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Greater Grand Rapids NAACP celebrating centennial

The Greater Grand Rapids chapter of the NAACP is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Of the 2,200 branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Grand Rapids is the oldest. In town for the centennial celebration is a member of the Central Park Five. “One agenda, one team, one NAACP. And that’s what it really comes down to” Cle Jackson is President of the Greater Grand Rapids NAACP. “When I say, ‘one agenda’ it truly is one agenda because the association and all of...

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More than two dozen common loons have been found dead at a beach in northern Michigan.
     Good Harbor Bay beach is at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Leelanau County. Officials believe the birds were likely killed by Type E botulism and washed ashore this week.
     Botulism has been linked to more than 80,000 bird deaths around the Great Lakes since 1999. Experts at Michigan Sea Grant believe the birds could have eaten fish that were carrying the toxin.

The Michigan Department of Transportation let industry stakeholders have too much influence in a gravel study. Those are the findings of a new state audit.

According to the audit, M-DOT – quote – “allowed industry stakeholders considerable influence in commissioning and scoping” the 20-16 study.

       The audit says the gravel corporation lobbyists got what they wanted when the study was released. It found there wasn’t enough gravel available and suggested increased mining.

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A new study about the economic impact of Beer Tourism in West Michigan reveals some good news.

The Economic Impact of Beer Tourism in Kent County is the 2019 study recently released from Experience Grand Rapids.  And it reveals good news.  The impact more than tripled from its previous study in 2015—the numbers show an increase from 12.23 million dollars to the current 38.5 million.

Here’s Kate Lieto, Director of Marketing at Experience G.R.

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Auditors say the Michigan Department of Transportation gave the gravel industry considerable influence in the commissioning and scoping of a state-paid study on whether Michigan has enough aggregates to do future highway construction projects.

Cities for Christ

WGVU’s 2019 Election Coverage continues, as we profile all the candidates that are running for public office in Grand Rapids and Muskegon this November. In Grand Rapids, voters will decide between two candidates for Mayor, the incumbent, Rosalynn Bliss, and challenger, Dan Schutte. 

Dan Schutte is a Pastor of two churches in Grand Rapids, Division Street Fellowship, and Butterworth Street Fellowship. A devout Christian, Schutte says there are three reasons he is running for the office of Mayor in the City of Grand Rapids, and they all center around his faith.

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An early morning training exercise gone wrong resulted in the deaths of three soldiers and injured three more on Fort Stewart in Georgia Sunday, according to Fort Stewart officials.

The accident involved the Bradley Fighting Vehicle the soldiers were riding on. The three soldiers who were killed were pronounced dead on the scene and the other three who were injured were taken to Winn Army Community Hospital.

All six soldiers involved in the incident were members of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, often referred to as Dogface.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper traveled to Afghanistan on Saturday in an effort to restart peace talks with the Taliban after President Trump scrapped plans for negotiations at Camp David last month.

The 12,000-year-old Hambach Forest in western Germany is under threat. The country's biggest power company, RWE, has been clearing the ancient natural resource to make room for coal mining. Currently, there is only 10% left of the forest's original 13,500 acres.

Hoping to halt the decimation, environmental activists have been squatting in the forest since 2012.

A brainless, bright-yellow organism that can solve mazes and heal itself is making its debut at a Paris zoo this weekend.

At least so far, "the blob" is more benevolent than the ravenous star of its 1950s sci-fi film classic namesake.

In Canada, campaigning for Monday's election is going down to the wire with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fighting the battle of his political life.

His rise to power as Liberal Party leader four years ago on a message of hope and change now seems a long way off. He has since been implicated in a series of scandals that have him locked in a virtual tie with the opposition Conservative Party in a race that has some distinctly American overtones.

The nation's response to the deadly opioid epidemic has been broadly bipartisan, but deep divides have emerged over a settlement plan offered last month by Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin.

Democratic state attorneys general have generally panned the deal, which would force Purdue's owners, member of the Sackler family, to give up control of their company while paying roughly $3 billion in cash from their personal fortunes.

The percentage of Americans who favor stricter gun laws is on the rise, though significant partisan divisions persist. A Pew Research Center survey conducted in September found that 60% of Americans say gun laws should be tougher, up from 57% last year and 52% in 2017.

Pinyo Pukpinyo, 50, remembers the first time he was sent to remove a snake from someone's house. It was a 14 1/2-ft. python, high up in the rafters waiting for its prey 16 years ago.

"There were four of us, and I was really scared," he says. "We didn't have any experience, but we wrestled him down and got the hoop around his neck" — a kind of snare — "but he was very strong. And after we put him in the sack, we had to remove the hoop from his head, and that's the dangerous part, because at any time he's ready to bite you."

NPR was on the scene when the first genetically modified mosquitoes were released in a lab in Italy.
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"There's a white man at the door."

In the new CBS comedy Bob Hearts Abishola, those words cause a flurry of concern for an immigrant Nigerian family living in Detroit.

"Tell me, when has that ever been good?" demands Auntie Olu, played by Shola Adewusi.