Michigan Legislature to vote to ban abortion procedure

May 14, 2019
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Michigan's Republican-led Legislature planned to vote Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, pushing ahead with legislation that would likely be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Battle Creek Public Schools receives $15.5 million dollars

May 14, 2019

On Monday, officials of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced a new partnership with Battle Creek Public Schools to help better prepare students in the district for careers in science, technology, health care and education. But the partnership isn’t just about the students, the funds are expected to help offer teachers additional support and career pathways. Here is Arelis Diaz from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 

“So this is going to be a $15.5 million dollar investment.” 

Study: Michigan 2nd worst in nation for drug abuse

May 13, 2019

The study comes from personal finance website WalletHub, who released its report on which states have the biggest drug problems, and bad news for Michigan: the report found that the state has the second-highest level of drug abuse in the nation, as only the District of Columbia fared worse.

SNN: Climate change activist Mustafa Ali

May 13, 2019
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Global warming is a burning issue for many young people, including local students who recently heard from – and performed for – climate-change activist and former EPA official Mustafa Santiago Ali.

Kalil Adams loves hip-hop, but he never really connected it to global warming until he met Mustafa Santiago Ali.

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Becky Olson (Lambert, Edwards & Assoc.)

Two health care companies with deep West Michigan roots are teaming up. Allegan-based Perrigo is acquiring Grand Rapids-based oral self-care product maker Ranir in a deal valued at $750 million.

Ranir makes private label tooth brushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash. Perrigo manufactures self-care products and generic pharmaceuticals.

“With the rising cost of health care it’s really important to provide consumers with products that will allow them to take better care of themselves.”

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City of Grand Rapids

The City of Grand Rapids is starting its sixth season of ramped-up road constructions.  That’s thanks to the voter-approved Vital Streets initiative.

By the end of June, the City will have completed preventative maintenance and reconstruction on 365 miles of streets since 2014.  Grand Rapids has gone from 37 percent of streets in good or fair condition to 61 percent.  That’s thanks to the Vital Streets program.  Here’s Grand Rapids assistant city engineer, Rick DeVries.

A former Michigan state trooper is facing a prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter for firing a Taser at a Detroit teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died. Mark Bessner quit the state police after the 2017 incident. He's returning to court Monday for his sentence, about a month after his conviction .

Legal battle over gerrymandring vote rages on

May 13, 2019

Michigan’s top elections official says she hopes the legal fight over drawing new legislative and congressional district lines won’t drag on. A federal court struck down Michigan’s district maps as too partisan. That’s not long after voters also approved a measure to hand the job of drawing new maps to a bipartisan commission. 

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says that shows the public has lost confidence that the process is fair.

Authorities say burglars took an undisclosed number of guns from a gun shop in West Michigan. The Ottawa County sheriff's office says the break-in happened early Monday at Palladium Gun Shop in Coopersville. The sheriff's office says a law enforcement dog tracked the suspects a short distance, but it lost their scent.

It's believed that they got into a vehicle and drove away. The break-in is under investigation.

Flags are being lowered and federal court offices are closed for the day in parts of Michigan to honor prominent Judge Damon J. Keith , who was a figure in the civil rights movement. A funeral service for Keith is Monday at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the state capitol complex and on all state buildings to be lowered Monday to half-staff.