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Gov. Snyder confronted on when he knew about Legionnaires'

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Gov. Rick Snyder made a pair of stops in Mid-Michigan on Monday touring Flint’s new Ferris wheel innovation center.

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Resident concerned about sewage flowing into creek

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A Sterling resident is concerned about sewage bubbling into a local creek.

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Who is responsible for Saginaw Schools missing $7M payment deadline?

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A bookkeeping blunder forced a local school district to miss a $7 million payment to the state of Michigan. Now the issue is expected to come up at a Wednesday night meeting.

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Visitors upset about potholes inside Saginaw cemetery

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A local man says the roads inside a Mid-Michigan cemetery have been rough for years, but now he wants something done about it. 

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UPDATE: Horse at center of abuse allegations euthanized

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A local horse that sparked outcries of abuse from many around Mid-Michigan has been euthanized after a photo was circulated by thousands on social media.

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ATQ: Petition filed over roaches, abandoned cars at Saginaw home

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The residents complained abandoned cars make for an eyesore and a cockroach infestation inside the blighted property on Burnham Street is spreading into other homes in the Saginaw neighborhood.

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Residents outraged over plan to build low-income senior facility

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Residents are outraged after learning a developer wants to bring in low-income senior housing to their neighborhood. 

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Township to hold do-over after top cop vote violated state law

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A township in search of their new top cop may have to wait a little bit longer to seal the deal. 

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ATQ: Students forced to walk to school due to lack of bus drivers?

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One Mid-Michigan parent is outraged after she was told her daughter may need to walk to school because the bus she rides is too crowded.

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Neighbor concerned about flowing water in abandoned house

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On the crowded streets of the inner city, abandoned and blighted homes are a dime a dozen.

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Commissioners increase water rates for residents, give themselves raise

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A Mid-Michigan city decided to raise rates on utilities for residents and give commissioners and the mayor a pay hike.

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ATQ: Paying rent for an apartment you can't live in?

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More than a week has passed since fire forced more than 100 people from their homes. It remains unclear when they can return, if at all, to their fire damaged apartments.

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Volunteers struggling to revive neglected pet cemetery

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A local pet cemetery is falling into disrepair. Families who buried their animals in the Bay County Pet Cemetery are furious and want to know why the property has been neglected.

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Aged pet's owner wonders why dog was euthanized

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He is grieving the loss of his best friend, an aged dog named Capone. What makes the moment especially painful is he said his dog didn't have to die.

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Funeral home mix up puts wrong body in casket

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Mourners arrived at a Flint funeral home to pay their respects and found a stranger in the casket.

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Man complains of bed bug infestation at Flint apartment complex

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A man claims his apartment is infested with bed bugs and his landlord has done nothing to help.

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ATQ: Is party bus company operating illegally?

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A Mid-Michigan transportation company is advertising its rides, despite records that show the company lost its license.

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ATQ: Boy not welcome back to therapy after walking away

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A family with a special needs child is feeling helpless. They said their son was kicked out of therapy and they don't know where to turn.

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Developer: Ordinance impacts those trying to improve Saginaw

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A local developer is finding himself in a dilemma after he was socked with an extra charge for owning a property he fixed up to sell. 

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Power still out for dialysis patient surviving off generator

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DTE Energy crews are still repairing power lines knocked down during last Wednesday’s wind storm. 

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Overpass crumbles onto I-75 median

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A Mid-Michigan bridge not slated for reconstruction until 2019 is running into trouble. 

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Woman upset with amount of time remodeling job is taking

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A local woman living out of a trailer on her property just wants her home back. However, a contractor renovating her home never finished the job and left it in disrepair.

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GETTING RESULTS

'Speed bump' at busy railroad crossing has been fixed

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Now after TV5 asked the Tough Questions, the area has been repaired.

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Frequent power outages sparking questions

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Nothing reminds you just how nice it is to have electricity like losing it. 

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Final resting place overtaken by vegetation

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A final resting place is overtaken by vegetation and now one man wants to know why it was allowed to get so bad. 

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Police: Heroin overdoses up in Bay County

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An epidemic that is sweeping across the country has carved out a firm foot-hold in Mid-Michigan. 

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Officials: Teen who escaped juvenile center found safe

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Police are still searching for a teen that escaped from a local juvenile center over the weekend and it's prompting some tough questions.

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City councilman removed from meeting in handcuffs

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A city councilman says he's the victim of a body that's overstepping its bounds.

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Man upset after city fixes sink hole, leaves street torn up

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A Mid-Michigan resident is upset after he said the city left his lawn and driveway in shambles.

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Man upset after animal shelter puts down 7 dogs

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A Mid-Michigan animal shelter is back open after a recent scare with a contagious disease, but now there's fewer dogs inside.

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Man fighting to keep utility company from cutting down large trees

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A man says he bought his home because of the large lot with decades-old trees, but now a utility company is threatening to chop them down. 

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Man complains about road at cemetery

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A local man struggles to visit his wife and parents at their final resting place. He makes the journey despite his disability, but he said the access road that separates them is so bad he can hardly make it.

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Out of control grass making driving difficult

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Some people who live near vacant lots are having to deal with out of control grass obstructing their views. 

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Apartment residents surprised by tickets

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Fair warning to residents of one Mid-Michigan city, don't park on the streets at night - or else!

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Tall grass a growing problem for vacant city lots

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The grass near one intersection is growing out of control and concern among neighbors is growing as well.

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Residents complain of broken elevator at apartment complex

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Another Bay City apartment building is having elevator problems. Some of the residents at the Bradley House Apartments are stuck in their apartments because of the broken elevator.

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Broken elevator at senior living center causing problems for residents, medical personnel

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A high-rise building, a broken elevator and elderly residents can be a bad combination, especially in a medical emergency. 

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Gov. Snyder answers tough questions on water crisis

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As Gov. Rick Snyder was briefed during the weekly Flint water crisis coordinating meeting on Friday, many residents saw it as just another meeting.

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Mobile home residents unhappy with conditions

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Conditions around a local mobile home park have diminished over the years with obvious signs of age, but little signs on improvement.

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Police investigating body found in vehicle trunk

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Police are investigating a woman found dead inside a car Saturday evening.

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State rep. proposes two education bills not likely to get approved

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A local lawmaker has repeatedly made headlines with lofty goals for education in Michigan.

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Snyder answers tough questions on drinking water pledge

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The announcement came less than a week after TV5 asked the governor if he would subject him and his family to the same water that thousands in Flint have been drinking for nearly two years.

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2 suspects arraigned in connection with sexual assault

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Police have charged two suspects who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman.

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ASKING TOUGH QUESTIONS

Snyder responds to lawsuits: 'we're going through the appropriate legal processes'

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Gov. Rick Snyder has had a tumultuous week as he faces several lawsuits, allegations of racketeering and misuse of taxpayer dollars.

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U. of Michigan details updates to sexual misconduct policy

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The University of Michigan has released additional details of its updated sexual misconduct policy that expands definitions of unwanted conduct.

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UPDATE

Lead dust concerns jeopardize couple's wedding plans, reception tentatively moving forward

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Theresa Yancer has been planning her wedding for more than a year, but her reception plans have been in limbo as of late. 

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Father forced by state to pay child support, even after he marries mother

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Todd and Cassie Ulrich love watching their daughter Aubrey develop and grow. 

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4 teens accused of breaking into church, stealing

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Four teens have been taken into custody, accused of vandalizing and stealing from a church. 

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Road commission responding quickly to resident complaints

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Potholes make for a bumpy ride on Diener Road in Saginaw County. 

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ASKING TOUGH QUESTIONS

MDOT conducts noise studies along I-75

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Carl Gaunt is fed up with all the noise on Interstate 75. "I can't sleep at night sometimes, because there's so much noise, and my neighbors complain," Gaunt said.

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ASKING TOUGH QUESTIONS

When will roads be fully cleared?

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Jeanne Taber just one of many drivers who fell victim to Saginaw's snow-covered surface streets. 

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