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Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce receiving backlash after endorsing Bill Schuette

Some businesses, organizations and community leaders are severing ties with the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce after learning of the chambers endorsement of Bill Schuette for Governor. In two statement s on Fac ebook, Founders Brewing Company, the Winchester and Donkey Taqueria said that they had cancelled their membership s with the chamber. “Based on Bill Schuette’s political record of working against LGBTQ’s civil rights, and the rights of women and other marginalized communtiies we made...

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In honor of former state Senator John Kelly, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder ordered United States and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Monday, Sept. 24. 

Kelly suffered a fatal heart attack Sept. 16. He was 69 years old. 

"John was a caring man who brought high energy to everything he did,” Snyder said in a press release. “He had a strong passion for Michigan and was a leader in the fight for the revitalization of Detroit. Sue and I send our most heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.”

Panel wants more use of natural water-protection measures

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An organization that represents states in the Great Lakes region says governments should push harder to protect water quality through use of "green infrastructure." A report issued this month by the Great Lakes Commission recommends a number of steps to encourage greater reliance on natural features such as rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs and street trees.

A 17-year-old western Michigan high school student charged with bringing a gun to school has been jailed after posting a video of himself performing a rap song that a judge saw as a threat. Davian Weston was free on $5,000 bond when he posted the video that he and friend made that appeared to be directed at a classmate who reported him having the gun. 

   

 

Some businesses, organizations and community leaders are severing ties with the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce after learning of the chambers endorsement of Bill Schuette for Governor. 

 

In two statements on Facebook, Founders Brewing Company, the Winchester and Donkey Taqueria said that they had cancelled their memberships with the chamber. 

 

Four Michigan community mental health centers have been selected as Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics and are getting a boost in funding. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan on Thursday announced the designation for Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Easter Seals Michigan in Auburn Hills; West Michigan Community Mental Health System in Ludington and HealthWest in Muskegon. 

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In honor of former state Senator John Kelly, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder ordered United States and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Monday, Sept. 24. 

Kelly suffered a fatal heart attack Sept. 16. He was 69 years old. 

"John was a caring man who brought high energy to everything he did,” Snyder said in a press release. “He had a strong passion for Michigan and was a leader in the fight for the revitalization of Detroit. Sue and I send our most heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.”

Panel wants more use of natural water-protection measures

40 minutes ago
www3.epa.gov

An organization that represents states in the Great Lakes region says governments should push harder to protect water quality through use of "green infrastructure." A report issued this month by the Great Lakes Commission recommends a number of steps to encourage greater reliance on natural features such as rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs and street trees.

Officials in Tanzania say the death toll from a ferry sinking on Lake Victoria has risen to at least 100 people, but with hundreds of passengers thought to have been on board, the toll is expected to rise.

John Mongella, commissioner for the Mwanza region, initially put the number of dead at 86, but Tanzania's state radio TBC said more than 100 bodies had been found so far.

If, on a recent Wednesday morning, you had happened to find yourself in the cavernous lobby of Pyongyang's Yanggakdo Hotel, you might have witnessed the following exchange, between a pleasant-looking North Korean man and an exasperated-looking American news team.

"You must be tired," says Mr. Kim. "You will want to rest at the hotel this morning."

Nope, we're good. Ready when you are.

"Well, I am tired."

Updated at 4:40 a.m. ET

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, one of three top leaders in the Southeast Asian country, has died at age 61, according to state media, which says he suffered from a "serious illness."

Quang was sworn in as president in 2016 and served in the largely ceremonial post alongside Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and secretary-general of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, who experts believe wields the bulk of the power in the country's leadership triumvirate.

A 17-year-old western Michigan high school student charged with bringing a gun to school has been jailed after posting a video of himself performing a rap song that a judge saw as a threat. Davian Weston was free on $5,000 bond when he posted the video that he and friend made that appeared to be directed at a classmate who reported him having the gun. 

Russia's influence campaign on Twitter pushed pro-gun and pro-National Rifle Association messages during the 2016 election and beyond — a rare example of consistency in a scheme that mostly sought to play up extremes on the left and right.

On every issue, from race to health care, women's rights to police brutality, gay marriage to global warming, accounts associated with the "Internet Research Agency" sought to amplify controversy by playing up conflict.

Children registering for school in Florida this year were asked to reveal some history about their mental health.

The new requirement is part of a law rushed through the state legislature after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Young people around the country are among those joining the debate over Christine Blasey Ford's accusation of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh in 1982, when both were teenagers.

What are teens learning from all this? And how should adults be handling this conversation?

One night during the summer of 2017, a teenager named Francesca in Virginia was assaulted by a classmate: "I was pinned down and he fondled my breasts and sexually assaulted me." We're only using her first name because she's 15 years old.

   

 

Some businesses, organizations and community leaders are severing ties with the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce after learning of the chambers endorsement of Bill Schuette for Governor. 

 

In two statements on Facebook, Founders Brewing Company, the Winchester and Donkey Taqueria said that they had cancelled their memberships with the chamber. 

 

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