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Backers, opponents of Michigan ban react to ruling


April 22, 2014 | AP      A woman who successfully sued the University of Michigan over racial preferences says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a state ban on using race in university admissions is a "great victory" for voters and the state.
 
     Jennifer Gratz says the ruling Tuesday is good news for university applicants who will know they're being accepted or rejected based on merit.
 
     But a lawyer who challenged the voter-approved affirmative action ban says taking away the rights of minorities is a "shocking decision." George Washington says the Supreme Court is undoing rights gained by blacks and Latinos decades ago.
 
     The justices ruled 6-2 that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions.

 

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Yesterday
U.S. Rep. Huizenga wants to reform Federal Reserve
  July 31, 2014  |  WGVU  Congressman Bill Huizenga of Zeeland has co-authored a bill that would reform the Federal Reserve. It passed the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 32 to 26. WGVU spoke with Huizenga asking how oversight would impact the Fed? Would it allow for flexibility when economic times get tough?    
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Seniors focus of next week's primary election millage question
Grand Rapids MI  July 31, 2014  |  WGVU  Yesterday, we told you about the Kent County library millage proposal on the upcoming election. Today we look at the other proposal next Tuesday, placed on the primary ballot by the county board of commissioners.    
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Opponents press Snyder to cancel prison food contract
Lansing MI  July 31, 2014  |  AP   Opponents are pressing Gov. Rick Snyder's administration to cancel the state's contract with a company that provides food in the prison system.    
Chrysler recalls Fiat 500Ls to fix knee air bags
Detroit MI  July 31, 2014  |  AP  Chrysler is recalling just under 30,000 Fiat 500L small cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with air bags that protect knees in a crash.   
Wayne State plans 2015 spring-summer tuition break
Detroit MI  July 31, 2014  |  AP   Wayne State University plans to offer a 30 percent tuition break for classes during the 2015 spring and summer semesters.   
Hearing set to resume in missing baby's slaying
Ludington MI  July 31, 2014  |  AP   A key court hearing is set to resume for a northern Lower Michigan man accused of killing his baby daughter.   
Jury to hear from defense in porch shooting trial
Detroit MI  July 31, 2014  |  AP  The defense is presenting its side in the trial of a suburban Detroit man charged in the fatal shooting of a young woman on his porch last fall.   
Muskegon River drowning
  July 31, 2014  |  WGVU  A 59-year-old Michigan man has died after falling into the Muskegon River.   
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Port Huron woman is $66 million jackpot winner
Sterling Heights MI  July 31, 2014  |  AP  The Michigan Lottery says a Port Huron woman is the winner of a $66 million Mega Millions jackpot that was drawn in mid-June.   
Erosion causes partial closure of Michigan dunes
Grand Marais MI  July 31, 2014  |  AP  A portion of upper Michigan's Grand Sable Dunes has been closed due to erosion.   
Dearborn Heights to get state elections monitor
Dearborn Heights MI  July 31, 2014  |  AP  Dearborn Heights will have a state elections monitor for next month's vote after claims that officials prevented Arab-Americans from obtaining absentee ballots.   
Judge orders end to Memphis Kellogg lockout
Memphis TN  July 31, 2014  |  AP  A judge has ordered the Kellogg Co. to put employees at its Memphis, Tennessee, cereal production facility back to work.   
Michigan inmates may get costly hepatitis C drug
Lansing MI  July 31, 2014  |  AP  A new hepatitis C treatment that costs $1,000 per pill is expected to be available to Michigan prison inmates.   
Software engineer commits $2M to Michigan State
East Lansing MI  July 31, 2014  |  AP   A senior software engineer at Google Inc. has made a $2 million commitment to benefit the Michigan State University College of Engineering.   
Expert in porch shooting case talks about hand cut
Detroit MI  July 31, 2014  |  AP  A former medical examiner says a laceration on the left hand of a young woman could have been caused by her pounding on the door at a Detroit-area home before the owner killed her.   
Michigan students may opt out of animal dissection
  July 31, 2014  |  AP  The State Board of Education is urging Michigan school districts to let students opt out of animal dissection for moral, ethical, religious or other reasons.   
Snyder: Fewer than 100 child immigrants in state
  July 31, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder estimates that fewer than 100 unaccompanied minor children have arrived in the state in the aftermath of the immigration crisis along the U.S. southern border.   
AP source: Tigers acquire ace Price from Rays
  July 31, 2014  |  AP  A person familiar with the trade says Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price has been traded to the Detroit Tigers.   
Environmentalists pan proposed fracking rules as comment period ends
  July 31, 2014  |  MPRN  The time for people to tell the state what they think of proposed new rules for fracking ends at midnight. As Jake Neher reports, environmentalists are urging the state to make the rules tougher.   
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Wednesday
Kent County voters face crucial library millage next week
Grand Rapids MI  July 30, 2014  |  WGVU  Kent County voters are facing two county wide millage proposals next week. One of them is a renewal and increase combination for the Kent District Library.    
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Autopsy finds woman died of ligature strangulation
  July 30, 2014  |  WGVU  A medical examiner has found that a pregnant Michigan woman police say was killed by a man she connected with through Craigslist was strangled with a rope, strap or other device.   
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Personal Property Tax repeal and replacement on August 5th ballot
  July 30, 2014  |  WGVU  It’s up to Michigan voters to approve the repeal of the state’s personal property tax. It will appear on the August 5th ballot as Proposal 1. What is the personal property tax and how will the money lost be replaced?   
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Schauer says he'd create tens of thousands of jobs
Watertown Twp MI  July 30, 2014  |  AP   Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer has unveiled an economic blueprint he says will create "tens of thousands" of jobs if he defeats Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.   
Fort Wayne GM plant lacks parts, cancels shifts
Fort Wayne IN  July 30, 2014  |  AP  An auto parts shortage has caused the cancellation of several shifts at the General Motors truck assembly plant in Fort Wayne.   
Small cars fare poorly in crash tests
Detroit MI  July 30, 2014  |  AP  The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.   
Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated
Washington DC  July 30, 2014  |  AP   Congressional investigators say the government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists.    
Canada, Michigan name border bridge authority
  July 30, 2014  |  AP  Michigan and Canada have appointed members of an authority to oversee construction of a $2 billion public bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.   
Lawyer sues GM on behalf of 658 plaintiffs
  July 30, 2014  |  AP  A Texas lawyer has sued General Motors on behalf of 658 people injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches.   
625-lb Michigan bomb threat suspect bedridden
  July 30, 2014  |  AP  A 44-year-old Michigan man charged with making a bomb threat says he can't appear in court because of his weight.   
100+ show up to give input on new standardized test
  July 30, 2014  |  MPRN   Michigan education officials are in the process of finding a new standardized test – again. As Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, more than a hundred people were in Lansing today to say what they want out of a new assessment.    
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Tuesday
Community meetings help officials better deal with lead abatement
Grand Rapids MI  July 29, 2014  |  WGVU  Childhood lead poisoning continues to be a problem in West Michigan, just as it is around most of the state. A series of lead poisoning prevention training sessions will help community leaders get a better idea of what needs to be done.   
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Balyo enters guilty plea
  July 29, 2014  |  WGVU  A former Grand Rapids radio host has pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation and possessing child pornography.   
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Ex-radio host expected to plea in child porn probe
Grand Rapids MI  July 29, 2014  |  AP  A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan is expected to plead guilty in a child pornography investigation.   
Testimony to resume in porch slaying trial
Detroit MI  July 29, 2014  |  AP  Testimony is to resume in the trial of a suburban Detroit man charged in the shooting death of a 19-year-old woman on his porch.    
Man walking dog finds abandoned newborn along road
White Cloud MI  July 29, 2014  |  AP  A man walking a dog along a western Michigan dirt road has found a newborn with her umbilical cord still attached.   
Ford raising prices on new F-150
Detroit MI  July 29, 2014  |  AP  Ford is raising the price of its new aluminum-sided pickup truck, but still trying to stay competitive with rivals.   
White House to honor Michigan blueberry producer
Washington DC  July 29, 2014  |  AP   A Paw Paw, Michigan blueberry producer is among 15 "Champions of Change" for agriculture.   
Storms prompt concern about some Michigan crops
Beaver Twp MI  July 29, 2014  |  AP  There's concern among some Michigan farmers that severe thunderstorms that dropped hail on parts of the state will hurt their harvests.   
Suzuki recalls nearly 26,000 cars for fire risk
  July 29, 2014  |  AP  Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.   

Monday
St. Marys cutting down on germs with futuristic robot
Grand Rapids MI  July 28, 2014  |  WGVU  Cleaning patient rooms is entering a new dimension at Mercy Health St. Mary’s hospital in Grand Rapids.    
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Founders Bank & Trust partnering with Old National
  July 28, 2014  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids-based Founders Bank & Trust is being acquired by Old National Bancorp.   
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Meijer LPGA Classic benefits Simply Give program
  July 28, 2014  |  WGVU  The LPGA Tour brings the best players in women’s golf to Grand Rapids for the first time in more than a decade. The inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic takes place August 7-10, at Blythefield Country Club.    
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AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 14 cents in week
Dearborn MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP  AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state dropped about 14 cents in the last week, the fourth straight week they've fallen.   
Funeral planned for Michigan gas station clerk
Battle Creek MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP   Funeral services will be held for a Battle Creek gas station employee who was fatally stabbed during a robbery.   
Review: Compliance issues in 20 home day cares
Detroit MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP   A review of 20 Michigan home day cares has found each out of compliance with at least one state requirement for children's health and safety.   
Churches hold day of prayer for child immigrants
Grand Rapids MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP  A number of churches in Michigan have joined in a day of prayer for the tens of thousands of child immigrants who have been flooding across the nation's southern border.   
Grand River burn planned to remove invasive plants
Lansing MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP  State officials are planning a series of fires on two islands in the Grand River in Ottawa County to get rid of an invasive, reedy plant called phragmites   
Michigan school chief meets with charter leaders
Lansing MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP   Michigan's schools superintendent will meet with charter school backers as he works to hold institutions accountable for schools they authorize.   
Residents clean up after severe thunderstorms
White Lake Twp MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP  Residents of Michigan's Lower Peninsula are cleaning up after a series of severe thunderstorms that hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula and knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses.   
Construction begins on Detroit light rail project
Detroit MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP   Construction is starting on a long-awaited commuter light rail project linking downtown Detroit to the city's New Center area.   
Crews work to restore power after severe storms
Highland Twp MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP   Crews are working to restore power after severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula and knocked out power to about 223,000 homes and businesses.    
Northern Michigan lawmaker's mom supports opponent
  July 28, 2014  |  AP  State Rep. Wayne Schmidt has picked up support from an unlikely source in a closely watched battle for an open Senate seat in northern Michigan: his opponent's mom.   
Michigan residents asked to respect rattlesnakes
Ann Arbor MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP  Michigan residents have been asked to respect rattlesnakes in light of a recent incident at an Ann Arbor botanical garden.   
Projects in 5 counties fight blight, boost housing
  July 28, 2014  |  AP  The state says projects in five Michigan counties are getting a share of more than $2.5 million to help fight blight and create senior housing.   
Report for Detroit creditor boosts value of art
Detroit MI  July 28, 2014  |  AP  One of the companies challenging Detroit's bankruptcy plan says the possible value of the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection is $8.5 billion - a figure that's higher than previous estimates.    
Possible land deal for US-Canada bridge delayed
  July 28, 2014  |  AP  A proposal has been delayed to transfer 301 Detroit-owned properties to the Michigan Land Bank in exchange for $1.4 million from the Canadian government as part of plans for a $2 billion international commuter bridge.   
Fireworks association plans 2016 Michigan event
  July 28, 2014  |  AP  The National Fireworks Association plans to hold its annual convention in Grand Rapids in 2016.   

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