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Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is headed to Harvard University to teach, study and write on subjects related to state and local government.

Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government announced that Snyder begins work Monday as a senior research fellow. His fellowship is with the school's Taubman Center for State and Local Government.

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Michigan law enforcement officials say they are stepping up traffic enforcement in an effort to curb impaired driving during a two-week period that includes Independence Day.

The campaign, which runs from Monday through July 14, includes additional patrols by local, county and state authorities. Officers are particularly watching for motorists under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Authorities say any form of impaired driving is illegal - and preventable.

Number of homeless children under 4 in MI is over 15,000

Jun 28, 2019
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The number of homeless children under the age of 4 in Michigan has reached 15,566 according to a data report from the Michigan League for Public Policy and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan. Sarah Ostyn, one of the authors, says the number is likely even higher   

“There is a lot of research that shows that children zero to four are the most likely to be homeless, and so this number is a very conservative estimate in that issue.” 

  

After multiple shootings in Grand Rapids this past week, city and police officials held a news conference Friday morning to call for an end to the violence, while asking the community’s help in solving the crimes. 

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The Grand Rapids Fire Department is hoping residents will be careful when using fireworks this 4th of July.  Officials have tips to help you stay safe.

“We don’t want to have anyone injured or burned or suffer from an injury that they can’t recover from.”

Lt. William Smith is the Fire Prevention Inspector for the Grand Rapids Fire Department.  He says they’re urging residents to be careful this Fourth of July.

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As Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal career draws to a close this week, her farewell tour continued Thursday as a number of officials, parents and students gathered at the city’s Downtown Market to say goodbye and thank Weatherall Neal for a job well done.

“Under Teresa’s leadership she has inspired in every single one of her employees to love and care for our children, and its been and honor and a privilege to work under her leadership,” Katherine Pitch, a member of Weatherall Neal’s staff at the district said.

  Michigan anti-abortion groups began circulating petitions Wednesday to significantly restrict a common second-trimester procedure they said is "barbaric," hoping to put the veto-proof measure before the Republican-led Legislature by early next year.

Scientists advise Michigan to set tougher PFAS standards

Jun 28, 2019
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  Scientists advising the state of Michigan recommended Thursday that it adopt what officials said potentially would be some of the strictest and most far-reaching drinking water standards for "forever chemicals" in the U.S.

A science advisory workgroup identified limits for seven types of the widely used man-made compounds, which are called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalykyl substances, known collectively as PFAS.

Lawyer for former priest denies new sex abuse allegations

Jun 28, 2019
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  A lawyer for a former Catholic priest facing sexual abuse charges as part of the Michigan attorney general's ongoing investigation into clergy abuse is denying the new allegations.

Vincent DeLorenzo, who served several Michigan churches, was charged last month with criminal sexual conduct. He admitted when he resigned from a Flint-area parish in 2002 that he had sexually abused a child. He wasn't charged at the time, but the Diocese of Lansing has said eight people eventually accused him of sexual abuse.

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First-term Michigan state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis has announced her candidacy for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District seat.

The Republican says she is running to ensure the continuation of America's revival, not to work "against it." The 60-year-old Grand Rapids Township resident spent 25 years working with and for Universal Forest Products and once was a newspaper reporter.

U.S. Representative Justin Amash is the only Republican member of Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct.

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