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Gov. Snyder finishes signing $53.2 billion budget


Governor Rick Snyder

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June 30, 2014 | AP  The overall $3 billion-plus funding increase is mostly because of more federal dollars for Michigan's new expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the U.S. health law and anticipated higher tax collections in an improved economy.     

Snyder made two line-item vetoes in the budget bill he signed Monday - nixing a pedestrian crossing study and a high-speed rail crossing pilot program.     

Key provisions of the general budget OK'd Monday include an overall 7 percent boost in revenue-sharing payments to municipalities. There also is money to train 100 new state police troopers and hire 25 more conservation officers.     

Snyder signed the budget for K-12 schools and colleges last week. 

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Today
Public hearings scheduled for rail improvements
Indianapolis IN, Detroit, MI  September 23, 2014  |  WGVU   Public hearings have been scheduled for a draft environmental impact statement to evaluate passenger rail improvements aimed at speeding traffic through northwestern Indiana's congested railroad corridors as well as in Illinois and Michigan.    
Pair of feature films awarded Michigan incentives
Manistee MI  September 23, 2014  |  WGVU   The Michigan Film Office has awarded incentives to a pair of movies that are shooting this month on different sides of the state.    
Detroit officials to testify in water dispute
Detroit MI  September 23, 2014  |  WGVU  A judge is hearing more testimony in a dispute over Detroit's policy to cut off water to residents who can't afford the service.    
Lawmakers to OK career, technical education bill
Lansing MI  September 23, 2014  |  WGVU  The Michigan Legislature is close to sending Gov. Rick Snyder legislation requiring the state to provide information about career and technical education programs to school officials who ask for it.    
Traverse City won't downsize Cherry Festival
Traverse City MI  September 23, 2014  |  WGVU  Traverse City commissioners have agreed not to shorten the National Cherry Festival or move it out of the Open Space Park as some residents have suggested.    
Naming contest for Michigan trail system underway
  September 23, 2014  |  WGVU  Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources wants your input on naming its statewide hiking and biking network.   
Snyder, Schauer to appear at town hall debate
Lansing, MI  September 23, 2014  |  AP  Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Democratic opponent Mark Schauer have agreed to appear Oct. 12 at a town hall-style debate hosted by the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and public television station WTVS.   
Mitt Romney rallies with GOP hopeful, minus Snyder
Livonia, MI  September 23, 2014  |  AP  Mitt Romney will join top Michigan Republican candidates besides Gov. Rick Snyder next week at a political rally in suburban Detroit.   
Propane seller wants to resolve Michigan inquiry
LANSING, Mich.  September 23, 2014  |  AP  A propane seller that's being sued by the Michigan attorney general's office says it has been fully cooperating with the investigation and wants to resolve the situation.   
Nearly 15,000 vehicles stopped during crackdown
LANSING, Mich.  September 23, 2014  |  AP  Michigan law enforcement agencies stopped nearly 15,000 vehicles and arrested 169 suspected drunken drivers as part of a late-summer crackdown.   

Yesterday
The city of Grand Rapids has a new information number.
Grand Rapids MI  September 22, 2014  |  WGVU  The centralized system will get callers just about anything they need to know about city government.    
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Michigan gun-rights advocates protest arrest
Detroit MI  September 22, 2014  |  WGVU  Gun-rights advocates in Detroit are showing support for a man who says he was unlawfully arrested because police are against open-carry laws.    
Grand Rapids to reach 'zero discharge' goal
  September 22, 2014  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell says the city will reach a zero discharge into the Grand River via recycling and treatment of its water system.   
Michigan adopts 'Work Ready Communities' assessment
  September 22, 2014  |  WGVU  Governor Rick Snyder came to West Michigan to unveil a new workforce program that leverages some familiar test scores.   
Jimmy Carter featured speaker at GRCC event
  September 22, 2014  |  WGVU  Former President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn spoke of gender inequality, recent military action and LGBT rights during a talk at Grand Rapids Community College.    
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AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 13 cents in week
Dearborn MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP  AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state fell about 13 cents in the last week, totaling a 25-cent drop over the past two weeks.   
Judge to hear from sides in Detroit water shutoffs
Detroit MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP  A hearing is scheduled in bankruptcy court on a motion to stop Detroit's water department from shutting off service to residents with unpaid bills.    
Ex-President Jimmy Carter to speak in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP  Former President Jimmy Carter is to appear in Grand Rapids at a lecture and book signing.    
Michigan gives $2.1 million grant to nonprofit
Muskegon MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP   Michigan officials have awarded $2.1 million in grants to a western Michigan nonprofit organization that provides services for seniors and disabled residents.   
Michael Moore out as Michigan film board member
Lansing MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP   Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore no longer will serve on the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council after Republican Gov. Rick Snyder named a suburban-Detroit businessman to replace him.   
Michigan attorney general sues over propane costs
Lansing MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP   Michigan's attorney general is suing one propane seller alleging price-gouging last winter and has reached a more than $100,000 agreement with another propane company.   
Tardy Wayne County judge suspended for 30 days
Detroit MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP  A Wayne County judge who was repeatedly late to work has been suspended without pay for 30 days.   
North Michigan light house turns 140 years old
Grand Marais MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP   A north Michigan light house on Lake Superior has turned 140 years old.    
5 delay crossing of Lake Michigan on paddle boards
Traverse City MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP  Five friends who all have a passion for water sports and the preservation of the Great Lakes are postponing their plans to paddle across Lake Michigan until next year.    
Michigan GOP OKs March 2016 presidential primary
Lansing, MI  September 22, 2014  |  AP  The Michigan Republican Party has voted to hold a March 2016 presidential primary and not jump out of order like in 2012, when the state moved earlier to be more relevant.   
Lt. Gov. Calley says he’ll push for better employment for disabled people
  September 22, 2014  |  MPRN  Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says he’ll push for policies to give people with disabilities better job opportunities. We have more from Jake Neher.    
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Friday
Michigan GOP to decide 2016 presidential primary date
  September 19, 2014  |  WGVU  The Michigan Republican Party is preparing to hold a March 2016 presidential primary and not jump out of order like in 2012, when the state moved earlier to be more relevant.   
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Murderer pleads guilty to escaping Michigan prison
Ionia MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP  A convicted murderer has pleaded guilty to escaping from a western Michigan prison in February.   
DTE Energy dedicates Echo Wind Park
Oliver Twp MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP   DTE Energy Co. has held a formal opening ceremony for a Michigan wind park after problems with turbine blades delayed its launch.   
Michigan prison inmate sues over food service
Grand Rapids MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP  An inmate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has filed a lawsuit saying the quality of food served by a prison food contractor isn't satisfactory.   
Flint authorities investigate theft of water
Flint MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP  Flint authorities say they're investigating about 50 cases of water service theft and they're cracking down on those responsible.    
Macomb County passes anti-discrimination rules
Mount Clemens MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP  Macomb County authorities have passed a policy protecting county employees from discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.   
Muskegon area getting stepped-up patrols
Muskegon MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP   Law enforcement agencies in the Muskegon area are teaming up to conduct what are described as high-intensity patrols.   
Farmers market draws big crowd with late hours
Kalamazoo MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP  A special event to offer nighttime shopping at the farmers market Kalamazoo drew a big crowd - and hopes that such late hours will take place again.   
Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory gets designation
Dearborn MI  September 19, 2014  |  AP  Thomas Edison's reconstructed Menlo Park Laboratory that's located at a suburban Detroit history attraction has been designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.   
Michigan State joins effort against sexual assault
  September 19, 2014  |  AP  Michigan State University says it's joining a White House campaign to help fight campus sexual assault.   

Thursday
Kent County Health Department scores high national honor
Grand Rapids MI  September 18, 2014  |  WGVU   After more than two years of preparation, the Kent County Health Department has been recognized by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) for its effectiveness, efficiency and outreach.    
State, local initiatives target skilled labor demand
  September 18, 2014  |  WGVU  Talking points of two Grand Rapids-area events focused on college and skilled trade investments.    
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Rep. Amash opposes U.S. arming Syrain rebels to fight ISIS
  September 18, 2014  |  WGVU  President Barack Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria is halfway home after easy approval by the GOP-controlled House Wednesday. In West Michigan, two Republican U.S. Representatives voted against the resolution; Congressman Bill Huizenga of Zeeland and Justin Amash of Cascade Township. WGVU spoke with Representative Amash about his concerns arming Syrian Rebels.   
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U.S. Rep. Huizenga opposes U.S. arming Syrain Rebels to fight ISIS
  September 18, 2014  |  WGVU  President Barack Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria is halfway home after easy approval by the GOP-controlled House Wednesday. In West Michigan, two Republican U.S. Representatives voted against the resolution; Congressman Justin Amash of Cascade Township and Bill Huizenga of Zeeland and. WGVU spoke with Representative Huizenga about his concerns arming Syrian Rebels.   
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Authorities: 5th grader with gun had list of names
Kingsley MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  Authorities say a fifth-grade boy found with a loaded pistol at a middle school in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula had created a list of classmates' names.   
Michigan teen admits arson over arranged marriage
Lansing MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP   A Michigan teenager has admitted she set a fire in her house while her parents were sleeping because she didn't want to get engaged in an arranged marriage.   
Grand Rapids university gets $1 million stained glass
Grand Rapids MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP   A Christian university in Grand Rapids has hired a Danish artist to construct four stained glass windows valued at $1 million for its new chapel.    
Moves urged to target Michigan car insurance fraud
Lansing MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  A task force established by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is recommending proposals to crack down on auto insurance fraud.   
Governor seeks federal aid in flooding recovery
Lansing MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  Michigan is seeking a help from Washington for residents and businesses affected by last month's severe flooding.   
Census figures show Michigan incomes rise in 2013
  September 18, 2014  |  AP  The U.S. Census Bureau says household incomes in Michigan rose 1.7 percent in 2013 after years of decline.   
Work near on Indiana berm to block Asian carp
  September 18, 2014  |  AP  Work could start this fall on building a nearly 2 mile-long earthen berm through a northeastern Indiana marsh considered a possible pathway for Asian carp to reach the Great Lakes.   
Supreme Court suspends Detroit judge Sanders
Detroit MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  A Detroit judge has been suspended without pay by the Michigan Supreme Court.    
Michigan, Stanford get $10M for election studies
Ann Arbor MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $10 million to researchers at the University of Michigan and Stanford University to conduct a series of surveys on political participation and vote choice in the 2016 presidential election.   
Hearses to parade through Hell (Michigan)
Hell MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  Dozens of Michigan hearse enthusiasts will show off their casket-carrying cars during a parade through Hell.   
Ex-Gov. Milliken backs Democrat Totten for AG
  September 18, 2014  |  AP  Former Republican Gov. William Milliken is backing Democrat Mark Totten for state attorney general, saying the Michigan State University associate law professor's experience makes him "highly qualified" for the office.   
Supreme Court edits opinion in parole dispute
Lansing MI  September 18, 2014  |  AP  The Michigan Supreme Court has changed the last sentence of a June opinion, an edit that could lead to the release of a prison inmate in an unusual case about the powers of governors.   
Democrats call for hold on new charter schools
  September 18, 2014  |  MPRN  Democrats at the state Capitol are calling for a moratorium on new charter schools until there are rules that ensure more transparency and accountability. We have more from Rick Pluta    
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Wednesday
Way to Wellville takes umbrella approach to health care in Muskegon
Muskegon MI  September 17, 2014  |  WGVU  A new concept in health care in Muskegon County takes a comprehensive approach to wellness. It goes far beyond check-ups, shots and medicine   
Emerge West Michigan launches start-up hub
  September 17, 2014  |  WGVU  A new West Michigan alliance wants to be the connection between entrepreneurs and community resources.    
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Brothers accused of 1989 Shannon Siders murder appear at hearing
  September 17, 2014  |  WGVU  A key court hearing has begun for two brothers charged with murder in the death of a young western Michigan woman who went missing in 1989.   
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Nearly 1,000 new jobs coming to West Michigan
  September 17, 2014  |  WGVU  A major announcement made in Lansing Wednesday impacting the West Michigan economy. Two auto parts manufacturers are investing nearly $170 million dollars and with it creating nearly 1,000 jobs.   
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Brothers face key hearing in 1989 Michigan slaying
White Cloud MI  September 17, 2014  |  AP  Two brothers face a key court hearing in the death of a young western Michigan woman who disappeared in 1989.   
Hearing scheduled on effort to stop water shutoffs
Detroit MI  September 17, 2014  |  AP  Opponents of water shutoffs to Detroit residents with unpaid bills will return to federal court on their request for a temporary restraining order.   
Michigan woman receives lost 1954 class ring
Monitor Twp MI  September 17, 2014  |  AP   A 1954 high school class ring has been returned to its owner in Michigan nearly 60 years after it went missing.   
Park Service: Man found dead in Lake Michigan
Traverse City MI  September 17, 2014  |  AP  The National Park Service says a 76-year-old man has died on Lake Michigan while fishing with a friend.   
Authorities: 5th grader found with loaded gun
Kingsley MI  September 17, 2014  |  AP  Authorities say a fifth-grade boy was found with a loaded pistol at a middle school in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.   
Gala set for Western Michigan's new medical school
  September 17, 2014  |  AP  A celebration is planned for Thursday in honor of the opening of Western Michigan University's new medical school.   
Grants to boost Michigan drinking water protection
  September 17, 2014  |  AP  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is awarding more than $525,000 in grants to help local governments protect their sources of drinking water.   
Cuts to food stamps will only hit 4 states, but Michigan is among them
Washington DC  September 17, 2014  |  AP  An Associated Press review finds that cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed.   
Judge orders hearing on Detroit water shutoffs
Detroit MI  September 17, 2014  |  AP  A judge has pushed back a hearing over whether to temporarily delay water shutoffs to Detroit residents with unpaid bills.   
Michigan woman mistakenly listed as dead
Brownstown Twp MI  September 17, 2014  |  AP  A southeastern Michigan woman has proven she is still alive after a government mix-up listed her as dead.   
Cuts to food stamps will only hit 4 states
  September 17, 2014  |  AP  An Associated Press review finds that cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed.   
Land expresses interest in 1 debate with Peters
  September 17, 2014  |  AP  Republican Michigan U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land is expressing interest in having one debate with Democratic opponent Gary Peters.   
State's jobless rate off 0.3 points to 7.4 percent
  September 17, 2014  |  AP  The state says Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage points to 7.4 percent in the latest month.   
MI jobless rate drops to 7.4 percent
  September 17, 2014  |  MPRN  Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped by three-tenths of a percentage point to seven-point-four percent.    

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