A Michigan group supporting a high school football team has canceled a raffle that included the same type of semi-automatic rifle allegedly used in a mass shooting at a Florida school. The South Lyon Football Boosters made the decision in light of what they called "the sensitivity of the issue coupled with the untimely tragedy."

A reserve deputy plans to run across Michigan to honor the state's fallen officers. Kent County Sheriff's Department Traffic Squad Reserve Deputy Matt Garbarino will run from the fallen officer memorial in Pontiac to a memorial at the Ottawa County Sheriff Office.


Michigan State University’s major governing body held its first official public meeting with interim president John Engler today.

Students were not about to let Engler and the Board of Trustees forget that they don’t want them there.

The Board and Engler tried to keep the meeting ‘business as usual’. Though several members acknowledged calls by students and faculty to step down. 

Big changes are planned for the 2018 edition of the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. The Mackinac Bridge Authority voted Friday to have the 5-mile Labor Day walk begin at both ends of the bridge connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas. Participants can turn around after 2 1/2 miles (4 kilometers) - eliminating the need for buses to take people back across. Participants will start in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has forced her campaign manager to resign after learning he engaged in past "inappropriate behavior" in the workplace. Keenan Pontoni joined Whitmer's campaign in August, replacing a previous campaign manager.

In a statement Thursday, Whitmer says she received a credible report Wednesday that a number of years ago, Pontoni had "engaged in inappropriate behavior with people in the workplace and for that reason I have asked for and received his resignation effective immediately." P

Central Michigan University is extending in-state tuition rates to students from across the country. The move this week by the Mount Pleasant school's Board of Trustees applies to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral rates for all U.S. residents.

The university says it will increase its ability to recruit beyond state borders, mirroring its single-rate approach for online and satellite-location programs.

Three mid-Michigan schools were closed for two days this week as investigators tracked down the source of an online threat. The threat through the Stockbridge Community Schools' technology department involved Stockbridge Junior/Senior High School. Superintendent Karl Heidrich says the message implying a threat of gun violence was reported Tuesday to police. T

he district's schools were closed Wednesday and Thursday.

A Grand Rapids school was evacuated Thursday after what was believed to be three Molotov cocktails were found in the locker of a student, according to Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Cathy Williams.

Around 300 students were evacuated from C.A. Frost Middle/High School around 11AM Thursday morning.

According to John Helmholdt, the Executive Director of Communications & External Affairs for GRPS, the cocktails were actually part of a World War 1 school project.

The evacuation comes one day after a mass school shooting in Florida killed 17 people. 

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City of Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss delivered her 3rd State of the City Address last night at Clearwater Place. During her speech, Bliss spoke of nurturing a vibrant and diverse community engaged in developing talent. There was also a focus on improving public safety community relations, and a pressing need for more affordable housing.

“The affordable housing crisis has been one of the most complex and challenging issues we have faced,” Bliss said.

Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation Wednesday naming a memorial highway in honor of Comstock Township Fire Chief Ed Switalski. Switaski died after he was struck by a passing vehicle while responding to a reported crash along Interstate 94 back in June.

Gov. Snyder issued this statement: