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Grand Valley State University

Beginning in the 2021 fall semester, qualifying low-income students can receive free tuition through the Grand Valley Pledge. A program removing financial barriers.

“Focus on families with incomes of less than $50,000, adjusted gross income, and make sure that these prospective learners have a great opportunity to come to Grand Valley State University.”

Students from six Michigan counties; Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Grand Traverse, Calhoun and Wayne.

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A Detroit-area prosecutor is dismissing more than 1,700 tickets that were issued for violating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus restrictions.

The cases were filed before the Michigan Supreme Court in October said Whitmer’s emergency orders were made under a law that was unconstitutional, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said Monday.

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A judge rejected a request Tuesday to order an immediate audit of Detroit-area election results, saying the task was already planned by the state.

Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in Michigan by 154,000 votes, a result that was certified by the Board of State Canvassers on Nov. 23. But some judges still are dealing with litigation.

Wayne County Judge Timothy Kenny acknowledged that an audit request is available under state law. But he said it should be aimed at the secretary of state, not local election officials.


The Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University is starting an institute to integrate a focus on organizational diversity and inclusive leadership.

The Institute for Leadership and Diversity will consolidate and expand the Detroit school's leadership service and research programs. It also will seek to offer innovative student, community and executive leadership education and development opportunities.

Associate Dean and Professor Toni Somers and management faculty member Sheri Perelli are the institute's faculty co-directors.

  A 19-year-old man has been charged in the death of an 83-year-old Detroit woman who was struck by a vehicle that had been hit by another car.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Deonte Renfroe was arraigned Thursday on second-degree murder and manslaughter with a motor vehicle charges.

Charlotte Kish was hit Sunday evening while tending to flowers in the median of a road on Detroit's east side. Authorities say the vehicle that hit her had been struck by a car traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver of the speeding car fled before police arrived.

Rep. Brian Banks faces new legal troubles

Jun 29, 2016
Rep. Brian Banks

Legal troubles are piling for a Detroit-area state lawmaker.

Representative Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) faces new felony charges that he submitted fake paycheck records to get a loan.

Banks has eight prior felonies, and settled a sexual harassment lawsuit earlier this year.

These newest charges date back to 2010.

The charges filed in the Wayne County Circuit Court by the state Attorney General’s office include uttering and publishing and obtaining money under false pretenses.

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A former Detroit City Council president who quit in 2013 has been charged with criminal sexual conduct in a case involving a 14-year-old boy a decade earlier.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 44-year-old Charles Pugh was arrested Thursday at his home in New York City, a day after being charged.

He's awaiting extradition.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

The Associated Press sent an email Thursday to a lawyer who represented Pugh in a recent sexual harassment case.

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Prosecutors in Michigan say the growing use of police body cameras will add time and cost to getting warrants and bringing criminal cases to trial.

Kym Worthy is the Wayne County prosecutor.

She says the city of Detroit is just one jurisdiction in her county that plans to have every officer equipped with body cameras.

"What people don’t realize is we have to examine every film that’s been used on every single officer, so this is going to add exponentially to the time it takes us to review warrants now ."

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Wayne County’s prosecutor says her office is drafting legislation to outlaw keeping an unsecured, loaded weapon in a home with children.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy says she’s seen too many children in Detroit and other cities accidentally killed from playing with guns left unattended by adults.

“Gun owners I think are mostly responsible. And I think gun owners want to be responsible for the most part, but we do have some who are not, and as a result of their irresponsibility, innocent lives are lost.”


Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is looking for money to prosecute rapists.

Worthy says clearing up a backlog of more than 11,000 untested rape kits was just the first step.

“Because you can have them all tested and that doesn’t bring justice to any victim at all. You have to investigate them the old-fashioned way, just like you would any cold case, then they have to be prosecuted.”

Worthy says her office has already gotten 40 convictions, and she has about a thousand more cases ready to be investigated.

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The Supreme Court is leaving in place a court ruling that found police in Michigan violated the rights of Christian activists who were ordered to leave an Arab-American festival in suburban Detroit.

The justices are not commenting Monday in rejecting an appeal from Wayne County.

The federal appeals court in Cincinnati held that police violated the free-speech rights of members of the Bible Believers group.

They showed up at the festival in 2012 carrying a pig's head and telling Muslims they would "burn in hell."

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Michigan authorities have arrested several people in two incidents involving scores of stolen or fraudulent credit cards.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports Thursday three men and a woman from the Chicago area were jailed Wednesday after Calhoun County sheriff's deputies discovered about 150 cards from foreign countries in a Volkswagen near Marshall.

The car was across the street from a gas station, where a clerk had contacted police about possible credit card fraud.

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A published report says some Detroit suburbs are buying tax-foreclosed homes and selling them to developers who flip them for profits.

The Detroit News reports that the practice has prompted criticism that local officials are driving Wayne County residents from their homes.

In Lincoln Park, several former owners are asking city officials to stop the developers from evicting them.

The city bought 90 homes this summer from the county treasurer before they could be sold at an annual public auction.