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Fire guts apartment building in Grand Rapids

July 25, 2014 | AP      A fire has gutted an eight-unit apartment building in Grand Rapids.
     No injuries are reported following the Thursday evening fire, which sent smoke billowing into the air that was visible from far away.
     The cause is under investigation. The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/1pQH026 ) that neighbors say that a boy burning leaves may have started the blaze. Whitney Lott, who lives in the building, says she saw the boy burning leaves then run away.


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Kalamazoo students defend district amid textbook criticism
Kalamazoo MI  January 23, 2015  |  WGVU  Several Kalamazoo students turned out at a school board meeting to dispute allegations by a man who held a hunger strike to highlight what he believes is a problem with the district's textbook policies.    
3 contestants win annual Pure Michigan Hunt contest
Lansing MI  January 23, 2015  |  WGVU  Three contestants have been named winners of the sixth annual Pure Michigan Hunt and will receive a number of licenses and more than $4,000 worth of gear.    
Michigan men arrested at tunnel not big threat, cops say
Detroit, MI  January 23, 2015  |  WGVU  Police in Windsor, Ontario, say two Michigan men accused of bringing illegal weapons into Canada from Detroit didn't pose a national security threat.    
Boy who brought loaded gun to Michigan school gets probation
Traverse City MI  January 23, 2015  |  WGVU  An 11-year-old boy who brought a loaded gun to his northern Michigan school has been placed on probation for two years.    
Community Health Systems announces deal with Metro Health
WYOMING, Mich.   January 23, 2015  |  WGVU  A Tennessee-based company is taking a significant financial interest in Wyoming-based Metro Health system.   
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625-pound man sentenced to prison in fake bomb threat case
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  January 23, 2015  |  WGVU  A 625-pound western Michigan man has been sentenced to at least a year-and-a-half in prison for a fake bomb threat.   
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Health officials confirm first Michigan measles case in 2015
LANSING, Mich.  January 23, 2015  |  AP  State health officials have confirmed the first reported case of measles in Michigan this year and say it may be associated with a recent outbreak at California's Disneyland theme park.   
Significant drop in union membership in first full year of right to work
  January 23, 2015  |  MPRN  Michigan unions saw a significant drop in membership during the first full year of the state’s right-to-work law.   
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Gov. Rick Snyder issues flag order to honor former lawmaker
Lansing MI  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU   Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags displayed at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor of a former lawmaker who recently died.    
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to visit Detroit Economic Club
Detroit, MI  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is set to speak at a Detroit Economic Club meeting next month.    
Detroit water department offers to reconnect Flint to system
Flint MI  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Detroit's water department has offered to reconnect the city of Flint to its system amid residents' concerns that Flint's water is unsafe.    
DTE Energy sued for cutting old trees in Oakland County
Bloomfield Twp., MI  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU  A lawyer known for personal-injury lawsuits is taking on a utility over the destruction of trees in Oakland County.    
Man, teen charged in incident that closed US-Canada tunnel
Detroit, MI  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Authorities in Windsor, Ontario, have charged a Michigan man and a teenager with possessing illegal weapons in an incident that closed a busy tunnel between Detroit and Canada for three hours.    
Regulators: Work environment improves at Palisades plant
Covert Twp MI  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Federal regulators say the work environment has improved at Palisades Nuclear Plant in southwestern Michigan following concerns that drew attention last year.    
Bedbugs bigger problem in West Michigan, company says
  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU  A national pest control company says West Michigan saw a comparative double-digit jump in bedbug infestations last year.   
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Dems react as Dillon not named to key committee
  January 22, 2015  |  AP  State Democrats react after Republican leadership neglects to name the West Michigan lawmaker of their choice to a key state committee.    
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Religious freedom bill introduced again in new Legislature
  January 22, 2015  |  MPRN  Republican state lawmakers have reintroduced a bill to protect religious practices from government interference.    
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Michigan man sentenced for beating girlfriend with puppy
Kalamazoo MI  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU  A 51-year-old man has been sentenced to six months in jail after authorities say he beat his girlfriend with a two-week-old puppy, causing the animal's death.    
Arguments next in appeal over parole for young lifers
Ann Arbor MI  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU  The state of Michigan is asking an appeals court to overturn a decision that would grant parole hearings to hundreds of prison inmates who were automatically given no-parole sentences as teens convicted of murder.    
Police: Big Rapids man shot arrows at officers
Big Rapids MI  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU   A 27-year-old Big Rapids is facing 12 felony counts after authorities say he shot arrows at police officers while they were investigating an earlier assault.    
Democrats wait for details on planned merger of 2 agencies
Lansing MI  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU   Democrats in Michigan's Legislature are waiting to hear more details about Gov. Rick Snyder's plan to merge two large social services agencies in an effort to better help those on welfare and other government assistance programs.    
Snyder urges debate on protecting gays from discrimination
Lansing MI  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU  Gov. Rick Snyder is urging the Republican-led Legislature to keep alive a bill that would amend Michigan's civil rights law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.    
Snyder uses address to call for passage of sales tax hike
Lansing MI  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU   Gov. Rick Snyder has used his State of the State address to appeal to voters to approve an increase in Michigan's sales tax as part of a plan to boost spending on roads and bridges.    
Team Rubicon specializes in diaster response and veteran career building
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU  Team Rubicon responds to natural disasters around the world…and here at home. It’s a disaster relief organization comprised of military veterans leveraging their skills saving lives. Team Rubicon founder, Jake Wood, spoke Tuesday at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce 127th Annual Meeting.   
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City manager apologizes for withholding union worker raises
LOWELL, Mich.  January 21, 2015  |  AP  A city manager in western Michigan has apologized for withholding raises and taking other actions against city workers who joined a union.   
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Snyder promotes trades training after State of the State
WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.  January 21, 2015  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder is promoting apprenticeships in the skilled trades as a way to ensure students and others can fill in-demand jobs.   
Arguments heard in appeal over parole for young lifers
ANN ARBOR, Mich.  January 21, 2015  |  AP  The state of Michigan has asked an appeals court to overturn a decision that would grant parole hearings to hundreds of prison inmates who were automatically given no-parole sentences as teens convicted of murder.   
State's jobless rate off 0.4 points to 6.3 percent
LANSING, Mich.  January 21, 2015  |  AP  Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues its rapid decline, falling 0.4 percentage points to 6.3 percent in the latest month. That's down a full 2 percentage points in the past year.   
Snyder follows up State of the State by continuing push for skilled trades
  January 21, 2015  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder says his effort to promote skilled trades is one reason he doesn’t support repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law.   

New tourism leader excited about Michigan's possibilities
Lansing MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  The new person in charge of promoting Michigan tourism calls it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.    
Snyder to discuss third-grade reading standards in speech
Lansing MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  Gov. Rick Snyder will make third-grade reading a focus in his annual State of the State address.    
Aretha Franklin sings 'Amazing Grace' at King Day event
Detroit, MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  The Queen of Soul has helped mark Martin Luther King Day in suburban Detroit, accompanying herself on piano while singing "Amazing Grace."    
Snyder to merge state social services agencies
Lansing MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he will announce plans in his State of the State speech to reorganize two state agencies in an effort to better help people in poverty.    
Bell's Brewery to mark 30th anniversary with September event
Kalamazoo MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  Bell's Brewery plans to celebrate 30 years of commercial sales of its beer during a September event in Kalamazoo.    
Detroit could become leader in marijuana dispensaries push
Detroit, MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  Detroit could become a leader in the push to make medical marijuana dispensaries legal in Michigan.    
"Average mom" Sybrina Fulton gun control and Civil Rights advocate
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  When Sybrina Fulton’s son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in 2012, she was thrust into the national spotlight. Not only was her son gone, but his character tried in a court of public opinion. Fulton found support in faith, family and friends. Visiting Grand Rapids on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, she sat down with WGVU expressing her dedication to creating social change.    
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United Way Honors MLK With Service Projects
Grand Rapids MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  As part of numerous activities honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Heart of West Michigan United Way participated with its annual “Day of Service.”    
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Recent laws provide access to overdose antidote
  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  With increased heroin usage across the nation, new laws in Michigan offer better access to a drug that can help reverse an overdose.   
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State health and human services departments to merge, unions fear outsourcing
  January 20, 2015  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder will announce during his State of the State address tonight that two of the state’s largest departments will merge.   
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Speakers, events around Michigan honor Martin Luther King
Grand Rapids MI  January 19, 2015  |  WGVU  Events are planned around Michigan to honor Martin Luther King Jr., including appearances by the mother of Trayvon Martin.    
Michigan may be missing tax revenue in used vehicle sales
Lansing MI  January 19, 2015  |  WGVU  How much was that used car really worth?    
Suburban Detroit woman gets invitation to State of the Union
Warren MI  January 19, 2015  |  WGVU  A Detroit-area woman is getting a prime viewing spot for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address near first lady Michelle Obama.    
Police to target speeding, distracted driving after pileup
Galesburg, MI  January 19, 2015  |  WGVU  Authorities plan to crack down on speeding and distracted driving in eastern Kalamazoo County following a 193-vehicle pileup that killed one man and closed a stretch of Interstate 94 for two days.    
Surviving Great Lakes coal-fired ship gets new lease on life
Ludington MI  January 19, 2015  |  WGVU  The 62-year-old SS Badger is the last coal-fired ferry operating in U.S. waters and is undergoing a makeover to meet the terms of a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate pollution from the disposal of coal ash.    
Holland district, city honor MLK Jr.'s memory
  January 19, 2015  |  WGVU  A photographer who marched in Selma reflects on the impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy as part of Holland’s first school district-wide day of remembrance.   
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The clash of civilizations and the role of the United States
  January 19, 2015  |  WGVU  Former Secretary of Defense, William Cohen, visited West Michigan Monday. A guest of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, Cohen addressed an audience of about 400 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel discussing the United States’ role in the world today.   
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Peters says State of the Union speech will set stage for 2016 elections
  January 19, 2015  |  MPRN  Senator Gary Peters of Michigan says tomorrow’s State of the Union address will have big implications for next year’s elections.    
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Workforce, human services will be part of State of the State speech
  January 19, 2015  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder delivers his fifth State of the State address tomorrow.   

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