2 Michigan lawmakers back for session after sex scandal

Aug 18, 2015

Two Michigan lawmakers who are under fire for an extramarital relationship and fictional email intended to minimize attention are back in the Capitol for the first House session since the scandal broke. Republican Rep. Todd Courser of Lapeer tells reporters Tuesday he's in Lansing because "it's my job" and his voice is needed to oppose tax hikes for road repairs. He declined to comment about the controversy. Courser separately posted a statement calling on Michigan's attorney general to investigate the Senate's planned moved into new offices in 2017. Republican Rep.

Bridge at Ionia State Recreation Area open to public

Aug 18, 2015

  The state of Michigan says the bridge over Sessions Creek in Ionia State Recreation Area is now open to the public. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the bridge replaces one that was destroyed by a tree knocked down by heavy rains and flooding in 2009. The DNR says Tuesday bridge replacement was postponed due to budget constraints and a growing list of higher priority infrastructure issues around the state. The project was funded by a trail grant and the bridge allows people to complete the 3.5 mile loop on Sessions Lake Hiking Trail without interruption. The popular trail

The Untold Stories Project

Aug 18, 2015

We follow up on the Untold Stories Project. Veronica Kirin shares an update on a launch party for a kickstarter happening this Thursday evening.

A Michigan woman who was believed to be the nation's oldest veteran at 110 has died a month after meeting President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
The Oakland County medical examiner's office says Emma Didlake died Sunday in West Bloomfield, northwest of Detroit.
Didlake was a 38-year-old wife and mother of five when she signed up in 1943 for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. She served about seven months stateside during the war, as a private and driver.
She was born in Alabama. She moved with her family to Detroit in 1944.

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
Michigan Capitol Building
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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.

Downtown Grand Rapids

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
Kelly Mary Beth

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.