Aug 24th, 2012 - Local News
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids Public Schools students can eat free breakfast, lunch and snacks starting this fall under a four-year federal pilot program.
Officials say eligible districts also include Wyoming, Godfrey-Lee, Muskegon ISD and Muskegon Public Schools.
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say the new Community Eligibility Option offers a boost to children's nutrition in communities where need is greatest. Michigan is one of three states selected to participate in the pilot.
Districts in Michigan can participate if at least 40 percent of their students are entitled to public assistance.
Paul Baumgartner, director of Nutrition Services Baumgartner says the program allows school officials to "concentrate on the delivery and consumption of healthy, nutritious food instead of being bogged down in checking economic status."
Detroit schools joined the pilot last year.
Dec 13th, 2013 - Local News
BARRYTON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 72-year-old man and his 78-year-old wife are dead after the vehicle they were riding in swerved off a Michigan roadway and went down a steep embankment.
Dec 12th, 2013 - Local News
An elderly Kalamazoo area woman died in a house fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon. Crews were called to the condo fire along Greenleaf Blvd in the afternoon but it wasn't until 9 p.m. that offi...
Dec 13th, 2013 - State News
Michigan lawmakers in Lansing were busy Thursday passing laws and making decisions before the end of the year.
They voted to let local governments allow or prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries i...
Dec 12th, 2013 - State News
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature has passed a law banning almost all abortion coverage from health insurance plans unless an additional policy is bought.
Dec 13th, 2013 - National News
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan budget deal is heading to the Senate after receiving overwhelming approval from the House yesterday.
The package would ease the harshest effects of automatic spendi...
Dec 12th, 2013 - National News
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are rallying behind a modest budget pact that promises to bring a temporary halt to budget brinkmanship in Washington and ease automatic budget cuts that would ot...
Dec 13th, 2013 - International News
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The South African government says the time allotted may not allow all the people in line to file past the casket of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela.
The body is l...
Dec 12th, 2013 - International News
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended his government's promotion of conservative values, chiding the West for treating "good and evil" equally.
Russia has faced Western crit...
Dec 13th, 2013 - Sports News
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Martin St. Louis scored in the sixth round of the shootout, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Thursday night.
St. Louis netted the lone shootout goa...
Dec 12th, 2013 - Sports News
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ryan Anderson shook off an unusually poor shooting night from long range, hitting two clutch 3-pointers in overtime that carried the New Orleans Pelicans to a 111-106 victory over...
Nov 7th, 2013 - Health News
DETROIT (AP) — More than half of child booster seats that went on sale this year earned a top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The institute, which is funded by insurers, r...
Sep 30th, 2013 - Health News
CHICAGO (AP) — The government's latest infant bed-sharing numbers are out leaving health officials concerned.
The percentage of babies sleeping with parents or another child more than doubled...