Health officials confirm measles case in northern Michigan

Jul 11, 2019

  Health officials in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula are urging people to watch for measles symptoms after a young woman who recently traveled to Ukraine was confirmed to have the highly contagious disease .

Inmate captured following escape from Indiana State Prison

Jul 11, 2019

  State correction officials say an inmate who escaped Wednesday from the grounds of the Indiana State Prison has been captured.

The Indiana Department of Correction says 39-year-old Travis Hornett was apprehended without incident shortly after midnight Thursday by DOC staff and state and local police in a vacant home in Beverly Shores, Indiana. 

MI Senator denounces lawsuit to overturn Obamacare

Jul 11, 2019

On Tuesday, the Trump administration argued its case at the 5thU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare. In a conference call, U.S. Senator Gary Peters told reporters that he thinks overturning the law could seriously affect over 5 million people living in Michigan. 

“If successful the impact would be disastrous and costly for Michiganders and their families including for people with preexisting health conditions, seniors and women.” 

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The City of Grand Rapids and Huntington Bank are partnering on a workforce development initiative.  It’s part of the City’s ongoing effort to reduce violence in neighborhoods.  Some City Officials are putting out a call for more to take action.

“Violence in a community isn’t the responsibility of one entity.  It really does take an all hands-on deck approach to address this.  And there are multi ways for people to get involved to come alongside.”

The Michigan Supreme Court is unsure if it can weigh in on the method used to change Michigan’s minimum wage and earned sick time laws, and it wants Attorney General Dana Nessel to weigh in.

Last year the state Legislature adopted two ballot measures. The measures increased the state’s minimum wage and required certain employers offer paid earned sick time. Then the Republican-led Legislature quickly made major changes to those measures in the same Legislative session. That brought up the question of whether that “adopt and amend” move was okay.

After a nationwide search, the Board of Education at Muskegon Public Schools have named the district’s next Superintendent, as Matthew Cortez will begin this fall. Cortez comes from across the state where he currently has served as Superintendent of the Essexville-Hampton Public Schools near Saginaw Bay since 2014.

The youngest of eight children, Cortez says his own education provided him the tools necessary to be a success, and he wants that same experience for Muskegon students.

July is reportedly one of the top months for home sales.  And with nearly 40 percent of 2018’s single-family home purchases made by first time home buyers, WalletHub, the personal finance website, released it’s 2019 report on the Best and Worst Cities for first time homebuyers.  Grand Rapids ranks as one of the best.

Buying a home for the first time is an exciting and important milestone for many Americans. So much so, those purchases made up a sizeable chunk of the market.  Here’s WalletHub Analyst Jill Gonzalez on why they chose to do this study.

GRPD respond to the two shootings that happened over the weekend

Jul 9, 2019

The first shooting  happened in the area of Pearl Street and Summer Avenue where officers responded after hearing multiple gun shots fired. Two young men were taken to an area hospital with injuries resulting from the shooting.

The second incident took place in the area of 6thand Front Avenue after a 911 call came in. Upon arrival officers located victims. The shots fired killed 21 year old Saul Espinoza and injured a woman.

According to Eric Payne, Deputy Police Chief of the Grand Rapids Police Department the two shootings were unrelated, and not random acts of violence. 

Immigration Attorney enters race for Amash's job

Jul 9, 2019


Another candidate has announced they will be challenging West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash for his seat in the 2020 election. 

Hillary Scholten, an immigration attorney who served in the Justice Department during President Barack Obama's administration, announced Monday her bid to seek the Democratic nomination for Michigan's 3rd Congressional District. The 37-year-old from Grand Rapids says her goals include fixing the country's "broken" immigration system.

Michigan governor OKs highway honor for Aretha Franklin

Jul 9, 2019
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  Michigan's governor has signed legislation honoring the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday approved the bill to designate a portion of M-10 in Detroit as the "Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway." Franklin died in Detroit last year after battling pancreatic cancer.