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GVSU offering free professional development to all Michigan educators

A one-of-a-kind offer is being made to every teacher in the state providing free professional development workshops. Grand Valley State University and its Charter Schools Office are offering the program. The university operates 78 charter schools across the state. It offers those teachers professional development workshops. “Our professional development workshops are opportunities for teachers to come together and really study the practice of teaching.” School districts traditionally offer...

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Time is running out for Michigan residents to weigh in on changes to the Healthy Michigan insurance plan.

The comment period ends Sunday.

This is the last chance Michigan residents have to try and shape the controversial law that requires able bodied people on the plan to work to get benefits. State officials are putting together the application to get a waiver from the federal government.

Lynn Sutfin is with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She says it’s important for participants to give the state their input.

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A Michigan man charged in the neglect death of his 10-month-old baby says he shouldn't have been charged and that seeking medical help is "just as dangerous as not going."

Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari were charged Monday with felony murder and first-degree child abuse after their daughter, Mary, was found unresponsive in their Solon Township home.

An autopsy determined she died of malnutrition and dehydration.

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Last year Kent County Sheriff Larry Stelma was named “Sheriff of the Year” by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association. This year, Stelma is calling it a career. He recently informed the Kent County Board of Commissioners his final day will be November 1st.

He was elected Kent County Sheriff in 2001. Re-elected five times Stelma began his law enforcement career in 1972. That was the when he served as a deputy in the jail. Over his 46 years in the department he’s landed in just about every division leading up to 17 years as sheriff.

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A one-of-a-kind offer is being made to every teacher in the state providing free professional development workshops.

Grand Valley State University and its Charter Schools Office are offering the program. The university operates 78 charter schools across the state. It offers those teachers professional development workshops.

“Our professional development workshops are opportunities for teachers to come together and really study the practice of teaching.”

Michigan Technological University is opening a location where researchers can try out new technologies that would enable greater use of unmanned research and survey vessels. The Maritime Autonomy Research Site is on Lake Superior's Portage Canal in the Upper Peninsula city of Houghton. Officials say it will be the first freshwater testing spot of its kind in the world.

A launch ceremony is scheduled for Friday, along with an announcement of a new organization called the Smart Ships Coalition.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' arguments about the plain meaning ... are strong."

In the Medieval era, kings and queens hosted feasts adorned with surprisingly complex edible sculptures depicting humans and animals alike. Outside the castle walls, of course, people struggled to put enough food on the table — much less, worry about its presentation afterward. But in the modern United States, food sculpture is the art of the people. Nowhere is this truer than the butter sculptures so common at Midwestern state fairs.

The giant ostrich-like rhea, despite its largely useless vestigial wings, seems to be something of a flight risk.

Last year, we brought you the story of one of the birds — native to South America — that escaped from a farm in the U.K., startling cyclists and otherwise wreaking mayhem in the English countryside.

For the past 20 years, doctors have recommended that dialysis patients have a simple operation to make it safer and easier to connect to a machine that cleans their blood.

Islamic State fighters, who were ousted from the Kurdish border town of Kobani in January, have launched an offensive to recapture the Syrian city — setting off car bombs as a prelude to an attack, NPR's Deborah Amos reports.

Mourners will gather in South Carolina on Thursday for the funerals of the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and Ethel Lance, two of the nine people who were killed during a Bible study meeting in Charleston last week.

Both Coleman-Singleton, 45, and Lance, 70, were integral members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where police say a white gunman attacked last week with the stated intention of killing black people. The case is being investigated as a hate crime.

Clinton County prosecutor Andrew Wylie told reporters late Wednesday night that Gene Palmer carried into the prison frozen patties of hamburger meat that may have had saw blades and drill bits stuffed inside.

The guard also allegedly showed convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat a utility catwalk area behind their cells, which the inmates later used as part of their escape.

The tragic events in Charleston this month have released years of racial and political tension in the South, and the pressure is being felt by Republican officeholders across the region.

Why the Republicans? Because it is increasingly difficult to find officeholders in the region who are not Republicans.

Taxi drivers in France formed virtual blockades around airports and key train stations Thursday, causing chaos in Paris and other French cities as part of a wide protest against the Uber ride-booking service, known in France as UberPOP.

Government and transportation officials urged travelers to take trains to many airports, as the roads around them were completely blocked.

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