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University of Michigan president's house renovated

July 3, 2014 | AP       The 174-year-old president's house at the University of Michigan is getting $1.7 million in renovations.
     The Ann Arbor News and the Detroit Free Press report work on the oldest building at the Ann Arbor school's campus started earlier this year after outgoing President Mary Sue Coleman moved out. The last major work to the house took place before she arrived 12 years ago.
     Incoming President Mark Schlissel, who officially takes over as president July 14, is expected to move into the home later.
     A formal inauguration for Schlissel is Sept. 5 at the end of the first week of classes for the fall semester. Events start with symposia on biomedical research and privacy at Blau Auditorium and end with a community welcome reception on Ingalls Mall.

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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.   

Union hosts exhibition featuring art created by Ford workers
Detroit, MI  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  The United Auto Workers union is hosting an exhibition of 90 artworks created by Ford Motor Co. employees across the country.    
Inkster manager, NAACP set news conference on police beating
Inkster, MI  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  Authorities in the Detroit suburb of Inkster are planning a news conference to discuss the videotaped beating of a black motorist by white police officers.    
Workshops offered on foraging for safe wild mushrooms
Traverse City MI  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  State-approved workshops are being offered this spring on how to forage for safe wild mushrooms.    
Funerals set for Michigan Marines killed in helicopter crash
Warren MI  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  Funeral services take place this week for two of three Michigan Marines killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida during a training mission earlier this month.    
Planned Parenthood GR office completes $2M facelift
  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  A $2 million renovation of Planned Parenthood’s Grand Rapids office updates everything but the exterior bricks.    
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House approves bill to cut welfare payments if kids persistently miss school
  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  A bill to end cash assistance for families with truant children has cleared the state House   
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Expanded services now available to Kent County veterans
  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  Kent County Veterans Services has a new home that administrators say will provide better access and delivery of services.   
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GVSU leads the nation in charter school authorizer accreditation
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  March 26, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Valley State University is Michigan’s largest charter school authorizer overseeing 69 charter schools. Ensuring quality it completed an external review; the result? Grand Valley State University’s Charter Schools Office is the national leader in charter school accreditation.    
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Michigan House approves bill prohibiting drones for hunting
LANSING, Mich.  March 26, 2015  |  AP  Michigan's House has approved two bills that would prohibit the use of drones by hunters and those seeking to interfere with hunting.   
Michigan House approves bill changing concealed carry law
LANSING, Mich.  March 26, 2015  |  AP  Retired federal law enforcement officers would be able to carry a concealed weapon in "gun-free" zones under a bill approved by the Michigan House.   
Michigan's Snyder pushes tax increase before a 2016 decision
WASHINGTON   March 26, 2015  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is fighting for one more accomplishment before deciding whether to run for the Republican nomination for president: Michigan's largest tax increase in decades.   
Bills require schools, daycares to post vaccination rates
  March 26, 2015  |  AP  New legislation would require Michigan schools and daycare providers to post their immunization rates online or in their building.    
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Michigan Senate votes to give judges a pay raise
  March 26, 2015  |  AP  Michigan judges would get a raise under a bill moving forward in the Legislature.    
Legislature takes aim at MEDC in budget proposal
  March 26, 2015  |  MPRN  State lawmakers are taking bites out of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation budget. A Senate subcommittee just voted to eliminate state money for a business attraction program.    
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Endangered bird species to return to Great Lakes region
Grand Rapids MI  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU  A wildlife expert says one of the state's endangered species will soon return to Michigan after spending winter in a warmer climate.    
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Michigan sheriff increases security after Louisiana attack
Freeland, MI  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU  A sheriff says he's increasing security at MBS International Airport in Michigan following an attack by a machete-wielding man at an airport in Louisiana.    
Cargo shipping season resuming on upper Great Lakes
Sault Ste. Marie, MI  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU  Another cargo shipping season is underway on the upper Great Lakes.    
Grand Rapids asks for Army Corps help to keep out lampreys
Grand Rapids MI  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids officials are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spend about $10 million for a new barrier to keep invasive sea lampreys from moving up the Grand River.    
Sap run! Holland couple makes own maple syrup from scratch
Holland MI  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU  It's spring and that means a Holland couple is making maple syrup.    
Crowd Funding: Game Changer for Business
Grand Rapids MI  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU   So, you want to start a business? Or perhaps help out a person down on their luck? Ever think of “crowdfunding” as the way to go? At a recent conference at GVSU for women entrepreneurs the topic of crowdfunding was highlighted. A local strategist says crowdfunding is a major “game-changer” in the way we do business.    
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Grand Rapids task force takes holistic approach to crime
  March 25, 2015  |  WGVU  Recommendations from a Grand Rapids crime and violence task force include proactive policing and law enforcement technologies such as ShotSpotter. But they also tackle underlying contributors to crime by focusing on youth, employment and mental health.    
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Bill would gradually lift electric company competition limits
  March 25, 2015  |  AP  A Republican senator has introduced legislation to gradually lift Michigan's limit on competition for electricity customers.   
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Flanagan: Charter school authorizers no longer at risk of being suspended
  March 25, 2015  |  MPRN  State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says seven institutions no longer risk losing their ability to open new charter schools in Michigan.   
Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped its lowest point in 14 years.
  March 25, 2015  |  MPRN  MI jobless rate drops to 5.9 percent.    

Report shows strong outlook for Michigan's tourism industry
Grand Rapids MI  March 24, 2015  |  WGVU   A new report says that Michigan's tourism industry grew in 2014 despite the cold, wet year, and the tourism outlook is sunny going forward.    
Vaccination rates for Michigan schoolchildren edge higher
Kalamazoo MI  March 24, 2015  |  WGVU  State numbers say vaccination rates for Michigan schoolchildren are edging higher.    
Ribbons put up after boy hit by pickup on way to school
Marshall, MI  March 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Blue ribbons, pictures and posters have been put up in Marshall after a 12-year-old boy was hit and critically injured by a pickup truck while trying to board a school bus.    
Michigan officials urge caution to prevent spring wildfires
Lansing MI  March 24, 2015  |  WGVU  As the snow melts and spring approaches, Michigan officials are urging caution to prevent wildfires.    
Grand Rapids LiveArts will be "unprecedented" in the performing arts
  March 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena will host a unique performing arts program in April. It’s called LiveArts. An event combining - for the first time - performances from the Grand Rapids Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, Broadway Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Ballet on one massive stage.   
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Grand Rapids sets backyard chicken permit fees
  March 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids officials iron out details related to residential chicken coops within city limits.    
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GM recalls Chevy Malibus to fix sunroof control issue
DETROIT  March 24, 2015  |  AP  General Motors is recalling nearly 92,000 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedans to fix a problem with the power sunroof controls.   
House GOP calls for savings from health department merger
LANSING, Mich.   March 24, 2015  |  AP  Michigan's House signaled it won't try to block the proposed merger of the state's Community Health and Human Services departments, but it will seek cost savings as a result.   
Mercedes recalls 30,000 cars to fix rear tail lamp problem
DETROIT  March 24, 2015  |  AP  Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.   
Bipartisan package aims to help domestic violence survivors
LANSING, Mich.   March 24, 2015  |  AP  A new bipartisan package of bills being introduced in the Michigan Legislature aims to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.   
House GOP's K-12 budget markedly different from Snyder's
LANSING, Mich.  March 24, 2015  |  AP  Republicans in the Michigan House are proposing a school budget that's markedly different from what Gov. Rick Snyder outlined last month.   
West Michigan County votes to keep sign with Bible verse
GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.  March 24, 2015  |  AP  Commissioners in a western Michigan county have given final approval to the reinstallation of a park sign that quotes the Bible.   
Proposal targeting Lake Erie algae clears Ohio committee
  March 24, 2015  |  AP   New rules for farmers that are designed to reduce the toxic algae in Lake Erie have cleared a legislative panel after several revisions.    
Model civil rights ordinance for local governments includes LGBT protections
  March 24, 2015  |  MPRN  The state Civil Rights Commission hopes to help local governments draft non-discrimination laws.    
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Parts of Michigan's Lower Peninsula see risk of wildfires
Grand Rapids MI  March 23, 2015  |  WGVU  Officials say there's a risk of wildfires in parts of Michigan's Lower Peninsula amid recent dry weather.    
Budget cuts pose threat to police training in Michigan
Livonia, MI  March 23, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan's law enforcement experts say criminal justice will suffer if the state cannot find funding for continued police training.    
Another sign of spring: Bell's releasing kegs of Oberon
Kalamazoo MI  March 23, 2015  |  WGVU  A sign of spring is arriving in Michigan with the annual release of kegs of Oberon beer.    
Grant Me Hope works to find homes for older children
Holland MI  March 23, 2015  |  WGVU  An organization started by a Fillmore Township couple aims to find homes for older children in need of adoptions.    
Same-sex couples married in Michigan celebrate anniversaries
Lansing MI  March 23, 2015  |  WGVU  Families and friends have gathered in four Michigan counties to celebrate the anniversary of about 300 same-sex couples who wed last year during a brief legal window as a result of a challenge to Michigan's constitutional ban on gay marriages.    
Blacks proportion of state police down by half since 1993
Lansing MI  March 23, 2015  |  WGVU  The number of black Michigan state troopers has fallen from 12.5 percent to 5.2 percent of the force in the 22 years since federal oversight of racial hiring practices ended 22 years ago.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 20 cents in past week to $2.48
Dearborn, MI  March 23, 2015  |  WGVU  AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have increased by about 20 cents a gallon within the past week.    
Spring Break Travel:101
Grand Rapids MI  March 23, 2015  |  WGVU  Spring break season is in full swing. For many that can mean hitting the highways or the sky ways which can also mean travel headaches. If you’re headed to the airport, we’ve got some tips. A local travel expert who tells us what we need to know, “before” we go.    
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Google Street View climbs, kayaks through Michigan
  March 23, 2015  |  WGVU  People across the world can take in the sights of Michigan virtually through a state partnership with Google.    
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Outside review of GRPD-involved shootings proposed
  March 23, 2015  |  WGVU  Investigation of Grand Rapids officer-involved shootings would be handled by an outside agency under new policy that meets review Tuesday morning.    
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Michigan Traffic Safety Summit looks at host of road issues
  March 23, 2015  |  AP  The 2015 Michigan Traffic Safety Summit will feature sessions on current issues, including motorists distracted by technology, crashes involving veterans back from their deployments and enforcement involving drivers suspected of using marijuana.    
Requiring police to wear body cams, state lawmakers could try again
  March 23, 2015  |  MPRN  A bill in the state House would require on-duty police officers to wear body cameras.   
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