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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Numerous scientific agencies on both sides of the Pacific detected an earthquake Saturday near the site where North Korea set off a hydrogen bomb earlier this month, at first prompting speculation of another weapons test, before a consensus appeared to emerge that the tremor was a natural occurrence.

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The killing of two opponents of President Bashar Assad's regime has left their family and the wider relocated Syrian opposition community reeling in shock and fearing for their lives.

Police discovered the bodies of Orouba Barakat, 60, and her daughter, Halla, 23, who is a U.S. citizen, on Thursday night in their Istanbul apartment, reportedly after friends and colleagues were unable to reach them for several days.

The study has a depressing name: The Million Death Study.

But its latest set of data, published in the journal The Lancet on Wednesday, is anything but depressing when it comes to the topic of childhood deaths in India.

India has the tragic distinction of being a world leader in childhood deaths. Between 2000 and 2015, the death toll for children under the age of five was 29 million — a fifth of global childhood deaths.

Meet Your Friends Who Get Medicaid

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When high levels of lead were discovered in the public water system in Flint, Mich., in 2015, Medicaid stepped in to help thousands of children get tested for poisoning and receive care.

When disabled children need to get to doctors' appointments — either across town or hundreds of miles away — Medicaid pays for their transportation.

Stinson Dean, an entrepreneur from Independence, Mo., is used to taking risks. He buys Canadian softwood framing lumber to sell to lumberyards in the U.S. and says coping with the ups and downs of the market is an inevitable part of doing business.

But when he started the company about a year and a half ago, he laid down a firm rule.

"One of the things I wasn't willing to risk was the health of my family," Dean says.

Berlin's Tegel is a relic of the Cold War period when each sector of the divided city had its own airport. After German reunification, it was decided that Berlin needed a new international airport on its outskirts, called Berlin Brandenburg, or BER.

Kristy and Dana Dumont were ready to give a child in need a permanent home. They moved into a Dimondale, Mich., house with two spare bedrooms and a spacious, fenced-in yard, in a school district with strong extracurriculars and a diverse community.

The couple of 11 years began seriously considering adoption after Dana started receiving emails from Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services looking for foster and adoptive families.

For the past six weeks, voters in Germany have been inundated by campaign posters ahead of Sunday's national election.

Passersby walking down the street in just about every German city, town or village get a detailed look at who is running in their district and a condensed version of their campaign messages.

Green Party posters warn Germans to "either end coal or end climate." Another message: "Healthy food doesn't come from nature that's sick."

The anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany placards are even blunter.

President Trump's poll slide appears to have stabilized.

Trump, who came into office with the lowest recorded approval and favorability ratings of any president, saw a steady decline in the months that followed his inauguration.

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