WCSG State News Archives

Secretary of state online service expanding to AAA

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan secretary of state's office is expanding its most popular online services to select Triple A branches.

The ExpressSOS DOT com will be accessible through...

Grassroots group submits petition for wage raise

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Labor and community organizers have submitted about 320,000 petition signatures calling for a Michigan ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

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Michigan's Snyder signs bill raising minimum wage

LANSING, Mich. (AP)?? Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that gradually increases the state's minimum wage to $9.25 an hour by 2018.

Legislative leaders have said the measure was in...

Health Decisions Tour rolls through Michigan

When it comes to issues like navigating health care reform, Medicare, and long-term care, Michigander have plenty of questions, which is why the experts from AARP Michigan are once again hitting the r...

Where things stand on completing Michigan's budget

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are tackling some hefty issues like fuel taxes, Detroit's bankruptcy and the minimum wage in the last weeks before their summer break.

They're also trying...

Two Car Crash In Ottawa County Injures One Critically

Ottawa County authorities say a two car crash sends one woman to the hospital.

Sgt. Steve Austin says 63-year old Jackie Bates was leaving the Admiral Gas Station on US 31 in Grand Haven Township i...

GM recalls....13.6 million

General Motors announced more recalls Tuesday.

The first recall involves 1.3 million cars and trucks that could have a problem with the front seat belt which could separate from the car during a cras...

Car driver survives crash with train

NEW BUFFALO, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a car survived after the vehicle was hit by an Amtrak train. the train was coming from Chicago and headed to Grand Rapids.

The car was st...

Police in 40 counties boost seat belt enforcement

(AP) — Law enforcement officials in 40 Michigan counties are stepping up enforcement of seat belt regulations.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says the annual "Click It or Ticket" ...

Senate votes to increase minimum wage to $9.20

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour has passed the Michigan Senate.

The bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville passed...

Michigan House OKs in-state tuition for veterans

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state House has passed legislation allowing in-state and in-district tuition rates for military veterans attending Michigan public universities and community colleges.

T...

Boil Water Advisory for Portions of Battle Creek

The Battle Creek Department of Public Works has issued a boil water advisory for portions of the city. It's a precautionary measure and city officials say the advisory may be lifted within the next 2...

Michigan to get $422M less than expected

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Economists are projecting that the state of Michigan will collect about $873 million less in revenue this budget year and next than was projected earlier in the year.

Tuesda...

Program aims to boost family support for prisoners

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A pilot program in Michigan will seek to increase family support for prisoners and help families navigate the prison system.

Lois DeMott, who co-founded Lansing-based Citize...

Gas prices rise 2 cents over past week

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have risen about 2 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.70 per gallon.

The auto club says Monday the average is d...

Legislatures passes $13.7 billion schools budgets

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate and House have passed $13.7 billion schools budgets increasing per-pupil funding in K-12 schools.

The Senate approved its budget 26-12, mo...

Disaster, emergency declaration list grows

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has expanded the list of counties declaring states of emergency and disaster because of spring flooding and the winter's deep freeze.

Snyder di...

Michigan House passes 2015 omnibus budget bill

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House has approved part of a 2015 budget that would increase revenue sharing payments for local governments.

The House on Tuesday voted 92-17 for a $36.5 billio...

GM recalls 56,214 Saturns for gear shift problem

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling about 56,214 Saturn Aura midsize cars in the U.S. because the automatic transmission shifters can fail.

The recall affects certain cars from the 2007 an...

Gas prices drop but could go higher

AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have fallen about 11 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.68 per gallon.

Of the cities it surveys, AAA Michigan says the cheapest price for ...

Homeland Security chief visiting US-Canada borders

DETROIT (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is coming to a pair of Michigan cities to talk about and tour border operations.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters plans a round-table discus...

3 companies invest millions & bring more jobs

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Michigan Strategic fund approval of 3 business expansion projects that are expected to generate more than $52 million dollars in investments and...

Lawmakers review roads funding proposal

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are working to advance a roads funding plan to spend at least $500 million annually by the 2018 budget year.

The House transportation committee heard tes...

State loans Muskegon Heights more money

The state has loaned $1.4 million to the Muskegon Heights school system to help end its relationship with charter operator Mosaica. Michigan's emergency loan board approved the request on Monday. T...

Utility resumes construction of wind power project

CARO, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy is resuming construction on a wind power project in Michigan that will expand the company's renewable energy options.

The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp...

GOP senator proposes raising minimum wage to $8.15

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker is proposing to raise Michigan's minimum wage to stop momentum for a larger increase proposed by organizers of a ballot initiative.

Senator Rick Jones ...

Senate approves 'Pure Michigan' trails legislation

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate has unanimously approved legislation to recognize top-notch trails as "Pure Michigan" trails and to create a mobile app for trail users.

Five bills sent ...

Michigan murderer who escaped scheduled for court

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison in February faces a court hearing Wednesday on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

Michael Elliot is being arrai...

Coast Guard finishes lower Great Lakes icebreaking

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has wrapped up more than four months of icebreaking to open shipping lanes on the lower Great Lakes.

Five U.S. and three Canadian vessels worked to cle...

2 men who died in experimental plane crash ID'd

VENICE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two men who were killed when an experimental plane crashed in a Michigan farm field.

The Flint Journal says Saturday afternoon...

Winter like weather and flooding continue to be a problem in MI

IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula got more than a foot of snow during spring storms this week, breaking at least one daily snowfall record.

In Ironwood, The Daily Globe r...

Girl's memorial being held at basketball arena

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An 8-year-old Michigan State basketball fan whose battle with cancer inspired the team's players, coaches and many more beyond the hardwood is to be honored by thousands o...

Snyder signs legislation to speed up adoptions

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to speed up adoptions.

One bill shortens to three months from six months the time needed for finalizing the adoption of a ch...

Flooding threatens homes along Michigan rivers

— Flood warnings are in effect along rivers in a wide swath of Michigan's Lower Peninsula as rising water from heavy rain and snow melt-off threatens some homes.

The National Weather Service repo...

Gale warnings in effect for part of Great Lakes

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Gale warnings are in effect for Lake Michigan and Lake Superior as forecasters warn of hazardous conditions along the shoreline.

The National Weather Service says the wa...

Gov. Snyder signs bill to block scrap metal thefts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation intended to crack down on sales of stolen scrap metal.

Michigan scrapyards that buy copper wire, air conditioners and catalytic c...

Man gets life behind bars in trooper's death

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A 20-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a Michigan state trooper during a traffic stop has been sentenced to life in prison without the possib...

Convicted Trooper Killed to be Sentenced

Eric Knysze will hear his sentence for the death of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield.

The 20-year old was convicted earlier this year of shooting Butterfield when the trooper pulled...

Plans to Attract More Auto Jobs to Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is planning to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration and skilled trades.

Nigel F...

Missing Woman Located

Montcalm County Sheriff’s report searchers have found a missing Greenville area woman.

81-year old Betty Jane Updike went missing Saturday afternoon after wandering away from her home. Police ...

Phillips Trial Will Wait For Handwriting Experts

Testimony will resume in about three months in the case of Katherine “Baby Kate” Phillips disappearance.

The judge in Ludington is giving Sean Phillips defense team time to have their own h...

House proposes $500 million roads spending minimum

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan House leaders have proposed roads funding of at least $450 million in the 2015 budget year and at least $500 million annually by 2018.

Republican House Speaker Jase...

Snyder says 3-D printer company coming to Michigan

CANTON, Mich. (AP) — A German 3-D printing company has announced it will locate its first U.S. facility in Michigan after representatives met with Governor Rick Snyder in Germany.

Friedberg-based...

Calley signs bills so cities don't lose revenue

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation designed to ensure local government budgets aren't hurt if manufacturers and small businesses get planned tax cuts.

A p...

Judge won't upset key part of right-to-work law

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has rejected a challenge to a key portion of a Michigan law that allows workers to have a job without giving financial support to a union.

Detroit federal Judge Stephen Mur...

New licenses needed before fishing season start

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Anglers in Michigan must have new fishing licenses before casting lines at Tuesday's start of the 2014 fishing season.

State Natural Resources officials say all 2013 license...

Senate votes to ease adoptions, change time limits

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate has passed three House-passed bills designed to speed up adoptions.

The Senate unanimously voted Thursday to shorten to three months from six months the ...

Michigan won't recognize same-sex marriages

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriage ceremonies performed last weekend.

The ceremonies were performed Saturday before a federal app...

A federal appeals court suspends judge's decision

A federal appeals court has indefinitely suspended a judge's decision that would allow for same sex marriage ceremonies in Michigan. The ruling on Tuesday means that Michigan's ban stays on the books...

Researchers want 9,000 talking cars in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan researchers want to triple the number of so-called talking cars involved in an experiment they and government officials hope will lead to safer roads. ...

Governor's office says state won't recognize Saturday ceremonies

(mlive)-Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan says that state agencies won't immediately recognize hundreds of same-sex ceremonies that were performed in 4 Michigan counties before the appeals court put a hold...

Semi-truck driver dies in crash involving train

WHITE PIGEON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a semi-truck has died after colliding with a slow-moving freight train in southwestern Michigan.

The crash happened about 5 p.m. Thursday ne...

Michigan House OKs metal theft bill after deal

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have brokered a deal over legislation to better restrict sales of stolen metal.

The state House Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill to tighten rules ...

Michigan to pilot initiative to help vets get jobs

— Michigan is one of three states chosen to pilot a new initiative intended to help military veterans find jobs.

Michigan will join Iowa and Tennessee as the first states participating in the Hir...

Bottled water company to promote 'Pure Michigan'

— A bottled water company is partnering with Michigan's tourism campaign to showcase some of the state's natural beauty.

Plymouth-based Absopure announced the plans with the Michigan Economic Dev...

'Pure Michigan' national TV ads launch on Monday

— This year's "Pure Michigan" national television advertising campaign launches Monday.

The state says ads will run on national cable channels as well as network television. The campaign will fe...

Hospital worker takes 1,087 patients' information

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Medical Center says an employee stole the personal information of 1,087 patients at Harper University Hospital.

The health care company says Harper sent letters to the ...

Inmate who escaped from Mich. prison fights return

LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — A convicted killer who was captured in northern Indiana after escaping from a Michigan prison is scheduled to appear before a judge for an extradition hearing.

Michael David ...

More money for MI road improvements

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan legislative leaders have agreed to set aside $215 million in the middle of the budget year for road maintenance, partly to help road agencies grappling with winter cos...

Record ice results in ice hike on Lake MI

It has been a record year for ice coverage on the Great Lakes. Over 90% of the lakes iced over this winter.

Meanwhile a group of 4 men recently walked on the Lake Michigan ice from Glen Arbor to Nor...