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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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A Romanian man was briefly detained on Tuesday in connection with Saturday's high-profile rape and killing of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova, but after questioning, a Bulgarian official said the unidentified man would be released without charge.

Marinova's beaten and strangled body was found in the bushes by the banks of the Danube River in the northern Bulgarian city of Ruse, police said.

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 88th state house district.

Democrat Heidi Zuniga is a former educator and breast cancer survivor. If elected as the 88th District’s State House Representative, Zuniga says, she will fight in Lansing for safe and effective public schools, affordable healthcare for every resident, and a sustainable environment for future generations.

If you're a first-time mother and you opt for epidural anesthesia during labor, your doctor may suggest you wait about an hour after your cervix is completely dilated before you start trying to push the baby down the birth canal.

But a study published Tuesday in JAMA, the flagship journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that might not be the best advice.

The National Security Agency's Rob Storch is a talkative guy at a place that specializes in eavesdropping.

Google plans to shutter its Google+ social network for consumers, citing its limited adoption with users. The tech giant announced the decision at the same time that it disclosed that the privacy of up to a half-million Google+ accounts could have been affected by a "bug."

The company says it discovered and patched the issue in March but decided not to disclose it immediately. It said it had no evidence that any third-party developer was aware of the bug or had misused profile data.

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Nikki Haley is resigning as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and will leave the Trump administration at the end of the year, she said Tuesday.

It is not immediately clear what prompted the move. She informed her staff Tuesday, NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

Haley appeared with President Trump on Tuesday morning at the Oval Office, where he called her a "fantastic person" and said Haley had told him six months ago that she might take time off at the end of the year.

In his latest book, Michael Beschloss details the windup to eight wars — and the executive branch involvement in each.

With the exception of the Korean War, all of these wars received either a formal congressional declaration of war (the War of 1812; the Mexican-American War in 1846; the Spanish-American War in 1898; WWI in 1917; and WWII in 1941-42) or some form of congressional authorization (Civil War in 1861 and the Vietnam War in 1964).

Review details high lead levels in schools water

Oct 9, 2018

A review of water testing results at Detroit public schools found that one school had more than 54 times the allowable amount of lead under federal guidelines while another exceeded the regulated copper level by nearly 30 times.

The Detroit News reports it reviewed hundreds of pages of water reports for 57 Detroit Public Schools Community District buildings that had elevated levels of lead and/or copper in the water. Detroit officials believe old fixtures could be to blame for the contamination in schools, where water coolers and bottled water are being provided .

Officials say a $5.1 million gift to Albion College will help transform pre-medical education at the school. The school announced Monday that Lisa and James Wilson, who graduated from the college in the 1970s, are making the gift that will establish the Lisa and James Wilson Institute for Medicine at Albion College. The school says it's the largest gift by an individual or couple in the school's history.

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