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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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Michigan plans to allow medical marijuana patients and their doctors to complete registrations online.

The Detroit News reports the change is scheduled to start by Oct. 8. Andrew Brisbo, director of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation , said it's likely to make the registration and renewal process easier and quicker for many medical marijuana patients and doctors who have so far relied on paper forms. B

risbo says that the bureau will maintain its paper process for those who prefer it.

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Two Dutch scholars will join local and state government officials at Grand Valley State University to discuss challenges that climate change poses for businesses.

The program is called "Preserving Ourselves: Local and International Perspectives on Climate Change Threats and Solutions." It's sponsored by the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative in Grand Valley's Seidman College of Business.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 10 in the L. William Seidman Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. To reserve a seat, email Robbi Osipoff at osipoffr(at)gvsu.edu.

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. 

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Updated, September 21, 7:48 p.m. ET

A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to make its main official behind the 2020 census citizenship question — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — available to testify out of court for the lawsuits over the hotly contested question.

China has warned the U.S. to withdraw sanctions on its military or face consequences. The U.S. imposed the sanctions on Thursday over China's purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment.

Updated at 8:47 p.m. ET

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein denied an explosive report on Friday that said he discussed secretly recording President Trump at the White House and that he might seek to recruit members of the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to remove Trump.

Rosenstein called the story "inaccurate and factually incorrect."

marijuana leaf
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikimedia | Public Domain / wikimedia.org

Michigan plans to allow medical marijuana patients and their doctors to complete registrations online.

The Detroit News reports the change is scheduled to start by Oct. 8. Andrew Brisbo, director of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation , said it's likely to make the registration and renewal process easier and quicker for many medical marijuana patients and doctors who have so far relied on paper forms. B

risbo says that the bureau will maintain its paper process for those who prefer it.

Grand Valley State University
gvsu.edu

Two Dutch scholars will join local and state government officials at Grand Valley State University to discuss challenges that climate change poses for businesses.

The program is called "Preserving Ourselves: Local and International Perspectives on Climate Change Threats and Solutions." It's sponsored by the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative in Grand Valley's Seidman College of Business.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 10 in the L. William Seidman Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. To reserve a seat, email Robbi Osipoff at osipoffr(at)gvsu.edu.

Marion "Suge" Knight faces 28 years in prison after pleading no contest to "running over a man and killing him in a restaurant parking lot three years ago," according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Knight, 53, is the co-founder of rap label Death Row Records. He agreed to a plea deal that includes "one count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted a special allegation that he used a deadly weapon, a truck," the DA's office said.

Before the agreement, Knight had been facing charges of murder and attempted murder.

Walter Mischel, a revolutionary psychologist with a specialty in personality theory, died of pancreatic cancer on Sept. 12. He was 88.

Three infants and two adults were stabbed in an early Friday morning attack at a day care in the Queens borough of New York City, according to police.

Officers who arrived at the house found multiple people with stab wounds, including three babies ranging in age from 3 days to 1 month old.

One woman suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso, and a man was stabbed in the leg. The man is the father of one of the injured babies, and the woman was an employee of the day care.

All of the injured were taken to area hospitals in critical but stable condition.

Updated at 11:53 p.m. ET

Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school, rejected an ultimatum given by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

The Cleveland Browns made a rare visit to the win column Thursday night, ending a streak of frustration and futility by beating another NFL team for the first time since Christmas Eve 2016. The win set off celebrations – including a promotion campaign that had offered free beer if the team won a game in 2018.

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