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12/1/19 Update

Many southeast Michigan residents were in the dark this Thanksgiving. About 106-thousand DTE Energy customers lost power while strong winds battered the region Wednesday. 

More than one-thousand families were able to have a Thanksgiving meal thanks to a Holland non-profit. Community Action House provided turkeys and sides to those in need.   

A wrong-way driver in Grand Haven is in custody and facing several charges. Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies tried to pull over a vehicle that was going in the wrong direction on U.S. 31 near the Ferrysburg exit Thursday morning.

Firefighters from the South Haven Area Emergency Services spent their Thanksgiving morning battling a fire at Hamlin Farms. Firefighters arrived around 7 a.m. to a grain dryer that was engulfed in flames.  

A Michigan doctor and two associates are facing prison after admitting to running an $8 million scam. The scheme worked, by conning UAW members into thinking the prescriptions were free. 

Mott Community College Board of Trustees voted Monday to place an $80 million bond proposal on the March 10th ballot. If passed, the bond would go toward continuing the college’s authority to issue bonds for capital improvement projects. 

Just in time for the holidays, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the flu season is peaking early. 38 states are already reporting flu activity. Experts suggest now is the time to act and get a flu shot. 

Racers hit the streets of Traverse City Thursday for the region’s 12th Turkey Trot. Runners dashed in the 5K and 5-mile events. Organizers say this year’s event set records with nearly 2,800 participants.

11/24/19 Update

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is getting a five-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Ford airport is expected to use the cash to renovate the terminal building.  

A ten-year-old Florida boy is honoring officer Rasheen McClain, who died last week while responding to a domestic incident. Zerchariah Cartledge started his Running 4 Heroes non-profit, he does this to honor fallen officers. 

Central Michigan University Students want to change how they use their unused meals. An online petition is circulating that would allow people to donate those to other students in need.

A rare baseball card from Grand Rapids has sold for more than 92-thousand dollars. The 1916 Babe Ruth rookie card is stamped on the back with the words "Herpolsheimer Co. Boys Fashion Shop, Grand Rapids MI."   

New bus shelters are coming to Detroit. The Detroit Department of Transportation are putting up 40-new structures where they never existed before in the city.

A classic race is back for another Thanksgiving Day 5K event. The 63rd Annual Flint Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot will start at 9 a.m. Thursday. Day of Race registration is $20 for adults and $5 for ages 17 and under.

The Helping Hands Food Pantry in Charlotte celebrated its grand opening Sunday. The director of the pantry says it serves about 42,000 meals a month and that number continues to grow.

Two people had to be taken to the hospital after a crash in Manistee County. A semi-truck was going west on 13 Mile Rd and unable to stop at the intersection. It hit an ambulance going north on Healy Lake Rd. 

11/17/19 Update

Lakeshore residents are getting some help from the state protecting their properties from Lake Michigan. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is speeding up the process for sandbag permits.  

A pet cat in Birmingham has rabies. Oakland County health officials made the announcement over the weekend, advising pet owners to get their furry friends vaccinated and supervise them when they are outdoors.   

Firearm Deer Season started on Friday in Michigan. The Department of Natural Resources says deer population is low in the state's Upper Peninsula this year. This season runs until November 30th.  

The Pledge of Allegiance will no longer be part of the agenda for student government meetings at Grand Valley State University. The decision was made at Saturday night's senate meeting. 

A federal appeals court is denying Kwame Kilpatrick's appeal of his prison sentence. The former Detroit mayor argued, the judge on his trial should have recused herself due to a conflict of interest with his attorney. 

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation President Ridgway White announced on Facebook that the foundation will commit $1 million to address Flint neighborhood improvements. The Foundation supports nonprofit programs throughout the United States. 

The Michigan State University Tennis Center is holding the First Capital City Tennis Classic. It's the first professional men's tennis tournament to be held in Michigan. Players from around the world will compete for the $15,000 prize. 

For the third year in a row, the American Military League in Traverse City hosted their annual Chili Cook-Off. It started as a way to raise money for veterans and their families around the holidays.

11/10/19 Update

Kalamazoo County residents may notice lower water levels on Morrow Lake. The county sheriff's office says the lake is being lowered 13 feet so crews can perform maintenance on the Dam's spillway gates.

Billboards in Lansing and Oakland County are taking aim at one of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's budget vetoes. The billboards note how Whitmer campaigned on fixing the state's roads but vetoed 375-million-dollars in road spending.   

The Detroit Medical Center and its academic partner Wayne State University no longer have their accreditation. The accreditation was lost partly because of a deteriorating partnership between the school and the medical center.   

The Salvation Army of Kent County has kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign. The bells began ringing at noon Friday at the Knapp's Crossing D&W in Grand Rapids.   

A local court's online ticket resolution program is being expanded. The 36th District Court in downtown Detroit announced the ticket program will now allow certain traffic civil infractions to be resolved online. 

Flint Police Chief Timothy Johnson resigned effective at noon Friday so he can run for Genesee County sheriff next year. He made the announcement around 11 a.m. in a letter to outgoing Mayor Karen Weaver. 

The Michigan Secretary of State's Office is out with a list of who will be on the primary ballot in March. Among this list are three Republicans challenging President Trump. Eighteen Democrats will also be on the ballot. 

Each year on Nov. 11, America honors its veterans throughout the country. Area students will join veterans for a parade in downtown Petoskey, ending in Pennsylvania Park for a flag-folding ceremony. 

11/3/19 Update

A Battle Creek man is lucky to be alive after his small aircraft crashed just after takeoff Saturday at the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport. The 41-year-old pilot experienced a mechanical issue immediately after he went wheels-up.

General Motors is recalling more than 600-thousand vehicles. The automaker says a software error in some four-wheel-drive trucks and SUVs could affect the braking system.   

A Walker non-profit is accepting candy donations to support the troops. Residents can turn over unwanted Halloween candy to the Blue Star Mothers of America chapter one-ninety-four until November 8th.

A high-profile member of the Grand Rapids Griffins' organization has died. Officials say video coach Bill LeRoy died Friday while the team was on the road in Winnipeg.     

Three people were sent to the hospital after a car crashed into a Detroit gas station. It happened Friday morning at a business near West McNichols and Schaefer.  

A Flint-area nonprofit is seeking volunteers to help stuff straw for pet bedding. Helping Orphaned Pets through Education, operates a free straw bedding station on N. Clio Road in Mt. Morris Township that opened Nov. 1.

Veterans Day is around the corner, dozens of people came together in downtown Lansing Sunday to learn about the history of our country’s military. It’s also a time to pay tribute to our country’s veterans.

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department says a 20-year-old woman was hurt after an accident in Mecosta County. They were called to the scene around 2:30 p.m. Saturday on us-131. The woman from Wyoming, MI hit a patch of ice that sent her off the road and into a tree.

10/27/19 Update

Governor Gretchen Whitmer plans to go to the state's highest court with her vaping ban. The governor has filed for emergency leave with the Michigan Court of Appeals so she could take the ruling straight to the Michigan Supreme Court.  

Michigan is one of the worst states for car crashes, according to a new report. The mitten came in at number seven on Farmers Insurance's list of the top 15 states with the highest roadway animal accidents.

A 40-day strike that crippled General Motors' U.S. production came to an end Friday as workers approved a new contract with the company. GM workers voted 57.2% in favor of the pact, the union said in a statement.

A Grand Rapids marching band will play in a national event. The City High School Marching Band has accepted an invitation to next year's National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.   

Former Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving black member of Congress and founder of the Black Caucus, has died. The Detroit Democrat was 90. Detroit police say the former congressman died at his home on Sunday. 

The Jackson YMCA is $100,000 closer to its goal of raising $25 million to build a new facility. County National Bank is the latest contributor, boosting the total campaign pledges to $14.1 million.

Five people were injured when the roof of a porch they were standing on collapsed. One person was transported to the hospital. It happened at a house on Elm and Center street in East Lansing, Saturday at about 2 p.m. 

Part of a train derailed in Mancelona Saturday morning. Michigan State Police say a Great Lakes Central Train was heading north with a total of 23 cars. Troopers say there was no hazardous material on board and no one was injured. 

10/20/19 Update

Michigan is mourning the loss of former Governor William Milliken, who died at the age of 97 Saturday. Milliken was a moderate Republican who was known for reaching across the political aisle.

Two brothers are accused of stealing lawn equipment. Police say 24-year-old Jessus and 19-year-old Fernando Garcia forced their way into a shed at Churchill High School October 6th and stole a John Deere Gator to get away.   

The director of the Michigan Department of Transportation believes a proposed 45-cent a gallon gas tax increase to fix roads and bridges may not be enough. Paul Ajegba [uh-GEE-buh] made the comments last month during a town hall meeting in East Lansing.  

The executive director of the art competition ArtPrize is stepping down. Jori Bennett said in a letter that she is resigning because she and her family are moving to the United Kingdom by the end of 2019.   

A Detroit artist is working with University of Michigan students to create a mural depicting the school’s first black student. Artist Tylonn Sawyer and students want to honor Samuel Watson, a doctor who attended Michigan’s medical school in the 1850s.  

A water main break in downtown Flint had motorists seeking a different route Sunday morning. Genesee County 911 reported the break shut down Saginaw Street, from First Avenue to the north to Union Street to the south.

The state is offering Strive for a Safer Drive, for teens to teach other teens about safe driving. Applications for the program are due Nov. 14. 

Traverse City hosted its first high school regatta Sunday. Six elite teams from Ann Arbor, Leelanau County and beyond rowed through a 3000 meter course,starting at Northwestern Michigan College and ended at Hull Park. 

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