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College earns $1.3M grant to assist veterans

November 23, 2017
A local college will use a $1.3-million grant to establish a program for military veterans. Read More

Grand Rapids plans to increase water and sewer rates

November 23, 2017
The city has released a preliminary study recommending increases to water and sewer rates, beginning in January. Read More

Residents split over controversial fountain

November 22, 2017
| By AP
Officials in southwest Michigan are considering how to handle a controversial fountain that some say celebrates white supremacy. Read More

Michigan vote on legalizing marijuana is likely in 2018

November 21, 2017
LANSING — Organizers of a ballot drive to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Michigan have submitted 365,000 signatures to the state, which appears to be more than enough to qualify the initiative for a statewide vote in 2018. Read More

County eyes 90 percent waste reduction

Department of Public Works hopes to build a sustainable business park that will allow reuse of high-value items among incoming refuse.

November 17, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The Kent County Department of Public Works is creating a plan to reduce landfill waste by 90 percent by 2030. Read More

Affordable housing plan moves forward

City commission presents proposals to amend zoning, add incentives to create ‘housing choice.’

November 17, 2017
The Grand Rapids City Commission unveiled its plan to address the city’s affordable housing crunch by spurring private development. Read More

Grand Rapids approves 'equal services' policy

November 17, 2017
Acting with the goal to protect individuals regardless of their immigration status and national origin, the Grand Rapids City Commission has approved an “equal services” policy. Read More

Officials: Water safe at 3 tested schools

November 16, 2017
| By AP
Officials said trace levels of hazardous chemicals in water at three elementary schools in the area don't pose a public health risk. Read More

Michigan civil rights director declines $24K bonus

November 15, 2017
| By AP
LANSING — The director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights is turning down a $24,740 bonus that was approved by a state commission. Read More

State expands investigation into Wolverine Worldwide waste disposal

November 14, 2017
| By AP
Michigan officials said the state's investigation into the old disposal of tannery waste by Wolverine Worldwide has expanded. Read More