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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

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

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

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

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

Rising rivers reach flood warning

April 15, 2014
| By AP
Flood warnings are in effect along rivers in a wide swath of the region, as rising water from heavy rain and snow melt threatens some structures. Read More

Could Russia impact West Michigan?

So far, sanctions are against individuals and one financial institution.

April 11, 2014
In short, yes: West Michigan could feel the impact of U.S. sanctions against Russia, particularly if sanctions targeting specific industries are imposed. Read More

Social media finds its way into court

April 11, 2014
While character evidence is generally not permitted in the courtroom, there are a few exceptions. Read More

Farmland preservation to continue in 2014

April 11, 2014
Applications will continue to be accepted for farmland preservation by Kent County this year under the county’s Purchase of Development Rights program, but without any county funding appropriated for the program. Read More