Ottawa County

A large swath of dunes and forest known as Ottawa Sands in West Michigan is opening to the public next week. Visitors to the property bordering a section of the Grand River in the Ferrysburg area will have access starting Monday to four miles of marked trails and catch-and-release fishing. Ottawa County Parks and Recreation says more features and amenities are planned.

Bill Schuette, the Republican candidate for governor, is responding to a video clip from 1989, saying he regrets telling a woman, "I will do anything you want." Schuette was a Michigan congressman at that time. Schuette was speaking to a woman ahead of an interview. 

The video shows Schuette being asked to move closer to a lamp. He responds by grinning, adjusting his tie and saying, "I will do anything you want. Some things I may not let you run the camera on."

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New Michigan program seeks to curb the opioid epidemic

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Michigan has launched a program focused on addiction recovery that seeks to curb the opioid epidemic in the state. Lt. Gov. Calley on Thursday announced the start of the state's first Opioid Health Home program. It's available for people on Medicaid in the northern 21 counties of the Lower Peninsula. The program coordinates health and social services that typically aren't eligible for Medicaid reimbursement. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services approval to implement the program. 


In efforts to increase sexual assault prevention and education on university campuses across the state, Michigan’s first lady Sue Snyder hosted a conversation Wednesday with Grand Valley State University officials. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 25 percent of college women are victims of sexual assault during their time in college, while 90 percent never report it.

A senior Michigan medical executive who is charged in the death of a man due to a Legionnaires' outbreak linked to Flint's lead-tainted water crisis has been recognized for her eminent career in health care. The Flint Journal reports that Dr. Eden Wells has been awarded the Roy R. Manty Distinguished Service Award. A judge is deciding if Wells will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of a man who had Legionnaires' disease. She's also charged with obstruction of justice and lying to police. 

This November, voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. In anticipation of that vote, pro-legalization advocacy group The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Wednesday released an analysis of the arrests made in Michigan in 2016 that were marijuana related.

Conducted by Shenandoah University Criminal Justice Professor Jon Gettman and paid for by the campaign, the data showed that while over 20,000 people were arrested in the state of Michigan in 2016 for marijuana possession, 90% of those arrests were for made for having an ounce or less.

Congress has taken a key step toward building a long-sought shipping lock on the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Superior. Funding authorization for the Soo Locks project was included in a water resources bill that cleared the Senate on Wednesday.

It now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. The complex at Sault Ste. Marie has just one lock suitable for 1,000-foot freighters that haul iron ore and other cargo from Lake Superior along the St. Marys River to the other Great Lakes.

Ford Motor Company Stocks in free fall

Oct 10, 2018

Ford Motor Company’s stock fell to its lowest point since 20-12 this week. Detroit’s three automakers all spent part of the day today with their stocks in freefall.

Ford’s stock fell more than three percent on Tuesday… and the market volatility followed General Motors and Fiat Chrysler into Wednesday as well.

A representative from Ford says they are restructuring their business, and they expect the market will recognize the company’s progress over time.

Tens of thousands of people were falsely accused of cheating on their unemployment benefits. The state took money from their tax refund or ordered them to re-pay benefits. That was after a problem with the state’s automated system.

       The court will decide if a lawsuit against the state for the false fraud accusations can go forward.

WGVU’s Decision 2018 Election Coverage continues as we profile those seeking public office this November. Today, we profile the two candidates running in Michigan’s 91st state house district. 

Greg VanWoerkom is the District Director for US Congressman Bill Huizenga and previously served as the senior policy advisor to U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra. VanWoerkom serves on the board of the United Way of the Lakeshore and is Board President for Western Michigan Christian High and Middle School.