Strong winds and waves have caused roughly two dozen boats to bow out of the annual 333-mile sailboat race from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Michigan. Race organizers say 29 boats have exited as of Sunday afternoon. That included Windquest, a decorated vessel owned by Amway heirs Dick and Doug DeVos. Another boat, the High Priority 2, capsized in the overnight hours of Saturday and Sunday.

It's going to cost more to be a lawyer in Michigan. The state Supreme Court is raising the portion of dues that is earmarked for attorney discipline. It's going up to $105 from $90 and will rise again to $120 in fall 2018. The fee was $120 back in 2011 before it was reduced a few times because of a $5 million reserve.

That reserve is expected to be down to $1.86 million by fall. Dues for attorney discipline enforcement are in addition to general membership dues.

Hunters interested in going after antlerless deer can apply for licenses over the next month. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the application period begins Saturday and continues through Aug. 15. Hunters may apply for one license in any open Deer Management Unit statewide. The nonrefundable fee is $5. Hunters can seek either one private-land or one public-land license online, or at any authorized license agent or DNR Customer Service Center.

A public-private partnership has released its strategy for attempting to restore self-sustaining populations of the arctic grayling to Michigan waters. The Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative described its goals and plans for the next several years during a meeting last week of the state Natural Resources Commission in Lansing. 

In partnership with the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids officially opened “the Highlands,” Thursday, a 121-acre nature preserve adjacent to the center. Originally opened as a golf course over one hundred years ago, the sprawling 121-acre piece of land will now be a sanctuary of untouched West Michigan countryside, and a place for visitors to get out and explore in its natural state.

Grand Valley State University is announcing plans for the construction of its third healthcare building along Grand Rapids Medical Mile. Grand Valley State University continues advancing projects making it the region’s number one provider of healthcare professionals.

The university announcing its breaking ground on a $70 million facility. The building will house health professions and nursing programs. The new construction next to Grand Valley's Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences is scheduled to break ground in June of 2018 and be completed in May of 2021.

War For The Planet Of The Apes Breaks Out

Jul 14, 2017

War For The Planet Of The Apes is opening in theaters to rave reviews.  The Big Sick is a romantic comedy that's based on a true story and is also getting a positive response.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema about those movies plus the horror thriller Wish Upon, but first the preview for The Big Sick.

Michigan has a budget. The governor signed the 20-18 spending plan today in Grand Rapids.

The governor and lawmakers had more trouble than usual getting the budget done.

Typically the governor wants the budget signed by July 1st of every year. But things got a little bumpy this time.

The governor was even kicked out of negotiations for a little while. But State Senate Appropriations Chair Dave Hildenbrand, a Republican, says eventually differences got settled.

The Better Business Bureau serving Western Michigan has issued a warning to local consumers.  They say it’s an email scam with emails allegedly coming from Chase Bank. 

“This is a particularly scary scam because it is targeting current customers of Chase Bank. And it is an email being sent to these people that essentially looks exactly like an email you would get from Chase Bank.

A fire chief who died after he was struck by a vehicle in southwestern Michigan last month is being honored by his fellow chiefs. The Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs named Comstock Township Chief Edward Switalski the Fire Chief of the Year for the state. They say he was being considered for the award before his death. The honor was announced at the association's meeting in Petoskey.