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Lisa Postuhumus Lyons
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Michigan Republican governor candidate Bill Schuette has selected former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate.

Lyons joined the current state attorney general Wednesday morning at a campaign event in Grand Rapids. That's near her home in the Kent County community of Alto and where she works as county clerk.

She served in the state Legislature from 2011-16. She's the daughter of Dick Posthumus, Gov. Rick Snyder's chief of staff and lieutenant governor for former Gov. John Engler.

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A health report released Tuesday indicates a significantly higher than expected rate for prostate cancer in Northern Kent County private drinking wells tested for PFAS.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Kent County Health Department released cancer incident data as it pertains to PFAS found in two Northern Kent County combined zip codes private drinking wells. Think Belmont and Rockford where Wolverine World Wide dumped waste.

The Michigan Department of Corrections plans to close the Ojibway Correctional Facility in the western Upper Peninsula.
 
     The Detroit Free Press and WLUC-TV report he agency's director made the announcement Tuesday to meet a cut of more than $19 million in the prison budget.
 
     Lawmakers had instructed the department to close an unspecified prison.
 

The Michigan Department of Treasury says a 6 percent sales tax will soon be applied to all companies with no physical location in the state.
 
     The department announced Monday that sales tax will be collected from online out-of-state retailers that exceed $100,000 in sales or 200 or more transactions in Michigan within the previous calendar year. The agency estimates that the rule change beginning Oct. 1 will bring in an extra $200 million per year in state revenue.
 

The Ingham County judge who sentenced pedophile ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar will stay on the case -- for now.

   A chief judge denied Nassar’s request to have a different judge decide if he should be resentenced.

Nassar’s lawyers say Judge Rosemarie Aquilina was not fair and impartial. That she used harsh language against Nassar and was too compassionate toward his victims.

What it takes to make it in Grand Rapids as a Black owned business

Aug 14, 2018
Daddy's Dough Cookies

With a bachelor degree in business, MarcQus Wright is no stranger to the kind of experience, stamina, passion and drive it takes to start up a business – but he knew that for Daddy’s Dough to make it he would need more than just real ingredients and stellar baking skills. 

Daddy’s Dough has been around for three years specializing in homemade cookies. Wright shares that making it in Grand Rapids as a Black owned business is about who you know. 

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PBS FRONTLINE and WGVU Public Television present the finale of a two part series Tuesday, August 14th at 9:00. WGVU spoke with New York Times Tehran Bureau Chief and FRONTLINE correspondent Thomas Erdbrink. He’s one of a handful of Western journalists living in Iran.

At a time friction between the United States and Iran – a renewed threat of war and sanctions - Erdbrink presents “Our Man in Tehran” - life inside the Islamic Republic.

Murder suspect shows no remorse, dances on airport runway

Aug 14, 2018

A man accused of a double homicide in West Michigan did some apparent dance moves after being returned from Georgia to face charges. The FBI says Antwan Mims, who had been among the FBI's 10 Most Wanted, was arrested without incident July 31 in College Park. WNDU-TV broadcast video of him smiling and dancing his way to a police car Monday after being transported by plane to Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Michigan State House candidate jailed on election day

Aug 14, 2018
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A Republican state House candidate and demolition company owner found himself jailed on primary election day on a pollution complaint. Holton Township Supervisor Alan Jager was booked Tuesday and released that day after posting bond. He's accused of failing to contain asbestos at a demolition site in western Michigan's Muskegon. 

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A public-private partnership that supports wildlife habitat restoration in the Great Lakes region has awarded $6.6 million to 25 projects. The grants come from Sustain Our Great Lakes, a program funded by federal agencies and the steel and mining company ArcelorMittal. Recipients agreed to provide $8.2 million in matching funds.

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