Governor Rick Snyder announced plans Wednesday to provide universal access to high-speed internet across the state of Michigan. Joined by state technology leaders at Escanaba High School, Snyder said access to the internet is increasingly becoming a priority for residents.

Arrest made in crash death of off-duty officer

Aug 16, 2018
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Officials say a suspect has been arrested in the hit-and-run death of an off-duty Wayne County sheriff's sergeant who was struck and dragged while jogging. Authorities say 55-year-old Lee Smith was jogging Tuesday morning along Hines Drive in the Detroit suburb of Westland.

How Rashida Tlaib is changing the role of public servants

Aug 16, 2018


WGVU's Mutually Inclusive reporter, Michelle Jokisch Polo talks with Rashida Tlaib. Running opposed in the November general election, Tlaib could become the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Officials cut ribbon on GRPS Public Museum High School

Aug 16, 2018

Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss were joined by a number of city officials Wednesday afternoon to cut the ribbon on the school district’s new Public Museum High School.

Located within the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the new high school aims to offer a different type of learning experience, as students will engage with city archives and museum resources for research and projects.

Dr. Chris Hanks is the Principal at Grand Rapids Public Museum School.

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Michigan's unemployment rate fell by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.3 percent in July.

Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show Michigan's jobless rate was four-tenths of a percentage point higher than the national rate of 3.9 percent last month and two-tenths of a percentage point higher than the state's July 2017 rate of 4.5 percent.

The agency says total employment in Michigan increased by 6,000 during the month while the number of unemployed fell by 7,000.

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The Kent County Health Department is concerned there’s an increased risk of contracting the West Nile virus. A warm, dry summer is conducive for breeding among the mosquito carrying the virus. While no human cases have been reported this year, recent county mosquito testing indicates the situation is serious.

Former state Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons will be Bill Schuette’s running mate for the 20-18 gubernatorial election.

Lyons has been the Kent County Clerk since 20-16. Schuette says she brings a wealth of experience to the ticket.

“She comes from a family who has a history of service, which I admire greatly.”

A 36-year-old Detroit man who spent 15 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit has been released from prison - on his birthday.
     Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said a review determined that Aaron Salter's case was primarily based on mistaken identification. Charges have been dismissed.
     Salter left the prison in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Wednesday with defense attorneys. He told The Associated Press in a phone interview that he's "got a lot more living to do."

Scientists are investigating an unprecedented algae bloom in Lake Superior and have sent samples for lab testing to determine if it's toxic.
     Minnesota Public Radio reports that kayakers and other visitors to the popular lakeshores along eastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin found green scummy algae last week on Lake Superior's surface.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is asking the federal government to reconsider a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deny individual assistance to three counties in the Upper Peninsula.

Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties suffered severe flood damage from storms that occurred on June 16 and 17.