City hall, county government and the state legislature


Recycling service costs could rise in Kent County

Charges for haulers increasing from $35 per ton to $65 per ton in 2019.

October 19, 2018
Some Kent County residents soon may begin paying more for recycling service. Read More

New tax law changes charitable giving strategies

Financial advisers and nonprofit fundraisers share approach to tax-efficient donation.

October 19, 2018
Since last year’s tax law changes, financial advisers and nonprofits have been working to educate donors on the most efficient ways to give. Read More

More third-graders will be held back for reading, study says

Education and policy officials call state law that will start in 2020 'punitive.'

October 19, 2018
New reading standards will force many Michigan children to retake the third grade, especially children of color, according to a recent study. Read More

Company proposes $35M immigration detention center

October 17, 2018
| By AP
A company has proposed opening a privately operated federal immigration detention center at the site of a prison in the region that was closed in 2009. Read More

Marine company wins $16M contract from feds

October 16, 2018
| By AP
Federal agencies have awarded a $16-million contract to a company in the region for cleanup of the old channel in Michigan's Lower Rouge River. Read More

State House candidate charged with embezzlement

October 15, 2018
| By AP
SOUTHFIELD — A candidate for the Michigan House has been charged with allegedly embezzling about $150,000 when she served as treasurer of another campaign. Read More

Metered parking pops up in Wealthy, Cherry corridors

Mobile GR Director Josh Naramore cites increased business activity as reason for change.

October 12, 2018
The city of Grand Rapids last week introduced hundreds of metered parking stations to Wealthy and Cherry streets, where previously, street parking was free. Read More

Farmers express hope over milk pact

The agreement, which has yet to be signed, would open export avenues to Canada.

October 12, 2018
A new trade agreement between the U.S. and Canada might benefit dairy farmers in Michigan. Read More

Kent DPW approves $500M trash reuse project

Sustainable business park will be located on 250 acres of land adjacent to the South Kent Landfill.

October 12, 2018
Kent County has taken another step toward reducing solid waste by 90 percent by 2020. Read More

GR officials test voting equipment

New encrypted cellular modem will transmit results to city, county and state.

October 12, 2018
As November draws near, election officials in the city of Grand Rapids are in the process of testing its voting equipment to ensure the accuracy and the security of the 2018 midterms. Read More