7.29.14:  New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare


DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Health workers are scrambling to trace those who may have been exposed to a man who died Friday from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man.


No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria.


An Ebola outbreak that emerged in March has killed more than 670 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.


7.29.14:  EU envoys discuss tougher Russia sanctions


BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union envoys are expected to decide today whether to slap Russia with tougher sanctions.


They’re discussing limiting Russia’s access to European capital markets and halting trade in arms and dual-use and sensitive technologies.


Yesterday, the leaders of Britain, Germany, Italy and France talked via conference call with President Barack Obama about getting Russia to stop allegedly supplying arms to Ukrainian separatists and other actions that are destabilizing the situation in Ukraine.

7.29.14:   Newborn baby found along road


A newborn baby girl was found along the side of a Newaygo County road Monday morning.

Police say a man walking down the road near White Cloud,  came across the baby.

The infant was taken to the hospital and was only a few hours old but at the time, but  was in good condition.  The teenage mother of the baby lived across from where the baby was found and was also taken to the hospital to be checked out.

7.29.14:  Grand Rapids gets Fireworks Convention



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The National Fireworks Association plans to hold its annual convention in Grand Rapids in 2016.


Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, announced the booking on Monday.


The convention is expected to bring more than 1,000 attendees. It’s scheduled for Sept. 6-11, 2016, at DeVos Place Convention Center.





7.29.14:  White House to honor Michigan blueberry producer


WASHINGTON (AP) — A Paw Paw, Michigan blueberry producer is among 15 “Champions of Change” for agriculture.


Brookside Farms retail manager Kristin Kubiszak is being honored Tuesday by the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Champions of Change” are cited for efforts to inspire the next generation of farmers and ranchers.


Kubiszak’s Brookside Farms is a fifth generation family farm that grows and packs blueberries for distribution through the MBG Marketing cooperative “The Blueberry People.” She also is on the Van Buren County Farm Bureau board, where she educates others about Michigan agriculture.


The program will feature USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden. She will discuss efforts to ensure that beginning farmers, and women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees have access to programs they need.


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.