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Gov. Whitmer to present budget Tuesday

Mar 4, 2019

 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will share details of her first proposed budget this week. The centerpiece will be her campaign promise to fix roads and improve other infrastructure.

Most of the Michigan budget is earmarked for specific purposes. The governor says the share of the budget that’s adopted by the Legislature and the governor has gone almost unchanged in two decades.

Grand River Greenway Trail Project making headway

Mar 4, 2019

  

An ambitious goal of connecting Ottawa County and Kent County parks while protecting thousands of acres of wetlands is one step closer to reality, as Ottawa County officials have announced a major development in the Grand River Greenway Trail Project.

According to the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Ottawa County Parks Foundation, three separate land owners have agreed to sell 118 acres in Robinson Township at the south end of Stearns Bayou.

Suicide rates are rising at an alarming level, with little to suggest that it will slow down. That is according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So just how bad is it? Well, to put it in perspective, the number of suicides in the United States last year more than doubled the number of murders, making suicide the 10th-leading cause of death. For teens it’s even more shocking: suicide is the second-leading cause of death.

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After working at Founders Brewing Company for nearly five years Tracy Evans was fired last June – one week after he had spoken with his supervisor about a coworkER using the “n-word” in front of him in reference to other African Americans. 

“I became very upset with him and I said “you cannot say those things” and then he said it again actually, and then I said, “what are you doing why, why would you even use that language or that term?”, and then he said, “I was trying to explain”. 

Millennial girl tormented by elderly madwoman in Greta

Mar 1, 2019

The new horror thriller Greta stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a young woman tormented by Isabelle Huppert.  And Tyler Perry brings his longtime Madea series to an end with A MAdea Family Funeral.  WGVU talks with Jenny Garone from Studio C about these movies and the Oscar winners that are on the big screen.

Authorities in suburban Detroit are investigating whether someone cheated singer Aretha Franklin by cashing a $178,000 check before her death last August.
 
     Oakland County chief assistant prosecutor Paul Walton says Franklin filed a complaint with Bloomfield Township police in June about a missing check. She died weeks later of pancreatic cancer at age 76.
 
     Walton told The Detroit News that Franklin's death has affected the investigation. He says it's been "difficult to determine" if she gave the check to someone who actually had permission to cash it.

Michael Cohen, House Oversight Committee testimony
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Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney appeared before the House Oversight Committee providing details about what he knows about ongoing investigations into the President. What new details were revealed? WGVU spoke with a national investigative reporter following the case.

“A lot of people have asked me about whether Mr. Trump knew about the release of the hacked documents, the National Democratic National Committee email, ahead of time…and the answer is yes.”

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is abolishing Michigan's medical marijuana licensing board and folding its functions into a newly created regulatory agency. The Democrat issued an executive order Friday to create the Marijuana Regulatory Agency. She says her order will "eliminate inefficiencies that have made it difficult to meet the needs of Michigan's medical marijuana patients."

Jaden Smith's foundation and a church are working to bring cleaner water to Flint, Michigan. The rapper's organization and First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church on Friday announced they'll deploy a mobile water filtration system known as "The Water Box" that reduces lead and other potential contaminants. The 20-year-old's JUST goods company collaborated with the church to design and engineer the system. He is the son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Porch pirates may get prison under new state legislation

Mar 1, 2019

Porch pirates be aware: Michigan lawmakers are working to make mail theft a state crime. Legislation advancing in Michigan would combat mail theft that law enforcers say is an increasing problem across the state. he Senate voted unanimously Thursday to send two bills to the House.

The new bill would make the theft of mail and packages a state crime. Law enforcement says U.S. postal inspectors are currently overwhelmed with investigating what is a federal crime.

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