Michigan

Owners Of Mackinac Island's Iconic Grand Hotel Announce Sale

Sep 11, 2019
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DETROIT (AP) — The owners of the iconic Grand Hotel on Michigan's Mackinac Island said Tuesday that they've reached a tentative deal to sell the hotel to a private equity firm.

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PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's chief justice says it's "jarring" to see violent paintings in a southwestern Michigan courthouse. But Bridget McCormack says it's not her job to tell local leaders how to manage the building.

McCormack was in the Van Buren County courthouse last week participating in an effort to observe and assist judges. One mural in a stairwell shows a bare-breasted woman holding a decapitated head and a spear. Another painting above a judge's bench shows a nude man and nude woman begging for mercy.

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Officials in Kalamazoo County say a person who contracted a mosquito-borne virus called Eastern Equine Encephalitis has died.

The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services says that the person was one of two in the county to contract the virus. Another confirmed case has been reported in Berrien County and health officials are trying to determine if two other people who became ill in Kalamazoo County have the virus.

Kalamazoo officials have not released any information about the person who died.

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Supporters of the vaping industry in Michigan are threatening legal action over a plan to ban flavored vaping products.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about what authority the governor has to ban an entire product in the name of public health.

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Supporters of the vaping industry in Michigan are threatening legal action over a plan to ban flavored vaping products.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about what authority the governor has to ban an entire product in the name of public health.

Photo Of The Week - Just Before The Sun Went Down

Sep 5, 2019
Paul A. Werwas

In this week's Photo of the Week we give a nod to the waning days of summer. This image was captured on July 29 by Paul A. Werwas of South Bend. When Paul submitted his photos he said, "If they're worth sharing on Facebook, they're worth sending to you as well." We couldn't agree more. 

Do you have a great image to share? 

Submit a photo with a caption by email to: wvpe@wvpe.org 

Include your name, hometown, names of people pictured, and the date and location where the photo was taken. Please send images in .jpg format & no larger than 2mb in size.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bills going to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would make it a state-level crime in Michigan to steal mail, including packages left on doorsteps.

The Legislature gave final approval to the legislation Thursday. It is a bid to combat rising reports of thefts as people who increasingly shop online are targeted by "porch pirates."

Supporters say the measures are needed because ID thieves and package stealers are not being punished under federal laws, and there are gaps in existing state laws related to the theft of checks.

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The Benton Harbor Area Schools board declined to vote Tuesday night to create an advisory committee for the district.

The advisory committee is a state plan, from the Michigan Department of Treasury. It would be made up of representatives from the state, the district and the community. 

They would be tasked with coming up with an operational plan that would pay down the district’s debt and get students back on track academically.

Thousands Join In Annual Walk Across Mackinac Bridge

Sep 2, 2019
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ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Light rain let up as thousands of people started the 62nd Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials say the 40th cougar report in Michigan since 2008 has been confirmed.

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general is objecting to a product pitched as a do-it-yourself kit for sexual assault victims.

The MeToo Kit website says the product empowers people to collect evidence "in a setting and timing of their choice." A price isn't listed. Attorney General Dana Nessel's office says kits are free in Michigan when assault victims seek medical help within five days.

Pro Runner Steps Into Michigan Pothole, Breaks Leg

Aug 29, 2019
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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — There's more evidence of Michigan's woeful roads: A champion runner says he fractured a leg bone when he stepped into a pothole during a 10-mile race in Flint.

Chris Derrick, a three-time U.S. Cross Country champion, posted a photo of his right leg on Instagram. He says he was running in a pack Saturday and couldn't see the ground ahead of him.

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NILES, Mich. (AP) — A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for next week on a $1 billion natural gas power plant in Niles nearly two decades after it was first proposed.

The  Buffalo Grove, Illinois-based Indeck Energy Services has begun preparing the site for the Indeck Niles Energy Center.

The ceremony is scheduled Wednesday in Niles, located north of Michigan's border with Indiana.

Strong Fall Apple Harvest Forecast For Michigan Orchards

Aug 26, 2019
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan apple growers are expecting another strong showing this fall.

A crop estimate of 25.25 million bushels was announced Friday. That's about the same as the harvest in 2018.

Niles Mansion, Built In 1882, Reopens After Renovations

Aug 25, 2019
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NILES, Mich. (AP) — A historic mansion owned by a small city in southwestern Michigan has reopened after a $275,000 renovation that restored the balcony and porch and made other improvements.

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