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Updated 2:08pm 3/13/19

The 2016 law forcing third graders to be held back if they cannot read at a second-grade level is being targeted by Governor Whitmer. During a panel discussion recently, she called the law "destructive."

New plans are being introduced for a 65-hundred-square-foot event venue in Holland next to Lake Macatawa. The Holland Planning Commission has approved the project presented by Candice Grinwis and Brian Grant.   

A Grand Rapids police officer is being recognized for stopping a dangerous suspect. GRPD awarded Officer Todd Wuis, an 18-year veteran, with the Police Medal for hitting a man with his police cruiser.

Demolition is expected to begin in three to four weeks on the former home of the Detroit Red Wings. The City of Detroit says an internal demolition of Joe Louis Arena will begin first.

Members of the Sycamore Creek Church marked Ash Wednesday by offering five dollars in free gasoline to anyone who needed it. Church leaders says it is an annual tradition to serve the public. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding people ice fishing shanties need to be taken down. The deadline for counties in the Upper Peninsula is March 31. 

Authorities in Imlay City have released updated information on the survivors of a house fire that killed four children. The mother, Krystal Whitney, is in fair condition, her husband Keith Kelley Sr. remains in critical condition. The couple's 19-month old son Keyshawn is still critical at Children's Hospital.  

Crews are working to upright a trailer hauling dozens of cattle that tipped over on Interstate 94. It happened in Van Buren County near the 56th Street exit. The driver was not hurt.

Renovations to the restaurant inside the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor are being inspired by the city's lumber era. The reimagining of the restaurant is part of six-million-dollars in upgrades to the eight-story hotel.

One day after delivering her budget proposal in Lansing, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hit the road to drum up support. In Grand Rapids, she spoke with business leaders at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

Hospitals in Bay, Genesee and Lapeer counties have been penalized for hospital-acquired conditions, according to a report by Kaiser Health News. Hurley Medical Center in Flint and McLaren Flint have received the penalties for the past five years. 

Lansing police have released the name of the man who was killed by a train. Steve Michael Lawson, 64 of Lansing, was hit by the train at Michigan Avenue near Hill St. 

The Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office has come across multiple counterfeit hundred-dollar bills. Deputies have been investigating where the bills came from. They searched a suspect's home and found between $8,000 and $9,000 in counterfeit bills.  

The hunt is on for Ann Arbor's next police chief. The City is accepting applications for the position which has been filled since last March by interim Police Chief Robert Pfannes. 

The top consumer complaint by residents of Michigan are aimed at debt collection agencies. Attorney General Dana Nessel released the list of top complaints received in 2018 as part of National Consumer Protection Week.   

A lawsuit filed against a former Muskegon County official is being dropped. The County filed the suit against former Muskegon County's director of finance and management services Heath Kaplan in 2016.  

The Grand Rapids Police Department named its 2018 Officers of the Year. Officers Erika Fannon and Sean McCamman were named during the department's 36th annual awards dinner last month.  

The driver who pleaded guilty to the hit and run death of an off-duty Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy has been sentenced to prison. Sgt Lee Smith was hit while jogging last August in Hines Park by Desmond Robinson.  

A Flint mom got the surprise of a lifetime, new windows and an unexpected visit from former Detroit Pistons star Lindsey Hunter. Hunter visited Trisha Hill during the installation Tuesday. 

Economic Development Organization, Invest UP says the new lock project will bring more than 1000 high-quality jobs and millions of dollars to the Sault Ste. Marie area. 

A teen girl is expected to face charges for claiming she was pulled over by a fake Wyandotte police officer. Southgate detectives say the 17-year-old girl confessed to making up the story during an interview. 

The demand for more residential and commercial space is going up in the downtown Muskegon area. Developers are already planning phase two before construction on The Leonard building has even begun. 

A crowdfunding campaign is underway to restore the historic Hamtramck Stadium. It's one of the few remaining Negro League ballparks in the country.   

A Grand Rapids homeless shelter is planning to demolish its building and rebuilding it. Degage Ministries at 139 Sheldon Avenue is set to undergo a six-million-dollar reconstruction project.  

A father and his three-year-old son are in a hospital after getting hurt from a house fire. Detroit firefighters rushed to a two-unit home on Lakewood Street near Mack Avenue around 4 a.m. for reports of a fire.   

There’s good news for runners and bikers. A new proposal would create a series of trails with some scenic views to visit in Genesee County. A new millage would create trails in three southern Genesee County communities.  

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor signed a sister city agreement between Lansing and Otsu City, Japan. Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the first sister city agreement. 

Authorities have relocated four Canadian wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. The park announced Monday that a female and a male were captured from the same pack last week near Wawa, Ontario. 

A man in Clinton Township is facing charges for allegedly practicing dentistry without a license. Leka Gjokaj will appear in court March 13th for a probable cause conference. 

A new bill aims to add ten million dollars to the Michigan exoneration fund. The law states that exonerated former inmates will be paid 50-thousand dollars for each year spent in prison. 

February sales at Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles dropped two-percent ending an eleven-month streak of sales increases. The Ram Truck Division was the only bright spot as sales were up by 24-percent compared to one year ago.   

A Grand Rapids native racecar driver is raising money for people with cystic fibrosis. Marc Miller donated a Detroit Grand Prix behind the scenes gift pack to the Friends and Families of Cystic Fibrosis.

Wayne State University's historic Mackenzie House will be on the move this month. It'll be moved a block to Forest Avenue to allow for some school expansion.  

Jaden Smith visited First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Flint to unveil an alternative to supply clean drinking water to residents. The Water Box, is a portable water filtration system that can fill a 5-gallon jug in 30 seconds.  The new "Water Box" is now pumping out clean water to Flint residents at the church. Since 2014, the church has distributed over 5 million water bottles to residents. 

Officials have confirmed they're investigating how three people were shot and crashed a car in a far-south Lansing Friday. Officers were called to the 1600 Block of Doc Strong in the Mill Pond Village Trailer Park. 

The Cheboygan County Sheriff says a man died after a snowmobile crash late Friday afternoon. Adam Fortuna was driving on Trail 9 near Nipigon Road, when realized his sled was leaving the trail, so he purposefully fell away from it. 

Updated at 11:23pm 3/3/19

Two of General Motors' top executives are leaving while the company continues to restructure. It announced that the president of operations in North and South America will be retiring after 40 years.  

The West Michigan Home and Garden Show welcomed nearly 400 exhibitors and more than 300 local businesses to this year's show at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.  

A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the person who started a fire at an Inkster strip mall earlier this month. CrimeStoppers of Michigan is offering a one-thousand dollar reward.

A portion of Saginaw Street closed following a crash on the north side. Flint Police Detective Sgt. Tyrone Booth confirmed one person died in the crash. 

Four Lansing-area men have been ordered to pay a total of $765,000 in restitution in connection with food stamp fraud at Lansing convenience stores. Raymond Gedeon, Edward Gedeon, Youssef El-Chaer and Elias Abudaya were convicted in U.S. District Court. 

Grayling High School said all students and bus drivers are safe after a minor accident on Cheboygan Street. The bus was rounding a corner when a driver plowing their driveway backed into the bus.  

Rochester Hills is ranked as the sixth-safest city in America. The report is from the site SafeHome.com, which compiles FBI crime data and demographics for all cities with a population of 50-thousand or more.  

The Michigan House Transportation Committee is showing some love to the late Queen of Soul. The committee approved a bill to rename a portion of the city's Lodge Freeway for Aretha Franklin. 

Several families are without a home after a fire sparked at a Kalamazoo Township apartment complex. It happened at the Sage Terrace Apartments near West Main Street and Drake Road. 

A new development in Detroit is slated to open next month for low-income residents. The Saint Rita Apartments on Owen Street has been transformed with a seven-million dollar investment.

West Court Street Church of God in Flint has been leading water distribution efforts since the State pulled back last April. The Church has a huge water donation coming from New York but needs help to get it to Flint.

A parking garage in a prime downtown location will soon be changing hands. Lansing Council voted Monday to approve sale of the Townsend Ramp, located just one block south of the Michigan Capitol, for $18 million. 

Another counterfeit $100 bill has turned up at a Traverse City area business. The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office said the phony bill was reported by staff at a restaurant inside the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme. 

United Auto Workers is filing a lawsuit against General Motors over plans to stop production at three U.S. plants. The lawsuit accuses the automaker of violating terms of the 2015 agreement dealing with plant closures.  

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a plan to convert a former engine plant in Detroit into an assembly facility. The Mack Avenue Engine site will build the next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and a larger Jeep SUV.   

The American Red Cross is teaming up with HBO in hopes of getting more people to donate blood. The Red Cross is in need of blood following the series of winter storms that have hit West Michigan.   

Officials are announcing charges against a suspect accused of intentionally hitting pedestrians with his car in Royal Oak Saturday. Twenty-eight-year-old Manhal Najib is being charged with several crimes. 

A new community piano has been unveiled at Bishop Airport, the third such musical gift from the Flint School of Performing Arts. Passengers and their families, will enjoy the live music,” according to Davin Pierson Torre, director of FSPA. 

Michigan officials are taking applications for the fifth round of funding to support work along the Iron Belle Trail. The Department of Natural Resources says proposals are due March 15 for grants up to $50,000.  

This May, the Benzie Central school district will ask voters for money to build a new school and upgrade infrastructure. The biggest project, a $19.75 million brand new K-5 elementary school.

Already, Governor Gretchen Whitmer is being questioned about being on the presidential ticket in 2020. The Democrat said in Washington, DC that she has no interest and wouldn't consider being on the ballot.   

Gasoline prices were up once again in the latest survey from Triple A Michigan. Their latest Fuel Gauge Report found the average price of regular unleaded fuel in the state went up by an average of six-cents a gallon. 

City leaders across West Michigan are relying on other methods, not state funding to fix the roads. Lowell City Manager Mike Burns says the more than one-billion-dollars in state funding, is not enough to fix local roads.

A local developer is adding to his list of properties with the purchase of a former restaurant in the Mexicantown restaurant district. The former home to El Zocalo was purchased for one-point-two million. 

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor released a statement Monday in support of diversity and inclusion, less than a week after posters were put up in a Lansing neighborhood with hate speech that targeted illegal immigrants. 

A Wexford County highway was closed after a tanker truck crashed during the snowstorm. It happened about three miles north of M-55 at M-37. All lanes of the roadway closed for about four miles while crews cleaned the mess. 

Western Michigan University's head coach for women's track and field and cross country is currently off the job. The university says Kelly Lycan was put on paid administrative leave, no other details have been released. 

General Motors will extend production at the company's Hamtramck Assembly Plant until January 2020. The automaker announced late last year the plant would be one of several that would be "unallocated". 

Investigators are trying to figure out the cause of a fire just north of I-196 in Grand Rapids. Firefighters were called to a 12-unit apartment building on Emerald Avenue. 

The Ford Foundation has announced the great-great grandson of the founder of Ford Motor Company is the newest member of their board of trustees. Henry Ford the Third is the first member of the Ford family to be on the board since 1976.  

Three Flint police officers have been placed on administrative leave following a vehicle pursuit and fatal shooting Sunday morning. Tommy John-Ernest Kirby, 41, of Flint died at the scene.

Police in Lansing are investigating after a man died in a crash. Officers were called just after 2 a.m. to Eastbound I-96, west of Cedar Street. Driver of the vehicle, a 20-year-old Lansing man, went off the road and into several trees. 

Mecosta County deputies arrested a man after he rolled his car several times. Witnesses said the man was driving north on US-131 and lost control near 4 Mile Rd.

Updated 10:34pm 2/17/19

Beaumont Health officials announced new retailers who will be occupying spaces at Woodward Corners. Meijer will be operating the grocery store going in one of the 40-thousand-square-foot space.

A cat shot with an arrow is recovering at the Humane Society of Mid-Michigan. The organization is offering a 500-dollar-reward to anybody who provides information leading to an arrest.   

Michigan Representative Fred Upton says former colleague John Dingell wrote the book on promoting bipartisanship. Speaking at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC, Upton says Dingell always focused on weeding out fraud and abuse in our government.  

The Grand Rapids Police Department is keeping its job ad up indefinitely. Officials are anticipating more than a dozen officers to retire over the next five years and are not receiving many new recruitments.   

The City of Detroit has announced the sale of a historic 17-story building on the city's west side. The Lee Plaza on West Grand Boulevard has been sold to a developer who plans to renovate the building beginning in 2021.   

The City of Flint Police Department has announced a task force centered around enforcement of crimes against children and young people. Three City of Flint Officers have been assigned to the task force. 

The newest employee of the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office was sworn in Wednesday. Kory is a Golden Retriever that is fully trained to provide emotional support to crime victims while they're in the courtroom. 

Several animals were killed in a barn fire in Benzie County. A passerby first noticed the flames. The barn was a total loss, the Sheriff says one horse, several chickens, and goats were killed. 

Michigan's new Move Over Law went into effect. The expanded law will make it mandatory for drivers to move over a lane and slow down if emergency vehicles or flashing lights on the side of the road.   

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is proposing a hands-free driving law. Whitmer is urging legislators to get Michigan on the same page as 16 other states that ban drivers from using hand-held devices. 

Nearly one-point-five million vehicles are being recalled by Ford Motor Company for various issues. The majority of vehicles are 2011 to 2013 Ford F-150 pickups equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

A fire at a two-story apartment house is under investigation. Firefighters put out flames on both floors but the house suffered major damage. Everybody who lived there was able to make it out safely.

Multiple school districts in the Metro Detroit area are running out of snow days. Each district is allotted six days per year. Detroit Public Schools has reached eight.

Flint is getting an aerial platform fire truck for the first time since a former state-appointed emergency manager sold one for scrap. City Council agreed to spend nearly $1 million for a new fire vehicle that can stretch more than 100 feet high.

Governor Whitmer has declared a State of Emergency for Ionia County, which includes Portland. Officials in Portland are inspecting homes and businesses. They're checking for damage, caused by an ice jam in the Grand River.

Emmet County Sheriff Peter Wallin is back from his visit to the White House and a meeting with President Donald Trump. Wallin was one of 17 sheriffs across the country selected by the National Sheriff's Association. 

The University of Michigan is ranked the top university for Fulbright Scholars. The university had 26 students receive Fulbrights for the 2018-2019 academic school year. 

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer touched on several items in her first State of the State Speech. Whitmer laid out her plans to "fix the roads" which was a theme of her campaign.

GPS tracking is being considered in Grand Rapids to help track snow plows. City staff would be able to evaluate real-time data, including location, which streets they've plowed, and how much work is left.  

The Detroit Zoological Society is helping rescue more than 18-hundred abandoned flamingo chicks in South Africa. Little rain and high temperatures, caused the dam where flamingos breed and lay eggs to dry up rapidly.

A section of I-69 was closed due to a jackknifed semi-truck. The Michigan Department of Transportation reported the crash on eastbound I-69 at Exit 135 in Genesee County around 10:42 a.m. The scene cleared shortly before noon.

The Mackinac Bridge reopened after being closed most of the afternoon on a recent day because of the weather. The bridge closed just after 1 p.m., because of a crash, according to Mackinac County 911. 

Three people are accused of trying to distract AT&T employees and steal an iPhone from the display counter at a Bloomfield Township store. The phone is valued at 600-dollars.  

A woman suspected in a deadly fire in Kalamazoo last week has been located by police. Melissa Morgan was arrested for her alleged involvement in a fire that left Zachariah Hayes of Iron Mountain dead in a home.  

A Grand Rapids nursing school is receiving a hefty check for scholarships. The Grand Valley State University's nursing program, Kirkhof College, received a 600-thousand-dollar grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust.  

Oakland County Parks and Recreation is currently hiring for several seasonal positions. They're looking to fill multiple positions such as lifeguards, concessions staff, camp counselors and park leaders.  

Flint Township Police say that a 36-year-old man is dead following a multiple vehicle crash involving a semi. The crash happened on westbound I-69 near Miller Road. 

Circle Saturday, April 13 on your calendar. That is the date the first-ever Izzo Legacy Run/Walk takes place at Michigan State University. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with a "3 Point 5K" and a "Slam Dunk 1 Mile Walk".  

The Charlevoix Planning Commission has plans for an expansion project along the water. The plan is to build a new marina on Ferry Street. The marina will house the Charlevoix yacht club, marina offices, and new bathhouse with parking. 

The life of Army Corporal Cole Wixom of Bloomingdale is being honored by the Michigan Senate. They held a moment of silence for the 24-year-old at the request of Senator Aric Nesbitt of Lawton, who represents Van Buren County.

Highland Park is near the top of 24-7 Wall Street's list of worst cities to live. Six Michigan cities were included in the 50-city list, but Highland Park ranked highest at number five.

Bentley Community Schools announced they will extend their school calendar after the recent snow days. School will be in session April 22 and will extend to June 14. BCS missed 11 school days.  

The man accused of killing a Holt homeowner, Jacob Joseph Ficher, a 27-year-old Lansing man, was arraigned on one count of open murder for the death of Ammar Alyasari.

In Grand Traverse County, crews are cleaning up after a cottage fire. It happened on north South Long Lake Road, in Long Lake Township. Crews on scene believe a heating source may have sparked the flames.

Updated 11:35pm 2/2/19

An early morning fire in Muir left three people injured with burns and frostbite. Fire crews rushed to the home while temperatures were close to negative 17 degrees.

SnowFest 2019 in Muskegon was a go, despite the previous week's freezing cold temperatures. The 34th annual Greater Muskegon Jaycees SnowFest was Saturday.   

A U.S. Department of Education report reveals several problems at Michigan State University leading up to the scandal involving former doctor Larry Nassar. MSU failed to disclose crime statistics for years.

The deadline to turn in applications for theme schools or a center for innovation within the Grand Rapids Public Schools is being extended. Parents now have until Friday February 8th to turn them in. 

Consumers Energy has given the 'all clear' for GM to continue operations at its Mid-Michigan plants. Flint Assembly Production resumed with the third shift starting at 11:30 pm.

Three Lansing men accused of trying to join ISIS will await trial in federal custody. Muse Muse, Mohamed Haji and Mohamud Muse were ordered to remain in custody following a detention hearing in U.S. District Court. 

The state of Michigan says people who heat their homes with wood could collect it in publicly managed forests as Michigan residents cope with extremely cold weather. 

DTE Energy asked customers to cut back on energy usage during the polar vortex as a way to stabilize the energy grid. With the dangerously low temperatures, customers were cranking up the heat.   

A new poll shows Michigan voters are strongly opposed to President Trump's proposed border wall, with 62-percent against it and just over 29-percent wanting the structure.   

The Michigan Department of Transportation issued a warning to drivers on I-75 north near Crooks to watch out for potholes. Officials took to social media recently advising drivers of the issue.  

It was so cold in Grand Rapids the city's police department is canceled crime. Grand Rapids PD made the announcement on Twitter telling all criminals and conspiring criminals that crime was canceled.   

Ecorse police are reporting a former city council member froze to death while exposed to the bitter cold. Officials are not releasing the man's name, but say the man was in his 70s and was found in front of his home on Elton.   

General Motors suspended production at several Michigan plants including Flint assembly. According to Local 598's Facebook page, Flint Assembly's 2nd shift halted production because of the extreme cold. 

Cities are changing the rules when it comes to shoveling. Many municipalities give residents about a day to clean up their sidewalks once the snow stops. Lansing announced it would not enforce shoveling rules until wind chills were above zero. 

White out conditions closed a 20 mile stretch of road closed in the Upper Peninsula. US-2 between St. Ignace and Brevort was shut down because of poor visibility. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has set a new date for the State of the State address after announcing it would be delayed. The new date is Tuesday, February 12th at the Michigan Capitol Building at 7:00 p.m. 

A portion of Interstate 96 was closed due to a huge pileup. Emergency crews were called to I-96 at Byron Road near Zeeland where at least 15 vehicles were involved in a pileup.   

Students at the University of Michigan demanded the school cancel classes as bitter cold weather moved in. More than 77-hundred students signed the petition as windchill readings could be as low as 40-below zero.

Grand Rapids Public Schools announced two consecutive snow days, ahead of time, for the first time ever. All schools in the district were closed several days due to the frigid cold temperatures and snow.   

Flint Community School students had the day off due to extreme cold but a “Cold Day” lunch was offered in partnership with SodexoMAGIC to district students and their families at Southwestern Classical Academy. 

The Cristo Rey Community Center in Lansing got a visit from Governor Gretchen Whitmer during the extreme cold spell that impacted the region. She even helped serve lunch, whipping up some guacamole and making up serving plates to hand out. 

New pedestrian signals are being installed to make one of Traverse City's busiest roads safer. This spring, MDOT will be adding signals on Grandview Parkway at the crosswalks of Hall Street and Elmwood Street. 

Firefighters in Mount Clemens are being praised for rescuing a cat. A woman and her daughter arrived at the firehouse stating their cat was stuck under the dashboard of their car.

The three Lansing men accused of plotting to join ISIS were back in federal court in Grand Rapids. Mohamed Haji is charged with brothers Mohamud Muse and Muse Muse.

The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled a suspended Livingston County judge can still receive her pay and benefits. Judge Theresa Brennan was suspended after being charged with perjury and tampering with evidence.  

A man is behind bars facing charges for allegedly threatening officers with a large butane lighter. Antwerp Township police arrested Matthew Sellers.   

Chemical Bank and TCF Bank are announcing plans to merge and create a headquarters location in Detroit. Under the merge, the banks will operate as TCF and aim to "create a premier bank in the Midwest".  

An elderly man was rescued after an early morning fire. Crews were called to the 4000 block of Lippincott Boulevard in Burton.  

At Sault Sainte Marie High School, burst pipes caused extensive damage throughout the building. The school says it caused damage to several classrooms, a theatre, the ceiling, carpet and lockers. 

Investigators are trying to figure out the cause of a deadly fire near Grant. Firefighters were called to a home in the 300 block of 136th street in Ashland Township.

The CEO of Ford says the company is planning to double its operating profit. Chief Executive Jim Hackett told employees in an email that “2018 was mediocre by any standard.” 

An event looking to help put an end to child abuse, took place in Muskegon. Heroes For Kids a charity basketball game, featured local heroes from law enforcement and education along with West Michigan Lake Hawks.

A pedestrian was injured after being hit by a vehicle in Grand Rapids Saturday morning. It happened at the intersection of Plainfield Avenue NE and Elmdale Street NE. 

Three Detroit families are displaced after a driver plowed into their home. The SUV crashed into a house on Southfield Road near Fenkell, plowing right into the living room.  

The Roscommmon County Sheriff’s Office has issued an update saying Keith Cunningham has been found safe and healthy. They thank the public for assisting with the search.

Updated at 11:06pm 1/21/19

Ford is confirming plans to fully electrify the F-Series pickup truck. The news of an electric pickup truck by Ford is being called unexpected, company executives believe it will "futureproof" the billion-dollar F-series line.

The Executive Vice President of Administrative Services at Michigan State University has been named Interim President. Satish Udpa was appointed by the MSU Board of Trustees.

A vacant building owned by Muskegon Public Schools is going up for sale. District officials announced plans to sell the old Craig School to the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District for 25-thousand-dollars.

Hundreds of people from Grand Rapids flocked to Washington, D.C. to take part in the March for Life. Bus loads of people from the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids carried participants to the event.  

Representative Rashida Tlaib of Detroit announced her plans to join a protest during the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview. The protest was against GM job cuts, outside the Cobo Center.

A 19-year-old Flint man has been charged in connection with a home invasion in Attica Township. Tatum Fike was arraigned in Lapeer District Court on second-degree home invasion, possession of burglary tools and malicious destruction of property.

A Lansing teenager has been charged in connection with a murder last month on the city's southwest side. Neal Prince, 18, faces charges in the death of Donovan Barfield last month at the 3600 block of Bayview Drive.

The 51st running of the I-500 Snowmobile Race in Sault Ste. Marie is just over two weeks away, volunteers are making sure the track is ready to go. Using a million gallons of water to make the one-mile track the ideal 14 to 16 inches thick. 

Crews restored power to hundreds of homes in Muskegon County. Consumers Energy says outages happened for unknown reasons.

Ford is out with a fourth-quarter profit forecast that's weaker than Wall Street analysts expected. The number-two U.S. automaker said it expects adjusted fourth-quarter earnings of 30 cents a share.

Baker College is looking to consolidate four of their campuses into a one new one in Ferndale. Officials with the college met with the Ferndale City Council Monday night to outline their plan. 

An outdoor concert venue may be coming to Grand Rapids. Plans for an amphitheater are coming closer to reality after the state agreed to provide five-million-dollars for the project. 

Detroit Police are searching for a man who shot up a Domino's pizza on the city's west side. Officers say the shooting took place when employees said his pizza was not ready.   

A 21-year-old man has been found guilty in connection with an April 2016 double homicide at a Flint apartment complex. Jurors convicted Toron Cortez Fisher Wednesday, in the shooting deaths of 19-year-olds Sasha Bell and Sacorya Reed. 

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina says she's open to seeking the job of Michigan State University president. The judge said she hasn't been approached about the job, but would look into it if asked.   

Consumers Energy just made a donation to help local veterans this winter. They made a $100,000 donation to the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund. It’s the largest single donation in the history of the trust fund. 

Allegiant Air is adding an aircraft base in Grand Rapids. Officials at Ford Airport made the announcement. Allegiant is said to be investing more than 42-million-dollars. 

Governor Whitmer is taking her show on the road to talk about some of the moves she's made since taking office. Whitmer said one directive will ensure small and previously disadvantaged businesses have chances to land state contracts.   

Plans to share costs and develop new commercial vehicles were unveiled by Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen. The automakers revealed plans to develop new vans and mid-size trucks for global markets by 2022.  

Detroit officials lifted a boil water advisory that was issued after a water main broke in the downtown area. Crews repaired a water line near McDougall and Larned Streets.

An MSU student driving a moped on campus was killed after an accident involving a salt truck. Michigan State University Police are still investigating the accident and what led up to the crash.  

A structure fire investigation resulted in the arrest of man accused of assault. Emergency crews were called to a fire at the Camden Kade Rental Units on North US-31 in Alanson. 

Five-year-old Brooklyn Brown is looking to help cheer up children in the hospital by starting a crayon drive. She’s had 12 stays so far in her life, after being diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.   

Winners were selected for the North American Car, Truck and Utility of Year in Detroit. The Car of the Year honor was given to the 2019 Genesis G70 sedan.   

The newspaper chain MNG wants to buy media giant Gannett for just over one-point-three-billion-dollars. Gannett owns the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Lansing State Journal, among numerous other papers in the state. 

The race for Grand Rapids mayor is getting its first contender. Incumbent Mayor Rosalynn Bliss is announcing she will seek re-election in this year's election.   

Detroit is near the top of the list for cities with the worst bed bug problem in the country. Pest control company Orkin released their annual list for 2019 and Detroit ranked eighth overall.   

A 16-year-old who died after being shot in Flint is the city’s first homicide of 2019. Monteriah Williams died from wounds received after he was shot Jan. 10 in the 3000 block of Stonegate Drive. 

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has announced a new Fire Chief for the Lansing Fire Department. Michael Mackey will begin as chief in late April. Mackey has had over 30 years of fire service with the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in Florida. 

Self-proclaimed boat nerds are preparing to say farewell to another shipping season in Sault Ste. Marie. The last ship passed through and the Soo locks officially closed to shipping traffic. 

Almost half of Grand Haven's water lines contain lead and must be replaced. All cities in the state must have an inventory of lead lines by 2020, and those lines must all be replaced by 2041. 

The National Transportation Safety Board postponed a hearing on the 2017 Willow Run Airport runway issues involving the University of Michigan men's basketball team. A rescheduled date for the hearing was not immediately set. 

Ford and Volkswagen AG are planning to work together to produce commercial pickup trucks as they continue working towards a global partnership. Details were announced during the Detroit Auto Show.   

A real estate management company that developed multiple properties in Grand Rapids is filing for bankruptcy. Federal court documents show 616 Lofts filed for chapter seven bankruptcy on the last day of 2018.  

Sahara is the new black, at least when it comes to car colors. Michigan-based Axalta, one of the largest suppliers of automotive paint, has named Sahara bronze its 2019 automotive color of the year.  

Hundreds of hourly employees impacted by General Motors' November announcement to close up to five plants, including two in the Detroit area, will now be transferring to Flint Assembly, according to GM. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking public input as it develops a 25-year plan for the state. The "Michigan Mobility 2045 " plan will seek to establish priorities for transportation. The development phase of the plan runs through April. 

Investigators are looking into what caused a house fire in Otsego County. Flames engulfed a two story apartment building on N Court Avenue near W Mitchell Street in Gaylord.

Updated at 10:12pm 1/8/19

A new study ranks Detroit among the worst cities in the country for jobs in 2019. Wallethub's most recent report has Detroit coming in at 173rd out of 182 cities that were analyzed.  

The United Auto Workers union is suing General Motors over claims the company breached its labor contract by using temporary workers. The UAW filed the suit requesting seniority union members to be transferred to the plant in Fort Wayne.  

A West Michigan goat farm is asking for your old Christmas trees. Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo in New Era hopes you'll give them your old trees so they can use them to feed their goats through the winter season.  

Kent County is among the top places in 2018 for Airbnb renters. According to the vacation rental company, more than 600-thousand guest arrivals were reported last year, earning hosts a combined 78-million-dollars.

An explosion and fire at a Detroit factory left three people injured. Detroit Firefighters were called to the Global Titanium site on Flier Street near Seven Mile Road. 

Hurley Medical Center's "Hospital Elder Life Program" is in need of volunteers. Cathy Metz, service line administrator at Hurley Medical Center, said the program is needed to keep elderly patients active and up on their feet.  

A man was taken to a local hospital, after he crashed his truck into the CP Federal Credit Union on E. Kipp Road in Mason. No other injuries were reported.

The man killed in a Presque Isle County snowmobile crash on New Years Day is Jason Saelens from Columbus, Michigan. Authorities say his snowmobile hit a rock on a trail south of Millersburg, which threw him from the sled and he hit a tree. 

Former Lt. Governor Brian Calley, will take over the presidency of the Small Business Association of Michigan. The group announced that Calley is going to become the organization's principal lobbyist.

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a massive fire at a potato farm in Greenville. Crews from nine different fire departments were called to the scene. 

Cancer survivors and patients are being offered oncology massages by Mercy Health Saint Mary's. It will be offered as an outpatient service and is free for patients.   

Detroit's newest boutique hotel in the heart of downtown is finally up and operating. The Shinola hotel welcomed guests in its official opening to the public.  

A woman is in critical condition after she was hit by a vehicle early New Year’s Day. The Flint Police Department responded around 1:15 a.m. to the area of North Saginaw and Damon streets for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. 

Hawk Island Snow Tubing Hill in Lansing is open for winter activities. The Snow Hill offers sculpted snow tubing runs and a lift to the top. Hours are Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-8pm. 

A Benzie County man was charged after allegations he held a woman at gunpoint for multiple hours. Michael Johnson, 63, met a Kalkaska County woman at a parking lot in Kingsley to give something back to her. 

A building mural is in the works along Spring Lake’s Lakeside Trail. The mural, which would be the village’s first public art, is expected to be supported by a Patronicity crowdfunding campaign for $30,000 and a match from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Michigan heads into the new year with average statewide gas prices of nearly $2 per gallon. Gas prices in Michigan have continued to fall from October into 2019, as GasBuddy reports they are down about 25 cents in the last month.  

It was a close call for a Grand Rapids police officer who almost got his cruiser stolen. A man was arrested for allegedly jumping into the cruiser and starting the engine before running off.

Beaumont Hospital in Troy welcomed the first baby born in Metro Detroit New Year's Day. Chloe Jean Catanzaro was born at 12:13 Tuesday morning weighing seven pounds and measuring at 19.5 inches.

A company is offering a signing bonus of up to $1,250 for new employees ready to hit the road. Davis Cartage Company, a trucking and warehousing firm, is set to host a hiring event from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 19, at its Corunna facility. 

The Lansing Police Department is investigating an accident that happened near the State Capitol building. Officers were dispatched to the scene of a car versus tree crash. Five people sustained minor injuries. 

One man is dead after a house fire in Grand Traverse County. Multiple crews were called to the fire on Crestwood Lane. Two other people inside the house at the time of the fire, were able to get out safely. 

Charges are being filed against a Dearborn pharmacist who charged for medication prescribed to dead people. Haytham "Tom" Fakih, committed healthcare fraud when he billed for medication that was never dispensed to patients.   

DTE Energy has agreed to pay an 840-thousand dollar fine over improper shutoffs and incorrect billing. The Michigan Public Service Commission began investigating problems with the utility's new billing system over a year ago.   

Michigan's first hand donor was honored at the Rose Parade in California. Shayna Sturtevant of Norton Shores was one of 43 donors from across the nation featured on the Donate Life float.   

Detroit Fire Department officials will be going through the former training center looking for sensitive records that may have been left behind after the site closed in 2014. The building was the scene of a suspicious fire.   

Genesee County will lose 70 years of combined experience on the bench today. Genesee Circuit judges Judith A. Fullerton and Geoffrey L. Neithercut were prohibited from seeking re-election because they surpassed the election-age limit of 70 for judges. 

Investigators have identified the man who died in a plane crash on Beaver Island. The victim in the crash has been identified as Donald Stuart Falik, 72 of Charlotte, Michigan.

Updated 11:16pm 12/25/18

A Kalamazoo doctor facing deportation is one of 61 people getting pardons from outgoing Governor Rick Snyder. Bronson Hospital doctor Lukasz Niec came to the U.S. from Poland when he was five-years-old.

Detroit's America's Thanksgiving Parade was voted as the best holiday parade in the country. The 2018 USA Today Ten-Best Readers' Choice Awards were announced with Detroit's own celebration taking the top spot. 

Michigan State University is being accused of stonewalling state investigators looking into the abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar. State Attorney General Special Investigator William Forsyth says MSU appears to care more about protecting the school's reputation.  

A Grand Rapids tech group is being investigated by federal authorities. Agents with the Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service executed a warrant at the National Science Institute.  

A retired Sterling Heights police sergeant was hit by a car and killed in Detroit. Police say 50-year-old Daryl Brown was crossing the road near the Renaissance Center downtown when he was hit.   

Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that hit a man and left him to die in the street. Flint Police say the driver of the first vehicle that hit Nathaniel Callaway Jr. Saturday night did not stop at the scene.

A fatal wreck happened near US 127 South at Loomis Road. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, a semi-truck was headed southbound on US 127 when the driver crossed the center line and struck a Jeep in the north bound lanes. 

Police in Clare County say a ballot scam is targeting seniors. Barryton Police say these have been showing up in seniors’ mailboxes. The scam claims this is an absentee vote about social security and that the money will go to the Social Security Trust Fund. 

University of Michigan and Michigan State University announced new members of their football teams as players signed letters of intent during the first day of the early signing period. 

An investigation is underway into the steering linkage of 2015 and 2016 Ram 2500 pickup trucks. A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says they had two reports of the complete failure of steering capabilities. 

A stretch of M-44 is being named in honor of a fallen Michigan State Police trooper. Timothy O'Neill was working as part of a motorcycle patrol when he was struck and killed last year.

Police in Grand Rapids have confiscated a man's gun after they say he shot a raccoon. Officers responding to a call of shots fired found the injured animal, which later died.

Detroit Police say a wheelchair bound man was struck and killed on the city's east side. The man was hit by a car at Mack and Conner Streets and the driver of the vehicle fled the scene.

All Flint Community schools will move to a balanced calendar in the new school year. A letter of agreement was approved by school board members Wednesday, as part of an agreement with the United Teachers of Flint.

Michigan State Police say a girl who had been missing since last week from the Chelsea area has been located. Authorities say 14-year-old Emily Marie Long is "healthy" but would not give any more details about where or how she was found.

Cadillac Police arrested a man accused of stabbing someone in Cadillac. Nathaniel Placer was arraigned Thursday and accused of stabbing a Lake City man near the Shell gas station.

State health officials have confirmed two more cases of the polio-like disease AFM in Michigan. The latest reports come from Macomb and Ottawa Counties with each reporting one child suffering from the illness.  

A proposal that would create a commission to oversee political campaigns in Michigan is not expected to be considered in the House of Representatives. Elections Committee Chairman Aaron Miller, says he will not bring up the Senate approved bill.   

Population in Michigan continues to grow, according to new figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The latest figures show the residency rate in the state was up by over 19-thousand people by the end of July 2018.

The search is on for three dangerous armed robbery suspects. Grand Rapids police say the trio showed up at the Wealthy Market on Wealthy Street.   

One of the most iconic buildings in Detroit is being designated as historic. The Grande Ballroom, on Grand River Avenue in the city's Petosky-Otsego neighborhood, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Richfield Public School Academy received a $10,000 grant from The Ronald McDonald House. School officials say the money will help feed over 400 families.  

A Pastor was robbed at the Good Shepherd Mission Church in Stockbridge. The Pastor was awakened by two men in his bedroom. After using a stun gun on him, they tied him up prior to leaving with cash. 

The Traverse City airport and United Airlines have teamed up to offer flights to and from Washington D.C. Starting in June, the weekly non-stop flights from Dulles Airport will arrive mid-day Saturdays and return to D.C. that same afternoon.

Michigan State Police have a man in custody who made threats to Selfridge Air National Guard Base.    

Ford is developing a dog kennel that cancels out noise that can drive dogs crazy, like fireworks. The auto company designed the kennel after thinking about other uses for its noise control tech used on the Ford Edge SUV.   

Consumers Energy is out with a warning as imposters try to get into your home. The utility company says it's received reports from customers across the state. 

Michigan State University is planning to expand its Grand Rapids Research Center downtown. MSU announced its plans to build another building along Michigan Street, east of the current Research Center.  

Police are investigating after a man's body was found inside a charred home on the city's east side. Officials say the home, located near the corner of Eight Mile Road and Conant Street, was abandoned.

The former Michigan State University President who pleaded not guilty on charges of lying to investigators about Larry Nassar is free on bond after being arraigned on charges of lying to a peace officer.  

A Mason County middle schooler has been expelled after allegedly making a bomb threat last month. Deputies say the 8th grader made a threat on Instagram against the Mason County Central Middle School. 

Updated at 10:31am 12/15/18

Ford has announced the Van Dyke Transmission plant in Sterling Heights will be cutting 230 full-time hourly employees, while the Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing plant is cutting 25 temporary part-time jobs.

Michigan health officials are confirming the state's second case of the polio-like illness AFM. It was most recently found in Oakland County, following last week's confirmation of the first case in Wayne County.

Triple-A Michigan is projecting nearly three-point-six million in the state will go at least 50 miles from home, which is the highest since the auto club began tracking holiday travel and up by four-percent from last year.

Grand Rapids' city manager has told the parking department not to implement any new fees. That means a suggestion, to extend metered parking later on weekdays and into weekends is on hold.

Two buildings in downtown Detroit reported bomb threats Thursday. The two buildings are among dozens of locations across the country reporting bomb threats.

Seventeen grants, totaling $1.4 million were awarded to community causes by the Ruth Mott Foundation. A majority of the grants were awarded to programs benefiting the youth in Flint. 

Michigan Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer said she emphasized the importance of upgrading road and water infrastructure and keeping invasive carp out of the Great Lakes in a meeting with President Donald Trump. She called it a "really productive" day.

Emmet County will have more reliable public transportation. Just after the New Year, the county will roll out EMGO, a new public transit service.

Protestors are staging demonstrations at Michigan's state capitol over controversial bills in the lame duck legislature. Dozens chanted slogans like "Clean Water!" and "Lame Duck!"

An Ann Arbor teacher is being awarded 25-thousand dollars as the winner of the Milken Education Award. Chad Downs, a third and fourth-grade teacher at Ann Arbor Open School, was surprised with the news at an assembly.

A new partnership between the State of Michigan and private organizations will focus on opioid addiction. The Michigan Opioid Partnership will focus on treatment prevention and recovery for those who become addicted to pain medication.

The water is safe to drink in Big Rapids. The city just announced recent tests did not find high levels of PFAS in its system.

The Green Room, a downtown Detroit mainstay until its sudden eviction from the Ford Building in January, will be re-opening. The restaurant will be moving the historic Guardian Building.

Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna said there were many times in his 20-plus years working in Mt. Morris Township that Flint police saved his tail. McKenna heard of comments on social media that alleged the Flint police department was inept – he said he was upset.

Lansing Police were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the 3200 block of S. Washington. Upon arrival, Officers located an unconscious male with an apparent gunshot wound. Authorities pronounced the victim as deceased.

Students at a Wexford County elementary school received an early Christmas surprise. Principal Carrie Paulen, announced the school was awarded a $10,500 Rotary Grant to fund the new playground equipment.

Legislation that would create an oversight group for the construction of a Line 5 utility tunnel beneath the Straights of Mackinac is going to Governor Snyder's desk.

Protesters are getting festive trying to convince Governor Snyder to veto controversial legislation passed in the lame duck session. They sang protest carols outside his Ann Arbor condo.

Ford Motor Company says that the 2019 Ford Ranger is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered midsize pickup in America. The new Ranger is coming back to the Ford lineup after being gone since 2011.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport is reporting its best-ever October. Ford set a new record with nearly 285-thousand passengers, up over 15-percent from last year.

A 26-year-old man was the victim of a carjacking while sitting at a red light on Detroit's west side. The incident happened at Schoolcraft and West Outer Drive.

A personal injury accident shut down a portion of East Fifth Avenue near downtown Flint. Officers were called out around 8:15 p.m., for the accident in the area of North Saginaw Street and East Fifth Avenue.

20 teams of Michigan State University undergraduate seniors are ready and waiting to help mid-Michigan businesses and nonprofits solve their digital problems. As part of their final course, students are required to work in cross-functional teams on a real-world IT project.

A man is dead after police say he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office says it happened on Free Soil Road, west of Reek Road in Free Soil Township.

After several weeks of decline, gasoline prices in Michigan are higher. According to Triple-A Michigan, the average price of regular unleaded is six-cents higher statewide than one week ago at two-dollars-34-cents a gallon.

The University of Michigan is no longer allowing romantic relationships between its faculty and students. The school published a piece in the University Record saying, starting in 2019 they will be prohibited.

A Wyoming, Michigan mother of three died after drowning in a lake near her house. Tracy Cashman was trying to save her dog who police said fell through the ice during a walk.

A man is recovering from a home invasion that left him hurt. Police in Spring Lake Township say it happened Saturday evening while the victim was home just before 6:00 p.m. on Leonard Street.

Multiple neighborhoods in Detroit are getting a share of 35-million dollars for redevelopment. Mayor Mike Dugan announced that each of the seven neighborhoods will get five-million dollars.

Members of the public are kicking off the recall campaign to get rid of Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand. The petition signing started in front of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

A Wexford County man is behind bars after authorities found him with two missing teenage girls. Christopher Wagenschutz, 34, appeared before a Wexford County judge Monday afternoon. His bond was set at $25,000 cash/surety.

A restaurant chain with locations in West Michigan is facing a federal lawsuit. The suit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor claims Maru Sushi violated overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

State Chief Medical Executive Eden Wells will be going to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges. A judge found Wells not only knew about the 2014-2015 Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Flint, she was slow to notify other state officials.

The University of Michigan is receiving a 33-million-dollar donation. The money, which was given by Chris and Lisa Jefferies, will support the university's law school.

A mother was arraigned on child abuse charges for allegedly shaking and injuring her baby. The Kent County Sheriff's deputies were called to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital on a report of a three-month-old child with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

McFarland Foss Funeral Home will be closing in January after 87 years of business. Two families kept the funeral home up and running since 1931, but the building was placed up for sale in July.

The ice skating rink at University of Michigan-Flint has returned for the winter season in downtown Flint. Free open skating will run through early March 2019.

Police in East Lansing are searching for the man they say tried to carjack someone at a busy intersection. It happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Abbot Road and Saginaw Highway.

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie held their first winter readiness symposium. Agencies met at the Sanderson field airport to give the public a first hand look at how they get ready for winter ice-breaking.

Updated at 8:29pm 11/30/18

The 2018 Gold Medal-winning U.S. National Hockey Team will face off against Canada at Little Caesars Arena. The rivals will face off as part of Hockey Week Across America on Sunday, February 17th at noon.

A milestone is being marked by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. She says two-thirds of all adults in the state who are eligible to be organ donors have joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.

Delta Airlines will officially roll out their second biometric terminal in the country at Detroit Metropolitan Airport early next year. The terminal uses facial recognition technology to allow passengers to check in for their flights.

Grand Rapids is being named one of the top ten cities to watch in 2019 for its housing market. According to Trulia, a home owner and renters site, Grand Rapids ranks number two on its list of neighborhoods to watch for growth next year.

Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones will be sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives after reaching an agreement with the Republican leadership. Jones won a special election to fill out the term of former 13th District Congressman John Conyers.

Nearly 100 people gathered to watch Flint's downtown Christmas tree lit up for the first time this season. Families watched as the clock struck 5:59 p.m. to witness the tree illuminated against the night sky on the corner of Second and Saginaw streets. 

George Perles has resigned from the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. He announced his departure in a letter to Board of Trustees President Brian Breslin.   

Cherry Capital Airport will be expanding direct flights between Denver and Traverse City next summer. The Saturday seasonal service from United Airlines will begin June 8 and expand to daily service on June 20, according to Cherry Capital officials.

Fiat Chrysler is unveiling the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Jeep Gladiator will be a pick-up truck, making it the only of its kind on the market right now. 

Nuns from Ann Arbor performed at the White House for the 96th annual National Christmas Tree lighting. Members of the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist performed selections from their latest album. 

The Michigan Senate is looking to change voter approved petitions that increased the state's minimum wage and addressed paid sick leave for employees. Republicans voted to modify the laws which were passed in September. 

Investigators believe a fire that destroyed a home may have started on the porch. Firefighters were called to a home on Huizen Avenue after a neighbor noticed flames. 

Detroit businessman Bob Carmack is responding to claims made by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan Monday. Carmack's attorney says allegations made by Duggan that Carmack threatened the Mayor is false. 

The DNR wants to remind hunters to check their deer for chronic wasting disease this hunting season. A 4-year-old buck in Pine River Township, and a 2-year-old buck in Carmel Township in Eaton County are suspected to be positive for the disease.  

The city of Cadillac discovered an underground 500 gallon storage tank under the site that holds the new market at Cadillac Commons. The unknown tank contaminated soils on the property that needed to be disposed of in order to continue with the preparation for the new market. 

DTE Energy will donate ten-million-dollars to Michigan outreach agencies to help low-income families stay warm and safe during the frigid winter months.

Flat Rock Community Schools suspended a sixth-grader who brought a small pocket knife to school. The Simpson Middle School student reportedly made threats against classmates while armed with the knife.   

General Motors says plant closings and job cuts recently announced will have no immediate impact on its plants in Flint, Saginaw and Bay City. GM officials said they will close three assembly plants in Michigan, Ohio and Ontario, Canada by the end of 2019.

Everybody is safe after a train crashed into a parked car in Grand Haven. It happened on Columbus Avenue between 6th and 7th streets.  

The investigation into the fatal shooting of a prisoner while in a medical transport van continues in Wayne County. Officials identified the victim as 23-year-old Martez Webb. 

At least five fire departments were called to battle a commercial structure fire in Imlay City. Fire departments responded around 3 p.m. to Pavement Recycling, 210 S. Black Corners Road, for the blaze.

A 24-year veteran of the Michigan State University Police Department will take over as chief in January. Deputy Chief Kelly Roudebush will be the department's fifth chief and the first woman to hold the job, university officials said. 

Ludington Area Schools will ask voters to approve a more than $100 million bond proposal in May. The school board approved the plan to ask voters for a 30 year $101 million bond.

Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon faced arraignment. Simon allegedly lied to police during the investigation into the gymnastics team's former doctor Larry Nassar. 

General Motors will be closing five assembly plants, saving them six-billion dollars by 2020. The Hamtramck Assembly Plant in Detroit, and the Warren Transmission Plant are the two factories in metro Detroit that will close.  

Thousands of Consumers Energy customers across West Michigan were left without power due to the recent snow storm. At one point, eleven-thousand customers were left in the dark.

A 21-year-old man was the victim of an armed carjacking on Detroit's east side. He told police he was sitting in his vehicle on Liberal Street at Crusade when an armed man demanded he get out of the car.  

The Flint-area's newest sports entity is holding a name-the-team contest. The Michigan Bucks are relocating from Pontiac beginning next season and team officials want to know if they should keep the name Michigan Bucks or come up with something new. 

A Lansing man who allegedly broke into a home and stabbed another man is facing two felony charges. Lansing police say 18 year old Anjuan Potter broke into a 41 year old man's apartment in the 5700 block of Hughes Road.  

A special holiday delivery is taking place thanks to the crew aboard the Cutter Mackinaw. The U.S. Coast Guard ship was loaded with 1,200 Christmas trees, bound for Chicago where the trees will be delivered to families in need. 

A barge is in need of repairs after it crashed into a pier on the Detroit River. The U.S. Coast Guard Detroit sector said the collision took place at the Nicholson pier when the barge started veering towards it.

The lame duck session of the state legislature will begin soon, and Governor Snyder is making a request of the House and Senate for 371-million dollars in spending. He's asking for 183-million to be put into roadwork.  

The former president of Detroit's American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is pleading guilty to embezzlement charges. Mervin Hawk’s, sentencing hearing has been set for February 27th.  

Grand Rapids' downtown outdoor ice rink is open. The ice rink in Rosa Parks Circle was delayed by the city due to the warm weather. The rink will remain open through February 24th.

The last property owned in Detroit by Aretha Franklin, a historic mansion next to the Detroit Golf Club, has been sold by the legendary entertainer's estate. The 5,600-square-foot brick home on Hamilton Road was purchased for $300,000.  

Eaton County sheriff's deputies say one person was taken to the hospital after a car crashed and caught fire on Willow Highway near Grand Woods Drive in Delta Township. 

If Northern Michigan University issued you a parking ticket, you may be able to keep some cash in your pocket by donating to the school’s “Food 4 Fines” program. Donations can reduce or even eliminate a fine up to $25 dollars.

Updated at 10:04am 11/18/18

A body believed to be that of a missing woman from Lansing’s Moores Park neighborhood was found in the Grand River by a dive team. Shalyn Manson, 45, had been reported missing two days prior. Authorities say there were no signs of fowl play.

Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert is now the owner of Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com. His company, Rock Holdings, made a deal with the Oakland-based Wordsmith sites.   

The jobless rate in Michigan fell by one-tenth of a percent according to the latest figures from the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. For October, the unemployment rate stood at three-point-nine percent.  

A group of economists at the University of Michigan say a slowdown in the economy may begin in 2019. The forecast from the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics says this year will end on a positive note. 

Crashes caused by deer are on the rise according to the Kent County Sheriff's Office. Officials say deputies are responding to about 12 to 15 deer-car crashes a day.   

Detroit ranks among the top most bed bug-infested cities in the United States. Pest control service Terminix released the list ahead of the booming holiday travel season, and the Motor City snagged the No. 13 spot.   

An advisory group created by Gov. Rick Snyder to address issues related to Flint water may have met for the last time. An executive order that created the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee in April 2016 expires when Snyder leaves office. 

One of Mid-Michigan's largest homeless shelters has a new name. What used to be the Volunteers of America shelter on Larch Street in Lansing is now Holy Cross Services - New Hope Community Center.  

Commercial flights in and out of Pellston Regional Airport were cancelled until technicians could repair a critical piece of weather-reporting equipment. The airports' automated weather condition reporting system was experiencing mechanical problems.  

A former UAW official charged in a bribery conspiracy with Fiat-Chrysler officials has been sentenced. Virdell King was the first African-American woman ever elected to lead a local union chapter.   

Ford Motor Company is teaming up with Walmart to explore how self driving vehicles can deliver groceries, diapers, pet food and personal care items. Ford has already spent a year testing a business model for its self driving fleets. 

Deer hunters are being warned over a deadly disease infecting the animals. According to the Department of Natural Resources, more than 60 deer in seven Michigan counties, have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.   

Phase two in a 45-million-dollar Gateway Transformation Project is getting underway. This phase will impact those picking up and dropping off travelers at Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.   

Downtown Detroit market is up and running for the upcoming holiday season. Local entrepreneurs have the opportunity to test market their business concepts in spaces in Cadillac Square and Capitol park.   

A WWII veteran receiving recognition after accomplishing a major milestone. Wednesday, Willard Ryckman, celebrated his 100th birthday with nearly 200 friends and loved ones. He is the oldest living veteran in Kalkaska County. 

The Southeast Michigan region of the American Red Cross is in severe need of blood and platelet donors. It's searching for donors who can help the organization overcome a blood shortage. 

More than a dozen volunteers with the Red Cross of West Michigan are expected to find out soon if they'll be sent to California to help battle the deadly wildfires. Executive Director Tiffany Page says their team already has several members helping out in California.   

City leaders in Muskegon are weighing options for odd-even winter parking rules. The even-odd parking rules mean you can park on certain streets between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. depending on if it's an even day or odd day of the week.  

A new stop is being added to Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. Allegiant Air announced a non-stop flight from Ford airport to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Florida.  

Fire Crews in River Rouge are working to determine the cause of a commercial building fire. The blaze broke out at International Precast Solutions near Coolidge and Jefferson.   

Bishop Airport is getting more service to Chicago on United Airlines. The airport announced in a news release that United will add a fourth daily flight from Flint to the Windy City starting in April. 

Dozens of people now own a piece of Michigan Capitol history. The state hosted a public drawing Tuesday, selling 50 pieces of carpeting from the Governor's office. The carpet was removed as part of renovations. 

Officials will take input from the public on Petoskey’s proposed $29.8 million city budget for 2019 at next week’s Petoskey City Council meeting. The regular council meeting will begin at 7 p.m., at Petoskey City Hall. 

Detroit Lions legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lem Barney is suing Happy's Pizza. Barney claims a manager at a store in Commerce Township refused to serve him and his wife because they are African-American. 

The American Legion Post 311 in Grand Rapids says it's seeing a decrease in membership. The post is one of several across West Michigan experiencing a decline in veterans joining.   

The Rockford High School Marching Band is among the top ranked in the nation. The school band competed in the 2018 Bands of America National Championship which was hosted in Indianapolis.   

A study is detailing the possible need for a commuter train between Grand Rapids and Holland. The study was called for by the city of Hudsonville to determine if it would be a good idea to build a train along Interstate 196.   

An investigation is underway after multiple Detroit police officers were injured on a call. Police attempted to arrest a 24-year-old man for assault, battery and domestic violence when he physically assaulted the officers.    

Foster Coffee will become the first tenant along Albert Avenue in the Center City District Development. The $125 million multi-generational, mixed-use development includes the Landmark on Grand River, Newman Lofts, Target and public parking. 

The company NAI, new to Gaylord, is giving back to the community this holiday season. The company is taking food donations all week at its location on Old 27 to provide dinners for families on Thanksgiving. 

Sixteen inmates at the Barry County Jail are getting out early due to overcrowding issues. Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf issued a state of emergency because of the overcrowding.   

The Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has been removed after allegations of violent hazing. The incidents reportedly took place during the fraternity's new member process.   

Renovation work on the Michigan Central Train Station will begin before the end of the year. Ford Motor Company purchased the historic building in Detroit's Corktown area earlier this year for 90-million dollars.   

Kent County's new sheriff has officially been sworn-in. Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young took her oath of office after starting her new job at the start of the month. She is the daughter of former Shiawassee County Sheriff James LaJoye. 

More Detroit residents went to work in September than any point this decade, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly 2,500 more Detroiters were employed in September than in August. 

The West Court Street Church of God in Flint, announced that they are re-opening their water distribution Saturday, November 24th at Noon. You can line up on Beecher Road to receive water. 

Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at an agricultural business in Ingham County. Eaton Farm Bureau Co-op at the Mason location is located at 104 S. Lansing St. No other details are available. 

Communities around northern Michigan celebrated Veterans Day, which marked the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice to end World War One. In Boyne City, a small crowd gathered to see the city's historic clock tower bell ring 21 times just after 11 a.m.

Updated at 3:00am 11/7/18

New state grants are set to go toward school safety upgrades. Michigan State Police said Wednesday 25-million-dollars will be distributed to many school districts, charter schools, and other school agencies around the state.

A grand opening was held for the new playground at an iconic Grand Haven park. Organizers unveiled the new look called the Imagination Station.    

Power was restored to hundreds of Consumers Energy customers. More than 450 power outages were reported after a crash. The outage even caused Orchard View School District officials to delay start times.  

The thefts of four vehicles from a dealership in Auburn Hills has led to the arrest of four men by Warren Police. The department says the four are all career criminals out on parole and are part of an organized car theft ring in Metro Detroit. 

The Flint Board of Education is seeking applications to fill a vacant seat. Applications are being taken until 5 p.m. Monday, after school board member Kenyatta Dotson announced that she was stepping down.

A string of thefts from vehicles in Delhi Township this past summer has resulted in a number of felony charges. The Ingham County Sheriff's Office Delhi Division says, 21 felony charges and 8 misdemeanor charges have been filed against seven people in connection with the thefts.

The leader of northern Michigan’s largest community college is retiring after nearly two decades. Northwestern Michigan College President Timothy Nelson made the announcement during an employee meeting.

A hung jury and mistrial is being declared in the trial of a former Michigan State Police trooper charged in the death of a Detroit teenager. Jury members told the judge they couldn't come to a unanimous verdict. 

Strong pickup sales helped propel General Motors to a third-quarter profit of two-point-five-billion-dollars. GM reported tax-exempt earnings of three-point-two-billion, which was up 25-percent from the same quarter one year ago.  

A West Michigan dentist wants your uneaten Halloween candy. Several dentists are taking part in a Halloween candy Buy-Back Program, with plans to ship what they collect to troops in California as part of Operation Gratitude.

Grand Rapids Community College has added a chief equity and inclusion officer. The college has hired B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, who is described as an expert in race, identity, and culture in American higher education.

Musical history is up for grabs with the listing of Aretha Franklin's Bloomfield Township house. The colonial style h ome on Kiftsgate Bend belonging to the Queen of Soul is listed for 800-thousand dollars.   

Dozens of rough roads exist in Linden and the city says they don't have the funding to fix it. November 6th, voters will be able to decide if paying a little bit more in taxes is worth having better roads. 

Nobody was hurt when a truck slammed into His Healing Hands Health Center on West Holmes Road in Lansing. Lansing Police say the driver accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes. 

The Cadillac Police Department will be taking part in “No Shave November” to benefit Oasis Family Resource Center. Officers who participate will donate $100 to the Oasis Holiday Sponsorship and will grow their beards for November and December. 

Northern Michigan University and the University of Michigan-Flint will both be added to the roster of schools in Michigan that offer cybersecurity training.   

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is reporting a third-quarter drop in earnings by 38-percent. The company says they are preparing for costs related to an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department into the performance of diesel engines.   

Ford Motor Company unveiled the latest edition of the GT Supercar at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas. The vehicle is the lightest GT ever produced as the automaker incorporated carbon fiber in several areas.  

Police are identifying a victim killed in an Orange Township crash as a woman traveling from New York state. Investigators say she ran the stop sign at David Highway and S. Keefer Highway and was struck by a vehicle.  

National animal rights advocate group PETA is weighing in on the city's rat problem. They're planning to run a billboard with the message of cleanliness leading to a rat-free environment. 

Railroad track repairs closed a portion of Center Road along the Burton and Flint border. Bob Slattery, director of the Burton Department of Public Works, said the work is expected to run through Nov. 10. 

Former Eaton County Clerk Kellie Bartlett has turned herself in for felony aggravated assault, according to the Barry County Prosecutor. Kellie Bartlett was charged last week with aggravated stalking, a felony carrying a maximum of five years in prison. 

Armor Express in Antrim County won a huge contract from the Department of Defense. A $60 million contract from the U.S. Marines. The Northern Michigan based company will make light-weight body armor for troops. 

A search is underway for a suspect who robbed a Chase Bank in Ann Arbor. Police say the suspect robbed the bank located at Stadium Boulevard and Packard Street before he fled on foot.  

General Motors CEO Mary Barra wants people to see the automaker as a tech company by the time she retires. Less than a decade after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, they face new challenges in an uncertain future of the automotive industry.  

Parking restrictions are coming back for the winter season. Now in effect, odd-even parking signs will be back up and around Grand Rapids.   

Work has begun on transforming the former Kmart property along Dort Highway in Flint into a new storage facility. Storage of America is moving into the vacant building that has been closed for more than five years.

Gov. Rick Snyder ordered Michigan and U.S. flags lowered to half-mast to honor shooting victims at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.  

Dozens of organizations have kicked off a public fundraising campaign to bring back Arctic Grayling fish to Michigan waters. ReWild Michigan is raising money to reintroduce the fish. 

Michigan State University still plans to freeze undergraduate in-state tuition for 2019-20. Under the block tuition plan, students will be billed the same for taking 12 to 18 credits hours vs. paying per credit hour.

Logan's Roadhouse closed after a grease fire sent flames shooting high above the Saginaw Township restaurant. Firefighters with the Saginaw Township Fire Department responded to the restaurant, near Fashion Square Mall. 

Michigan State Police are looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a recent larceny of hunting equipment. Troopers from the Marshall Post, are investigating the incident that occurred Oct. 18 near Newton and North Fox roads in Coldwater Township. 

New renderings of the old Hudson's site redevelopment on Woodward Avenue reveal a stepped design for the tower. When completed, the $1 billion development will be the tallest building in the state of Michigan. 

A 59-year-old woman was critically injured during a house fire in Davison Township. First responders were called out to the 2200 block of South Irish Road, between Lippincott Boulevard and Atherton Road, for a structure fire.  

Despite its name, the Michigan State University College of Law is a private school that's affiliated with the university but not part of it. MSU's Board of Trustees have voted to fully integrate the College of Law into the university.  

Roadside parks across Northern Michigan have closed for the season. The Michigan Department of Transportation says all 32 road side parks in the Upper Peninsula will be closed for the season. 

Updated at 8:56pm 10/23/18

According to a new study, Michigan residents are at a higher risk than residents of other states for identity theft. Wallethub's new study examined ten key metrics to determine where in America had the highest amount of identity theft.

Michigan's unemployment rate is down. The state Department of Technology, Management and Budget says the jobless rate fell to four-percent in September.

Fans of the Detroit Red Wings will have the chance to a piece of memorabilia from Joe Louis Arena. The red seats in the stadium are being sold for 50-dollars each.

Students with learning disabilities are being offered a program aimed to reprogram their brains. The St. Stephen Catholic School in East Grand Rapids is offering an international program to help those students struggling in their education.

Detroit police are set to get a seven-percent raise over the next three years. Officers are currently up for a two-percent raise this year and a two-point-five-percent increase in each of their last two years of a new contract.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced during her State of the City Address that the city's water quality is now good enough for General Motors to switch back to using Flint water for its engine plant.

Passengers on Amtrak will not be able to buy tickets from a person at the station in East Lansing starting later this month. Effective Oct. 29, there will no longer be a staffed ticket window.

The Michigan DNR says a deer killed in Dickinson County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It’s the first confirmation of the disease in the Upper Peninsula. The deer was shot on a farm four miles from the Michigan-Wisconsin border. 

A woman inmate claims she was left in a pool of her own blood for hours at Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility. Sherrie Medlock says she experienced cramping and heavy bleeding after suffering a miscarriage two weeks earlier.

Detroit Public Television will air the "Antiques Roadshow" episode filmed at Meadow Brook Hall on January 7th. Filming for the episode took place in June and will be used to kick off the 23rd season of the iconic show.

A salt shortage is prompting officials to warn drivers of slicker road conditions this winter. Private snow removal companies say they'll have a shorter supply to help with parking lots.

A busy street in Grand Rapids is closed for a major water main construction project. Construction on Leonard Street NE between Plymouth and Maryland avenues began recently.

A complete transformation of Detroit's West Riverfront Park has been unveiled. The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy has released plans for the 22-acre site on the riverfront south of downtown.

Flint homeowners who still have elevated levels of lead in their water could have in-home plumbing and fixtures replaced, at state expense. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced the availability of up to $1 million recently.

The East Lansing Police Department has obtained an open murder arrest warrant for a 30-year-old Mississippi man in connection to a homicide that occurred in East Lansing recently.

The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office announced the new Undersheriff. Detective Mike Shea has accepted the appointment to Undersheriff. Shea joined the Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office in 2005.

A push to promote college to high schoolers is working. Grand Rapids Community College reports a 31-percent increase this year in the number of local high school students registering for classes.

Ford Motor Company is inching closer to securing over 103-million-dollars in tax breaks. Detroit City Council approved three key measures and a community benefits package, helping with plans for a tech campus at the former Michigan Central Station. 

The Diag landmark at the University of Michigan was tagged once again leading up to the annual football game between rival schools MSU and U of M. Police responded to find MSU had been spray-painted on the bronze block "M" at the center of the quad. U of M defeated MSU in the game, 21-7.

The Salvation Army of Kent County is opening its search for bell ringers for the Red Kettle Campaign. Coordinator Major Norman Grainger says the holiday season campaign is a vital part of fundraising efforts.

Progress is being made as Oak Park officials negotiate with Kroger to build a new store on Greenfield Road. The property was once home to a Kmart store and remains on the market.

Demolition work on the downtown Lansing YMCA has begun. The process should take about eight weeks to complete.

A missing teen was found in a boat on a lake in Manistee Township. The 17-year-old boy left his home at some point during the night, according to Manistee County Sheriff's Deputies.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reporting one possible case of the polio-like virus in the state. Acute Flaccid Myelitis, also known as AFM, is a rare condition affecting the spinal cord.

The price of gasoline in Michigan is down by double-digits in the latest Triple A Michigan Fuel Gauge Survey. The statewide average is at two-dollars-88-cents a gallon.

One person is dead after a semi and a pickup truck collide in Newaygo County. The two vehicles crashed head on on East 120th and Walnut Avenue.

An investigation is underway after a fire in Grand Rapids. Flames broke out at a residence on Wealthy Street Southeast. The family was at home at the time, but made it out safely.

Detroit Police continue to search for the suspect who carjacked a pregnant woman in Detroit. Triniece Williams of Warren had just pulled into the driveway of her aunt's home on Rutland Street near Schoolcraft when the thief pulled in behind her.

A 17-year-old has been charged in the killing of a 7-year-old girl on Flint’s north side. The Genesee County Prosecutor authorized 18 felony charges against the suspect Monday, charges that include first-degree murder.

Michigan State University released the identity of the student killed in a shooting October 12th in East Lansing. Isai Berrones of Alamo, Texas was a senior studying food science.

The DNR is looking for input on the new winter sports trail in the Leelanau State Park before making it a permanent part of the park. It’s a little more than five miles long and follows Old Logging Roads. 

The Michigan Court of Appeals has backed a lower court ruling that will force the closure of a Ferndale motel. The Motorama Motel on the corner of Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue is a frequent stop for police.

Muskegon is hoping to purchase a recently shuttered state prison to convert it into an industrial site. The city wants to buy the former West Shoreline Correctional Facility and resell it.

Mona Shores Public Schools is awaiting voter approval to issue bonds to invest over 93-million-dollars into school facilities. The 30-year bond proposal will be on the general election ballot Tuesday, November 6th.

Cement is reportedly raining down from the ceiling of a Detroit parking garage. Grand Citrus Parking Garage under Grand Citrus Park is primarily used by lessees at a nearby high-rise.

Downtown Flint was a sea of pink as the American Cancer Society's annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk brought out people of all different backgrounds. The walk raised more than $80,000.

Police are reporting a 22-year-old student at Michigan State University has died after he was shot in East Lansing early Sunday morning. The shooting took place at an apartment complex on Chandler Road.

Park officials say they’ve finished the first phase of their effort to rebuild the gray wolf population at Isle Royale National Park. They flew the wolves to the Lake Superior park over the past few weeks.

Updated at 9:04pm 10/17/18

A new poll is showing a major shift in the race for the U.S. Senate in Michigan. The survey by Mitchell Research and Communications shows Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow's lead over John James is just nine points.

The University of Michigan is apologizing to two students who were denied letters of recommendations to study in Israel. They were denied the letters by lecturers who cited their support for boycotting Israel.   

A company that develops systems for vehicles to communicate with each other and infrastructure will be expanding their Detroit office. DMI announced plans to hire up to 750 people over the next two years.  

More than a dozen pups are training with medical response teams as part of their training to become service pets. About 15 puppies are going through training with Paws with a Cause in Grand Rapids.   

The planned skyscraper on the site of the former Hudson's Building in downtown Detroit may be taller than originally planned. The 62-story building on Woodward Avenue may increase from 800 feet to 912 feet in height. 

Sue Borrego held a shovel used 32 years ago for breaking ground on the University of Michigan-Flint's classroom laboratory building recently. The chancellor used the tool to turn over earth on the first new academic building on campus since 2002. 

The Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office is warning of a new text message scam making the rounds. The sheriff's office said it has received complaints from people receiving text messages urging people to pay a fee or they will be arrested. 

Jack VanPutten of Grayling set out to walk 100 miles over three days recently to honor service men and women. Jack's Walk of Honor stretched from Camp Grayling down M-72 to Traverse City.

Belle Isle Aquarium will be receiving a face-lift thanks to a one-point-seven-million dollar grant. The William Davidson Foundation is providing the funds to help with repairs and upgrades.   

Detroit Metro Airport is ranked among the top for best airports in America. A Readers Choice Awards survey done by Conde Nast Traveler has Detroit Metro in the sixth spot on the list.

Tryouts are being held for a women's football team. The nonprofit Grand Rapids Tidal Waves are looking for any women wanting play on the team which is part of a national league.   

The Fifth Third River Bank Run is getting a new name. After having the name for 41-years, Amway will take over as title sponsor beginning next year.  

Downtown Detroit Partnership is launching an interactive 3D map of the city. The map allows users to navigate through downtown and shows the 21 different projects completed or currently under construction.  

Legislation that authorizes full funding for the modernization of the Soo Locks is now awaiting President Donald Trump's signature. The Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act.

General Motors plans to use wind power to build pickup trucks and full-size SUVs. The company's goal is to power all of its plants worldwide with renewable energy by 2050.   

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is coming back to Michigan to rally for Democratic governor candidate Gretchen Whitmer. Sanders will be in Ann Arbor on October 19th to support Whitmer's campaign.   

Authorities representing several law enforcement agencies conducted a sweep and recovered 123 children who had been reported missing. The effort was called "Operation MISafeKid" and was held on September 26th.   

Grand Rapids Parks and Rec Department is launching a competition to help redesign park signs throughout the city. Entries can be made from November 12th through 30th on Facebook.

A 136-million dollar development has been announced along the Detroit River. City Growth Partners say they will build a 120-room hotel and approximately 360 apartments on Atwater Street on the city's east side. 

Bishop Airport is about to lose its westernmost destination, a Delta Air Lines flight from Flint to Minneapolis. Delta will make its final flight on that route Nov. 26, but will continue to fly from Flint to Atlanta. 

The 23rd annual BWL Chili Cook-off was held recently, but not at the same location as last year. The theme, "Chili From Around The World," took place at the Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing. 

A northern Michigan woman died in a single-car crash. Megan Crawford, 23 from Levering, was driving westbound on Van Road in Emmet County when she crashed her vehicle. Troopers said the vehicle left the road and hit a culvert.

A community alert is going out after thieves posed as water department employees and robbed a home. Bloomfield Township police are warning people to not fall for the scam.  

A pizzeria owner stabbed to death on the job is laid to rest in Grand Rapids. A funeral Mass for Joey Vitale was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and streamed live on Facebook.   

A driver was hospitalized after crashing into a home in Allendale Township. Raymond Hafer of Jenison left the road and slammed into the front porch of a house on Lake Michigan Drive.   

A man is facing charges for kicking and damaging a deputy vehicle in Orion Township. Oakland County sheriff's deputies were called to a neighborhood for a report of a man banging on people's doors.   

University of Michigan-Flint will be looking for a new leader next year. Susan E. Borrego announced that she will be stepping down upon completion of her five-year term at the end of July 2019. 

The Board of State Canvassers has rejected the language in a petition that could have recalled embattled Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand. The Board member said the language was lacking in specificity and had no supporting evidence.  

A man is dead after being found unresponsive in his Roscommon County jail cell. The Sheriff’s Office says the inmate was found while corrections staff were checking cells. 

State and local officials say the Environmental Protection Agency needs to work faster and provide more answers on the health effects of PFAS. Recently, the EPA held a PFAS roundtable meeting in Kalamazoo.

Tesla's billionaire CEO Elon Musk will reportedly pay for new water stations and water filtration systems for all schools in Flint. The district tweeted its thanks to Musk and the Musk foundation.   

Authorities in Kent County say they were forced to shoot a bull found wandering around Grand Rapids Township. Residents spotted the bull in the area of Quail Ridge Drive and Michigan Street and reported it to police. 

A legendary pizza and pasta restaurant are up for sale in Royal Oak. Pasquale's has been around since 1954, and the owners are looking to sell or lease the business so they can retire.

It’s fire prevention month and local firefighters want to remind you to be vigilant about fire safety. That means going over exits in every room, having a plan in case a fire breaks out and making sure your smoke alarms work. 

Updated at 7:49pm 10/7/18 

The number of opioid overdose deaths in Michigan has reached a new high. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reporting there were one-thousand-941 overdose deaths last year.

UPS will be holding a hiring day in Detroit in preparation of the busy holiday season. Detroit will be participating in the first nationwide hiring day for the company Friday, October 19th.

UAW-Ford will be hosting its fifth annual free mammogram program in honor of Breast Cancer awareness month. This year it will offer five days of mammogram screenings for both uninsured or underinsured women ages 40 and up.

Marshall police are warning drivers to follow the rules of the road. They say they've received multiple calls reporting cars driving past stopped school buses, putting the students who are getting on or off the bus at risk.

The National Weather Service says September was one of the warmest months on record. The average high in Metro Detroit was nearly 69-degrees which tied for the fifth warmest September on record.

The Mass Transit Authority is expanding its footprint in Flint. MTA announced the acquisition of the site at 1717 S. Dort Highway, consisting of five buildings totaling approximately 76,000 square feet, for just over $1 million. 

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson toured the revitalized Knapp Centre Apartments in Lansing. The Eyde Company used a HUD loan and tax credits to renovate the 80 year-old building. Carson says that's why he came to Lansing.

A sewage spill was discovered early Thursday at a sewer station in Bear Creek Township. Scott Anderson, superintendent of the Harbor Springs Area Sewage Disposal Authority, said the spill was found by an operator on Division Road near Newberry Avenue.

School count day for public schools account Michigan was held recently. It's the day when schools tally the number of students attending their schools to determine the amount of funding they'll receive.

The corruption scandal involving the United Auto Workers Union and auto companies is not close to ending. Prosecutors have already secured seven convictions that began when money that should have gone to training UAW workers was being paid to union leaders and auto executives.

Fans of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle can now get tickets. This will be the 30th year for the race which began on the streets of Detroit in 1982.

Driving through downtown will become harder as a renovation project is set to begin near Calder Plaza. As soon as ArtPrize ends, crews will bring heating, air, and ventilation upgrades to the Grand Rapids City Hall and Kent County Administration buildings.

Authorities have charged a woman with bribing a Detroit city official. Elisa Grubbs allegedly gave money to the official only identified in court records as "City Official X".

Davison Middle School reopened after a power outage left the building closed for two days. A state inspector authorized the power restoration and Consumers Energy is expected to have everything up and running.

Lansing’s Code Enforcement team has completed their inspections at all the public housing properties managed by the Lansing Housing Commission. The inspection process was prompted by a deadly apartment fire at the LaRoy Froh housing complex back in June.

Governor Rick Snyder made a long-awaited decision on the future of Line 5, the oil and natural gas pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. Recently, Snyder and Enbridge signed an agreement to eventually build a tunnel under the lake's bottom to house a new pipeline.

Michigan State University's legal fees from the Larry Nassar scandal are over 17-million dollars. A review of invoices obtained through public records requests show over 25-thousand hours of work done by eleven different law firms.

Kalamazoo's Department of Public Safety is opening the application process today for anyone interested in a career as a police officer. The application consists of a written test, background check, physical test and several interviews.

Ford's U.S. sales in September were down by more than eleven-percent compared with the same month a year ago. But, the Ford-F-Series topped the 70-thousand-truck mark for the seventh consecutive month.

The Grand Rapids school board is voting to sell the old West Leonard Elementary school. It's been vacant since 2013, when it was among ten schools shut down to right-size the district.

Three cardiologists from the Detroit Medical Center are being fired and one is resigning after an extensive review of complaints from fellow staff members. No specific information about the alleged violations was provided.

Flint Police are investigating an accident involving several people at a protest rally outside a McDonald's restaurant. The group "Fight for $15" was picketing the location to voice their demands for the right to form a union and receive a higher wage.

100 Bird scooters have been impounded by the Michigan State University Police Department for being illegally parked on campus. Birds are electric scooters available for people to ride and drop off anywhere.

The Benzie Area Christian Neighbors recently held their fall food drive. The food goes to families in need. 

Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer for Michigan governor. She is squaring off against Attorney General Bill Schuette, who has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.

Michigan's food stamp policy has changed. People between the ages of 18 and 49 who are considered able-bodied will have three months to find a job or lose their food stamp benefits.

A stretch of US-31 in Holland was closed due to flooding. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office blocked off the southbound lanes at 32nd Avenue and the northbound lanes at Lincoln Avenue after water began covering the roadway.

A new grocery store is now open in downtown Grand Rapids. Gordon Food Service held a grand opening at the store in Diamond Place.

The reconstruction project on Hall Road in Macomb County will be impacting traffic on Garfield Road. The Michigan Department of Transportation recently announced an update to the 60-million dollar project.

Veterans and seniors across the region are among those set to benefit from a grant provided to the Flint Mass Transit Authority to help get around for their health and wellness. MTA was awarded a $603,500 Michigan Mobility grant for the Vets for Wellness program.

Lord and Taylor will be closing its doors for good after the holiday season. The century-old store is already starting to say goodbye at its flagship location on 5th Avenue. The good news is shoppers can look forward to some major deals.

Charlevoix County and Networks Northwest are hoping to buy the historic Beaver Island Lighthouse at a price tag of $140,000. The property is 170 acres, with 11 buildings and 1,400 feet of waterfront.

Amway is closing two of its plants in West Michigan. The direct-selling company says it plans to close its laundry powder and durables plants at its headquarters campus in Ada by the end of next year.

Officials are announcing the firm schedule and cost estimates for the planned Gordie Howe International Bridge. It will cost about four-point-four billion dollars, and is expected to be open to traffic in late 2024.

Western Michigan University unveiled a new space for creative people to bring their ideas to life. The university held a grand opening for the Richmond Institute for Design and Innovation. It provides space and work labs equipped with everything from 3D printers to metal and wood working areas.

Driverless shuttles are coming to Grand Rapids. Four six-seat autonomous shuttles from May Mobility will hit the city's streets in March as part of an effort from the Grand Rapids Autonomous Vehicle Initiative.

A unique public school could be coming to Detroit next year. Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Nikolai Vitti said the one-of-a-kind school would attract students back to the district.

Cummings Great Expectations preschool reopened after administration closed the school for two days after discovering a backup problem within the building's drainage system.

Former Michigan State University gymnastics coach Kathie Klages is headed to trial on criminal charges for allegedly lying about what she knew regarding former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar. Klages is accused of helping Nassar cover up his abuse of MSU athletes.

Kent County will be led by a female sheriff for the first time in its history. Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young has been appointed to serve as the county’s interim sheriff. Her term starts Nov. 1, 2018.

Updated at 2:57pm 9/30/18

Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan construction projects will resume immediately. The contractors and unions have reached an agreement spanning throughout the rest of the 2018 construction season.

Two good Samaritans are being praised for helping an elderly woman at a Kroger in Roseville. The woman left her purse unattended in her cart. That's when 53-year-old Ricky Bielet snatched her bag and took off running.

West Michigan schools are using a new software to identify online threats of violence. Thanks to the software "FIRSTSight", officials were able to identify the potential threats and deem them not credible.

A trash hauler in northeast Kent County is, accused of dumping on property not licensed for it. "He’s illegally dumping," said a neighbor, referring to Chuck Gee Jr., who operates Gee’s Rolling Dumpsters.

The nation's oldest continuously operating auto plant is turning 100-years-old. Ford Motor Company is celebrating the anniversary of the River Rouge Complex that has produced everything from boats, to Model A's to pickup trucks.

A Kroger grocery store in Mundy Township is set to close in a month, according to the company. Rachel Hurst, a spokeswoman for Kroger in Michigan, said the location at 5186 Fenton Road, is closing "for financial reasons".

Bird scooters are causing an issue in East Lansing. While the city itself has allowed the scooter rental company to continue operating, Michigan State University is saying otherwise.

Michigan State Police are investigating after a home was destroyed by fire. Smoke could be seen for miles from the home on North 15 Road off M-115 in Mesick. The building and a motorhome nearby were destroyed.

Cadillac's headquarters will be making its return to the Motor City. The luxury brand confirmed the move Wednesday, but say they will keep some presence at the Cadillac House in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood.

Ford CEO Jim Hackett says the company is facing a one-billion-dollar profit loss under President Trump's new tariffs. Hackett said business is stalled because of the uncertainty of the President's tariffs on steel and aluminum from other countries.

A Senate committee held a hearing for concerns on PFAS contamination in West Michigan. The Homeland Security Committee is hearing testimony from the Department of Defense, the EPA and an Oscoda man who says his health has been impacted by the carcinogenics.

Two people are dead after a house fire consumed an adult foster care facility in Grand Rapids. Police are identifying the victims as 69-year-old Daniel Foster and 19-year-old Michael Kolenbrander.

The search is underway after another theft of new vehicles at Fiat-Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. Police said the driver of a vehicle entered a lot early in the morning and the occupants made off with a new Jeep Cherokee and four Dodge Hellcats.

The new General Motors Parts Processing Center construction by NorthPoint Development is on schedule to be completed in the first half of 2019. Elton Lane, plant manager of GM Davison Road Processing Center, says that the construction is progressing well.

The Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad continues to investigate a meth lab found at a home in the 3300 block of Brisbane on Lansing’s Southwest side. Two people were arrested, 28 year-old Mallory Sue Simmons and 36 year-old Nathin Eugene Gillette.

Traverse City and Grand Traverse County commissioners passed a resolution to discuss options for a new senior center to replace the one that’s 49 years old.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is confirming a death from complications of West Nile Virus. An 80-year-old man from Oakland County died, the second in the state so far this year.

An exhibit honoring Aretha Franklin is now open to the public. "THINK: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul" is at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

In honor of national Diaper Need Awareness Week, a Grand Rapid business hosted a diaper drive throughout the area; the third annual drive for Gold Coast Doulas, to collect 30-thousand diapers.

A charge of tampering with evidence has been lodged against a Harrison Township firefighter who allegedly took a pill bottle from the scene of a fatal accident. Steven Hart was one of the firefighters who responded to a fatal motorcycle crash August 21st.

Officials in Burton are looking at their options after a request to the state of Michigan was denied to help pay for a $1 million-plus project that moved dozens of city residents off the Flint water system.

The East Lansing Police Department is seeking the community’s help in locating the suspect or suspects responsible for swastika graffiti discovered on an exterior wall at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School.

One construction worker is dead, and another one is suffering life-threatening injuries after they were hit by a vehicle while on the job in Manistee County. Crews were called to the scene around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon at US-31 and Russell Street in the Village of Bear Lake.

Topgolf is looking to hire 500 people to help fill positions at the new location in Auburn Hills. Positions include servers, kitchen staff, maintenance and guest services staff.

A five million dollar upgrade is underway at the Macomb County Jail in Mount Clemens. The work will upgrade the intercom system that is nearly 30-years-old.

Schools opened in Portage after authorities ruled a threat made against a student wasn't credible. Police say they received a tip that a student planned to bring a gun to Portage Central High School and confront a classmate.

The city of Grand Rapids will pay for poll workers this November. They're offering 150-dollars for anyone who helps man a polling station on Tuesday, November 6th and 175-dollars for chairpersons.

The latest information from the FBI shows Detroit is the second most violent big city in the nation. The findings found the number of murders dropped from 303 to 267 in 2017.

A major overhaul is coming to Glenwood Avenue and West Kearsley Street. The $3.2 million Kearsley Street Rehabilitation project will replace an existing 80-year-old cast iron water main and street, gutter, curb and sidewalk along the associated roads.

Ingham County officials will take steps to make sure even those behind bars who are eligible get the chance to vote in the upcoming election. Michigan law states if you're in jail or prison awaiting trial you can still vote.

Clare County Animal Control Officer, Bob Dodson was recognized as the 2018 Animal Control Officer of the Year. This award is given to one officer in Michigan each year. Bob’s dedication to helping and saving animals earned him this special recognition.

Three West Michigan community mental health organizations are among 25 across the country receiving federal funding to expand their services to better serve those in need.

Seven people are being indicted on federal charges in connection to a credit card fraud scheme. Authorities say the suspects netted nearly 400-thousand dollars in the scheme.

Grand Rapids is rolling out updates to the Motu parking app to make it more effective for users. City staff says they hope the app will be more user-friendly after using feedback to make enhancements.

A shelter that has helped homeless young girls for decades may be losing funding. The Alternatives for Girls is waiting to hear whether they will be receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Genesee County hosted its first Illuminated stroll in downtown Flint. Organizers set up several stations around downtown Flint. Each spot had a purpose to help people understand more about mental health.

A suspect is in custody in connection with the shooting of another man. Lansing police responded to reports of shots fired in the 200 block of South Washington Avenue. A 21-year-old Grand Rapids man had been shot.

Bois Blanc Island is where two people were hurt in a structure fire. The fire started Sunday morning. The Mackinac County sheriff says two people were injured in the fire. They were both taken to a hospital downstate for treatment. 

Updated at 11:14pm 9/15/18

A world-renowned boxing gym known for legendary fighters like Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns is being demolished. Demolition efforts on the Kronk Gym began recently.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport has a new app. It launched on Android and IOS, offering information on flights, parking availability and wait times for security.   

Northville Police are looking for the man who held up a Chase Bank. Authorities say the man walked into the bank at Seven Mile and Silver Spring Drive and demanded money.   

The woman police say caused a fatal crash in Holland is only facing a misdemeanor. 56-year-old Rhonda Vandermyde is charged with a moving violation causing death after her semi-truck slammed into a vehicle parked at a red light.   

A possible steering issue has prompted General Motors to recall over one million pickup trucks and SUV's. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the vehicles in question could experience a loss of power steering momentarily.   

Local leaders and ministers will rally together and pray for peace and protection in Flint at noon Saturday, Sept. 22. Prayer Chain Day, started by Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell's late wife, Janet, will kick off with a prayer rally at Flint City Hall.  

Target is boosting pay for holiday workers this year. The retailer will pay its temporary hires $12.00 an hour, a dollar more than last year. Target says it will hire 20% more people, adding up to 120,000 workers. 

The Clare Police Chief has been cleared of any wrong doing following an investigation. After allegations that he misused the Law Enforcement Information Network, Chief Brian Gregory has now been cleared. 

Forbes is listing the University of Michigan Wolverines are the third-most valuable college football team. According to the list, Michigan comes in behind Texas A&M and the University of Texas to snag the number three spot.  

A Bloomingdale man is seriously injured after his horse-drawn buggy was hit by a van. Van Buren County Sheriff's deputies say the 67-year-old man was thrown from the buggy.  

Warren Police say a 16-year-old female student at Fitzgerald High School died after a fight with another student. Investigators say the girl was stabbed by another female student in a classroom around 8 AM.  

A new report says immigrants are contributing billions to Kent County's gross domestic product. The refugee resettlement agency New American Economy released a report that says foreign born residents in Kent County contributed over three-billion-dollars.   

Organizations across metro Detroit are sending people and resources to the east coast ahead of Hurricane Florence. MedStar Ambulance, the American Red Cross of Michigan and Interstate Restoration have sent crews to help prepare for the storm and provide any necessary aid during and after the storm.   

A program providing water heater replacement for low-income residents in Flint has been refueled with $1.2 million. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced additional funding for the third-year program. 

Chris Thomas has endorsed the "Promote the Vote" campaign, or proposal 3, on this November's ballot. The measure would allow no reason absentee voting and same-day registration. 

Wayne County has the lowest average life expectancy in the state. Data released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services lists the person's average life expectancy in Wayne county as 74-point-four-six years.  

Four juveniles from Kalamazoo are facing charges for a home invasion and armed robbery.  

A number of political and business leaders wrote letters of support for ex-State Senator Bert Johnson before he was sentenced for theft. He pleaded guilty to stealing 23-thousand dollars in taxpayer money.   

The Grand Rapids Housing Commission has an extra 450-thousand dollars to support veterans and people with disabilities. The GRHC received federal grants recently that will go towards numerous programs keeping people off the streets.   

A major renovation plan is being announced for the Scott Fountain on Belle Isle in Detroit. The 400-thousand dollar project was announced Tuesday morning by the Belle Isle Conservancy.

The East Central Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross deployed five people to help with hurricane Florence. For some, it's their first time, for others they've done it before, but they have one common goal and that's helping the people who need it. 

The fire that destroyed Lisa Posthumus Lyons' home in Alto is believed to have an accidental cause, a state police fire investigator said. Investigators found nothing suspicious about the cause of the fire. 

A new Soo lock could have a shot at becoming reality with a bipartisan bill on Capitol Hill. Congressional leaders released the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which would also authorize the construction of a second 1,200 foot lock in the Soo. 

The U.S. News and World Reports released the 2019 list of best colleges. The University of Michigan tied with Tufts University and Wake Forest University for the 27th place. 

Kalamazoo County authorities identified two men killed in a boat accident. They say passengers Anthony Rogers and Lamar Ayers struck their heads on a cement barrier between Tub Lake into Barton Lake. 

Following the Labor Day holiday, gasoline prices in Michigan rose by an average of six-cents a gallon in the latest Triple A Michigan Survey. The statewide average of two-dollars-92 cents a gallon is around 21-cents more compared to last year.   

Pink Heart Day was held in Grand Rapids. The non-profit group I Understand hosted its first-ever daylong event designed to support those facing mental health issues.

Prospective tenants were able to view the first three completed homes in the Fitzgerald neighborhood project. The effort to revitalize homes and develop new housing is a partnership between Century Partners and the Platform development group.  

The doctor whose research helped expose the Flint water crisis spoke at the University of Michigan in support of her recently-released book. Mona Hanna-Attisha visited UM's Rackham Auditorium.  

First responders in Cadillac held its annual event, marking the 17th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, with a message of safety. The Child Safety Expo honors lives lost on 9-11 and supports national preparedness month. 

A major soda pop company is closing a facility in Kalamazoo. Coca-Cola Great Lakes filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification last week, saying it plans to close its facility on Peekstock Road in early November.  

The owner of Elite Ink Tattoo Studio in Centerline is repeating his act of kindness after he helped a man get a new wheelchair, which was stolen just days later.

Three road projects in Ottawa County are being delayed due to a labor dispute. Construction workers with Operating Engineers Local 324 left their work sites due to a contract dispute between the union and the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.

The summer of 2018 in Detroit was tied for the fifth-hottest ever. The average temperature was 74.4 degrees, equal to 2011, 2010 and 1955, according to the National Weather Service.

The 2018 summer events in downtown Flint are capped off. If you made it down to Back to the Bricks, the Crim, or Bikes on the Bricks you saw a busy downtown. As downtown businesses saw a profitable summer. 

Two teenagers are in the hospital after an ATV crash in Missaukee County. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2800 block of W. Beeler Road in Reeder Township. They say a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl were hurt when the ATV they were riding hit a tree. 

Updated 9/7/18 3:13pm

Four major television stations in four major northern Michigan markets were knocked off the air just ahead of the holiday after a fire inside a Tustin facility connected to the technical broadcast of all four stations. Channel 9 in Cadillac returned to the air at low power. Channel 10 in Sault Ste. Marie is on the air as well. Channel 32 in Cadillac and Channel 45 in Vanderbilt remained off the air over the Labor Day weekend.

The Michigan Department of Transportation suspended work on roads throughout the state for the Labor Day Weekend. MDOT said lane restrictions would be removed through Tuesday September 4th at 6:00am.

Michigan State University announced the school's athletic programs were cleared following an NCAA investigation. The investigation looked into MSU's response to the Larry Nassar case, along with cases of alleged assault related to the football and basketball teams.

A new website focusing on the financial records of the United Auto Workers Union has been launched. The site UAWAccountability.com lists the public records the union is required to file with the federal government.

A shooting near two Grand Rapids schools prompted a lockdown. Police responded near Ottawa Hills High School and Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary School. A victim was found in the auditorium parking lot with a gunshot wound to their foot.

The Convoy of Hope will return to Flint Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Basset Park in the city's Civic Park neighborhood. The event where tents for community services and mobile health screen centers are set up and thousands of groceries are distributed to residents free of charge

A longtime Michigan State University official, is watching the start of the new school year from the sidelines. Jim Cotter was the Executive Director of Admissions and Recruitment at MSU. August 7th, he was dismissed from his job after more than 34 years of service.

Kalkaska Public Schools is ready for their annual Blazer Bash! This year, participants can expect Drive 4 UR School, a test driving event with Bill Marsh Kalkaska to help raise money for the school’s field trips. The fundraising goal is $8,000.

Detroit Public Schools shut off drinking water after tests revealed elevated levels of lead and copper. Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti says he initiated the testing to ensure the students and employees were safe.

The 2019 Farmer's Almanac is predicting a colder than normal winter. Above average amounts of precipitation are expected to fall on the Great Lakes states this winter. A majority of the precipitation is expected to fall in January and February.

The latest Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress finds a slight improvement in the reading capabilities of third and fourth-grade students. Officials say the majority of students statewide scored lower on the tests that measure reading, writing, listening and language skills. 

An Ottawa County animal shelter is fundraising after storms toppled a tree on their transport van. Heaven Can Wait is a cat rescue group in Spring Lake that serves Ottawa and Muskegon counties.

Buildings all across Detroit were lit up in pink to honor Aretha Franklin.

Plans to transform the former Genesee Bank building at 352 S. Saginaw St.in Flint into a new Hilton Buckham Square Hotel will move forward. The $37.9 million project will renovate the abandoned bank and demolish two blighted buildings.

Big changes are coming to downtown Lansing as developers bring a new urban market and hotel to the area. City officials and developer Pat Gillespie announced the plans Wednesday afternoon, that include the development of a 150,000 square foot hotel, market, apartments.

Vice President Mike Pence was in the Metro Detroit area recently. Pence was in West Bloomfield participating in a fundraising event for Republican senate candidate John James.

Two automotive research and engineering companies will be expanding Metro Detroit operations after receiving two-point-six million dollars in grants for expansion projects.

Fans of Aretha Franklin began waiting in line outside the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History in Detroit Monday afternoon for her public viewing. The doors to the museum officially opened at 9:00 Tuesday morning.

Grand Rapids city officials are issuing a warning about flushing contacts down the toilet. Contact lenses are small enough to pass through filters and the waste adds up enough to clog the system.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced a major overhaul to Detroit's Department of Transportation services. Improvements to the services provided by the DDOT will include a facelift for buses on priority routes.

Prosecutors are opposing efforts to move the trial of a man who is accused of stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport. Amor Ftouhi wants to shift his trial to Detroit federal court.

University of Michigan is at the top of the list for Niche's 2019 public university rankings. The school not only ranked as the top university in the U.S., it also snagged first place for the college with the best student life in America.

A power outage affected the first day of school at Northview Public Schools. Severe thunderstorms knocked out power to Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa and Newaygo Counties.

Michigan State Police officers say a 28-year-old man was killed while riding his bike on Belle Isle Sunday night. The driver of a car was coming onto the island on the bridge when he struck the cyclist head-on.

An obscure report showed high levels of PFAS contamination in the Flint River in 2013. Before the switch to use it for the city's drinking water. But that information was never shared by the state with the city.

A construction contract for major repairs at the Soo Locks has been announced. Roen Salvage Company, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, was awarded the contract for more than $1.9 million by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday.

Former President Bill Clinton spoke at Aretha Franklin's funeral on August 31st. Clinton and Franklin were longtime friends, as she sang at both of his inaugurations.

Yates Cider Mill in Rochester Hills is gearing up for the fall season. The iconic spot started it's first press for this season's apple cider. The mill has been making cider annual since 1876.

Homeless youth in Grand Rapids will now have a safe place to stay. Detroit-based Covenant House Michigan is building a three-point-five million dollar three-story facility near Franklin street and Division Avenue.

Grand Rapids police are searching for a man they claim kicked a door closed on another customer at a downtown party store. Police say the customer was getting an item out of the cooler when the door closed on their head.

A confidential 24-hour hotline has been launched to provide crisis support to assault survivors in Michigan. Survivors, friends and family can call the hotline to talk to professional crisis counselors about health options and Michigan law.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has begun staging work on I-475 in Genesee County in preparation of the work slated for Spring 2019.

Updated at 11:20pm 8/22/18

Authorities say a man pulled from Lake Michigan has died. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says rescuers were called to Windsnest Park in Port Sheldon Township as the man went under the water about 20 feet from shore.  

The City of Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Public Safety Department is joining a league dedicated to improving community relations. Officials announced they're partnering with the Kalamazoo United Youth Football Association to join the National Police Athletic Activities League.   

The owner of a Grand Rapids day care is accused of over-billing the state for nearly 180-thousand dollars. Police say Janice Rhodes billed the state for care she didn't provide over the course of ten years.   

The Fisher Building in the New Center area of Detroit will be the new home of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. The organization announced the move from their current local in the First National Building.   

The city of Flint says Ice Mountain will continue to supply bottled water to Flint help centers for the remainder of 2018. City officials, including Mayor Karen Weaver, announced the agreement in a news release. 

Workers in Downtown Lansing and Old Town, will soon have more lunch options. CATA announced a new, free bus service connecting the two neighborhoods. City leaders are hoping the new service will help bolster downtown and Old Town businesses. 

Northern community leaders are talking about ways to revitalize downtown areas along US-131. More than a dozen businesses, residents, and other community leaders came to the Regional Downtown Summit at the All Seasons Hotel & Resort in Kalkaska. 

An Ypsilanti man is being charged in connection with breaking windows. Winston Quincy is accused of breaking windows at the QLINE Adelaide and Montcalm stations, as well as at Comerica Park, with a sledgehammer.
 
Michigan is planning to build a new veterans home on the site of a former military housing complex in Macomb County. The state has purchased the Sebille Manor site in Chesterfield Township from the U.S. Defense Department for 820-thousand-dollars.  

Bill Schuette
is choosing Lisa Lyons as his running mate in the race for governor.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is launching a new program for low-income families. Residents who are EBT recipients now get free admission for up to four visitors, as part of the Museum for All Initiative.

Thieves made off with several new vehicles from a parking lot near the Fiat-Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly plant. Investigators say the fence was damaged as the suspects took brand new Dodge Durango SUV's.

BA star and Flint native Kyle Kuzma held a free camp for 300 Flint-area youngsters at Powers Catholic High School. Kuzma's three-day camp divided the participants into two groups for two-hour sessions of basketball instruction.

Blighted properties in downtown East Lansing are one step closer to redevelopment. The East Lansing City Council approved a site plan for the $105 million Park District project. The plan still needs to clean additional reviews by the city.

A man pleaded guilty to charges connected to a crash between a horse-drawn buggy and truck that killed three children in Montcalm County. It happened October 2017. Wednesday Brandon King was charged, and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor moving violation charges.

Michigan Medicine hospitals are among the top in the nation according the U.S. News and World Reports most recent study. For the 2018-2019 rankings, Michigan Medicine came in at number five nationally.

The lawyer for former Fiat Chrysler executive Alphons Iacobelli claims more executives at the automaker knew about plans to get a favorable contract with United Auto Workers Union. Iacobelli, is facing an eight-year sentence after pleading guilty to violating the Labor Management Relations Act.

Western Michigan University has named an interim president for its Cooley Law School. Jeffrey Martlew will assume the role next month. He takes over for Don LeDuc, who's retiring.

Police are identifying a man killed in a weekend motorcycle crash. 24-year-old Matthew Rodriguez was riding on Burton Street Southwest when he lost control of his motorcycle, hit a curb and flew into a telephone pole.

The Detroit Lions are following the same path as the Atlanta Falcons by offering discounted prices for food and beverages. The changes were made based on feedback from fans to provide a better game day experience.

An old bank building will soon be home to a new hotel, one of the many projects changing the landscape of downtown Flint. Millions of dollars are being spent on the economic development of downtown Flint.

A Circuit Court judge will not grant former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar a new sentencing hearing. Nassar and his attorneys asked for Judge Rosemarie Aquilina to be disqualified, claiming she had a bias.

The Michigan Department of Corrections plans to close the Ojibway Correctional Facility in the western Upper Peninsula. The agency's director made the announcement, to meet a cut of more than $19 million in the prison budget.

A software company is explaining a delay in website results after the primary election in Wayne County. Officials from both the county and the software company say the delay was caused by receiving more data than expected.

The drinking water in Van Buren County is being tested for free this week. Officials say private water systems are being screened for nitrates. The testing is open to any resident on a non-municipal systems, but only 150 tests will be performed.

Authorities say a furnace at the U.S. Steel plant on Zug Island in River Rouge exploded and caused injuries to 15 people. The company says a dust catcher in a blast furnace appears to be the origin of the explosion.

An opening date is announced for the new Bridge Street Market in Grand Rapids. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. on August 29th. The store is described as an "urban neighborhood grocery store" and is part of the Meijer chain of stores.

A Lynn man suspected of hit and run appeared in court. Police say 40-year-old Michael McNabney turned himself in after allegedly running into a man in Harper Woods and leaving the scene last week.

The man charged in the stabbing of a Flint Bishop Airport police officer wants his trial moved to Detroit. Amor M. Ftouhi's attorney filed the motion that argues publicity in the case and the smaller size of the jury pool in Flint won't allow for an impartial trial.

A crash involving a semi truck and a pickup closed part of a major thoroughfare. No one was injured in the crash, which happened at the intersection of Canal and Lansing roads, near the Michigan State Police Academy.

A northern Michigan school district will be receiving a grant to make sure they have safe drinking water. Congressman Dan Kildee announced the Oscoda Area Schools will receive a $50,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A Wayne County Circuit Court is dismissing the Moroun family's attempt to block the Gordie Howe International Bridge. The Moroun family owns 20 parcels of land in Detroit's Delray district which are among the final ones needed for the project.

A petition asking for LeBron James to replace Holland native Betsy DeVosas U.S. Education Secretary is gathering thousands of signatures. More than 22-thousand people had signed the document on the Care2 petition website.

A Wyoming woman is celebrating her 100th birthday with a new member of the family. Anna Marie Beaty and her great great grandson were born on July 26th. Beaty's father, daughter and another great grandson were all born on the same day, November 30th.

A pregnant mother, 28-year-old Nancy Orozco, was killed in a two-vehicle rollover crash in Grand Rapids. Police say a vehicle going east on 3rd Street ran a stop sign and hit Orozco's vehicle, the baby boy died at an area hospital.

A new three-year agreement to keep the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle has been reached. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the race will be on the island for the next three years with an option for two additional years.

The Lear Corporation held a grand opening, taking media, employees, their families, and       community leaders on a tour of its 156,000-square- foot manufacturing facility at 902 E. Hamilton Ave. in Flint.

A police chase that began in Eaton County ended in Lansing. Deputies say the man, who has not been identified, was reportedly wanted for retail fraud at Kohl's store.

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is making a push to raise a total of $71 million to protect more parcels of land in Northern Michigan. The conservancy has raised $53 million so far.

Updated at 4:54pm 8/2/18

The team at the Detroit Medical Center saved a Michigan man's life after he was bit by his pet cobra. The hospital went on a national search to find an anti-venom, after the man was suffering from nausea, vomiting, and eventually paralysis from the bite.  

Battle Creek police are searching for the suspect who stole an SUV with two children in the back seat. The incident at the Citgo on Capital and McKinley Avenues. The suspect ditched the vehicle blocks away. The children were safe. 

Kent County Zoo is revealing the name of their new baby giraffe. Over three-thousand people voted to name the three-week-old giraffe at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, Toskey 

The Grand Rapids City Commission originally planned to appoint its next city manager at a later date. Instead, city leaders have already made their decision. The commission voted 6-1 to appoint Mark Washington.  

A carjacking attempt in Detroit led to the arrest of one of the suspects. Michigan State Police troopers were on patrol near Seven Mile Road and Fenmore when they saw the crime in progress.  

If you heard the emergency warning sirens blaring Tuesday night in the area of Mott Community College, it wasn't on purpose. Genesee County 911 is reporting sirens went off shortly before 6:30 p.m., as well as later in the evening, after the siren system was hacked. 

Law enforcement officials are investigating a home invasion that was reported near Ironton. A homeowner on Ross Lane was confronted in the home by the suspect, who then fled into the woods wearing all black and a ski mask. 

An official appointed by Michigan State University's interim President John Engler is taking a medical leave of absence. Carol Viventi, vice president and special council to the president, has been hospitalized after suffering from a stroke.  

Officials have begun distributing water in Kalamazoo County. After Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley declared a state of emergency over PFAS-contaminated water in Parchment and Cooper Township.   

The race to replace former U.S. Congressman John Conyers of Detroit appears to be down to three candidates. A new poll, finds current Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, former State Representative Rashida Talib and Westland Mayor Bill Wild all within percentage points of each other.  

Grand Rapids Public Schools are holding several back to school celebrations this year. This year, several ice cream socials at different locations throughout the city will replace the lone event.  

The Imaginarium Agency is bringing the love of comic books to Detroit. Comic Con will hold its first-ever show at the Cobo Center August 17th to 19th. The event will bring celebrity guests, comic books and their creators, toys, artwork and apparel.   

A $1 million purchase offer has been submitted to Flint Community Schools for the former Flint Northern High School property. The nonprofit Universal Kidney Foundation submitted the offer to district officials last week. 

At least 10 people have been charged in connection with a months-long string of home invasions, burglaries and other crimes last year in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. Ingham County Sheriff's officials said the investigation spanned nearly 18 months. 

Areas in Houghton, Alger and Manistee counties will be seeing some major funding. The USDA Rural Development is investing in four water infrastructure projects, two in Houghton County, which was hit by major flash flooding over Father's Day. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is open to keeping the Gran Prix on Belle Isle. A news release listed the benefits to the park, limited impact to natural resources and the historical significance as reasons to keep the race.   

A Michigan doctor shines a light on what everyone needs to know about protecting themselves from UV rays: Dr. Jaimie Hope with Michigan's Beaumont Hospitals says there are two kinds of UV rays, UVA and UVB, and both kinds can contribute to skin cancer.  

A man was shot Sunday morning after a road rage chase through Grand Rapids became violent, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department. The victim was shot once in the arm and was treated at an area hospital with non-life threatening injures.  

A wall of water flooded Canfield Street in Detroit's Midtown district after a massive water main break.  

Flint's new Administrative Hearings Bureau, the department responsible for preventing and eliminating blight, has had 155 hearings and collected $4,000 from blight violators in just a few weeks. 

The Lansing Police Department is investigating an incident where three people ended up with gunshot wounds. Police said there was a party being thrown on the corner of Spring and River Street. All three had non-life threatening injuries. 

A Montmorency County man is dead after he was thrown from his motorcycle. Michigan State Police say Cass Morgan of Atlanta was riding on County Road 487 at around 7:30 Saturday night with two other motorcyclists.

Updated at 11:15pm 7/28/18

Vacated Holcomb Elementary School in Detroit is set to be turned into a senior cooperative housing community. The six-million-dollar project will include walking paths and parks on five-and-a-half acres.

Thousands of motorcycles made their way through Muskegon for a couple of rallies. Rebel Road kicked off downtown to raise funds for the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County.

Heavy rainfall over Lake Superior in the last month has sent 2.75 trillion gallons of additional water into the largest of our Great Lakes. This year, it rose by 5 inches according to the National Weather Service in Marquette.

A $300,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is being used to clean up and demolish the Red Lion. A five-story development will feature the North restaurant and 44 residential living units. 

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is awarding the Detroit Crime Commission a 60-thousand-dollar grant. Funding will be used to help provide intelligence support to the Detroit Police Department. 

The restaurant chain owned by actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg have selected a vacant 3,912-square-foot storefront in the Outdoor Village at Genesee Valley Center in Flint Township for its new location.

Volunteers from the Home Depot are pitching in to help build a monument of a retired U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter at Grandview Parkway that commemorates the Coast Guard in Traverse City.  

Kent County is placing a new hotel tax on Air-b-n-b's. The tax increase goes into effect August 1st, but the county will still oversee calculating occupancy taxes.   

Battle Creek police are investigating after the attempted abduction of a 15-year-old girl. She was in front of her home when a driver pulled up, asked for directions, then threw her in the car. She was able to escape the SUV.

A proposal on the November ballot regarding the boundaries of Michigan's legislative districts is under review by the Michigan Supreme Court. The measure calls for a 13-member independent panel to draw up the districts.

Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal is recommending the district board transfer its center-based special education programs to the Kent Intermediate School District July 1, 2019.     

Nineteen dogs are receiving treatment after Detroit Police and the Michigan Humane Society raided a home on the city's east side. Five animals were removed from the outside of the property, while 14 were inside.   

Ben Carson presented Flint with a $30 million grant at Flint City Hall. The grant is part of a $300 million plan to redevelop parts of Flint's south side.

Lansing's annual Taste of Downtown, scheduled for July 21st, was postponed. The ninth annual event will take place Saturday, Sept. 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 100 south block of Washington Square in downtown Lansing. 

MSP troopers were geared up in body armor and protective masks outside vacant buildings in the Grand Traverse Commons. Michigan State Police were training for potential active shooter situations. 

Police say they're searching for ten men in connection to multiple attempted smash-and-grabs in Detroit. Dozens of smash-and-grabs have been reported across Detroit so far this summer.   

A Walker woman and two children are in serious condition after their pickup truck was hit by a semi. The crash occurred near Wilson Avenue and Leonard Street. 

A new program has been launched in Michigan to dispose of unused prescription medication. Select Walgreen's locations in the state will have kiosks set up where unwanted and potentially dangerous drugs can be turned in.   

Grand Rapids city officials say they will not merge 9-1-1 services with Kent County. The idea was being considered to save money, but officials say it would be at least a decade before they see the results.   

Construction on the Gordie Howe International Bridge is underway. The ceremonial groundbreaking took place on Detroit's west side and advance construction efforts have started.  

Flint's Mayor Karen Weaver and HUD Secretary Ben Carson said LEAR is expected to have its grand opening next month. At full capacity, the new facility is expected to employ 600 workers.

Operation Backpack is underway in Lansing. Backpacks and school supplies can be dropped off from now until August 13. Items can be dropped off at St. Vincent Catholic Charities 2800 Willow St. in Lansing.

Cherry Capital Airport in Northern Michigan was given a $1.47 million grant as part of $659.8 million in airport infrastructure grants given to airports across the county by the Federal Aviation Administration. 

A police chase that started in Warren ended with two people under arrest in Detroit. Police tried to stop two suspicious vehicles, but the drivers sped off. Police are looking for the third suspect involved in the chase.  

Ann Arbor's city administration recommended putting $5,000 toward developing a gypsy moth communications plan to let residents know what they can do about the caterpillars eating their way through trees in the city. 

A city-owned surface parking lot in downtown Kalamazoo has been sold to make way for private development. The City Commission approved a purchase agreement with Catalyst Development Co. LLC.   

Grand Rapids travelers will be able to fly directly to Florida this winter. Gerald R. Ford International Airport officials announced that American Airlines will offer direct flights to Miami starting December 19th.   

Detroit Police are investigating a fatal semi accident near the Ambassador Bridge. The accident happened along Fort Street. Medics rushed the driver to an area hospital, but he was pronounced deceased.   

Genesee County's Metro Police Authority Camp 911 for kids was held at Swartz Creek United Methodist Church. The camp taught kids about stranger danger, water and boating safety, first aid and learning when to call 911. 

The 2018 Michigan Dairy Expo was held at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing. The event included cattle showings, auctions, and a dairy quiz bowl contest.  

The Heart & Vascular Center at a northern Michigan hospital has a new name. McLaren Northern Michigan dedicated and named the center in honor of Robert W. Considine. 

Toxic compounds are being discharged from industrial sites into the Kalamazoo River through the city of Kalamazoo's wastewater system. 30 sites in 15 communities across Michigan have confirmed PFAS contamination. 

Michigan State University will name Bill Beekman as permanent athletic director. Beekman has served as the interim athletic director since February when Mark Hollis retired.  

Firefighters from around the state headed to Jackson to learn how to save people from farm accidents, like being trapped in or under farming equipment. They say many firefighters have never been on a farm, so it's a vital skill to learn. 

Grand Rapids celebrated the 105th birthday of President Gerald R. Ford. A sculpture of Betty Ford was unveiled in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum by the Ford and Secchia families.

A female chimpanzee was born at the Detroit Zoo in time to celebrate the first World Chimpanzee Day. The new baby's name is Jane, after esteemed English primatologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall.  

A deadly crash closed both northbound and southbound traffic on Dort Highway in Genesee Township for several hours. The Genesee Township Police Department said one person was killed and another was injured.  

Lansing residents and businesses at Washington and South were asked to evacuate the area by Lansing Police due to a gas leak. Emergency crews were able to fix the problem. 

NASA has teamed up with a Michigan university and installed equipment on a Lake Superior island to measure Earth's radiation. Northern Michigan says work with NASA could expand if the island proves effective.

Updated 6:29pm 7/13/18

Holland police are searching for two suspects in connection to an armed robbery Thursday morning. The CVS near Douglas and River Avenues was targeted by two men, each holding a handgun.

Hot, dry conditions across Michigan have prompted the Department of Natural Resources to issue a warning about fire danger. Residents should take precautions to prevent starting fires, such as waiting to burn debris.

A new roundabout in Grand Blanc Township is open for drivers to circle around. The new traffic circle with a $796,000 price tag opened at Hill and Belsay roads, more than two weeks ahead of the estimated completion date.  

Grand Rapids Community college is launching a new program to address the city's shortage of nurses. The school is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids to get high school students interested in healthcare professions.   

Dozens of prospective entrepreneurs and small-business owners gathered at the Northwest Activities Center in Detroit, to take advantage of the resources offered at the Small Business Empowerment Fair. 

U.S. Senate candidate Sandy Pensler of Michigan is committing $500,000 toward tech billionaire Elon Musk's pledge to bring clean water to Flint homes with water-quality issues. 

The Ingham County Law and Courts passed a motion to recommend the suspension of Animal Control Director John Dinon and Deputy Director Anne Burns during the investigation into the shelter. 

The Cherry Harvest in northern Michigan has started. Cherry growers and researchers say that while the weather this year has led to smaller cherries, the cherry crop is still good. 

Madison Heights residents are protesting a new subdivision at the former site of Monroe Elementary. Concerns have risen about how the deal for the land was reached.   

Police are investigating a fatal crash near Gerald R. Ford International Airport. A 25-year-old woman from Grand Rapids was killed following the two-vehicle collision near 52nd Street and Patterson Avenue.

Calhoun County Sheriff's deputies were called to a Days Inn in Albion where they say a man sprayed a fire extinguisher in the hallways then used it to hit vehicles in the parking lot.

Spectrum Health is extending its reach with plans to integrate with Lakeland Health in Grand Rapids. Lakeland’s oversight, investment considerations and philanthropic efforts would all remain locally controlled.

An investigation is underway after an unidentified body was found in a burned-up house in Detroit. The landlord who owns the property went to check on it and discovered the house had been set on fire.  

The City of Flint is warning residents that individuals are impersonating employees hired to fix and replace lead service lines. Residents are not responsible for any cost related to pipe replacement.

East Lansing's Center City District project is closing many roads and sidewalks, drastically decreasing the amount of foot traffic to businesses. Mayor Mark Meadows has been hearing the complaints and says he wants to help.

The Leelanau County Road Commission removed a bear from the road. The young, female bear was hit and killed by a vehicle on M-22 near Basch Road. 

Shiawassee County fire officials had their hands full with two major blazes. An historic downtown Corunna building was a total loss, and more than a mile of land was scorched in a swamp grass fire near Bancroft. 

Firefighters in Highland Park say three adults and three children were able to escape a house fire on Tuxedo Street. When crews arrived, flames were shooting through the roof of the home.  

A morning accident in Southfield claimed the lives of two women. Police say a 20-year-old man driving on the Northwestern Highway Service Drive lost control of the vehicle approaching Berg Road and hit a tree.  

A new scam targeting consumers text messages in Michigan has prompted a warning from Attorney General Bill Schuette. The scam is called "smishing" where the text message appears to be from a familiar source and asks for personal information.   

An intersection in downtown Grand Rapids will be closed for construction. The intersection of Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue NW is scheduled to receive concrete repairs. 

More than eleven-million dollars will be supporting Detroit's youth. Mayor Mike Duggan said eight thousand people ages 14 to 24 will receive six weeks of on-the-job training and experience as a part of Grow Detroit's Young Talent.   

ELGA Credit Union will locate its newest branch in downtown Flint. The nonprofit Uptown Reinvestment Corporation owns the building. The location will be leased by ELGA Credit Union and will open by late 2018 or early 2019. 

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing and The Capital Region Community Foundation are looking for a sculpture for the roundabout at Washington Square in downtown Lansing. You have until July 23 to submit a proposal. 

Plans for the new Peninsula Community Library in Grand Traverse County are finished. Two million dollars has been raised for the project. The new library will be 5,600 hundred square feet and include several new amenities. 

Police are searching for a suspect who stole a safe from a pharmacy in Sterling Heights. The safe was tracked to a black pickup truck. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services will be providing Macomb County with funding for substance abuse prevention programs. The Macomb County Community Mental Health announced it would be receiving one point three million dollars.

Michigan regulators have expanded the list of conditions approved for treatment by medical marijuana. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has added 11 medical conditions.  

Grand Rapids city officials will pick one resident to fill the Third Ward city commission seat by vote on July 31.

An arson squad is investigating a house fire on Detroit's east side. The blaze erupted at a duplex on 8 Mile Road near Kelly. Emergency crews say they found a man inside and pulled him from the flames.  

The Flint Police Department is making its lobby available for people meeting to complete internet-based sale transactions. People buying or selling merchandise from someone they don't know can exchange the products in front of Flint police.

A group held a protest outside Lansing City Hall prior to the recent city council meeting. The group, organized by the Waterfront Grill, is upset over the city’s plans to close the Lansing City Market and Waterfront Grill. 

City of Clare officials are warning residents to boil their water before use after an elevated level of coliform was found in the city's water system. The Boil Water Notice applies to the northwestern and northern areas.

Michigan state park officers say they should be allowed guns and bulletproof vests to handle unruly visitors. The Michigan State Employees Association says officers are in an unsafe work environment due to a lack of training and equipment.  

Michigan State Police are retiring the traditional campaign-style hats troopers have worn for the past two years. MSP announced Sunday that it's going back to the garrison hat as part of its official uniform.  

Investigators say welding may have sparked the fire that struck a boat that once carried passengers to an island amusement park on the Detroit River. The SS Ste. Claire caught fire this weekend while docked at a marina east of downtown Detroit.  

A bearded dragon believed dead in a fire at a Grand Rapids home this weekend is alive. GRFD Battalion Chief Nancy Boss said the fire started in a room where the pet dragon lived. The bearded dragon was later found under a bed. 

Detroit police are investigating an assault in a downtown parking lot that left a 28-year-old man in critical condition. in the Park Rite lot at Brush and East Lafayette. 

Flint is receiving a $30 million federal grant to pay for replacement of the Atherton East public housing complex. The grant is part of a plan for developing parts of Flint's south side that would leverage $270 million worth of investment. 

Bay Harbor celebrated the grand opening of its brand new state-of-the-art performance venue. The Great Lakes Center for the Arts gives the Petoskey area a professional theater. 

Updated 8:16am 7/2/18

Residents of Detroit with non-violent felony records were given the chance to start fresh in the workforce with Project Clean Slate held at the Wayne County Community College District recently.

Muskegon is moving forward on a 24-million-dollar project to upgrade the city's sewage system. City officials unanimously approved the plan. Each year for five years the rate will increase by three-percent to pay off the project.   

An accident involving a semi is under investigation by Michigan State Police. The driver of the vehicle was traveling on I-275 near Plymouth Road when he lost control of the truck. The driver was able to escape serious injury.  

Children in a Grand Rapids neighborhood on the corner of Prospect Avenue and Burton Street, have a new basketball hoop thanks to the GRPD and a national campaign. Officers helped the kids break in the brand-new hoop.   

Detroit is searching for a developer to transform a vacant parcel of land near the Michigan Central Station into a mixed-use housing development. They plan is to select a developer by September and begin construction by 2019.   

The Flint Police Department is joining the private donors who provided bulletproof vests to begin distributing them.  Flint Police Chief Tim Johnson has estimated the cost of outfitting 110 officers and detectives with vests at well over $1 million. 

Lansing mayor Andy Schor released a statement on the findings from a fire investigation report on the fire at the LaRoy Froh Townshouses. Schor said that code inspections would not have prevented the fire since the fire was in the wall. 

The annual Waterways Festival was held over the weekend in Cheboygan. The festival celebrates the area's extensive inland waterways and coastline. 

The Board of Trustees at Michigan State University are laying out their timeline to find a permanent president for the school. The new MSU president will be announced in June of 2019.

Michigan officials are looking for accomplished motorcyclists who could teach others to ride. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says safety class instructors play essential roles in the Michigan Rider Education Program. 

State Treasurer Nick Khouri says that for the first time in 18 years no Michigan city or public-school district is under financial oversight through an emergency manager. Highland Park's school district is the most recent to return to local control. 

In an effort to build better relationships with community members, the GRPD is sending officers to visit schools and playgrounds. They held their first "Speed of Trust" seminars recently.  

The City of Detroit is going after an apartment complex in Southwest Detroit. The city is filing a nuisance-abatement lawsuit. Detroit police Cmdr. Whitney Walton said the apartment complex is a hot spot for crime. 

A young girl is recovering after she was hit by a car in Flint. It happened in the 1600 block of Stone Street. The young girl was taken to the hospital, but she's expected to be OK. 

This week Lansing’s City Council introduced a proposal to repeal part of an ordinance that designates the current site of the City Market in Riverfront Park along the Grand River as its permanent location.  

Driverless vehicles have made their debut in Detroit. May Mobility based in Ann Arbor teamed up with property management company Bedrock. This is the first autonomous vehicle fleet to be driven on public roads in the state.   

Monitor Township is halting consideration of wind turbine projects. 400 residents complained over noise, health concerns, wildlife damage and impact to property values at the township's Board of Trustees meeting this week.  

The state is funneling $100 million this fall into Michigan's public high schools to train students for high-demand jobs over the next five years. Gov. Rick Snyder signed his workforce development Marshall Plan for Talent into law Tuesday. 

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids has been included in the 2018 Best Children’s Hospital rankings by the U.S. News & World Report. The US News ranks the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. 

Passengers and crew on board a United Airlines flight are safe after the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Detroit. A mechanical issue forced the plane to land as a precaution.   

There are plans to turn the old Coolidge Elementary School in Flint into apartments and a business space. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved a $1 million grant for the project of 54 mixed-income apartments.  

The company Loc Performance Products will receive a $7 million-dollar grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund and plan to invest $100 million into the area. The grant will help create hundreds of new jobs.  

Road damage done by flooding in the western Upper Peninsula could end up costing 80 million dollars to fix. The Michigan Department of Transportation says 50 to 60 spots need to be repaired on county roads.   

Consumers Energy has plans to bring more wind turbines to Michigan. The Jackson-based company announced a new wind energy park in Gratiot County. 

Members of Congress from Michigan will support state requests for federal disaster aid in the wake of flooding in the Upper Peninsula. Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow, Gary Peters and Republican Rep. Jack Bergman offered to help Gov. Rick Snyder. 

K9 Luca at the Allegan County Sheriff's Office has received a bullet and stab protective vest donated by a non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Sharon Peters of Gross Pointe Shores.  

West Michigan will get an opportunity to weigh in on the future of transportation, as Ford brings its City of Tomorrow Challenge to Grand Rapids.  

The Detroit Public Schools Community District wants to create career academies at all its high schools. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti developed a three-year plan and presented it to the Board of Education. 

The Lansing City Council announced a resolution saying they have "no confidence" in the Lansing Housing Commission Board of Commissioners. The Council will revisit the "no confidence" resolution July 9th. 

Hundreds of Cherryland Electric customers in Grand Traverse County were without power because of an issue with their SC1 feeder. 800 people were affected. 

A hot air balloon crashed into powerlines and landed in a lake during Howell’s Michigan Balloon Challenge. A witness says the man was rescued by fishermen on Thompson Lake.  

After its largest rescue in history of 108 animals, the Humane Society of Huron Valley encouraged people seeking animal companions to adopt from their facility.  

The University of Michigan has negotiated a proposal that would raise the pay of 1,700 lecturers at their three campuses. The plan comes after bargaining sessions and backlash after the lecturer's union contract expired in April.  

Fire officials say kayakers had to be rescued on the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids The two women were taken to the hospital as a precaution after they were rescued.  

A small plane crashed at City Airport on Detroit's east side. The crash occurred at Milton Avenue near Eldon. The financially troubled east-side airport is about five miles from downtown Detroit.  

Genesee County teens are encouraged to register for this summer's TeenQuest program. It's designed to teach teens how to navigate today's competitive job market. The 4-week course kicks off July 9th in Flint. 

Michigan State Police were on scene of a car that crashed into a pond. The crash happened on Mount Hope Road just west of Farm Lane Road in Lansing. Police said the driver and no one else was hurt. 

Highland Copper Company Inc. has announced the results of their 8-month feasibility study for its copper mine project in Gogebic County. The study shows initial capital cost of the project will be $275 million. 

Updated 12:06pm 6/24/18

A development company is buying the Eloise Psychiatric Hospital complex in Westland from Wayne County for one dollar. It's to be redeveloped into affordable housing for senior citizens along with emergency housing.

A Battle Creek based cereal company is being sued. The Kellogg Company recalled Honey Smacks products last week, after reporting possible salmonella contaminations.   

A plan that would end gerrymandering in Michigan and set up an independent commission to draw district lines will be on the November ballot. The Michigan Supreme Court must make a ruling on an appeal. 

East Grand Rapids Public Schools have a new superintendent. The city's board of education selected Dr. Heidi Kattula from Oakland, Michigan. She will start her position August 1st.   

The Detroit Regional Chamber announced Thursday they are backing Republican Brian Calley and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in their respective Michigan gubernatorial primaries and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s bid for re-election.  

Three years after a fire, the Whaley Historic House Museum in Flint is ready to welcome the public this Sunday. The Whaley Historical House Association has been able to cover upwards of $2 million dollars in damages. 

Residents at Independence Village in East Lansing held a bake sale for friends and family to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association on the longest daylight day of the year.  

District Health Department #10 is warning people not to swallow the foam they may see in Grayling's Lake Margrethe. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality confirmed a harmful substance in the foam. 

Members of the Ann Arbor community participated in an event called The Longest Day, honoring those who have been impacted by Alzheimer's disease. June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month. 

Ottawa County medical teams are no longer struggling to find tissue donors. In the last eight months, 16 new tissue donors signed up. If the rate of increase continues, Gift of Life projects over 200 donors could be enrolled in the program by 2025.  

The SMART bus system may be expanding to serve residents in Novi. Mayor Bob Gatt and officials with the transportation service will make a joint presentation to the City Council as soon as next month.   

Grand Rapids officials say they’re switching their parking app service from ParkMobile to Motu. Motu allows drivers to monitor their parking meter sessions, view payment history and receive email receipts.  

Bikes For Books is a program rewarding students for reading books by giving them bicycles to call their own. The focus of the project is on refugees who call Metro-Detroit home.  

A celebration took place at the Genesee Community Health Center. The public was able to check out the newly remodeled health center in Flint. A dedicated ribbon cutting kicked off the celebration. 

Michigan gun owners and advocates held a rally in Lansing. Event organizers say the purpose was to show support of the 2nd Amendment and allow citizens to meet with state lawmakers to discuss gun rights issues. 

Scientists are studying water bodies in the area of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula to determine what kind of fish live there. They’ll be in Grand Sable Lake, Chapel Lake, Beaver Lake, and more.  

Eastern Michigan University is being slapped with a lawsuit for eliminating the school's softball and women's tennis programs. The elimination was part of the budget cuts made by the university.  

Fire and HAZMAT crews were on the scene after responding to reports of a chemical fire in Livonia. Hughes Electronics went up in flames. Witnesses said smoke was pouring out of the building.  

Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Branch counties are considering joining a statewide lawsuit against major pharmaceutical companies. The mission is to hold pharmacies and drug distributors accountable for the opioid epidemic.  

A corridor in Grand Rapids was shut down after a semi-truck took out several utility poles.  

The Michigan Central Station in Detroit will be redeveloped by Ford Motor Company and may include a historic piece stolen years ago. A large clock taken from the facility after it closed years ago has been returned.  

80s in the Hole RiverFest returned to the hill at Flint and Kettering University's Atwood Stadium; a family friendly event including food trucks, an 80s themed car show and more. 

The Michigan Humane Society is conducting the investigation of five dogs that were seized in a dog fighting ring in 2017. The Ingham County Animal shelter is believed to have contributed to the problem.  

The Traverse City Board of Commissioners has approved $25,000 for the Destination Downtown Pilot Program. The program would allow employees to get free transportation to and from work.  

Cadillac is investing 175 million dollars into the Lansing Grand River plant to prepare for an overhaul in the luxury brand's sedan lineup. The investment is part of the plan to boost the brand's sales in North America.  

Governor Rick Snyder is promising President Trump $50 million for a second lock to accommodate 1,000-foot freighters that haul bulk cargo between Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes if the federal government takes the lead. 

Governor Rick Snyder has issued disaster declarations for two counties in the state's Upper Peninsula that suffered flood damage. This allows Snyder to make all state resources available in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts.  

Former defense secretary and CIA director, Robert Gates, was in Grand Rapids. He was the featured speaker at the Economic Club of Grand Rapids' annual dinner held at the DeVos Place. 

Techstars Startup Week Detroit returned to the city offering entrepreneurs and hopefuls hundreds of learning opportunities.  

Swartz Creek Community Schools is offering free breakfast and lunch to children and teens Monday through Thursday thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service program. 

Business owners in Traverse City are asking the Downtown Development Authority to expand its district boundaries. The CEO of the DDA is looking into the pros and cons of expanding the DDA's district.  

City of Battle Creek officials are testing samples from 50 sites in Battle Creek and surrounding municipalities after elevated levels of manganese were found in Battle Creek and Springfield.   

A black bear was spotted in the residential yards and streets of Coopersville. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources have been working to learn of the bear’s exact location.  

Democrats vying for Michigan governor head into the final two months of their primary fight with several new policy initiatives.  

The Grand River Water Festival was held at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids. Bruce Ling is the founder of the event and explained that it's a music-driven environmental festival focusing on education and music.  

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Ear Institute have teamed up to bring the installation of a new Bluetooth hearing assistance system to Orchestra Hall. It's called Sennheiser Mobile Connect.  

Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad in Flint opened their door for science enthusiasts to inspire people's interest in science and technology for Science Day 2018.  

Buck Buckerson Foundation members gathered at Full Throttle Motorsports in Lansing to educate the public about what to be aware of when driving near a motorcycle. 

A Flash Flood Emergency from storms moving across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, washed out several roads in the Houghton and Hancock areas and created dozens of sinkholes across the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Updated at 9:54pm 6/11/18

Detroit may be getting a new criminal justice complex as the Wayne County Commission has approved a proposal. The commission has signed off on businessman Dan Gilbert's plan to build a half-a-billion-dollar facility.
 
Transportation officials are working to prevent more damage to the troublesome 110th Street Bridge. The bridge in Byron Township, just south of Grand Rapids, has been hit ten times over the last 15 months.

Legislation that would require able-bodied adults in Michigan's Medicaid expansion program to meet work or job-related requirements was passed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Grand Rapids pools and splash pads are open. City officials and Parks and Recreation representatives were at Richmond Park Pool to kick off “Jump into Summer.”

The proposed expansion of a hazardous waste possessing plant in Detroit will likely be approved by the state. US Ecology operates the plant on Georgia Street near I-94 and wants to enlarge their storage capacity.

Thirty-two-year-old Bruce Cayton has been arraigned on multiple charges in connection to a dog fighting operation in Flint. Charges include animal fighting, animal abandonment/cruelty and possession of animal fighting equipment.

A mother and her son were killed in a fire at LaRoy Froh Townhomes in Lansing. Lansing Fire Department received a call about a structure fire, when they arrived they were met with heavy smoke and flames.

The first ever Space Forum in Michigan happened at the Parsons Stulen building on Northwestern Michigan College's Aeropark Campus in Traverse City. The event was put together by Atlas Space Operations.

A new Girl Scout facility in Southeastern Michigan is open for business. The building brings the outdoors inside to the work environment, and is meant to be used as a gathering and meeting space.  

Grand Rapids city officials want to take extra measures to protect renters. The city commission is proposing a 50-dollar fine for landlords or leasing companies who maliciously fail to return application fees.

Thirteen Oakland County police departments are joining the Hope Not Handcuffs program. The program is a collaborative effort between law enforcement and other organizations such as Families Against Narcotics.

The Grand Rapids Police chief is asking the city for additional funding to hire up to a dozen officers so they can better balance all their duties. The department has lost 23-percent of sworn officers since 2002.

Detroit firefighters battled a fire that damaged three homes early Wednesday morning June 6th. The fire originated in a vacant home on Chopin Street near I-94 and spread to the homes next door.

Flint is trying to clean up its appearance with two programs announced by Mayor Karen Weaver. A new Blight Hearings Bureau working out of City Hall will be helping clean up abandoned and poorly maintained properties in the city.

"The Grand Experience" was kicked off Wednesday afternoon on the Lansing River Trail in Lansing. The Experience brings activities for residents to enjoy along the riverfront like food vendors and local musicians.

A boat launch on Mullett Lake is closed for two weeks. The Department of Natural Resources will be redoing the older, cement at the ramp next to the Mullett Lake Marina.

The federal government is awarding Macomb County 97 million dollars in funding to make upgrades to Mound Road. An announcement was made by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow's office.  

Michigan State Police are investigating two separate accidents involving Detroit Department of Transportation buses on I-94. Investigators say wet pavement and speed were factors in each crash.

Family and Children Services in Kalamazoo is looking for loving homes. The organization says there's a shortage of foster families but a surplus of children in need. They have over 200 children from Kalamazoo County.

A group of Grand Rapids residents are pushing for a new crosswalk on Bridge Street NW between the condos and Ah-Nab-Awen Park. They’ve written a letter to city commissioners in hopes their words reach the top.

Detroit Police are seeking assistance locating five suspects wanted for more than two dozen smash-and-grabs throughout the city. Police say the suspects have allegedly been involved in 25 breaking-and-entering incidents.

Two people were shot in a drive-by shooting, according to Flint police. The incident happened just before 8 p.m. Tuesday June 5th on Holbrook Avenue on the city’s north side. The victims were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Four new signs designed by 8th grade science students at Traverse City West Middle School were unveiled along the Kids Creek Trail Tuesday. The signs feature original artwork from the students.

The Albert Kahn Building in Detroit’s midtown has been purchased by Lutz Real Estate Investments and Northern Equities Group. The new owners will turn the building into approximately 200 apartments.  

A year after the Ann Arbor City Council voted to sell a downtown property to a Chicago developer, the city and developer have finalized a purchase agreement.

Some lakes in Barry County are rising, causing headaches for dozens of homeowners who live along them. The problem is especially bad at Upper Crooked Lake and Lower Crooked Lake near Delton.

Workers covered a downtown Grand Rapids parking lot in blue paint in preparation for an annual outdoor movie series. 250 gallons of "cool blue" paint now cover the 55,000-square-foot lot off Monroe Avenue.

Homicide detectives are investigating after a 43-year-old man was found fatally shot at a home on Detroit's east side Monday morning.

Flint is in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The MDEQ says deficiencies in Flint’s water system were discovered during an August 2017 sanitary survey.

Sixteen parks and recreation projects from Mid-Michigan will get a cut of $50 million in state funding that signed into law Monday. Nearly $95 million worth of spending on parks is planned.

A northern Michigan dam will be getting some upgrades this summer. Crews will be working on structural improvements on the Reedsburg Dam and surrounding areas in Missaukee County.

Environmentalist group Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation is challenging the state's decision to allow Nestle to pump more water out of the ground at its station near Evart.   

At least 15 people were arrested after West Michigan law enforcement busted an illegal rooster fighting ring in Hart Township, according to Michigan State Police.

The Inner City Christian Federation has plans to change the land on S. Division Avenue in Grand Rapids. The organization has asked the Grand Rapids Planning Commission to allow for a seven-story facility to house seniors.

A 25-year-old man tried to do the right thing on Detroit's west side by giving a ride to a man who appeared to be injured and in need of help. Police said he was shot in the back for his troubles. 

The amnesty program in Genesee County runs through June 29. It will forgive late fees for anyone with unpaid fines. Those interested in the program should go to the 67th District Court.

The color orange flooded the capitol steps in Lansing for National Gun Awareness Day. People gathered on the north lawn remembering those who have been affected by gun violence. 

Hundreds found a new two-wheeled ride in Traverse City Saturday. Recycle-A-Bicycle, a non-profit organization connected with TART Trails, hosted its 8th annual bike swap. 

Updated at 5:46pm 5/14/18

The NFL is reviewing the newly surfaced issue regarding Matt Patricia. A spokesman for the NFL said they will meet with the Lions to try to understand the allegations against Patricia and find out what the club knows.

General Motors is using a drone to help identify possible issues at their Tech Center in Warren. The automaker gave a short demonstration of the unmanned drone last week at the north end of the eleven-million square foot facility.   

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety wants to expand its force. They're looking to add officers to the K9 unit, the SWAT team, and are hoping to hire detectives and drug investigators.

A new apartment complex is coming to Grand Rapids. "The Hendrik," named after the founder of Meijer stores Hendrik Meijer, is located on Bridge Street and Stocking Avenue.   

Henry Ford Health System will build a new medical center in Oakland County. New plans for a two-story, 83 thousand square foot facility were announced and located at the new mixed-use development the Village at Bloomfield.

The Burroughs Mansion, an English-style 23-room estate at 925 Avon St. in Flint, has mirrored the city around it. The home is set on the banks of Gilkey Creek and is currently on the market for $222,750.

Sparrow Hospital announced their nurse of the year. Destinee Griffin is a Nurse in the Labor and Delivery Unit. She has been with Sparrow for 6 years. The event was held during Nurses Week.  

Two Mason County women, Taya Wrightsman and Koreana Reid are facing armed robbery charges after police say they stole from a cash advance store near Ludington. It happened Wednesday afternoon in Pere Marquette Township. 

Bloomfield Hills and Southfield Schools will have the funds necessary to make building improvements and upgrade technology. Voters in each community approved tax issues on the ballot last Tuesday.   

Police are adding extra patrols along I-94 from West Michigan to Detroit all summer long. Michigan State Police officials say there was a seven-percent increase in the number of accidents on the freeway last year.   

Police are investigating a fatal crash in Cascade Township. The head-on crash involving a semi truck was reported just after 10:00am May 9th at Cascade Road and Laraway Lake Drive.

Three trucks are still missing after a heist at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant recently. Police recovered five of the eight Ram trucks stolen on the streets of Detroit.  

Officials in Flint Township are hoping the creation of three new authorities will spur growth within the Township. Board members approved the Downtown Development Authority and the Beecher Road and Bristol Road Corridor Improvement authorities. 

The life of a Lansing man ended on Wednesday morning, May 9th, and police ruled it a homicide.  The suspect was captured in Livingston County after crashing his getaway car along 127 near Dunckel, then carjacking a good Samaritan that stopped to help

Northern Michigan community members came together last week to raise more than $66 thousand for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan. Everyone who participated raised money in honor of a hero that impacted their life.  

The Fermi Two nuclear power plant is back online after undergoing repairs for nearly a month. The plant shutdown in April after a transformer malfunction, and an issue with a valve on the reactor recirculation system.  

A Grand Rapids man is being recognized by the state for his achievements in education. Pat Cwayna, CEO of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, was awarded the 2018 Administrator of the Year Award.   

Ford Motor Company is reportedly continuing their effort to purchase the former Michigan Central Depot in southwest Detroit. Ford and the real estate division of Central Transport International Incorporated are in negotiations to secure a deal.   

A phone scam pretending to be from 9-1-1 dispatchers is circulating in Grand Rapids. Residents say they receive calls from a 9-1-1 number and are told by the scammer that a family member has been injured in a crash.   

Troy Police are investigating an armored truck robbery that occurred last Tuesday morning. The robbery happened around 10:45 a.m. when two suspects approached the men inside the armored truck and attacked them with pepper spray.  

Flint, Detroit, and Saginaw rank in the top 10 of America's most dangerous cities, according to a report published by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. Flint ranked fifth with a rate of 2,109 violent crimes per 100,000 people.  

A factory damaged by a fire and series of explosions faces uncertain staffing levels. Eaton Rapids Mayor Paul Malewski said the city intends to make accommodations for those he anticipates will be laid off by Meridian Magnesium Products of America. 

Mesick Consolidated Schools will not see the upgrades and changes they had hoped for, after what appears to be a razor thin defeat. The superintendent says the bond proposal was defeated by just 13 votes.  

At what is touted as the largest sit-down dinner of its kind in the world, ten-thousand people gathered in Detroit at the NAACP's 63rd annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner recently.

Gasoline prices are holding steady in Michigan. Triple-A Michigan, says the average price of regular unleaded remained at two-dollars-85-cents, which is nearly 50-cents more per gallon than one year ago.   

Bright sunlight may be to blame in an auto-pedestrian accident in Allegan County. State Police say a woman was walking near the Orchard Hills Golf Course when she was hit by a truck last Monday morning.

The driver involved in a deadly motorcycle crash could face charges. The accident happened May 5th in Three Rivers when police say the woman struck a motorcycle stopped at a light.

Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center aren't parting ways yet. Just days after announcing they would be ending the partnership, the two agreed to a six-month extension of the existing contract.  

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon warned top advisers to Gov. Rick Snyder about an increasing number of Legionnaires' disease cases in the Flint area months before the governor said he learned of it, a witness testified Monday, in Genesee District Court.

A Mecosta County man was charged last week with a 20-year felony after police say he made threats against a Lansing hospital. Lansing Police received a report on May 5th from a local hospital about a man calling and making threats. 

More than 100 residential and commercial buildings would be affected by a recently updated FEMA flood map for Harbor Springs. City manager Tom Richards presented information to city council members during their meeting last week. 

West Bloomfield High School is implementing a new mandatory program to help teach students the warning signs of a potential threat of violence in the school. The program is also designed to teach students coping skills and empathy.

Lawmakers in Lansing are discussing legislation that would permit the installation of "baby boxes" at hospitals, police departments and fire departments. The law passed in 2000, allows parents to surrender a newborn anonymously within 72 hours of the child's birth.

Three Kent County school districts that struggle with poverty are showing improved test results. Teachers at Stocking and Sibley Elementary in Grand Rapids say student performance is improving because of their work with the Center For Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Local law enforcement is behind a restaurant in its dispute with Grand Rapids city leaders about their flags. Brann's Steakhouse proudly displays the names of fallen officers and service members with the flags on their building.  

A task force launched in Detroit will address the lack of resources and treatment available to those suffering from mental illness. The announcement made by Councilman Roy McCalister Jr., says it will include outreach programs at local schools and prisons.  

An investigation is underway after an off-duty Flint police officer accidentally discharged a firearm at a youth wrestling meet last weekend. The incident took place at Fowlerville High School. 

A northern Michigan middle schooler is helping out a local animal shelter as her community service class project. Morgan Wirtz, an 8th grader at Kalkaska Middle School, held 'Paws for a Cause' to raise donations for the Kalkaska County Animal Control and Shelter. 

Updated at 9:57am 5/2/18

Live Nation is offering huge savings on concert tickets to celebrate National Concert Week. From April 30th to May 8th, tickets for a long list of performers will be only 20 dollars.

The social media company LinkedIn will be moving into a new office in Detroit. Their new location will be inside the historic Sanders building on Woodward Avenue.   

West Michigan’s Gaines Township is moving forward with a project many believe will be the next Amazon distribution center. The town's Planning Commission approved designs for "Project Rapids."   

Police closed two roads in Oakfield Township for a vehicle crash, which was reported around 4p.m. Sunday, at 10030 14 Mile Road NE. Dispatchers said both Harvard Avenue NE and Lappley Avenue NE were temporarily closed due to the crash.  

Detroit’s historic Trinity Lutheran Church displayed this past weekend, another addition to its collection: a nearly 12-foot-tall bronze sculpture memorializing Martin Luther as well as the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. 

A 22-year-old pregnant woman died but her baby survived after a two-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Flint. Officers responded around 12:15 a.m. to North Dort Highway and East Carpenter Road for a crash and discovered three people were injured. 

A historic church in Jackson unveiled its new National Registry of Historic Places Plaque. Local leaders, clergy, churches, and community gathered Sunday as the plaque was unveiled at First Congregational Church UCC, which was built 1859-1860. 

Sunday morning, members of Running Fit Traverse City and students from Traverse City Area Public Schools got together to clean up Clinch Park. It's in preparation of the crowds that will soon relax at the park, when the weather warms up for good. 

Earnings in the first quarter of the year for Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles topped one billion dollars. The automaker reported the result was 60-percent higher than one year ago.   

The investigation of a fatal train pedestrian accident in Belleville continues. The incident occurred on South Street shortly after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday when the eastbound freight train struck the victim who was on the tracks.   

Crissman Elementary School in Shelby township was on lockdown Wednesday afternoon. The lockdown is a result of a police situation that unfolded near the school at the Providence Park Condominiums.   

Activists for immigrants rights are demanding to be heard at the Department of Homeland Security office in downtown Grand Rapids. Demonstrators rallied Wednesday afternoon, to speak out about deportation and violence.  

New apartment developments in the metro Detroit area are booming, the city has seen a 23 percent increase in apartment construction from the year before. Condominium and single-family home construction also saw an increase of almost 15 percent each.   

Three former Flint police officers sold stolen police reports that included the personal information of crash victims. More than 600 internal crash reports were stolen and sold to a third party for resale to medical and legal professionals. 

Kibby Road is shut down until late June from West Avenue in Jackson to the city limits with Summit Township. The closure is happening so crews can reconstruct the road that is also a major access point for the Cascades Park.  

The push is on to get a V.A. Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in the Manistee County area. The Manistee Community Based Outpatient Clinic Task Force is working to get as many signatures on a petition to try to get a clinic closer to home for veterans. 

Survivors of the Kalamazoo-area bike crash that killed five people are testified Wednesday against the driver. Charles Pickett is accused of being high on pain killers and muscle relaxers when he got behind the wheel June of 2016. 

A Tennessee city is about to benefit from the increased demand for two of General Motors' most popular crossover vehicles. GM Wednesday announced it's adding a third shift to its manufacturing plant in Spring Hill.   

Ford Motor Company has announced new leadership for their China operations. Henry Li will take over the top spot as the automaker makes changes to their operations. Ford announced it will start a new single distribution channel for China. 

A member of the Grand Rapids City Commission is stepping down. Third Ward Commissioner David Allen announced this week that he'll leave his position this summer for his roll as Executive Director of the Kent County Land Bank.   

More than 60 protestors marched on the lawn of Flint's City Hall to bring attention to the city's water crisis. Wednesday, marked the four-year anniversary of the initial switch from the Detroit water system to the Flint River as the city's main water source. 

Two people are facing charges for an alleged crime spree that ended in DeWitt Township early Wednesday morning. The two suspects are accused in a string of break-ins, car thefts, and other crimes in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties.  

The village of Elberta was awarded a grant of more than $200,000. The money will go towards upgrades at Penfold Park off of M-22. The upgrades include a building for restrooms, and a canoe and kayak launch site. 

Michigan State Police and 13 truck drivers are being credited for their act of heroism in saving a life. Early Tuesday morning, the truckers formed a wall on the I-696 freeway near the Coolidge exit to prevent a man from jumping off the overpass.  

The staff at John Ball Zoo are mourning the loss of one of their chimpanzees. Zoo officials say Jody, a 31-year-old female, had a sudden decline of health and went into cardiac arrest Monday.   

DTE Energy officials say the Fermi 2 Nuclear Plant near Monroe is off line due to the malfunction of a transformer and a valve issue. The status of the plant is describe as "safe and stable" and crews are still assessing the problem.   

Authorities in Grand Rapids are investigating a fire on the city's southwest side as arson. The front doors of Servant's Community Church on the corner of Deloney Avenue and Watson Street were burned over the weekend.   

Drivers were detoured around an accident in the Novi area early Tuesday morning. Michigan State Police say the driver of a car lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway on the ramp from northbound I-275 to I-96 west.   

The Coldwater Road bridge over Interstate 75 did not sustain significant damage after a semi pulling a backhoe crashed into it Tuesday morning. Mt. Morris Township police Chief Terence Green, said the bucket on the backhoe may have broken loose and hit the overpass.  

A 5 year-old kindergartner from East Lansing has raised money to help homeless families. Tuesday, Pippa Holtz presented a check worth more than $1,000 to Haven House. The charity helps homeless families find a place to live. 

A judge has sentenced an Alanson woman to serve 10 to 22.5 years in prison for a manslaughter conviction stemming from the death of her infant daughter in 2016. The Judge exceeded the state’s sentencing guidelines when he handed down the sentence to Lisa Rae Bryan, 32, Tuesday. 

Updated 8:26pm 4/22/18

Attempts to modify state plans to require Medicaid recipients to work are failing to gain support. The measure to require 29-hours of work passed in a Michigan Senate committee, but attempts to cut that to 20 hours and to exempt veterans failed.

A 17-year-old student of Port Huron High School was arraigned Thursday, after making a threat against the school. The school resource officer was told about the threat Monday and investigators say it stemmed from a dispute with other students.  

Two tribes are joining a group's fight against developments on Lake Michigan. The Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance denounces plans to build a marina and a housing development at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River.   

The only youth shelter serving Kent, Ottawa, Montcalm and Ionia counties is finally ready to open its doors. Arbor Circle's "The Bridge Youth Shelter announced this week that their renovations have been completed.   

Detroit Police report a 13-year-old boy was shot in the foot while inside his home early Thursday morning. He was lying on a couch in the living room of the home in the 84-hundred block of Plainview, when a bullet pierced a front window.   

It's been a historically rough winter in Flint. The city has set a new record for snow with 85-point-three inches recorded between Halloween and Wednesday, almost two inches more than the previous record for Flint in 2014.   

West Michigan residents headed to the capitol to tell legislators the affects of lead poisoning. Wednesday, over one-hundred people gathered at the statehouse to tell lawmakers how they've been impacted by the epidemic.   

Michigan's Attorney General has filed a civil lawsuit against the company he said is responsible for the utility line damage below the Straits of Mackinac. An investigation determined a ship owned by Van Enkevort Tug and Barge dragged an anchor through the straits at the time utility lines were damaged. 

There's a new driver behind the wheel of GM's Cadillac division. The company announced Wednesday that it's appointing Steve Carlisle to replace Johan de Nysschen as president of Cadillac effective immediately.   

A Delta Airlines flight from Detroit to West Palm Beach blew a tire shortly after takeoff Wednesday morning, but continued the flight and landed safely. There were no injuries aboard the MD-90.  

A new study on air quality says seven west Michigan counties get "F's" for unhealthy ozone days. Allegan, Berrian, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon and Ottowa counties all recorded high rates of poor air quality.   

Montcalm County Sheriff's deputies are investigating an armed robbery at a gas station in Pierson. Police say the suspect walked into the Trading Post gas station on 4th Street and Federal Road armed with a long gun.  

Beaumont Health and Ford Motor Company have announced plans for a new non-emergency shuttle service for patients of Beaumont. The "GoRide" program will cover around 200 of Beaumont's facilities all over Southeast Michigan.  

Two former Flint police officers have pleaded guilty to federal charges after admitting to selling internal crash reports. Richard Besson and Jason Groulx both pleaded guilty Wednesday, in Flint U.S. District Court.

An attack on Ingham Intermediate School District's online network and the person police say is responsible was one of its own students. The incident happened in February 2017. Police say 19-year old Brandon Barlett targeted the district in a ransomware attack.  

The Mackinac Bridge reopened after being closed for most of the day Wednesday because of falling ice. The bridge spent more time closed on Saturday morning. 

State prison officials locked down the St. Louis Correctional Facility. A Corrections Department spokesman says the fighting appears to have started over access to pay phones and computer terminals and eventually involved as many as 50 inmates. 

The executive director of Michigan State University's Alumni Association is resigning in the midst of an investigation by the school's Title IX office. Scott Westerman told the school he was moving to Florida to return to the private sector.   

The city of Wyoming now has its first female director of public safety. The city council announced Tuesday, that as current chief James Carmody retires later this month, Captain Kimberly Koster will take his place.   

A Grand Rapids man is going to prison for crimes of financial fraud. Brandon Rogers was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for student loan, grant, and tax fraud.   

A builder of luxury homes is buying the Northville Downs harness racing track site. Hunter Pasteur Homes plans to build up to 600 high-end rental apartments, townhouses and single-family houses on the 48-acre site. 

It's not only bottled water that's driven a wedge between Gov. Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. Both are also wrestling over control of a $6.1-million reserve water crisis fund, money appropriated by the Michigan Legislature for Flint but unspent so far. 

Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand is accused of diverting funds from the jail commissary to purchase a patrol vehicle that he drove exclusively. The allegation, made in January was the subject of a 2 month criminal investigation by Michigan State Police.  

Traverse City sidewalks will be getting some much-needed repairs. Monday night, city commissioners approved nearly $1 million dollars, to fix sidewalks throughout the city that have been in need of repairs for years. 

Michigan lawmakers are threatening to impose a ten-percent funding cut on any university that fails to comply with proposed new requirements prompted by the Larry Nassar case. Requirements include a ban on the use of in-house medical experts in investigations.   

Eastern Michigan University is confirming that it will close its satellite campus in Livonia this summer. The school says it will not renew its lease for the classroom space on Six Mile near I-275.   

The upcoming construction on I-696 may have unintended consequences for those living near the freeway. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts believes a number of rodents, especially rats, will be moving into neighborhoods.   

A Cutlerville man is extending his gratitude to the firefighters who saved his life. John Hey had a serious heart attack while playing basketball at South Christian High School in February.

Police Chief James Craig is reassigning a veteran Detroit police officer. Officer Aubrey Wade was caught making insensitive comments last summer at the scene where a teen driving an ATV died after being stunned by the State Police.   

The long-time director of the Genesee County parks system, Amy McMillan, says she's stepping down. A person close to the situation says she's leaving for a new job with the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. 

Updated 2:59pm 4/19/18

Governor Snyder is releasing a new school safety plan, recommending that the state spend 20-million-dollars to upgrade school security. Snyder's plan includes 18 initiatives such as strengthening buildings with better lock systems.

Former Olympian and Michigan resident Desiree Linden has become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. Linden finished with an unofficial time of two-hours, 39-minutes and 54-seconds.  

A nationwide E. coli outbreak is affecting Michigan. CDC officials say 35 people across the country were sickened after eating contaminated romaine lettuce. At least one of the victims is a Michigan resident.  

Authorities in Baldwin are identifying a woman who was struck and killed by a car over the weekend. They say Christina Lynn Kunna was walking in traffic on U.S. 10 Saturday when she was hit and pronounced dead at the scene.   

A 23-year-old River Rouge man is facing charges of impersonating a police officer. Blake Purvis was arraigned Monday on the misdemeanor charge for allegedly stopping a car carrying two men who turned out to be members of a police community patrol group.   


Police said they've caught three vandals who shot up vehicles and houses with a slingshot and marbles last week in southern Ionia County and northern Barry County. The incidents happened April 11 and April 12. 

Crews with the City of Manistee continue to assess damages left by a weather phenomenon called a seiche. Officials say it happened during Friday's storm, it’s caused by extreme high or low pressure which causes sudden changes in water levels.

Updated 9:27pm 4/9/18

Troy police are ending their search for an official cat. Cops put out a call last month on Twitter, saying they would bring a feline officer on board if they got ten-thousand followers. They exceeded that goal.

Tim Hybels says he's been dealing with brown muddy water in his pipes for decades. He's asking Kalamazoo residents to research their own water quality and to pressure city officials to take additional measures.

350-thousand SUV's and trucks are being recalled by Ford Motor Company in North America. The problem is with the gear shift selector on 2018 Ford-F150's and Ford Expedition models equipped with a ten-speed automatic transmission.  

Housing experts say the market in Grand Rapids is so competitive, people are starting to compromise. As the city struggles to meet the growing demand for rental units, buyers have started opting out of inspections to land their home.

The man who topped Detroit's Most Wanted list last week is now behind bars. Corey Webb was arrested in Inkster after a viewer saw his picture on the news. Webb was out on parole after spending time in prison.  

Michigan will stop providing free bottled water to the city of Flint, according to Gov. Rick Snyder. City officials criticized the decision, Flint is still recovering from a crisis that left residents with dangerous levels of lead in their tap water beginning in 2014.

Officials put out a home fire at 3224 South Deerfield Avenue in Lansing that started around 3 o clock Sunday morning. According to police, everyone was taken out to safety. They believe the fire started from a propane tank left in the garage of the home.

Four teens were arrested after investigators said they broke in and stole from a Grayling business. The Grayling Department of Public Safety said the business was broken into March 10.

Updated 9:14pm 4/4/18

Another Fiat Chrysler executive is now facing federal charges. Michael Brown, FCA's former director of employee relations, is accused of lying to a federal grand jury about an alleged bribery scheme involving his boss and others at the company. 

Political newcomer Suneel Gupta has amassed more than 900-thousand-dollars for his race for the Democratic nomination for a congressional seat. Gupta raised more than 400-thousand-dollars in the first quarter and has more than 600-thousand to spend.  

A federal court has ruled Detroit's automakers will receive over 182-million dollars for faulty airbags made by the former Takata Corporation. The recall of almost 70-million airbags produced by the company is the largest in U.S. automotive history.   

A Holland Township man is facing felony charges after allegedly causing a fatal crash, then tried to leave the scene. The crash happened Monday, when Minh Hua allegedly ran through a stop sign on Quincy Street and 104th Avenue.   

Detroiters shouldn't be surprised at the forecast of one to three inches of snow by Friday morning, even though it's April. Records from the National Weather Service show that for the past 140-years, only 41 Detroit Aprils have had no measurable snow.   

Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday that he is signing an order to release Flint from receivership and state oversight. The decision by the governor, came at the behest of the Flint Receivership Transition Advisory Board. 

The chair of Michigan State University's radiology department, Dr. Suresh Mukherji, who was suspended in February for allegedly failing to cooperate with the Larry Nassar investigation, has been cleared by the university of any wrongdoing and reinstated to his job. 

A man was sentenced after pleading guilty to breaking and entering into a Traverse City business. James Holtcamp pleaded guilty in January to charges of attempted breaking and entering into a building with intent and breaking and entering illegal without the owner's permission. 

Updated 10:56pm 3/27/18

An historic Detroit building is being moved to make way for a new performance complex. Wayne State University officials say the Hilberry Theatre will be relocated to Forest Avenue.    

Grand Rapids is hosting a workshop for potential vendors. Officials say millions of dollars are offered to local businesses for a wide range of supplies. Registration is not required for the Thursday event located at LINC UP on Madison Avenue.  

A reported threat on social media Monday night has forced the closure of three schools in Troy. The Troy Center for Transition, International Academy East and Baker Middle School did not have classes Tuesday.   

Tuesday the Grand Rapids Police Department launched a new policy for interacting with younger community members. A special task force revealed the Youth Interactions Policy in front of the Grand Rapids City Commission.   

Detroit Police think they've identified the parents of two children found alone in a motel room. The toddlers were discovered at Cranbrook Motel on the Lodge Freeway during a shooting investigation. 

Crews began demolishing the near century-old Hamilton Dam Tuesday morning in Flint. The start of the work was pushed back due to flooding in February along the Flint River. 

MSU is renewing efforts to work out a settlement with the more than 200 women who have sued the university over assaults by Larry Nassar. The university, USA Gymnastics, Twistars gymnastics club and the women and girls, have agreed to return to mediation. 

“Recycle a Bicycle” provides bikes to people in need of a way to get around. They’re holding a bike sale today from noon -6 at Woodmere Street Traverse City. They’ll have at least 80 bikes for you to choose from. 

 

Updated 11:11pm 3/22/18

Muskegon County Sheriffs are asking for the public's help in finding a man who has been missing for three months. Justin Holt was last seen in January near Bayne and Maple Island Roads and may have gone to his home in Cedar Creek Township before disappearing.

The former Bangor police chief is facing dozens of charges from her time in the department. Elena Danishevskaya stepped down as police chief in 2015. She is accused of forging auto inspection documents and charged Thursday morning with 25 - 14-year felonies.

Ford Motor Company says two more executives will be leaving the company. Vice President and Chief Brand officer Musa Tariq will be step down later this year. Ford Smart Mobility CEO Raj Rao will step down May 1st.  

Officials are trying to rebuild a historic bridge in Ionia County that was destroyed by arson. Whites Bridge was the state's oldest covered bridge, but in 2013 the structure over Flat River was burned to the ground.   

A mandatory evacuation notice for two of five businesses in a Franklin shopping center has been lifted. The Oakland County Health Division says the Franklin Nail and Spa and Franklin Cleaners can reopen for business.    

State officials say the third round of water sampling at Flint schools has been completed. Test results from sampling conducted during the weekend of March 17 have not yet been analyzed, according to the Department of Environmental Quality.

Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth announced he was going to increase the police presence in local schools. It's all part of what's called a "Safe Schools Initiative." A plan to assign two deputies to each school building in Ingham County's jurisdiction.  

A Glen Arbor man was arrested for allegedly hitting a pedestrian with his car. Around 8:48 a.m. Thursday, Leelanau County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene of a hit and run on Western Avenue in Glen Arbor near Oak Street.  

Updated 1:51pm 3/19/18

A federal judge in California is allowing a lawsuit accusing Fiat Chrysler of cheating on emissions tests to proceed. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne denies that the company purposely tried to cheat with emissions tests. 


A new audit of the state's computer network is accusing the state's Department of Technology of leaving the network vulnerable to hackers and other intrusions. The department failed to adequately limit access to the network.  

State officials have shut down the pharmacy inside a Detroit supermarket. The drugstore inside Glory Supermarket on Eight Mile Road was targeted after officials found it had one of the highest rates of dispensing prescription drugs including oxycodone. 

Clean up at the former Zephyr Oil Refinery on the Muskegon Lake should begin this spring. Federal and state environmentalists said they're hoping to complete a large chunk of the project this year.   

The City of Detroit has given 25 businesses grants to make improvements to the exterior of their buildings. The Motor City Re-Store Grants are distributed by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.   

Students from Baker College of Flint's Cyber Security program have won a top honor in the state for the third year in a row. Students won the Michigan Collegiate Cyber Defense Network state championship in February. 

Three animals were killed in a barn fire. A barn caught fire in the 8300 block of Churchill Road north of Jackson. The homeowner says three goats, a mother and two babies, were killed in the blaze. 

People are flocking to Mackinaw City to see nature’s ice creations. Blue ice is mainly found in the polar regions, but it appears on the shores of Mackinaw City every few years. 

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