Michigan

The nation’s most recent Medal of Honor recipient from West Michigan is humbled by appreciation in Illinois.

71-year-old James McCloughan of South Haven was the keynote speaker during the main program of the Veterans and Gold Star Family Day Event at the Illinois State Fair this past weekend.

McCloughan, who was accompanied on stage by Gov. Bruce Rauner and Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder, called all of the veterans and current service members his heroes.

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The Muskegon Police Department is investigating the discovery of a noose at an area school playground.

Muskegon Police were made aware Sunday evening of Facebook posts containing pictures of noose hanging from playground equipment. The information officers received were that the posts were made by an area man and the photos of the noose were taken at Glenside School. When officers arrived at the school located along West Hackley Avenue the noose was gone. But after checking in with Muskegon Public Schools officials the noose had been removed earlier in the day.

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Michigan's two Democratic United States senators have given their OK for the nomination of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen to a federal appeals court to go forward.

President Trump nominated Joan Larsen to the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals in May.

There were complaints Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters were holding up the process by invoking a Senate privilege. The privilege allows home state senators to give the OK before a judicial appointment can go forward.

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Michigan environmental groups are frustrated with Ontario’s support for keeping an oil-and-gas pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

The province’s Ministry of Energy sent Michigan a letter earlier this week. The ministry stressed the importance of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline to Ontario.

Environmental groups say this flies in the face of their efforts to shut down the pipeline. Line 5 carries crude oil and liquid natural gas under the Straits of Mackinac. Activists say it’s a massive environmental risk.

  

People in four Michigan counties can now ask the federal government for disaster assistance. That’s after severe storms caused flood damage to Mid-Michigan in June.

People in Bay, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties can apply for things like small business loans and grants to help meet medical needs not covered by insurance.

“You know, unfortunately, with disaster recovery we aren’t always made whole,” said Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Captain Chris Kelenske.

Authorities say one worker has died and another has been injured after a section of ceiling collapsed at a western Michigan civic center. Capt. Keith Mulder of the Holland Department of Public Safety says an employee of a subcontractor working on a renovation of the Holland Civic Center was pronounced dead at the scene after being freed from debris. Mulder says a second worker was injured and hospitalized. The names of the workers were not immediately released. 

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If you want to win 700-thousand dollars, you might be in luck. If you know how to keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes.

Governor Rick Snyder wants proposals for how the state can keep black, silver, and bighead carp out of the Great Lakes. The challenge opened Tuesday.

“There’s been numerous examples throughout the world where people who don’t normally work in the everyday environment of fish – in this example – can come up with some really great and innovative ideas,” said Senior Water Policy Advisor at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Tammy Newcomb.

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Michigan will wait another month before posting rate increases proposed by health insurers that sell coverage on a government marketplace, due to uncertainty over President Donald Trump's threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers.

The state Department of Insurance and Financial Services was supposed to publish the proposed rate hikes Tuesday. But it won a 30-day extension from the federal government, citing "uncertainty" over whether insurers will be reimbursed for providing required financial assistance to low-income consumers.

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A federal appeals court is keeping gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region on the endangered species list.

A panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday upheld a district judge's 2014 ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had acted prematurely by removing federal protections from wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Wolves had nearly disappeared from the region when they were designated as endangered in the 1970s. They now total about 3,800.

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People who trade in their car to buy a new one would see a sales tax cut phased in more quickly under bills sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Buyers can subtract the value of their trade-in from the purchase price of a new vehicle for tax purposes under a 2013 law.

The legislation finalized by the Republican-led Senate Thursday would accelerate the phase-in of the tax break to 2029 - 10 years sooner.

The bills' supporters say the law helped boost auto sales and buyers deserve a fully phased-in tax reduction earlier.

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