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My Town: New legislation to save parents time and money

My Town: New legislation to save parents time and money

WYOMING, Mich.—New legislation is now in place to save families time and money when it comes to paternity cases and child support payments.

Governor Snyder recently signed a set of 13 bills that streamlines the state system.  Legislation sponsors included Tom Hooker, who represents Wyoming; Roger Victory, who represents Coopersville, Georgetown Township and Polkton Township; Rick Outman, who represents Greenville; and Marcia Hovey-Wright, who represents Whitehall Township, Muskegon and Muskegon Heights.  The reforms include:

Establishing that a positive genetic test is a conclusive method of determining paternity, if certain conditions are met and without requiring a court determination (House Bill 5463, sponsored by Denby and HB 5464 sponsored by Hooker);

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My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

Edible art on display at Culinary Institute of Mich.


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)-- What happens when instructors at the Culinary Institute of Michigan tell students to play with their food? The answer is now on display in the Muskegon school
'
s main lobby.

The exhibit called
"
Sugar Bowl
"
features more than a dozen edible works of art, all made out of chocolate. The work ranges from small, delicate chocolate figures from popular holiday films to a large Chocolate Christmas tree.

USS SILVERSIDES featured in Naval Institute magazine


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The USS SILVERSIDES submarine is receiving national attention in the United State Naval Institute's monthly magazine.

The World War Two submarine is credited with sinking 23 ships. The Naval Institute's December 'Proceedings' magazine includes an article on how the sub interrupted Japan's maritime highway during the war.

The SILVERSIDES is open for tours during the holiday break and on Monday, December 29, a special event at the museum will allow visitors to use submersible remote control vehicles. They will also learn how plastics are hurting our waterways.

The museum opens at 10 a.m., seven days a week.


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Muskegon posts Safe Haven Law signs after newborn death


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A murder case involving a Muskegon teen accused of killing her newborn baby has led to a new effort to inform moms about the state's Safe Haven Law.

The city of Muskegon is posting signs in English at Spanish at police and fire stations.

The Safe Haven Law allows women to leave their unwanted child with an emergency or medical worker without fear of punishment. State law says it also needs to happen within 72 hours of birth. Mothers can also call 911 for help.

RELATED: Police: Teen mom smothered newborn daughter with towel

Career criminal arrested in string of lakeshore armed robberies


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Authorities in Muskegon County have arrested a man in connection with a string of armed robberies in Muskegon and Mason counties, dating from September to December.

Mark Anthony Miller, 41, is charged with robbing the Kentley's Pizza, Hab's Restaurant, McCormick Food and Fuel, and Jet Fuel in Muskegon County. He's suspected of robbing at least three other businesses in Muskegon County and at least one in Mason County.

The Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office says Miller is a "career criminal" and is also being charged as being a habitual offender. His prior charges include attempted resisting or obstructing a police officer, a second offense of drunk driving, attempted unlawful driving of an automobile, attempted larceny, and three cases of unlawful driving of a motor vehicle.

Miller is being held on $250,000 bond in each case.

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Thousands of students interested in Michigan’s cultural hot spots will now have a set of wheels to get there.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs this week announced the recipients of its latest round of grants for its Arts & Culture Trek grant program.  The organization is awarding $60,000 to 161 schools across the state, to pay for field trip transportation.  Each grant is worth up to $500 and must be used between Jan. 5, 2015 and March 29, 2015.

"A record-breaking number of Michigan K-12 teachers applied for an Arts & Culture Trek Grant this year, and the vast majority of recipients were awarded the full amount they requested," said Marianne Dorais, Executive Director of Michigan Youth Arts. "From Detroit to Kalamazoo to Flint to Marquette, this program will serve thousands of students from 42 counties across the state."