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Grand Rapids continues to mourn the loss of retired 61st District Court Judge, Benjamin Logan.  Judge Logan died September 24th at his Grand Rapids home.  Funeral services were held on Thursday.

WGVU looks at his life and his legacy speaking with those who knew him well. 

“We’ve lost an icon in this community, someone who really felt, and worked hard to make it a better place for everybody.”

  

After the Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected Michigan’s request for assistance in aiding Upper Peninsula residents it hard by flooding last June, Governor Snyder announced today that the state will cover the $7million in matching funds Upper Peninsula grant recipients are required to pay under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) public assistance program.

The Environmental Protection Agency will host a round table discussion in western Michigan on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances -- known as PFAS -- that threaten water sources in a number of communities across the state. EPA and state officials are expected to attend the 1-3 p.m. Friday event at the Kalamazoo Expo Center in Kalamazoo.

Winners to be announced at 10th ArtPrize competition

Oct 5, 2018

The winners of the 10th international ArtPrize competition are set to be announced during an awards ceremony in western Michigan. This year's ArtPrize started last month and features the work of artists from around the world at more than 160 venues vying for $500,000 in cash prizes. More than 1,260 artworks are on display.

Awards include $200,000 for the public favorite and $200,000 for a winner picked by an expert jury. After an earlier round of voting, the votes of ArtPrize visitors selected 20 finalists to go along with 20 picks from jurors.

The University of Michigan has raised $5 billion so far during its multi-year fundraising campaign that's scheduled to wrap up at the end of 2018. University President Mark Schlissel announced Thursday the "Victors for Michigan " campaign reached that mark with support from more than 382,000 donors. He says in a statement it's "further evidence of the power of the University of Michigan family."

A Michigan woman who received more than $30,000 through an online fundraising campaign after falsely claiming she had breast cancer has been sentenced to at least two years in prison. Candace Streng was sentenced to 28 1/2 months to 15 years Thursday after pleading guilty last month to larceny by false pretenses. Livingston County prosecutors say Streng lied to friends, family and strangers about having cancer and raised the money for years.

  

In an effort to provide more residents of Grand Rapids access to healthy and affordable food, the city is seeking the public’s input on how to better its urban agriculture situation. The hope is that urban agriculture will help grow the local food system, while improving the quality of life and public health for its residents, specifically, those living in the city’s lower-income neighborhoods.

  

Bob Margolin is a veteran blues bass player and guitarist who has performed and recorded with some of the greatest blues legends, from Muddy Waters to Pinetop Perkins. WGVU's Scott Vander Werf brings this preview. 

The Michigan House has voted to repeal Michigan's rarely enforced ban against scalping tickets to games, concerts and other entertainment events. The bill was approved 71-36 Wednesday and sent to the Senate. A similar attempt to legalize ticket scalping died in the Senate in 2014.

Michigan residents could register to vote online under bills nearing Gov. Rick Snyder's desk. The state House approved the legislation unanimously Wednesday. The measures previously passed the Senate and are expected to receive final procedural votes later this month.

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