WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Eaton, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, Van Buren starting Tuesday at 7am and ending at 8pm.  

Snow will start to move into the area by daybreak Tuesday.  This will lead to a few slick spots during your morning commute.  Snow will start to mix with sleet by mid morning with accumulations totaling around 2-4 inches along and north of I-96 and 1-2" along and south of I-94.  Sleet will transitions into freezing rain by early to mid afternoon.  One to two tenths of an inch of ice accumulations are possible south of I-96.  Light rain showers are possible during the late afternoon/early evening and then will wind down quickly into the later evening hours.  Light freezing drizzle is possible after sunset. 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Berrien, Branch, Cass, Hillsdale, St. Joseph starting at 6am Tuesday and ending at 1pm. 


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Medicaid expansion passes by 20-18 vote

Updated: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 |
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LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Medicaid expansion has passed the Michigan State Senate with a 20-18 vote, just before 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night.

The vote came hous after an earlier vote passed with 19 'yes' to 18 'no,' but 20 votes were needed for passage.

Senator Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton), did not vote, as a 'no' vote would have caused a tie, which would have been likely broken by Lt. Governor Brian Calley for those in favor of expansion.

Senator Geoff Hansen (R-Hart) was the only Senator from the Newschannel 3 viewing area to vote yes on the first vote.

A motion to reconsider was quickly passed after the first vote, and the Senate went into recess for around 2.5 hours.

In addition, the second vote also saw passage of an amendment proposed by Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba), which failed in the first vote and sought to cap bills from participating hospitals at 115% of Medicare rates to uninsured patients.

A vote to grant immediate effect failed.
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