Veteran-owned Michigan business wins $16M federal contract

Sep 24, 2015

A veteran-owned Grand Rapids healthcare business has received a $16 million contract with the federal government.

Alliant Healthcare Products , a medical device maker, has won a five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that comes with an immediate $10.9 million order for endoscopes used in surgical procedures for veterans.

Tourist Talk

Sep 22, 2015
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Tourist Talk with Promote Michigan’s Dianna Stampfler.  We talk about where to go and what to do in Michigan over the next 30 days.


A multi-million dollar project is underway at Holland’s West Michigan Regional Airport.

In Holland, they broke ground on a $6.6 million dollar airport project. The West Michigan Regional Airport is constructing a new aircraft apron and a $2 million Airport Business Center.

“We’re going to do some things inside the building to make it very welcoming.”

That’s Greg Robinson, Airport Authority Manager.

“So that they know they’re in the Holland-Zeeland, West Michigan area. And I think it is just going to be a great spot as they enter into our community.”

Michigan Apples

Sep 21, 2015

Michigan author Sharon Kegerreis joins us to talk about her book, Michigan Apples:  History and Tradition.


The hostile takeover bid of Allegan-based Perrigo by a major pharmaceutical company was rejected Thursday.

Perrigo’s Board of Directors unanimously rejected Mylan’s unsolicited offer to acquire the company. The board recommends shareholders do the same. A letter from Chairman and CEO Joe Papa reads, “I strongly urge you to protect your investment in Perrigo and NOT tender your shares into Mylan's inadequate offer.”

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A 13-year-old boy who fatally stabbed a younger boy at a playground in western Michigan has been convicted of first-degree murder. The jury's verdict in Kent County court was returned Friday after a three-day trial and four hours of deliberations. There was never a dispute that the boy, who was 12 at the time, killed 9-year-old Michael Connor Verkerke last summer at a playground in Kentwood, near Grand Rapids.

Library of Michigan

Sep 2, 2015
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Tuned into the Library of Michigan, a monthly segment putting the focus on the State library. Today's topics; Wheels, Michigan design, and an American pride event.

Vintage WWI cannon swiped from outside Michigan VFW post

Aug 27, 2015

A Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars post is working to track down a vintage World War I cannon swiped from outside its site.

A Veterans of Foreign Wars official in southwestern Michigan fears a stolen WWI cannon may be sold for its metal.

The vintage military hardware was hauled away earlier this week from outside VFW Post 1137 in Benton Township.

The building has been closed since October.

Post adjutant quartermaster Robert Williams says the cannon may be headed to a scrap yard and adds: "Who's going to put it in their yard?"

Tourist Talk

Aug 25, 2015
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Tourist Talk, monthly talking about  what to see and where to head over the next 30 days in Michigan. Promote Michigan's Dianna Stampfler talks about Michigan boating and the Fall Pure Michigan Travel Guide. 

Lawmakers adjourning for week without road-funding deal

Aug 20, 2015

Michigan lawmakers are adjourning for the week without a $1.2 billion road-funding deal. The Republican-led House is unable to garner enough support for permanently dedicating $600 million in existing revenue for transportation infrastructure. Both Gov. Rick Snyder and Democrats are concerned about the impact on other budget priorities. And Republicans are balking at unspecified fuel and vehicle registration tax increases that would generate $600 million in additional money for roads.     The House and Senate sent bills to a conference committee in case an agreement could be reached.

Manager at credit union pleads guilty to embezzling $1.9M

Aug 18, 2015

A manager at a Muskegon County credit union has pleaded guilty to embezzling $1.9 million from its cash vault between 2001 and this year.

The U.S. attorney's office in Grand Rapids said Tuesday Kathryn Sue Simmerman made the plea in federal court after being charged last month and admitting to the embezzlement.

Authorities say she took cash from the vault at Shoreline Federal Credit Union in Norton Shores and hid it in her purse.

Court documents say Simmerman was fired from her job in February.

She's scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 30.

Grand River north

In the aftermath of the 2013 floods Kent County communities along the Grand River are now in line to receive millions in federal funding for flood control and improving economic activity if the region wins a competition for those dollars.

“There’s a limit to what HUD or the federal government can provide and they just simply want to make sure that they’re spending their money as wisely as possible.”

Small earthquake recorded in Michigan, felt miles away

Jun 30, 2015

Geological experts say a small earthquake centered in southern Michigan has been felt in parts of the state.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.3-magnitude temblor was recorded Tuesday morning northeast of Union City.
As of Tuesday afternoon, state police say no injuries or damage have been reported.
The earthquake was centered southeast of Battle Creek, where the Battle Creek Enquirer reports a low rumbling preceded a single jolt.