Grand Rapids

Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
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A 33-year-old woman says she was bitten on the leg by a U.S. Secret Service dog during Vice President Mike Pence's visit last week to western Michigan.

Melissa Ramirez says she was outside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids on Wednesday when she was bitten.

Ramirez tells WXMI-TV she was walking to a bus stop and that the bite "lasted maybe a second but it was long enough" for the dog to get its teeth into her "pretty well."

She says the agent handling the dog was "very apologetic."

She received one stitch to close the wound.

Van Andel Arena
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Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall are receiving high marks from notable national publication mid-year charts.

If you’ve been to a show at DeVos Performance Hall, or a concert or sporting event at Van Andel Arena, you may have noticed tickets are scarce. From the perspective of Pollstar, VenuesNow and Billboard Magazines, that means ticket sales are solid. For venues of their size, that puts them near the top of ticket sales in North America and the world.

Coming Up For Air

Jul 20, 2018

The localy produced film Coming Up for Air is set to be released 2019, a film putting the topic of Mental Illness on the forefront. Producer/Co screenwriter Roger Rapoport joins us to talk about a community discussion this Tuesday night in Muskegon about the film and topic.

Author Scott Devon

Jul 19, 2018

Grand Rapidian Author Scott Devon writes a book about life after death, The Second Death, filled with classic rock and roll references, wit and charm. We talk to Scott.

Rendering of the affordable housing in Belknap Lookout neighborhood.
GVSU University Communications

More affordable housing is coming to Grand Rapids and the Belknap Lookout neighborhood. Grand Valley State University and the City of Grand Rapids are working on a Memorandum of Understanding with neighborhood representatives.

Grand Valley State University will lease .85 acres of its Grand Rapids health campus to Three CPK, a joint venture of Third Coast Development and PK Housing.

John Tatar photo
Libertarian Party of Michigan

Michigan’s Libertarian gubernatorial candidates squared off last night during a debate held at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business in downtown Grand Rapids. WGVU spoke with the candidates.

John Tatar has been an active member of the Libertarian Party for nearly four decades. The 69-year old is a small business owner and served in the U.S. army. Tatar has also run for State Representative and U.S. Congress. Now, he’s running for governor. His message to Michigan voters?

Tech Defenders logo
Tech Defenders

A Grand Rapids-based information technology firm is investing millions and creating more than 100 jobs.

Tech Defenders primary business is repairing and extending the life span of classroom mobile devices provided to students by school districts. In a news release its more clearly defines the larger operation as “providing lifecycle solutions for large scale technology deployments.”

Peregrine falcon leg banding
GVSU University Communications

The peregrine falcon continues its Michigan comeback. This week wildlife biologists from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources banded a pair of chicks nesting in downtown Grand Rapids.

Overlooking the Grand River atop Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center is a rooftop nesting box. Inside are two peregrine falcon chicks, their parents circling overhead.

D.B. Cooper rendering
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D.B. Cooper is the American criminal mind known for skyjacking a jetliner and getting away with it. His fate after parachuting from a Boeing 727 and his true identity have remained one of the great unsolved mysteries.

But during a recent news conference held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, his best friend and author of a new book claims to reveal the Michigan man’s identity and confessions.

Roger B. Chaffee
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A statue of Grand Rapids native and Apollo Astronaut Roger B. Chaffee will be unveiled Saturday, May 19th in downtown Grand Rapids.

Roger B. Chaffee was a Grand Rapids Central High School graduate and pilot of NASA’s Apollo 1 mission.

Newsreel audio: “Apollo astronauts Roger Chaffee, Edward White and Gus Grissom lose their lives in a tragic flash fire aboard their grounded space capsule. The tragedy occurred during a simulated countdown for the first flight of the Apollo program whose goal is to put a man on the moon by 1970.”