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Ottawa County Commissioners vote "no" on Grand River Waterway Project

A proposed waterway project that would allow people to boat from Lake Michigan to downtown Grand Rapids will not have the support of the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners moving forward. Citing the lack of support from country residents and environmental concerns, officials voted 9-1 in opposition of the Grand River Waterway Project. The proposal would require dredging portions of the Grand River, digging deep enough that vessels 26 feet and longer could safely navigate the waterway....

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GR Residents show overwhelming support for Human Rights Ordinance

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City of Grand Rapids

“Anyone who has actually experienced being called and you have police officers coming to you or interacting in a way that is surprising because you’ve been doing nothing – seeing some accountability measures and seeing some legislation to try and take steps to help put protections in place for people who are experiencing that is crucial.” 

That’s Steffanie Rosalez, one of the dozens of residents to speak in support of the Human Rights Ordinance that would impose a fine of up to $500 when a biased 911 call is made. 

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The Legislature held key votes today on bills that would make various changes to the state’s criminal justice system.

   One bill package would raise the age for when a person is automatically considered an adult for certain crimes from 17 to 18.

Democratic Senator Sylvia Santana is a bill sponsor. She says Republicans and Democrats have been working hard on the so-called “Raise the Age” legislation for more than five years.

“We want to make sure our kids are not hindered because they’ve made poor decisions in their youth.”

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The fight over abortion rights has resumed in the state Legislature. A state House committee opened hearings today (Wed.) on legislation to ban the dilation-and-evacuation abortion procedure. Similar bills are up for a hearing tomorrow before a state Senate committee.

Republicans say this would be allowed under the Roe-versus-Wade US Supreme Court decision, although similar laws have been blocked by federal courts in other states.

   Opponents say the bills would violate medical best practices and intrude into the doctor-patient relationship.

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A proposed waterway project that would allow people to boat from Lake Michigan to downtown Grand Rapids will not have the support of the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners moving forward. Citing the lack of support from country residents and environmental concerns, officials voted 9-1 in opposition of the Grand River Waterway Project.

The proposal would require dredging portions of the Grand River, digging deep enough that vessels 26 feet and longer could safely navigate the waterway.

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Big city versus smaller city.  Which is better when starting a business?

Experts say a city with a smaller population might offer a greater chance of success, depending on an entrepreneur’s type of business and personal preferences.

A new study by personal-finance website, WalletHub puts Holland, Michigan as the number one spot as the "2019 Best Small City to Start a Business".  

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GR Residents show overwhelming support for Human Rights Ordinance

36 minutes ago
City of Grand Rapids

“Anyone who has actually experienced being called and you have police officers coming to you or interacting in a way that is surprising because you’ve been doing nothing – seeing some accountability measures and seeing some legislation to try and take steps to help put protections in place for people who are experiencing that is crucial.” 

That’s Steffanie Rosalez, one of the dozens of residents to speak in support of the Human Rights Ordinance that would impose a fine of up to $500 when a biased 911 call is made. 

Federal agents raided Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's home, part of City Hall, and another location Thursday. Pugh is currently being investigated for receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments for a self-published children's book from private companies that were subject to her influence.

If North Korea is given security guarantees, Kim Jong Un would be willing to denuclearize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with Kim Thursday. The two met face-to-face for the first time, on Russky Island in eastern Russia.

Updated at 9:37 a.m. ET

After months of oscillating speculation, followed by a long ramp up that drew out uncomfortable reassessments of his long public career, former Vice President Joe Biden has announced that he will run for president in 2020.

A new poll by NPR and Ipsos finds a third of Americans have been touched directly by the deadly opioid epidemic that still kills more than 100 people every day. "One in three have been personally affected in some way, either by knowing someone who has overdosed or by knowing someone with an opioid addiction," said Mallory Newall, lead Ipsos researcher on the survey.

Wang Wen proudly says that he has been to over 20 U.S. states. He flies between the U.S. and China every few months for his job as director of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, a university think tank in Beijing.

At least he did until a few weeks ago, when he received an email from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. His 10-year U.S. business visa had been abruptly canceled with no explanation. He was told he could apply for a single-entry business visa instead, if he was able to list his last 15 years of travel history.

With the pending payout of a parent's life insurance policy, the confessed Parkland, Fla. school shooter could get more than $430,000. So he's no longer entitled to be represented for free by a public defender, his lawyers said in a court filing Wednesday asking to withdraw from the case.

"It has come to the attention of undersigned counsel that Nikolas Cruz is a beneficiary in a MetLife life insurance policy and is entitled to half of a death benefit valued at $864,929.17 as of April 23, 2019," the Broward County Public Defender's Office wrote.

Facebook expects to pay a fine of up to $5 billion in a settlement with federal regulators. The tech giant disclosed that figure in its first-quarter 2019 financial results.

It's the stuff of a Hollywood blockbuster: Five hundred years ago, a son of Christopher Columbus assembled one of the greatest libraries the world has ever known. The volumes inside were mostly lost to history. Now, a precious book summarizing the contents of the library has turned up in a manuscript collection in Denmark.

Relly Brown's ground-floor apartment near Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood still resembles the hotel room it once was: four walls, no kitchen and a mattress that takes up half the floor. A shade is drawn over the only window, keeping it dim and reasonably cool on a warm spring afternoon.

"I'm living in a box," said Brown, 26, who was placed here in December through a program called rapid rehousing, which provides short-term rental vouchers to use on the private market. Typically, the subsidies cover security deposits and the first three to six months of rent.

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