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Ford has announced the Van Dyke Transmission plant in Sterling Heights will be cutting 230 full-time hourly employees, while the Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing plant is cutting 25 temporary part-time jobs.

Michigan health officials are confirming the state's second case of the polio-like illness AFM. It was most recently found in Oakland County, following last week's confirmation of the first case in Wayne County.

Triple-A Michigan is projecting nearly three-point-six million in the state will go at least 50 miles from home, which is the highest since the auto club began tracking holiday travel and up by four-percent from last year.

Grand Rapids' city manager has told the parking department not to implement any new fees. That means a suggestion, to extend metered parking later on weekdays and into weekends is on hold.

Two buildings in downtown Detroit reported bomb threats Thursday. The two buildings are among dozens of locations across the country reporting bomb threats.

Seventeen grants, totaling $1.4 million were awarded to community causes by the Ruth Mott Foundation. A majority of the grants were awarded to programs benefiting the youth in Flint. 

Michigan Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer said she emphasized the importance of upgrading road and water infrastructure and keeping invasive carp out of the Great Lakes in a meeting with President Donald Trump. She called it a "really productive" day.

Emmet County will have more reliable public transportation. Just after the New Year, the county will roll out EMGO, a new public transit service.

Protestors are staging demonstrations at Michigan's state capitol over controversial bills in the lame duck legislature. Dozens chanted slogans like "Clean Water!" and "Lame Duck!"

An Ann Arbor teacher is being awarded 25-thousand dollars as the winner of the Milken Education Award. Chad Downs, a third and fourth-grade teacher at Ann Arbor Open School, was surprised with the news at an assembly.

A new partnership between the State of Michigan and private organizations will focus on opioid addiction. The Michigan Opioid Partnership will focus on treatment prevention and recovery for those who become addicted to pain medication.

The water is safe to drink in Big Rapids. The city just announced recent tests did not find high levels of PFAS in its system.

The Green Room, a downtown Detroit mainstay until its sudden eviction from the Ford Building in January, will be re-opening. The restaurant will be moving the historic Guardian Building.

Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna said there were many times in his 20-plus years working in Mt. Morris Township that Flint police saved his tail. McKenna heard of comments on social media that alleged the Flint police department was inept – he said he was upset.

Lansing Police were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the 3200 block of S. Washington. Upon arrival, Officers located an unconscious male with an apparent gunshot wound. Authorities pronounced the victim as deceased.

Students at a Wexford County elementary school received an early Christmas surprise. Principal Carrie Paulen, announced the school was awarded a $10,500 Rotary Grant to fund the new playground equipment.

Legislation that would create an oversight group for the construction of a Line 5 utility tunnel beneath the Straights of Mackinac is going to Governor Snyder's desk.

Protesters are getting festive trying to convince Governor Snyder to veto controversial legislation passed in the lame duck session. They sang protest carols outside his Ann Arbor condo.

Ford Motor Company says that the 2019 Ford Ranger is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered midsize pickup in America. The new Ranger is coming back to the Ford lineup after being gone since 2011.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport is reporting its best-ever October. Ford set a new record with nearly 285-thousand passengers, up over 15-percent from last year.

A 26-year-old man was the victim of a carjacking while sitting at a red light on Detroit's west side. The incident happened at Schoolcraft and West Outer Drive.

A personal injury accident shut down a portion of East Fifth Avenue near downtown Flint. Officers were called out around 8:15 p.m., for the accident in the area of North Saginaw Street and East Fifth Avenue.

20 teams of Michigan State University undergraduate seniors are ready and waiting to help mid-Michigan businesses and nonprofits solve their digital problems. As part of their final course, students are required to work in cross-functional teams on a real-world IT project.

A man is dead after police say he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office says it happened on Free Soil Road, west of Reek Road in Free Soil Township.

After several weeks of decline, gasoline prices in Michigan are higher. According to Triple-A Michigan, the average price of regular unleaded is six-cents higher statewide than one week ago at two-dollars-34-cents a gallon.

The University of Michigan is no longer allowing romantic relationships between its faculty and students. The school published a piece in the University Record saying, starting in 2019 they will be prohibited.

A Wyoming, Michigan mother of three died after drowning in a lake near her house. Tracy Cashman was trying to save her dog who police said fell through the ice during a walk.

A man is recovering from a home invasion that left him hurt. Police in Spring Lake Township say it happened Saturday evening while the victim was home just before 6:00 p.m. on Leonard Street.

Multiple neighborhoods in Detroit are getting a share of 35-million dollars for redevelopment. Mayor Mike Dugan announced that each of the seven neighborhoods will get five-million dollars.

Members of the public are kicking off the recall campaign to get rid of Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand. The petition signing started in front of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

A Wexford County man is behind bars after authorities found him with two missing teenage girls. Christopher Wagenschutz, 34, appeared before a Wexford County judge Monday afternoon. His bond was set at $25,000 cash/surety.

A restaurant chain with locations in West Michigan is facing a federal lawsuit. The suit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor claims Maru Sushi violated overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

State Chief Medical Executive Eden Wells will be going to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges. A judge found Wells not only knew about the 2014-2015 Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Flint, she was slow to notify other state officials.

The University of Michigan is receiving a 33-million-dollar donation. The money, which was given by Chris and Lisa Jefferies, will support the university's law school.

A mother was arraigned on child abuse charges for allegedly shaking and injuring her baby. The Kent County Sheriff's deputies were called to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital on a report of a three-month-old child with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

McFarland Foss Funeral Home will be closing in January after 87 years of business. Two families kept the funeral home up and running since 1931, but the building was placed up for sale in July.

The ice skating rink at University of Michigan-Flint has returned for the winter season in downtown Flint. Free open skating will run through early March 2019.

Police in East Lansing are searching for the man they say tried to carjack someone at a busy intersection. It happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Abbot Road and Saginaw Highway.

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie held their first winter readiness symposium. Agencies met at the Sanderson field airport to give the public a first hand look at how they get ready for winter ice-breaking.