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GRPD Chief David Rahinsky resigns; press conference scheduled for Thursday

The City of Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Police Department have announced that Chief of Police David Rahinksy has informed the City Manager’s office that he is resigning from his post. Rahinksy cited his desire to retire closer to his family as the motivating factor in his decision. The announcement comes however, after Rahinksy has been asked to be the face of a police department that has encountered public criticism on multiple occasions over the past two years. After a traffic study...

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The City of Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Police Department have announced that Chief of Police David Rahinksy has informed the City Manager’s office that he is resigning from his post.

Rahinksy cited his desire to retire closer to his family as the motivating factor in his decision.

Legislation that would allow for a proposed multi-use tunnel to send oil and natural gas liquids under the Straits of Mackinac passed in the state Senate today.

The plan is controversial. That’s because it would allow the decades old pipeline that currently transports oil and natural gas liquids under the Straits to stay open while the tunnel is built. Possibly for a decade.

Legislation approved by the Senate calls for a commission to oversee the multi-use tunnel that would be built and used by Enbridge Energy.

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“I was able to meet him for the first time when I was 10 years old, that was back in 1966 when he was running for the Senate race against Dolph Briscoe and he lost.”

Gleaves Whitney is director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University. He knew the Bush family growing up in Texas a mile or two from their home. A friendship and an appreciation for George H. W. Bush grew over the years.

Republicans who control Michigan's Legislature are expected to vote on bills that would strip power from the Democratic secretary of state-elect and give lawmakers authority to intervene in lawsuits. Democrats won the governor, attorney general and secretary of state's offices last month. But before they are sworn, GOP legislators are hoping to enact laws limiting or affecting the Democrats' powers .

Authorities: About 20 sickened by fumes from printer ink

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Authorities say that about 20 people were taken to hospitals after being sickened by fumes from spilled printer ink at an office park in southeastern Michigan. The Ann Arbor Township Fire Department says the ink was found spilled atop a package that was delivered Tuesday to the Domino's Farms complex.

Those exposed to the fumes reported headaches and what the department described as other minor ailments. They were expected to recover.

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The Confederate battle flag and three other symbols of the Confederacy were taken down Wednesday from the Capitol grounds in Montgomery, Ala., after their removal was ordered by Gov. Robert Bentley amid a growing backlash against the symbols following last week's racially motivated mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina.

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Hillary Clinton's speech Tuesday at a historic black church in Missouri was mostly well-received by the audience, but three words angered some of the activists she was hoping to appeal to.

Clinton spoke to frequent applause about religion, racism, access to education, repairing communities and the shooting last week in Charleston, S.C.

The church where Clinton spoke, Christ the King United Church of Christ, is in Florissant, Mo., fewer than 5 miles from where the rioting and protesting happened in Ferguson.

Better communication with the families of kidnapped Americans — and a pledge that those relatives won't face criminal charges if they pay ransoms — are at the heart of an update to the U.S. federal hostage policy, released Wednesday.

When you hear the words "green brewery," you might picture gleaming solar panels or aerodynamic wind turbines. But the most valuable piece of technology at the $24 million headquarters of Smuttynose Brewing Co. on the seacoast of New Hampshire isn't quite as sexy.

"The place you have to start is the building envelope," says Smuttynose founder Peter Egelston.

While the debate over whether to label foods containing GMO ingredients plays out across the country, another engineered food has long been waiting to hit grocery stores: genetically modified salmon.

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