality have told Enbridge Energy the company has to do a better job of securing an oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac. Rick Pluta explains.    
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Wednesday
Police welcome tips in Rebekah Bletsch death investigation
  July 23, 2014  |  WGVU  The investigation into the shooting death of jogger Rebekah Bletsch has not resulted in any arrests but police hope new information in the case will lead them to her killer. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.    
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Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival begins this weekend
  July 23, 2014  |  WGVU  Final preparations are underway for the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival which gets underway this weekend.    
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Pro-Gaza protesters rally at state Capitol
  July 23, 2014  |  WGVU   Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups are holding events across Michigan to offer their perspectives on the conflict in Gaza. As Jake Neher reports, protesters gathered in front of the state Capitol today in support of Palestinians.    
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Agency finds Michigan plant breached security plan
Covert Twp MI  July 23, 2014  |  AP   Federal regulators have determined Palisades Nuclear Plant staff willfully violated the plant's security plan in 2012.   
Lansing Board of Water & Light reappoints leader
Lansing MI  July 23, 2014  |  AP   The Lansing Board of Water & Light has reappointed J. Peter Lark as general manager despite criticism about the utility's response to a December ice storm that left some customers without power for more than a week.   
Court: Ex-judge Wade McCree immune from civil suit
Detroit MI  July 23, 2014  |  AP   A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that a disgraced Detroit judge cannot be sued by a defendant in a child support case he presided over.   
Michigan agency plans hearing on standardized test
Lansing MI  July 23, 2014  |  AP  The public will get a chance to weigh in on what Michigan's next standardized test for students should look like.   
Chrysler recalls Jeep SUVs for ignition switches
Detroit MI  July 23, 2014  |  AP   Chrysler is recalling up to 792,300 older Jeep SUVs worldwide because the ignition switches could cause engine stalling.   
Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life
Detroit MI  July 23, 2014  |  AP   A defense lawyer says a Detroit-area man who killed a young, unarmed woman on his porch heard "boom, boom, boom" at last four separate times before he opened the door and shot her in the face.   
Filmmaker Michael Moore's divorce is finalized
Bellaire MI  July 23, 2014  |  AP  Filmmaker Michael Moore's divorce from Kathleen Glynn has been finalized, ending their two-decade-long marriage.    
Statue of Betty Ford planned for Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI  July 23, 2014  |  AP   A statue of former first lady Betty Ford is planned for Grand Rapids in 2018.   
Land close to amending records to account for $3M
Lansing MI  July 23, 2014  |  AP  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land says she's close to filing an amended financial disclosure statement to account for nearly $3 million she's given her campaign.    
Elections panel to consider minimum wage, wolf hunting petition drives
  July 23, 2014  |  MPRN  A state elections board will decide tomorrow whether to certify petitions to initiate two new state laws. One would increase Michigan’s minimum wage. The other would allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.    

Tuesday
Muskegon man pleas no contest to second degree murder
  July 22, 2014  |  WGVU  The jury trial of Deontay Demarco Black-Wickliffe, the Muskegon man charged with killing Gary Lee Ogreen and wounding three other men at a party, is underway in Muskegon County.    
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Report: State child poverty up, teen deaths down
Lansing MI  July 22, 2014  |  AP  The annual Kids Count survey finds child poverty rates rising during 25 years of data-gathering while fewer teens are giving birth or dying.   
Snyder: Vote recognizes efforts to help Detroit
Lansing MI  July 22, 2014  |  AP  Governor Snyder says a vote by Detroit workers and retirees to approve pension cuts in the city's bankruptcy is recognition that the state has pulled together in support of the city.   
DNR hosts forest open houses in northern Michigan
Traverse City MI  July 22, 2014  |  AP  State forestry officials are hosting open houses this week to provide information and receive public comments on plans for logging and other management activities in the northwestern Lower Peninsula.   
Man sentenced in death of 2-year-old daughter
Flint MI  July 22, 2014  |  AP  A Michigan man has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison in the 2011 beating death of his 2-year-old daughter who was found with human bite marks on her body.   
Counter-protest emerges amid child migrant plans
Vassar MI  July 22, 2014  |  AP   A counter-protest has emerged in a small Michigan community where people have been rallying against a social services organization's proposal to house child immigrants from Central America.   
More layoffs coming at GRPS
Grand Rapids MI  July 22, 2014  |  AP  The Grand Rapids Public Schools district is sending layoff notices to about 90 staffers as it projects losing another 400 students this fall.   
Michigan approves 9 projects to add 3,900 jobs
  July 22, 2014  |  AP  Michigan's economic development arm has approved nine projects expected to bring about 3,900 jobs to the state.    
Chrysler recalls Jeep SUVs for ignition switches
  July 22, 2014  |  AP  Chrysler is recalling up to 792,300 older Jeep SUVs worldwide because the ignition switches could cause engine stalling.    
Snyder: Pensioner approval of grand bargain sets Detroit up for faster recovery
  July 22, 2014  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder says pensioner approval of Detroit’s grand bargain sets the city up for a faster recovery. But as Jake Neher reports, Snyder admits the bankruptcy process is still far from over.    
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Court ruling on Obamacare tax breaks has no immediate effect in Michigan
  July 22, 2014  |  MPRN  An appeals court ruling today out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly a quarter million Michiganders buy health coverage. We have more from Rick Pluta.    
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Monday
Muskegon Clippers a fan favorite in new baseball league
  July 21, 2014  |  WGVU  They’ve been playing baseball in Muskegon since businessman Charles W. Marsh built Marsh Field in 1916. It’s seen teams come and go. This year, in its inaugural season, the Muskegon Clippers take the field as members of the all-wood bat Michigan Summer Collegiate Baseball League. There are six teams in all from Holland, Grand Rapids and Detroit. The Clippers are winning and drawing crowds.   
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SE Michigan company recycling poisonous Mercury
Ypsilanti MI  July 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Seems like just about everything can be recycled these days. Here's one more to add to a growing list   
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New disaster relief assistance announced for fruit growers
  July 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, has announced a new relief program for Michigan fruit growers whose farms were devastated by extreme weather conditions in 2012.   
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Triple homicide update: head missing from body of Charles Oppenneer
  July 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Police say the boyfriend of Brooke Slocum had his head removed from his body. The grisly details of last week’s triple homicide and suicide in a Grand Rapids suburb - coming to light today.   
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AG prison report cites human, technology errors as prime cause of inmate escape
  July 21, 2014  |  WGVU  A report by the Michigan Attorney General's office has found both human and technology failures played a part in the prison escape of a convicted murderer.   
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 3 cents in week
Dearborn MI  July 21, 2014  |  AP   AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have fallen about three cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.63 per gallon.   
Meeting to discuss toxic cleanup of White Lake
Whitehall MI  July 21, 2014  |  AP   Plans to remove a western Michigan lake from a list of toxic hot spots in the Great Lakes region are the subject of a public meeting.   
Michigan gets $200,000 for boat waste disposal
Lansing MI  July 21, 2014  |  AP   Michigan is receiving $200,000 from the federal government for projects that help recreational boaters with proper disposal of on-board septic waste.   
Application period starts for antlerless deer hunt
Lansing MI  July 21, 2014  |  AP  Michigan's application period for licenses to hunt antlerless deer is underway and continues through Aug. 15.   
Detroit due to report results from pension vote-later
Detroit MI  July 21, 2014  |  AP  The city of Detroit isn't ready to report the results of voting on pension cuts by retirees and workers.   
$150,000 study of beach muck getting started
Bangor Twp MI  July 21, 2014  |  AP   A two-year, $150,000 study to better understand problems with muck along beaches at the Bay City State Recreation Area along Saginaw Bay is getting started.    
Jury selection starts in football player death
Ann Arbor MI  July 21, 2014  |  AP  Jury selection has started in the trial of a man in the fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.   
Black-and-white stripes are the new orange
Saginaw MI  July 21, 2014  |  AP  A Michigan sheriff says he's trading his inmates' orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture.    
Report: Michigan splash pad requires costly fixes
Traverse City MI  July 21, 2014  |  AP   A city-commissioned report has found the Traverse City splash pad that rained sewage-contaminated water on children could cost up to $400,000 to repair.   
Historical society marks Detroit's 313th birthday
Detroit MI  July 21, 2014  |  AP  The Detroit Historical Society is celebrating Detroit's 313th birthday with a week of activities.   
Henry Paulson tells Michigan to seek out Chinese investment
  July 21, 2014  |  MPRN  Former U-S Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says China could play a key role in Michigan’s economic recovery. He spoke today before the Detroit Economic Club. We have more from Jake Neher.    
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