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Liberal critics of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette have cleared a procedural hurdle in a lawsuit seeking emails from the private accounts of key members of his staff. A group called Progress Michigan believes Schuette and 20 staffers for years used private email to discuss public business. The group filed a lawsuit after the attorney general's office responded to a public records request by saying it possessed only one record and it was exempt. 

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Michigan's unemployment benefits agency would assess smaller penalties on jobless workers who are found to have committed fraud under newly introduced bipartisan legislation.

The change is included in an eight-bill package unveiled by lawmakers Thursday.

The measures were drafted in response to the Unemployment Insurance Agency falsely accusing tens of thousands of beneficiaries of fraud. A new state law prohibits fraud determinations based solely on computer-identified discrepancies.

3 Questions with the Candidate: Senita Lenear

Oct 19, 2017

Grand Rapids voters will head to the polls this November as two candidates are running for City Commission in the city’s 3rd Ward. In anticipation of the election, this week WGVU is highlighting those two candidates.

Senita Lenear was first elected to the City Commission in 2014. Prior to the city commission, Lenear served for 6 years on the Grand Rapids Board of Education.

Having lived in the city’s 3rd Ward for over 30 years, she is currently seeking re-election as Commissioner of the city’s 3rd Ward, and WGVU asked Lenear 3 questions.

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The Michigan Senate has voted to forgive hundreds of millions of dollars in extra "responsibility" fees that have been assessed to 317,000 motorists for certain traffic offenses.

The legislation approved unanimously Thursday would also speed up the elimination of newly assessed fees.

Supporters say the state fees are excessive and prevent people from legally driving. The fees are levied in addition to fines motorists pay for infractions. They range from $100 to $2,000 for driving without insurance, accumulating too many points and other offenses.

3 Questions with the Candidate: Kent Boersema

Oct 18, 2017

Grand Rapids voters will head to the polls this November as two candidates are running for City Commission in the 3rd Ward. In anticipation of the election, this week WGVU is highlighting those two candidates. Kent Boersema graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in political science and criminal justice. 

A lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, Boersema currently is the site supervisor for Securitas Security Services USA.

Boersema is running for City Commission in Grand Rapids 3rd Ward, and WGVU’s Daniel Boothe asked him 3 questions.

A Michigan Historic Preservationist has announced his candidacy for the United States Senate. Bob Carr, who ran for Congress in 1996, says the decision to run for Senate came after a drive across the cross-state Red Arrow Highway, and seeing the condition of struggling communities that were scattered across Michigan. 

“Getting the little towns all over Michigan back up and running again. That is what is important to me,” Carr told WGVU.

Governor Rick Snyder says he stands by his testimony before a congressional committee regarding the Flint water crisis.

The Republican and Democratic leaders on the US House Oversight Committee have asked the governor to provide more details on when he became aware of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County.

That’s because an aide to the governor testified in a criminal trial that he told the governor weeks earlier than when the governor said he knew.

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Michigan municipalities would be prohibited from levying local taxes on food and beverages under a bill advancing to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk for his expected signature. No local government in Michigan is now considering such a tax. But lawmakers say it is possible, pointing to Philadelphia and Chicago as places with soda taxes. Similar taxes have been approved in San Francisco and Oakland, California. 

3 Questions with the Candidate: Steve Gawron

Oct 12, 2017

This November, voters in the City of Muskegon will head to the polls to consider two candidates running for the office of Mayor. Running for re-election is Mayor Steve Gawron. 

Prior to being elected as Mayor, Gawron served 16 years on the city council.  WGVU asked Mayor Gawron three questions.

3 questions with the Candidate: Will Springstead

Oct 12, 2017

This November, voters in the City of Muskegon will head to the polls to consider two candidates running for the office of Mayor. Challenging the current Mayor for his office is Will Springstead. 

Springstead is a Muskegon native and Army Veteran who is heavily involved in his neighborhood association. WGVU’s asked him 3 questions. 

Click on the link above to hear the interview.

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