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On March 4, 1947, WWDT-TV Channel 4, the first TV station in Michigan and sixth in the U.S., begins broadcasting. Owned by the Detroit News, the station's call letters changed to WWJ-TV a couple months later. Initially, the station only broadcasted only 12 hours a week, Monday through Friday, with all but two hours devoted to test patterns and music. Of course, now the station is known as WDIV-TV Local 4.
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Lt. Governor William L. Greenly replaced Governor Alpheus Felch, who resigned to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. Born in New York, Greenly moved to Adrian, Michigan, in late 1836. Greenly was elected lt. governor in 1845. After completing Felch’s term, Greenly returned to Adrian where he served as mayor and justice of the peace. He died in 1883.
Source : Michigan is Amazing
The state law allowing drunks and disorderly persons to be whipped was repealed on this day in 1831.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan
House GOP Shifts Toward Roads Instead Of Tax Relief
Doubt is mounting among House Republicans about using the state's surplus funds for tax relief with momentum building to instead use the funds for road repairs as the pressure from constituents, especially after the first thaw of the year, builds to improve the state's crumbling roads.
Land Targeted For Opposing Auto Bailout
A potentially significant moment arrived Monday in the hotly contested U.S. Senate race between Republican former Secretary of State Terri Land and Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters when Democrats seized on a 2012 video in which Ms. Land explains why she opposed the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler.
Schauer Says He Can Get Road Repairs Done If Elected
Saying the public is willing to make a fair sacrifice to improve roads and that he understands how the Legislature works, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer said he could get road repair financing increases enacted if elected.
Electric Choice Advocates Tout Illinois Report Showing Consumer Savings
Rep. Mike Shirkey on Monday highlighted a report showing the state of Illinois saved $37 billion in consumer savings since switching to a more electric choice-style system, saying it is a prime example of why Michigan should get rid of its "monopoly-style" system. The joint report -- Electricity & Natural Gas Customer Choice In Illinois—A Model For Effective Public Policy Solutions (Feb. 2014) -- was issued by the separate entities of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Manufacturers' Association, Retail Merchants Association and Business Roundtable.
Two Democrats Form Committees To Run Against Robertson For Senate Seat
Two Democrats have filed paperwork setting up campaign committees to try to oust Sen. Dave Robertson in November, including Bobbie Walton, immediate past president of the National Organization for Women-Michigan chapter.
E-Cigarettes Debate Expected To Come To Senate Floor This Week
Bills that would prohibit minors from buying and using e-cigarettes are expected to be taken up on the Senate floor this week even as the debate continues over whether the provisions in the legislation go far enough in preventing the use and access to such products for minors.
County Executives Join To Oppose No-Fault Insurance Changes
The executives of the state's three biggest counties, at a joint press conference Monday, urged legislators to reject proposed changes to the state's auto insurance system.
Schuette Praises Sentence In Freeway Shooter Case
Raulie Casteel, convicted of shooting at vehicles driving along I-96 during the autumn of 2012, was sentenced to between 18 and 40 years in prison on Monday, and Attorney General Bill Schuette said the sentence was justified because of the "panic and fear" he created.
Library of Michigan News
The Library of Michigan will be adding weekend hours beginning in April, Librarian Nancy Robertson announced Monday. The library, currently open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, will expand to include the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"Our users have been asking for extended hours, and we are happy to be able to accommodate them in this fashion," Ms. Robertson said in a statement announcing the expanded hours. "We also look forward to welcoming new library users who are able to take this added opportunity to explore our unique collections."
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 41, March 3, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
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