12 Strong Men, Den of Thieves, and Forever My Girl open in theaters around western Michigan, along with Oscar favorites Phantom Thread and Call Me By Your Name.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran about these movies.  First here's the preview for Phantom Thread.

Michigan State University will face an outside investigation into how it handled complaints that disgraced sports doctor Larry Nasser abused girls and women.

   It will include an inquiry into who was told about Nassar and when.

MSU President Lou Anna Simon and the university Board of Trustees went into a closed-door meeting. That’s following a growing chorus of calls for Simon to resign or be fired.

   Simon and the board asked state Attorney General Bill Schuette to open an investigation.

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It looks like those charged with finding a new Kent County Administrator & Controller have made their pick.  At a meeting yesterday, the recruitment subcommittee voted unanimously to recommend to the Board of Commissioners, Interim Administrator Wayman Britt’s appointment.  With this move, Britt becomes the county’s first African American Administrator.   

“Very excited about the search committee’s recommendation to the Board of Commissioners of Wayman Britt.”

Michigan voters will elect a new governor this year. As a lead up to the Republican primary the parties candidates are planning town hall forums. The first is planned for next week in Grand Rapids.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, state Senator Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines will take questions from voters next week in Grand Rapids.

It’s the first in a series of town hall forums planned for January and February.

Grand Rapids police are asking for help from the public in their investigation into the deaths of a 2-year-old and his grandmother. Autopsies determined 46-year-old Germaine Brown and her grandson King Talbert died of gunshot wounds.

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Michigan Invasive Species watchlist /

Michigan officials say 23 projects have been awarded a combined $3.6 million in grants to battle invasive species. The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program began in 2014. It funds outreach and education to prevent invasions; monitoring to detect newly arrived invaders or those expanding their range; and control and eradication efforts. 

Officials say more than 70 deer have been killed so far during Ann Arbor's expanded 2018 deer hunt as part of the city's deer management efforts. A hunt to kill up to 250 deer started Jan. 8 and runs until Jan. 31. It's being carried out by sharpshooters. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is pressing the Michigan State Police about whether racial profiling is a factor in traffic stops. The ACLU says the request comes after complaints from drivers regarding possible profiling of black and Latino motorists along Interstate 94. Those stops involve the agency's Fifth District Hometown Security Team.

Lawmakers in Lansing want to help charter schools get extra money.

The legislation lets charter schools qualify for new or renewed countywide tax millage dollars. Opponents say this is essentially a way to line the pockets of for-profit charter school operators.

But Republican Representative Tim Kelly voted in favor of the bill. He says the opposition is really to charter schools in general – and he’s sick of the argument.

Republican and Democratic leaders in the state Legislature are all calling for the removal of Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon.

   Lawmakers say they’ve lost confidence in her leadership because of the handling of the Larry Nassar scandal.

Support for Simon in the Legislature collapsed as, Nassar, the former MSU sports doctor faces sentencing for abusing athletes. For many hours this week in open court, women directed emotional statements to the man who abused them as children, and toward MSU officials who they say ignored the problem.