The Wall That Heals offically opens to public at Fifth Third Ballpark

Military Veterans and their families joined LZ Michigan Thursday evening to officially open the Vietnam War memorial, ‘The Wall That Heals’ to the public at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids. The Wall That Heals is part of a series of events hosted by LZ Michigan this weekend to welcome home and honor military veterans and their families. “Really this is the opportunity for the community to say, it’s open and come down and celebrate this us,” Tim Tetz the director of Outreach for the...

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Parents of private school students cannot be part of a lawsuit over whether the state can send taxpayer money to their kids’ schools.

The state wants to give religious schools money to cover things the state requires. Several public school organizations sued to stop the payments. They say the state constitution prohibits public money going to private schools.

Several religious organizations, lawmakers and parents tried to join the lawsuit with the state. But the court said no.

Report: Clean energy jobs on the rise in Michigan

Sep 22, 2017

According to a recently published study, jobs in the clean energy industry are on the rise in West Michigan. The 2017 clean jobs report released earlier this month found that Michigan is home to 92,000 clean energy jobs, and 6500 of those are based in in Kent County. Clean Energy Industry officials gathered Thursday morning in Grand Rapids to highlight the report at non-profit A Renewable America

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A Grand Valley State University Professor was able to breathe a sigh of relief after former GVSU students in Houston came to the rescue. A group of Grand Valley alumni lent a helping hand after the fellow Laker’s childhood home was devastated by flooding during Hurricane Harvey.

“I don’t know how to thank them enough. I’m glad, GV produces such great students. Feel like I’m lucky to be a part of that. And former students, reaffirmed my choice of profession, that’s for sure.”

Man pleads guilty to fire that killed 13 horses

Sep 22, 2017

A man accused of setting a fire that killed 13 horses has pleaded guilty in western Michigan. Prosecutors say Payton Mellema will spend three years at a mental-health facility under a plea deal reached Thursday in Kent County court. He lived near the Barn for Equine Learning in Lowell Township, where 13 horses died in April. 

The horses were used as therapy for children and young adults with a variety of special needs. Mellema pleaded guilty to arson and animal cruelty charges.

He'll return to court on Oct. 31.

Three former Michigan State football players charged with sexual assault have waived a key hearing and will advance to trial. Michigan judges typically decide whether there is enough evidence to hold a trial. But Josh King, Donnie Corley Jr. and Demetric Vance waived that hearing Thursday in East Lansing.

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Flu symptoms can be more severe when you're pregnant, landing women in the hospital, threatening their lives and even leading to preterm birth or miscarriage. The virus is a risk to the woman and the baby.

So, it's particularly important that people who are pregnant get the flu vaccine. And it's also important that the effects of those vaccines be studied in pregnant women.

An estimated 4 percent of Americans have food allergies, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has concluded that allergies are a growing public health concern. But diagnosing allergies can be tricky, and kids can outgrow them, too.

It seemed like the controversy involving NFL players kneeling during the national anthem had died down a bit — that is until President Trump stirred up a hornet's nest Friday night during a campaign trip to Alabama.

Trump unleashed a tirade of strong comments against NFL players who don't stand during the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner."

It's been one year since bells tolled along the East Coast, welcoming the newest Smithsonian to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Since then, the museum has attracted more than 3 million people of all races, colors and creed from across the nation and around the world — averaging about 8,000 visitors daily.

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