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1 hr ago | 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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7 hrs ago | 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

12 hrs ago | 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

MLive.com

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

MLive.com

'Get up early' for Tuesday morning commute: Plows prepare for another jolt of winter

With another blast of winter forecast to bring near-record low temperatures and perhaps an inch of snow, Kent County Road Commission on Monday night plans to have at least 15 salt trucks out to help the morning commute.

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Related Topix: Weather, Grand Rapids, MI

MLive.com

80 mph winds cause extensive damage at Grant Airport during weekend storm

As a storm packing wind gusts in the 75 to 85 mph range moved through Northern Kent County, the airport in Grant saw significant storm damage.

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Related Topix: Grant, MI, Sparta, MI, Weather

Sun Apr 13, 2014

MLive.com

Consumers Energy making 'good progress' in restoring power to 110,000 affected customers

A press release from Consumers Energy indicated utility crews have restored service to 42,000 of the 110,000 customers affected by interrupted service after a series of devastating thunderstorms which began on Saturday afternoon.

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Related Topix: Weather, Tornado, Hurricane, Natural Disasters, Muskegon County, MI, Mecosta, MI

Sat Apr 12, 2014

MLive.com

Person in golf cart reportedly hit by falling tree in Cannonsburg amid high winds

High winds have caused significant damage in northern Kent County and a tree reportedly fell on a golf cart in the Cannonsburg area, injuring two people.

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Related Topix: Cannonsburg, MI

MLive.com

Golf cart destroyed by falling Plainfield Township tree, but golfers expected to recover

A tree, about two feet in diameter, had fallen on a golf cart at Boulder Creek Golf Club and pinned one of the golfers.

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Related Topix: Rockford, MI

MLive.com

Thousands without power in Kent County after storm

Thousands are without power in the Rockford, Cedar Springs, Sparta and Greenville areas after storms with high winds ripped through the area about 4:30 p.m. Areas north and south of 14 Mile Road were heavily affected, with more than 5,000 customers out in the area.

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Related Topix: Cedar Springs, MI, Sparta, MI, Greenville, MI, Weather, Rockford, MI

MLive.com

Flood warning issued for some rivers in West Michigan

The Rogue River in Kent County and Muskegon River in Newaygo and Osceola counties are among a handful of rivers in West Michigan now under a flood warning.

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Related Topix: Michigan, Newaygo County, MI, Osceola County, MI, Weather, Rockford, MI

Fri Apr 11, 2014

MLive.com

Democrat Jim Walters of Lawton announces candidacy for 26th District Michigan Senate seat

Walters, a retired aerospace engineer, is the only Democrat so far to announce plans to seek the seat covering Allegan and Van Buren counties and a small slice Kent County.

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Related Topix: Michigan, Lawton, MI, Allegan County, MI, Van Buren County, MI

MLive.com

Motorcyclist in fatal Byron Center crash was 2012 graduate of Byron Center High

A 20-year-old man killed in collision between a motorcycle and semi-truck was a 2012 Byron Center High School graduate and worked for a local landscaping company, friends said.

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Related Topix: Byron Center, MI

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