Resolution to make Muskegon into a "welcoming county" is tabled

Sep 11, 2019
Welcoming Michigan

The vote was scheduled to take place Tuesday afternoon, but commissioner Marcia Hovey-Wright says the legal implications of passing the resolution need to be assessed further. 

“We have decided…the chair and I have decided to remove that item from the agenda and refer it to committee—which is the normal way it should have been done in the first place so that they can look at the legal aspects, they can look at making sure its including everything we want to include.”

Michigan's chief justice says it's "jarring" to see violent paintings in a southwestern Michigan courthouse. But Bridget McCormack says it's not her job to tell local leaders how to manage the building. McCormack was in the Van Buren County courthouse last week participating in an effort to observe and assist judges. One mural in a stairwell shows a bare-breasted woman holding a decapitated head and a spear. Another painting above a judge's bench shows a nude man and nude woman begging for mercy. 

Under pressure from the federal government, General Motors is recalling more than 3.4 million big pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S to fix a brake problem.

Whitmer, Republicans to move ahead on budget

Sep 10, 2019


Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a truce with GOP leaders in the battle over road funding.
                That leaves time to wrap up the next state budget with the deadline less than three weeks away.

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

The July Supply Management Research survey indicated the trade war with China and its tariffs slowed new orders coming in to West Michigan manufacturers.The recently released August survey presents a swing to marginal growth.

“Well, last month we were a little bit worried because we posted some of the most negative numbers that we’ve posted in a long time. But this month, those numbers came back to, what I guess I would say is, a flat report.”

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

Following in the footsteps of Walmart, local retailer Meijer has asked customers to stop open carrying guns in their stores. Meijer officials say the recent string of mass shootings, including one at a Walmart in El Paso that claimed the lives of 22 people, caused the company last week to reexamine its policies on allowing firearms in its stores.

Their decision came through a tweet from a Meijer’s spokesperson Monday: 

After a successful run in Michigan, a restored edition of a controversial American opera is making its official debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Gershwin’s' Porgy and Bess" is set to premiere Sept. 23. The staging of the "performance edition" is the culmination of a long-in-the-works project by University of Michigan's Gershwin Initiative.

“Porgy and Bess” tells the story of a black community in Charleston that includes a big-hearted disabled beggar, Porgy, and a desperate prostitute, Bess, who fall for each other and endure great hardship as a result.

Gov. Whimter's office

Negotiations to come up with a long-term plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads have been put on hold. Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican Legislative leadership announced Monday that their main priority is the budget.

Whitmer, Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey released a joint statement on Monday morning following a weekend of discussions.

2 workers killed when granite slabs shift on top of them

Sep 10, 2019

  A fire chief says two workers have been killed after granite slabs shifted on top of them inside a Detroit-area business.

Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin tells WDIV-TV the incident occurred Monday afternoon at the business called the Stone Warehouse.

Martin says the slabs weigh about 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms) each and measure 5 feet (1.5 meters) wide and 8 feet (2.4 meters) long. He didn't say how many slabs were on the men.

Jury awards $11.4M in racial bias case against Michigan

Sep 10, 2019

  A jury has awarded $11.4 million to a black couple who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Attorney Jon Marko says Lisa Griffey was a probation officer who was racially harassed by white co-workers. She says they called her "mammy" and the "black one."

Marko says her husband, Cedric Griffey, who was a deputy prison warden, was retaliated against because of his wife's legal challenge. A Genesee County jury found Lisa Griffey was subjected to a hostile work environment and suffered an adverse employment action because of her race.