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Rick Steves, the travel host whose programs air on WGVU-FM and WGVU Public Television is in Michigan speaking as a proponent of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state. Steves made his case in Grand Rapids at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre.

WGVU spoke with Steves about the issue voters will decide in November.

“My governor, Jay Inslee, was not in favor of this law when he was elected in 2012. Today, he is thankful for the law. He’s arresting 10,000 fewer people a year.”

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Authorities say an end-of-summer crackdown on drunken driving across Michigan led to hundreds of arrests and citations.

State police announced Thursday that the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown that started Aug. 17 and ran through the Labor Day holiday weekend led to the arrest of 274 suspected drunken drivers. More than 50 motorists were cited for open intoxicants and nearly 1,000 seat belt and child restraint citations were issued.

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Michigan is a step closer to letting eligible voters register online. The state House passed legislation Wednesday.

More than 30 other states already allow for online voter registration, and advocates say it will help modernize Michigan’s voting system.

Merissa Kovach is a policy strategist with the ACLU of Michigan. The group supports the policy, in part, because they say it will make voter rolls more accurate.

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Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is calling for the elimination of Michigan's "retirement tax" in a new TV ad airing in the governor's race.

The 30-second ad launched Wednesday is funded by a group affiliated with the Democratic Governors Association. In the ad, Whitmer criticizes her Republican opponent, Bill Schuette, for calling a 2011 overhaul that included a business tax cut and the taxation of retirement income "great news for Michigan taxpayers."

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Michigan plans to allow medical marijuana patients and their doctors to complete registrations online.

The Detroit News reports the change is scheduled to start by Oct. 8. Andrew Brisbo, director of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation , said it's likely to make the registration and renewal process easier and quicker for many medical marijuana patients and doctors who have so far relied on paper forms. B

risbo says that the bureau will maintain its paper process for those who prefer it.

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is hosting its Annual West Michigan Day of Remembrance. This marks the 17th year West Michigan Boy Scouts are saluting the flag from sun up to sundown paying their respects to all who died 17 years ago during the 9-11 terror attacks.

“Second rank attention…right hand salute…”

“We have the flag here under constant salute from dawn until dusk.”

“…First rank, two. Right face. Forward march...”

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The son of a Michigan appeals court judge has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

Prosecutors say Sameer Gadola exploited teen boys by urging them to send photos of themselves. His lawyers say Gadola made "terrible mistakes" when he was 21 years old but didn't share the photos with anyone or meet the victims.

Gadola, now 23, is the son of Mike Gadola, an appeals court judge and Gov. Rick Snyder's former lawyer. His mother, Preeti Gadola, hears property appeals at the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

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A federal grant is boosting the work of a Michigan program aimed at putting more health care professionals in underserved communities.

Wayne State University announced this week that its program, the Michigan Area Health Education Center , has received $1.1 million from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Most of the money will be used to strengthen the center's statewide network of five regional centers as well as career preparation and continuing education programs.

An audit of Michigan's Children's Protective Services cites numerous deficiencies in the system that has been under court oversight for 10 years.

The scathing report released Thursday by the state Office of the Auditor General found the agency failed to launch and complete investigations within required timeframes, and didn't complete criminal history checks.

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Grand Rapid’s Richard M. DeVos, co-founder of Amway, NBA team owner and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has died at the age of 92.

Richard M. DeVos was an entrepreneur who, with boyhood friend Jay Van Andel, pioneered direct selling in 1949 when they invested $49 distributing Nutrilite vitamins. That would lead to the creation of Amway in 1959 selling an all-purpose cleaner. Nearly six decades later it is a multi-billion dollar international corporation.