The state Senate today approved a bill to change the rules governing how auto insurance is sold in Michigan.

The bill would place new caps on medical benefits for people who don’t buy additional coverage.

Critics say this Republican plan would leave drivers who would be hurt the most by high medical bills with the least protection.

Senator Adam Hollier of Detroit agrees, but was still one of only two Democrats to vote for the bill. He says his city has some of the highest insurance rates in the country, and it’s past time to do something.

SNN: Kent ISD Aviation Program

May 7, 2019
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The low unemployment rate has exposed the need for developing skilled professionals in a number of industries and aviation is one of them. School News Network visits Kent Career Tech Center where students have an interest in flight.

Kent County high school students who attend the aviation programs at the Kent Career Tech Center are getting a head start on their aviation careers by learning the fundamentals of aircraft maintenance and electronics.

A Michigan city is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling that found it unconstitutional to mark tires to keep track of illegally parked cars.
     A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that Saginaw's marking of tires qualified as a search of property and might violate the Fourth Amendment. The panel said two key exceptions to getting a search warrant didn't apply.

Federal officials predict water levels will surge to record highs in some areas of the Great Lakes over the next six months.
     A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report released Monday says the lakes have been rising steadily for several years and are getting an extra boost as winter's melting snow mingles with recent heavy rainfall.
     The Corps' Detroit district office says levels on Lake Superior and Lake Erie are expected to break records set decades ago.

SNN: Third grade Science Shift

May 6, 2019
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Teachers in Sparta, Northview, Kentwood and Wyoming are participating in a pilot science program that ties Next Generation Science Standard-aligned lessons with lessons in math and literacy.

For many third graders, the year began grappling with big questions like “Why do I see so many squirrels, but can’t find any Stegosauruses?”

Students looked for both, then tried to figure out why the squirrel survived and the dino didn’t. Adaptations of ankle bones, tails and diets seemed to make all the difference.

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U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that side curtain air bags can inflate for no reason on some Mazda CX-9 large SUVs.

Documents posted Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say two owners have complained about the problem. Four people were hurt in one of the cases.

In both complaints owners told the agency that the left and right air bags went off for no reason while the SUVs were moving.

The probe covers CX-9s from the 2010 through 2013 model years. Mazda sold just over 112,000 of the SUVs from 2010 through 2013.

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A legal aid professor will lead Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency after he helped create legislation aimed at improving it in the wake of a scandal in which people were falsely accused of fraud.

The hiring of Steve Gray was announced Monday. He starts June 3.

Gray is director and founder of the University of Michigan Law School's Unemployment Insurance Clinic, which helps families navigate the unemployment benefits system. He participated in a workgroup that crafted new unemployment insurance laws in 2017.

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Tim Ryan visited West Michigan this weekend as keynote speaker for the Kent County Democratic Party annual Spring Gala. WGVU spoke with the U.S. Congressman from Ohio ahead of the event about his platform heading into the 2020 race.

U.S. Representative Tim Ryan says if he’s elected president he’d unite the country and focus on what he calls the new economy.

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A state police squad based in Ionia has moved out of a deteriorating prison after more than a decade.  

   The Daily News of Greenville reports that the Ionia detachment of the Michigan State Police relocated last month to a new building in the city. A dozen state police officers will now work under the same roof as the Ionia County Central Dispatch, the agency responsible for answering all emergency and non-emergency calls in the area.

   The Ionia detachment has been operating out of the old Riverside Correctional Facility building since 2006. 


State officials are seeking volunteers to help remove invasive plants from a number of Michigan state parks.

The Department of Natural Resources says the stewardship workdays will be held this month at parks in southeastern and southwestern Michigan.

They'll be targeting garlic mustard, an invasive plant that threatens native habitats.

Dates, locations, registration forms and other information are available on the DNR's website . Volunteers are asked to register by using the form or by emailing