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Attracting talent critical, but affordable housing is Muskegon's bigger issue

While the City of Muskegon survived the pandemic and its revitalization continues, officials Friday said that creating more affordable housing is the Lakeshore’s number one priority in maintaining long term growth. The comments came during Muskegon’s Economic Summit Friday morning. Hosted by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, officials say that the arrow is still pointing up for the city despite the challenges of the pandemic, however, attracting talent to the area remains critical...

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Almost all COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan will be lifted Tuesday, but that won’t put an end to arguments in Lansing about how the crisis was handled and what should happen next. The GOP-controlled state Legislature will continue its inquiries into Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of the pandemic.

At the same time, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist says bargaining continues with the Legislature over recovery plans and how to use federal COVID funds.

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While the City of Muskegon survived the pandemic and its revitalization continues, officials Friday said that creating more affordable housing is the Lakeshore’s number one priority in maintaining long term growth.

The comments came during Muskegon’s Economic Summit Friday morning. Hosted by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, officials say that the arrow is still pointing up for the city despite the challenges of the pandemic, however, attracting talent to the area remains critical—as a number of businesses are struggling to fill open positions.

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West Michiganders are invited to celebrate Juneteenth all weekend long, thanks to an event series by Black Impact Collaborative (BIC) and its community partners.

The group, which formed in April of 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is hosting its "Roll.Bounce.GR" event Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20 to highlight the importance of the holiday and the work towards equality and equity that is still ongoing.

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Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health, the largest health care providers on each side of Michigan, said Thursday they plan to merge into a single system with 22 hospitals and 64,000 employees.

Spectrum’s insurance arm, Priority Health, with more than 1 million members, will be part of the new system, the companies said.

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City of Grand Rapids

The City of Grand Rapids’ redevelopment of the riverfront’s east bank along the Market Street Corridor is one step closer to clearing the needed land for an outdoor amphitheater.

Grand Rapids’ 31-acre riverfront project stretching from Fulton Street along the Market Avenue Corridor to Wealthy Street will feature a 12,000-seat amphitheater, an urban housing mix with retail, greenspace and parks, pedestrian walkways and bridges spanning the Grand River.

Much of it hinges on the relocation of the City of Grand Rapids public works operation at 201 Market Avenue SW.

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By one estimate, there are between 2.2 and 3.8 million species of fungi – and more than 90% of them aren't cataloged.

A Juneteenth celebration in Cape May, N.J., yesterday doubled as the grand opening day of the new Harriet Tubman Museum.

About 200 people gathered in Rotary Park for the city's first significant Juneteenth celebration, organized by the museum. The event of African drumming and speeches by town leaders drew some for their first taste of Juneteenth as it becomes a national holiday.

WILTON MANORS, Fla. — A driver slammed into spectators Saturday evening at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, killing one man and seriously injuring another, authorities said.

Some witnesses said the crash appeared to be an intentional act, but Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Ali Adamson told reporters that authorities were investigating all possibilities.

The collision happened during the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade. Wilton Manors is just north of Fort Lauderdale.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's ousted leader, is facing a familiar prospect: years after her release from house arrest, she looks likely to be heading back into a prolonged detention at the hands of a ruling council of generals.

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Are dad jokes tired? Probably. They've been walking all day to get here to this very post. But now that I've got your (perhaps somewhat annoyed) attention, consider this your reminder that it's Father's Day — or depending on the day you're reading this, Oops, you missed Father's Day.

Updated June 20, 2021 at 9:09 AM ET

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Forecasters warned of life-threatening flash flooding in parts of the Deep South, particularly across central Alabama, as Tropical Depression Claudette traveled over coastal states early Sunday.

Heavy rain led to high water late Saturday into early Sunday in the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa metropolitan areas.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his family will leave the country's official prime minister's residence no later than July 10, Netanyahu and Israel's new prime minister said.

Netanyahu was unseated as prime minister earlier this month. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett succeeded in cobbling together a government in the aftermath of Israel's fourth consecutive election in two years.

Juneteenth celebrations are underway across the United States, commemorating the 156th anniversary of the date that is often considered the end of chattel slavery in the country.

Events this year come two days after President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law, which is the latest national holiday to be recognized since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.

Updated June 19, 2021 at 1:05 PM ET

Champ Biden, one of two German shepherds belonging to President Biden and his family has died, the president and first lady Jill Biden announced late Saturday morning. He was 13 years old.

"Our hearts are heavy today," Biden and first lady Jill Biden wrote in a statement, adding that the dog had died at their home.

The Bidens were at their home in Delaware.

MOSCOW — Catherine Serou, a 34-year-old U.S. citizen studying in Russia, has been found dead after she went missing on Tuesday, Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement.

A man in his early 40s with past convictions, has been arrested and is cooperating with investigators, the committee said. His name was not released.

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