Voters in Kent County this November will consider a millage that would provide a dedicated source of funding for community-based early childhood programs. According to the Kent County Clerk’s office, the "Ready by Five Early Childhood Proposal" will ask voters to approve a new six-year millage that would raise nearly $6 million a year to provide early childhood development services to persons up to age 5 and their parents.

Approved for the ballot last June by the Kent County Board of Commissioners, the proposal is the brainchild of non-profit First Steps Kent. 

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City of Grand Rapids

It’s the first of its kind in the city of Grand Rapids.  And motorists and cyclists will soon encounter this new traffic signal.  It will be located on Michigan Street to help with an increase in pedestrian traffic due to a very busy Medical Mile. 

“We’re always looking for ways to improve safety for pedestrians as well as for drivers out on the street.”

The head of a team leading Michigan's response to contamination in water from toxic industrial chemicals has urged the federal government to set stronger standards. Carol Isaacs presented her requests Friday during a discussion on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances threatening water sources in numerous communities statewide.

The state of Michigan says nine service agencies have been awarded a total of $54 million in grants for low-income assistance with heating and electric bills and to teach energy self-sufficiency. The Michigan Public Service Commission and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that Michiganders can apply for the Michigan Energy Assistance Program through the MI Bridges website at or by filling out a paper application at local Health and Human Service offices.

SNN: GRPS U-Prep celebrates its 10 Anniversary

Oct 8, 2018
School News Network

Building a bridge between high school and higher education is one of the goals of an innovative approach to education in Grand Rapids. School News Network recently attended a tenth anniversary celebration for a partnership that’s putting students on a path to success.

When Chyna Figures was a sixth-grader at Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy, she and her friend Maya Thompson agreed they wanted to start their own law firm someday. Now both in college, they’re still on track for that plan.

Movie Talk

Oct 5, 2018
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Ron VanTimmeren from Studio C stops by previewing of A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Also, Marvel Comics Venom and drama Shine

Eric Kuiper from Studio C preview indi films Love Gilda, Pick of the Litter, Blaze and I am not a Witch.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University

West Michigan’s economy continued its growth pattern in September. While economic times are currently good, the economist who authored the survey is also watching for bubbles that could slow future growth.

Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. He explains it’s the tax cuts that are moving the U.S. economy, and the local economy, in a positive direction.

Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

Oct 5, 2018

A Michigan man recently learned that a rock he's been using as a doorstop is a meteorite worth $100,000. The Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University say the nearly 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan. David Mazurek says he took his doorstop to the university for examination after seeing reports in January of meteorite pieces selling for thousands of dollars. 

It has been a year and a half, since the Raise the Age bill was introduced to the Michigan legislature by Republican representative Jeff Noble. This week, the bill was discussed by the law and justice committee of the legislature. 

According to Jenny Kinne, Community Engagement Specialist for the Michigan League of Public Policy, this bill has the potential to change the way 17 year olds are treated in the criminal justice system. 

Grand Rapids continues to mourn the loss of retired 61st District Court Judge, Benjamin Logan.  Judge Logan died September 24th at his Grand Rapids home.  Funeral services were held on Thursday.

WGVU looks at his life and his legacy speaking with those who knew him well. 

“We’ve lost an icon in this community, someone who really felt, and worked hard to make it a better place for everybody.”