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Juneteenth celebration returns to Grand Rapids

June 19, 1865 marks the day when the abolition of slavery spread across the state of Texas. The historic day is known as Juneteenth and is remembered as a day of freedom. Randall Jelks, a professor at the University of Kansas, has spent his career studying the history of African Americans in Grand Rapids. “Texas was a part of the Confederacy, the breakaway states, that wanted to breakaway from the Union over the issue of the expansion of slavery into the western territories.” Before the end...

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is among 18 governors to sign a letter urging Congress to open the U.S. banking system to the legal marijuana industry. In the letter written Friday and released Monday, 18 governors say the cash-only environment is a threat to public safety and a burden for governments that tax and regulate marijuana businesses.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, says in a written statement that states are seeking a "real solution to a real problem."

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  Authorities say they found the body of a woman and one child and are looking for another child after the woman intentionally drove into a southwestern Michigan river.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says two upset girls told officers late Monday that a family member had driven a vehicle into the Kalamazoo River. It's unclear if the girls were also in the vehicle and escaped.

  Investigators have determined that a couple whose bodies were found along with their dehydrated 6-month-old baby at a motel in western Michigan died of accidental drug overdoses.

State police say autopsy results found that 26-year-old Jessica Bramer of Grand Rapids and 28-year-old Christian Reed of Marne had used fentanyl, other opioids, marijuana and alcohol.

The autopsy findings, combined with surveillance footage, digital evidence and interviews with witnesses, allowed investigators to determine the deaths were accidental.

Police defend arrest of 12-year-old in western Michigan

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  Police in western Michigan are defending their actions in the arrest of a 12-year-old black boy following online criticism about the officers' response.

Grand Rapids police say they were called Friday about a fight and that the boy was arrested after he was seen chasing and hitting a man with a wooden pole.

The boy's mother, Bernice Jones, says her son was playing and chasing a cousin, and that police overreacted.

Juneteenth celebration returns to Grand Rapids

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 June 19, 1865 marks the day when the abolition of slavery spread across the state of Texas. The historic day is known as Juneteenth and is remembered as a day of freedom. Randall Jelks, a professor at the University of Kansas, has spent his career studying the history of African Americans in Grand Rapids. 

“Texas was a part of the Confederacy, the breakaway states, that wanted to breakaway from the Union over the issue of the expansion of slavery into the western territories.”

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President Trump officially launched his 2020 reelection bid on Tuesday at a massive rally in Orlando, though much of the event picked up where his 2016 campaign left off.

Trump relished in reliving his unlikely victory two and a half years ago over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. As the crowd broke into chants of "lock her up," he teased about still trying to search for missing emails on her private server and the possibility his Justice Department could look into prosecuting the former secretary of state.

Six-year-old Poncho Via doesn't reside in the Lone Star State but he set the Guinness World Record for possessing the longest set of horns on any other Texas longhorn ever.

Last month the steer's horns were measured from tip to tip at 10 feet, 7.4 inches. In comparison, Ponchos' spread is more than twice the width of a concert grand piano.

President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner met privately on Tuesday with the longtime Senate architects of plans to provide citizenship for those brought to the country illegally as children.

Last year, the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum in London, Ontario, installed a monument for the country's armed forces who have served in the Afghanistan war. It's a 25-ton, light armored vehicle, complete with a turret on top.

But these days, LAVs have taken on another sort of symbolism for Canada.

About a mile from the museum, workers with the Canadian division of U.S. defense company General Dynamics Corp. are building the eight-wheeled, amphibious vehicles for Saudi Arabia's National Guard.

Remember Boaty McBoatface? In the years since the naming snafu over a research vessel grabbed international headlines, Boaty has been off gathering crucial deep-sea data on the effects of climate change.

Now, the findings from Boaty's first mission are out — and they shed light on how Antarctic winds that are strengthening due to climate change are impacting sea levels.

But before we dive into what Boaty found, let's remember how it got here.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill last week that, if federal authorities give it their go-ahead — still a very big if — would allow his state to import prescription drugs from Canada. That makes Florida the third state to pass such a law, joining Vermont and Colorado. More such legislative attempts are in the works.

Why did Reconstruction fail? It's a heady question for American historians — not least because despite seminal scholarship on the subject, from W.E.B. Du Bois' Black Reconstruction in America and Eric Foner's Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, key elements are still missing in our narratives about Reconstruction.

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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has removed himself from consideration to permanently lead the Defense Department.

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

Google is committing $1 billion to try to provide more affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, where big tech firms have been blamed for putting home prices out of reach for anyone without a rich stock-option plan. Google says the money should result in 20,000 new homes added to the local market, over 10 years.

WGVU Pop Up Concert featuring Cabildo

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The Grand Rapids Latin rock collective Cabildo are  WGVU's Pop Up Concert  headliners performing at The Pyramid Scheme Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30pm. WGVU spoke with members of Cabildo exploring the evolution of the band.

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