9.12.14:   Northern Michigan eligible for deep freeze aid


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says 32 communities in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are eligible for $7.5 million in aid after last winter’s deep freeze.


Snyder said Thursday the state aims to distribute the grants to repair infrastructure including roads and water and sewer mains before the coming winter. The communities in 12 counties applied last month for the federal grants after a local emergency was declared.


The communities can get funds to repair damage to public infrastructure that resulted from extreme weather between Nov. 1, 2013 and June 1, 2014. They have until the end of September to complete the application process.


Snyder says communities can also apply for grants of up to $100,000 from the Michigan State Police emergency contingency fund.

9.12.14:  GRCC celebrates with the public Saturday


Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating their 100th anniversary with a community picnic on Saturday.


College President Dr. Steven Ender said the West Michigan community has supported the college for 100 years and they want to celebrate and are looking forward to the partnership to continue in years to come.


The free picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13th, in the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse on Lyon Street.  Parking in the GRCC ramps will also be free.


The picnic is just one way GRCC is commemorating their 100th anniversary.  College faculty and staff are also participating in 100 Ways to Give, where they will be involved in service projects throughout the community.

9.12.14:  West Nile in Kent County


The Kent County Health Department says a man in his 60′s may be the first person in the county to get the West Nile virus this summer.


Preliminary testing detected the virus but the health department is still waiting for details from the state.  The patient has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.


Kent County typically sees cases of  the West Nile virus starting in July and peaking in August or September.


The county received a grant from the State Health Department to increase mosquito surveillance this year and tests showed mosquitoes in two areas that carried the virus.

9.12.14:  Gandhi’s grandson to speak at Michigan Tech


HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi is bringing his message of peace and nonviolent activism to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.


Arun Gandhi is scheduled to speak Friday evening at Michigan Technological University’s Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Gandhi is expected to share lessons he learned from the pacifist leader also known as Mahatma Gandhi.


His appearance on the Houghton campus is part of a distinguished lecture series and the 25th annual Parade of Nations multicultural festival.

9.12.14:  Dormitory reopens after Olivet students sickened


OLIVET, Mich. (AP) — Olivet College has reopened a residence hall where dozens of students were sickened with symptoms that included headaches, dizziness and nausea.


Maria Davis, provost and dean at the college, says school officials on Thursday reopened the Blair Hall men’s dormitory where most of the 55 affected students live. The cause of what sickened the students on Tuesday and Wednesday is under investigation.


Emergency crews responded and symptoms appeared to be consistent with carbon monoxide exposure. The school says Blair Hall has been tested, however, and authorities haven’t found elevated levels of the gas. The fire department says it’s not carbon monoxide poisoning.


The school said that the ill students were back on campus Thursday after being evaluated at hospitals.

9.12.14:  Ford recalls hybrid SUVs to fix stalling problem


DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model gas-electric hybrid SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a stalling problem.


The recall covers Ford Escapes from the 2005 through 2008 model years and Mercury Mariners from 2006 through 2008.


The company says the coolant pump for the hybrid system could fail, causing electronics to overheat. That can shut down the engine, increasing the risk of a crash.


Ford says in documents filed with government safety regulators that it has no reports of crashes or injuries from the problem.


Ford is expected to start the recall on Oct. 27. Dealers will replace the coolant pump for free.

9.12.14:   Weekend sports for Michigan teams


The Detroit Tigers are 1/2 game behind Kansas City in the AL Central race.  The Tigers will host Cleveland this weekend.


College football finds MSU with the weekend off.  Michigan will take on Miami of Ohio Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.


In the NFL, The Detroit Lions, get ready for their second game of the season and play in Carolina on Sunday.

9.12.14:  Ukraine, rebels exchange prisoners in peace deal


DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine government and rebel forces exchanged something other than gunfire today.


Dozens of prisoners changed hands as part of a cease-fire agreement sealed earlier this month.


Thirty-six Ukrainian servicemen were released after negotiations and a further 21 soldiers were freed the day before.


Ukrainian forces handed over 31 pro-Russian rebels.

9.12.14:  Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide


PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African judge has declared Oscar Pistorius not guilty of murder and premeditated murder in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


The double-amputee Olympic runner was convicted today of the lesser charge of culpable homicide, or negligent killing.


The sentence can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to up to 15 years in prison. Sentencing will come at a later date.



Prosecutors say they’ll decide whether to appeal after he’s sentenced.

9.11.14:  7 northern Michigan counties free of bovine TB


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials have tentatively declared seven more northern Lower Peninsula counties free of bovine tuberculosis, a disease that can be fatal for livestock and wildlife.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the move Wednesday for Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Otsego and Presque Isle counties.


Michigan can adopt the changes immediately, although they won’t become official until after a public comment period.


The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has scheduled hearings September 25th in Wolverine and Atlanta on whether to revise zoning rules to reflect the status change.


With the change, only northern Michigan’s Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Oscoda counties will remain without bovine TB-free status. Michigan has been battling the disease for 19 years.