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About 273,000 in Michigan sign up for insurance


May 1, 2014 | AP  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released final enrollment numbers Thursday. The report says about 468,000 Michigan residents were eligible to enroll.     

The administration hasn't said how many of the enrollees were previously uninsured or how many have paid their premiums.      

In Michigan, nearly 200,000 have also enrolled in expanded Medicaid coverage.     

More than 8 million people have signed up nationally by the March 31 deadline, representing about 59 percent of eligible people. The percentage was roughly the same in Michigan. 

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Yesterday
Expert believes boy is competent to stand trial
Grand Rapids MI  December 24, 2014  |  WGVU  A psychologist says a 12-year-old boy is competent to face trial in the fatal stabbing of a 9-year-old boy at a playground in the Grand Rapids area.    
Investigator joins Michigan secretary of state
Lansing MI  December 24, 2014  |  WGVU  A veteran investigator has joined the Michigan Secretary of State's Office to crack down on auto insurance fraud and other scams.    
Muskegon teen to be tried in death of her newborn
Muskegon MI  December 24, 2014  |  WGVU   A 17-year-old girl has agreed to stand trial on a murder charge after her newborn daughter was found partially buried outside an apartment complex in western Michigan.    
'Swiss' Imfeld retires from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.   December 24, 2014  |  AP  The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel's longtime food purchasing manager has retired.   
Enbridge oil spill settlement is $6.25M, not $6.75M
BATTLE CREEK, Mich.  December 24, 2014  |  AP  A settlement over a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan is worth $6.25 million, not $6.75 million as lawyers reported earlier in December.   
Forecasters warn about strong Christmas winds
DETROIT   December 24, 2014  |  AP  Michigan utilities are bracing for extremely strong winds, a year after a storm put thousands of people in the dark at Christmas.   
Session yields 224 lame-duck bills going to Snyder
LANSING, Mich.  December 24, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is reviewing hundreds of bills approved by the Legislature in the waning days of the lame-duck session.   
Gold bars worth $2,370 dropped in Michigan kettle
MUSKEGON, Mich.  December 24, 2014  |  AP  The gold rush continues at Salvation Army collection centers in Michigan with the discovery of two gold bars in a donation kettle in Muskegon.   
What stalled in Legislature's lame-duck session
LANSING, Mich.  December 24, 2014  |  AP  A look at some legislation that died in the recent lame-duck period and must be reintroduced in the Republican-controlled Legislature's next two-year session.   
NRC adopts eat-what-you-road-kill policy
LANSING, Mich  December 24, 2014  |  MPRN  A new rule makes it easier for drivers who hit and kill an animal to claim their road kill.   
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Tuesday
Cop gives gift cards, not tickets, in small town
bellevue, MI  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  A police officer inspired by the generosity of others with a badge is giving gifts instead of tickets in southwestern Michigan.    
Prisoner who won Supreme Court case denied parole
Adrian, MI  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  A prisoner who won a major Michigan Supreme Court case about changing his sentence won't be released anytime soon.    
100th Agriculture and Natural Resources Week set
East Lansing MI  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  Plans are being made to mark the 100th Agriculture and Natural Resources Week next year.    
No appeal after law on same-sex benefits is stopped
Detroit, MI  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  The state of Michigan won't appeal a decision that struck down a law barring local governments from offering benefits to same-sex partners.    
Muskegon Heights city manager gets new Flint post
  December 23, 2014  |  WGVU  Flint's state-appointed emergency manager has named Muskegon Heights city manager, Natasha Henderson, to the same job in Flint.   
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Gay marriage cases teed up for justices' action
WASHINGTON   December 23, 2014  |  AP  Gay marriage cases have been added to the Supreme Court's agenda, with enough time for them to be argued and decided by late June.   
Democratic mayor to help inaugurate GOP governor
LANSING, Mich.  December 23, 2014  |  AP  Detroit's Democratic mayor will serve as master of ceremonies for the inauguration of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in Lansing.   
DNR: Federal ruling limits options for wolf management
  December 23, 2014  |  MPRN  State wildlife officials say they’re disappointed in a court decision that restores federal endangered species protections to the gray wolf in Michigan and other Great Lakes states.   
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Gov. Snyder will have final say on eliminating county gun boards
  December 23, 2014  |  MPRN  Significant changes could be coming soon to the way Michigan issues concealed pistol licenses (CPLs).   
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MI Supreme Court: Schools must show dollar loss to sue state
LANSING, Mich  December 23, 2014  |  MPRN  The Michigan Supreme Court says schools districts cannot sue the state under the Headlee Amendment for underfunding K-through-12 education.    
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Monday
Meth lab sends 2 officers, 2 suspects to hospital
Ishpemin, Mi  December 22, 2014  |  WGVU   Authorities say two police officers and two drug suspects went to a hospital for treatment after being exposed to chemicals from an active methamphetamine lab in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.    
App lets patients take prehistoric virtual journey
Ann Arbor MI  December 22, 2014  |  WGVU  An app featuring a bronze fossil floor at the main entrance of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor allows patients to take virtual prehistoric journey.    
Grand Rapids to reimagine Grand River floodwalls
Grand Rapids MI  December 22, 2014  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids is reimagining its flood protection system along the Grand River after years of resistance to calls by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to boost floodwalls.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 24 cents in week
Dearborn, MI  December 22, 2014  |  WGVU   AAA Michigan says statewide gas prices have dropped about 24 cents a gallon in the last week.    
Police: Man fatally shot during barbershop party
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  December 22, 2014  |  AP  Police say a man was fatally shot in Grand Rapids during a large weekend party at barbershop.   
State: 57 school districts had deficits for year
LANSING, Mich.  December 22, 2014  |  AP  Michigan education officials say 57 school districts and charter schools had budget deficits at the end of the latest fiscal year, up from 52 at the same time a year earlier.   
Judge: Clarification to tax formula is retroactive
LANSING, Mich.  December 22, 2014  |  AP  A judge has upheld a new law clarifying that Michigan never intended to give out-of-state companies a lower tax liability in a 2007 tax overhaul.   

Friday
Hop candy delivers flavor without the hangover
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  December 19, 2014  |  WGVU  Today is National Hard Candy Day. The ingredients for making hard candy is basic; syrup, citric acid, food coloring and flavoring. And for kids young and old it’s the flavor that matters. WGVU discovered a one-of-a-kind candy taste earlier this year at the American Homebrewers Association Conference held at Grand Rapids’ DeVos Place.   
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US Senate race in Michigan drew $56M in spending
LANSING, Mich.  December 19, 2014  |  AP  The race for U.S. Senate in Michigan drew more than $56 million in spending from the campaigns and outside supporters.   
Snyder signs bills to streamline some courts
LANSING, Mich.   December 19, 2014  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to streamline the district court system in Michigan by creating more flexibility for magistrates.   
Snyder signs bill to expand nuisance abatement
LANSING, Mich.  December 19, 2014  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to expand local governments' power to file nuisance complaints against homeowners and businesses suspected of illegal activity such human trafficking or gun crimes.   
Michigan Lottery sales reach record $2.6 billion
LANSING, Mich.  December 19, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Lottery ticket sales have reached a record $2.6 billion in the 2014 budget year.   
Tighter Internet sales tax collections are OK'd
LANSING, Mich.   December 19, 2014  |  AP  Amazon.com and other online stores will have to collect Michigan's sales tax on purchases under legislation headed to Gov. Rick Snyder.   
168-year-old Grand Rapids house restored as treatment center
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.   December 19, 2014  |  AP  A 168-year-old Grand Rapids mansion has been renovated for use as a private treatment center for women with alcohol and drug addictions.   
Cyberbullying legislation sent to Gov. Snyder
LANSING, Mich.  December 19, 2014  |  AP  Michigan school districts would have to include cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policies and report bullying data to the state under legislation going to Gov. Rick Snyder.   
Michigan voters to decide road funding tax hike
LANSING, Mich.   December 19, 2014  |  AP  A proposed tax hike aimed at improving Michigan's transportation infrastructure and schools is heading to voters.   
Authorities: Man arrested in 1990 beating death
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  December 19, 2014  |  AP  Authorities say a 56-year-old man has been arrested in the 1990 beating death of a 23-year-old in Grand Rapids.   
11 charter authorizes remain at-risk of suspension
LANSING, Mich.  December 19, 2014  |  AP  The Michigan Department of Education has decided to keep the status of 11 of the state's charter school authorizers at-risk of possible suspension.   
Michigan gets $349,000 in cell 'cramming' deal
LANSING, Mich.  December 19, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the state will receive $349,000 as part of a $90 million national settlement with cellphone company T-Mobile.   

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