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A city in the Upper Peninsula has donated a 29-ton piece of iron ore to Michigan State University in honor of graduates in the mining industry.
 
WILX-TV reports the piece of iron ore donated by the city of Ishpeming now sits outside the school's Natural Science Building, which the geological sciences department calls home.
 
Ishpeming city manager Mark Slown says officials were "thrilled" to give the iron ore specimen to Michigan State. He says the city believes it adds a "very nice aesthetic" to campus.
 

A navigation lock at Sault Ste. Marie has reopened after it was closed late last month for emergency repairs.
 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit District says the MacArthur Lock reopened Monday at the Soo Locks. It was taken out of operation July 29 after officials say there were issues with closing the gates.
 
The Corps says the original estimate for the lock's closure was 10 days, but says it took 20 days to reopen due to "complicated repairs" and "heavy work."
 

Michigan awards grants for coastal protection projects

Aug 18, 2015

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded more than $700,000 in federal grants for projects to boost water quality and reduce pollution in Great Lakes coastal areas.
 
The DEQ's Office of the Great Lakes recently distributed the funds, which came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
 
A grant of $125,000 went to the Michigan Association of Planning to help communities improve coastline protection. Central Michigan University received $100,000.
 

House aims for $1.2 billion road-funding deal this week

Aug 18, 2015
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Michigan lawmakers are working on a $1.2 billion road-funding deal that could include a boost in fuel tax and vehicle along with shifting money from other spending priorities.
  Majority House Republicans are optimistic a plan can be approved by week's end. But cobbling enough votes for higher gasoline taxes will be difficult.
 
The goal is passing legislation the Senate and Gov. Rick Snyder can enact without changes. The House returns Tuesday after a monthlong break and is in session through Thursday.
 

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In the aftermath of the 2013 floods, Kent County communities along the Grand River are now in line to receive millions in federal funding for flood control and improving economic activity if the region wins a competition for those dollars.

“There’s a limit to what HUD or the federal government can provide and they just simply want to make sure that they’re spending their money as wisely as possible.”

Justice Kelly leaving Michigan Supreme Court

Aug 17, 2015
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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly is leaving the bench for private practice with more than three years left in her term.
 
The court announced the 53-year-old Kelly's surprise departure Monday.
 
She says in a statement she is "grateful" to have served on Michigan's highest court and leaves knowing the judicial system is better equipped to help families and children. Her departure is effective Oct. 1.
 
Kelly won election in 2010 as a Republican nominee. GOP nominees have a 5-2 edge on the court.
 

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Heavy currents in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac foiled a long-distance swimmer's test: Swimming to Mackinac Island towing a barge carrying a vehicle loaded with fudge.
 
Jim Dreyer said Monday he was a mile from shore Saturday when an east wind pushed him back to St. Ignace. He swam about 6.5 miles with the barge before unhooking and free-swimming to the island while the barge sailed independently.
 
Dreyer swam 14 hours total and 10 hours towing the barge weighing about 19 tons - more than originally thought.
 

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In the aftermath of the 2013 floods Kent County communities along the Grand River are now in line to receive millions in federal funding for flood control and improving economic activity if the region wins a competition for those dollars.

“There’s a limit to what HUD or the federal government can provide and they just simply want to make sure that they’re spending their money as wisely as possible.”

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The Vatican has permanently removed a retired Diocese of Grand Rapids priest from ministry after investigating a child sexual abuse case from the mid-1980s.

Today, Father Charles Antekeier is 79-years old. But when he was in his late 40s serving as Pastor of Grand Rapids’ Saint James Parish, the Vatican’s  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has determined sexual abuse of minor occurred. The Diocese of Grand Rapids was approached by the victim forwarding the case to Rome. In a statement, Bishop Walkowiak said. “While there are no words that can heal such wounds, I humbly ask for forgiveness for the pain and injury you and your families have suffered.”

2015 Hispanic Festival

Aug 17, 2015

The 2015 Hispanic Festival takes place the weekend of September 11. Robert Torres, Executive Director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, joins us to talk about the event on Calder Plaza.

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