2.27.15:  Job openings for The Rapids bus service   Grand Rapids – The Rapids will host a job fair on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Rapid Central Station located at 250 Grandville Ave. SW on the second floor community room. The Rapid seeks exceptional candidates that excel in customer service to fill Bus Operator positions to start training in May and June. All bus operators start in a part-time status and starting rate of pay is $17.91 per hour.

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2.27.15:  Criminals are asking for pre-paid cards


Authorities are telling us to be on the lookout for criminals that want to steal our money and they tend to particularly target seniors.

Taxes are due and utility bills are higher and thieves are looking to take full advantage.

Crooks are calling area tax payers and claim they are from the IRS.  They are threatening legal action unless money is sent on a pre-paid card.

Consumers Energy also says they have people calling to say they have been contacted and will have service shut off unless they pay up.

One tip:  if you suddenly have an email that pops up and it has a link that directs you somewhere else, that is a major danger sign.

2.27.15:   Otsego says let your water run


The city of Otsego has issued an alert about frozen water pipes.

They have had many frozen water service reports and to prevent more from freezing they want city residents to leave their water running…about a small pencil stream.

Those who let the water run will get a credit on their utility bill.

2.27.15:  Michigan groups contributing $4.5M in energy bill assistance


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Salvation Army and Consumers Energy are partnering to provide statewide energy bill assistance to thousands of Michigan residents.

Consumers Energy announced Thursday at The Salvation Army’s Dickinson Center in Grand Rapids that it’s awarding $1.6 million to the non-profit organization, which has a call center to coordinate energy bill assistance. Along with a contribution from The Salvation Army, energy bill assistance for Michigan customers this winter will amount to $4.5 million.

Consumers Energy provides natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state’s 10 million residents. The Jackson-based utility has given $9 million in total to assist residents statewide.


2.27.15:  Palisades nuclear plant’s safety rating to be downgraded


COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators say the safety rating for Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan will be downgraded following a violation related to how some workers’ radiation doses were monitored and calculated.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week announced a final ruling on the finding about the violation, which is considered to be of “low to moderate safety significance.” The commission says a radiation measuring device wasn’t positioned properly.

The NRC says no workers received higher-than-allowed radiation doses. NRC spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng says the safety assessment rating will be dropped one level from the top category on the NRC’s five-level rating system.

Plant spokeswoman Lindsay Rose says procedures have been revised to resolve the NRC’s concerns. The plant is owned by New Orleans-based Entergy.


2.27.15:  Compromise plan unveiled for Allied Paper Superfund site


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A $65 million to $70 million compromise plan for cleaning up Kalamazoo’s Allied Paper Superfund site has been unveiled.

The plan discussed Thursday would consolidate contaminated soil on 23 acres and cap it, allowing for redevelopment of the remainder of the 90-acre Superfund site.

The proposal would reduce 42 acres of existing PCB-contaminated soil by collecting existing materials into a roughly 60-foot-tall hill.

The plan was drafted during discussion between the city, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Some community members wanted to completely remove soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls.

Still, the newspaper says most at a meeting Thursday said they were encouraged to hear the EPA has expressed willingness to amend its study of the site.

2.27.15:  Group claims it killed US blogger in Bangladesh


DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A previously unknown militant group is claiming responsibility for a cleaver attack in Bangladesh last night that killed a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger and wounded his wife.

Avijit Roy and his wife were returning from a book fair in the capital Dhaka when they were attacked.

Roy was a prominent voice against religious intolerance.

The group Ansar Bangla 7 says on Twitter that Roy “was the target because of his crime against Islam.”

2.27.15:  Glendening scores winner in Red Wings’ 3-2 win over Sharks


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Luke Glendening scored with 1:15 remaining, completing a comeback victory for the Detroit Red Wings, who beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night.

Pavel Datsyuk and Temu Pulkkinen also scored for the Red Wings, who snapped a two-game skid. Jimmy Howard made 20 saves for the win, just his fourth in 14 career games against San Jose.

Matt Irwin and Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks, who dropped their seventh straight at home, their longest skid of the season and further hurting their playoff hopes.

Irwin managed to find just enough space through traffic to drive the puck into the net following a pass from Joe Thornton, giving the Sharks the early advantage midway through the first period.


2.27.15:  Minnesota upsets Michigan State 96-90 in OT


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Carlos Morris made a tying 3-pointer while being fouled with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and although he missed the ensuing free throw, Minnesota controlled the overtime for a 96-90 win over Michigan State on Thursday night.

The Golden Gophers (17-12, 6-10 Big Ten) snapped a 15-game losing streak at Michigan State, winning in East Lansing for the first time since 1997. They appeared to have slipped too far behind when Denzel Valentine’s two free throws put the Spartans (19-9, 10-5) ahead 77-72 with 25 seconds left in regulation.

But Joey King was fouled shooting a 3 and made all three shots, cutting the lead to two. Then Valentine made only one of two free throws, giving Minnesota a chance to tie. Morris took advantage.

Valentine led all scorers with 27 points, and Michigan State’s Travis Trice had 21 points and 10 assists.

Morris scored 20 for Minnesota.

2.26.15:  Child Care Center closed following death of child


The Kentwood Police Department and the Grand Rapids Police Department are investigating an infant death that occurred on February 19, 2015 at approximately 6 p.m.

Grand Rapids Police responded to a call in their City of medical emergency.  They arrived to find an infant that was unresponsive.  CPR had been performed by one of the parents.  The three and one-half month old infant had been picked up recently from Bridges Day Care, a child care center in Kentwood.

Because the investigation spanned two cities, the Departments are working together on the case.

The Kent County Medical Examiner’s office has conducted a autopsy and is working with investigators.

Investigators are attempting to determine the cause of death and the location of death.