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  • Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit for $5M with US government

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career. The deal announced Thursday came as the two sides prepared for a trial that was scheduled to start May 7 in Washington. Armstrong’s former U.S. Postal Service […]

  • Ionia schools hope for support in new millage proposal

    IONIA, Mich. – The Ionia Public Schools District is asking the community to approve a ten-year sinking fund, after the community voted one down last November. Ron Wilson, the Superintendent of Ionia schools, tells FOX 17 that the schools are in dire need of the funding and hopes the community will help next month at the polls. Wilson says that the schools need improvements with big ticket items, like roofs and boilers.  He says that since 2008, state funding has […]

  • Ex-Michigan State player accused of rape arrested in Kansas

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan State football player facing a May trial for an alleged sexual assault has been arrested in Kansas. Auston Robertson was arrested Tuesday by Garden City, Kansas, police who are investigating marijuana crimes and other offenses. The disclosure was made Thursday by a prosecutor in Lansing, Michigan. In response, a judge revoked Robertson’s bond in the assault case. He’s charged with raping a woman at an apartment near Michigan State a year ago. Robertson, […]

  • Garry Frank, Robb Westaby take on the DIPG Lemon Challenge

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Lemon Challenge is a the latest trend to help raise money for Diffuse Instrinsic Potine Glioma (DIPG), a form of brain cancer. DIPG makes up about 25 percent of childhood cancers, 150-300 people are diagnosed with it each year and there is no cure. Recently, Eric Zane at WBBL 107.3 FM nominated FOX 17’s Garry Frank and Robb Westaby to take on the challenge, donate and nominate others in the community. Here is a break […]

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    Michigan mother leaves 2 infant girls in suitcase on curb

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 26-year-old Michigan woman left her two infant daughters inside a suitcase on the side of the road as child welfare workers arrived to take the children away. Police say officers assisting Child Protective Services workers Wednesday were unable to find the children inside the Flint home, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. Authorities have not said why the children were being removed. WNEM-TV reports that officers looked outside the home and […]

  • Students learn the ‘giddy up’ of volunteering

    ROCKFORD, Mich. — Over 400 Forest Hills Northern students will give back Thursday by volunteering at the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford. The Equest Center provides a variety of programs for individuals with disabilities, providing them mental, physical, social and emotional benefits. This non-profit opening in 1991 and has grown to provide services to over 185 riders ranging in age from two to 100 years old. Part of keeping this programs going is the volunteers that come out […]

  • Michigan school closed after Confederate flag-bearing truck gatherings

    AUBURN, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a potential threat has forced the closure of a central Michigan high school where students parked their pickup trucks adorned with Confederate flags outside for two days. Bay City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Bigelow tells The Bay City Times he has canceled classes Thursday at Bay City Western High after being informed about rumors that people planned to confront students. WJRT-TV reports Bigelow said in a message to parents that the “unsubstantiated” rumors involved […]

  • Employee files lawsuit against Spectrum Health for not paying for sex reassignment surgery

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Spectrum Health and their insurance company is facing a lawsuit for not covering an employees’ sex reassignment surgery. Cadence Morton says she identifies as a woman and needs the surgery for her well-being. Spectrum sent FOX 17 a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying they “strive to maintain and diverse and inclusive workplace this is open and accepting for all employees.” They also say they won’t comment any further on the pending litigation.  

  • Founder of #MeToo Movement to speak at MSU Thursday

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — Months after hundreds of girls and women testified against former MSU gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar for sexual assault, the founder of the #MeToo movement will speak about at Michigan State University as part of the Transformative Justice Speaker Series. Tarana Burke created the #MeToo movement in 2006 to help sexual assault survivors, to inspire victims to speak up and to spread awareness. In her speech to the university, Burke will explore how MSU can protect their […]