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Muskegon Heights Financial Emergency Declared Over

Governor Rick Snyder says a financial emergency has been resolved in the Muskegon Heights School District in western Michigan after several years of state oversight. Snyder’s office announced Friday that a Receivership Transition Advisory Board has been appointed to ensure a smooth transition to local control. The district’s emergency manager Steve Schiller notified the governor last week of his determination about the district’s improving finances. Snyder says in a statement this marks “a new day for Muskegon Heights.” A financial emergency was declared in 2012. Since then, the state says the district’s deficit has declined $9.9 million to a projected $2 million earlier this year. And the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy was created as a charter school authorized by the district.. ...Read Full Story

General Motors Completes Major Solar Project

General Motors and DTE Energy have unveiled a recently completed power solar array at the automaker’s Warren Transmission plant in
suburban Detroit.Officials say the 900-kilowatt solar array is the largest on a GM site in the state. It has more than 2,800 panels and is installed on four acres. Detroit-based DTE now has 28 solar arrays in Michigan. The utility has three additional large-scale solar arrays under construction in Detroit and Lapeer. DTE Vice President of Business and Development Irene Dimitry says the utility has made $2 billion in investments in solar and wind power since 2008. GM has said it is committed to meet the electricity needs of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.. ...Read Full Story

Palisades Fire Brigade Competing In Alabama

Some members of the Palisades nuclear power plant’s fire brigade have spent the past week taking part in what ESPN calls “the toughest two minutes in sports” down in Alabama. They’re in Montgomery for the 25th annual Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge. It’s a firefighter championship that attracts hundreds of people from departments all over the country each year. The competition mimics some of the more difficult tasks a firefighter has to perform as the contestants, wearing full fire gear, climb a 5-story tower, hoist hoses all over the place, and rescue a 175-pound dummy. The Palisades Fire Brigade has qualified for Worlds more than a dozen times now, and is the only nuclear plant team at the competition. It wraps up on Saturday. You can follow the brigade’s progress at its Facebook page.. ...Read Full Story

GVSU Accused Of Delaying Sexual Assault Reports

Ottawa County authorities say Grand Valley State University has a policy discouraging prompt reporting of sexual assaults, which undermines their ability to gather evidence and successfully prosecute the crimes. Ottawa County Prosecutor Ronald Frantz tells MLive the process is concerning because it hampers the ability to build cases. The university’s police department investigates sexual assaults on campus and
is supposed to forward cases with enough evidence to the prosecutor’s office. Frantz says reports trickle in from the university weeks, and sometimes months, late. Frantz’s claims come as the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department investigates a string of four off-campus assaults this fall near the university’s main campus in Allendale. University spokeswoman Mary Eilleen Lyon says the school has no policy discouraging prompt reporting of sexual assaults, but rather one that encourages quick reporting with respect for the victim’s needs.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Men Adopt Stray Dog, Puppies At Bachelor Party

A group of men from Michigan have returned from a bachelor party in Tennessee with a stray dog and her litter of puppies in tow. MLive reports that groom-to-be Mitchel Craddock and his friends were on a 5-day trip at a cabin in the woods when a stray dog approached their front door.
She wouldn’t come inside, but wolfed down the food and water the men gave her. Craddock says the group eventually noticed she was producing milk. They found her seven puppies in a den down the road from the cabin. Craddock says the puppies looked like they were 5- to 6-weeks old and were very healthy. Each of the men took one of the puppies home. Craddock’s grandparents took the mother and one of her puppies.. ...Read Full Story

Report: More MI Children Now Insured

More kids in Michigan have health insurance these days. That’s according to a report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. It says that in 2015, 95% of kids nationally were insured, while 97% of Michigan kids had care. CEO of Michigan’s Children Matt Gillard says that’s great, but there’s still a need to invest in programs that serve the educational, economic, and social needs of families.. ...Read Full Story