SNN: Kenowa Hills Connect Class

Oct 14, 2019
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Kenowa Hills Middle School has created a new, daily class called Connect this fall to enrich learning and bond students and teachers.

Connect Class, which meets daily for 18 minutes, focuses on the learning process, goal setting, life skills and group discussions.

Eighth grade social studies teacher and Connect planning team member Susan Trotter said the number one goal is to connect with the students for 18 minutes a day and slow down and have a relationship with them. She likes the idea of remaining with the same group of students from sixth through eighth grade.

Consumers Energy to buy Hillsdale County wind farm

Oct 14, 2019
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  Michigan regulators have approved Consumers Energy's plan to buy a wind energy farm in Hillsdale County.

The Public Service Commission says the deal calls for the Jackson-based utility to purchase the 166-megawatt wind farm after Crescent Wind LLC designs, builds, and tests the project.

The property is in Adams, Moscow and Wheatland townships in southern Michigan. Commercial operations are expected to start no later than the end of 2020.

Facial recognition technology focus of Detroit forum

Oct 14, 2019


  A Detroit city council member is hosting a community forum on the use of facial-recognition technology by police.

The event by Roy McCalister Jr. is planned for Thursday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall in Detroit. It is expected to focus on how the software will be implemented.

The city's Board of Police Commissioners has approved the police department's use of the technology to investigate crimes.

Raise the Age bills head to MI Senate

Oct 14, 2019

It has been two and half years since the Raise the Age bills were introduced to the Michigan legislature, and finally compromise was reached last Wednesday when the bills passed out of committee. 

“This package has ironed out all the differences between the house and senate versions and so the expectation is that within the next week or two this will be passed entirely and sent to the Governor’s desk for her signature.” 


The University of Michigan will host one of three presidential debates next year.


Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is asking a federal judge to halt an injunction that lets religious-based adoption and foster care agencies refuse to serve LGBT couples.
     The Democrat announced Friday that she filed an emergency motion for a stay Thursday.

New legislation would require people to opt out of paying for an annual pass to state parks.

Democratic Representative Tenisha Yancey has concerns. She says it’s easy for people to get into a routine with renewing their registration…and just not realize that they have to opt out of something.

“And I don’t want people paying for things that they’re not aware of that they’re paying for.”

       Supporters say that this change – from opting in to opting out – would increase the number of people who get passports. They say it would raise more money for parks.

With the temperatures starting to drop an event in Grand Rapids tomorrow hopes to head off heating bill troubles among other energy issues for those in need.

Grand Rapids’ Week of Warmth begins with Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Day, or N.E.E.D. as it’s referred to.  The event comes from a partnership between DTE and THAW-which stands for The Heat and Warmth Fund.  Here’s THAW CEO, Saunteel Jenkins.

“We are preparing for families across the state who will be in need and that need will grow as the weather gets colder and colder.”

UAW letter to GM indicates that strike won't end quickly

Oct 11, 2019
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  General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra has stepped into contract talks with striking auto workers, asking the union to wrap up outstanding issues and respond to a company offer made this week.

But in a letter to GM's top bargainer Thursday, United Auto Workers Vice President Terry Dittes wrote that there won't be a response to Monday's offer until committees working issues are finished. He didn't know how long that would take.

"Mr. Wuffles!" art
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The works of an award-winning illustrator and author go on display to the public beginning tomorrow at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

WGVU previews the exhibition, The Art of Wordless Storytelling, with the man behind the pen and brush.

“How many of you are aware that there are wordless books?”

As David Weisner strolls the GRAM’s exhibition space he explains there’s a long picture book history. It’s storytelling that’s compelled Weisner since his days as an art student at the Rhode Island School of Design.