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2 hrs ago | MLive.com

1989 development contract bars Plaza Towers flooding lawsuit, city claims

Attorneys for the city of Grand Rapids are asking for dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the municipality by owners of the Plaza Towers complex in the wake of last year's Grand River flooding.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Natural Disasters, Flood

Wed Jul 09, 2014

MLive.com

Bicyclist killed in Kent County crash, driver arrested for operating under the influence

A 52-year-old Grand Rapids man was killed Wednesday night when an SUV struck his bicycle in Ada Township.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI

Detroit Free Press

Red Cross distributing Michigan storm cleanup kits

The American Red Cross of West Michigan plans to distribute cleanup kits to people whose homes were damaged by recent severe weather in the state.

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Related Topix: Weather, Kentwood, MI

MLive.com

Tornado tally: $4.5 million damage covering 300 properties

County officials say Sunday's tornado that ripped through Wyoming and Kentwood caused an estimated $4.5 million in damage to about 300 structures.

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Related Topix: Wyoming, MI, Kentwood, MI

WXMI-TV Grand Rapids

Traffic Blog: New Construction, Traffic News

The ramp from northbound US-131 to eastbound Stadium Drive is closed through July 21. All other ramps are open.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Saugatuck, MI, Grand Haven, MI, Spring Lake, MI

MLive.com

Walker has the lowest city tax in Kent, Ottawa counties: See who pays the most

In case you haven't checked the mail, summer property tax bills went out this month.

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Related Topix: Walker, MI, Ottawa County, MI, Lowell, MI, Grand Rapids, MI

WTKG-AM Grand Rapids

Cleanup Kits for Tornado Victims

The Red Cross will hand out clean up kits to southern Kent County tornado victims today.

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Tue Jul 08, 2014

MLive.com

'This isn't the Old West,' judge tells teen who...

The 18-year-old who shot a 16-year-old following a spat will spend three to five years in prison.

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MLive.com

Growth remains stable but slow among Kalamazoo-area manufacturers, economist Brian Long says

The Kalamazoo-area economy continued to grow through June, but not as fast as consumers, job-seekers and economists would probably like.

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Related Topix: Kalamazoo, MI, Grand Rapids, MI, Kalamazoo County, MI, Ottawa County, MI

MLive.com

Woman killed, two hurt in Kent County crash, sheriff's deputies say

An 87-year-old woman was killed Tuesday, July 8, in a collision at Forest Hill Avenue SE and Cascade Road, Kent County sheriff's deputies said.

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MLive.com

Deal with gay couple lets Kent County clerk off the hook in lawsuit against Michigan

Mary Hollinrake, Kent County clerk and register of deeds, will not have to defend a federal lawsuit brought by a gay couple who said her office refused to recognize their out-of-state marriage.

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Related Topix: Michigan, Wedding, Criminal Defense Law, Law, Rick Snyder, US Governors

MLive.com

Murderer, friend tried to bribe a witness in armed robbery case, says prosecutor

A convicted murderer now accused of armed robbery and his friend are facing a lifetime behind bars after police say they offered a witness money to change his story.

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MLive.com

How Kent, Ottawa county districts performed on ACT test

The number of students considered college ready by the ACT test increased in about half of Kent County's 20 school districts in 2014, according to new state data released this morning.

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Related Topix: Standardized Testing, Education, Ottawa County, MI, Education Etc., Grand Rapids, MI

WOODTV.com

Monday - " Clean-Up

First, if you look ESE t0 SSW you can see a line of showers and t-storms. That line extends from Port Huron to Detroit to S. Bend.

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Related Topix: Port Huron, MI, Tornado, Natural Disasters, Weather

Mon Jul 07, 2014

Grand Haven Tribune

Tornado confirmed in West Mich.

A severe thunderstorm packing winds estimated at more than 80 mph spawned a tornado, injured at least six people and caused significant damage to homes in Kent County, officials said Monday, and storms with tornadoes damaged some homes in Iowa.

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Related Topix: Tornado, Natural Disasters, Kentwood, MI, Weather, Grand Rapids, MI

MLive.com

Kent County schools, Dean Transportation to fill 100 bus driver positions at job fair

Kent County school districts and Dean Transportation are looking to fill nearly 100 transportation positions for the upcoming school year.

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

MLive.com

Why Kent County officials didn't trigger civil defense sirens during storm

Sunday evening's severe weather triggered with no advance notice, catching even officials off guard, said Jack Stewart, the Kent County emergency manager.

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Related Topix: Weather, Kentwood, MI

MLive.com

See the tax foreclosed properties Kent County will auction off this summer

This year's Kent County Land Auction once again offers land speculators, investors and would-be land barons a chance to buy the remnants of someone else's shattered dream.

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Related Topix: Kentwood, MI, Cedar Springs, MI, Grand Rapids, MI

WXMI-TV Grand Rapids

Live Report: Surveying the Damage

FOX 17's Nicole DiDonato surveys more of the intense, concentrated damage in Kent County following Sunday night's storms.

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MLive.com

Severe weather creates chaotic scene in Kentwood: 'It could be worse,' neighbor says

Forecasters from the local National Weather Service office today planned to survey storm-ravaged pockets of Kentwood and Wyoming to determine if a tornado briefly touched down, or if a microburst - an isolated area of straight-line winds - caused Sunday night's damage.

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Related Topix: Weather, Kentwood, MI, Tornado, Natural Disasters, Wyoming, MI

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