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State Supreme Court considers online privacy rule

LANSING — After some courts failed to comply with federal law, a proposed rule by the Michigan Supreme Court aims to stop courts from posting individuals’ personal information on the Internet. Read More

Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action

April 22, 2014
| By AP
A woman who successfully sued the University of Michigan over racial preferences said the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to uphold a state ban on using race in university admissions is a "great victory" for voters and the state. Read More

District owes charter school operator $2M

April 21, 2014
| By AP
A charter school operator said Monday that a lakeshore district owes it more than $2 million. Read More

Grand Rapids ranks among state’s worst for bicycle fatalities

April 21, 2014
The high fatality rate in bicycle accidents in West Michigan has prompted the state to use a federal grant to set up a three-year bicycle safety education program in the greater Grand Rapids area. Read More

Inside Track: The new face of change at Muskegon City Hall

Frank Peterson, a native of Flint, is the Port City’s first new city manager in 19 years.

April 18, 2014
Don’t ever try to suggest to the new city manager that Muskegon is just a gritty Rust Belt town, a former industrial center down on its luck and struggling to stay alive — like, say, Flint. Read More

More motorists seriously injured in construction zones

But the state says fewer were killed last year.

LANSING — Serious injuries from Michigan road construction crashes are on the rise, although the actual number of crashes, deaths and all injuries has dipped. Read More

Snyder targets Michigan’s poor recycling record

More than $435M in recyclable materials is sent to state landfills each year.

April 18, 2014
Gov. Rick Snyder is asking Michiganders to stop taking out the trash. Read More

Kent County commission to consider agribusiness study

Recurring concerns about farmland preservation led to the proposal.

April 18, 2014
An agribusiness “community work group,” similar to the one set up by Kent County a couple of years ago to study collaboration and potential consolidation of local governments, has been proposed by the Board of Commissioners’ Executive Committee. Read More

Kent County senior millage on August ballot

The ballot question, set for final review May 8, would raise it to 0.50 mills.

April 18, 2014
A committee of the Kent County Board of Commissioners has approved proposed language for the August primary election ballot that would renew the senior services millage at 0.50 mills. The wording of the ballot proposal now goes to the full commission May 8. Read More

City approves finance pact with DGRI

The Grand Rapids comptroller objected on legal reasons but was overruled.

April 18, 2014
A financial agreement between the city of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. has been approved by the city commission, despite objections by city comptroller Sara Vander Werff. Read More