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Kent County sees 30 percent increase in childhood lead exposure

State data shows a 30 percent increase in childhood lead poisoning in Kent County. It’s particularly acute in Grand Rapids – where exposure levels are among the highest in the state.
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Governor Rick Snyder traveled to a middle school in Oakland County to sign the education budget for the coming fiscal year. He approved it despite questions over a provision that sends money to private and religious schools.

The provision reimburses schools for state mandates like fire drills, for example. But it could run afoul of a section of the state constitution that says no public money can be used to directly or indirectly support private or parochial schools.

Governor Snyder said he understands there are legal issues.

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Hilary Farrell / Data: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

State data shows a 30 percent increase in childhood lead poisoning in Kent County. It’s particularly acute in Grand Rapids – where exposure levels are among the highest in the state.

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Authorities say a boater has apparently drowned and a fisherman has died along separate stretches of the Muskegon River in western Michigan over the weekend.

The Mecosta County sheriff's department says 47-year-old Lee Cooley of Big Rapids was boating Sunday near Stanwood with his 21-year-old daughter when they hit a large sunken log and were thrown from the boat. Cooley was killed in the accident and his daughter was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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Plans call for opening two new cybersecurity training centers in southeastern Michigan.

The Ann Arbor News and the Livingston Daily Press & Argus of Howell report the Michigan Cyber Range hubs are being set up by Pinckney Community High School and Wayne State University.

They're expected to be open this fall, joining several other sites.

The new hubs will offer the opportunity to complete certification courses in cybersecurity disciplines, such as computer forensics and network security.

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The Kent County Health Department is once again setting traps for area mosquitoes in an effort to find out about the West Nile Virus.  Health officials report on their latest effort to protect residents from what can be a deadly disease. 

“Last year for the first time in Kent County since we’ve been doing the surveillance, we found no human case… so maybe some of these efforts are starting to pay off.”

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Thanks to the rise of food delivery services like Grubhub and Eat24, it's getting easier to order meals online.

Former University of Tennessee college basketball coach Pat Summitt has died, according to a statement from the Pat Summitt Foundation. She was 64.

Summitt died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at a senior living facility in Knoxville, Tenn., her son Tyler Summitt said.

The major advocacy group for charter schools is meeting this week in Nashville, and there's lots to celebrate.

What began with a single state law in Minnesota has spread to a national movement of nearly 6,800 schools, serving just under 3 million students.

But at it's annual meeting, the National National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is also using the moment to call for a fresh look at how these innovative public schools are managed and how they're held accountable.

President Obama is warning against financial and international "hysteria" in the wake of last week's vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

A team of archaeologists diving near the Greek island of Antikythera have reported a startling new discovery from a previously explored 2,000-year-old shipwreck. The find — a very heavy, metal cylinder — offers new insights into the maritime warfare of ancient times, the scientists say.

Sorry to disappoint Trekkies who still believe, but the actual USS Enterprise did not really take up much space.

That famous starship of Mr. Spock and Capt. James Tiberius Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series — which turns 50 this year — was a model. Quite a large one, to be fair: 11 feet long and about 200 lbs., made out of blow-molded plastic and wood. But not life-sized.

And for nearly 2 decades, it hung in the gift shop of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space museum in Washington, D.C.

Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper and George Bellows were very different artists, but they did have at least one thing in common: They all studied with painter William Merritt Chase. Now, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., is marking the centennial of the artist's death with a retrospective.

"You walk around these galleries and the paintings are gutsy and bold and scintillating and brilliant," says Dorothy Kosinski, director of the Phillips.

It's not every day that the man who ran Russia's foreign espionage service offers to buy you a drink.

I'd been chasing Vyacheslav Trubnikov for an interview, when a message landed in my inbox: Hotel Metropol, 5 o'clock.

The Metropol is one of Moscow's old grande dame hotels, just steps from Red Square, with polished dark wood, sparkling crystal decanters, velvet armchairs. Trubnikov settled in and ordered a double espresso.

The latest episode of the podcast Invisibilia explores the idea that personality — something a lot of us think of as immutable — can change over time.

In Japan, the world's third largest economy, the Brexit means more bad news for a country already struggling with its finances.

Following the British vote to leave the European Union, the Japanese stock market on Friday saw the largest single day drop since the year 2000 (though it did rebound a bit on Monday).