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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids is displaying the work of the 38th president's photographer. "Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford" will open Monday and run until Sept. 2. Organizers call it a collection of behind-closed-door images captured by photographer David Hume Kennerly. Kennerly and Ford's daughter, Susan Ford Bales, will attend an evening presentation.

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A voluntary statewide tornado drill is planned in Michigan as officials encourage residents to prepare for the possibility of severe weather this spring and summer. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state is scheduled to run through Saturday. A tornado drill is planned to take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Michigan residents, businesses and organizations are encouraged to take part in the effort.

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AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 12 cents from a week ago to about $2.71 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 1 cent less than a year ago. AAA says the statewide average rose to a new 2019 high of $2.74 per gallon last Thursday before easing. AAA says more increases are expected this spring.

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While construction of a new Casino in Fruitport Township has been in the works for nearly a decade, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Saginaw Chippewa Indians and the Gun Lake Tribe have voiced their opposition to the build.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan is facing a housing shortage for its temporary employees this summer.

The lakeshore's deputy superintendent, Tom Ulrich, says the attraction along Lake Michigan's eastern coastline is in need of housing for up to 25 seasonal workers. Those workers include park rangers, guides and maintenance workers.

Urlich tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that the lakeshore usually has plenty of government-owned housing. He blames the shortage on frozen pipes, employee retirements and the 35-day government shutdown.

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The Michigan attorney general's office has settled a lawsuit by same-sex couples who say their rights have been violated by faith-based adoption agencies that don't want to work with gays and lesbians.

Under the settlement announced Friday, the state says it will enforce non-discrimination provisions in its foster care and adoption agency contracts.

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel initiated settlement talks upon taking office. She says discrimination in foster care and adoption services is "illegal, no matter the rationale."

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Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from President Donald Trump over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a Michigan factory.

The company said Friday it will spend $300 million in Orion Township to build a Chevrolet vehicle based on the battery-powered Bolt.

GM wouldn't say when the workers will start or the vehicle will go on sale. Nor would it say if workers will be new hires or come from a pool of laid-off employees.

The state of Michigan has promised to make sure adoption and foster agencies that receive state money do not discriminate against same sex couples.

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced a settlement in an ongoing federal lawsuit between the state and same sex couples. The couples tried to adopt through an agency that contracts with the state. But they were denied services because of their sexual orientation. The agency cited religious beliefs.

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Newaygo County social support service organizations are working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Three MBA students have travelled from Boston to Newaygo County where they’ll be working to better understand the drivers of poverty there. In particular, they’re studying the impacts of government benefits and inadequate child care.

Rural communities like Newaygo County face specific childcare challenges.

“I think in general it can be broken down into two buckets.”

Climate change in West Michigan will lead to a laundry list of environmental concerns, and not much else. That's according to a new report released Thursday by a team of researchers from universities primarily based in the M idwest. According to the report, the Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., which likely will bring more flooding and other extreme weather such as heat waves and drought.

Farming could be hit especially hard, with heavy rains delaying spring planting and dry spells requiring more irrigation during summer.

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