WCSG State News Archives

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...

Officials see more growth in Michigan tourism

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials say Michigan's tourism industry is expected to grow as the state begins advertising more in Canada, Europe and China.

The state's tourism industry experienced a ba...

Corps spending $25 million on Great Lakes projects

RAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend $25 million on navigation projects in the Great Lakes, including dredging of harbors choked with silt because of low water leve...

It's colorectal cancer awareness month in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has declared March as colorectal cancer awareness month in Michigan.

In a statement, the governor says the observance will help highlight the prevalence and...

Michigan moves to delete 'retarded' from laws

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are looking to remove the terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" from state law.

The legislation in Lansing incorporates some recent recommend...

Gas prices rise 10 cents over past week

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have risen about 10 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.69 per gallon.

The auto club says Monday the average is ...

School groups pitch alternative to Snyder's budget

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan school groups have countered Gov. Rick Snyder's K-12 budget plan with one of their own that would give districts more per student by eliminating line-item spending tha...

Winds, blowing snow create whiteout conditions

(AP) — Winds and blowing snow are creating whiteout conditions in parts of Michigan, prompting Upper Peninsula highway closures.

Michigan State Police report that M-28 between Marquette and Munis...

Jury convicts man in state trooper shooting death

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A jury in Ludington has found a man guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of a Michigan state trooper during a traffic stop.

Twenty-year-old Eric Knysz of Irons was...

Ferris State Student Charged with Assault for Stabbing

A 19-year old Ferris State University student has been charged for allegedly stabbing another student.

Ezekiel Fulgencio faces charges of assault with intent to do harm less than murder and assa...

Defense of Marriage Act Challenge Starts Today

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's Defense of Marriage Act is going to trial.

Two Detroit-area women filed suit, challenging the voter-approved law that recognizes marriage only between a man and a woman...

Charges Pending Against Ferris State University Student

A Ferris State University student is expected to be charged today after stabbing another student in on-campus housing. The two are apparently acquainted with each other.

Police say it all ha...

West Michigan Lake to Get Help Sustaining Wildlife

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Muskegon Lake will receive special attention from the federal government under a program designed to improve wildlife habitat.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admi...

Gov. Snyder: State preparing for possible flooding

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says state officials are monitoring rivers and crews are cleaning storm drains along highways in the state's Lower Peninsula to prepare for heavy ...

Mich. panel plans $100M more for plowing, potholes

— Michigan lawmakers are considering a mid-year budget bill that would give extra money to state and local governments grappling with higher snowplowing costs.

The Senate Appropriations Committee...

Rain could stress snow-covered roofs

— Forecasters say rain predicted for Michigan this week could put more stress on snow-covered roofs.

The state got hit Monday night and early Tuesday with another round of snow. Temperatures are ...

Ford museum honors presidents on clean air efforts

— Elected officials are planning a Presidents' Day observance at the Gerald R. Ford museum in Grand Rapids to honor chief executives who have supported clean air initiatives.

Mayor George Heartwe...

Great Lakes become nearly covered with ice

— It's been so bitterly cold for so long that the Great Lakes are almost completely covered with ice for the first time in 20 years.

The last time they came this close was in 1994, when 94 percen...

Board of Education takes stance on snow days

— The State Board of Education is encouraging Michigan public school districts that exceed six snow days to replace lost time with full days of instruction.

The board this week unanimously took a...

Potholes could be worse than ever

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's top transportation official warns that the coming pothole season may be the worst many drivers have experienced.

State Department of Transportation Director Kirk ...

Grand Rapids one of the top spots for snow fall totals for big cities

— Syracuse is in danger of losing its title as the snowiest big city in America.

The Salt City in central New York had 81 inches of snow as of Monday to rank fourth in the race to win the Golden ...

Gas prices in the G.R. area fall last week but increase over the weekend

— AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have risen about 9 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.42 per gallon.

The auto club says Monday the average is about 33 cents per gal...

Michigan State University gets ready for the President

— President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Michigan State University to sign the sweeping farm bill underscores the legislation's importance to the East Lansing school and other research and agric...

The Governor submits budget plan to lawmakers

Governor Rick Snyder went before lawmakers yesterday to submit his next budget proposal for the state.

Included in the list:

-He wants to make more homeowners and renters eligible for a tax cr...

Obama to sign farm bill during visit to Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The White House says that President Barack Obama will sign the farm bill at Michigan State University on Friday during a previously announced visit to East Lansing.

The...

Michigan escaped prisoner captured in Indiana

An escaped inmate from the Ionia Correctional Facility is back behind bars. Michael Elliot was arrested in LaPorte County, Indiana. Elliot stole 4 vehicles total before his arrest. Last night he to...

Indiana police expect Mich. escapee has fled area

— Indiana police are looking for a convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison and was later spotted in northern Indiana.

Authorities say 40-year-old Michael David Elliot escaped Sunday...

Parts flaws found during Palisades plant shutdown

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says flaws have been found during examinations of control rod drive mechanism housings at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant near South...

More ice covering our Great Lakes this winter

An overall cold winter and two stretches of significant bitter cold have cause more ice to form on the Great Lakes than any year since the early 90's.

As a whole, the Great Lakes are 61% covered with...