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Experts tapped to help judge in Detroit bankruptcy


April 22, 2014 | AP       A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy has selected experts from Boston and New York to advise him on the city's plan to get out of Chapter 9.
 
     Marti Kopacz of Phoenix Management Services will be the court's expert witness. She will give opinions on whether Detroit's plan is feasible and whether the forecast for future revenues and expenses is reasonable.
 
     Kopacz will testify this summer when Judge Steven Rhodes holds a trial on Detroit's bankruptcy exit plan.
 
     Rhodes also is tapping former New York Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch for help. Ravitch won't be testifying, but he'll be a consultant working for free.
 
     Detroit hopes to exit bankruptcy by fall. Thousands of retirees and current workers soon will vote on cuts in pension payouts.
 
 

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Yesterday
Michigan won't give up fight over inmate's air mattress
Kingsley, MI  April 1, 2015  |  WGVU  A dispute over a Michigan prisoner's air mattress is returning to a federal appeals court.    
Student government rejects call for investment investigation
Ann Arbor MI  April 1, 2015  |  WGVU  The student government at the University of Michigan has rejected a resolution calling for the creation of a committee to investigate the school's investments in companies that do business at what some say is the expense of Palestinians.    
Plans call for removal of crumbling dam on Kalamazoo River
OtsegoTownship, MI  April 1, 2015  |  WGVU  Plans call for removing a crumbling dam that helps keep contaminated sediments from heading down the Kalamazoo River toward Lake Michigan as part of a broader cleanup effort.    
Judge dismisses lawsuit over bogus work release from jail
Grand Rapids MI  April 1, 2015  |  WGVU  A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the family of a Michigan woman who was slain alongside her husband by a man who was free on a bogus work release.    
Hotel workers to get $50,000 in case involving back wages
Detroit, MI  April 1, 2015  |  WGVU  Nearly 100 Michigan hotel workers will get a total of $50,000 in back wages and damages following a labor violations case.    
Kent ISD Picks New Leader From Grandville
Grand Rapids MI  April 1, 2015  |  WGVU  Kent ISD picks longtime Grandville Schools Superintendent as its new leader. Ron Caniff was selected by the Kent ISD School Board to replace retiring superintendent, Kevin Konarska. We spoke with the board president.    
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Uninsured rates decrease across West Michigan
  April 1, 2015  |  WGVU  More than 33,000 Kent County residents enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s recent signup period, and uninsured rates also decreased throughout West Michigan.   
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Netherland royalty's U.S. trip includes Grand Rapids stop
  April 1, 2015  |  AP  The king of the Netherlands and his wife are planning a visit to the U.S. this spring, with stops in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Chicago and the nation's capital.    
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Fair Food Network gets nearly $5.2M to boost fresh food
ANN ARBOR, Mich.  April 1, 2015  |  AP  The nonprofit Fair Food Network is getting nearly $5.2 million to help boost the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to people receiving food assistance.   
US Fish & Wildlife Service puts long-eared northern bat on threatened list
  April 1, 2015  |  MPRN  The US Fish and Wildlife Service has placed the northern long-eared bat on the “threatened” species list. But the agency stopped short of saying the species is threatened with extinction by a fungus that’s already killed millions of bats.    
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Tuesday
Competition for fuel-efficient vehicles planned for Detroit
Detroit, MI  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  A competition involving fuel-efficient vehicles is planned for April in Detroit.    
Michigan's agricultural officials issue bird flu warning
Lansing MI  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked domestic bird owners to step up their biosecurity efforts and work to protect their birds from avian influenza.    
State police giving away high-visibility motorcycle vests
Lansing MI  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  State police are giving out specially designed high-visibility vests to motorcyclists who complete a rider training class this year.    
Family of man killed by garbage truck awarded almost $14.5M
Kalamazoo MI  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  A jury has awarded more than $14 million in damages to the family of a 49-year-old southwestern Michigan man killed in an accident involving a garbage truck.    
Police: No foul play suspected in man's drowning death
Grand Rapids MI  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  Authorities say they don't suspect foul play in the death of a missing Grand Haven native whose body was found over the weekend in the Grand River.    
Police have a new way of spotting uninsured drivers
Grand Rapids MI  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  Are you driving without car insurance? If so, Michigan police can now quickly tell just by doing a quick run on your license plate. Michigan State Police say not only is this a good way to get uninsured drivers off the street, but it also cracks down on insurance fraud.    
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Violent crime remains low in the City of East Grand Rapids
  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department has released its annual report that it says makes it one of the safest midsized cities in the state.   
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Two-thirds of Michigan voters polled reject Proposal 1
  March 31, 2015  |  WGVU  A new Epic-MRA poll released Tuesday indicates an overwhelming number of Michigan voters now plan to vote “no” on Proposal 1.    
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West Mich. agencies among water quality grant recipients
  March 31, 2015  |  AP  Michigan is awarding nearly $300,000 to universities, local governments and nonprofits to monitor water quality.   
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Famed LGBT advocate to argue for MI in SCOTUS marriage case
  March 31, 2015  |  MPRN  The legal team fighting Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban has settled on a well-known litigator for LGBT rights to argue the case before the US Supreme Court.   
Gov. Snyder open to deal for state to assume Detroit Public School debt
  March 31, 2015  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder is open to a plan for the state to take over debt from Detroit Public Schools.   
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Monday
$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.   
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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.    
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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.   
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Friday
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.    
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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.    
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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.   

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