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01. Sheriff BeGole's Farm

Josh Strickland talks with Sheriff BeGole about his barn project along with a variety of items of "Sheriff business."






New state grants are set to go toward school safety upgrades. Michigan State Police said Wednesday 25-million-dollars will be distributed to many school districts, charter schools, and other school agencies around the state.

A grand opening was held for the new playground at an iconic Grand Haven park. Organizers unveiled the new look called the Imagination Station.    

Power was restored to hundreds of Consumers Energy customers. More than 450 power outages were reported after a crash. The outage even caused Orchard View School District officials to delay start times.  

The thefts of four vehicles from a dealership in Auburn Hills has led to the arrest of four men by Warren Police. The department says the four are all career criminals out on parole and are part of an organized car theft ring in Metro Detroit. 

The Flint Board of Education is seeking applications to fill a vacant seat. Applications are being taken until 5 p.m. Monday, after school board member Kenyatta Dotson announced that she was stepping down.

A string of thefts from vehicles in Delhi Township this past summer has resulted in a number of felony charges. The Ingham County Sheriff's Office Delhi Division says, 21 felony charges and 8 misdemeanor charges have been filed against seven people in connection with the thefts.

The leader of northern Michigan’s largest community college is retiring after nearly two decades. Northwestern Michigan College President Timothy Nelson made the announcement during an employee meeting.

A hung jury and mistrial is being declared in the trial of a former Michigan State Police trooper charged in the death of a Detroit teenager. Jury members told the judge they couldn't come to a unanimous verdict. 

Strong pickup sales helped propel General Motors to a third-quarter profit of two-point-five-billion-dollars. GM reported tax-exempt earnings of three-point-two-billion, which was up 25-percent from the same quarter one year ago.  

A West Michigan dentist wants your uneaten Halloween candy. Several dentists are taking part in a Halloween candy Buy-Back Program, with plans to ship what they collect to troops in California as part of Operation Gratitude.

Grand Rapids Community College has added a chief equity and inclusion officer. The college has hired B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, who is described as an expert in race, identity, and culture in American higher education.

Musical history is up for grabs with the listing of Aretha Franklin's Bloomfield Township house. The colonial style h ome on Kiftsgate Bend belonging to the Queen of Soul is listed for 800-thousand dollars.   

Dozens of rough roads exist in Linden and the city says they don't have the funding to fix it. November 6th, voters will be able to decide if paying a little bit more in taxes is worth having better roads. 

Nobody was hurt when a truck slammed into His Healing Hands Health Center on West Holmes Road in Lansing. Lansing Police say the driver accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes. 

The Cadillac Police Department will be taking part in “No Shave November” to benefit Oasis Family Resource Center. Officers who participate will donate $100 to the Oasis Holiday Sponsorship and will grow their beards for November and December. 

Northern Michigan University and the University of Michigan-Flint will both be added to the roster of schools in Michigan that offer cybersecurity training.   

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is reporting a third-quarter drop in earnings by 38-percent. The company says they are preparing for costs related to an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department into the performance of diesel engines.   

Ford Motor Company unveiled the latest edition of the GT Supercar at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas. The vehicle is the lightest GT ever produced as the automaker incorporated carbon fiber in several areas.  

Police are identifying a victim killed in an Orange Township crash as a woman traveling from New York state. Investigators say she ran the stop sign at David Highway and S. Keefer Highway and was struck by a vehicle.  

National animal rights advocate group PETA is weighing in on the city's rat problem. They're planning to run a billboard with the message of cleanliness leading to a rat-free environment. 

Railroad track repairs closed a portion of Center Road along the Burton and Flint border. Bob Slattery, director of the Burton Department of Public Works, said the work is expected to run through Nov. 10. 

Former Eaton County Clerk Kellie Bartlett has turned herself in for felony aggravated assault, according to the Barry County Prosecutor. Kellie Bartlett was charged last week with aggravated stalking, a felony carrying a maximum of five years in prison. 

Armor Express in Antrim County won a huge contract from the Department of Defense. A $60 million contract from the U.S. Marines. The Northern Michigan based company will make light-weight body armor for troops. 

A search is underway for a suspect who robbed a Chase Bank in Ann Arbor. Police say the suspect robbed the bank located at Stadium Boulevard and Packard Street before he fled on foot.  

General Motors CEO Mary Barra wants people to see the automaker as a tech company by the time she retires. Less than a decade after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, they face new challenges in an uncertain future of the automotive industry.  

Parking restrictions are coming back for the winter season. Now in effect, odd-even parking signs will be back up and around Grand Rapids.   

Work has begun on transforming the former Kmart property along Dort Highway in Flint into a new storage facility. Storage of America is moving into the vacant building that has been closed for more than five years.

Gov. Rick Snyder ordered Michigan and U.S. flags lowered to half-mast to honor shooting victims at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.  

Dozens of organizations have kicked off a public fundraising campaign to bring back Arctic Grayling fish to Michigan waters. ReWild Michigan is raising money to reintroduce the fish. 

Michigan State University still plans to freeze undergraduate in-state tuition for 2019-20. Under the block tuition plan, students will be billed the same for taking 12 to 18 credits hours vs. paying per credit hour.

Logan's Roadhouse closed after a grease fire sent flames shooting high above the Saginaw Township restaurant. Firefighters with the Saginaw Township Fire Department responded to the restaurant, near Fashion Square Mall. 

Michigan State Police are looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a recent larceny of hunting equipment. Troopers from the Marshall Post, are investigating the incident that occurred Oct. 18 near Newton and North Fox roads in Coldwater Township. 

New renderings of the old Hudson's site redevelopment on Woodward Avenue reveal a stepped design for the tower. When completed, the $1 billion development will be the tallest building in the state of Michigan. 

A 59-year-old woman was critically injured during a house fire in Davison Township. First responders were called out to the 2200 block of South Irish Road, between Lippincott Boulevard and Atherton Road, for a structure fire.  

Despite its name, the Michigan State University College of Law is a private school that's affiliated with the university but not part of it. MSU's Board of Trustees have voted to fully integrate the College of Law into the university.  

Roadside parks across Northern Michigan have closed for the season. The Michigan Department of Transportation says all 32 road side parks in the Upper Peninsula will be closed for the season.