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Police in eastern Michigan say an officer fatally shot a man during an altercation following a traffic stop, and that a second officer was shot in the arm during the incident. Saginaw Township Police Chief Don Pussehl says the man was pulled over Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving. 

Officials say an invasive crayfish native to the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast has made its way to Michigan. The state Department of Natural Resources says multiple numbers of red swamp crayfish turned up recently in a Novi retention pond and in Sunset Lake, in the Kalamazoo County town of Vicksburg. They are Michigan's first known sightings of live red swamp crayfish, a popular menu item in the South.

Pet parrot key witness in murder conviction

Jul 20, 2017

A jury has convicted a western Michigan woman of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband in a crime apparently witnessed by the man's pet parrot. The Newaygo County jury deliberated about eight hours before finding 49-year-old Glenna Duram guilty Wednesday of killing 46-year-old Martin Duram. He was shot five times in May 2015. 

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is celebrating the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier. 

The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd @ 9:30 AM.

WGVU talks with Joel Westphal, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Deputy Director.

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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate has dropped to its lowest rate in 17 years. That has more to do with fewer people looking for work than new hiring.

The pool of people who are employed hunting for jobs fell by 29 thousand last month. That helped drive the jobless rate down to three-point-eight percent.

   But Bruce Weaver with the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information says hiring is up over the past 12 months, especially in business services, temp work, and construction.  

  

Chicago-to-Mackinac race wraps up after difficult weather

Jul 19, 2017

The annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Island, Michigan, has wrapped up with about two-thirds of the field making it to the finish amid difficult weather. Preliminary results posted on the race's website say the multi-hull Arete won the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy and TOA took home the Mackinac Cup. Winners are determined based on a handicapping system. Wizard had the best corrected time among single-hull boats in the Chicago-Mackinac Trophy division. 

The Flint campus of the University of Michigan is getting $400,000 from the state for costs related to the city's water crisis. The money is part of the new budget signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder. University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says the money is partial reimbursement for the school's response to the water emergency.

A workshop this week in Grand Rapids will provide information on ways to reuse wood that's removed from city trees during routine maintenance. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the seminar would be especially helpful for arborists, municipal tree care workers and forestry professionals. It's scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m. at Blandford School. The cost is $35. 

As lead contamination continues to be a concern in West Michigan, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley presented a list of recommendations to the Kent County Lead Task Force on dealing with lead in West Michigan, including a data system that can determine where lead contamination has a higher probability of existing. Calley said however, the effort will still have to be boots on the ground fix. 

“It’s going to require an address by address, house by house response, there isn’t an easy across the board way to do it,” Calley said.

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Tuesday, July 18th @ 10PM, WGVU Public Television is airing the PBS FRONTLINE film Life on Parole. FRONTLINE explains, "The documentary is set in Connecticut, a state that's rethinking its parole system in an effort to reduce its prison population - but the questions it raises about the cycle of recidivism are relevant nationwide."

WGVU talks with Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director, Matt O'Neill.

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