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Michigan may add non-binary option to driver's licenses

Jan 13, 2020
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  The possibility to add a non-binary option might be complete by 2021, according to The Detroit News. Michigan would become the 14th state to make such a change.

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  The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said an evaluation of the Electro-Plating Services Inc. site will be completed this spring. It will be based on dozens of soil and water samples being taken by the department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The chrome plating company in Madison Heights was shut down by state regulators in 2016 due to mismanagement of industrial waste. An EPA cleanup removed toxic chemicals and contaminated liquids.

GR Immigrant Community speaks out about the Mississippi ICE raids

Jan 10, 2020
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The arrests took place on Wednesday  in seven sites in six different cities in Mississippi. When Victoria Flores, whose name we have changed to protect her identity, found out that Immigration Customs Enforcement had been involved she sent a text to her husband telling him to watch out for ICE.

“It’s sad because there were lots of people who were just working and taking their kids to school. A lot of kids were left behind waiting for their parents, and what’s going to happen to those kids, and that’s what’s happening in Grand Rapids too.”

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Kent County Health Department

You can’t see, taste or smell radon, but the radioactive gas can kill.  And it could be in your home.  That’s why the Kent County Health Department is offering free radon testing kits to residents. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as national Radon Action Month.

“Radon is colorless, tasteless and odorless. And there’s really no short-term health effects. Radon kind of affects you in the long-term.”

Brendan Earl is the Supervising Sanitarian with the Kent County Health Department.

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Environmental regulators say they found barrels scattered across land in Michigan's Thumb region that could've contain toxic chemicals. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy found on Tuesday 55-gallon barrels, one of which was labeled the toxic chemical trichloroethylene, at property owned by Gary Sayers in Sanilac County's Marion Township. 

Department spokeswoman Jill Greenberg said results of soil and water samples the agency collected at that site are now being tested for the potential presence of a variety of industry-related contaminants.

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With flu-season in full swing, Walmart stores across West Michigan are offering free wellness checks and flu shots this Saturday. The "Walmart Wellness Day" is a free health event for Walmart customers, that begain in 2014, and according to the retail giant, Walmart has conducted more than 4.4 million free screenings over the past 6 years.

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“We are a community that has a lot of diversity and it’s one of the best kept secrets I think for Holland.”

The Holland Museum’s Executive Director, Ricki Levine.  She says it’s important to celebrate Holland’s diversity and the museum will do so in part by looking back at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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“Basically, we don’t want you to come to the hospital and visit if you’re feeling ill and have a fever or respiratory symptoms, mainly because we don’t want you to spread those diseases to our vulnerable, in patient population.”

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Amplify GR

Back in 2017,  residents of the Boston Square neighborhood were not pleased with Amplify GR’s community engagement tactics and felt that the nonprofit backed by the Doug and Maria Devos Foundation and the Cheri DeVos Foundation had alternative motives for wanting to develop in the area. 

Prosecutor: West Michigan deputy justified in shooting

Jan 9, 2020
Kent County

A prosecutor says a West Michigan sheriff's deputy was justified in fatally shooting an armed man in November. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said Thursday that Kent CountyáDeputy James Davis has been cleared of any misconduct in the Nov. 24 shooting of Steven Forrest Saucier. Saucier was shot at a home in Gaines Township after deputies were called there on a report of a domestic disturbance. 

Becker says Deputy Elizabeth Donovan's life was in danger when Saucier pushed her to the ground and had a .45-caliber revolver pointed at her. That's when Davis shot Saucier.

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