GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Snow has been falling across most of the state, with temperatures ranging from the teens to 30, which has made for some hazardous driving. MLive.com reports there were 10 slide-offs and minor crashes Monday morning across parts of western Michigan, though no serious injuries were immediately reported. Slippery roads also were reported in other parts of the state, including the Detroit and Kalamazoo areas.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Law enforcement authorities statewide are opposing legislation to ease phone companies' ability to discontinue traditional land line service starting in 2017. The bill that cleared the Senate overwhelmingly last week could win quick House approval this week before legislators adjourn for the year. But police and sheriffs officials are telling lawmakers the measure puts seniors and rural residents at risk during emergencies because Internet-based lines and cellphones are less reliable.
DETROIT (AP) - Officials from Detroit, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Belle Isle Conservancy plan to discuss partnerships with about three-dozen groups working to improve Belle Isle as the Detroit River park transitions from city to state control. DNR Director Keith Creagh (KRAY) says crews already are identifying and cutting down dead and diseased trees, grinding fallen logs and clearing brush from island paths.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Grand Rapids is set to become a leafier place thanks to a $189,000 grant a community parks group. MLive.com reports that the Grand Rapids Community Foundation is trying to help the city reach the goal of having a 40 percent tree canopy. The grant goes to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to help the nonprofit's Urban Forest Project promote tree planting on private property.
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