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The Legislature’s Republican leaders say they’re going to start sending budget bills to Governor Gretchen Whitmer without the road money she’s asked for.
                As we hear from WGVU’s Rick Pluta, Whitmer says that increases the risk of a state government shutdown.
 

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Nearly three years ago Desirae Glatfelter was arrested after she bit off part of her ex-boyfriends tongue. At the time, Glatfelter insisted that she had been fearful for her life and she acted in self-defense but a jury still found her guilty for aggravated domestic assault. She ended up serving the maximum sentence for the crime of one year behind bars.

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The Kent County Department of Public Works is planning the construction of a Sustainable Business Park that would house multiple recycling companies. It recently received a $95,000 site readiness grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

WGVU spoke with Dar Baas, Director of the Kent County Department of Public Works, about how that money will be used.

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Republican legislative leaders have agreed to a budget framework and intend to begin passing bills despite not reaching a road-funding deal with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says target spending levels were sent to the leaders of budget panels Thursday. Details need to hashed out by conference committees that are expected to vote next week.

The budget deadline is Oct. 1.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says a Republican candidate for Congress has discriminated against a troupe of drag performers with Down syndrome.

The civil rights group filed a complaint Thursday with the Michigan Civil Rights Department against Peter Meijer, one of several GOP candidates running to replace the newly declared independent Rep. Justin Amash. Meijer denied access to the U.K.-based Drag Syndrome for a performance in a Grand Rapids building he owns during a project affiliated with the international ArtPrize competition.

Expungement fair comes to Grand Rapids

Sep 6, 2019
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The Black and Brown Cannabis Guild is teaming up with Cooley Law School along with other organizatiosn to help people with the expungement process.

“Maybe you want to work in cannabis, maybe you want to be a grower or maybe you want to be a provisioner of medical marijuana and that particular offense from a long time ago is prohibiting that for you.” 

That’s Denavia Mojet founder of the Black and Brown Cannabis Guild – a guild advocating on behalf of all people of color to enter into the marijuana industry but prioritizing the Black and Latinx community. 

Michigan State University must pay a four-and-a-half  million dollar fine for failing to protect athletes and students from abuse.
                The penalty was ordered by the US Department of Education.

MSU must also re-tool its procedures for handling allegations of sexual misconduct. That’s after disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing students and athletes.

       US Education Secretary Secretary Betsy DeVos says this is the largest fine levied by the department for sexual misconduct.

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A western Michigan woman who authored a book chronicling her efforts that helped save hundreds of Jews in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation of World War II has died.

Seymour Christian Reformed Church says Diet Eman died Tuesday in Grand Rapids. She was 99.

A Celebration of Life service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Rapids church.

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A company that has begun marketing an at-home sexual assault evidence kit is defending its product, while Michigan's Attorney General says she remains concerned about what she calls “serious inadequacies” of the kits.

Last week the Attorney General sent a letter ordering the MeToo kits company, which manufacturers the sexual assault kits, to “cease and desist” and accused the company of engaging in unfair trade practices. The AG was particularly concerned that the evidence kits would not hold up in court.

  

With the discovery of PFAS contaminated water across the state of Michigan, the federal government is sending the state millions to help study resident’s exposure to the toxic chemicals. Michigan is set to receive $4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study residents’ exposure to contaminants like PFAS and lead.

The five-year grant will hopefully give the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services a better understanding of how much PFAS is in the blood of a typical Michigander.

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