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A federal agency is looking into whether a General Motors recall went far enough. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is trying to figure out if a 2016 recall needed to cover around 115-thousand more vehicles.  

The head basketball coach of the Michigan Wolverines caught many people off guard by agreeing to move to the NBA as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. John Beilein has agreed to a five-year contract.   

Gasoline prices took a double-digit drop in the latest survey from Triple A Michigan. The auto club found the average price of regular unleaded gas fell by eleven-cents to an average of two-dollars 80-cents statewide.   

The Grand Rapids Police Department is looking to hire more female police officers. Woman officers, supervisors and command staff will be available to talk and answer any questions for any woman looking to get into law enforcement. 

Southfield Police are investigating after medical records were found in a dumpster behind the Comerica Building. There were files that contained medical history and biohazard materials in the garbage as well.   

Six organizations joined forces in Flint to discuss strategies for preventing gun violence. Flint groups already are working on local efforts, which local residents can assist, while pushing broader solutions. 

Crews were on the scene in front of Sparrow Hospital in Lansing due to a water main break. Impact to the hospital should be minimal. The cause of the water main break has not yet been identified. 

Lighting accents installation have begun on Charlevoix’s Bascule Bridge. The lights are meant to increase safety and draw more attention to the attraction. 

A man is in Cass County Jail after taking police on a high-speed chase that lasted several hours. The pursuit started on a Thursday night and ended the following morning in Van Buren County.   

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is blaming the legislature for her line-item veto of cash meant for those wrongfully imprisoned. Whitmer says the ten-million dollars should not have been included in a policy bill. 

The Michigan Supreme Court is being asked to reject a request to remove a Livingston County Judge from the bench. Judge Theresa Brennan was found guilty of misconduct in office by the Judicial Tenure Commission.

Grand Rapids city commissioners are postponing a hearing for a new racial profiling ordinance. The measure would make it a misdemeanor crime to racially profile minorities. 

Detroit police are conducting an internal investigation following the arrest of a detective on drunk driving accusations. Noe Garcia was pulled over by Auburn Hills police and was found to be almost twice the legal limit.

An Eaton County man is accused of killing two women he dated and plotted to kill more. Police were notified by a woman who said the suspect was trying to break into her home and told her he was "ridding dear friends of demons."   

After a seven month hiatus, the Soo Locks Visitor Center is open for business. The center is inside the famous Soo Locks Park in Sault Ste. Marie. 

Police say a suspected drunk driver hit a construction worker while he was installing a sign on the shoulder of I-96 in Oakland County. Officials say the Michigan Department of Transportation worker was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.   

A class action lawsuit against Ford Motor Company over defective transmissions in two of their vehicles may continue. A settlement was negotiated between the automaker and the plaintiffs in California for 35-million dollars.  

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum has opened a new animal exhibit. The grand opening for The Happy Animal Clinic was recently held. Families will be able to interact with real dogs training for Paws with a Cause.   

Grand Rapids police are on the hunt for the person who's been using credit cards illegally. Police say the suspect has hit up eight businesses on the city's northeast side using the credit card fraudulently 

Detroit is equipping all firefighters and EMS workers with body armor for enhanced safety precautions. The armor is not meant to be worn while fighting fires, it should be worn when responding to other situations.   

The Berston Field House, a staple on the city’s north side, is in need of some major upgrades. The proposed project would cost $14 million and include a new gymnasium as well as a multi-use field. 

Elite Airways began a weekly non-stop flight between Traverse City and Sarasota, Florida in March. Recently they added a second flight. It’s a sign of growing demand for travelers going to and coming from Northern Michigan.  

President Trump says Detroit-based General Motors is selling a plant in Ohio. CEO Marry Barra told him the company plans to sell it's Lordstown Plant to Workhorse, which plans to build electric trucks there.   

Kalamazoo's Dr. Michael Rice is the new State Superintendent. The State Board of Education voted 5-3 to appoint the 56-year-old Kalamazoo Public Schools superintendent to the post.

The American Red Cross will be installing free smoke detectors in some Kent County homes Friday. The Sound the Alarm, Save a Life campaign wants to install smoke detectors, that includes portions of metro Grand Rapids. 

Detroit police are attributing a decline in car thefts to banning a towing company from taking part in the city's towing rotation. Auto thefts were down 31-percent between January and March of this year.   

Flint residents who received a lien notice for unpaid water bills need not worry. City officials said it was a mistake. About 7,931 letters were mistakenly sent to residents, city spokesperson Candice Mushatt stated in an email. 

A Lansing boy is recovering in the hospital after police say he was hit by a car on the city's north side. Lansing Police says the incident happened on the 400 block of North Hayford Avenue. 

Two Northern Michigan trails have been picked to be part of the Pure Michigan trail designation. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and Leelanau Trails along with several others were awarded the honor. 

Livonia and other cities in southeast Michigan are being ranked among the state's worst driving cities. QuoteWizard ranks Livonia as having the state's 2nd worst drivers. 

The Veterans Museum in Muskegon is getting a new piece of history. This summer, it will be adding a nine-ton anti-aircraft gun used during World War Two. The weapon was used to take down airplanes during the War.   

The death of a two-month-old baby is under investigation in Ludington. Michigan State Police say the baby was rushed to an area hospital in March. The baby died April 26 from causes that haven't yet been revealed.   

People hoping to get a spot in the new lofts being built in downtown Grand Rapids can start applying now. Pre-leasing has begun for the 106 lofts at the Studio Park Project.   

The Public Lighting Authority in Detroit has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the LED streetlights installed between 2014 and 2016. Approximately 20-thousand of the lights made by Leotek Electronics have failed. 

Flint police are investigating an accident involving a school bus that happened at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and East Austin Avenue.  

The Michigan Senate has passed legislation that will address the state's high auto insurance premiums. The proposal ends the requirement that auto insurance policies provide unlimited lifetime medical coverage for those hurt in a car accident. Governor Gretchen Whitmer vowed to veto it. 

Traverse City Area Public Schools announced that the last day of the 2018-2019 school year will be Friday, June 14th. TCAPS had 11 total inclement weather days this year.