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Parts of Michigan get snow; forecasters watch rivers


March 25, 2014 | AP         Parts of Michigan are getting more snow as forecasters keep an eye on some rivers in the state for flooding.
 
     Snow is falling this morning in southwestern Michigan, including Grand Rapids. Forecasters are warning about slippery road conditions.
 
     Up to an inch is expected in the Detroit area later. Detroit has seen its second-snowiest winter season on record, with 90.7 inches falling. The record is 93.6 inches set in 1880-1881. Flint has seen 82.3 inches, approaching its record of 82.9 inches set in 1974-1975.
 
     The weather service says minor flooding also is expected to continue along parts of the Grand River in Kent and Ionia counties. Flooding also is possible along the Kalamazoo River in Kalamazoo and Allegan counties as well as the Red Cedar River in the East Lansing area.


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Today
Lawyer says singer Anita Baker owes him money
Detroit MI  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  A lawyer who represented Anita Baker against allegations she failed to pay for work done on her Detroit-area home is suing the singer, saying she owes him money.    
Name released of woman, 72, found slain in river
Polkton Township, MI  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  Authorities have released the name of a 72-year-old woman whose body was found in the Grand River in western Michigan after she was beaten to death.    
State offers $20 permits for cutting fuel wood
Lansing MI  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering permits for cutting wood in state forests to use as fuel this winter.    
$2.3 million aims to help public housing residents
Lansing MI  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  More than $2.3 million will help public housing residents and others across Michigan connect with local services to improve their education and employment.    
Kellogg introduces Battle Creek economic project
Battle Creek MI  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  Cereal maker Kellogg and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation plan to work with Battle Creek residents to address economic issues in the city.    
U.S. Department of Education partnering with WMU to improve graduation rate
KALAMAZOO, Mich.  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  Western Michigan University is receiving more than $3 million from the federal government aimed at improving low-income student graduation rates.   
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State changes to tax-funded development expected
  September 30, 2014  |  WGVU  Efforts to reform tax capture districts continue at the state level.    
West Michigan boy, 15, struck and killed by car
HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich.  September 30, 2014  |  AP  A 15-year-old western Michigan boy has been struck and killed by a car.   
Snyder defends record, says he made tough calls
KALAMAZOO, Mich.  September 30, 2014  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder has defended his record in a town hall event with voters, saying he made "tough decisions" to put Michigan on a positive path forward.   
Multiple-murder convict gets 30-50 years in escape
IONIA, Mich.  September 30, 2014  |  AP  A man serving life for his role in four murders has been sentenced to 30 to 50 years for escaping from a Michigan prison and kidnapping a woman during his attempted getaway.   
State lawmakers debate bill aimed at reducing homelessness
  September 30, 2014  |  MPRN  It looks like a bipartisan bill meant to reduce homelessness in Michigan has stalled. As Jake Neher reports, the governor’s Mental Health and Wellness Commission called for the legislation.    
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Yesterday
Judge won't stop Detroit water shutoffs
Detroit MI  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy won't stop the city from shutting off water if people can't pay their bill.    
Port Huron center construction hits halfway mark
Port Huron  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Construction is about halfway complete on a $5.5 million welcome center for people entering the U.S. at Port Huron.    
Detroit crews start laying light rail track
Detroit MI  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Crews have started laying the track for Detroit's long-awaited commuter light rail project.    
West Africans in Detroit rally over Ebola outbreak
Detroit MI  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Detroit's West African communities are rallying to raise money and awareness to help families suffering from the Ebola virus overseas, as well as those in Michigan feeling the effects of the crisis.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 4 cents in week
Dearborn MI  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state have risen about 4 cents in the last week.    
Grand Rapids forum tackles local, state issues
  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Business and policy leaders talk West Michigan’s future at a two-day event.   
Music and art featured at Grand Haven festival
  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Art Prize is not the only creative showcase in town.    
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WMPF: Correct framework key to addressing poverty
  September 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Social misunderstandings of poverty may cause additional harm when it comes to education and employment.    
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Snyder hosting 1st of town hall campaign events
KALAMAZOO, Mich.  September 29, 2014  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder is kicking off a series of town hall-style events with voters as he campaigns for re-election.   
Michigan pit bull owners protest at ArtPrize entry
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  September 29, 2014  |  AP  Pit bull owners are protesting an entry in the Grand Rapids ArtPrize contest that memorializes dog attack victims because they say it unfairly blames the dog breeds.   
Man, 83, charged in wreck that killed his wife
WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich.  September 29, 2014  |  AP  An 83-year-old man has been charged in a wrong-way crash that killed his wife and another woman on Interstate 96 in western Michigan.   
Snyder: US, not Canada, should pay for customs plaza
  September 29, 2014  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder is expressing frustration that the US government still hasn’t ponied up the money to pay for a new customs plaza to go along with the new international bridge in Detroit. We have more from Rick Pluta.    
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Friday
Company working to Mow Down Hunger in Detroit area
Detroit MI  September 26, 2014  |  WGVU  An outdoor power equipment company is continuing to Mow Down Hunger in the Detroit area.    
Muskegon college opens health science center
Muskegon MI  September 26, 2014  |  WGVU  A Muskegon college has opened an $8 million health science center to train health care providers in a simulated operating room and radiology suite.    
Detroit's elected officials regain control of city
Detroit MI  September 26, 2014  |  WGVU  The day-to-day operations of Detroit's city government are back in the hands of its elected mayor and City Council.    
Girl, 10, with leukemia to be celebrity for a day
  September 26, 2014  |  WGVU  A 10-year-old Detroit-area girl with leukemia is about to become a celebrity for a day.    
Grant aimed at improving health in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI  September 26, 2014  |  WGVU  A health department that serves the Grand Rapids area will receive more than $2 million over three years to reduce chronic disease and promote healthier lifestyles.    
Holland looks to link new residents to community
  September 26, 2014  |  WGVU  City of Holland officials want to be better neighbors to new families.    
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Man convicted in fatal shooting at Kalamazoo bar
Kalamazoo, MI  September 26, 2014  |  AP  A 24-year-old man faces sentencing next month after being convicted of second-degree murder in a shooting death at a Kalamazoo sports bar.   
Ex-state Sen. Jaye gets plea deal in Macomb County
  September 26, 2014  |  AP  A former state senator has taken a plea deal for a disorderly conduct charge in Macomb County.   
Land transfer deal for new border bridge approved
DETROIT  September 26, 2014  |  AP  The state has approved Detroit's transfer of 301 city-owned properties to a Michigan land bank authority in exchange for $1.4 million from the Canadian government as part of plans for an international commuter bridge.   
Christie praises Snyder's handling of Detroit
DETROIT   September 26, 2014  |  AP  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is praising how Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has addressed bankrupt Detroit, crediting him for being realistic with residents.   
State board completes Detroit EM wrapup
  September 26, 2014  |  MPRN  A loan board has approved some of the final steps that make up the state’s role in Detroit’s bankruptcy. We have more from Rick Pluta.    
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Thursday
Transportation Secretary Foxx to speak in Detroit
Detroit MI  September 25, 2014  |  WGVU  Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is scheduled to discuss race and inequality with students in Detroit and also make a funding announcement for the city's public transportation system.    
Conyers to receive first Jazz Advocate Award
Detroit MI  September 25, 2014  |  WGVU  Longtime Michigan Congressman John Conyers is being honored for his advocacy of jazz.    
Groundbreaking set for new Detroit hockey arena
Detroit MI  September 25, 2014  |  WGVU  Officials are expected to hold a groundbreaking for a new 18,000-seat hockey arena and 45-block entertainment complex in Detroit.    
Grand Rapids ArtPrize competition bans artist
Grand Rapids MI  September 25, 2014  |  WGVU  The annual ArtPrize international art contest in Grand Rapids has permanently banned a stunt artist who it says has broken public safety rules in past years.    
Emaciated falcon rescued from Grand Rapids bridge
Grand Rapids MI  September 25, 2014  |  WGVU  A young and emaciated peregrine falcon has been rescued from Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids and is being taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center.    
FDA reclassifies popular pain killer Vicodin
Grand Rapids MI  September 25, 2014  |  WGVU  There’s a big change coming in the way a popular pain killer is prescribed   
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Kent County grant to bolster public health programs
  September 25, 2014  |  WGVU  A $2.18 million grant received by the Kent County Heath Department benefits several Grand Rapids neighborhoods.    
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Baker College of Muskegon expands life science programs with new Health Science Center
  September 25, 2014  |  WGVU  Muskegon’s Baker College is showing off its new Health Science Center. Campus president Lee Coggin tells WGVU the school is positioned to meet the demand for graduating life sciences specialists.   
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Snyder won’t comment on Aramark ‘murder for hire’ accusations during investigation
  September 25, 2014  |  MPRN  Gov. Rick Snyder is staying silent on the latest scandal related to the state’s prison food service contract. That’s while the matter is under investigation.    

Wednesday
Operations begin at new Upper Peninsula mine
Marquette MI  September 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Operations have begun at a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula following a 12-year legal and political struggle.    
Kmart plans to close 5 Michigan stores this year
Rochester, MI  September 24, 2014  |  WGVU  The Detroit News reports the retailer announced Tuesday that closings will be at stores in Rochester, Madison Heights, Port Huron, Burton and Flint.    
Michigan guardsmen return from Afghanistan
Midland MI  September 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Nearly 150 members of the Michigan Army National Guard have returned home following an 11-month tour in Afghanistan.    
Michigan responders to practice homeland defense
Muskegon MI  September 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Local and state response teams in Michigan will practice disaster management in a simulation of a foreign ship bringing hazardous materials into a Muskegon harbor.    
Benton Harbor schools OK state consent agreement
Benton Harbor MI  September 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Benton Harbor school officials have voted to enter into a consent agreement with the state of Michigan to address the district's financial emergency.    
New environmental plans include Muskegon site
  September 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Phase two of a Great Lakes action plan addresses a site in West Michigan.    
Insurers would be required to offer abortion insurance under Democrats’ bill
  September 24, 2014  |  MPRN  Democrats in state House and Senate say all Michigan insurance companies should be required to offer abortion coverage. As Jake Neher tells us, the legislation is a response to a new law banning abortion coverage in standard health plans.    
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Snyder: Detroit EM should maintain a role with city through bankruptcy
  September 24, 2014  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like to see Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr stick around even if the mayor and city council vote this week to remove him. We have more from Rick Pluta.    
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