7.28.14:  Local soldier lost life in car crash


Sgt. Corey Hanson of Grand Rapids died last week in a car crash in Texas.


Hanson was driving his SUV when he strayed into the opposite lane and collided head-on with a semitrailer on Highway 43, about 6 miles south of Smithland, Texas.


The 24-year-old  is a 2008 graduate of Northview High School and served two tours in Afghanistan for the National Guard.  He was reportedly planning a surprise visit home to the Grand Rapids area to see his family and attend a wedding.


Funeral arrangements are pending.

7.28.14:  Man electrocuted while working on home


PENN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 43-year-old Chicago man has been electrocuted while doing work at a home in southwestern Michigan.


The Cass County sheriff’s department says Michael Koranda was found Sunday afternoon by family members at the home on Diamond Island, which is located in Diamond Lake in Penn Township. The department says he was pronounced dead at the scene.


Sheriff’s deputies responded along with EMS, the Cass County Marine Division and members of the Penn Township fire department.

7.28.14:  Michigan school chief meets with charter leaders


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s schools superintendent will meet with charter school backers as he works to hold institutions accountable for schools they authorize.


State Superintendent Mike Flanagan will hold the first meeting Monday. He invited officials at universities, community colleges and school districts that authorize more than three charter schools. A similar invitation was sent to charter advocacy groups for a meeting Wednesday.


Representatives from schools such as Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University are expected to attend Monday’s meeting. They’re the two largest authorizers in the state.


Flanagan has said he plans to ban poor-performing authorizers from granting new charters. He says in his email to school officials that meeting attendees will discuss procedures for suspending an authorizer.

7.28.14:  Projects in 5 counties fight blight, boost housing


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state says projects in five Michigan counties are getting a share of more than $2.5 million to help fight blight and create senior housing.


The work is planned for Berrien, Calhoun, Genesee, Ingham and Kalamazoo counties. The state announced funding last week.


Genesee County is getting more than $396,000 for the demolition of 34 single-family homes; Calhoun County is getting nearly $265,000 for the demolition of 24 homes; and Ingham County is getting more than $155,000 for the demolition of eight homes.


Berrien County is getting $119,000 for the demolition of 12 homes. Meanwhile, the Kalamazoo area is getting more than $181,000 for the demolition of 19 homes and more than $1.4 million to create 10 units of senior housing at the Prairie Gardens development.



7.28.14:  Tennessee storms destroy homes


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Law enforcement officials have set up a command post and a school is open for anyone left homeless by Sunday’s severe storms in Claiborne County, Tennessee.


Authorities aren’t sure if it was a tornado that ripped through, destroying at least 10 homes.


The community of Speedwell is especially hard hit. There are no reports of deaths or injuries.

7.28.14:   2 Americans have Ebola in Liberia


BOONE, N.C. (AP) — A relief group official says two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease at a hospital in Liberia.


Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan’s Purse, says told The Associated Press on Sunday that Dr. Kent Brantly was stable and in very serious condition. Thirty-three-year-old Brantly is the medical director for the group’s Ebola care center on the outskirts of the Liberian capital of Monrovia.


Isaacs identified the second American, Nancy Writebol, as a worker with an allied aid group SIM, or Serving in Mission, which runs the hospital. He said she was in stable and serious condition.


He said both Americans have since been isolated and are under intensive treatment.

7.28.14:  Israel-Hamas fighting resumes


JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has carried out three airstrikes on Gaza, targeting Hamas rocket launchers and infrastructure in the strip.


The strikes broke a relative lull in the fighting at the start of a major Muslim holiday.


The military says Israeli jets hit two rocket launchers and a rocket manufacturing facility in central and northern Gaza today.


It says the airstrikes were in response to a Hamas rocket launched into Israel earlier in the morning.


The strikes followed an almost 12-hour lull in war-torn Gaza.

7.28.14:  Tigers fall to the Angels and head to Chicago


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — David Freese hit a tiebreaking homer off Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Sunday for their third straight victory.


Erick Aybar scored from second base on Rick Porcello’s poor pickoff throw in the fifth for the Angels, who improved the majors’ second-best record to 63-41 in the finale of a 10-game homestand.


Hector Santiago and three Angels relievers combined on a three hitter as Detroit managed just one hit in its final 25 at-bats, getting just one baserunner after the first inning.


The Detroit Tigers take Monday off and head to Chicago for a series with the White Sox.


Victor Martinez had an RBI double in the first inning for the Tigers, who have lost nine of 10 at the Big A, including three of four in this series.


7.25.14:  Enbridge to add support for pipeline in the Straits


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are ordering Enbridge Energy Partners LP to install additional support structures beneath two oil pipelines at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.


State Attorney Bill Schuette and Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant said Thursday the company acknowledges it’s not meeting a requirement that the pipelines have support anchors at least every 75 feet.


They say Enbridge agrees to add more supports this year. They say it’s a step toward protecting the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill.


Enbridge Energy Partners is part of Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.


Enbridge spokeswoman Terri Larson says engineering studies show gaps up to 140 feet are safe. She says Enbridge is taking extra precautions and will begin adding steel supports in August.


7.25.14:  Housing unit goes up in flames in NW Grand Rapids


A housing unit on the Grand Rapids’ northwest side went up in flames Thursday night.  The smoke from the large fire could be seen throughout downtown Grand Rapids.

The fire broke out in the 600 block of 4th Street near Davis Avenue around 6 p.m.  Those in the area tried to put the fire out themselves before it got out of control.

The two-story housing unit had several apartments.

Flames could be seen coming form the roof and windows and burned for several hours.  No one was hurt in the fire and everyone escaped safely and the Red Cross is assisting residents who lost their homes.