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This past Tuesday, the Michigan State Board of Education passed a resolution in support of a proposed legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants in Michigan to obtain a drivers’ licenses.  The Drive Safe Bills aim to provide undocumented immigrants and all other individuals who can’t prove legal presence with a drivers’ license.

Out of eight board members of the Michigan State Board of Education with one member being absent, six voted in favor and one voted against the resolution. 

600+ Spectrum Health employees honor MLK's legacy by volunteering

Jan 21, 2020
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On Monday morning, several dozen Spectrum Health employees chose to take a half paid day off to volunteer at Feeding America West Michigan. Emily D’Anne was one of them and she spent her morning weighing, and repackaging bulk cereal into individual servings.

“So we are getting 2 pounds of cereal per bag and then all of those get tied up and put into the bins behind us. So, I think the hardest job is behind us getting into those huge boxes of cereal.”  

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Michigan State University is considering a fall break next school year, which could give students Election Day off. But some think the schedule change could undercut efforts to encourage student voting on campus. Classes could be canceled on Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3, which is Election Day.

Associated Students of Michigan State University, the university's student government organization, had advocated for the break to give students time to go back home to cast their votes, President Samuel Stanley said during the MSU Board of Trustees December meeting

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Yusef Salaam was keynote speaker at a number of West Michigan Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day events. At Grand Valley State University, the member of the Central Park Five spoke about earning a college degree while imprisoned and the influence of Dr. King.

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A technology change is forcing Michigan's corrections department to spend about $4.6 million to fit more than 4,000 parolees and others under state supervision with new ankle monitors. Michigan Department of Corrections Public Information Officer Chris Gautz says the change is necessary because the 3G-enabled monitors won't work because Verizon is upgrading its network from 3G to 4G. He says the process of swapping out devices for those wearing the ankle bracelets is expected to take about 45 days.

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Michigan State University is planning to implement a fall break next school year, which will give students Election Day off. But some think the schedule change could undercut efforts to encourage student voting on campus. Classes would be canceled on Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3, which is Election Day. Associated Students of Michigan State University, the university's student government organization, had advocated for the break to give students time to go back home to cast their votes, President Samuel Stanley said during the MSU Board of Trustees December meeting.

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An annual fee that allows unlimited access to Michigan's state parks is rising by $1. Starting March 1, it will cost $12 for the Recreation Passport when it's bought with one's license plate registration renewal. It's the first fee increase in seven years. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources attributes the fee change to a provision in the law that ensures the funding source keeps pace with inflation. The fee will be $17 when a passport is purchased at state parks, DNR customer service centers or at a secretary of state branch outside the vehicle registration renewal process.

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In a recent Forbes Magazine report, Grand Valley State University was named along with Notre Dame and University of Minnesota as schools offering Encore Career programs.

“Encore Careers are really an opportunity to see your career shift over time and, you know, can be done at many different times of life.”

That’s Dr. Philomena Mantella, President of Grand Valley State University.

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There is a ray of good news as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to renew her push for major new spending to fix Michigan’s roads and bridges: Republican legislative leaders say addressing the funding is a priority for them, too. Even though both the Republican Legislature and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer agree that the roads need to be fix, beyond that, uncertainty abounds over whether the Democratic governor and a tax-averse Legislature can agree on a plan. 

  

Dozens of people stood in line Friday morning for the chance to legally buy recreational marijuana for the first time in Muskegon. Park Place Provisionary, a locally-owned, family-operated marijuana dispensary in Muskegon officially opened its doors for recreational sales Friday morning, as the store's first customer, Muskegon City Commissioner Ken Johnson says, it’s the beginning of a new era in West Michigan.

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