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EPA is stirring up the waters

West Michigan farmers and home builders are alarmed by recent proposal.

August 29, 2014
This spring, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule under the Clean Water Act that would redefine what can be regulated by the U.S. government as a “water of the United States.” Read More

IRS approves nonprofit status for Kent District Library

Surprisingly, not all public library systems in Michigan have 501(c)(3) status.

August 29, 2014
Linda Krombeen’s job just got busier — and in one respect, easier. She probably won’t have to hear “no” so often when she’s trying to get a grant or donation. Read More

New minimum wage now in effect

What was $7.40 an hour is now $8.15 in Michigan.

August 29, 2014
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) As of Monday, the minimum wage rate in Michigan has gone up from $7.40 to $8.15 an hour. Read More

Inside Track: Rahinsky is a Type A executive in uniform

The new Grand Rapids police chief says the job has many similarities to managing a business.

August 29, 2014
David Rahinsky is not one of those executives who doesn’t always answer his phone. Read More

Roadwork takes Labor Day off

August 29, 2014
Labor Day travelers will be glad to learn most road construction around the state will be on hiatus during the holiday weekend. Read More

Local attorney heads Defense Research Institute

August 27, 2014
A Grand Rapids attorney has been elected central regional director of the Defense Research Institute. Read More

Open wide in Kentwood, starting Sept. 2

New Kent County Health Department clinic will provide dental services.

August 22, 2014
Since getting results of the 2011 Community Health Needs Assessment, the Kent County Health Department has been planning to make dental care more accessible to all county residents. Read More

More contracts awarded for major re-pave of Grand Rapids streets

Work will be completed by end of year or early next spring.

August 22, 2014
The Grand Rapids City Commission has awarded another series of contracts for the major repair of city streets since a majority of voters agreed to pay for it by approving an extension of a temporary income tax increase for the next 15 years. Read More

Survey puts Michigan recovery among best in nation

Business Facilities data indicates Detroit and GR are among the best in export growth.

August 22, 2014
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is touting an extensive survey of economic activity by a nationwide site selection magazine that highlights the strength of the Michigan recovery and boosts prospects for the state’s continued business growth. Read More

GRCC offers Homeland Security training course

New class seeks to develop critical thinking skills in emergency situations.

August 22, 2014
A new course offered this fall at a Grand Rapids college will have students and professionals on high alert as they learn how to assess, identify, protect and react to emergency situations. Read More