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Multiple shootings over the weekend as GRPD pleads with community for help

Grand Rapids Police are looking for both suspects and answers after multiple shootings occurred Friday night, and so far, the department says, it has neither. According to a press release from the GRPD, just after 1 AM Saturday, officers responded to the 3000 block of Marshall Avenue on a report that someone had been shot. Upon arrival, officers witnessed a number of people running from a party, and located two adult female victims with gunshot wounds. Then, just before 4 AM--officers on...

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If you didn’t already know, Michigan is a fun state, especially in the summer.  In fact, financial website, WalletHub has it ranked in the top 20 “most fun” states in America. 

With summer just around the corner and over two-thirds of Americans planning to take a vacation, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021's Most Fund States in America.  WalletHub compared the 50 states across 26 key metrics.  Here’s WalletHub’s Analyst, Jill Gonzalez.

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There is no shortage of job openings for local election officials in Michigan. It’s the same in Pennsylvania. Wisconsin, too.

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Grand Rapids Police are looking for both suspects and answers after multiple shootings occurred Friday night, and so far, the department says, it has neither.

According to a press release from the GRPD, just after 1 AM Saturday, officers responded to the 3000 block of Marshall Avenue on a report that someone had been shot.  Upon arrival, officers witnessed a number of people running from a party, and located two adult female victims with gunshot wounds.  

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The Michigan Supreme Court has unanimously ordered the state elections board to certify a veto-proof initiative that would let Republican legislators wipe from the books a law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue sweeping pandemic orders. The decision Friday came after two Democrats on the Board of State Canvassers opposed ratifying the ballot measure in April, despite a finding from the elections bureau that enough signatures had been collected.

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New research from the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan reveals Sweepstakes and lottery scams resulted in higher financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This, as compared to the previous three years.  Older adults were the primary targets.

The BBB is warning consumers never to pay money to claim a prize. If anyone asks for money before delivering a prize, it is likely a scam.

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The California Assembly has joined the state Senate in voting to approve a controversial bill requiring all children attending school to be vaccinated against measles and other common, preventable illnesses — effectively eliminating so-called "personal belief exemptions" that allowed parents to opt out.

In 1922, seven Western states — Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and California — drew up an agreement on how to divide the waters of the Colorado River. But there was one big problem with the plan: They overestimated how much water the river could provide.

As a result, each state was promised more water than actually exists. This miscalculation — and the subsequent mismanagement of water resources in those states — has created a water crisis that now affects nearly 40 million Americans.

Make Lava, Not War

Jun 25, 2015

Artist Bob Wysocki and geologist Jeff Karson, both of Syracuse University in upstate New York, have their own personal volcano. It's an old furnace that used to melt bronze for statues. Now, it melts hundreds of pounds of basaltic gravel at a time, mimicking the process inside the earth's crust that creates lava.

This post was updated at 7:34 pm ET to reflect comment from Christie.

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Many people took notice when a Sports Illustrated analyst dismissed women's sports as "not worth watching" earlier this week.

The government wants you to say yes to the dress.

It's auctioning off the contents of a bridal shop in Juneau, Alaska, that were seized by the U.S. Marshals service after the owner was sentenced for her role in a drug trafficking conspiracy.

Prospective brides can find gowns, women's and men's formalwear, and even a 3-carat diamond and platinum engagement ring.

Pope Francis, speaking on family issues, says that sometimes marriages are so damaged that it is "morally necessary" for a husband and wife to separate.

"There are cases in which separation is inevitable," the pontiff said at his weekly general audience. "Sometimes it can become even morally necessary, precisely when it comes to subtracting the weaker spouse, or small children, from more serious injuries caused by arrogance and violence, by humiliation and exploitation ... and by indifference."

Once a smoker always a smoker, right? Not quite.

As the number of smokers drops, the remaining smokers actually smoke less and are more likely to quit, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Tobacco Control.

Since entering the race for president, Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders has been on the rise against Hillary Clinton, staking out a position as a liberal alternative to the Democratic front-runner.

The U.S. House voted 236-138 Thursday to tie a bow on President Obama's package of trade-related legislation — giving him final approval on everything he wanted.

The Senate already had signed off on all of it, granting: 1) enhanced trade negotiation powers to the president, 2) aid for displaced workers and 3) trade incentives for sub-Saharan Africa.

Thursday's vote marked a stunning victory for Obama by clearing his path to completing the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal involving the United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations.

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