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YoWay Teases Return

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Durand Rockers Return Home for Third Annual Benefit Concert August 17th

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When Did Fiesta Become SuperCuts?! And Several Other Monroe Plaza Updates

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Owosso Robotics Coach Featured In New Podcast

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Inside One Home Destroyed By The March 14th Tornado

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18 Miles of Destruction from Confirmed EF-2 Tornado

Four Confirmed Tornadoes Touched Down On Thursday
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Updated at 11:57am 3/16/19 - Posted by Durand Now at 8:51am 3/16/19

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Del Chapman

The National Weather Service now confirms that four tornadoes touched down on Thursday in Shiawassee and Genesee counties. 

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The flu season only has a few weeks left but health officials say it's not too late to get vaccinated. The Washtenaw County Health Department is warning people after more than 300 residents were diagnosed with the flu.

Ford Motor Company has announced the hiring of Tim Stone as their next Chief Financial Officer. He will take over for Bob Shanks who will be retiring this year. 

A scientific report says the Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., which likely will bring more extreme weather. The warming climate could mean less overall snowfall even as lake-effect snowstorms get bigger. 

Kent County is launching a new campaign to combat the opioid epidemic. A new effort called Pitch Your Pills reminds residents to safely and responsibly dispose of any opioids.   

Plans have been announced for a new upscale hotel in downtown Detroit. Choice Hotels International will build a Cambria Hotel on Lafayette Boulevard with an opening date planned for 2020. 

City, state and federal officials waited too long before acting on signs of trouble in Flint’s drinking water system. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says unsafe drinking water, not climate change, is the world’s most immediate public health issue. 

Lansing Police is asking for your help in locating a missing teen. Iliana Faith Roque is 16 years old, 4 feet and 9 inches tall, weighing 85 pounds. She is thought to be in the Lansing area. 

Ford Motor Company is adding nearly one-thousand jobs at a plant just south of Detroit. The company announced plans to begin producing all-electric cars at its Fiat Rock Assembly Plant.

The Detroit Zoo is preparing to receive a rare lynx captured in the lower peninsula. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources captured it in Harbor Beach after somebody reported its sighting.   

An investigation is being launched after a noose was found hanging at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. Authorities say it was discovered last month and are investigating the incident as a case of possible racial intimidation.  

Grand Rapids is planning to turn an old school on the city's West Side into an event venue. The city's Planning Commission approved plans to establish a banquet hall service in the former West Leonard Early Childhood Center.   

Detroit police are asking for help finding a man who hasn't been seen since February. Montenze Lewis was last seen on the morning of February 19th leaving his Coram Street home to go to the store, but never came home.   

Nearly $500,000 will make sure new housing in Flint is free of contaminants. The money will help reduce clean up costs for the $30 million Choice Neighborhood Initiative designed to replace the Atherton East Apartments. 

The Ingham County Prosecutors Office has criminally charged two suspects for their involvement in the unarmed robbery in the 500 block of E. Saginaw on March 18th. Both were arraigned in District court.

A 24-hour crisis help line launches April 1 from Northern Lakes Community Mental Health. Northern Lakes says no one will be denied access to crisis services. A member of the crisis team will answer the hotline seven days a week. 

Police are investigating a gruesome discovery at a home in Grosse Pointe Farms. A woman says she found a bone at her home near Ascension Saint John Hospital while doing renovations to her deck.   

The City of Kalamazoo is receiving help to address the hazards of lead-based paint in homes. The city accepted a two-million-dollar grant from the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Home, a division of Housing of Urban Development.   

A proposed detention center that would have brought hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in economic revenue and tax dollars to Ionia will not be built. Demands from Governor Gretchen Whitmer put an end to the proposal.   

The City of Grand Rapids is set to begin testing its siren weather system. The city says because spring brings an increased threat of severe weather they want to make sure its sirens are working properly.   

Detroit Police are trying to find the driver of a van who failed to stop and caused an accident on the city's east side. Officers were trying to stop a brown van when the driver sped off and struck a minivan at Harper and Park Street. 

Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality has awarded Flint a nearly $500,000 brownfield grant. The state says contaminated land along Flint's Saginaw Street will be redeveloped with housing and commercial space.

Authorities say a Lansing man has been charged in the theft of property from a vehicle parked at the official residence of Michigan's governor. Dequinderick Jones 24, was charged with larceny from a motor vehicle and breaking and entering.  

As winter wraps up, it’s time for pothole season. This year seems especially bad for roads specifically in Antrim County. Crews are already trying to patch what they can, focusing on Mancelona Road or County Road 38. 

President Trump wants General Motors to start talks sooner with United Automobile Workers over a closed plant in Ohio. On Twitter, President Trump said he wants that "big, beautiful plant in Ohio open now."   

Western Michigan Public School districts are seeing an increase in graduation rates. According to data from the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information, Kalamazoo is seeing an increase in four and five year rates.  

A Morley woman has died after crashing into a semi-truck. Michigan State Police say a 46-year-old woman was driving east on 14 Mile Road when she crossed the center line and slammed into an oncoming semi.   

The plan by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to expand the city's Project Green Light Initiative to the city's traffic light cameras is being criticized. Duggan would like to use those cameras to assist police in investigating crimes.

A lottery admissions system might be introduced for a charter school under construction in Flint. Eric Lieske, the CEO of the Flint Cultural Center Academy, says the school may implement an admissions lottery for some or all grades.

General Motors announced that the 2020 Cadillac CT5 will be built in Lansing. GM is saying that this car will compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. 

Customers of a Kalkaska gas station are being warned of contaminated kerosene. Kerosene sold at the Next Door Store Marathon gas station on S. Cedar may have been contaminated with gasoline. 

Bronson Healthcare plans to build a 60-million-dollar cancer treatment center in downtown Kalamazoo. The five-story outpatient Cancer Pavilion will be located on the current Bronson campus.   

Newaygo County officials declared a state of emergency due to flooding. Rain coupled with snow melt caused floodwaters to creep into homes in the Martin Lake area and near some areas of the Muskegon River. 

President Trump will visit Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena March 28th. Those who are interested in attending can get two free tickets per cell phone number at donaldjtrump.com.

Ford is planning to cut more than five-thousand jobs in Germany. The automaker offered what it calls "voluntary measures" to its German staff as the company overhauls its European business.   

A multi-million dollar construction project along Interstate 475 in Genesee County is underway. The Michigan Department of Transportation announced the $44 million project will run through November 2019. 

Lansing police say a woman is in the hospital after she was stabbed by a relative. The incident happened in the 600 block of Vernon Avenue. The suspect, a 31-year-old woman, was arrested.

Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport offered its first nonstop flight to Sarasota, Florida recently. TVC partnered with Elite Airways to add the sunshine state to its year-round services every Saturday. 

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