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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.

Grand Valley State University

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)

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

Sep 21, 2018

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. 



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. 


Four Michigan community mental health centers have been selected as Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics and are getting a boost in funding. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan on Thursday announced the designation for Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Easter Seals Michigan in Auburn Hills; West Michigan Community Mental Health System in Ludington and HealthWest in Muskegon. 

A West Michigan man has been convicted of manslaughter in the death of his 14-month-old daughter, who drowned while unattended in a bathtub. A Muskegon County Circuit Court jury also found Justin Smutz guilty Wednesday of second-degree child abuse. He's jailed pending sentencing. Adalynn Grace Smutz died March 25, 2016, while in the bathtub with her 2-year-old half-brother.

Southwestern Michigan authorities say a man accused of killing his girlfriend is back behind bars after escaping from jail. Kalamazoo County sheriff's officials say the inmate had been in the county jail's recreation area on Wednesday when he climbed fences and escaped. He ditched his jail-issued orange jumpsuit after getting free, but was found by authorities about a half-hour later in the city wearing underwear and tennis shoes. He's expected to be charged Thursday in the escape. Jail officials are inspecting the fencing for any weak spots.

Associated Press

After a 2017 traffic stop study discovered racial bias in the Grand Rapids Police Department, an independent group charged with doing an internal review has released a series of recommendations for the GRPD to adopt. 

According to a press release from the city, "The recommendations fall in six areas of Grand Rapids Police Department policy review: staffing and deployment, internal affairs, training, youth interactions, community policing and crime reduction, and recruiting and hiring."