Michigan Street to undergo reconstruction

Mar 24, 2017

One of downtown Grand Rapids’ most recognizable stretches of road may be headed for a major facelift. City officials will vote this Tuesday on the long awaited reconstruction of Michigan Street. The project to rebuild the east/west artery on Michigan Street between Ionia and Monroe Avenues will get underway this spring. City officials acknowledge it’s a stretch of road that is not only crumbling, but is also one of the key entry points into downtown.

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Two students from Grand Valley State University are honored by their peers and the University for helping rescue a woman in a car accident.  Authorities say the pair helped save the woman’s life.

“I talked to one of the students yesterday and he said, it was just the right thing to do.   Pretty incredible when most people would just leave the scene, these students put it upon themselves to rescue this woman from her car.”

Grand Valley Presents Euripides' Helen

Mar 23, 2017
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Helen by Euripides premieres at Grand Valley Friday night in a new translation by GV Prof. Diane Rayor at 7:30pm at the Louis Armstrong Theater on the Allendale campus.  Rayor worked with director Karen Libman and GV student actors on the work.  WGVU has this interview with the renowned translator of ancient texts.

A man who embezzled nearly $19 million from a suburban Detroit credit union has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
     Federal Judge Gershwin Drain followed the recommendation of prosecutors Thursday. He repeatedly said the amount of money stolen by Michael LaJoice was extraordinary.
     LaJoice was chief financial officer at Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union. He stole from the credit union over a dozen years, buying a luxurious home, fancy cars and commercial properties, and traveling by private jet.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Lansing are trying to increase transparency in police hiring. A bill cleared the Senate today dealing with personnel records.

Right now human resource units in police departments are reluctant to tell other departments anything about a former officer besides their name and when they worked for them out of fear of litigation if the officer doesn’t get the job.

Senator Jones says the legislation is meant to prevent bad officers from hopping from department to department.

Governor Rick Snyder says more needs to be done to curb the abuse of opioids and heroin in Michigan.

Governor Snyder says efforts to date have not succeeded in substantially containing the epidemic of opioid abuse.

   “Far too many lives have been either lost, damaged, injured in some fashion because of these drugs, and we need to do more in our state.”

   The governor says two thousand people a year in Michigan die from opioid or heroin overdoses.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is launching a $115 million dollar campaign that hopes to dramatically expand the park’s facilities. Park officials say the expansion is needed as the park has experienced tremendous attendance growth since opening its doors in 1995. 

Among the new features at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park include a new rooftop sculpture garden, a new 60,000 square foot welcome center and an expanded and updated amphitheater. However, Park CEO David Hooker says the message of the campaign goes well beyond just building a bigger park.

Taxi cab driver runs over, kills man after botched robbery

Mar 23, 2017

Police say a taxi driver fatally struck a man with his cab in western Michigan after the man threatened him with a hammer and tried to rob him. Officers responded about 2 a.m. Thursday after the man was hit by the cab in Grand Rapids. 

Preliminary reports from police indicate the driver was dropping off the man at an intersection when the passenger got out of the taxi and threatened him. Police say the man was struck and killed as the taxi driver tried to flee. Names of those involved weren't immediately released.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the death.

Online town hall hosted by Michigan Rep. Bill Huizenga

Mar 23, 2017

Michigan Representative Bill Huizenga hosted a Town Hall on Facebook Live Wednesday evening, as residents from the 2nd District posted questions to the social media website. Streaming from Washington D.C., Huizenga began his online Town Hall by immediately addressing critics, angered over his support of President Donald Trump’s health care bill.

Flint is closer to getting 120 million dollars to upgrade its water system as part of an infrastructure budget bill adopted by the state House.

The House agreed to spend 100  million dollars from the EPA and kick in another 20 million from the state. The money will be used to replace lead service lines and water mains and improve the city’s water treatment plant.

   State Representative Sheldon Neeley is from Flint. He says it’s true the city’s water now meets federal safe drinking water standards, but people don’t trust the water is safe.