Great Lakes satellite photo

Michigan’s state climatologist is predicting warmer and wetter climate patterns for the state as a result of climate change. In recent decades Great Lakes states have experienced warmer and wetter climate patterns generating 10 to 15 percent more annual precipitation in the last 20 to 30 years.

While additional water can be a good thing for farmers, too much of it creates challenges. Jeffrey Andresen, state climatologist for Michigan, says flooding and its economic impacts is the greatest challenge.

Some of Michigan's trees are likely to suffer attacks from leaf-munching gypsy moths in the coming weeks. The Department of Natural Resources says the invasive pest caused widespread defoliation in the state from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. The moth feasts on foliage during its caterpillar stage. Officials say lots of caterpillars are hatching this spring. Leaf loss has been reported in Barry, Ionia and Washtenaw counties. The problem is expected to spread.

Michigan officials are ordering a Flint hospital to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria and Legionnaires' disease at the facility. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory on Wednesday ordered McLaren Flint Hospital to "immediately correct conditions."


A Grand Rapids citizen-led effort is calling on the City Commission to change the way it holds its elections, as Tuesday commissioners heard arguments in favor of moving the vote from odd to even years.


Lansing State Journal

       The former dean of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine was found guilty today of misconduct.

William Strampel was convicted of using his position as dean to try to get sexual favors from female students who came to him for help.

       Dan Olsen is a spokesman for the State Attorney General’s Office.

“Today’s verdict sends a clear message. It’s time to change the culture in our schools and medical communities so that our female students and doctors receive the same treatment and respect as their male counterparts.”



A state lawmaker wants to amend the Michigan Constitution to ensure there is a right to keep electronically stored information private.

State Senator Jim Runested says laws have not kept pace with the ways personal information can be taken from computers, cell phones, tablets and web sites. He says law enforcement should not be allowed to go searching through a person’s electronically stored information without a court’s permission.

Rudy Valdez

Over 700 people gathered at Hope College on Tuesday to watch The Sentence. A documentary film directed by Michigan filmmaker, Rudy Valdez about Cindy Shank who spent nine years in prison for a non-violent offense she committed six years before she was incarcerated. 

“You know when she was sent away she had a daughter who was four, a daughter who was two, and a daughter who was six weeks old. So, I followed their stories, and full disclosure the person who was sent away is my sister. So it’s a film told from the inside out, an intimate film about a family from a family.” 

The city’s wide variety of mobility options take center stage next week during Grand Rapids Active Commute week.  Residents will be walking, riding and rolling around town.

We are thrilled t be kicking it off this year, we’re hoping for our biggest year yet.”

That’s Amanda Moore, Communications Manager for Mobile G.R. and the Chair of the Active Commute Week Committee.  And she’s talking about the kick off for Active Commute Week in Grand Rapids, which starts Monday.

The Loving versus Virginia Supreme Court Case of 1967 ruled in favor of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple who married in 1958 unaware it was illegal.

The Supreme Court case struck down anti-miscegenation laws nationwide declaring it a violation of the U.S. Constitution.


Edye Evans Hyde, director of Ebony Road Players, hosts an annual June 12th celebration honoring Loving Day.


Grand Rapids Asian Pacific Festival returns this weekend

Jun 12, 2019
Grand Rapids Asian Pacific Festival


Ace Marasigan says it all started one afternoon when him and his wife Jackie were driving home after celebrating at a festival downtown, and he got a glimpse in the rearview mirror of his son Redd. 

“I asked my wife, “he doesn’t see people that looks like him celebrating out in the community”. So we were talking about it, and we decided we could keep complaining about things like this or we could do something about it.”