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Levin, Stabenow: US giving $750,000 for flood aid

August 21, 2014 | AP       Michigan U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow say the U.S. Department of Transportation is giving Michigan $750,000 in disaster aid to help pay for repairs and reconstruction of roads damaged in the severe flooding that hit the southeastern corner of the state.
     Stabenow said in a statement Wednesday that the funds are "an important first step in helping southeast Michigan rebuild from last week's serious flooding."
     Rain topping 6 inches in spots fell in metropolitan Detroit on Aug. 10, flooding tens of thousands of homes and shutting down much of the region's expressway system for days.
     Levin says he and Stabenow "will continue working with other agencies for additional assistance to help everyone get back on track."


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Winds, snow, cold make Michigan roads hazardous
Grand Rapids MI  November 20, 2014  |  WGVU  Windy weather, a fresh coating of snow and cold temperatures are combining to create hazardous driving conditions around Michigan.    
Authorities: 3 children hurt in school bus crash
Inverness Township, MI  November 20, 2014  |  WGVU  Authorities say three children were hurt after a school bus slid off an icy road in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.    
Woman who faked disappearance faces sentence
Monroe, MI  November 20, 2014  |  WGVU  A Michigan woman who faked her own disappearance and even put an ad on Craigslist to find an abductor is returning to court for her sentence.    
Kent phone fraud cases reported
  November 20, 2014  |  WGVU  Kent County law enforcement warns of a new phone scam.    
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Police follow footprints in snow to bust suspects
IONIA, Mich.  November 20, 2014  |  AP  Michigan State Police say footprints in the snow in Ionia County led troopers to bust two theft suspects.   
$47.6M spent on TV ads in Michigan governor's race
LANSING, Mich.  November 20, 2014  |  AP  A campaign finance watchdog says $47.6 million was spent on TV ads in the Michigan governor's race.   
Prison reform activists see opportunity in “lame duck” for legislative overhaul
  November 20, 2014  |  MPRN  Bills that seek to reduce prison spending in Michigan seem to have momentum going into the last weeks of the Legislature’s 2014 session. Jake Neher has more.    
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Nativity scene proposed for Michigan Capitol lawn
Lansing MI  November 19, 2014  |  WGVU  Michigan officials are considering whether a Christian Nativity scene and a counter-display from a secularist group should join the state Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn this holiday season.    
Prison next for man in med student's death
Ann Arbor MI  November 19, 2014  |  WGVU  A young man is facing a no-parole sentence in the fatal shooting of a University of Michigan medical student last year.    
Lansing bar scene includes church service
Lansing MI  November 19, 2014  |  WGVU  Bibles are next to beer and popcorn at a new religious gathering in Lansing.    
Michigan man sentenced for throwing, stomping cat
Grand Rapids MI  November 19, 2014  |  WGVU  A western Michigan man who fatally threw and stomped on a cat in front of a crowd that included children has been sentenced to prison.    
Gov. Snyder not injured in minor car accident
Hartland Twp., MI  November 19, 2014  |  WGVU  Gov. Rick Snyder is uninjured after the state-owned vehicle he was riding in was hit from behind at a traffic light in Livingston County.    
Grand Rapids group seeks circus ban
  November 19, 2014  |  WGVU  A campaign to ban circus-like animal entertainment gains traction in Grand Rapids.    
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Victims in fatal van-train collision identified
OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich.  November 19, 2014  |  AP  Authorities have released the names of three people killed when their minivan was struck by a passenger train at a crossing in western Michigan.   
Oregon-Michigan bait probe leads to $2,000 fine
SAUGATUCK, Mich.  November 19, 2014  |  AP  Authorities say an Oregon bait company has paid a $2,000 fine after shipping Pacific herring to Michigan in containers labeled as worms.   
Michigan jobless rate falls slightly to 7.1 percent
  November 19, 2014  |  MPRN  Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been so far this year. We have more from Rick Pluta.    
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Effort to get LGBT civil rights protections pressing on after setbacks
  November 19, 2014  |  MPRN  Business and civil rights groups that want state lawmakers to add civil rights protections for LGBT people are not giving up their effort. Jake Neher reports.    
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Judge allows legal challenge to emergency manager law to move ahead
  November 19, 2014  |  MPRN  A federal judge in Detroit has refused to toss out a legal challenge to Michigan’s emergency manager law.    

Weather shuts schools, including Grand Valley State University
Kalamazoo MI  November 18, 2014  |  WGVU  Severe weather has prompted officials to close schools for the day including Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College and Grand Valley State University.    
Expert to discuss light rail's economic benefits
Detroit, MI  November 18, 2014  |  WGVU  Streetcar expert Michael Powell will discuss the economic benefits associated with Detroit's light rail project.    
AmeriCorps members prepare for new year of service
Lansing MI  November 18, 2014  |  WGVU  Four hundred AmeriCorps members from Michigan will attend a swearing-in ceremony in Lansing to begin a new year of community service.    
Car strikes police officer, woman amid snow
Mattawan, MI  November 18, 2014  |  WGVU  Authorities say a car has struck a police officer and a 74-year-old woman he was helping along a southwestern Michigan roadway.    
Severe weather brings Michigan flight cancelations
Grand Rapids MI  November 18, 2014  |  WGVU  Severe weather in Michigan is prompting flight cancelations and delays at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.    
Ford recalls Fusions for ignition key problem
Detroit, MI  November 18, 2014  |  WGVU  Ford is recalling about 65,000 Fusion midsize cars in North America because the ignition keys can be removed if the transmission is not in park.    
Crews continue snowstorm clean-up
  November 18, 2014  |  WGVU  Road crews across West Michigan have been busy tackling more than eight inches of snow in some areas.   
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MI Supreme Court will decide whether Right To Work covers state workers
  November 18, 2014  |  WGVU  The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether 35 thousand state civil service employees and the unions that represent them are covered by the right-to-work law.   
WGVU-HD Frontline: Firestone and the Warlord
  November 18, 2014  |  WGVU  Tuesday night on WGVU-HD, Frontline investigates the relationship between an iconic American tire maker and an African warlord. Did Firestone help fund a Liberian war that killed 100s of thousands of people?   
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Here comes round two and rain for the weekend
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  November 18, 2014  |  WGVU  One winter storm system winds down…the next one is on the way. Get ready for the second half of what the National Weather Service is calling a one-two punch. Monday night into Tuesday frigid Canadian air and strong winds produced over a foot of Lake Effect snow blanketing West Michigan. Wednesday, a second system moves in.   
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West Michigan data added to fair housing complaint
  November 18, 2014  |  WGVU  More allegations against U.S. Bank for poor treatment of foreclosed properties in minority neighborhoods include two West Michigan cities.    
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State education officials preparing for adoption of new science standards
  November 18, 2014  |  MPRN  The state Board of Education is poised to approve new statewide science standards. We have more from Jake Neher.    
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HQ opens as daytime resource for homeless youth
  November 17, 2014  |  WGVU  A new center for homeless and runaway teenagers hopes to bridge the gap of needed services in Grand Rapids.    
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Small, rural school districts see bus problems
Detroit, MI  November 17, 2014  |  WGVU  The latest inspections by Michigan State Police have found small, rural school districts were experiencing the most problems with their buses during the 2013-14 school year.    
Credit union plans to double size of headquarters
East Lansing MI  November 17, 2014  |  WGVU  Michigan State University Federal Credit Union plans to double the size of its headquarters with a new $46 million building.    
Michigan hosting 3rd cyber security summit
Lansing MI  November 17, 2014  |  WGVU  Gov. Rick Snyder is hosting Michigan's third summit to address cyber security issues in government, business and other sectors.    
GM compensation expert extends claims deadline
Detroit, MI  November 17, 2014  |  WGVU  The lawyer hired by General Motors to compensate victims of crashes caused by faulty ignition switches is giving people another month to file claims.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices unchanged in past week
Dearborn, MI  November 17, 2014  |  WGVU   AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have held steady from last week for a statewide average of about $3 per gallon.    
Spectrum Health training veterans for workforce re-entry
  November 17, 2014  |  WGVU  The recently released October unemployment rate reveals 7.2 percent of post 9-11 veterans are unemployed. That compares to the 5.8 percent national rate enjoyed by civilians. The disparity has long been acknowledged. What is the solution? A number of West Michigan businesses are problem solving including Spectrum Health.   
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Gay marriage issue squarely before high court
WASHINGTON  November 17, 2014  |  AP  A same-sex couple from Michigan is putting the question of the right to marry nationwide squarely before the Supreme Court.   
Snyder to talk up Detroit on China trade mission
DETROIT   November 17, 2014  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder says he plans on talking up Detroit and the city's restructuring while on a trade mission to China.   
DeBoer case appealed to SCOTUS
  November 17, 2014  |  MPRN  The legal team for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse filed its appeal today with the US Supreme Court. They want the court to rule that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and others like it across the country are unconstitutional. We have more from Rick Pluta.    
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Bill to overhaul Michigan’s electoral votes blasted in committee hearing
  November 17, 2014  |  MPRN   A plan to change the way Michigan awards its electoral votes for president got largely panned at a state House hearing today. We have more from Jake Neher.    
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More snow expected across western Michigan
Muskegon MI  November 14, 2014  |  WGVU  More snow is expected across parts of western Michigan as the entire state feels the recent freeze. T   
A look at health law's 2nd round in Michigan
Detroit, MI  November 14, 2014  |  WGVU  Michigan is preparing for another round of open enrollment as the nation heads into the second year of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance overhaul.    
Wyoming VA opens for local services
  November 14, 2014  |  WGVU  Wyoming’s new Veteran’s Health Care Center made its public debut.   
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Michigan Senate again rejects tax hike for roads
LANSING, Mich.  November 14, 2014  |  AP  The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate has rejected proposed tax increases to raise at least $1 billion to fix roads - five months after a similar effort failed.   
New standardized statewide student test announced
LANSING, Mich.  November 14, 2014  |  AP  State education officials have updated standardized testing for public school students across Michigan.   
Michigan woman convicted of killing ex-boyfriend
GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  November 14, 2014  |  AP  A 40-year-old Michigan woman who authorities say wanted to collect $1.5 million in life insurance has been found guilty of killing her ex-boyfriend by having a hit man bludgeon him to death.   
Schuette: Michigan utilities shouldn't raise rates
LANSING, Mich.  November 14, 2014  |  AP  Michigan's attorney general says he is challenging two utility companies' requests to increase electric rates in the Upper Peninsula.   
Advocates to push for paid sick day legislation
LANSING, Mich.  November 14, 2014  |  AP  Advocates who helped force Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers to raise the minimum wage this year are next focusing on a renewed push for legislation requiring employers to provide paid sick leave days.   
Officials look at green lights for Michigan plows
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  November 14, 2014  |  AP  Officials in western Michigan are testing green emergency lights for possible use on snow plows as part of an effort to cut down on crashes involving the vehicles.   
Senate still considering sales tax increase for roads after approving gas tax hike
  November 14, 2014  |  MPRN  There are competing proposals at the state Capitol to fix Michigan’s roads. We have more from Jake Neher.    
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