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Agency offers free home safety checks for seniors
June 25, 2014 | WGVU According
to the U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 million
seniors 65 and up visit emergency rooms each year, with almost one third of
them injury related. But nearly half of
those injuries could be prevented with a quick but thorough look around the
home. Home Instead Senior Care Network uses
a multi-point, room to room checklist to look for hazards, like slip and
fall. Home Instead ’s Mary Beth Barkeley says "Some of them are simple fixits, like instead of a shower head, a hand held shower with
a hose that they can sit in the shower as opposed to standing. A secure shower
chair so that in and out they won’t slip and fall. Installing grab bars in the shower or tub,
that’s essential." Barkeley says safety
checks are most often requested by relatives, since it’s easy to overlook
h azards in one’s own home. And although the inspections are free, Home Instead does charge for its
more at or call 616-988-7878. http://www.caregiverstress.com/senior-safety/making-home-safer/
Fermenta fosters female brewing creativity
February 27, 2015 | WGVU A new women's craft brewing guild makes its mark in Michigan.
Eastpointe man sentenced for selling fake auto insurance
Lansing MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU A 64-year-old Michigan man has been sentenced to one year in jail for selling fake auto insurance certificates.
State shuts down in-home day care amid death investigation
Kentwood MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU The state has shut down an in-home day care center in western Michigan following the death of an infant who'd recently been cared for there.
Jury can hear of road rage killing suspect's aggressive past
Howell MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU A judge says a jury can hear testimony that a 69-year-old man accused of a road-rage killing in southeastern Michigan was involved in a similar but non-fatal confrontation previously.
Compromise plan unveiled for Allied Paper Superfund site
Kalamazoo MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU A $65 million to $70 million compromise plan for cleaning up Kalamazoo's Allied Paper Superfund site has been unveiled.
Palisades nuclear plant's safety rating to be downgraded
Covert Twp MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU Federal regulators say the safety rating for Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan will be downgraded following a violation related to how some workers' radiation doses were monitored and calculated.
Consumers Energy, Salvation Army Keep Customers Warm
Grand Rapids MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU The Salvation Army and Consumers Energy have joined forces once again to help with energy assistance during the cold winter months. More than a million dollars will help cover the cost of heating bills. We spoke with Salvation Army officials about this effort.
Net neutrality lawsuits, legal issues predicted
February 27, 2015 | WGVU The Federal Communications Commission’s decision to treat the internet as a public utility has a broad impact on consumers as well as business interests. WGVU breaks down some of the details with a local legal expert.
DeBoer attorney says SCOTUS arguments will focus on children
February 27, 2015 | WGVU Attorneys for the lesbian couple challenging Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban have filed their briefs with the US Suprem
e Court. Oral arguments are expected this spring.
State grant to GRCC helps bridge workforce and employer demands
February 27, 2015 | WGVU Developing a skilled workforce meeting the needs of area employers received a shot in the arm this week when the Michigan Economic Development Corporation awarded Grand Rapids Community College a $2.9 million grant.
Authorities: Woman dies after being hit by semi in Otsego
OTSEGO, Mich. February 27, 2015 | AP Authorities say a woman was fatally struck by a semi-truck after she fell while crossing a street in southwestern Michigan.
Study to examine Detroit-Lansing-Grand Rapids passenger rail
ANN ARBOR, Mich. February 27, 2015 | AP A study will look at possible new passenger rail service that could connect Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Holland.
Michigan, U.S. appealing judge's ruling on Great Lakes wolves
February 27, 2015 | AP Michigan is joining the federal government in appealing a decision that restores legal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region.
Kalamazoo Promise celebrating 10th anniversary
Kalamazoo MI February 26, 2015 | WGVU An initiative that awards college tuition to Kalamazoo high school graduates is celebrating its 10th anniversary and nearly 4,000 scholarships.
Plans move ahead for casino at former horse racing track
Fruitport Twp MI February 26, 2015 | WGVU Plans are moving forward for a casino at a former horse racing track in western Michigan.
Records: Number of women getting concealed gun licenses up
Lansing MI February 26, 2015 | WGVU Records show an increase in the number of women getting a license to carry a concealed handgun.
State shuts down in home day care amid death investigation
KENTWOOD, Mich. February 26, 2015 | WGVU The state has shut down an in-home day care in western Michigan following the death of an infant who had recently been cared for there.
Michigan efforts get $4 million to fight invasive species
LANSING, Mich. February 26, 2015 | WGVU The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says 20 projects are getting more than $4 million as part of efforts to fight invasive species.
Black History Month: GVSU Couple Create Doors Of Opportunity
Grand Rapids MI February 26, 2015 | WGVU As we round out Black History Month, we check in today with two Grand Valley State University Staff who recently received a “Trailblazer” award.
The annual Giants Awards earlier this month recognizes African Americans in the Grand Rapids community. This year, a couple was recognized for their efforts.
House adopts bills to relax air guns rules
February 26, 2015 | WGVU The state House has adopted legislation that would exempt air-, spring-, and gas-powered guns from Michigan firearms laws.
State grants boost local college skilled trade programs
February 26, 2015 | WGVU Nearly $13 million has been allocated to four western Michigan community colleges in an effort to bolster the state’s skilled trade programs.
Officials in Grand Rapids seek to boost youth employment
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. February 26, 2015 | AP Officials in Grand Rapids are taking steps to boost employment opportunities for young people in the city.
Board considers ballot language for Michigan road fund vote
LANSING, Mich. February 26, 2015 | AP The Board of State Canvassers is meeting to determine the wording of a road funding ballot proposal asking voters if they want to increase the state sales tax.
Lawmakers seek short-term action to stop Asian carp advance
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. February 26, 2015 | AP Members of Congress are calling for quick action at a crucial spot in the Chicago area to block Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
Michigan House votes to carve air guns out of firearms laws
LANSING, Mich. February 26, 2015 | AP The Michigan has finished two days of voting on bills revising how the state regulates gun use and ownership.
Michigan House delays vote on police cellphone location data
LANSING, Mich. February 26, 2015 | AP The state House is delaying voting on a bill that would require wireless carriers to share cellphone location information with law enforcement during emergencies.
State Senate sends budget cuts to Gov. Snyder that divert surplus school aid dollars
February 26, 2015 | MPRN Legislation headed to Governor Rick Snyder would divert surplus school aid money to help fill Michigan’s budget hole.
GRPD expands youth outreach, summer academy program
February 25, 2015 | WGVU Grand Rapids Police Department officers visited more than two dozen schools to talk with students about law enforcement opportunities. It's a part of strategic recruitment efforts, and something officers say they enjoy.
Delta ends service from Rochester, Minnesota to Detroit
Rochester, Minnesota February 25, 2015 | WGVU Delta Airlines plans to end its daily flight from Rochester, Minnesota to Detroit, Michigan.
Records: Official urged state not to lease passenger trains
Lansing MI February 25, 2015 | WGVU Records show a local transportation official urged a Michigan agency not to lease passenger trains that are now sitting idle.
Effort to control deer population near school includes hunt
Dearborn, MI February 25, 2015 | WGVU Deer are being killed near the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn as part of an effort to manage the area's deer population.
Advocates urge Congress not to cut Great Lakes funding
Washington DC February 25, 2015 | WGVU Advocates for the Great Lakes are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week to push for continued funding of cleanup programs and discuss water quality issues such as algae blooms and oil transportation.
Michigan House considering bills changing gun permit process
Lansing MI February 25, 2015 | WGVU The state House is moving this week on approving a variety of bills changing how gun possession and use are regulated in Michigan.
Muskegon casino takes step toward becoming reality
February 25, 2015 | WGVU Little River Band of Ottawa Indians files application with Bureau of Indian Affairs
Black History Month: The Next Generation
Grand Rapids MI February 25, 2015 | WGVU Black History month is nearing its end. We have a couple of profiles to round out the week. Today, we talk with long time Grand Rapids City Commissioner Elias Lumpkins. He says Grand Rapids needs the commitment of young people to continue along the path of progress that’s already in the works.
Muskegon road millage, local fire proposals defeated
February 25, 2015 | WGVU Two Muskegon County tax proposals have been voted down by residents.
Authorities: Bicyclist, 58, dies after being hit by vehicle
PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. February 25, 2015 | WGVU Authorities say a 58-year-old bicyclist had died after being struck by a vehicle in western Michigan.
Grand Rapids commission renovations approved
February 25, 2015 | WGVU A more than $600,000 facelift for the Grand Rapids City Commission chambers called “unconscionable” by one commissioner receives 6-1 approval.
Grand Rapids Public Museum to open Egyptian exhibition
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. February 25, 2015 | AP The Grand Rapids Public Museum is preparing to open an exhibition of its collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.
Lawsuit challenges photos, fingerprinting of young people
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. February 25, 2015 | AP A black man who says he was stopped, photographed and fingerprinted by Grand Rapids police despite committing no crime is challenging the practice.
Volunteers plan alternative to candy-tossing ban at parade
GRANDVILLE, Mich. February 25, 2015 | AP Organizers of a July 4 parade in western Michigan are seeking to avoid a ban on candy-tossing to spectators by having volunteers keep people from getting too close to vehicles along the route.
Michigan House approves bills changing gun permit process
LANSING, Mich. February 25, 2015 | AP The state House has begun approving a variety of bills changing how gun possession and use are regulated in Michigan.
U.S. House approves bill to step up fight against toxic algae
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. February 25, 2015 | AP The U.S. House has voted to require more aggressive federal action to prevent toxic algae blooms from contaminating the Great Lakes and other waterways around the nation.
New fight at Capitol over film subsidies
February 25, 2015 | MPRN A state House committee held a hearing today on legislation to end Michigan’s big tax breaks for film, TV, and movie projects.
State House approves overhaul of concealed pistol license approval
February 25, 2015 | MPRN Concealed weapons bills similar to ones Governor Rick Snyder vetoed last month are one step closer to heading back to his desk.
Boil water advisory in effect due to broken pipe in Baldwin
Baldwin, MI February 24, 2015 | WGVU The Lake County Central Dispatch has issued a boil water advisory for Baldwin residents.
Grand Rapids plans $10 million land purchase for green space
Grand Rapids MI February 24, 2015 | WGVU Grand Rapids plans to seek a state grant to make a $10 million purchase of about four acres of property along the Grand River for use as green space.
Company awarded contract to build Lake Huron research vessel
Lansing MI February 24, 2015 | WGVU State officials say they've awarded a contract for construction of a new vessel to support Lake Huron fisheries research.
Snow, wind to make travel hazardous in parts of Michigan
Grand Haven, MI February 24, 2015 | WGVU Another round of winter weather is expected to make travel difficult in parts of Michigan as bitterly cold temperatures moderate somewhat.
Gilda's LaughFest plans opening night paper crown record bid
Grand Rapids MI February 24, 2015 | WGVU An annual festival of laughter in western Michigan is planning an effort to set a record for the most people wearing paper crowns.
GRPS To Ask Voters For $175 M Tax Proposal
Grand Rapids MI February 24, 2015 | WGVU Grand Rapids Public Schools hopes voters will support a nearly 175-million dollar tax proposal come November. The money would be used for renovations, security and technology.
Grand Rapids chicken ordinance approved
February 24, 2015 | WGVU There’s a new meaning for the term ‘spring chicken’ in Grand Rapids. A pilot program allowing for backyard chickens at city residential properties begins in a couple months.
Grand Rapids Chamber supports Proposal 1
February 24, 2015 | WGVU The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce explains why its throwing support behind Proposal 1.
State lawmakers taking another crack at corrections overhaul
February 24, 2015 | WGVU There’s a renewed push in the state Legislature to overhaul Michigan’s corrections system.
18 community college given $50 million for trades equipment
LANSING, Mich. February 24, 2015 | AP Eighteen Michigan community colleges are receiving $50 million to train students for careers in the skilled trades.
Snyder cheers bond funding for workforce training programs
February 24, 2015 | MPRN A state board has approved selling bonds to come up with 50 million dollars to help community colleges ramp up their career and technical training.
Lifeguard shortage an annual challenge for pools, beaches
St. Joseph, MI February 23, 2015 | WGVU Who thinks about lifeguards in February? The people who run Michigan's pools and beaches.
Deep freeze grips Michigan, breaks temperature records
Bay City MI February 23, 2015 | WGVU The deep freeze can't quit Michigan, plunging temperatures well below zero across most of the state and breaking records in several places.
Group to give away 200 cases of bottled water in Flint
Flint MI February 23, 2015 | WGVU Community activists have scheduled another water giveaway for Flint residents amid concerns over the city's water supply.
Snowy owl released near Schoolcraft part of tracking study
Kalamazoo MI February 23, 2015 | WGVU Michigan has joined an effort this winter to track the increasing number of snowy owls that have shown up in northern U.S. states.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 1 cent in past week to $2.30
Dearborn, MI February 23, 2015 | WGVU AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have increased by about 1 cent a gallon within the past week.
Panel addresses community, policing trust
February 23, 2015 | WGVU An afternoon Cooley Law School panel explored the local impact of national events spurred by Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President: "We have people without jobs and jobs without people."
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. February 23, 2015 | WGVU Where have all the manufacturing jobs gone since the end of the Great Recession? The President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce answered that question during a visit to Grand Rapids.
MI employer survey hints at more hiring in 2015
February 23, 2015 | WGVU A survey of some of Michigan’s largest employers suggests more hiring is in store this year.
Lawmaker wants more snow days for schools without having to make up time
February 23, 2015 | WGVU State lawmakers may consider allowing schools to take more snow days without having to make them up later.
Foes of new bridge won't be heard by U.S. Supreme Court
DETROIT February 23, 2015 | AP The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an appeal in a lawsuit that challenges the selection of a Detroit neighborhood for a new bridge to Canada.
Ferris State University receives $5 million gift
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. February 23, 2015 | AP Ferris State University says it's received a $5 million gift, the largest in the Big Rapids school's history.
New report: Michigan PACs break record, raise $68 million
LANSING, Mich. February 23, 2015 | AP A new report says that the top 150 political action committees in Michigan raised $68.1 million in the 2014 election cycle, shattering a previous record by 31 percent.
Man fatally shoots self; dead wife found in nearby vehicle
WYOMING, Mich. February 23, 2015 | AP Grand Rapids-area authorities say they found a woman fatally shot and her husband dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.