5.22.15:  Cedar Springs man dies in crash



Kent County authorities say one person was killed and another was seriously injured after a crash in Algoma Township Thursday afternoon.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Pine Island Drive and Indian Lakes road.

Police say an SUV ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle.   Both vehicles then struck a tree.

Killed in the accident was Terrance Gage of Cedar Springs.

5.22.15:  Georgia-Pacific plant closing marks end of era in Parchment



PARCHMENT, Mich. (AP) — A southwest Michigan city once known as “Paper City” will see the last of that heritage leave by year’s end.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that Parchment officials learned last week that a former paper mill complex there will be vacant for the first time since it was founded in 1909 as the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Co.

Georgia-Pacific is the last manufacturer occupying part of the 90-acre site. Its Epic plant produces food wraps and other items for the food industry.

What’s left of the rest of the property has largely decayed since it was vacated by Crown Vantage Paper Co. in 2000.

Parchment Mayor Robert Heasley says Georgia-Pacific’s announcement “blindsided us.”

He says the departure essentially will mark the end of the city’s paper-making era.

5.22.15:  Michigan reviewing prison food service contract costs



LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is reviewing contract costs related to prison food service by Aramark Correctional Services.

Caleb Buhs, a spokesman for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget says representatives of Florida-based Trinity Services Group have been touring Michigan prison kitchens as part of a “benchmarking review.”

Buhs didn’t release details about any possible changes to Philadelphia-based Aramark’s three-year, $145 million contract.

Aramark spokeswoman Karen Cutler says: “We respect our clients’ privacy and do not discuss business matters publicly.”

Aramark’s performance has been scrutinized due to allegations of employee misconduct and food contamination. The state fined the company last year. This week, an ex- food service worker was accused of trying to orchestrate the assault of an inmate.

Aramark has said it’s working to correct any issues.

5.22.15:  Grand Rapids fastest grower in Top 10 Michigan communities


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau says Grand Rapids added about 1,300 people in the latest population estimate, making Michigan’s second-largest city the fastest growing among the state’s 10 largest communities.

The bureau said Thursday that Detroit’s population fell about 6,400 in the year ending last July to about 680,000. That’s a 0.9 percent drop.

The bureau says Grand Rapids had about 193,800 people last year, up 0.7 percent.

Warren added about 200 for an estimated 135,100. Sterling Heights had about 131,700 people last year, an increase of about 500.

Ann Arbor’s population rose about 800 to about 117,800.

Lansing is the only other Michigan community with over 100,000 residents. It added about 300 people for an estimated 114,600.

Michigan’s population rose 0.1 percent to 9.91 million.


5.22.15:  New Michigan law will allow electronic eviction notices



LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan landlords could send eviction notices to tenants through email or social media under legislation signed by Governor Rick Snyder.

Snyder signed the bill Thursday that requires consent from tenants for electronic notices. Landlords can’t refuse leases to people who do not consent to electronic notices.

Snyder also signed two bills that allow people who aren’t licensed elevator contractors to install residential stairway lifts if they’re certified by the manufacturer. The bills also remove certain regulations on residential lifts that were written for commercial versions.

Snyder says the new laws will expand the pool of contractors who can install residential stair lifts, which will ease the burden on Michigan residents.

5.22.15:   Eiffel Tower closed amid workers’ anger about pickpockets



PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower is closed to the public today as workers protest a recent rise in aggressive pickpockets.

The Paris monument is normally open every day of the year and brings in thousands of visitors each day.

The company that manages the tower says it’s working with police to reach a solution so that the landmark can reopen.


5.22.15:  Finding California oil spill’s cause could take months



GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The operator of a broken oil pipeline that leaked crude into waters off the coast of California says it’ll take a while to determine the cause of the spill.

Officials at Plains All American Pipeline say crews need to excavate the pipeline, and then it can take weeks or months to determine what went wrong.

Tuesday’s spill involved an estimated 105,000 gallons of crude. About 21,000 gallons are believed to have made it to the sea.

Officials say as of Thursday, more than 9,000 gallons were cleaned up.


5.22.15:  ECB tells governments: Don’t wait to fix Europe’s economy



FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi  says governments that share the euro currency shouldn’t wait for better times to push through reforms that would boost sluggish growth.

Draghi said tough measures to clear away bureaucracy and make hiring and firing more flexible are needed quickly to energize the economy.

He rejected arguments that looser hiring and firing rules only work over the long term and could hurt the hesitant recovery that is taking hold. He said that “the sooner they take place, the better.”

Draghi spoke today at an ECB conference in Sintra, Portugal, where economists are discussing ways to lower unemployment. The jobless rate is 11.3 percent for the 19 European Union member countries that use the euro, and 50 percent for young people in Spain and Greece.

5.22.15:  McCann hits leadoff HR in 11th, sends Tigers over Astros



DETROIT (AP) — James McCann hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday, lifting the Detroit Tigers over the Houston Astros 6-5 Thursday.

McCann sent an 0-2 pitch from Tony Sipp (2-1) into the Tigers’ bullpen, just beyond the reach of leaping left fielder Colby Rasmus. It was the second homer of his career.

Alex Wilson (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Detroit led 5-0 after six innings. Pinch hitter Preston Tucker tied it with one out in the ninth, connecting off Joakim Soria for his first career homer.


5.21.15:  Check you VIN number for airbag recall


This week Takata announced a major recall because of airbag problems.

They can inflate with too much force, exploding and sending out shrapnel.   There have been several deaths and injuries connected to these bags.

Many car companies have used these airbags in their vehicles.


To find out if your vehicle could be impacted you need to find your car’s VIN number and then go to

The website says they are still inserting vehicles that are impacted so it could be a few days before it is completely updated.