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Decision 2018: Two candidates running for state representative in Michigan's 91st district

WGVU’s Decision 2018 Election Coverage continues as we profile those seeking public office this November. Today, we profile the two candidates running in Michigan’s 91st state house district. Greg VanWoerkom is the District Director for US Congressman Bill Huizenga and previously served as the senior policy advisor to U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra. VanWoerkom serves on the board of the United Way of the Lakeshore and is Board President for Western Michigan Christian High and Middle School...

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Ford Motor Company Stocks in free fall

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Ford Motor Company’s stock fell to its lowest point since 20-12 this week. Detroit’s three automakers all spent part of the day today with their stocks in freefall.

Ford’s stock fell more than three percent on Tuesday… and the market volatility followed General Motors and Fiat Chrysler into Wednesday as well.

A representative from Ford says they are restructuring their business, and they expect the market will recognize the company’s progress over time.

Tens of thousands of people were falsely accused of cheating on their unemployment benefits. The state took money from their tax refund or ordered them to re-pay benefits. That was after a problem with the state’s automated system.

       The court will decide if a lawsuit against the state for the false fraud accusations can go forward.

WGVU’s Decision 2018 Election Coverage continues as we profile those seeking public office this November. Today, we profile the two candidates running in Michigan’s 91st state house district. 

Greg VanWoerkom is the District Director for US Congressman Bill Huizenga and previously served as the senior policy advisor to U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra. VanWoerkom serves on the board of the United Way of the Lakeshore and is Board President for Western Michigan Christian High and Middle School.

This November, voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. In anticipation of that vote, pro-legalization advocacy group The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Wednesday released an analysis of the arrests made in Michigan in 2016 that were marijuana related.

Conducted by Shenandoah University Criminal Justice Professor Jon Gettman and paid for by the campaign, the data showed that while over 20,000 people were arrested in the state of Michigan in 2016 for marijuana possession, 90% of those arrests were for made for having an ounce or less.

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Get ready.  The Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is holding a competition to redesign and modernize park signs across the city.  The competition is open to everyone through November 6th.

“It’s time to hit refresh on our park signs.”

David Marquardt, Director of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation, says the time has come to modernize the park signs.

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Not so long ago — the administration of President George W. Bush — $1 million could get you elected to Congress. Now, four weeks from Election Day, Democrats say 60 of their candidates raised that much or more, just in the last three months.

Fueled by an energetic base of small donors, Democrats are going into the final stretch of the election with a substantial financial advantage, erasing Republicans' typical fundraising edge.

A Missouri judge ruled on Tuesday that state election officials can no longer tell voters they must show a photo ID in order to cast a ballot. The ruling blocks part of Missouri's voter identification law.

Cole County's Judge Richard Callahan said the state cannot advertise that a photo identification is required to cast a ballot. "No compelling state interest is served by misleading local election authorities and voters into believing a photo ID card is a requirement for voting," he wrote in his ruling.

Updated at 11:08 p.m. ET

The eye of Hurricane Michael is weakening as it churns across south-central Georgia. Now a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, it made landfall around midday Wednesday in the Florida Panhandle near Panama City at Category 4 strength, with winds of 155 mph.

When people living with HIV walk out of prison, they leave with up to a month's worth of HIV medication in their pockets. What they don't necessarily leave with is access to health care or the services that will keep them healthy in the long term.

Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old Florida native, landed at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport last Tuesday, expecting to start her studies in human rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Instead, she has spent the past week detained.

Alqasem, whose father is of Palestinian heritage, was barred from entering the country and accused of supporting a boycott of Israel that was started by Palestinian leaders.

Passwords that took seconds to guess, or were never changed from their factory settings. Cyber vulnerabilities that were known, but never fixed. Those are two common problems plaguing some of the Department of Defense's newest weapons systems, according to the Government Accountability Office.

The flaws are highlighted in a new GAO report, which found the Pentagon is "just beginning to grapple" with the scale of vulnerabilities in its weapons systems.

Lawmakers may look at chemical contaminants known as PFAS

Oct 9, 2018

Lawmakers in Lansing say they are ready to take a deeper look at regulating a class of chemicals known as PFAS. The toxic substances have been in many groundwater and drinking water sites throughout the state. PFAS chemicals have been used in manufacturing and in firefighting foam at sites throughout the state.

State officials are testing for PFAS statewide… but the legislature has yet to act on PFAS.

Updated 10:33 p.m. ET

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has temporarily blocked lower court orders for depositions by two senior Trump administration officials in the multiple lawsuits over the new question about U.S. citizenship status on the 2020 census.

It's been a year since the The New York Times ran an exposé alleging sexual harassment by Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein. That led to an outpouring of allegations as others spoke out, leading to the downfall of many leaders and executives, including top news editors at NPR.

Imagine a small, developing nation whose education system is severely lacking: schools are poorly funded, students can't afford tuition or books, fewer than half of indigenous girls even attend school — and often drop out to take care of siblings or get married.

These are the schools of rural Guatemala.

Now meet a firebrand educator who thinks he has a way to reinvent schools in Guatemala.

His school is called Los Patojos, a Spanish word used in Guatemala that means "little ones."

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