WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm effective from 7 pm Saturday until 6 am Monday. A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-12" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so near/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 8-12" possible. However, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-7". Additionally, gusty winds will be blowing the snow quite a bit, causing drifting on roads along with poor visibility. Travel is discouraged from late Saturday night through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 4 am Monday: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren,  St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. A strong winter storm moving into/across the Ohio Valley will bring periods of heavy snow to the Warning area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 8 and 12" of accumulation are possible. Additionally, strong winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. Driving conditions will be hazardous Sunday. Travel is not encouraged.

Stay with Newschannel 3 and wwmt.com for the latest updates.

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VA reaching out to vets over backlogs

Updated: Friday, July 4 2014, 08:10 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has reached out to nearly 140,000 vets in the past two months, to get them off waiting lists and into clinics for medical appointments.

Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson revealed the number as the VA released new figures showing improved patient access to VA hospitals and clinics nationwide.

Meanwhile, Congressman Jeff Miller, the Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, says bonuses created the incentive for officials to hide those wait times.

"I think that we're gonna find the more we investigate, you're gonna see where folks decided that they were going to try to game the system, fudge the numbers if you will, cook the books, in order to get bonuses," said Rep. Miller.

In some cases, bonuses went to executives despite documented problems.

A list from the House VA Committee shows there were $2.8 million in bonuses.

More than $9,000 went to the VA director in Phoenix, where 18 patients died while on secret lists, waiting for appointments.

That bonus has since been rescinded, and she has been suspended.




VA reaching out to vets over backlogs
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