May 16th, 2012 - Local News
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — State Representative Roy Schmidt of Grand Rapids has switched parties to run as a Republican after originally filing to run for re-election as a Democrat.
His move angered Democrats because Schmidt waited until just before Tuesday's 4 p.m. filing deadline to announce his switch.
Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer said in a statement that Schmidt took a "sneaky approach" to try to guarantee re-election by avoiding a primary fight. Democrat Matt Mojzak also is seeking the seat.
Brewer says Schmidt should return any campaign donations from Democrats.
Schmidt says he switched parties because of "extreme Democratic Party bosses" like Brewer. He'll now caucus with the state House's GOP majority.
Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak applauds Schmidt's move.
Schmidt was elected in 2008 and can serve one more House term.
May 24th, 2013 - Local News
— Calvin College is cutting 22 faculty and staff positions as the Christian liberal arts school looks to cut long-term expenses and its 2013-14 budget.
The staffing reductions were done through lay...
May 23rd, 2013 - Local News
— Officials say 32 new charter schools plan to open this fall in Michigan.
The Detroit News and The Flint Journal report many of the schools will be in urban areas where charter schools are alrea...
May 24th, 2013 - State News
— Michigan's public schools would get about 3 percent more and it's community colleges and universities about 2 percent more in overall funding next fiscal year under measures nearing final approval...
May 23rd, 2013 - State News
— A Michigan lawmaker wants to create a new state office with the goal of helping small businesses get started and thrive.
Democratic Rep. Collene Lamonte of Montague introduced a bill this week ...
May 24th, 2013 - National News
— The Washington State Patrol chief says the Interstate 5 bridge collapse into the Skagit (SKA'-jiht) River at Mount Vernon was caused by an oversize truck.
Chief John Batiste told an overnight ...
May 23rd, 2013 - National News
— The first of the funerals is scheduled today following the deadly tornado in Moore, Okla.
It will be for 9-year-old Antonia Candelaria, one of seven children who died at a destroyed elementary...
May 24th, 2013 - International News
— Russia's foreign ministry says the Syrian government has agreed to a conference on the country's future proposed by Russia and the United States.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevic...
May 23rd, 2013 - International News
— The British government's emergency committee has met today after yesterday's attack by two men near London's military barracks.
An active duty British soldier was killed. One of the attackers ...
May 24th, 2013 - Sports News
— Jakub Kindl scored on a power play in the second period, Daniel Cleary had an empty-net goal and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings hold on for a 2-0 victory over the Chicago...
May 23rd, 2013 - Sports News
— Justin Verlander overcame a rocky start and rain delay to get his fifth win and Miguel Cabrera hit another homer as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 11-7 on Wednesday night, sweeping ...
Apr 30th, 2013 - Health News
— Looking for a new way to get that jolt of caffeine energy? Food companies are betting snacks like potato chips, jelly beans and gum with a caffeinated kick could be just the answer.
The Food an...
Apr 1st, 2013 - Health News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a first-of-a-kind diabetes drug from Johnson & Johnson that uses a new method to lower blood sugar.
The agency cleared J&J'...