Author: Ryan Cole

Independent Autopsy Rules George Floyd’s Death a Homicide by Asphyxiation

Demonstrations have taken place across the nation in the week since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd pleaded for his life before dying under the knee of a police officer. That officer has now been arrested. An autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family found that he died because of neck and back compression. It found the compression cut off…

When Will Counties in Grand Rapids Region Reopen? A Look at Regional COVID-19 Data

Our viewing area is reopening at different speeds due to Michigan’s decision to separate into different regions to re-engage the economy. Counties in regions 6 and 8 were allowed to partially reopen dine-in restaurants and bars last week, as well as retail businesses and office work that could not be done at home. But some northern Michigan counties are still…

Michigan House Passes Bills to Allow College Athletes to Get Paid

On Wednesday in Lansing, the house overwhelmingly passed bills that would let college student athletes be paid. The measures would allow student athletes to be compensated for the use of their name, image, and likeness. A similar change has been proposed at the NCAA level the organization that oversees college athletics as well as many other states. It has prohibited…

3 Local Communities Receive Funding to Improve Water Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending tens of millions of dollars in Michigan to improve water infrastructure for rural areas, and three local communities are getting loans. We’ve told you before about the city of McBain’s more than $4 million grant and $2 million loan going to improve the city’s water system. The city of Manistee will also get…

Mitsubishi Recalls Vehicles Over Suspension Rust Problem

We have an important recall notice for Mitsubishi owners. The company says nearly 223,000 vehicles are being recalled in Canada and colder U.S. states because parts of the suspension could rust and come apart. The recall in the U.S. covers the 2008 to 2013 Outlander, the 2011 to 2016 Outlander Sport, the 2008 to 2010 Lancer and the 2010 Lancer…

Flood Relief Distribution, Resource Centers to Open in Midland Co.

Help is coming to Midland County. United Way says flood relief distribution and resource centers will open Wednesday. Eight centers will be opening and will stay open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. for people to drop off and pick up donations. Donation items include toilet paper, food, water, cleaning supplies, personal care items and household…

Midland Center for the Arts Working to Save Historical Documents After Flooding

Last week’s catastrophic floods in the Midland area have left many picking up the pieces of a life they once knew. The same goes for all the history kept by the Midland Center for the Arts. Now the organization is racing to save the history that filled the Doan History Center and Heritage Park. They’re preserving documents that are wet…

Gov. Whitmer Comments on Possibility of Being Biden’s VP Running Mate

In an interview Tuesday morning with the “Today” show, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she’s had conversations about whether she could run as Joe Biden’s vice presidential candidate. She did not say that she’s being seriously vetted for the job, and the governor added all of her energy is going into the state’s fight against COVID-19. In March, Biden said he’d…

Copemish Man Arrested for Drugs, Open Intoxicants In a Vehicle

A Copemish man was arrested after a state trooper pulled him over and found narcotics and open alcohol in his car. Back on May 5, state police say they pulled over Joseph Lipponen-Wilson in Springdale Township in Manistee County. He already had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court. The trooper that pulled him over…

Hodedah Recalls Dresser Due to Tip-Over Danger

A recall notice has been issued for a dresser sold at many of the nation’s largest retailers. The dresser is made by Hodedah and is sold at Walmart, Home Depot and on Amazon. The company says it can tip over and hurt or even kill children. It weighs 84 pounds and stands just over three feet tall. If you own…