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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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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. 

 

The Texas Senate race wasn't supposed to be competitive this year. But thanks to an imaginative campaign, Beto O'Rourke has energized Democrats, drawing huge crowds and raising tens of millions of dollars in what was initially seen as a long-shot bid to defeat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

Russian social media agitators who pushed pro-gun messages in the United States sometimes copied the language of the National Rifle Association. And sometimes, the NRA copied them.

What isn't clear is whether there was any relationship between the social media users or whether the duplication was done without the other's awareness, part of the broader tide of advocacy about gun rights.

What is clear is that, at times, the Russians followed so closely behind the American gun rights group that it duplicated its content word for word.

It's been a tough couple of years for the business of voting.

There's the state that discovered a Russian oligarch now finances the company that hosts its voting data.

Then there's the company that manufactures and services voter registration software in eight states that found itself hacked by Russian operatives leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

And then there's the largest voting machine company in the country, which initially denied and then admitted it had installed software on its systems considered by experts to be extremely vulnerable to hacking.

Florence may have concluded its crawl over the Carolinas, but officials are warning residents not to let the fairer weather deceive them. For days, the storm dumped relentless rain — in some places about 3 feet — and as all that water continues to make its way downstream, rivers keep on rising.

The storm's death toll ticked up to 41 people on Thursday; 31 people in North Carolina alone, which entered its 13th day under a state of emergency.

Updated at 12:10 p.m. Friday

Newly unsealed court documents have explained the mysterious closure of a New Mexico observatory earlier this month, revealing that authorities were investigating one of the facility's janitors for possession and distribution of child pornography.

The Sunspot Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak was shut for 11 days for "a security issue," and its closure drew cheeky speculation that authorities were investigating the presence of UFOs.

Google has warned some senators and Senate aides that their personal Google accounts have been targets of attempted hacks backed by foreign governments, the company confirmed on Thursday.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wrote to Senate leaders on Wednesday that his office has discovered a number of senators and Senate staff members were warned by a major technology company "that their personal email accounts were targeted by foreign government hackers."

Updated on Sept. 21 at 2:33 p.m. ET

If you feel like your commute is taking longer, that's because it is.

New survey data show the average American's commute inched up to 26.9 minutes from 26.6 minutes the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 American Community Survey.

Last week, hackers stole an estimated $59 million from a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange called Zaif, according to a statement released Thursday by the owners of the exchange.

According to Cointelegraph, the Tech Bureau Corp. said the breach occurred on September 14. The company discovered something was wrong on September 17, and realized it was a hack the following day, September 18.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has reinstated Russia's state anti-doping regulator after a major doping scandal that reverberated across international sports. The move has been roundly condemned by anti-doping advocates.

The reinstatement of RUSADA, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, is subject to conditions. Nine members of WADA's executive committee backed the decision. Two voted against it – the agency's vice president and Oceania. Europe abstained.

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