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Scientists will release sterile sea lampreys into several Michigan rivers in the continuing quest to control the aquatic parasites that threaten fish in the Great Lakes region. Crews this month will put about 4,000 sterile males into the Pigeon, Sturgeon and Maple rivers in the northern Lower Peninsula. 

The Michigan State Police is launching a new click-it-or-ticket campaign. The effort that began Monday challenges motorists to help once again make Michigan the top state in the country for seat belt use. The nationwide seat belt mobilization period will end June 4. Michigan also is challenging neighboring Ohio and Indiana to see which state can improve the most in its seat belt usage rate this year. 

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A portion of the state Senate budget is getting pushback from the Michigan Crime Victims Services Commission.

The Senate voted to move crime victim services out of the Department of Health and Human Services – and into the Attorney General’s Office.

   The crime victims commission says that’s a bad idea. It oversees funding and services for crime victims in Michigan.

Cass County Prosecutor, Victor Fitz is the chair of the commission. He says the current structure is doing a good job.

  

A court fight will decide whether a group of Republican lawmakers and Catholic school parents can challenge Michigan’s ban on public money for private schools.

The group wants to become part of a legal fight over reimbursing private schools for state mandates related to health and safety. School officials and the ACLU say that violates the state constitution’s ban on any taxpayer money going to private or religious schools.

ACLU attorney Dan Korobkin.

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The Art of Rube Goldberg opened this past weekend at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. WGVU stopped in for a preview.

Rube Goldberg was a beloved 20th Century cartoonist and inventor.

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Authorities say a shooting following an apparent road rage situation left one person dead and another seriously injured in western Michigan.

The shooting took place around 3:30 a.m. Monday in the parking lot near an automotive dealership Kent County's Sparta Township.

The sheriff's department says the occupants of two vehicles involved in the road rage situation pulled into the lot, where a fight took place.

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A scholarship for medical school students has been named after Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn.

The school says Saturday that the scholarship will cover more than $100,000 in annual tuition for eligible Western Michigan graduates who are admitted into the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine degree program.

The scholarship fund is endowed with $2.2 million in contributions from community leaders, Western Michigan University trustees, and Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare.

Dunn is founding chair of the medical school board.

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Five organizations have been awarded grants to monitor water quality in Michigan lakes and rivers. The state Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission divided $51,000 among the groups under the Michigan Clean Water Corps Program.

The Missaukee Conservation District will monitor macroinvertebrates and stream habitat conditions in the Upper Muskegon River and Manistee River watersheds. Jamestown Charter Township/Trinity Christian Reformed Church will monitor macroinvertebrate and habitat conditions in Rush Creek, a Grand River tributary.

"Watch Muskegon" campaign unveils progress report

May 22, 2017
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As Muskegon officials are trying to change the public’s perception of the city, a progress report on the effectiveness of the ‘Watch Muskegon’ campaign were released Friday. Acknowledging there is "still a lot of work to do," Muskegon Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Larsen says she has never been more encouraged by the direction the city is heading.

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Alarmed by the number of motorists staring at their screens instead of the road, lawmakers are proposing to make Michigan the 15th state to ban driving while holding a hand-held phone.

Police and safety advocates say the current prohibition against texting and driving is outdated, vague and difficult to enforce.

To save lives, they contend, a blanket ban on hand-held devices should be considered - with exceptions for hands-free technology.

Nearly 12,800 crashes in Michigan last year involved distracted driving, a 70 percent spike from 2015.

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