11-21-14 – ArtPrize Expands to Texas


ArtPrize will have a new location.

The event is not moving out of Grand Rapids but will expand to Dallas Texas. The first event won’t take place till 2016 but organizers announced the new location as an extension of the 19-day event.

ArtPrize Grand Rapids will be held in September while Dallas will take place in April. Prize money in Texas is expected to be around a half-million dollars.

11-21-14 – Obama’s Immigration Action Sparks Strong Reaction

Washington DC (AP) – President Barack Obama is firing up an effort to gain support for his executive actions on immigration.

Obama is starting with a rally today in Las Vegas and the White House is enlisting the aid of immigrant advocacy groups.

The plan would make nearly 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States eligible for work permits and shield them from deportation.

Republicans plan to respond this morning to the changes.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner has scheduled a news conference.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy calls Obama’s executive order that also grants eligible immigrants work permits, is a “brazen power grab.”



11-21-14  Thanksgiving Travel Expected to be Heavy

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA says nearly 1.5 million people in Michigan plan to travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

The auto club says the Michigan travel estimate is nearly 5 percent higher than 2013 and the highest volume for the holiday period since 2007.

AAA says that nearly 90 percent of Michigan travelers will travel by personal vehicle. About 2 percent will go by air and the rest will take other means of travel.

The holiday comes as the average price for gas in Michigan is $2.92 per gallon, down 35 cents from the $3.27-per-gallon average a year ago

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Nov. 26 through Nov. 30.

11-21-14 – Young Boy Injured in Crash


A young boy was hospitalized after a rollover crash in Ottawa County Thursday.

Sgt. Chris Dill with the Sheriff’s Department says 35-year old Julio Villanueva lost control of his Dodge Ram pickup on an icy 68th Avenue in Allendale with his four year old son in the vehicle.  Dill says the vehicle crossed the center line and hit a guardrail before toppling over and ending up in the ditch.

Villanueva carried his son up the embankment and into an emergency response vehicle.
Caesar Villenueva was taken to DeVos Children’s Hospital.  He has since been released.

11.20.14:  Michigan Christmas tree farmers lack cheer in snow


ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — Frigid temperatures and heavy snow are posing challenges to wholesale Christmas tree growers in Michigan as they try to ship out their final tree orders.

Michigan Christmas Tree Association director Marsha Gray says most growers in the state are dealing with “long hours and cold employees.”

Ken Wahmhoff of Wahmhoff Farms Nursery in Gobles says his employees were working in more than a foot of snow Wednesday. He says this week is “all about shipping trees” but about 20 people skipped work and a truck didn’t show up.

An owner of Badger Evergreen in Allegan says the nursery is far behind schedule. Trucks have had trouble reaching the farm’s loading yards in the snow.

Some tree retail lots open this weekend, but most sales kick off the day after Thanksgiving.

11.20.14:  3 children hurt in school bus crash


INVERNESS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say three children were hurt after a school bus slid off an icy road in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

The crash happened Wednesday afternoon in Cheboygan County’s Inverness Township. The bus ended up in a ditch. Police say the students were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. In all, 27 students were aboard the bus.

Police blamed extremely icy road conditions for the crash.


There were other school bus crashes on Wednesday as snowy weather hit the state. Police in Battle Creek say two children were injured when a pickup truck slid into a school bus.

In Saginaw, police say a school bus loaded with children collided with two other vehicles. Police say the children weren’t injured.

11.20.14:  Cost for Thanksgiving meal up a bit


 (AP) — Giving thanks will be a little costlier this year, but it probably will not empty your wallet.

The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table is expected to rise slightly this year, to about $49.41.

That’s 37 cents higher than in 2013. The increase is blamed on the higher price of dairy. The dairy used for the mashed potatoes and the whipped cream for pies is about 25 cents more than in 2013.

Miscellaneous ingredients, such as coffee, sugar and eggs, account for another 28 cents, while 3 pounds of sweet potatoes jumped 20 cents.

The good news is that a drop in fuel prices won’t just make it cheaper to drive to Grandma’s house for the big meal, it also has helped keep down the cost of some ingredients. Flour-based foods, such as stuffing mix, pie shells and dinner rolls, will run about 21 cents less than last year.

11.20.14:  Pres. Obama has a plan of his own to overhaul immigration


WASHINGTON (AP) —President Barack Obama plans to sign executive actions on Friday that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

But first, the president will address the nation tonight at 8 p.m., to announce his measures.

Some measures would expand his 2-year program to protect young immigrants from deportation and protect from deportation the parents and spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

But the next president could reverse the presidential action.

11.20.14:  Shooter opens fire in school library


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — At least 3 people have been injured following a shooting on the campus of Florida State University.


Officers were concentrated at Strozier Library, which was roped off with police tape.  Students were in the library studying for exams early this morning when the shooting took place.  Students then barricaded themselves in parts of the library or took cover.


The gunman was killed when police told him to put down his weapon and he fired a shot.


11.20.14:  Close game between Detroit and Arizona


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored 18 points, including the winning basket with 28.7 seconds to play, to lift the Phoenix Suns past the Detroit Pistons 88-86 Wednesday night.

P.J. Tucker added 16 points for the Suns, who have won four of their last six.

Brandon Jennings scored 19 points to lead Detroit, losers of three straight and six of seven.


With the Pistons down 85-83 and 40 seconds left, Jennings missed a jumper, but Jonas Jerebko grabbed the rebound and fed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the go-ahead 3-pointer.

Bledsoe’s driving layup gave Phoenix an 87-86 lead with 28.7 seconds to go. Jerebko tried to drive, but the Suns knocked the ball out of bounds with 11.7 seconds left.

Jennings had his shot blocked and Caldwell-Pope missed a 3-pointer before Bledsoe made 1 of 2 from the line with 1.3 seconds left. Jennings then missed a 3, allowing the Suns to hang on.