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A judge ignored the terms of a plea agreement and sentenced a former FBI agent to jail for shooting at a police officer outside a Michigan fitness club.

Judge Dennis Leiber told 35-year-old Ruben Hernandez of North Las Vegas, Nevada, that anyone who shoots at a law enforcement officer is going to jail. He sentenced Hernandez Thursday to 135 days.

Hernandez pleaded no contest to felonious assault. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as one in sentencing.

Prosecutors recommended no jail time.

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The results of a 2017 race-based traffic stops study will be presented to the public and the Grand Rapids Police Department in upcoming town hall meetings.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Lamberth Consulting Inc., an independent group, will share its methods and findings from the $157,000 study next week during four community meetings.

The study assesses if there's a disparity against minorities in traffic stops by determining if Grand Rapids officers unreasonably stop more minorities than others.

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Grand Rapids has a new poet laureate! The Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation announced today that Marcel Price, better known as Fable the Poet, will be our new ambassador of letters. However, more interesting is that he is the first laureate of color, the first one under age 40 and the first one without a college degree. Yet, his career speaks for itself, as he tours the country regularly with his poems. For WGVU’s Mutually Inclusive, Mariano Avila brings us this extended interview with Fable.

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The new Grand Rapids Poet Laureate is the first person of color, first person under forty years of age, and the first laureate without a four-year degree.

The Grand Rapids Public Library made its announcement Tuesday morning naming Marcel Price, or Fable, the city’s poet laureate, not just because he’s published a book of poems or won awards, but because of his vision for bringing poetry to everyone in Grand Rapids.  

“There’s poetry shows almost every single night of the week in our city and people don’t know that.”

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Apr 7, 2017

Producer Joe takes his roving microphone to the Planetarium. Hear what's happening in the skies in our own back yard.

Part 3 of a three part series with the attention to the GR Film Festival. Today's spotlight on the Michigan produced Buffalo, with Director and Cast in studio.

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Apr 7, 2017

Cake in the house. Nothing Bundt Cakes opens its first location in Michigan, in GR. Looking to give back to the community. We speak with the owners  Christine and Scott Vogel.

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President Donald Trump trained his fire on members of his own party Thursday, declaring in the aftermath of the Republican's failed health care push that the conservative Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire GOP agenda. He vowed to "fight them" in 2018 if they don't get behind him.

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President Dwight Eisenhower's granddaughter will visit Michigan next month to mark what would have been the 99th birthday of first lady Betty Ford.

The Gerald Ford Presidential Foundation says Mary Jean Eisenhower will be the featured speaker during the group's annual America's First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy luncheon on April 11 in Grand Rapids.

President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford's daughter, Susan Ford Bales, will participate in the event.

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The International Baccalaureate Schools of Michigan recently held its Spring Symposium at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center. WGVU asked about the IB program and if the new U.S. Department of Education secretary supports its standards?

The mission statement of the International Baccalaureate programme is “better world through education.” Its essence is to become a lifelong learner.

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