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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23rd 2018
Ford is naming Kumar Galhotra as the new president of Ford North America. He's being moved into the slot abruptly vacated this week by Raj Nair after he acknowledged inappropriate behavior.
High school students were among more than 100 gun control advocates who rallied Thursday at the Michigan Capitol to urge lawmakers to pass new regulations. New school security measures are being discussed, but a ban on the kind of gun used in Florida is not on the GOP agenda.
Michigan's Republican-led House led the push to make English the official state language. The bill passed mostly along party lines, with Democrats saying it does nothing but isolate citizens whose use of English is limited.
The Superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools says she is going to participate in the National School Walkout demanding gun reform. Teresa Neal said Thursday that she and the entire district will participate on March 14th.
A suspected electrical fire caused the evacuation of a Warren hotel Thursday morning. Over 100 guests at the Extended Stay America location on Civic Center Drive near Van Dyke in Warren were forced from their rooms.
The Flint Board of Education voted to close Flint Northwestern High School after the 2017-18 school year. School board officials plan to house the central kitchen, as well as continue to utilize Guy V. Houston Stadium for athletic events.
While authorities say the rising Lansing rivers have reached their highest point, the area continues to experience some of its heaviest flooding in over 40 years. Drivers are advised to stay away from barricaded and flooded areas.
The Morley Area Fire Department is investigating a Thursday morning house fire in the Village of Morley. Investigators say seven people were inside the home at the time of the fire. No one was injured.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 22nd 2018
Michigan lawmakers are about to approve an additional 175-million-dollars in road funding for the upcoming construction season. The full House was expected to vote on the package Wednesday and the Senate is expected to concur next week.
Michigan high schools are graduating more than 80-percent of their students for the first time in eleven years. State education records show last year's graduation rate was just over 80-percent, up a half percentage point from the year before.
A pair of Macomb County School districts have permitted the Macomb County Communications and Technology Center to monitor the schools cameras. Utica Community Schools and Romeo Community Schools are the first to grant access to their system.
A train derailment caused road delays in Wyoming Wednesday. Officials say it's likely two engines from the freight train toppled because of heavy rain and washout. No injuries were reported.
Westland Mayor Bill Wild is jumping into the crowded pool of people who want to succeed John Conyers in Congress. Wild's been mayor of Westland since 2007 and was re-elected last fall.
The westbound ramp at Interstate 69 and Hammerberg Road in Flint was closed Wednesday night. The ramp was closed due to pothole maintenance, with only emergency vehicles allowed on the stretch of road.
Severe flooding has prompted leaders in Lansing and Lansing Township to declare a state of emergency. The leaders made the announcement at a press conference Wednesday night following expectations of the worst flooding mid-Michigan has seen in decades.
The Child Abuse and Prevention and Education Council (CAPE) of Emmet and Charlevoix Counties donated 500 sleep sacks to McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey. The sacks are basically snuggies for babies and are a safe way to keep them warm.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 21st 2018
The executive director of the Bat Zone in Pontiac has been fired. The move comes after the non-profit's board of directors reportedly found that the organization was in financial distress.
There's a new legal team in place at Michigan State University. The new team includes former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young.
A Detroit Police officer that perished while participating in a training session was laid to rest Tuesday. Officer Darren Weathers passed away last week when he went through an intersection on Michigan Avenue and Clark and was hit by another vehicle.
Grand Rapid Public Schools is offering a sports program for kids, even if their parents can't afford to pay. In an effort to promote healthy habits in children, GRPS teamed up with a non-profit to create "Great Sports, Great Kids."
Detroit police have arrested the 22-year-old driver of a car whose passenger was succumbed to injuries after the car they were traveling in hit a light pole on Tuesday morning. The crash reportedly happened after the car struck a pothole. Charges haven’t been announced.
Michigan State Police are reminding drivers to take it slow and steady when driving through flooded roadways. MSP also reminds drivers to be mindful of other drivers. A good rule of thumb, if it looks deep, chances are it probably is.
A Corunna High School student was honored by congress for his heroic actions during a swim meet in January. Xavier Staubs is credited with saving a rival swimmer. On Tuesday, Congressman John Moolenaar presented Staubs with the entry into the congressional record that honors him.
A disaster declaration has been made in Clare County due to extensive flooding. Emergency Management Director, Jerry Becker, says flooding has damaged and closed roads and led to significant damage to hundreds of homes. The Hayes Municipal Complex at 2055 E Townline Lake Road in Harrison has been opened as a shelter for residents that have been displaced by flooding.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20th 2018
Consumers Energy is projecting that it will phase out the use of coal to generate energy by 2040. It's a move to slash emissions of the gases responsible for global warming.
Cliff Russell, the first African-American to hold the post of press secretary for a Detroit mayor, has died of what the family says was a heart attack Sunday. The 61-year-old Russell had been a radio host on WWJ from the mid-80s to 1994.
A Van Buren County boy who was reported missing over the weekend is now back home. Eight-year-old Xavier Preston went missing Sunday night after playing in front of his home in Covert Township.
A Grand Rapids juvenile is in custody after evading his probation officer. Police say a homeless woman helped lead investigators to the arrest after she recognized 15-year-old Isaiah Burrows in a photo on Saturday.
Michigan State Police say they are leaning toward vandalism as the explanation for four vehicles being hit by projectiles Sunday afternoon on I-75 between Troy and Detroit. Police say it appears a pellet gun was used to shoot at vehicles.
The City of Flint will use a 3 million dollar four-year grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation to hire an economic development team. Mayor Karen Weaver made the announced at a press conference Monday, at Flint City Hall.
Lansing Community College will be the site of a job fair today. More than 100 employers will be at the event, looking to fill full-time, part-time and internship positions. The job fair runs from 2 to 5p.m. at the LCC West Campus
More improvements and changes are coming to the historic Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Crews are working on a $10 million project for Building 58 which was a warehouse used for dry goods, the kitchen and cooler.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 19th 2018
Michigan is allegedly one of the states visited in 2014 by Russians intent on interfering in U.S. elections. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has led to indictments of 13 Russians and three Russian companies.
Detroit developer and businessman Dan Gilbert says his 21-year-old son Nick is recovering after eight hours of brain surgery early last week. Nick was born with a genetic nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has added another 229-thousand Ram pickups to an earlier recall notice. The problem covers 2017 and 2018 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, and heavy-duty Chassis Cab trucks with a steering column shifter.
A Grand Rapids hospital wants to make sure people know how to stop bleeding in case of an emergency. Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital is hosting free training on applying tourniquets, but you must purchase your own first aid supplies.
School officials in Dearborn are pushing back at having a gun incident at Dearborn High School listed as a "school shooting" by a gun safety group. The group Everytown for Gun Safety claims that there have been 18 school shootings so far this year.
A 57-year-old Goodrich woman died Sunday morning after a traffic crash in northeast Oakland County. A car driven by a 36-year-old St. Clair man veered left of the center line on Lakeville Road and collided with a vehicle driven by a 60-year-old Goodrich man, according to police.
Students at Michigan State University danced their Saturday away during a day-long dance marathon. The Dance Marathon was held at the AM Circle in East Lansing. The marathon raised awareness and money for children and young adults battling cancer.
Gladwin County sheriff's officials say an ATV fell into Lake Lancer in Butman Township Saturday evening. Investigators say the driver, David McCloe,63, was rescued but Monica Johnson, 58, died at the scene.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16th 2018
A nonprofit in Detroit is getting a million-dollar federal grant to help the city clean up some of its diesel pollution. Project partners are providing two-and-a-half-million-dollars in matching funds as part of the EPA's program to cut diesel pollution.
Steelworkers are protesting a Kalamazoo business as they demand fair contracts. The protesters were gathered in front of Borrough Corporation, with picket signs and chants calling the company greedy.
The FBI in Detroit has a new Special Agent in Charge of the office. Director Christopher Wray announced the appointment of Timothy Slates for the Detroit Division.
A multi-million-dollar donation is benefiting Grand Rapids teachers. Mike and Sue Jandernoa donated three-million to the University of Michigan and Grand Rapids Public Schools to expand a teacher training program.
The city of Dearborn agreed to pay one-and-a-quarter-million-dollars to the family of a woman who was fatally shot by police in 2016. Thirty-one-year-old Janet Wilson was shot in her car near Fairlane Mall after what police said was erratic behavior.
INSPIRE Leadership, a speaker series from the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce launches Feb. 22. Each leader will have one hour to share his or her ideas and lessons learned, as well as answer questions from the audience.
Lansing's Mayor wants more details about the proposals to build a new city hall. Four developers have submitted plans. Thursday, Mayor Andy Schor gave them 30 days to provide information on things like parking and architectural plans.
The hospital in Manistee is back open following a roof fire Thursday. The small fire broke out on the south side of the roof at Munson Healthcare Manistee.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15th 2018
Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders are reportedly on the same page on a plan to cut taxes. The plan involves expanding the state's personal exemption and forgiving outstanding driver responsibility fees.
It's a sign of the season, every year across Michigan as ice fishing shanties disappear from state lakes. As the weather warms, the DNR says people whose shanties fall through the ice can be fined up to 500-dollars.
The 73rd Annual Grand Rapids Boat Show kicked of Wednesday downtown. Over 400 boats from 100 different manufacturers are participating this year at DeVos Place.
A Grand Rapids woman is missing 30-thousand dollars after a scammer posed as a love interest. The victim says a man approached her on Facebook and after gaining her trust started asking for money wires.
Detroit school Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is vowing changes to the district's literacy and math curriculum. Vitti says the search is on for a new curriculum for next school year and that teachers will be heavily involved in the selection process.
There's a new startup program designed for entrepreneurs in Genesee County. It's called Bizbox, a free program that works with new entrepreneurs providing tools necessary to get businesses off on the right start, but also to help make them thrive in a competitive market.
The Ingham County Prosecutor will not pursue criminal charges against two Eaton County Sheriff's deputies who shot and killed a man who rammed them with his vehicle. The two deputies had no other reasonable means to avert the threat posed by 64-year-old Robert Smith.
It was out with the old and in with the new for the United Way of Otsego County Wednesday. They unveiled their new van they’ll use to take cancer patients to and from appointments. Their old van logged more than 160,000 miles.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14th 2018
Federal weather scientists are reporting that more than two-thirds of the Great Lakes are covered in ice. NOAA's online map shows 69-percent coverage, the second most in the last 24 years.
The Michigan Department of Transportation had crews working on two freeways that are filled with potholes. I-696 both eastbound and westbound between I-94 and Telegraph Road were slowed as road crews took up three lanes Tuesday.
A group of Muskegon middle schoolers are working together to raise awareness for people with Down syndrome. The children are promoting inclusion and empathy by selling custom socks, bracelets, and ribbons.
Police are investigating a Kent County crash involving a school bus Tuesday morning. The accident happened near Kinney Avenue and Remembrance Road in Walker just after 6:30 am.
It's not just Valentine's Day in Detroit public schools, it's also Count Day. It's one of two days when the enrollment taken is one of the factors that determines the amount of per-pupil student aid districts receive from the state.
A Michigan State Police trooper was hit during a traffic stop Tuesday.
Troopers stopped a vehicle at about 9 a.m. in the 4100 block of Marvin Street while assisting the DEA. During the traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle intentionally put the vehicle in reverse and ran into the trooper.
It's a gas price war. Gasoline prices dropped to $1.94 per gallon at three stations in Eaton Rapids. Family Fare, Speedway and Admiral stations lowered prices Tuesday morning, which represent the lowest in the U.S.
On Tuesday, The Watershed Center declared Grand Traverse Bay frozen over, which hasn't happened for the past two winters. The ice goes past Power Island, which is how The Watershed Center makes the determination that it's frozen over.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 13th 2018
The state has begun to process applications for home heating credit for the 2017 tax year. The state has mailed instructions for how to apply for the credit that helps low-income residents with their winter energy bills.
Furniture mogul and active philanthropist Archie A. Van Elslander has died at the age of 87 after a yearlong bout with cancer. Van Elslander founded the Michigan-based Art Van Furniture chain.
Ford Motor Company officials say demand for the new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator has surpassed expectations. The result is an increase in production and investment at the Louisville, Kentucky Truck plant where the vehicles are built.
A new study says that Grand Rapids offers the most balanced lifestyle. MagnifyMoney.com says Grand Rapids scored 83 out of 100, based on factors like average sleep time, commuting time, price of goods, and income.
Travelers between Detroit and Windsor will have the option of using the tunnel this Wednesday and Thursday nights. It's usually closed for construction during the work week and on some weekends.
1,800 acts of kindness in 18 hours. That's what dozens of Genesee Intermediate School District employees did Monday as part of their 'Day of Giving'. Employees gave away free fast food gift cards, coffee for road commission crews, and gift bags for cancer patients.
The Ingham County sheriff, will work with three new local businesses to help people properly dispose of unused or expired prescription pills. LAFCU, Upstream Investment Partners and the Abood Law Firm will welcome Ingham County deputies mobile pill receptacle into their businesses this Friday.
The president’s budget proposal once again puts environmental protection funding on the chopping block. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative would see more than $200 million in cuts.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 12th 2018
MSU's interim president John Engler is moving to fire William Strampel, the former boss of convicted Dr. Larry Nassar. Strampel is being fired for failing to enforce special protocols put in place after a 2014 harassment investigation of Nassar.
The American Civil Liberties Union is taking issue with a study by the Michigan State Police that concludes that there's little evidence of racial profiling in traffic stops. The ACLU says their own mini-study, found that nearly half of those stopped were black or Hispanic.
An elderly woman from Marquette County is back home after getting lost in freezing temperatures. Police say the 69-year-old motorist took a wrong turn and her car got stuck in snow near Fence River Road.
An 18-year-old man from Ionia Township is facing charges for numerous car thefts and arsons. Hunter Wagner was arrested last month on unrelated charges, but police say they connected him to a series of incidents around Ionia.
The city of Detroit says it won't start enforcing a controversial ban on some Airbnb-type rentals. The ban on short-term rentals in some residential areas technically went into effect last week, but the city says its law department will review the new zoning amendment.
A jackknifed semi-truck and disabled tow truck Sunday afternoon led to the closure of southbound US-23 in Fenton Township. Traffic was diverted onto Thompson Road following the incidents on southbound US-23, south of the Thompson Road exit.
A 47 year-old Lansing man has been charged for a robbery that took place at the Comerica Bank on S. Cedar St. Police say the robbery happened Friday, when the suspect entered the bank and demanded money.
A three-vehicle crash backed up traffic on Munson Avenue in Traverse City for a while Sunday morning. The crash happened just after 10 a.m. near the intersection of Munson Avenue and East Front Street. Crews said two people were sent to the hospital with injuries.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9th 2018
State lawmakers are debating a new plan to create a report card for public schools that would assign an A-F letter grade. State Representative Tim Kelly says his plan would allow parents to make informed decisions about where to send their children.
The family of Tim Schell is speaking out about his sudden death due to the flu virus. The 51-year-old man, who according to family members was healthy prior to the trip, died two days later from the Influenza A strain of the virus.
A Kalamazoo Central High School student is in trouble with the law after allegedly attacking a teacher. A cell phone video captured the minor lunging on the teacher's back and putting him in a headlock until they crashed into desks.
A Grand Rapids woman battling breast cancer is suing Spectrum Health for allegedly firing her while she was on leave. Dr. Susan Day says she was fired because of her concerns over health care billing and discrimination.
Detroit-area commuters can expect that deja-vu feeling this morning when the second snow storm in a week threatens the morning drive. The winter storm could dump five to nine inches on the ground by midday today.
The Galentine's Day event, will be held Sunday at Flint Local 432, 124 W. First St. They will collect feminine hygiene donations that will be distributed to the YWCA of Greater Flint. It will be held from noon to 7 p.m.
To keep sidewalks cleared and people safe, Lansing has a snow ordinance requiring people to shovel their sidewalks, or be ticketed by the city. The city gives people 24 hours after the last hour of precipitation before ticketing those who have not shoveled.
The Winterfest in Beulah is this Saturday. Events are held at the Beulah Village park on Crystal Lake. There’s turkey bowling, a chilli cook off, carriage rides, frozen fish tossing, outhouse races and IWPA dog weight pulling competitions.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 8th 2018
In addition to plans for more money for schools and roads, Governor Snyder's budget also includes plans to stop paying outside companies to supply food to state prisons. The change will begin after the current vendor's contract expires at the end of July.
The father of three long-missing Michigan brothers insists teeth and bone fragments found last fall in Montana don't belong to his sons. John Skelton is in a Michigan prison for unlawful imprisonment after he failed to return the boys to his estranged wife in 2010.
The driver in a deadly crash in Grand Traverse County is not being charged. Prosecutor Robert Cooney says the parents of Tyler Troyer asked him to not charge the 29-year-old woman who lost control of her vehicle in December and hit Troyer as he was snow-blowing.
There's a new city ordinance in Grand Rapids meant to protect pedestrians. City commissioners approved legislation that requires vehicles to completely stop for pedestrians.
A former Michigan state trooper isn't responding to a civil lawsuit by the family of a teenager who died after being hit with a Taser jolt. Mark Bessner is facing a civil suit in the death last summer of 15-year-old Damon Grimes.
Legionnaires' contributed to the deaths of two men who prosecutors say were victims of the disease while the city used the Flint River as its source of water. Dr. Joel Kahn testified Wednesday, that Legionnaires' at least contributed to the deaths of Robert Skidmore and John Snyder.
The future of a local school district is up for a vote this spring, as voters consider a bond proposal worth nearly $25 million to improve Northwest Community Schools. Five years ago voters approved a $40 million bond.
A man is recovering in the hospital after a crash with a propane truck. It happened Wednesday morning around 10:30 in Forest Home Township. Antrim County Sheriff's Office says, Thomas Ward, 52 of Bellaire, was driving southbound when he crossed the centerline and struck an Amerigas propane truck head-on.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 7th 2018
Two new studies are concluding that most of the 90 Legionnaires' disease cases during the deadly outbreak in the Flint area in 2014 were caused by changes in the water supply. The state and its outside consultant say the studies are inaccurate, flawed and incomplete.
Former Congressman Joe Knollenberg has died at the age of 84, according to a family friend. Knollenberg, a Republican, represented Michigan's Eleventh and Ninth Districts from 1993 to 2008.
Approximately 50-thousand UAW workers will be getting profit sharing checks of eleven-thousand-750 dollars from General Motors. The automaker announced a net loss of three-point-nine-billion dollars on income of nearly 13-billion for 2017.
A Grand Rapids auto shop is closed after the state discovered the business wasn't registered. The Secretary of State's Office says Guevara Brothers Auto Repair, didn't have a certified mechanic either.
Police in Holly have a 55-year-old man in custody after he reportedly set his wife on fire following an argument. She is being treated for second and third-degree burns while the man is being held in the Oakland County Jail.
Students from Flint Southwestern Classical Academy and Ludington will compete in a showdown on Quiz Central that will air on WCMU Public Television Wednesday evening at 7:30. Quiz Central is an academic quiz show.
An animal cruelty investigation is underway after a starving puppy with serious burns was found at a West Lansing apartment building. The three month old pit bull arrived at the Capital Area Humane Society with third degree burns covering 40% of his body, and suffering from starvation.
Troy-based NAI-Group announced plans to expand its operations and they are investing more than $2 million in a new plant near downtown Gaylord. NAI says they will add 40 jobs by spring and close to 100 more by 2019.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 6th 2018
Now that he's been sentenced in Eaton County, Larry Nassar is likely heading back to federal prison, but the details aren't public. Judge Janice Cunningham Monday sentenced Nassar to 40 to 125-years in prison.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard is touting a new communications tool. Bouchard says the department will be the first in the state with FirstNet, which allows first responders to have phone service, even in emergency situations.
A Muskegon car dealership is making viewers take a double look at their recent ad. Following the Eagles' win against the New England Patriots Sunday, Subaru of Muskegon ran a 30-second silent ad giving congratulations to the losing team.
The young man who struck and killed Comstock Township Ed Switalski is sentenced to prison. Monday, a judge sentenced Brandon Clevenger to three to15 years after he pleaded guilty to driving distracted.
Gasoline prices inched up four-cents a gallon on average in the latest survey from Triple A Michigan. The price for drivers in metro Detroit is at two-dollars-62-cents a gallon which is up by nearly five-cents.
An 18-year-old woman is in critical condition, following an accidental shooting at a Mt. Morris Township home. Mt. Morris Township Police were called out shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, to the 5000 block of Highwood Drive, for a report of a shooting.
There’s a new way to get around the city of Jackson. This week, two major roads will be converted from one way to two way traffic. With one-way roads circling downtown Jackson, drivers have found that getting to businesses a challenge.
Multiple entities are still at work cleaning up a gas spill south of Chassell after Saturday's fatal crash. The gas spilled during a fatal 4-vehicle accident at the bridge over the Sturgeon River on US-41 in Chassell.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 5th 2018
There will be no charges against the father of three victims of sports doctor Larry Nassar after the man lunged at Nassar during a sentencing hearing Friday. Randall Margraves tried to attack Nassar after the judge refused his request to be allowed time alone with the convicted abuser.
When Governor Rick Snyder unveils his budget Wednesday, he'll reportedly call for a boost in per-pupil spending for K-12 students. State budget officials say the increase of 233-dollars per student would be the largest since 2007.
A Lowell organization that uses therapy horses is on the list for finalists competing for a 15-thousand-dollar grant. The Barn of Equine Learning suffered a terrible loss last year when an arsonist started a fire that killed 13 horses.
Frontier Airlines is offering cheap tickets from Grand Rapids to Philadelphia. The airline is promoting the recently established route with an airfare of just 29-dollars.
News that the city of Detroit is posting its third consecutive balanced budget means that it's likely to emerge from state oversight this year. Coming out of bankruptcy, the city's annual financial report shows that finances have steadied.
The community is invited to join members of the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame, for the official announcement of its 2018 inductees. The event takes place at the Flint Public Library, from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Multiple fire and police departments were called to the scene of a house fire Saturday afternoon near the village of Lyons. Everyone in the home made it out safely, a dog and cat were killed in the fire. The home is a total loss.
Two people are in the hospital Sunday after a snowmobile crash in Mecosta County. Deputies say they were called to Round Lake at around 8 p.m. Saturday after a snowmobile traveling on the lake crashed into the shoreline.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 4th 2018
The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions. They beat the New England Patriots 41-33 to win Super Bowl 52 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. It's the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history for the Eagles.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2nd 2018
Governor Rick Snyder is proposing a five-dollar annual fee on water customers across the state to help replace lead pipes and other infrastructure in their local communities. Snyder said the fee would start at one-dollar this year and rise to five-dollars by 2024.
January was a good sales month for General Motors, but not so much for Ford and Fiat Chrysler. GM reported a one-point-three-percent increase in sales with strong gains for pickups and crossovers.
After several months and multiple procedures a baby at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is finally ready to go home. Genesis Boss was born with a condition that made her jaw too small to eat or breathe on her own.
Lawmakers in Grand Rapids are tackling the affordable housing crisis with new legislation. The "Housing NOW" proposals are also creating new policies that allow the city to invest in development projects.
The city of Detroit is targeting an east side neighborhood to launch an effort to get all rental units registered and up to code. If apartments are not brought into compliance, renters have the option of putting their payments into an escrow fund until they are.
The authority covering Mundy Township and Swartz Creek has cross-sworn officers with Gaines Township. It's part of a trial run that will allow officials in the community of nearly 7,000 to decide if they'd like to join the multi-jurisdictional police authority.
The annual homeless count which is required by the federal government took place throughout Ingham county. Findings from the count will be sent to Congress to determine how much federal funding the community will get to help the homeless population.
An Ionia County man is dead after he was involved in a snowmobile crash in Chippewa County. Deputies say they responded to the accident near Brimley Grade Road. Kristen Brown, of Portland, was riding his snowmobile too fast for trail conditions.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1st 2018
Two Michigan congressmen were passengers on an Amtrak train involved in a fatal collision with a truck Wednesday in Virginia. Both Paul Mitchell and Fred Upton were not injured in the crash.
Michigan State University is expected to name Greg Ianni as interim athletic director as the fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal continues. Ianni will move up from deputy athletic director to temporarily replace Mark Hollis.
A recent spike in vandalism at several Ann Arbor parks has led the police department to offer a reward for information leading to an arrest. The department is offering 500-dollars for tips leading to the suspects.
A Grand Rapid Monastery is teaming up with local hospitals to provide more resources. The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapid announced Wednesday a partnership with Mercy Health St. Mary's and Trinity Health to support the Marywood Campus.
The spokesman for the Detroit Land Bank is resigning. Craig Fahle [FAH-lee] says he informed the staff Wednesday morning of his decision. He had submitted his resignation letter to Land Bank officials on Tuesday.
Officials at a Flint school failed to provide medical treatment after bullying allegedly escalated into an attack on a 12-year-old student. A lawsuit filed by the mother of the student, four female students "viciously assaulted and battered," the girl.
Michigan State University students have planned a "march for transparency". Due to that denial, they plan to march on Friday at 5pm, meeting at the rock on campus.
Grand Traverse County commissioners were back at it Wednesday night, starting the process to fill the position of county administrator. The board voted to work once again with Gov-HR to track down a field of candidates.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 31st 2018
Governor Rick Snyder says he doesn't want to push MSU trustees into retiring over the Nassar scandal, but he says they need to do more. Snyder says he's pleased to see that the board is being proactive about working with victims.
Governor Snyder is proposing raising garbage dumping fees to pay for cleaning up more than three-thousand toxic waste sites across the state. The state is footing the bill for cleaning up the industrial pollution, because there's no longer any person or company legally liable.
The latest technology at McDonald's is debuted at a Wyoming location Tuesday. The restaurant chain is introducing self-ordering kiosks, with the latest instillation at the location near 28th Street and Clydon Avenue.
Grand Rapids city commissioners have narrowed the field of candidates to be the next city manager. They include Pontiac Deputy Mayor Jane Bais-Disessa, Port Huron City Manager James Freed and Arlington County, Virginia, Deputy Manager Carol Mitten.
Police in Brighton are warning people that an online fundraising campaign for a woman suffering from cancer is a fake. GoFundMe has closed an account that had raised more than 31-thousand-dollars for a woman who claimed she had stage four cancer.
Mayor Karen Weaver’s office has announced a Special Community Forum to take place Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the Forum is to meet with residents and provide information about the plans underway to improve water quality in the City of Flint.
Michigan State University is expected to name former governor John Engler as its interim president. Engler, an MSU alum, replaces Lou Anna Simon, who resigned last week in the wake of the Nassar scandal.
For the second year in a row, The Pirman Corner Dairy Farm was awarded a Gold rating from the Michigan Milk Producers Association and Silver from the National Milk Producers Federation.
TUESDAY JANUARY 30th 2018
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office is working to collect emails, text messages, personnel files and other internal records for the investigation of how MSU handled accusations of misconduct against Larry Nassar.
A group fighting to repeal Michigan's prevailing wage law is asking the state to verify its petitions. A group called Protecting Michigan Taxpayers is trying the unusual step of sending a bill to lawmakers by initiative, a citizens' petition.
CMS Energy is pulling the plug on plans to build a new steam and power generation turbine at a plant in Dearborn. The controversial plan would have increased the emission of carbon monoxide and other pollutants by more than 15-hundred tons per year.
The Grand Rapids Police Department could be introduced to new training on interacting with minors. The department has been under scrutiny this past year, following two incidents in which officers drew weapons on children.
In the wake of declining sales by Ford in China, the CEO and Chairman of Ford China is resigning effective immediately. Jason Luo had just taken charge of the company in September.
Genesee County Animal Control, will host a free adoption drive. The event will be held today through Saturday. All adoption costs will be waived for animals adopted during these dates.
The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has cancelled its annual ball out of respect for the more than 150 women and girls who are victims of the college’s former employee, Larry Nassar. The ball had been set for this Saturday, Feb. 3rd.
Mike Perilloux is a Manistique graduate who returned to the area five years, and now is mayor. Perilloux says one of his goals will be expanding Manistique's profile, as a great place to open a business or raise a family.
MONDAY JANUARY 29th 2018
An examination of MSU records is showing the school had concerns about Larry Nassar's conduct in 2014. The school withheld some of their findings from Amanda Thomashow after investigating her complaint.
MSU's Board of Trustees is naming Vice President Bill Beekman to take the place of President Lou Anna Simon until an interim president is chosen. He's been the secretary to the Board of Trustees since 2008 and served as Simon's executive assistant.
A surgical robot made its debut at Spectrum Health in downtown Grand Rapids. It's called the Davinci X-I and doctors say it will make recovery faster and less painful.
A Grand Rapids robotics company is adding a second location. Axis Company, LLC. designs, programs and builds robotic automation and assembly equipment. Said it will be hiring 50 people, as part of its $4 million expansion.
Detroit Police Officer Glenn Doss died Sunday from injuries sustained from a shooting on Jan. 24, DPD Chief James Craig said, "He is truly what we call one of Detroit's finest”. He was a two-year veteran of the force.
This is the start of a big week for seniors in Genesee County. The 40th annual Senior Winter Games of Genesee County kicks off today in Davison. With 15 senior centers in Genesee County, hundreds are expected to participate.
Crews have installed a traffic light at the intersection of Saginaw Highway and Broadbent Road. The intersection has gotten busier as more businesses have moved into the area. The light is not operational yet.
After years of concerns over the condition of the Line 5 pipeline, Enbridge’s senior manager says the company is working to secure the proper permits to replace the pipeline, built in 1953 runs crude oil under the Straits of Mackinac.
FRIDAY JANUARY 26th 2018
State lawmakers are giving MSU two weeks to surrender records related to the Larry Nassar scandal as they begin an their investigation. Of particular interest is the school's exoneration of Nassar after an investigation in 2014.
John Conyers the Third is filing the paperwork to seek the congressional seat long held by his father, The move sets up a potential intra-family political fight if State Senator Ian Conyers follows through with his announced plans to seek his great-uncle's old seat.
Michigan native and musician Jack White is starting his U.S. tour in Grand Rapids and Detroit. White announced that he has banned photos and recording devices to enhance the "human experience" for his fans, but there will be a designated phone zone.
Over 60 applicants are hoping to be the next Grand Rapids city manager. As Greg Sundstrom retires from the position, city commissioners are looking for someone to take the lead of city departments.
Detroit police say the man accused of shooting and wounding an officer responding to a domestic dispute has a history of mental illness. The suspect began firing at officers as they arrived at the home Wednesday night on McDougall, wounding 25-year-old officer Glenn Doss in the head.
Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee County, just installed a new water filtration system, and it's already making a difference. Bluewater one of Sweden's leading environmental companies provided two filtration units for the kitchen.
Mayor Mark Meadows has called for the resignation of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees in the wake of the scandal involving disgraced former MSU doctor Larry Nassar.
It’s the first year for the new and improved Wexford County 911 Dispatch service, it’s all local, but some budget issues might be cropping up. Wexford County commissioners say early projections show that a surcharge for services isn’t bringing back as much money as expected.
THURSDAY JANUARY 25th 2018
In sentencing disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to 175-years in prison Wednesday, Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told the admitted abuser "I just signed your death warrant."
Detroit's Mike Duggan is one of four Michigan mayors in a group of city officials from around the country meeting with President Trump at the White House. Duggan and the others are in Washington for the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
After filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us is closing six locations in Michigan. The company filed court documents late Tuesday announcing its plans to close under-performing stores.
The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is getting its last extension for a three-million-dollar loan. The fourth and final extension was approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund Wednesday.
Some business owners in Detroit say they are not getting prompt response times from police because they are not part of the city's "Green Light" program. A manager of a gas station, said that an angry customer trashed his store and police failed to show up for an hour.
A new, $400,000 truck on Flint's fire fleet will allow the department to better battle the city's blazes, says Fire Chief Ray Barton. The truck will replace the city's current oldest model - a renovated 1991 Little Debbie Bread truck.
Lou Anna K. Simon, Michigan State University's first female president, resigned Wednesday night amid growing outcry over the university's handling of the Larry Nassar scandal. Simon, 70, has headed the university since 2004.
A St. Helen man accepted a Purple Heart Medal Wednesday on his brother’s behalf. He died serving in the Army in Vietnam. William Cox was killed in 1966 when the truck he was driving was ambushed. Michael, William’s brother, accepted the honors.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 24th 2018
Governor Rick Snyder announced plans to improve the state's pool of high-tech workers. In his final State of the State address Tuesday, Snyder promised to step up efforts already underway to promote high-tech training and skilled trades.
DTE is still expecting higher heating bills this year, even though winter is about half over. The drop in natural gas prices is being offset by some of the frigid temperatures, meaning the average bill will rise about 30-dollars for the season.
A plan for a network of parks and trails along the Grand River is close to its fundraising goal. Ottawa County Parks announced two donations this month that helped the Grand River Greenway Initiative reach five-point-five-million-dollars.
Officials are concerned Rockford residents were drinking toxic water longer than originally thought. Rockford's water is now testing free of the toxic chemicals, introduced by Wolverine World Wide, because nearly 20 years ago the city changed its supply.
Wayne County Executive Warren Evans says there's more work to do to stabilize the county's finances, so he'll seek re-election in November. Evans was elected in 2014 after serving as Wayne County Sheriff and Detroit police chief.
The Flint Farmers' Market is taking it's global appeal to a new level. This week, the venue is hosting it's first ever International Taste Fest. The signature event is set for Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Admission and food samples are free.
Lou Anna K. Simon has faced calls to resign. Now, it's students at MSU who want her gone. A peaceful protest is slated to take place Friday at 6 p.m. in front of "the rock," a large rock near the university's auditorium where students sometimes gather for events.
With warmer weather expected later this week, the Mackinac Bridge is expected to close because of falling ice. Bridge patrol crews are carefully monitoring ice forming along the cables and towers above the road deck. If any signs of ice falling are spotted, the bridge will be closed.
TUESDAY JANUARY 23rd 2018
Three high-ranking members of the USA Gymnastics board of directors are stepping down in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. The chairman, vice chairman and treasurer of the group's board quit after lengthy terms.
The President of The Henry Ford is offering a blanket apology for the appearance of an "offensive" word in the museum's semi-annual magazine, but officials won't say what the offensive word is.
Approximately 80 employees of DTE Energy are heading to Puerto Rico Monday to help in the island's effort to restore power. The utility company sent crews and around 45 trucks about a month ago after Hurricane Maria devastated the island last September.
A Grand Rapids native is celebrating his first time playing for the Harlem Globe Trotters in his hometown. Porter "Primetime" Maberry, a graduate from Ottawa Hills High School, came back to Van Andel Arena Sunday.
Detroit public school principals and assistant principals are a step closer to getting their first raises in eight years. The board's finance committee Monday approved a proposal that would lead to three-percent raises.
Pre-registration has opened for a registry of Flint residents exposed to lead during the water crisis that has plagued the city.Michigan State University is using federal funds to help establish the voluntary registry.
It’s more than just a cold, it’s a fever, a cough and your body will ache all over. That’s when you know you have the flu. According to Ingham County Health Department Director Linda Vail, the virus has only started to hit in mid-Michigan.
The Traverse City Police Department has a new full time patrol officer. Justin Nowland was sworn in Monday morning at the Governmental Center. Nowland has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University.
MONDAY JANUARY 22nd 2018
Two more Olympic gold winners are speaking out in court to condemn former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Jordyn Wieber of Dewitt, came forward for the first time Friday to say she was abused by Nassar for a decade.
State Senator Ian Conyers is announcing plans to follow in the footsteps of his great uncle, longtime congressman John Conyers. The younger Conyers says he's running for the 13th District seat that the elder Conyers held for decades.
One of the most popular vehicles at the Detroit auto show isn't a new model or a concept car and even has some rust, but the 1968 Ford Mustang is attracted crowds who first saw it in the Steve McQueen movie "Bullitt."
The American Civil Liberties Union is calling for an investigation into Michigan State Police. The ACLU grew concerned about racial profiling in traffic stops along the I-94, after receiving multiple complaints.
Rochester congressman Mike Bishop is pushing for regular status reports on the condition of pipelines in and near the Great Lakes. A bill he introduced would require that certain repairs and safety measures be required.
Dozens of firefighters put out a fire Sunday afternoon at the vacant Ballenger Manor Apartments in Flint. Multiple calls were received by 911 around 4 p.m. for large amounts of smoke coming from the complex near the city's western border.
One person is dead after a Sunday morning crash in Williamston. Police say a suspected drunk driver survived. It happened on Williamston Road just south of Frost road. Just two vehicles were involved in the crash.
Iron Mountain and Kingsford's Rotary Club have started their fourth annual winter fundraiser. Club members and volunteers pushed a small Saturn onto Chapin Lake. The closest pick for the month, date and time that the vehicle plunges thru the ice wins $1500.
FRIDAY JANUARY 19th 2018
Two Olympic gymnastics medalists added their voices to the chorus of abuse victims testifying at the sentencing of sports doctor Larry Nassar. Thursday, bronze medalist Jamie Dantzscher called Nassar a monster for whom there's no therapy and no healing.
The Kent County Lead Task Force is issuing a list of recommendations to tackle dangerous levels of lead. Officials finalized the 62-page report titled "Ending Child Lead Exposure in Kent County."
Work will begin in the spring on phase two of projects at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti. Automakers and suppliers began testing autonomous vehicles and software last month at the 500-acre site located on the former Willow Run bomber plant.
Grand Rapids isn't making the cut for Amazon's second headquarters. The retail giant released a narrowed list of 20 possible cities Thursday, and Detroit didn't make it either.
A Detroit police officer is waiving his preliminary examination and will now stand trial for assaulting a customer at a Meijer store where he was moonlighting as a security guard. Sixty-five-year-old Lonnie Wade was captured on store video beating a Detroit man last October.
Organizers say donors have responded to the call for matching gifts to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund of the Foundation for Flint. The fund, established in 2016, serves the long-term health and development needs of Flint children exposed to lead in their drinking water.
More state lawmakers are joining the call for Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to resign in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. Reports say assault allegations against Nassar reached at least 14 university
representatives over a 20-year period.
Grand Traverse County is once again without a county administrator. Vicki Uppal resigned Wednesday after only being on the job since September. No explanation was given.
THURSDAY JANUARY 18th 2018
The U.S. Geological Survey now says the earthquake on Tuesday in Michigan that followed a meteor lighting up the night sky, was centered somewhere between Ann Arbor and East Lansing. The epicenter of the 2.0 magnitude quake was also not far from where some reports say meteorite may be found. NASA now says the Howell area, south of Lansing, is a good place to look for space rocks.
A state program set up to compensate wrongfully convicted people is awarding a million-dollars to a Detroit man who spent 25-years in prison for murder because of police misconduct. Fifty-one-year-old Desmond Ricks was released from prison last May.
Day two of ex-MSU Doctor Larry Nassar's sentencing continued a lot like the first, with a silent courtroom. Twenty-one women and girls shared how Nassar's abuse changed their lives.
A US-131 crash that killed a pregnant mother is now claiming the life of her three-year-old son. The family announced Wednesday, the toddler has died from multiple injuries he suffered in the accident.
The effort to revitalize Detroit's neighborhoods is receiving additional help from the Kresge [KRES-ghee] Foundation. The organization announced a plan to give six-million dollars in grants over the next three years.
A new engine for the updated 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup will be built at GM's engine plant in Flint. It'll be the Duramax 3-point-oh-liter turbo-diesel engine.
A firefighter is in the hospital after falling through the floor while battling a fire at a town-home around 7:30pm Wednesday in the 4400 block of Seaway Drive in Lansing. The fire was able to spread to the second floor because of lack of accessible water.
Four people are charged for their involvement in what police say is the biggest case of embezzlement in Chippewa County history. Joanie Grove, John Grove, Nicole Grove and Victoria Garber are accused of stealing more than a half a million dollars from the Ramada Plaza Hotel Ojibway in Sault Ste. Marie.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 17th 2018
A meteor that entered earth's atmosphere on Tuesday evening, creating a fireball visible in six states and Canada, also caused an earthquake in Michigan, the US Geological Survey confirms. The magnitude 2.0 earthquake was centered near New Haven.
U.S. Senator Gary Peters is shooting down speculation that he may run for governor this year. Despite the urging of Mayor Mike Duggan, Peters told reporters at the auto show in Detroit that he's focused on his current job.
Kalamazoo residents are warning against a contractor who allegedly takes payments and disappears before doing the work. Several similar complaints accuse Duane Hensley of charging hundreds of dollars upfront, then never showing up to the job.
Jeep has unveiled its newly redesigned 2019 Cherokee SUV at the North American International Auto Show. The front of the vehicle received a complete change with the removal of the "three stack" headlight design and new seven-slot front grille.
A Grand Rapids woman is accused of embezzling nearly 50-thousand-dollars from her employer. Just five months after being released for a previous embezzlement conviction, Alicia Simantos was charged with her second offense.
The Detroit City Council Tuesday voted to give themselves a pay hike that matches the raises other city employees will get for the next two years. The pay increases were proposed last month by the city's Elected Officials Compensation Commission.
A Flint man is unaccounted for after a fire destroyed his house Tuesday morning. The fire was reported around 7 a.m. in the 3400 block of Chicago Boulevard. The home was engulfed in flames when Flint Fire Department units arrived.
The Ingham County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery in Okemos. It happened just before 11PM Monday at the Comfort Inn on University Park Drive. The suspect pulled out a gun and demanded money, and ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A special safety course on chain saws is being offered to make sure those who use it, use it safely. The Leelanau Conservation District is co-sponsoring a four-day safety and woods worker training program. First classes are January 24th and 25th.
TUESDAY JANUARY 16th 2018
A hockey game between the Detroit Police Department and the Michigan Department of Corrections is benefiting a fallen officer. Officer Waldis Johnson was seriously injured last April when he was shot in the head responding to a domestic violence call.
The winners of the North American International Auto Show Car, Truck and Utility of Year were announced Monday. The Honda Accord took home the prize in the car category. The Truck of the Year award went to the newly redesigned Lincoln Navigator.
A South Haven Township woman is left with nothing following a destructive house fire. Police say the home in Lakeshore Mobile Home Park on 16th Avenue was fully involved just before 8:00 am Monday.
A Kent City man is dead after veering off the road and crashing into a tree. Police say David Verduin was driving on 18 Mile Road Sunday afternoon when he crashed near Tyrone Avenue.
A man is in custody following a police stand-off Monday in Hazel Park. Officers responded near Woodward heights Boulevard and Vance Avenue and were able to talk the suspect into disarming before his arrest.
A woman is in critical condition after her car collided with a semi-truck outside a Flushing elementary school Monday evening. The woman was extricated from her vehicle and transported to an area hospital where she is in critical condition, according to police.
The owner of an apartment complex that had no heat for weeks will be getting hit with three civil infractions. Monday the Eaton Rapids City Council decided to issue them against Harvest Properties, after the heat went out again over the weekend at the Edgewater Apartments.
A local company is proving its commitment to the community for the third year in a row, with thousands of dollars to help local students. Cadillac Area Public Schools will hold an adult spelling bee this Friday in an effort to raise money for student programs.
MONDAY JANUARY 15th 2018
A Wayne County judge postponed a ruling in a contentious real estate dispute between the Detroit school district and operators of the Detroit Prep charter school. The school district is trying to block the sale of the old Anna Joyce Elementary school.
The US Coast Guard is credited with saving a St. Joseph man from the ice. Police say early Friday morning around 2:00 a.m. an injured man was found laying on the ice near the Twin Cities Bicentennial Bridge.
Owners of some models of the Ford Ranger pickup truck are being advised to park the vehicle until the airbags can be replaced. Ford and federal officials say the notice is for owners with trucks containing Takata air bag inflators.
A Grand Rapids non-profit is donating one-thousand-dollar grants too 100 good ideas. Start Garden's launched the "100 Ideas for 100 Days" competition to encourage local entrepreneurship.
A large hazardous waste treatment facility in Van Buren Township is seeking government permission to start treating dioxins, among the most toxic chemicals on the planet.
A 43-year-old woman will serve prison time for her role in a June 1, 2017, robbery at the ELGA Credit Union branch in Burton. Dinisha Nicole Thompson, of Flint, was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in November to one count of bank robbery.
Most Lansing voters will have no representation in the state House until November after Gov. Rick Snyder called a special election for August and November to fill the seat Andy Schor vacated to become Lansing mayor on Jan. 1.
The U.P. has a long history of logging and a storied past with Paul Bunyan. In Manistique, the city and downtown development authority were recently awarded a $350,000 Conservation Fund grant from the D.N.R., to construct the sign once again in Paul Bunyan Park.
FRIDAY JANUARY 12th 2018
TSA agents are finding more guns in luggage that passengers at Detroit Metro try to carry on. Last year among the more than 19-thousand items that had to be checked or tossed out, were 48 guns.
Investors will consider a Bloomfield Hills pet business on the ABC television show "Shark Tank" this weekend. "Shark Tank" will air on ABC at 9:00 p.m. Sunday.
Authorities have arrested a man responsible for nearly two-dozen break-ins in Oakland County. Officers arrested the suspect Wednesday as he was trying to get inside a hair salon in White Lake Township.
The children involved in a Grand Rapids Public School bus crash Thursday morning are safe. A driver reportedly swerved to avoid a stalled car in the road near the US-131 and Leonard Street, but collided with the bus.
Detroit Police are investigating an accident Thursday morning that left two women dead. The accident happened on Chene [shane] and East Grand Boulevard around 7:00 a.m. Investigators say a child was injured.
A Flint area judge is approving a request for a second mental competency exam for three of the five Clio teens accused in the death of a man who was killed by a rock tossed through his windshield.
The Sam's Club store on the city's south side will close on Jan. 26, a company spokesperson confirmed Thursday. The store's closing impact's 172 employees.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has awarded nearly $2.8 million in grants to parks across Michigan. The DNR has recommended that more than $1 million go to projects in Emmet, Grand Traverse, Mackinac and Presque Isle counties.
THURSDAY JANUARY 11th 2018
Grosse Pointe businessman Sandy Pensler is writing a five-million-dollar check to his own Republican campaign for U.S. Senate. Pensler isn't saying how much he's gathered so far in his bid to unseat Democrat Debbie Stabenow.
Travelers on US-31 experienced delays after several accidents prompted road closures. Police say multiple crashes, including several rollovers, happened in the southbound lanes north of Muskegon Wednesday morning.
Police in Center Line have resolved an issue with a barricaded gunman who was inside a home Wednesday. The incident caused three nearby schools to go on lockdown while police talked with the man.
A local business is donating to low-income Grand Rapids neighborhoods to help fight lead poisoning. All three Rylee's Ace Hardware stores collected six-thousand-dollars in donations.
Wayne County is naming the treasurer of Nassau County, New York, as its new chief financial officer. Henry Dachowitz has 40-years experience in finance and has led a nationally-recognized financial turnaround in his New York job.
Mental health exams show that three Michigan teens were mentally competent at the time they and two others allegedly dropped a rock from a freeway overpass onto a passing van last October. A passenger in the van on I-75 was struck and killed.
After 12 years working for the city of East Lansing, City Clerk Marie Wicks is stepping down. Wicks will start a new job with the State of Michigan Bureau of Elections, after her last day with the city on Friday.
The Luther fire chief says a woman has died after her home caught fire in LeRoy Township. The home belongs to 79-year-old Evelyn Ware. Her son, Steve Ware, says her caretaker was inside the home and tried to save her, but could not find her.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 10th 2018
The Parent Transparency Dashboard is a key part of the state's school reform law intended to bring Michigan into compliance with new federal regulations. The resource is available at the department's website.
The State Board of Education is says that Superintendent Brian Whiston is undergoing treatment for cancer. Board co-president Casandra Ulbrich said Tuesday that Whiston is in daily contact.
Developers are being sought to invest in Highland Park. There are one-thousand properties in seven areas of the city officials have targeted to receive a makeover. Applications are due by February 9th.
Authorities say a fire was extinguished at a Grand Rapids business Tuesday morning. Firefighters responded to JW's Coffee House at about 3:00 a.m. Dispatchers say the business was only slightly damaged.
Mayor Mike Duggan is promising to extend Detroit's recovery to every neighborhood as he begins a second term. A crowd of about 500 watched as Duggan, City Clerk Janice Winfrey, members of the City Council took their oaths.
A man was transported to Hurley Medical Center Tuesday evening with serious burns following a propane gas explosion inside an unfinished Richfield Township home. Firefighters responded an explosion of a 500-gallon propane tank.
McLaren Greater Lansing President and CEO Tom Mee has resigned, just weeks after the hospital announced a new $450 million hospital near Michigan State University. Mee's departure is effective immediately.
The Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa next year. The last time the conference was held in the Traverse City area was in 2014.
TUESDAY JANUARY 9th 2018
A ceiling fan is being blamed for a fire that destroyed a Kalamazoo apartment. Fire officials say the bathroom fan of the apartment near Coddington Lane and 11th Street ignited Sunday evening. There were no injuries.
A Comstock Park chef is heading to California to star on a Food Network show. The owner and head chef of Amore Trattoria Italiana, Jenna Arcidiacono, will be on "Guy's Grocery Games" with Guy Fieri.
The North American International Auto Show is just one week away at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. The public show begins on January 20th and continues through January 27th.
A Grand Rapids hospital is celebrating two centennial milestones achieved before the New Year. Spectrum Health's Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program completed it's 100th lung transplant and then four days later reached its 100th heart transplant.
Detroit is holding onto the dubious distinction of being number-seven on the list of 50 worst U.S. cities for bedbugs. Pest-control company Orkin released its annual list Monday and it showed that,Detroit clung to its ranking.
Lear Corp.'s new automotive seating plant in Flint is hiring. The company is working with Mott Community College Workforce Development to host the first hiring fair for the facility from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Regional Technology Center on the college's main Flint campus.
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has issued his first Executive Order, a realigning of some city departments. The Department of Planning and Neighborhood Development would be split into the Department of Economic Development and Planning and the Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement.
A couple died after troopers say they drove into the path of an oncoming car Sunday. State Police say three cars were involved and it also sent two other people to the hospital in Osceola County.
MONDAY JANUARY 8th 2018
Detroit police officers are receiving new training in management principles. Mayor Mike Duggan and several police officials announced the launch of the "Detroit Police Leadership Academy”, starting today.
A Kalamazoo shelter says a food donation from the local Trader Joe's is the largest they have ever seen. The grocery store donated 35-thousand pounds of food to Kalamazoo Gospel Mission after their refrigerators went down last week.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is adding Oakland County to the Interstate 696 construction project this summer. Westbound I-696 will be closed April to November between I-94 and I-75.
Work continues in downtown Grand Rapids to fill a sinkhole that has formed over a mine closed in 1909. The cave-in is about 50 feet wide and around 100 feet underground near the Blue Bridge on the west side of the Grand River.
Two men are facing charges connected to a Harper Woods home invasion in which a dog was shot. Michael Gadie and Timothy Horton were charged with armed robbery, home invasion, and marijuana possession.
The Flint Police Department is investigating a pedestrian crash that left one man in critical condition Saturday. 46-year-old Maurice Chapman was walking on Baltimore Boulevard when he was struck by a car that was northbound on M.L.K.Avenue.
The 55th East Lansing Art Festival has a date. The ELAF will be held in downtown East Lansing May 19-20. Artists can apply for a spot in the festival at zapplication.org, with the deadline January 31st.
A Clare County home was destroyed by fire over the weekend. The Harrison Community Fire Department chief says the fire started when a burner heating a turkey fryer was tipped over on a back porch.
FRIDAY JANUARY 5th 2018
A bald eagle that suffered a severe injury is now finding sanctuary at the Detroit Zoo. The bird named "Mr. America" had to have his wing amputated after flying into a power line.
Fire departments in Kalamazoo County are now equipped with tools to help save a pet's life. Local pet business MVPets presented the fire departments with 33 oxygen mask kits, which are specialized for cats, dogs, and small animals.
A number of flights to the east coast were cancelled at Detroit's Metro Airport due to a major winter storm Thursday. Nationwide, over three-thousand flights to the east coast have been cancelled or delayed.
A Reynolds Township man is recovering after a collision on his snowmobile. Police say the 49-year-old man failed to stop at a stop sign and was ejected when he was struck by a pickup truck.
Officials are celebrating significant decreases in Detroit crime. Homicides in all of Detroit dropped by 12 percent, the lowest rate since the 60's.
After weeks of focus on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' role in the Flint water crisis. Four current or former DEQ employees charged with crimes related to the water emergency are scheduled to appear for preliminary examinations Monday.
With the temperatures about to start dropping again the tenants of the Edgewater Apartments in Eaton Rapids may finally be getting their heat back. Part of the complex hasn't had heat in nearly a month.
Another business in downtown Charlevoix is left in rubbles. The Harbor View Café when up in flames Wednesday night, making it the third business fire in downtown in just over a year. The fire broke out inside the Café around 8 pm.
THURSDAY JANUARY 4th 2018
Michigan State Police is conducting an internal investigation after court documents revealed the extensive use of wiretaps, during the bribery and corruption investigation surrounding towing mogul Gasper Fiore.
This winter's deep freeze is icing the waters in shipping channels to and from Detroit. The Coast Guard had to step in to a free a trapped freighter from thick ice.
Kalamazoo County Silent Observer is launching a new app. "P3 Tips" allows residents to submit anonymous tips with uploaded photos, videos, or documents.
A Grand Rapids man is accused of kidnapping his father and robbing him of nearly two-thousand dollars. Police say Logan Love orchestrated a brutal attack on Robert Lee Long with three accomplices, including another family member.
The Detroit Metropolitan Airport is receiving high marks for getting passengers to their destination on time. A report released this week ranks Detroit Metro in 4th place for most on-time major airports in the world.
The head of Flint schools wants a comprehensive plan from the state that includes multiple rounds of testing of faucet and drinking fountain water for lead. Students will not be allowed to drink from the tap until officials and health professionals are satisfied with the water's safety.
Approximately 30 animals were killed in a fire that broke out in an Onondaga Township home Tuesday night. The fire started around 7 p.m., when the homeowner returned home that night, she found the home was filling with smoke.
A major new employer is coming to Grayling, bringing more than 200 jobs are along with it. Arauco is building a particleboard plant in Grayling. The plant itself is expected to bring 250 jobs.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 3rd 2018
The arctic air hovering over Michigan will be in place for the rest of the week. The National Weather Service says even colder temperatures will take over Thursday into Friday with single-digit readings and sub-zero windchills.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is urging motorists to stay in their vehicle if they are involved in an accident on a freeway. Three accidents on I-696 within a week involved a driver being struck by a passing car after they exited their vehicle.
Construction of a new 40-million dollar luxury hotel in Ann Arbor will begin this year. The city council approved the plans to build "The Glen Hotel" near the University of Michigan medical campus in December.
Kent County officials met Tuesday to discuss potential cuts to mental health programs. Cuts would affect residents with developmental disabilities, mental or behavioral concerns, and addiction or substance abuse issues.
Three people were hurt after a Detroit Department of Transportation bus collided with a vehicle Tuesday. Police say just before 7:20 a.m. the driver of an SUV drove through a stop sign and was struck by the bus.
A Flint-area nonprofit is providing free bedding for animals battling with the record-breaking cold in Genesee County. Helping Orphaned Pets through Education, operates a free straw bedding station at 4127 N. Clio Road in Mt. Morris Township.
Onlookers cheered as Lansing's mayor unveiled a sign renaming a city street for civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. Tuesday's ceremony for the new Cesar E. Chavez Avenue signs in the Old Town neighborhood, replaces Grand River Avenue in the area.
The White Pine Trail Bridge in Reed City used by snowmobilers needs to be replaced. The cost of the project could be more than $800,000. The DNR has found that structures holding the bridge up need to be replaced.
TUESDAY JANUARY 2nd 2018
Of all the reasons for a flight to have to return to the airport, Delta Flight 1943 on Saturday, had to return to Detroit Metro Airport shortly after takeoff after a small bird was discovered on the flight deck.
A court order that stopped suspensions of some Michigan driver's licenses has been frozen, at least temporarily. A federal judge halted suspensions if people can't afford to pay traffic fines. But a federal appeals court ordered a 30-day timeout.
A controversial proposal to hunt sandhill cranes in Michigan for the first time in generations would be supported by the agency that gets the final say if state officials ever ask for a hunt. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the chief of the federal agency's migratory bird program said.
Drawings of a new Grand Rapids Home for Veterans campus have been revealed. The drawings show a seven-building complex at the corner of Monroe Avenue and Three Mile Road, just south of the existing veterans home facility.
In 2017, Michigan's biggest city posted its lowest tally of criminal homicides in more than a half-century: 267, Detroit Police Chief James Craig confirmed Monday. If it holds upon review, is the fewest criminal homicides since the 214 recorded in 1966.
Tittabawassee Township Police say that a 61-year-old man traveling northbound on Midland Road swerved off the road and into a ditch after suffering a health issue. The man suffered only minor injuries.
It’s official. Andy Schor was sworn-in Monday as Lansing’s newest mayor. In his inauguration speech at the Lansing Center, Schor touched on his campaign themes of regional government and economic development.
The 2018 Noquemanon Ski Marathon organizers are looking for volunteers to help with their 2018 UPHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon. The ski marathon takes place the last weekend of January, the 26th through the 28th.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 29th 2017
It's looking like new car sales in the U.S. will end the year on a down note. Kelley Blue Book is estimating that December sales will be down nearly seven-percent overall from a year ago.
The latest foreign object found in the Great Lakes Water Authority's wastewater plant is a deer heart. It was found last week in the plant's screening area where other suspected animal kidneys and tissue turned up earlier this month.
Everyone is safe after a house fire in Ionia County that shut down M-66. The fire was first reported around 6:00 a.m. off M-66. At least six fire departments were on hand to help knock down the flames.
Firefighters battling a Wednesday overnight fire in East Grand Rapids say they also had to deal with issues caused by freezing temperatures. The fire is believed to have sparked in the attic and spread to the roof , the cause is unknown.
A Detroit family celebrated the life of an eight-year-old girl who was shot to death in a drive-by shooting two years ago. Channell Berry was inside her west side home, with a cousin when someone in a vehicle stopped outside the house and opened fire.
A group of pastors and the ACLU are accusing Flint city officials of failing to provide adequate information on the progress of replacing water lines after the lead crisis. There's been no comment from the city.
The below zero temps outside are the most likely cause of a pipe break at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. A fire suppression line in the ceiling space froze and broke, spilling water down into the halls on Wednesday.
A northern Michigan school district was reprimanded by a state civil rights group after a reverend gave a prayer during a holiday dinner last week. It happened at Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools. A student recorded it, then contacted the Michigan Association of Civil Rights.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 28th 2017
Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed a package of bills Wednesday intended to reduce opioid addiction by requiring doctors and the state to better track and control the flow of opioid-based prescription painkillers.
A federal judge is refusing to stop a controversial conservative group from publishing information it obtained from the Michigan branch of the American Federation of Teachers, even though the union claims the information was stolen.
Meijer is joining a recall of apples grown in Michigan. The recall is connected to a possible listeria contamination. The Walker-based grocer says packages of sliced apples sold between December 17th and December 21st may be contaminated.
The Mendon Community School District near Three Rivers is mourning the loss of its superintendent. According to the district's website, superintendent Roger Rathburn recently died in an accident at a golf course in Three Rivers.
Fire officials now say a Detroit firefighter was hospitalized along with five children and two adults after an early Wednesday morning fire in a west side apartment building. At least one of the children suffered smoke inhalation.
Flint Community Schools won't allow the state to flush lines or test water inside any of its 13 buildings. Flint school officials declined to comment, on what state officials have described as their interest in establishing a model lead elimination program for city schools.
The reward has been raised to $9,645 in the investigation of two horses that were shot to death in Chester Twp. The reward is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the November 21 fatal shootings of draft horse Prince, quarter horse Solo.
Subzero temperatures stopped a Chippewa County ferry for more than five hours Wednesday morning. The cause, a completely frozen rudder. It’s a rare occurrence, part of the reason was because of just how quickly everything froze.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 27th 2017
Ohio prosecutors are upgrading the charges against four teens, now that 22-year-old Marquise Byrd of Warren was struck by a sandbag they allegedly threw off an overpass in Toledo has died. The teens, face murder and felony vandalism charges.
The legal battle over driver's license suspensions is now in the hands of the federal appeals court. The Michigan Attorney General's Office is fighting a ruling earlier this month that the state can no longer suspend licenses for nonpayment of traffic fines.
Children's Hospital of Michigan is putting restrictions on visitors in an effort to stop the spread of flu and other illnesses. Starting Tuesday, only parents, legal guardians and guests age 13 and older are being allowed to visit.
Grand Rapids firefighters say a malfunctioning boiler caused the explosion at a steam plant in downtown Grand Rapids. The explosion happened around 11:30 Monday night at Veolia Energy near Van Andel Arena.
Metro Detroit is not only in the grip of a cold snap that threatens to last for the balance of the year, the area is getting much more snow than normal this month, nearly 20-inches of snow has fallen so far in December.
In Genesee County, the Salvation Army is able to provide heating assistance, with other utilities as well as rent assistance. To qualify for assistance from the Salvation Army, people must have either a shut off or eviction notice.
The Hillsdale County Community Foundation announced the continuation of a recognition program for Hillsdale County teachers. One Hillsdale County teacher will be the recipient of a $10,000 award as Teacher of the Year in 2018.
Anyone who lives in Emmet County and wishes to recycle their Christmas tree can bring it to the recycling center in Harbor Springs. The center is offering free Christmas tree composting until the end of January.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 26th 2017
The Michigan State Police Angel Program, is a diversion program for persons struggling with drug addiction, is now active and operational at all 30 MSP posts statewide.
Effective Jan. 1, all providers who serve Michigan Medicaid beneficiaries, including providers participating in a Managed Care Organization’s (MCO) provider network, are required to be screened and enrolled in the Michigan Medicaid program.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that an additional antlerless deer firearm hunt has been added in the northeast Lower Peninsula to help with bovine tuberculosis management. Hunt dates are Jan. 4-7 and 11-14.
Volunteers from Banner of Christ Church in Byron Center walked around downtown Grand Rapids Christmas Day, handing out stockings to people in need. The stockings were filled with gloves, scarves, socks and candy.
Police need assistance in identifying a suspect who robbed the Little Caesars pizza in Auburn Hills Saturday night. The suspect entered the business with a black automatic pistol, approached the employee at the register and demanded money.
Two Thetford township officials, Stan Piechnik and Supervisor Gary Stevens may face a recall election because they raised concerns over a program that brings surplus military equipment to the police department.
A scientific consortium has been awarded a grant to study how well some of the most polluted areas of the Great Lakes have been cleaned up. The International Association for Great Lakes has been awarded a $100,000 grant for the study.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 22nd 2017
Promoters of a Major League Soccer franchise for Detroit will have to wait to learn if they're successful. Major League Soccer announced Thursday that he will not decide on the second expansion team for 2020 until after the new year.
The owners of two world record-holding cats say the felines died in a fire in their Farmington Hills home last month. Arcturus was the tallest domestic cat at 19-inches and Cygnus had the longest tail at more than 17-inches.
For the second straight year, a "Secret Santa" is paying off school lunch debt for students and parents in the Parchment School District. The donor is an anonymous area businessman who has grandchildren in the district.
Some Fifth Third Bank employees in Grand Rapids will be getting a raise and bonus when the new tax code is signed into law. Fifth Third officials say three-thousand employees will have their hourly wage increased to 15-dollars.
The donation of a building means that Detroit will now have two no-kill animal shelters. Detroit Dog Rescue's executive director Kristina Rinaldi says they've been given a former animal care center in the Five Points neighborhood.
The Flint Police Department say they are investigating a report of a person being struck by a train. It happened at 12th and South Saginaw streets in Flint just before 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Canadian National is investigating.
A fire in Mason Thursday morning was contained to the homeowner's garage. It happened on North Mathews Road around 9 a.m. One person was home at the time and got out of the home safely.
The Grand Traverse Commission on Aging got approval to buy new emergency response devices. The Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of 200 Guardian Medical Monitoring devices Wednesday.