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Michigan Arts Council awards 32 new leader grants, just one to an individual among eight...

Seven arts organizations including ArtPrize Grand Rapids are among 32 grants statewide awarded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to promote leadership in the arts among a younger generation.

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Related Topix: Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI, Entertainment

Fri Apr 18, 2014

MLive.com

Jury to begin deliberating in Kentwood man's trial, accused of...

A jury is to being deliberating Monday in the trial of a Kentwood man accused of driving drunk, causing a crash that killed a young couple.

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Related Topix: Kentwood, MI

MLive.com

See how demolition crews are using $2.5 million federal grant to...

The thin man watched quietly from the street on Friday, April 18, as a big yellow excavator tore into the walls of the two-story house where he and his family had lived until it was damaged by fire in June 2012.

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MLive.com

Save the bees: 'Raging Granny' urges Grand Rapids to ban pesticide

City commissioners are non-committal, but intrigued by a resident's plea to ban certain pesticides linked to the health of bees.

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Related Topix: Apiculture, Science, Grand Rapids, MI, Ottawa County, MI, Entomology

Thu Apr 17, 2014

MLive.com

Kent County commissioner withdraws from re-election race

Kent County Commissioner Joel Freeman has decided not to seek re-election, prompting two other Republicans, including former County Commissioner Bill Hirsch who Freeman narrowly ousted in 2012, to seek the vacated seat.

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Related Topix: Byron Center, MI

MLive.com

Carlos Sanchez named interim executive director for the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

Sanchez became interim effective Monday, April 7. Martha Gonzalez-Cortes had served the organization as CEO for five years but the leadership opted to move in a different direction.

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MLive.com

Truck driver at center of crash that killed Lowell couple says...

As a truck driver, Eric Walton made safely made the left turn the busy intersection of 36th Street SE and Patterson Avenue innumerable times, but on the night of Oct. 10, things were going to be horribly different.

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Related Topix: Lowell, MI

MLive.com

Anti-bullying campaign and concert tour extends stay in Grand Rapids to perform four shows for GRPS

Teen Nation Tour recording artists have extended their anti-bullying campaign and concert tour two days to perform for students at four Grand Rapids schools, according to John Helmholdt, GRPS communications director.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Education Etc., Sparta, MI, Cedar Springs, MI

Wed Apr 16, 2014

MLive.com

Officer facing marijuana charge has checkered past of impaired driving, job suspensions

One of four longtime Kent County corrections officers implicated in alleged marijuana-related crimes has been taken off duty four times in his career, including two suspensions stemming from impaired driving, according to his personnel file.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Belmont, MI

WXMI-TV Grand Rapids

West Michigan Woman Charged After Police Say She Lied About a Fatal Illness

KENT COUNTY, Mich., Strangers reached into their pockets donating thousands of dollars to Carrie Higbee after hearing she needed a life-saving medical procedure.

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MLive.com

Public education advocate, author Jamie Vollmer scheduled for 3-day speaking stint in Grand Rapids

Public education advocate and best selling author Jamie Vollmer will be in Grand Rapids for three days speaking about building support for public schools at free events, beginning Wednesday, April 30. "The underlying premise is that everybody in the audience has power but that power is rarely exercised," said Vollmer, Wednesday, April 16. "It is ... (more)

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Northview, MI

MLive.com

45 percent tax increase? Kent District Library to settle on millage request

With its current operational tax expiring, Kent District Library leaders in August will seek voter approval to renew the millage at a significantly higher rate.

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Related Topix: Libraries, Cedar Springs, MI, Sparta, MI, Wyoming, MI

Tue Apr 15, 2014

MLive.com

Lack of plea offer to accused murderer Demarco Carnegie is fine with family of alleged victim

There will be no plea deal for the man police say strangled a 47-year-old woman, dumped her nude body near a Southeast Side creek and then spit on her as he left.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI

MLive.com

Lack of plea offer to accused murderer Demarco Carnegie is fine with family of alleged victim

There will be no plea deal for man police say strangled a 47-year-old woman, dumped her nude body near a creek then spit on her as he left.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI

Lansing State Journal

Michigan snow records broken; threat of flooding

A spring storm shattered seasonal snowfall records in Detroit and Flint, while melting snow and rising rivers from heavy rain threatened homes Tuesday in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

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Related Topix: Weather, Michigan, Detroit, MI

MLive.com

Trial to begin for man accused of drunken driving death of young Lowell couple

Jury selection will start Tuesday, April 15 for a trial that will decide if 27-year-old Joseph Jay Ford is responsible for causing the alleged drunken driving deaths of a Lowell couple.

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Related Topix: Lowell, MI

Mon Apr 14, 2014

MLive.com

Public's help requested in locating man missing from adult foster care home

The Kent County Sheriff's Department is requesting the public's help in locating a man who walked away from an adult foster care home Monday.

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MLive.com

Consumers Energy: Most customers to have power restored tonight

Consumers Energy crews plan to work overnight to restore power to the few thousand West Michigan residents still without service after storms blew through over the weekend.

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Related Topix: Montcalm County, MI, Muskegon County, MI, Newaygo, MI

MLive.com

Kent City Schools storm damage could be in the million-dollar range

The powerful storm that ripped through Kent County Saturday is expected to cost Kent City Schools somewhere in the range of $500,000 to a $1 million to replace the high school roof and equipment, according to Superintendent Mike Weiler's rough estimate Monday, April 14. "There was no tornado reported to touch down, but we saw significant wind come ... (more)

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Related Topix: Kent City, MI, Tornado, Natural Disasters, Education Etc., Weather

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Teen Nation Tour delivers high-energy concert with anti-bullying message

More than 500 Cedar Springs Middle School students Monday, April 14, attended a high-energy concert by Teen Nation Tour with a clear message: Stand and Defend Against Bullying.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Cedar Springs, MI, Family, Kids

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