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March 4, 2014 | AP  The president's proposed 2015 budget released Tuesday requests $275 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which he established after taking office. The initiative received $475 million the first year it was funded and has gotten about $300 million most years since then.     

The program has funded projects across the eight-state region to clean up polluted harbors and river mouths, battle Asian carp and other invasive species, control runoff that causes algae blooms and restore wildlife habitat.     

Todd Ambs of a group called the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition says it opposes the spending cut, as well as a proposal to reduce funding for wastewater infrastructure improvements. 

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Friday
Michigan rules against drilling in Hartwick Pines
East Lansing MI  September 12, 2014  |  WGVU  Michigan officials have decided not to allow oil or gas companies to drill beneath land in the Hartwick Pines State Park.    
WGVU Public Media and GVSU College of Education partner with PBS
  September 12, 2014  |  WGVU  A first of its kind higher education partnership is in the works. PBS is teaming up with WGVU Public Media and Grand Valley State University to educate the next generation of teachers on how to best bring digital media into the classroom. The announcement made by PBS President and CEO, Paula Kerger, during her visit to Grand Rapids.    
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Muskegon Community College announces downtown location
  September 12, 2014  |  WGVU  Muskegon Community College chose a site for its new downtown campus, and it’s likely a familiar façade for many residents. WGVU’s Hilary Farrell reports.    
Dormitory reopens after Olivet students sickened
Olivet MI  September 12, 2014  |  AP  Olivet College has reopened a residence hall where dozens of students were sickened with symptoms that included headaches, dizziness and nausea.   
Ex-Gov. Milliken backs Democrat Peters for Senate
Lansing MI  September 12, 2014  |  AP  Republican ex-Gov. William Milliken is backing Democrat Gary Peters for U.S. Senate, saying the congressman has been a moderate and an independent voice in the Michigan Legislature and U.S. House.   
Rep. Dingell released from hospital after 3 days
Detroit MI  September 12, 2014  |  AP  U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Michigan has been released from a hospital, three days after he checked in for abdominal pain.   
Ford recalls hybrid SUVs to fix stalling problem
  September 12, 2014  |  AP  Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model gas-electric hybrid SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a stalling problem.   
DNR says drilling not OK under old growth forest
  September 12, 2014  |  MPRN  The rights to drill under a landmark old-growth forest in northern Michigan are off the auction block. The decision does not mean that any reserves lying beneath the Hartwick Pines state forest are off limits.   
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Thursday
Iinterfaith year of 2015: Moving from discussion to action
Grand Rapids MI  September 11, 2014  |  WGVU  Grand Valley State University is a key player in next year’s 2015 Year of Interfaith Service.    
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MAREC moves ahead with Holland solar array
Muskegon MI  September 11, 2014  |  WGVU  Although solar energy has been slow to catch on in Michigan, one organization is taking up the cause in a big way.    
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Changes to local finance authorities expected
  September 11, 2014  |  WGVU  A state focus on certain revenue drivers may mean big changes for the way local units of government such as Downtown Development Authorities do business. WGVU talks to Kristopher Larson at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. about the local landscape.   
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Olivet College students sickened, hospitalized
Olivet MI  September 11, 2014  |  AP  Officials are trying to determine what has sickened more than three dozen Olivet College students who were hospitalized with symptoms that included headaches, dizziness and nausea.   
Ceremonies in Michigan mark Sept. 11 anniversary
Pontiac MI  September 11, 2014  |  AP  Ceremonies and exhibits are taking place across Michigan to mark the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.   
Man charged in tainted steroid case due in court
Boston MA  September 11, 2014  |  AP  A pharmacist who worked for a Massachusetts company blamed for a 2012 deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak will be in federal court Thursday for his arraignment.   
Grand Rapids airport gets $7.2 million grant
Cascade Twp MI  September 11, 2014  |  AP  Gerald R. Ford International Airport has received a $7.2 million federal grant for a stormwater facility to limit the impact of deicing fluid on local waterways.   
Police say woman used wheelchair cart for getaway
Fruitport Twp MI  September 11, 2014  |  AP   Police in Michigan say they arrested a shoplifting suspect following her slow-speed getaway in a $1,200 motorized wheelchair shopping cart taken from a Wal-Mart.   
Toyota recalls pickups to fix air bag problem
  September 11, 2014  |  AP  Toyota is recalling about 130,000 Tundra full-size pickup trucks because a plastic trim piece can interfere with the side air bags.   
State superintendent backs “early warning system” for districts in financial trouble
  September 11, 2014  |  MPRN  The state superintendent of schools is applauding lawmakers for trying to keep more schools from getting into financial trouble. Mike Flanagan released a report today that shows the number of schools with budget deficits has not improved in recent months. Jake Neher reports.    
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Health director calls for reluctant parents to get vaccine counseling (
  September 11, 2014  |  MPRN  Michigan’s top health official says parents who want to opt out of vaccinating their children should first have to be counseled about the risks. We have more from Rick Pluta.    
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Wednesday
National 9/11 exhibit draws crowd at Gerald R. Ford museum
  September 10, 2014  |  WGVU  A national touring exhibit commemorating September 11, 2001, is in Grand Rapids this week. WGVU spoke to visitors and volunteers about why it’s important to remember the attacks.   
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Meijer Gardens gives tram tours of Japanese garden
Grand Rapids MI  September 10, 2014  |  AP  Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is offering tram tours of a $22 million Japanese garden that's scheduled to open next summer.   
Bill lets drivers do community service instead
Lansing MI  September 10, 2014  |  AP  The Michigan Legislature has approved a bill to let drivers who owe extra "responsibility" fees for certain offenses do 10 hours of community service instead.   
Detroit bankruptcy trial on hold after major deal
Detroit MI  September 10, 2014  |  AP  A judge has suspended Detroit's bankruptcy trial until Monday to give the city more time to work out details of a settlement with a major creditor.    
Lawmakers approve bill to avoid $1 billion budget hole
  September 10, 2014  |  MPRN  It looks like Michigan will not face a billion-dollar budget hole due to a recent state Supreme Court ruling after all. As Jake Neher reports, state lawmakers approved a bill today in response to the ruling.   
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Tuesday
Great Lakes conference kicks off in Grand Rapids
  September 9, 2014  |  WGVU  The 10th annual Healing Our Waters conference is underway in the place it began. WGVU takes a look at the topics.   
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Michigan lawmakers return for pre-election session
Lansing MI  September 9, 2014  |  AP  Michigan lawmakers are returning for a four-week session before the November election.   
Michigan man dies after police chase crash
Benton Harbor MI  September 9, 2014  |  AP  Michigan State Police say a Benton Harbor man has died after crashing into a tree during a police chase.   
Panel resuming hearings on nuclear waste disposal
Kincardine Ontario  September 9, 2014  |  AP  A Canadian panel is resuming public hearings on burying radioactive waste in the province of Ontario, less than a mile from Lake Huron.    
Residents to lobby for bill to restrict drilling
Lansing MI  September 9, 2014  |  AP  Opponents of oil and gas drilling in urban areas will greet Michigan lawmakers returning for a monthlong session before the fall election.    
Dog lovers donate to help animals taken from home
Grand Rapids MI  September 9, 2014  |  AP   Veterinarians and pet lovers are providing care and new homes for dogs seized by authorities in June from a Grand Rapids woman.    
Peters uses empty chair to represent Land at forum
  September 9, 2014  |  AP  Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters has pressed Republican Terri Lynn Land to debate by using an empty chair to underscore her absence at an event.   
Michigan counties report varied gun permit costs
  September 9, 2014  |  AP  The reported cost of concealed carry gun permits to Michigan taxpayers varies widely in each county, with a high of $214 and a low near $3.   
Clerks warned over ballot application
  September 9, 2014  |  AP  Michigan's elections bureau is warning clerks about problems with a Democratic Party program that lets voters apply online for absentee ballots.   
Lawmakers seek to avert $1.1 billion Michigan loss
  September 9, 2014  |  AP  A top lawmaker says the Legislature will approve a bill to keep a recent court decision from costing Michigan $1.1 billion.   
Dems say businesses should warn employees about to lose contraception coverage
  September 9, 2014  |  MPRN  Democrats in the Legislature say women should get 90 days advance warning if their employers are about to drop contraception coverage from company-provided insurance policies. We have more from Rick Pluta.    
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Vote on LGBT rights not likely before November election
  September 9, 2014  |  MPRN  Legislation adding LGBT protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law will probably have to wait until after the November election. We have more from Jake Neher.    
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Monday
West Michigan economic growth impacted by world events
  September 8, 2014  |  WGVU  The Dog Days of Summer have slowed West Michigan’s economic growth. While a little August R&R is good for the soul, it’s what’s troubling the minds of business leaders that may also be playing a role. WGVU breaks down the August data from the Supply Management Research survey.   
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Study finds positive economic impact for Grand River restoration
  September 8, 2014  |  WGVU  A just-released economic study touts the benefits of Grand River restoration work. WGVU takes a look at the numbers, including a predicted boost of visitors for the downtown Grand Rapids area.    
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ArtPrize working to improve handicap accessibility
  September 8, 2014  |  WGVU  Later this month, 100’s of thousands of art enthusiast will descend on Grand Rapids for ArtPrize. If you’re able bodied getting around downtown Grand Rapids during the big event is challenging enough. Now consider trying to navigate the crowds to see the art up close and personal if you're in a wheelchair or disabled? This year, relief is on the way.    
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AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 2 cents in past week
Dearborn MI  September 8, 2014  |  AP  AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state rose about 2 cents in the last week.   
GM to offer car that will almost drive itself
Detroit MI  September 8, 2014  |  AP  General Motors says that in two years it will offer cars that talk to each other and can almost drive themselves at freeway speeds.   
Mother, son face hearings in child abuse case
South Haven MI  September 8, 2014  |  AP   A man and his mother are due back in court on torture and child abuse charges after authorities said plumber's tape was used to keep an 11-year-old boy restrained for several hours at a time at a southwestern Michigan home.   
First full week of Detroit bankruptcy trial next
Detroit MI  September 8, 2014  |  AP  A trial to determine Detroit's path out of bankruptcy is entering its first full week after four days of evidence last week.   
Sheriff: Body of missing Michigan man found
Muskegon MI  September 8, 2014  |  AP   Muskegon County authorities say the body of a Grand Rapids man has been found after he went missing in Muskegon Lake.   
Project Ice spotlights Coast Guard icebreakers
Grand Rapids MI  September 8, 2014  |  AP  Great Lakes advocates will meet this week to discuss progress and continuing challenges in caring for the five inland seas. Part of that meeting is a film entitled Project Ice.”   
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Rep. Dingell hospitalized with abdominal pain
Detroit MI  September 8, 2014  |  AP  U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Michigan is being hospitalized in Detroit after experiencing abdominal pain.    
Man pleads guilty in slaying of MSU student
St. Johns MI  September 8, 2014  |  AP   Another person charged in the slaying of a 19-year-old Michigan State University student has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.   
Authorities: Man found stabbed in roadway, dies
Spencer Twp MI  September 8, 2014  |  AP  Authorities are investigating whether a 34-year-old man found stabbed on a western Michigan roadway was forced into a vehicle following a break-in.    
Cities prepare for warm climate without saying so
  September 8, 2014  |  AP  With climate change still a political minefield, leaders in some U.S. communities are avoiding the subject even as they prepare for potentially severe consequences such as flooding and heat waves.   
5 Midwest governors, Japanese officials meet
  September 8, 2014  |  AP  Governors from five Midwest states joined Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday in meetings with Japanese governors, officials, and company executives for the annual gathering of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association.   
Rep. Dingell hospitalized with abdominal pain
  September 8, 2014  |  AP  U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Michigan is being hospitalized in Detroit after experiencing abdominal pain.   
Roads, pot, civil rights on agenda as state lawmakers return from summer break
  September 8, 2014  |  MPRN  The state Legislature’s two-month summer break ends tomorrow. As Jake Neher reports, lawmakers are not expected to pass many bills between now and the November election.   
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