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Woman gets 27 years in crash that killed Michigan trooper

Oct. 26, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A woman sentenced to 27 years in prison Tuesday after being in a drunken driving crash that killed a Michigan state trooper. Thomasina Jones pleaded guilty last week in Ionia County Circuit Court to second-degree murder, operating a vehicle with a...

New bus shelters coming to underserved areas in Grand Rapids

Oct. 25, 2021 08:23 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Installation of 35 bus shelters — 19 of them in underserved neighborhoods — is expected to be completed by next October in Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids City Commission approved the transfer of $250,000 to pay for the shelters and...

Some Michigan residents now have to dial 10-digit numbers

Oct. 24, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Starting Sunday, Michigan residents in four area codes will have to dial 10-digit phone numbers, even if the number is in the same area code. The affected area codes are 616, 810, 906 and 989, according to the Federal Communications Commission. ...

Michigan redistricting panel: 'Show up, speak up' on maps

Oct. 19, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Members of Michigan's redistricting commission are urging residents to speak up about draft congressional and legislative maps. The first of five public hearings will be held Wednesday in Detroit. The panel wants feedback on 10 maps it drew...

Fugitive team kills parole absconder in western Michigan

Oct. 13, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

ORANGEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A state team that searches for fugitives fatally shot a parole absconder Wednesday in western Michigan, authorities said. The shooting occurred in a rural area in Orangeville Township in Barry County, 40 miles south of Grand Rapids,...

Zeeland man killed when deer crashes through windshield

Oct. 12, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (AP) — A man driving in southwestern Michigan was killed on Tuesday when a deer crashed through the windshield of his car, authorities said. The Zeeland man was driving in Ottawa County's Zeeland Township at about 8:30 in the morning when his car...

Teen dies, cousin injured after ATVs flip at Michigan dunes

Oct. 11, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

MEARS, Mich. (AP) — A teenager has died after an all-terrain vehicle crash at sand dunes in northern Michigan, authorities said. Another 13-year-old was injured Sunday at Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Oceana County. The two were cousins from Illinois. ...

Mother and son dial up a big win at Grand Rapids ArtPrize

Oct. 03, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The grand prize winner of ArtPrize is an old phone booth on a pedestrian bridge in Grand Rapids. Not just any phone booth. “Before You Go” allows people to listen to advice about life recorded by more than 100 local residents and others. ...

Saturday's Scores

Sep. 26, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

PREP VOLLEYBALL= Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley def. Menahga, 25-22, 25-23, 21-25 Minnehaha Academy def. West Lutheran, 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21 Watertown-Mayer def. Belle Plaine Apple Valley Invite= ...

Guilty plea in crash that killed Michigan state trooper

Sep. 24, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A woman has been convicted in a drunken driving crash that killed a Michigan state trooper last summer. Thomasina Jones pleaded guilty Thursday in Ionia County Circuit Court to second-degree murder, operating a vehicle with a high blood-alcohol...