A Michigan college will use a virtual cadaver to teach students how to perform human dissections. The biology department at Henry Ford College in Dearborn will use an Anatomage Table as part of its curriculum for the winter 2018 semester.

The school says the software for the virtual dissection system delivers a high level of image detail not present in plastic anatomical models and sometimes even actual cadavers, since organs and tissues can become too degraded for dissection.

AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 11 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club announced Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.45 per gallon.

Prices are about 19 cents more than at the same point last year. Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.34 per gallon in the Flint area.

In an effort to funnel more skilled labor into the Michigan workforce pipeline, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced her New Skills for New Jobs Agenda. The announcement follows a statewide ‘listening tour’ Stabenow made with business owners and labor leaders who Stabenow said all lemented not having enough skilled labor to fill job vacancies. 

In response, part of the New Skills For New Jobs Agenda includes promoting existing business skilled trade union partnerships and reaching out to students.

There are a number of Flood Warnings and Watches posted for rivers and streams in the WGVU listening area. Kent County Emergency Management is monitoring flooding potential.

The National Weather Service is forecasting rising temperatures and anticipating one to three inches of rain over the next two days. It’s a combination accelerating the snow melt and increasing the chances for flooding along low-lying areas and swollen streams and riverbanks.

Consumers Energy rolled out its new clean energy plan for Michigan today. It includes a goal to reduce 80 percent of its carbon emissions and use zero coal by 20-40.

The idea is to create a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. But is 20-40 too far into the future? The Paris Climate agreement calls for nations to scale back their emissions by 20-20.

Patti Poppe  is the CEO of Consumers Energy. She says they’ve already made progress – including reducing carbon emissions by 38 percent.

Courtesy office of Mayor Bliss

During her 3rd State of the City Address last week Grand Rapids mayor Rosalynn Bliss turned her attention to public safety. In the aftermath of what she called “critical incidents involving youth” and the profiling minority motorists, the mayor is seeking solutions for improving relations between the Grand Rapids Police Department and the diverse communities it serves.

"We must be a community of trust, safety, fairness, respect and security for all.”

Grand Rapids city logo

The City of Grand Rapids recently launched a new website that serves as a digital City Hall for residents, businesses and other community members. The website, which replaces, provides information in both English and Spanish and offers online payments as well. 

“The bottom line is that our old website wasn’t working.  People couldn’t find what they needed. That means we had to do an entire overhaul, you start from the ground up.”

More people are flying out of Grand Rapids’ airport these days, and the number continues to grow. For the fifth straight year, The Gerald R. Ford International Airport has broken its own record for the number of flyers that are taking to the friendly West Michigan skies.

“This is an incredible milestone to accomplish, and we could not have done this without our tremendous staff, our loyal passengers, and all of our airline partners and airport tenants,” said GFIA President & CEO Jim Gill.

A man has died at a Grand Rapids-area hospital, a week after he was arrested while being sought for questioning in the deaths of a woman and her 2-year-old grandson. Dr. David Start says an autopsy shows Norman Muhammad Jr. likely died Friday from a disease that was aggravated by exertion. 

Catholic bishop holds service for 300 unclaimed remains

Feb 19, 2018

The unclaimed cremated remains of 300 people have been placed at a cemetery in the Flint area. The boxes were found at Swanson Funeral Home after state regulators last summer shut it down due to poor conditions. Some cremated remains had been stored for more than 30 years.