Survivors of sexual assault want Michigan State University interim president John Engler gone. More than 100 survivors of disgraced M-S-U sports doctor Larry Nassar called for Engler’s termination today.

This stems from emails between Engler and an aide published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In the emails, Engler said survivors are being manipulated by attorneys. Hundreds of survivors are suing the school for failing to prevent Larry Nassar from abusing patients while he was on the faculty there.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley, State of Michigan

Two victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar are praising Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in a TV ad launched by his gubernatorial campaign. Calley last week signed legislation inspired by the Nassar scandal.

He also has joined calls for John Engler to no longer serve as interim president of Michigan State University due to emails Engler sent criticizing victims' lawyers and saying the first woman to go public with her accusations against Nassar - Rachael Denhollander - probably received a "kickback" from her attorney.

Attorney's General Bill Schuette, State of Michigan

A new TV ad from Bill Schuette's gubernatorial campaign criticizes rival Republican Brian Calley for attending Harvard University while serving as lieutenant governor - missing days he could have been presiding over the Michigan Senate.

The 30-second ad launched Tuesday will air on broadcast stations for nine days in Grand Rapids, Flint and Traverse City.

An Ohio man who was captured by police while aboard a bus in Indiana has been convicted of murder in the July 2017 stabbing death of a woman at a Michigan motel. The Lansing State Journal reports 26-year-old Curtis Jamaar Echols of Paulding is scheduled to be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison without parole on July 25.

Michigan agency to sell 41 parcels in Presque Isle County

Jun 19, 2018

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is preparing to auction off some of its holdings in Presque Isle County. The DNR says 41 parcels will be available in the northeastern Lower Peninsula county. They range in size from 1 acre to 32 acres.

A letter signed by at least 120 victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar demands that Michigan State University's governing board remove interim school president John Engler. The women and girls issued a statement Tuesday, days before the board of trustees' next meeting.

Jeffery Willis at sentencing: "I am innocent."

Jun 18, 2018

Jeffery Willis, already serving life in prison for killing a jogger has been sentenced to another mandatory life term for the kidnapping and slaying of a 25-year-old western Michigan gas station clerk. Willis shed tears and told a Muskegon County courtroom Monday that he is innocent and didn't get a fair trial.

Judge William Marietti sentenced Willis to life without parole for murder and 18 to 40 years for kidnapping. 

The ACLU was in a Detroit courtroom today seeking an order to protect a group of Iraqi detainees from threats and coercion from immigration agents.


A program that allows Grand Rapids Public School students the opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College is getting an extension.

Along with Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal, Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink signed memorandums of understanding Monday that extend agreements for the Grand Rapids Learning Center program.

The city of Grand Rapids recently received a grant that supports community planning to include high quality parks within in a ten minute walk for all residents.  It’s a 40-thousand dollar grant from the National Recreation and Park Association

The grant funding will be used to support community planning efforts that help increase access for residents to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk – or a half-mile.  David Marquardt is the director of G.R. Parks and Recreation.