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The Ambassador of Mexico to the United States visits Grand Rapids lobbying for USMCA ratification

The Ambassador of Mexico to the United States visited West Michigan Tuesday as a guest of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. From the University Club in downtown Grand Rapids, Her Excellency Martha Barcena Coqui, the Ambassador of Mexico to the United State explained to room of nearly 100 business, educational and community leaders that Mexico is currently the United States’ number one trading partner. Trade between the two neighboring countries rose to more than $150 billion...

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The Republican-led Michigan Senate has passed a $58 billion budget plan that is at odds with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposal, primarily over road and education funding.
 
     The legislation approved Wednesday is another step in the process as lawmakers and Whitmer work to enact a spending plan for the next fiscal year.
 
     Senate Republicans and Democrats were in agreement on many bills, but diverged on big sticking points such as spending billions more on roads and how to divvy up funding for K-12 schools.
 

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The leader of the Michigan House has asked a lawmaker to resign from office after he was charged with seeking campaign contributions in exchange for opposition to anti-union legislation.
 
     Republican Speaker Lee Chatfield said Tuesday that his request to Rep. Larry Inman "is under consideration." Chatfield did not say if he would pursue an expulsion if the Traverse City-area Republicans refuses to resign.
 
     Inman says he's innocent.
 

Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui photo
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The Ambassador of Mexico to the United States visited West Michigan Tuesday as a guest of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan.

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City of Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Fire Department wants residents to come out for its first ever “Fire Expo” this Saturday.  They’re teaming up with the Children’s Museum.  The event is being held at the LaGrave Fire Station.

“We really want them to have in their head they can respond to an emergency without panicking and that they understand basic steps that keep a situation from getting worse in an emergency situation.”

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High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines. Water levels have surged in recent years as the lakes bounced back from record-setting lows. Vincent Cavalieri of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that means narrower beaches and less room for the plover.

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Better communication with the families of kidnapped Americans — and a pledge that those relatives won't face criminal charges if they pay ransoms — are at the heart of an update to the U.S. federal hostage policy, released Wednesday.

When you hear the words "green brewery," you might picture gleaming solar panels or aerodynamic wind turbines. But the most valuable piece of technology at the $24 million headquarters of Smuttynose Brewing Co. on the seacoast of New Hampshire isn't quite as sexy.

"The place you have to start is the building envelope," says Smuttynose founder Peter Egelston.

While the debate over whether to label foods containing GMO ingredients plays out across the country, another engineered food has long been waiting to hit grocery stores: genetically modified salmon.

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