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Grand Rapids Women's March set for this weekend

The day after President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration, women gathered in Washington D.C. and across the nation protesting a history of offensive statements toward women made by the president. It’s considered the largest single-day, national protest. Raina Cook is the new organizer this year for the local women’s march. She says the goal this year is to get more people involved in the community and to be more inclusive to all women. Speakers at the event will represent people from the...

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the federal government needs to let Michigan help federal employees who are still working but aren’t being paid.

Thousands of Michigan residents are currently furloughed without pay because of the partial government shutdown. Those that aren’t working can apply for state benefits. But there’s some confusion about whether the state can help people that are still working but not getting paid.

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Some people in Flint are upset over a parade of plea deals in the Flint water scandal, three years after authorities said the lead crisis would put officials in prison. 

No one is behind bars. Seven of 15 defendants have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors. Their records will be scrubbed if they cooperate with a prosecutor.

Flint was one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history. The city pulled water from a river in 2014 and 2015 without treating it to reduce corrosion. Lead leached from pipes.

Two state Environmental Quality department employees have been fired and several others disciplined after an audit found nearly $34,000 was paid for unperformed work hours.

Michigan's auditor general also said in a report Friday that three of the BioWatch Unit workers improperly used state vehicles.

Investigators looked into activities of four employees and said they took extended lunch breaks and left work early. Personal stops also were made at retail stores and other locations while on state time. On occasion, state vehicles were parked overnight at homes.

Grand Rapids Women's March set for this weekend

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  The day after President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration, women gathered in Washington D.C. and across the nation protesting a history of offensive statements toward women made by the president. It’s considered the largest single-day, national protest.

Raina Cook is the new organizer this year for the local women’s march. She says the goal this year is to get more people involved in the community and to be more inclusive to all women.

GRPS college success program awarded grant

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$150,000 dollars was the grant recently given to Our Community’s Children, a joint partnership between Grand Rapids Publics Schools and the City of Grand Rapids. The funds, awarded by The Wege Foundation, will go towards operating the T2C Studio in the Grand Rapids Public Library. The studio was created through the To College Through College initiative two years ago. It exists to help students throughout the entire college process, focusing on first generation students of color. Shayla Young is the coordinator for the studio.

 

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Officials in Columbia, S.C., have evacuated more than 400 people from a public housing complex after finding multiple gas leaks that constituted an "imminent danger to life."

Two men were discovered dead in separate units on Thursday morning. Police haven't confirmed the deaths are tied to the gas leaks, but say they don't suspect foul play.

An Iranian-American woman arrested five days ago during a visit to the U.S. is testifying behind closed doors to a grand jury in Washington, D.C., a U.S. federal judge said Friday.

The disclosure by Beryl Howell, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington, marked the first time any U.S. authority has provided information on the mystery surrounding Marzieh Hashemi, an anchor on Press TV, the English-language version of Iran's state television.

According to a report by Billboard magazine on Friday afternoon, R. Kelly has been dropped by RCA Records. The move comes in the wake of a documentary series called Surviving R. Kelly that aired on Lifetime and cataloged more than 25 years of accusations of sexual and physical abuse made against Kelly by a number of women, including seven who were interviewed on camera.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the federal government needs to let Michigan help federal employees who are still working but aren’t being paid.

Thousands of Michigan residents are currently furloughed without pay because of the partial government shutdown. Those that aren’t working can apply for state benefits. But there’s some confusion about whether the state can help people that are still working but not getting paid.

It has been a long, long time since New York City's newsstands have been bereft of copies of The Forward. Founded as a Yiddish-language daily in 1897, the newspaper once known as The Jewish Daily Forward endured a host of major changes over its long lifespan — but through them all, the small publication reliably went to press with news that its predominantly American Jewish audience often couldn't find elsewhere.

But that will change come springtime.

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The Kent County Sheriff, Michelle LaJoye Young says they will no longer be holding individuals on behalf of Immigration Customs Enforcement. 

“The Kent County Sheriff will hold detainess for ICE only after ICE presents to our office an arrest warrant signed by a federal judge or magistrate otherwise known as a judicial arrest warrant. This change is effective immediately.” 

The Department of Defense released Friday the names of three Americans who died in a suicide bombing at a restaurant in Manbij in northern Syria. A fourth U.S. casualty was a military contractor and has not yet been identified in the attack that is said to have killed 15 people.

Updated at 3:53 p.m. ET

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have agreed to a second meeting following their initial summit last year.

"President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and half, to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February. The President looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at a place to be announced at a later date," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced after Trump met Friday in the Oval Office with the North Korean envoy.

Zimbabwe has constricted Internet access amid a week of deadly protests following an increase in gasoline prices.

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country's largest mobile phone operator, said early Friday that it had been directed by the government to shut down all Internet access for the second time in a week.

Picture of Flint water tower
flickr.com

Some people in Flint are upset over a parade of plea deals in the Flint water scandal, three years after authorities said the lead crisis would put officials in prison. 

No one is behind bars. Seven of 15 defendants have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors. Their records will be scrubbed if they cooperate with a prosecutor.

Flint was one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history. The city pulled water from a river in 2014 and 2015 without treating it to reduce corrosion. Lead leached from pipes.

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