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The Mackinac Bridge connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas has been shut down due to falling ice. The Mackinac Bridge Authority says Wednesday's shutdown comes as a precaution after ice came off cables and towers of the bridge. 

The bridge has been shut down several times this year due to weather. Motorists are advised to be prepared to stop and updates are being posted online .

After the discovery of contaminated water in the Belmont and Rockford areas, toxic chemicals have now been discovered in private wells near the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. 

Ground Water Systems tested 20 wells at homes in the Cascade area. Many residents requested testing after airport officials revealed that first responders have been using toxic firefighting foam for more than two decades.

  

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is the fourth Republican running for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the primary ballot.

He wants to succeed. Governor Rick Snyder.

Snyder cannot run again due to term limits.

Calley says he wants to continue the work started by Snyder over the past seven years. He says Snyder administration policies helped fuel Michigan’s recovery from the Great Recession, resulting in low unemployment and higher wages.

“We need to keep this comeback going.”

Some doctors in Michigan are concerned about unintended consequences to their profession if state lawmakers pass some sexual assault bills they’re considering.

   A state House committee heard testimony on a package of bills today.

Lawmakers continue their response to former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar’s ability to sexually assault female patients for years.

Rose Ramirez is a family physician near Grand Rapids. She says she agrees with the intent of the legislation.

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National Small Business week kicks off next week.  And good news just came in for one West Michigan City that may want to celebrate.  The personal-finance website WalletHub just released its report on 2018’s Best Small Cities to Start a Business.  And coming in at number one, is Holland, Michigan.

“So, we actually looked at more than 12-hundred small sized cities across the country, Holland beat out all of them, in a lot of those key metrics.”

Northwestern College in Iowa says it's received a $6 million gift for its new science building, the largest single gift in school history. The $24.5 million building will be named for benefactors Jack and Mary DeWitt, who live in Holland, Michigan. 

The building will have classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices for the college's biology, chemistry and nursing department, as well as space for student-faculty research.

It is scheduled to open in August. Jack DeWitt served on the college board of trustees for 13 years.

Crews from several states are helping to restore power to tens of thousands of customers without service in Michigan after a weekend storm brought freezing rain, high winds and snow.

DTE Energy says early Tuesday about 145,000 of its customers had no electricity after service to 245,000 others was restored.

Most should have power back by the end of Tuesday, including most schools.

DTE says more than 1,000 workers will be in the field along with 600 from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

The mayor of Flint says Gov. Rick Snyder rejected her face-to-face plea to reverse his decision ending free bottled water.
 
     Mayor Karen Weaver met with the governor Monday, 10 days after he said water distribution would end, based on improved water quality. For months, Flint's lead levels have been far below the federal action level.
 

Straits of Mackinac
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An electrical cable that leaked hundreds of gallons of mineral oils into the Straits of Mackinac will be inspected – as soon as the weather clears up.

Unified Command is a team of local, state and federal officials that responded to the spill reported earlier this month. The owner of cable line, American Transmission Company is also on the team.

The plan is to send a remotely operated vehicle – or R-O-V under the water to inspect the line.

Pamela Manns is a spokesperson for Unified Command. 

In recognition of her efforts to support small business, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss was recognized by a nationwide conference of city leaders.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss was given the 2018 Small Business Advocate Award on Monday by the United States Conference of Mayors and Partner America.

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