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A ghost stole my homework? Muskegon Community College plans to hold classes in the fall at a renovated funeral home. The Grand Haven Tribune reports that Muskegon Community College purchased the Clock Life Story Funeral Home building for $378,000. The college's Grand Haven campus is currently located at the Grand Haven Community Center. 

  

After the surprising retirement of Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinksy last month, city officials are now shifting their attention to finding his replacement. 

Just one month ago, Police Chief David Rahinksy dropped a bombshell on city officials…he had already purchased a home in Florida, and his mind had been made up; his time in Grand Rapids, was over.

Fast forward one month later, city officials announced this week that they have hired Public Sector Search and Consulting to conduct a national search for the next Grand Rapids Chief of Police.

Michigan's 100th Legislature has begun its two-year session.
 
     Republicans opened the term Wednesday with smaller majorities in both chambers following the November election. They will have to contend with a Democratic governor for the first time since 2009-10, the last time Michigan had a divided government.
 
     Legislative work is unlikely to progress much until Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her first State of the State address on Feb. 5 and proposes her first budget in early March. There are also a lot of new lawmakers who need to learn the ropes.

Laughfest
Gilda's Club

It’s the New Year and that means a new “Laughfest” to look forward to.  And organizers say it’ll be here before you know. That’s why individual tickets are going on sale this week.  Friday to be exact.

“We are so excited, it may only be January but we’re already thinking about March and we think others should be too.”

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The Newaygo County Republican Party believes it is the first county GOP organization in the state to issue a resolution supporting President Donald Trump’s pledge to construct a southern border wall.

The Newaygo County Republican Party is led by a 17 member committee. During its executive committee meeting held January 3rd, it unanimously voted to support President Donald Trump and the construction of a $5.7 billion wall along the U.S./Mexico border and did so with the drafting of a resolution.

Ann Arbor defeats plan to target deer hunt protesters

Jan 9, 2019

The Ann Arbor City Council has turned down a request to take action against protesters who are opposed to a special deer hunt. The Ann Arbor News says protesters have appeared at sites where sharpshooters have been hired to kill up to 150 deer this month. The goal is to reduce the city's high deer population. Council member Jane Lumm wants the city attorney to issue tickets or file lawsuits to discourage the protests. But her proposal was defeated Monday, 6-5. 

A northern Michigan woman has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for fatally striking a 9-year-old boy with her vehicle. Emmet County Judge Charles Johnson exceeded the sentencing guidelines, which aren't mandatory. Samuel Myers was walking his bike with his mother in August when they were hit by a Chevrolet Trailblazer.

Holly Hibbler of Petoskey was sentenced Tuesday, weeks after pleading no contest to reckless driving causing death. The Petoskey courtroom was filled with family and friends of the victim. Samuel's mother, Sharon Myers, was injured in the crash.

Officials in state departments and agencies can’t ask potential employees about their pay history.

   The new rule signed by governor Gretchen Whitmer today.

Governor Whitmer says the new rule – which only applies to potential state employees, could help end the gender pay gap. In a statement, Whitmer said women earn 78 cents for every dollar men earn – and it’s time for that to change.

    Judy Welch is the executive director for the West Michigan branch of Michigan Women Forward. She says she wants other businesses to follow suit.

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As the city continues to undergo a dramatic transformation, a new online newspaper is hoping to shine a spotlight on all things Muskegon. According to its website, the Muskegon Times, a new daily digital publication aims to “inform and empower” readers, by “providing regular content to a broad, demographically diverse audience.”

Anna Gustafson is an award winning journalist, and is the founder, editor and publisher of the Muskegon Times.

Pat LeBlanc, Chairman EBW Electronics portrait
EBW Electronics

Holland-based EBW Electronics employs 230 workers making automotive lighting circuit boards. The parts come from China and are assembled here. In a Sunday New York Times story the chairman of EBW had this to say about tariffs on Chinese made components, “It’s killing us.” In the Times story it was also stated the tariffs incentivize a company to move to either Canada or Mexico. 

Chairman Pat LaBlanc is a Republican and supporter of President Donald Trump. He spoke with WGVU about the media attention and realities facing his company.

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