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Republicans in the Michigan Senate say lowering the cost of car insurance is priority number one this session.

       The Senate introduced its first bills today. And they’re hoping to finally make changes to auto no-fault insurance.

Trying to lower Michigan’s car insurance rates – among the highest in the nation - has become an annual issue in the state Legislature.

It was a treacherous morning on the roads in parts of West Michigan.  Accidents became too numerous to count.  Much of West Michigan is now under a winter weather advisory until tomorrow.  WGVU checked in with the Kent County Road Commission for an update on road conditions and what we can expect.

“Mentally you need to prepare yourself, if it’s raining, misting, and it’s below freezing, it’s a very good chance it’s going to be sheet ice.”

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As the Gerald R. Ford International Airport continues to see record breaking growth, officials announced Allegiant Air will be opening a new base at the airport that promises more direct flights out of Grand Rapids. 

Allegiant Air officials along with local economic developer the Right Place announced Tuesday the airline will be opening a new base at the Gerald R. Ford airport next year, which will house two Airbus aircraft.

Muskegon Times Website

With online media websites replacing the dwindiling print news industry, The Muskegon Times, a new digital newspaper hopes to fill a news void in the community by providing in-depth, long form news content dedicated to telling stories soley about the surrounding area. 

Anna Gustafson is an award winning journalist, founder, editor and publisher of the Muskegon Times. She sits down with WGVU's Daniel Boothe to discuss what compelled her decision to create the publication, and what issues facing the community are most important for the newspaper to focus on in the upcoming year. 

Rosalynn Bliss
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Just over two months since the midterm primary, election season is already heating up for 2020, as Monday, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss launched her campaign for re-election.

It’s been over three years since Bliss took the oath of office, becoming the first female mayor in the city’s 167 year history.

Mayor Bliss issued this statement quote:

Governor Gretchen Whitmer plans to attend the North American International Auto Show tomorrow in Detroit.

Governor Whitmer says she’s been studying up on automotive innovation ahead of the auto show.  She says one key area for potential investment as Michigan tries to stay competitive in the industry is by building smart roads. Whitmer says she wants to see Michigan build roads that communicate with cars while it works to fix the potholes that litter the state.

Medical marijuana shop in Denver.
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A Michigan agency has issued a recall notice for several medical marijuana products that officials say failed laboratory testing. The products were sold Dec. 27-30 at HG Lansing on East Oakland Avenue in the city of Lansing.

The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the recall targets particular batches of Citrix, Gelato, Green Crack and Oreoz. They failed tests for contaminants such as E. coli, salmonella and chemical residues.

Figures show enrollment at Michigan's public universities has declined for the seventh consecutive year. MLive.com reports the collective headcount at the 15 institutions totaled 286,854 in the fall off 2018, down 3,884 or nearly 1.4 percent from the fall of 2017. Enrollment peaked in the fall 2011 at 301,919. It's declined largely because of a shrinking number of college-age students in Michigan and nationwide.

The 100th Legislature’s first week of session has come and gone. While they only met twice, lawmakers in the House and Senate managed to introduce dozens of pieces of legislation.

A historic Detroit music studio where stars such as Aretha Franklin and Miles Davis recorded has been bought by the state to preserve the building during a freeway project.
 
     Michigan's Transportation department says Friday that United Sound Systems will be relocated to an adjacent parking lot to allow more distance from proposed retaining walls along Interstate 94.
 

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