Two state Supreme Court justices have removed themselves from decisions related to the stalled recount of presidential ballots in Michigan. State Supreme Court Justices Robert Young and Joan Larsen took themselves off the case because both are on President-elect Donald Trump’s list of potential United States Supreme Court nominees. That still leaves a three-to-two Republican majority on the court. The Trump campaign convinced a lower court to shut down the recount. Trump won Michigan in...

Kalamazoo police searching for murder suspects

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Police say a 20-year-old Western Michigan University student has been fatally shot at an apartment near campus and they're seeking two men seen fleeing the area. Kalamazoo public safety officers and campus police responded about 10:30 p.m. Thursday to a call about the shooting and found the man dead of an apparent gunshot wound. Witnesses told police two men fled on foot and were believed to have driven away. Police didn't immediately disclose details about the circumstances of the shooting....

Donald Trump in Grand Rapids again

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He's back. Donald Trump is returning to Grand Rapids Friday evening as part of his nationwide “thank you tour.” It’s the first time Donald Trump has been back to Michigan since his election as President. One month ago, Trump held a rally in Grand Rapids with Vice President-elect Mike Pence the day before the election. Just a week before that, he held a rally in Grand Rapids on October 31st. The time campaigning in the area may have paid off. Donald Trump won the state of Michigan over Hillary...

Grand Rapids to adopt 'Vital Streets' plan Tuesday

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Grand Rapids officials will vote this Tuesday on a new comprehensive plan for the city’s streets, and it may be good news for bicycle enthusiasts if the vote carries. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and City Commissioners heard details of the newly developed Vital Streets Plan at the City Commissioners Meeting last Tuesday. Vital Streets is a city master plan for Grand Rapids roads that shapes how pedestrians, bicycles, transit, cars and freight vehicles will share the city’s streets. “We had a number...

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Sonya Hughes, Vice President of Inclusion with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEZ30K5dBWU If you live in Kenya there's a jingle you hear on television and radio a lot. "Things are now modern!" they sing. "Things are now developed." It's an ad for a type of banking service called M-PESA that's run entirely through your mobile phone. You set up an account with the phone company. You can send and receive funds by text. Or, if you need to make a cash deposit or withdrawal, you do it through a vast network of agents — small-time vendors in...

Two state Supreme Court justices have removed themselves from decisions related to the stalled recount of presidential ballots in Michigan. State Supreme Court Justices Robert Young and Joan Larsen took themselves off the case because both are on President-elect Donald Trump’s list of potential United States Supreme Court nominees. That still leaves a three-to-two Republican majority on the court. The Trump campaign convinced a lower court to shut down the recount. Trump won Michigan in...

The man accused of murdering nine people in a church basement in Charleston, S.C., last year told investigators he is guilty, according to a confession video played in court on Friday. The jury in the trial of Dylan Roof, 22, watched an excerpt of a nearly two-hour conversation between Roof and investigators from the FBI, recorded shortly after he was taken into custody. Roof faces 33 federal hate crimes charges. The federal government is seeking the death penalty. Roof is accused of entering...

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It's a simple sign. One message — "No matter where you're from, we're glad you're our neighbor." Three languages: Spanish, English and Arabic. They've popped up in Pennsylvania, Detroit, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Canada – thanks to local printers, and without any national campaign. You can trace the journey back by word of mouth, from neighbor to neighbor or friend to friend. One resident of Washington, D.C., picked up a sign in Harrisonburg, Va. Drew Schneider, the blogger behind...

South Korean lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to impeach their president, Park Geun-hye, who is mired in a corruption scandal and facing a criminal investigation. But the celebration of the impeachment vote may be temporary, as a panel of justices will ultimately decide her fate. "A lot of attention and focus of the national media and public will be on the constitutional court," says James Kim of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies , a Seoul-based think tank. That court has 180 days to...

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, as part of a round-the-world farewell tour. "The interests we are pursuing here are clear and enduring," said Carter at Bagram Air Force Base, as reported by the Associated Press. "To have a stable security partner that is eager and willing to work with the United States is an asset for the future for us." This is Carter's last planned trip to Afghanistan; President-elect Donald Trump has nominated retired Marine...

Patricia Aquilar, 21, began working at DeRuyter Brothers Dairy in central Washington nearly three years ago. She worked at the dairy's milking parlor, which she says handles about 3000 cows three times each day, seven days a week. Aquilar was one of four dairy workers responsible for pushing and guiding the cows into the parlor, connecting the animals to milking machines, wiping them and the machinery down, and cleaning towels and milk tanks.
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The number of new cancer cases grew worldwide to 17.5 million in 2015 from 13.1 million in 2005. And the fastest growth is in some of the world's poorest countries, according to a report on the global burden of cancer in the Dec. 3 journal JAMA Oncology . "Cancer is increasingly important in countries where the main disease burden has always been infectious diseases," says Dr. Christina Fitzmaurice, an author of the report and assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and...

Alsarah was born in Sudan to politically active parents. When she was still a child a coup there forced the family to flee to Yemen. Then, after civil war broke out in Yemen, they had to flee again, this time to Amherst, Massachusetts — all by the time Alsarah was 12. But please, says the singer-songwriter, don't pigeonhole her as some sort of "refugee artist." "I was a refugee coming in. I know what it feels like when you first land somewhere and you don't have any of the resources, you don...

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