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Ford is recalling more than 300,000 of its 2017 Ford Explorer vehicles because of a sharp seat frame edge.

The automaker said Friday that there's been 31 reports of hand injuries.

Ford Motor Co. said users could come in contact with the sharp edges when reaching between the power front seat and center console. The vehicles were made at a Chicago plant from Feb. 13, 2016 to Oct. 25, 2017.

It is recalling 311,907 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 23,380 in Canada and 3,045 in Mexico.

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Michigan is joining a tentative multi-state deal with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the company's role in the opioid epidemic.

State Attorney General Dana Nessel confirmed her office's plan Thursday. Roughly half of the states are participating, while the other half reject the terms as insufficient.

Nessel says she respects fellow Democratic attorneys general who have opted out of settlement discussions, but she must pursue the course that's most beneficial to Michigan.

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

The July Supply Management Research survey indicated the trade war with China and its tariffs slowed new orders coming in to West Michigan manufacturers.The recently released August survey presents a swing to marginal growth.

“Well, last month we were a little bit worried because we posted some of the most negative numbers that we’ve posted in a long time. But this month, those numbers came back to, what I guess I would say is, a flat report.”

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

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A recent state-wide poll indicates Michigan voters prefer any road funding budget not come at the expense of education and teacher retirement pensions.

As Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the state legislature negotiate increasing road and bridge repair funding, a survey by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA indicates 77 percent of Michigan voters say it’s important teachers and their retirement pensions be protected from any budget deal.

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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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How is the Business Roundtable's revised corporate purpose statement being received by industry leaders and economists? Also, addressing the groundwater issues in Ottawa County and lack of affordable housing in Holland.  

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Michigan business organizations urge lawmakers to find revenue for roads repairs. Some state colleges and universities are creating curriculum for careers in the cannabis industry.  

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Federal officials say excavators will soon be used to remove contaminated soil and buried leather from the former Wolverine World Wide tannery site in western Michigan.

A stretch of the White Pine Trail, popular with walkers, runners and cyclists, will be closed in Rockford for excavations. Similar work is planned in Belmont to remove soil and waste. Contractors also plan to remove contaminated sediments at two spots in the Rogue River.

Wolverine World Wide is paying for the cleanup work that's being completed this fall.

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The International Association for Great Lakes Research has released its study Great Lakes Revival: How Restoring Polluted Waters Leads to Rebirth of Great Lakes Communities. WGVU talks with co-author John Austin, Director of the Michigan Economic Center and Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution.

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The International Association for Great Lakes Research has released its findings that cleaning up the most polluted areas of the Great Lakes has the most significant economic impact.

Our waters are for drinking, fishing and transportation. In the 1970’s, industry used and abused those waters. It got so bad, four American rivers caught fire. The Clean Waters Act was passed in 1972. Over the last 15 to 20 years, the U.S. Congress has budget roughly $20 billion for Great Lakes restoration.