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GVSU offering free professional development to all Michigan educators

A one-of-a-kind offer is being made to every teacher in the state providing free professional development workshops. Grand Valley State University and its Charter Schools Office are offering the program. The university operates 78 charter schools across the state. It offers those teachers professional development workshops. “Our professional development workshops are opportunities for teachers to come together and really study the practice of teaching.” School districts traditionally offer...

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Time is running out for Michigan residents to weigh in on changes to the Healthy Michigan insurance plan.

The comment period ends Sunday.

This is the last chance Michigan residents have to try and shape the controversial law that requires able bodied people on the plan to work to get benefits. State officials are putting together the application to get a waiver from the federal government.

Lynn Sutfin is with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She says it’s important for participants to give the state their input.

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A Michigan man charged in the neglect death of his 10-month-old baby says he shouldn't have been charged and that seeking medical help is "just as dangerous as not going."

Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari were charged Monday with felony murder and first-degree child abuse after their daughter, Mary, was found unresponsive in their Solon Township home.

An autopsy determined she died of malnutrition and dehydration.

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Last year Kent County Sheriff Larry Stelma was named “Sheriff of the Year” by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association. This year, Stelma is calling it a career. He recently informed the Kent County Board of Commissioners his final day will be November 1st.

He was elected Kent County Sheriff in 2001. Re-elected five times Stelma began his law enforcement career in 1972. That was the when he served as a deputy in the jail. Over his 46 years in the department he’s landed in just about every division leading up to 17 years as sheriff.

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A one-of-a-kind offer is being made to every teacher in the state providing free professional development workshops.

Grand Valley State University and its Charter Schools Office are offering the program. The university operates 78 charter schools across the state. It offers those teachers professional development workshops.

“Our professional development workshops are opportunities for teachers to come together and really study the practice of teaching.”

Michigan Technological University is opening a location where researchers can try out new technologies that would enable greater use of unmanned research and survey vessels. The Maritime Autonomy Research Site is on Lake Superior's Portage Canal in the Upper Peninsula city of Houghton. Officials say it will be the first freshwater testing spot of its kind in the world.

A launch ceremony is scheduled for Friday, along with an announcement of a new organization called the Smart Ships Coalition.

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Islamic State fighters, who were ousted from the Kurdish border town of Kobani in January, have launched an offensive to recapture the Syrian city — setting off car bombs as a prelude to an attack, NPR's Deborah Amos reports.

Mourners will gather in South Carolina on Thursday for the funerals of the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and Ethel Lance, two of the nine people who were killed during a Bible study meeting in Charleston last week.

Both Coleman-Singleton, 45, and Lance, 70, were integral members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where police say a white gunman attacked last week with the stated intention of killing black people. The case is being investigated as a hate crime.

Clinton County prosecutor Andrew Wylie told reporters late Wednesday night that Gene Palmer carried into the prison frozen patties of hamburger meat that may have had saw blades and drill bits stuffed inside.

The guard also allegedly showed convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat a utility catwalk area behind their cells, which the inmates later used as part of their escape.

The tragic events in Charleston this month have released years of racial and political tension in the South, and the pressure is being felt by Republican officeholders across the region.

Why the Republicans? Because it is increasingly difficult to find officeholders in the region who are not Republicans.

Taxi drivers in France formed virtual blockades around airports and key train stations Thursday, causing chaos in Paris and other French cities as part of a wide protest against the Uber ride-booking service, known in France as UberPOP.

Government and transportation officials urged travelers to take trains to many airports, as the roads around them were completely blocked.

When it comes to online video, the world is glued to YouTube. People watch billions of videos on it every day. And that huge share of online eyeballs is why other companies are trying to chip away at its dominance and lure some of its biggest stars away from the service.

Two minutes into Present Tense, a short film made by three high school students in a fishing village in the East African island of Zanzibar, a set of subtitles lay out their mission:

The Charleston, S.C., shootings have sparked lots of discussion about the Confederate battle flag, but it's not the only symbol of the Confederacy.

The Department of Homeland Security says it is changing its family detention policies, but critics say the steps don't go far enough.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin releasing families now being held at ICE facilities who are "successful in stating a case of credible or reasonable fear of persecution in their home countries."

The families will have to post a monetary bond or other condition of release.

In the wake of last week's Charleston, S.C., church shootings, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders explained his competing concerns between gun rights and gun safety.

"I think guns and gun control is an issue that needs to be discussed," Sanders told NPR's David Greene in an interview airing on Thursday's Morning Edition. "Let me add to that, I think that urban America has got to respect what rural America is about, where 99 percent of the people in my state who hunt are law abiding people."

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