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  • Anti-gerrymandering group defies odds with 2018 ballot drive

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An all-volunteer group of activists has defied the odds by collecting hundreds of thousands of voter signatures for a 2018 initiative to overhaul redistricting in Michigan — without having to pay a dime for a signature. It’s a rarity in state politics outside of anti-abortion ballot drives, which have had a large base of support within churches and crucial organizational backing from Right to Life and other organizations. Voters Not Politicians, a ballot committee opposed to […]

  • Michigan priest ordered to trial on embezzlement charges

    MASON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan priest who lives at a property worth more than $1 million was ordered to trial Friday on embezzlement charges. Rev. Jonathan Wehrle is charged with six counts of embezzling $100,000 or more from St. Martha Church in Okemos, east of Lansing. Judge Donald Allen heard evidence over four days and said there was enough to send the priest to trial. Auditors have said more than $5 million is missing from the Roman Catholic parish. […]

  • Semi driver hospitalized after rollover crash

    BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says a semi-truck driver was hospitalized after crashing into the back of a vehicle and rolling over into a ditch. It happened Friday on 72nd Avenue just north of Bauer Road. Deputies say a woman was driving on 72nd Avenue and was waiting to turn into a driveway when a semi-driver crashed into the back of her car, sending the rig off the road and into a ditch. According to deputies, […]

  • 3 injured when tree falls on ice cream truck

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — An ice cream truck driver and two customers were injured Saturday after a tree fell on top of it. This happened around 5:30 p.m. in the area of Springmont and Barnard in Kalamazoo. Police say the driver was trying to get ice cream from a cooler for the two young customers when it happened. The driver was pinned momentarily… but all three are expected to be okay. Power was knocked out to some nearby homes but has […]

  • Study: Auto insurers illegally charge women more in Michigan

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group defending Michigan’s auto insurance system says it has uncovered instances of insurers illegally selling more expensive policies to women and widowed drivers, raising questions about state oversight of rating practices as the industry pushes lawmakers to contain high premiums. State law prohibits insurance companies from basing rates on sex or marital status. But an expert for the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault — a group of health care providers and plaintiffs’ attorneys — said at […]

  • New Michael Jackson album to be released this fall, just in time for Halloween

    (CNN) — A new 13-track album of some of Michael Jackson’s songs will be released on September 29. Days after Jackson’s official Twitter account sent out a teaser, Sony Music confirmed on Wednesday the album’s upcoming release, saying that “Michael Jackson SCREAM” is “a collection of 13 of his all-time most electrifying and danceable tracks including ‘Ghosts,’ ‘Torture,’ ‘Thriller,’ and ‘Dirty Diana.'” The highlight of the album is “Blood on The Dance Floor X Dangerous,” a newly-created mash-up of five […]

  • Mostly sunny sky Monday with temperatures in the lower 80s

    WEST MICHIGAN – Monday will have a mostly sunny sky and temperatures in the lower 80s. West Michigan will stay dry for the first two days of this week with high pressure in demand. The 4th of July holiday also looks beautiful with a sunny sky. The beach and lake shore are the places to be for the end of this extended holiday weekend. Water temperatures are in the upper 60s with plenty of sunshine. Monday winds will be out […]

  • New research shows an uptick in ticks

    DANBURY — Data collected by Connecticut researchers shows an uptick in ticks and a heightened Lyme Disease risk. Researchers at Western Connecticut State University say there are sharply higher levels of deer ticks in the region. In its weekly sampling for deer ticks – a common carrier of Lyme Disease and other illnesses – the Tick-Borne Disease Prevention Laboratory has collected the most amount of ticks since 2011. The Western lab has been monitoring the deer tick populations in Danbury, […]

  • Watch police officers try out #CopRomper fashion

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Even police officers need to be stylish while on the job! The Washington Post reported that several police departments in Arlington, Va., are jokingly debating rompers for men as a viable alternative to traditional uniforms. A video from a couple of L.A. police cops named Deputy Hookem and Deputy Bookem originally sparked the discussion. Arlington police  also coined the hashtag #copromper, which is quickly gaining popularity on the Internet. In one tweet, the Arlington Police Department posted, “Happy […]