Author: Dan Firnbach

Michigan Warns State Employees of Potential Layoffs

Michigan is warning its 48,000 government workers of a potential layoff as the state draws closer to a partial government shutdown. The state has two weeks to pass a budget. That has the state warning its employees of the potential impact. The state budget director and department directors sent layoff warning over email to employees Monday. About 30,000, or 62%,…

Walmart Celebrates National Baby Safety Month With Car Seat Trade-In Event

This month is National Baby Safety Month. Starting Monday, Sept. 16, Walmart is using the opportunity to trade-in your old car seat. Customers can trade-in the car seat their child has outgrown for a $30 Walmart gift card. The super store is partnering with recycling business TerraCycle to help keep car seats out of landfills. There’s a two car seat…

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Funding for New Soo Lock

The push to get funding to build another Poe-sized lock has now cleared a major hurdle. The top finance committee in the Senate has given its stamp of approval. The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed legislation for the 2020 federal budget and in it includes more than $75 million in funding for a new lock. There is now bipartisan support…

Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy

The company that made billions from selling the painkiller OxyContin is filing for bankruptcy. The move comes after coming to a tentative agreement with several states and thousands of local governments. Purdue Pharma filed late Sunday night. Their tentative deal in the U.S. is worth up to $12 billion. The company says they are now working towards a global solution…

Hart Man Killed in Oceana County Golf Cart Crash

The Oceana County sheriff says a Hart man died after the golf cart he was driving rolled, and landed on top of him. The sheriff says the crash happened Saturday before 7 p.m. on North Water Road, near West Highpoint Road in Hart Township. Deputies believe 80-year-old Charles Zamborowski hit something that caused the golf cart to roll. Zamborowski was…

Big Rapids Car Theft Investigation

Police are looking for whoever stole things from multiple unlocked cars in Big Rapids. Surveillance video shows the suspect checking locks in the area of Woodward and Rust. Police say the thefts happened between 10 p.m. on Wednesday and 6.30 a.m. on Thursday. Overall, police say 12 cars were rummaged through. All of them were unlocked. If you have any…

Democratic Debate: 10 Candidates Square Off in Houston, Texas

The focus is back on the presidential campaign trail. All of the Democratic frontrunners will be on the same debate stage Thursday night for the first time. The 10 candidates are squaring off in Houston, Texas. Many will be watching to see how former Vice President Joe Biden takes on the progressive alternatives in Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders….

Storm Damage, Power Outages in Grand Rapids Area

Take a look at the damage done by strong winds and possibly tornadoes around the Grand Rapids area. WOOD TV8 took this drone video. You can see many houses have been ripped open, reducing some to splinters. Right now more than 18,000 people are without power in Kent County. No one was hurt from the storm, but multiple people are…

Temporary Protected Status Denied To Bahamians, Supreme Court Approves New Asylum Restrictions

An estimated 25-hundred people are listed in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian destroyed most of the islands. And now it’s getting harder and harder for those that survived the storm to find a temporary home. The Trump Administration will not grant Temporary Protected Status to Bahamians—a form of humanitarian relief. Administration officials say they ultimately decided that TPS wasn’t an…

CEOs Push Congress to Pass Gun Control Legislation

In the push for gun control in Congress, now business leaders are demanding lawmakers to act. They are pushing Congress to pass what they call “common sense laws.” CEOs from Airbnb, Uber, Twitter, and Levi Strauss are among the 145 executives who signed a letter to the Senate demanding the legislation. They are calling for background checks and red flag…