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Michigan bill allows 16-year-olds to donate blood

Michigan bill allows 16-year-olds to donate blood

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - State lawmakers this week approved legislation to lower the age for donating blood.

The new law will allow 16-year-olds to donate with their parent's consent.

The bill was approved Wednesday by an 88-3 vote in the House and a unanimous vote in the Senate. It now goes to Gov. Jennifer Granholm who is expected to sign by April.

"It's a big deal, been working on this for a long time," said State Senator Wayne Kuipers.

Kuipers spearheaded the effort back in 2007 by introducing "Jenna's Law," a bill named after his daughter who was denied donating because she was too young.

Eventually, after a bi-partisan effort, the language was pushed through.

"As long as your healthy and you want to give, I don't see why you can't at sixteen," said Jenna Kuipers. "I was kind of upset that I wasn't able to give."

Michigan is the 40th state to lower the age to 16 and it's expected to make a big splash.

Garage fire damages Coopersville home

Garage fire damages Coopersville home

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - Firefighters say a garage fire spread into a Coopersville area home but they managed to save the family's Christmas presents.

The fire started around 9 p.m. Tuesday in a garage in the 7300 block of Leonard Road. Dispatchers called in five fire departments to contain the fire and provide water.

Everyone inside the home got out safely.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.