An Upper Peninsula county is being asked to extend a financial lifeline to a hospital, which is the area's largest employer. Dickinson County Healthcare System wants the county to back a $7 million line of credit from banks while it pursues a federal loan or other financing. The Daily News in Iron Mountain reports that former U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak made a pitch to county commissioners last week. Stupak says he's "looking for a backstop" while he pursues a financial restructuring of the hospital.

Deer disease not found in hundreds of dead UP deer

Dec 11, 2018

Experts say they've found no new cases of chronic wasting disease in michigan's upper peninsula after testing hundreds of dead deer during the hunting season. the daily news in iron mountain reports more than 750 deer heads were examined in a core surveillance area around dickinson county. hundreds more were checked in an area that extended into marquette county. russ mason, wildlife chief at the department of natural resources, says assistance from hunters "has been outstanding."

Grand Rapids City officials gathered Monday afternoon to celebrate The Grand Rapids Fire Department’s reception of an Insurance Services Office Class 1 rating. The distinction is so rare, only one percent of fire departments nationwide receive the honor.

“This rating reflects the hard work and dedication of our fire department, water department and emergency communications center in providing high-quality services to our citizens,” Chief Lehman said.

Republicans in the state Legislature are trying to limit the powers of statewide offices that – come January – will flip to Democrats. 

It's a strategy that's angered Democratic voters.

Dog owner falls through pond ice, dies near Grand Rapids

Dec 10, 2018

Police say a woman who didn't return home after walking her dog was found dead in an icy pond in the Grand Rapids area, an apparent accident. The body of Tracy Cashman was discovered Sunday in Wyoming, a Grand Rapids suburb.

Investigators believe the 38-year-old fell through the ice Saturday night while trying to help her dog. The dog eventually returned home. Cashman worked for the Godfrey-Lee school district.

Schools will only be open for part of the day Monday in her honor.

The University of Michigan's updated sexual misconduct policy is expected to include a ban on faculty members from having romantic or sexual relationships with undergraduate students. The Ann Arbor News reports the updated policy is scheduled to take effect in 2019 and is detailed in the University Record . The policy also would prohibit faculty from having romantic or sexual relationships with any graduate or professional student in the same discipline or academic program as themselves.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University

The West Michigan economy has been on a roll the past three months. The recent Supply Management Research surveys indicate September was strong, October was stronger and November was the best month of the year. But how long can the growth last with signs of a stock market contraction and tariffs weighing on the economy?

“We’re still getting some incentive out of last year’s tax cut. But that so-called sugar high is starting to show signs of having run its course.”

Proposed Fruiport Township casino close to getting green light

Dec 10, 2018

After years of speculation and due process, a Native American owned casino in Fruitport Township may soon be granted the long awaited approval to begin construction. 

A public hearing is coming up this Wednesday in Fruitport Township to discuss the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians' proposal at a former race track in Muskegon County.

A new bill would penalize petition circulators if they lie to get people to sign a petition.

Petition circulators, in Michigan, are not legally obligated to tell you the truth about what is in the ballot measure you’re putting your name on.

A bill would change that. And if a petition circulator is dishonest about the measure, the signatures would be invalidated. 

Republican Representative Jim Lower is a bill sponsor.

“It makes sense to have this kind of transparency and accountability.”

Michigan's chief medical executive will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis.
     Dr. Eden Wells on Friday learned of the decision by Judge William Crawford II. Wells is a member of Gov. Rick Snyder's Cabinet.
     Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette charged Wells last year with obstruction of justice and lying to the police. He later added the manslaughter charge.