The Better Business Bureau reports that with Valentine’s Day comes a surge of activity on dating websites, with singles looking to the internet for a love connection.  But sometimes these sites can be “filled” with scammers who use affection to manipulate their victims out of money.  A new BBB report finds online romance scams can also turn victims into unwitting accomplices.

“The number of romance scams submitted to the FTC has doubled over the past couple of years, so it’s a real problem.”

Black history walking tour in GR highlights historical landmarks

Feb 14, 2019
Grand Rapids Walking Tours

Caroline Cook and I met on a cold winter afternoon near the blue bridge in downtown Grand Rapids. She was taking me on the short version of a local African American History tour.

“We're crossing the Pearl Street Bridge right now and we're going toward the statue of Lucius Lyon.” 

Cook says Lyon was one of the first white people to settle in the area and he is responsible for hiring the first African American to settle here. His name was John Scott. 

Legislation advancing in Michigan would limit law enforcement's ability to take ownership of cash and other property in drug cases that don't result in convictions. The Senate voted 36-2 Tuesday, sending the bill to the House. It was the first vote on a bill by either chamber this year, though the Republican-led House last week passed a resolution rejecting an environmental order issued by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Authorities say a snowmobiler is missing at a lake in western Michigan and another snowmobiler was rescued from unstable ice at the lake. The Kent County sheriff's office responded Wednesday night to Lincoln Lake in Spencer Township following a 911 call from a person who reported he was riding with a man who apparently went into open water.

The caller was rescued by a hovercraft and crews searched the lake for the missing man. The search was suspended after several hours but was to continue Thursday morning. The missing man is identified as a 29-year-old from the area.

In what Plainfield and Algoma Township officials are calling a “stunning about-face,” local shoemaker Wolverine Worldwide says it no longer will voluntarily pay for municipal water lines to be installed in homes that have been affected by the PFAS crisis.

Republican leaders in the state Legislature want to know how Governor Gretchen Whitmer plans to pay for several areas she wants to improve.

During her address, Governor Whitmer said Michigan has a funding crisis for education and she discussed Michigan’s crumbling roads and infrastructure problems. But she didn’t say how the state could pay for improvements.

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield:

“I think many of the issues were identified of challenges that our state is facing, but I do believe there were still some campaign trail rhetoric in that speech.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is guest on WGVU-TV's West Michigan Week

Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited Grand Rapids Wednesday kicking of her post-State of the State Address “Home for Opportunity Tour.” It’s a statewide 50-event tour focusing on fixing the state’s roads and preparing the 21st Century workforce. I spoke with Governor Whitmer during a recording of WGVU-TV’s “West Michigan Week.” 

“We’ve got jobs that are going unfilled today because we have a big skills gap in Michigan and it starts with the education of our kids.”

A top legislative Republican says there's "no way" Michigan's road woes can be fixed without there being "new revenue" for infrastructure, but he isn't embracing specific ways to spend more on roadwork. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said Wednesday deteriorating roads is a problem 50 years in the making, a day after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer promised in her State of the State speech to soon propose a "real solution" for fixing the roads. She didn't elaborate.

Driving and talking on your cell phone banned in Battle Creek

Feb 13, 2019

If you are driving in Battle Creek and your cell phone rings, you may want to think twice before you answer. Driving while holding a cellphone soon will be illegal in Battle Creek as a ordinance goes into effect Friday. Battle Creek city commissioners approved the ordinance on Feb. 5. , but police don't plan to ticket drivers -- just yet -- for texting or talking on phones without the us enforcement will start in earnest after signs alerting motorists of the new rule go up later this month. A first offense carries a fine of $100.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer set some big goals in her first State of the State Address Tuesday evening. She’s calling for major investments in infrastructure, education, and clean water… among other things. But Republicans are skeptical about the costs of her ideas. Governor Whitmer wasted little time in her speech hitting on the subject that defined her campaign -- fixing the roads. She said Michigan residents are paying for poor road conditions at the auto repair shop.

“We are fixing our cars and paying a road tax that doesn’t even fix the damn roads.”