Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park launch $115 million expansion campaign

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is launching a $115 million dollar campaign that hopes to dramatically expand the park’s facilities. Park officials say the expansion is needed as the park has experienced tremendous attendance growth since opening its doors in 1995. Among the new features at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park include a new rooftop sculpture garden, a new 60,000 square foot welcome center and an expanded and updated amphitheater. However, Park CEO David...

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Mar 24, 2017
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This week's Movie Talk with Ron Van Timmeren from Celebration Cinema! previews sci-fi thriller Life along with two comedies, CHIPS and Wilson. We also discuss the success of Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast.

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The Mackinac Bridge is closed to traffic because of falling ice.
 
     The Mackinac Bridge Authority closed the bridge Friday afternoon because ice is falling from the towers and cables.
 
     It advises motorists to reduce their speed to 20 mph as they approach the bridge and to be prepared to stop. Bridge personnel are stationed at both ends to provide instructions.
 
     The authority says that when conditions improve, the bridge will reopen to traffic.
 
     This is the third time this year the bridge has closed over falling ice.
 

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Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed administrative rule change to lead and copper regulations in the state is getting some pushback from Republican leaders.

Governor Snyder wants to lower the limit of lead and copper allowed in Michigan drinking water from 15 parts per billion to 10.

Senate and House leaders have expressed concerns with the rule changes. They think it might have a negative impact on local governments and that changing standards won’t actually help the state.

Michigan Street to undergo reconstruction

Mar 24, 2017

One of downtown Grand Rapids’ most recognizable stretches of road may be headed for a major facelift. City officials will vote this Tuesday on the long awaited reconstruction of Michigan Street. The project to rebuild the east/west artery on Michigan Street between Ionia and Monroe Avenues will get underway this spring. City officials acknowledge it’s a stretch of road that is not only crumbling, but is also one of the key entry points into downtown.

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Two students from Grand Valley State University are honored by their peers and the University for helping rescue a woman in a car accident.  Authorities say the pair helped save the woman’s life.

“I talked to one of the students yesterday and he said, it was just the right thing to do.   Pretty incredible when most people would just leave the scene, these students put it upon themselves to rescue this woman from her car.”

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The Pentagon announced yesterday that it had killed a Pakistani terrorist leader with ties to al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban.

In a statement, the Pentagon said that Qari Yasin was killed in a U.S. airstrike on March 19 in Afghanistan's Paktika Province. It said he was a "senior terrorist figure" and that he had plotted the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore and the 2008 bombing of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad.

Reuters reports that Yasin was killed in a drone strike.

For a girl growing up on a one-lane dirt road in a Connecticut town, it seemed the only way to look was up.

But Nancy Miorelli was nearsighted, so although she spent most days outside until dinnertime, she couldn't see the birds flying above her head.

"So I guess that left things that were crawling on the ground," the 27-year-old entomologist says.

Yep, bugs. But poor eyesight isn't the reason she puts herself in what others might feel is nightmarish proximity to bugs these days.

Undergoing treatment for cancer is hard enough by itself. And for many cancer patients who spend most of their time in a hospital, it gets even harder with the loss of basic comforts. The hospital's sterile environment, the fluorescent lights and the disposable gowns do little to make medical treatment more bearable. Nikla Lancksweert, wanted to do a little something to help with that dehumanizing experience, focusing on an alternative for those uncomfortable hospital gowns.

This was to have been the week when President Trump turned his fledgling presidency around, setting a course for success and letting the wind fill its sails at last.

Instead, it became his worst week to date, ending with the ship becalmed and its crew in disarray. After other controversies had spoiled the weather, the Republicans proved unable to muster the votes to pass their repeal-and-replace Obamacare bill in the House. The president and Speaker Paul Ryan had to call off the vote scheduled on the floor — not once but twice.

The numbers, in several cases, are astounding. 350.org, a climate action group, saw donations almost triple in the month after Donald Trump's election. Since Trump's win, Planned Parenthood told NPR it's gained over 600,000 new donors and more than 36,000 new volunteers. And the American Civil Liberties Union has raised more than $80 million since November 8th.

Telehealth takes a lot of forms these days. Virtual visits with a health care provider can take place by video, phone or text, or via the Web or a mobile app. The one commonality: You get to consult a doctor from your home, the office, Starbucks or anywhere with a wifi or mobile connection.

These appointments can be quick, and save you from having to schlep across town and sit in a waiting room, leafing through year-old Time magazine articles, as prelude to every visit with a doc.

After winning an election conducted amongst Hong Kong's biggest Beijing supporters, 59-year-old former civil servant Carrie Lam said her priority would be to "heal the divide" in Hong Kong society, vowing to form a government based on talent, not connections.

After more than two years of protests over the city's political future, this seemed to be what her city needed to hear, and saying the right thing at the right time was precisely what catapulted Lam to this position in the first place.

Our global health team has just finished up a series called "What Causes Pandemics? We Do." In radio and online stories, we looked at the causes behind our new hyperinfectious era. We'll continue covering this topic in future stories, but we thought our readers might want a chance to brush up on their pandemic facts. So roll up your sleeves, wash your hands and then try this quiz.

Married at 14 and divorced by 16, Seema Parveen had a marriage as brutal as it was short.

Now 42, Parveen remembers her husband threatening to hurl her from the balcony of their home. She blinks back tears recalling his rage when she bore him a daughter and not a son.

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