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SNN: GRPS Vision to Learn

Mar 14, 2019
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Grand Rapids Public Schools students are receiving free eye exams and glasses thanks to a partnership that aims to help them succeed in school by improving their vision.

Seventh-grader Frederick Charles had a lot to say about how new glasses will help him at school: His grades will go up. He’ll get A’s and everything will be easier to read.

2 deaths at Grand Rapids home investigated as suspicious

Mar 14, 2019

Authorities say the deaths of two people found at a home in West Michigan are being investigated as suspicious. The Grand Rapids Police Department says forensics personnel have been working on the investigation since a call came in Wednesday that brought authorities to the home. 

Details about the two people found dead or how they died weren't immediately released. Natural causes however, have been ruled out. Autopsies were planned. Police say a 45-year-old man is being sought as a "person of interest" in the case.

2 deaths at Grand Rapids home investigated as suspicious

Mar 14, 2019

Authorities say the deaths of two people found at a home in West Michigan are being investigated as suspicious. The Grand Rapids Police Department says forensics personnel have been working on the investigation since a call came in Wednesday that brought authorities to the home. 

Details about the two people found dead or how they died weren't immediately released. Natural causes however, have been ruled out. Autopsies were planned. Police say a 45-year-old man is being sought as a "person of interest" in the case.

A new shelter in Grand Rapids is hoping to address a growing problem in the city: there is simply not enough room for the number of homeless families who need help. One official told me it’s heartbreaking…the lack of beds means, many shelters are having to turn women and children away, even when temperatures have plunged far below freezing overnight.

For local non-profit Family Promise, they’ve had a wait list over 100 families long, but now, with the new Fulton Manor Emergency Family Shelter opening in Grand Rapids, that wait list will drop to zero by next week.

Lawmakers at the state Capitol say people shouldn’t be in jail just because they’re too poor to pay their bail.

Bipartisan bills were introduced today in the state House and Senate.

Cash-bail would not be outlawed. But the bills would require that judges first consider a non-cash bail.

Judges would have to release a defendant on a so-called personal recognizance bond unless the person is a danger or a flight risk. If that’s the case, the judge would have to look at multiple factors when deciding the cash bail amount.

Authorites searching for sandwich stealing imposter

Mar 13, 2019
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Fast food chain McDonald's may have the Hamburgler, but a Subway Sandwich location in Traverse City has the real thing. Authorities are looking for a man who made his own sandwich at a Subway shop in northern Michigan, rang up orders for customers and swiped $20 from the cash register before taking off.

Department of Justice changes definition of domestic violence

Mar 13, 2019
National Domestic Violence Hotline

“The term domestic violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim.”

That is Heidi Bott. She is a psychotherapist specializing in domestic, gender based and sexual violence at the YWCA of West Central Michigan. 

Unlike the definition the Obama Administration implemented, this one applies only to individuals who can prove to have experienced physical violence that led to a criminal charge – but Bott says its not always that simple. 

       A bill in the state Legislature would save schools from having to make up some snow days. The bill passed out of a state House committee today.

This past winter saw days so cold that Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency. In some districts, kids missed so many days that they’re supposed to make some up.

       A new bill would exempt snow days due to a state of emergency from the required minimum number of instruction days.

       Republican Representative Ben Frederick is a bill sponsor. He says this year was unusual BUT –

Some Michigan prison inmates who are serving sentences of life without parole could be released to nursing homes under bills approved today by the state House.

       Lawmakers were told care for elderly and very sick inmates is expensive for taxpayers, yet these are prisoners who no longer pose a risk.

       Chris Gowtz is with the Michigan Department of Corrections. He says there are currently 20 to 40 inmates who are old or sick enough to potentially qualify for medical parole.

Authorities say police fatally shot a man inside a plasma donation center in southwestern Michigan after he fired a gun and urged employees to call 911. A Kalamazoo officer was shot and injured Tuesday during a shootout with the man, but the injuries aren't life-threatening. Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas says the suspect's goal was to "ambush" the officers.

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