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GM workers worry about paying bills as strike continues

Oct 10, 2019
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  Nearly four weeks into the United Auto Workers' strike against General Motors, employees are starting to feel the pinch of going without their regular paychecks.

They're scaling back at the grocery, giving up on eating at restaurants and some are taking on part-time jobs while trying to get by on weekly strike pay of $250.

"In a couple of more weeks, I think everybody's going to be calling the bank or their creditors, going, 'Hey, probably going to be late or delinquent,'" said Mike Armentrout, who works at GM's transmission plant in Toledo.

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On Tuesday the Grand Rapids City Commission approved a licensing ordinance for recreational marijuana facilities.  Here is Grand Rapids Acting Planning Director, Kristin Turkelson explaining the ordinance to the city commission. 

“So this licensing ordinance that you have before you today would effectively serve as an opt in for recreational marijuana meaning that it would allow for recreational marijuana facilities to operate within the city as well as medical marijuana facilities that we currently allow.”    

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The remains of a Michigan soldier who went missing during the Korean War's fierce Battle of Chosin Reservoir are being returned home.
 
     U.S. Army Sgt. David Alexander Feriend was 23 in December 1950 when he was listed as missing in action, after the brutal 17-day siege near the Chosin Reservoir in eastern North Korea.
 
     WOOD-TV reports that DNA testing confirmed Feriend died in that battle seven decades ago.
 

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Attorney General Dana Nessel says there’s room for improvement on a package of bills aimed at expanding the state’s expungement laws.

Nessel went through a series of suggestions on almost every bill at a House committee hearing. Though she is largely in favor of the legislation.

       One area of concern involves expungement for traffic offenses. Nessel says there are too many exemptions for who can get a crime set aside. For example for certain offenses that happened in a work zone, you can’t get those expunged.

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The remains of a Michigan soldier who went missing during the Korean War's fierce Battle of Chosin Reservoir are being returned home. U.S. Army Sgt. David Alexander Feriend was 23 in December 1950 when he was listed as missing in action, after the brutal 17-day siege near the Chosin Reservoir in eastern North Korea. 

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As Turkish forces launched a military attack Wednesday against war-torn northern Syria, President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American troops from the region is receiving harsh criticism from both sides of the political aisle.

United States Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, a Democrat and member of the Armed Services Committee, blasted the President in Grand Rapids Wednesday morning, shortly after learning that Turkey’s offensive had begun.

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In an effort to combat the affordable housing crisis in Grand Rapids, the City Commission announced on Tuesday they have struck a deal with the State Land Bank. 

According to city officials, the Grand Rapids City Commission came to an agreement with the State Land Bank Authority as the city continues to struggle with having enough affordable housing for residents.

The agreement means, that the Bank is now charged with “managing the City’s tax-foreclosed properties and returning them to productive use,” that’s according to a press release.

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  Michigan officials say a bald eagle was euthanized after being shot by hunters in Manistee County who said they mistook it for a goose.

The Department of Natural Resources says local fishing guides saw the shooting Saturday in a wooded area on the Manistee River and called the agency's poaching hotline.

The 2-year-old female was taken to Wings of Wonder, a raptor rehabilitation facility in Leelanau County. Staffers determined both of her wings were too badly damaged for surgery to succeed.

Industry analysts say the 23-day strike by General Motors workers has cost the company production of 165,000 cars and trucks and has passed the point where the GM can make up lost volume.
 
     That means losses are growing for GM, even though dealers have enough inventory to get by for several more weeks.
 
     The strike by 49,000 United Auto Workers began Sept. 16.
 
     GM made another offer Monday and talks continued Tuesday but were hung up on large economic issues.
 

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The state House has adopted a bill to settle a controversy on what licensed mental health counselors are allowed to do and what they are not allowed to do.

Cheers erupted from a packed gallery to celebrate the House action. The bill would circumvent proposed rule changes. Licensed counselors say the proposed changes would put thousands of them out of business. And they say it would rupture a mental health system that relies on them, in part because there’s a shortage of psychiatrists and psychologists.

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