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Flood Warning & Areal Flood Warnings

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids maintains a FLOOD WARNING for the Muskegon river at Croton Dam indefinitely.  While the river is falling, the latest measurement of 12.4' is still more than 3' above flood stage, which is 9.0'.  

AREAL FLOOD WARNINGS remain for Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm counties for county and backroads that are under water.  Driving will be dangerous in some cases.  These warnings expire tonight.   

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Independence Day

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 12:38 AM EDT
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - On this day, 237 years ago, a group of men gathered in Philadelphia's Independence Hall and resolved to risk everything they had to chart the course for what has become the United States of America.

Tonight, in Tom's Corner, Tom Van Howe says that it's easy to forget between brats, parades, and fireworks, the incredible courage shown by the signers of the Declaration of Independence.


It was a moment of truth on a hot Philadelphia day.

Hostilities between the King's armies and navies and whatever forces the colonies could muster had been going on already for a year. The King had proven himself ruthless and efficient.

The attitude in England was basically that the colonies should be dealt with quickly and brutally to bring them under control.

And on that July day, a document written by Thomas Jefferson, and edited heavily by the others, was placed on the table before them.

It began with... "When it the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them to another...," and went on denounce King George for taxation without representation, for his denial of civil liberties, for his use of Indians to make war on the colonists, and renounced allegiance to the British crown.

It went on to establish the theory of government on which the United States would be founded—on the right of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

It was a Declaration of Independence. An treasonous act if ever there was one.

So there they stood—12 delegates to that Continental Congress knowing full well that to sign it meant they were risking their lives, their families, and their personal fortunes for an ideal they believed in.

In every way they were solemnly thumbing their noses at the most powerful country in the world.

As if to punctuate the gravity of the moment, when it came Ben Franklin's turn, he bent at the waist, pen in hand, and said quietly, "we must all hang together, or assuredly we will hang separately."

A month later, a total of 56 men had signed the document—a document that gave birth to a new nation. And a number of them over the course of the next eight years of the Revolutionary War did, indeed, lose everything they had. But the die was cast.

One of the signers, of course, was John Adams. The next day, in a letter to his wife, he said, "The day should be solemnized with pomp and parade, with games, sports, guns, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward and forever more."

"I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this declaration," he said. "Yet through all the gloom, I see rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means...and that posterity will triumph."

That was 237 years ago. It wasn't easy then, and it isn't easy now.

Sometimes, I worry that our country has lost its way.

But if we can reclaim even a fraction of  Adams' optimistic perseverance, there is no obstacle we can fail to overcome.

So tonight—if you can—find a quiet moment, before or after  your favorite fireworks program, gather your friends, and offer a cosmic toast to that small group of men to whom we owe so much.

Happy Fourth of July.

In this corner, I’m Tom Van Howe.
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HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly lower today, with Japan's Nikkei leading the retreat as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.

Profit taking set in following a sharp rise in Tokyo the day before and as comments from the country's central bank governor left investors unimpressed.

Other regional benchmarks were unable to find direction in spite of optimism in the U.S., where major benchmarks closed at least 1 percent higher, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank would continue to provide stimulus for the job market.

Trading in some markets such as Hong Kong and Australia was subdued ahead of a long weekend.

Benchmark crude oil rose above $104 a barrel.

The dollar slipped against the euro and the yen.


Major business and economic reports scheduled today

WASHINGTON -- Investors today will be taking a close look at the government's weekly jobless claims report.

Also due out is Freddie Mac's weekly mortgage rate report.

There are a slew of companies set to report their quarterly financial results today. All results will be released before the bell.

Among the major companies reporting are industrial giants DuPont and General Electric.

Two big investment banks, Goldman Sachs; and Morgan Stanley, will report earnings.

Also set to release quarterly results today are PepsiCo, Philip Morris International, Union Pacific, Mattel, UnitedHealth and Chipotle Mexican Grill.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- An official familiar with the investigation says the New York Attorney General's Office has issued subpoenas to six firms and sent a letter to another for details about split-second stock trading and any unfair advantages.

The official tells The Associated Press the subpoenas went last week to trading firms including Chicago-based Jump Trading LLC and Chopper Trading LLC and Tower Research Capital in New York. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the subpoenas.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has said advantages in computer hardware and placement enable some traders to get millisecond timing advances on trades.

His office, with New York authority to investigate securities fraud, is seeking details about trading strategies and special arrangements with trading venues.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man will plead guilty to securities fraud and pay regulators around $801,000 for using insider information to profit from Disney's $4 billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009.

According to the deal filed in Los Angeles federal court Wednesday, Toby Scammell learned from his then-girlfriend, a Disney corporate strategy employee, that Disney would acquire a well-known company she didn't name.

Scammell learned from his consulting company that Disney had previously wanted to acquire Marvel. He bought call options in Marvel stock for around $5,500, and later sold them for $192,000 in profit.

Last month, Scammell agreed to settle a parallel civil case and pay $801,000 to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which will be credited to his fine in the criminal case. He also faces prison time.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The fight over whether workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee can unionize is moving to Washington.

Two House Democrats said Wednesday they will investigate whether Republicans in that state may have violated "or otherwise run afoul" of any federal laws ahead of a February vote in which workers narrowly opted against joining the United Auto Workers.

Congressmen George Miller of California and John Tierney of Massachusetts say they want to know if any Tennessee Republicans attached any inappropriate strings to the state's $300 million incentive package to get VW to expand the Chattanooga plant.

The union claims the election was tainted by Republicans including U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.

Corker and others have denied doing anything inappropriate.

A hearing on the UAW's complaint is set for Monday in Chattanooga.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job.

The disclosure in a regulatory filing may lead to more second-guessing of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to hire de Castro as her second-in-command in October 2012.

Mayer dumped de Castro in January after concluding he wasn't executing on her plan for reviving Yahoo's lackluster ad growth. De Castro had been in charge of ad sales.

Yahoo Inc. previously disclosed de Castro would be getting a severance package, but didn't reveal the amount until Wednesday.

The company's board said most of the severance stemmed from the costs of luring de Castro from his previous job at Google Inc.

Washington Times