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The body of a 41-year-old Iraqi man who was deported will be returned to the US. That’s according to Congressman Andy Levin, a Michigan Democrat.

That will allow Jimmy Aldaoud to be buried alongside his mother.

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A number of Grand Valley State University students spent a semester engaging with city leaders and working at internships with community organizations.  They recently shared their experiences. One of those behind the program talks about the benefits students receive.

“Semester in Grand Rapids is a cohort-based program, where students, live in the area, take courses together about Grand Rapids from a social justice lens and do community engaged internships in the city of Grand Rapids.”

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Officials in west Michigan are working to determine who is responsible for graffiti found spray-painted on doors of a Catholic church. 

A statement released by Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Grand Rapids says symbols including two pentagrams surrounded by circles were found Thursday along with the numbers "666" and what appears to be an attempted upside-down cross.

The church says it's working with police and reaching out to possible witnesses.

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Officials in west Michigan are working to determine who is responsible for graffiti found spray-painted on doors of a Catholic church. 

A statement released by Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Grand Rapids says symbols including two pentagrams surrounded by circles were found Thursday along with the numbers "666" and what appears to be an attempted upside-down cross.

The church says it's working with police and reaching out to possible witnesses.

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Michigan officials are asking hunters who pursue ruffed grouse to submit some of the birds for West Nile virus testing.

The state Department of Natural Resources is cooperating with Minnesota and Wisconsin on a study of how the Great Lakes region's ruffed grouse are being exposed to the illness. 

Scientists have documented a rise in the number of the birds testing positive.

Twelve in Michigan were found to be infected in 2017, although the DNR says there's no evidence that the state's overall population is in peril.

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The Trump administration has placed a 25% tax on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports. The plan is to institute another 10% on $300 billion on September 1st. More recently, the threat to levy another 10% tariff on Chinese goods not yet affected. As the trade war escalates how is it impacting farmers and manufacturers in West Michigan and across the country?

“We’ve said consistently the short-run effects of a trade war are always negative. There’s no such thing as a short-run gain in a trade war.”

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The state of Michigan is offering grants to local governments to help reduce racial disparities in their juvenile justice systems.

To qualify, one thing local governments and court systems will have to do is acknowledge there’s a problem.

“First of all, they’ve got to demonstrate that they have racial and ethnic disparities, that they exist in their jurisdiction…”

 

Lynn Sutfin is with the state Department of Health and Human Services.

 

“…and then they need to propose activities that they think will address those disparities.”

Missing Michigan girl found at Rhode Island man's home

Aug 8, 2019
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  A 43-year-old Rhode Island man charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Michigan girl he met on social media has been held on $125,000 bail.

Charles Morancey, of Warwick, did not enter a plea during a court appearance Wednesday and was referred to the public defender's office.

Local officers, acting on information from the Allegan County Sheriff's Office in Michigan, found the girl at Morancey's home on Tuesday.

Michigan woman pleads no contest to felony animal cruelty

Aug 8, 2019
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  A southeastern Michigan woman accused of operating a puppy mill has pleaded no contest to a charge of felony animal cruelty.

The (Toledo, Ohio) Blade reports that 54-year-old Sharon Kay Evans entered the plea Wednesday before the start of the second day of her trial.

She's scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 26.

Mahindra looks at Michigan site for possible auto plant

Aug 8, 2019
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Indian conglomerate Mahindra is looking at a massive former manufacturing site in Flint, Michigan, for a new auto plant that could create up to 2,000 jobs.

  

  A statement Thursday says Mahindra Automotive North America signed a letter of intent with the Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response Trust to evaluate the former Buick City site, where General Motors once built cars. Mahindra says it's also in talks with other states about possible sites.

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