10.24.14:  Amtrak gets new train station in G.R.


Amtrak is getting ready to open a new train station in Grand Rapids on Monday, Oct. 27.


The station is slated to send off its first train of passengers at 7:40 a.m. Monday and later around 10 a.m. a public grand opening is scheduled.


The Vernon J. Ehlers Amtrak Station is located at 440 Century Avenue SW and is adjacent to the Rapid Central Station.


MDOT says the $6.1 million station was funded using a $4.6 million Dept. of Transportation grant and a $1.5 million match in other federal, state, and local funds.



10.24.14:  President will be in Detroit area next weekend


President Obama will make his way to Michigan next weekend.

He plans to be here next Saturday and will campaign in the Detroit area for U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters and gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer.

Few other details have been released yet by the Democratic Party.

10.24.14:  NY Doctor with MI ties


A doctor who became New York City’s first Ebola patient has a Michigan connection.

Dr. Craig Spencer is from Grosse Pointe, Michigan and attended Wayne State University School of Medicine.


Dr. Spencer is with Doctors Without Borders and recently returned from West Africa.

Thursday he came down with a 103 degree fever and was put in isolation.  His fiancée and 2 friends have been quarantined, but show no symptoms.

10.24.14:   Big weekend for football


In the NFL Thursday night, Denver beat San Diego: 35-21.

The Detroit Lions will take on Atlanta Sunday but will play the game in London.  The game will be aired at 9:30 a.m.


In Big Ten College Football on Saturday, Michigan State University will host Michigan in East Lansing.  The game gets underway at 3:30 p.m.


And this is the last weekend of the regular season for High School football.  There are still some unbeaten area teams and other that will be fighting for a win to make the playoffs.

10.23.14:  Michigan DNR proposes islands management plan


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are asking the public for input on the management of northern Lake Michigan islands.


The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday it will hold three public meetings on its preliminary management plan for state-owned island land. It says the proposal is based on meetings with groups including conservation organizations and tribal governments.


The Beaver Island Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee also recently outlined recommendations for conservation and economic development. The proposals also aim to foster environmental awareness among residents.


Meetings will be held in East Lansing on Nov. 3, Traverse City on Nov. 5 and Beaver Island on Nov. 6. Written comments can also be submitted to the state until Nov. 30.

10.23.14:  MI picks state Christmas tree from Kingsford


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A 63-foot blue spruce from the Upper Peninsula has been chosen as this year’s state Christmas tree.


Michigan officials announced the selection Wednesday of the state’s 29th Christmas tree. The spruce will be delivered to the state Capitol on Nov. 1 from Kingsford in Dickinson County.


The tree will be strung with an additional 4,000 lights this year to mark the 30th Silver Bells in the City holiday celebration. Officials say Capitol Avenue will be lit with an estimated 8,000 to 9,000 lights total.


The tree lighting and accompanying fireworks display are scheduled for Nov. 21.


This is the 20th time the state tree has been selected from the Upper Peninsula.

10.23.14:  Fence jumper arrested


WASHINGTON (AP) — Charges are pending after a Maryland man climbed over the White House fence last night.


Twenty-three-year-old Dominic Adesanya was quickly taken into custody after video showed him punching and kicking two Secret Service dogs that were released on him.


Adesanya was taken to a local hospital.


Last month, a man with a knife jumped the White House fence and walked through the mansion’s unlocked front door.


10.23.14:   Group wants to bolt Ebola quarantine


MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia state radio is reporting a claim by dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring that they are locked up with no food. The report says the people are threatening to break out of isolation. Forty-three people were put in quarantine after four people died of Ebola in a town in an impoverished area near the Sierra Leone border.

10.23.14:     Canadian PM says attacks will ‘strengthen our resolve’


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says two attacks on Canadian soldiers this week will “lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts” to keep the country safe and work with Canada’s allies to fight terrorists.


A gunman yesterday shot to death a soldier standing guard at Ottawa’s war memorial, and on Monday, another gunman ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Ottawa, killing one of them. Harper describes both incidents as terrorist attacks.

 Canadian investigators are offering little information about a gunman who killed a soldier standing guard at Canada’s war memorial in Ottawa Wednesday. Investigators say 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau then stormed Parliament and was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms.