WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, WINTER STORM WATCH

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for all of West Michigan except counties along the Michigan-Indiana border, 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" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected. However, Allegan, Barry and Eaton counties could see between 4-7", and between 3 and 5" could fall along a line from Holland to Grand Rapids to Lansing. 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 WATCHfor the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 10 pm Sunday: Berrien, Cass, St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. A strong winter storm moving into/across the Ohio Valley will bring periods of heavy snow to the Watch area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 7 and 10" 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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Bill looks to ban 'gay conversion' therapy in Michigan

Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
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LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Michigan State House has produced a bill aimed at banning so-called gay conversion therapy for minors.

The bill, HB 5703, was presented by 13 representatives, all Democrats, mostly from Oakland, Wayne or Macomb County.

The bill would amend the 1974 Mental Health Code so as to outlaw any attempt by a mental health professional to "change an individual's sexual orientation, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behavior, gender identity, or gender expression or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward an individual of the same gender."

A ban on the controversial form of therapy was signed in California in 2012, and was upheld by the Supreme Court late last month, when they declined to hear a challenge to the ban.

Nearly a year ago, Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a similar ban in New Jersey, which was upheld by the US District Court nearly three months later.

Similar legislation was brought up but failed in 6 states, and has been introduced in 9 more.

To read the bill for yourself, click here.

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