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More local government leaders are feeling insecure about their fiscal health than in years past.

A new study shows the first decline in feelings about fiscal health since the end of the Great Recession. Michigan’s economy is improving, but local government leaders across cities, counties, townships and villages are feeling stressed. 

This is the first decline in feelings on fiscal health since 2010.

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If you didn’t already know, the new director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Marcelo Lehninger, is Latino - specifically, Brazilian. 

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted an event to introduce Lehninger to Latino business leaders Monday night.

Chamber director Jorge Gonzalez says he hopes Lehninger’s heritage will open new opportunities for more Latinos to attend the symphony.

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A big section of Michigan’s economy is being targeted by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 98.2 percent of businesses in Michigan are small businesses. The SBA defines a small business as one with fewer than 500 employees.

Clinton released a plan for small businesses Tuesday that she says will make it easier for entrepreneurs to start their small businesses.

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A man shot during what police are calling an armed robbery in southeast Grand Rapids has died.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says Kenneth Ray-Daniel Kirkwood died early Tuesday morning from gunshot injuries sustained Monday night.

Police say the 39-year-old man was with another man on a porch on the 1600 block of College Avenue SE when he was shot several times.

A GRPD report says three male suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. Police were called to the scene just after 9 p.m.

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In the small flood-ravaged town of Springfield, Louisiana, Rachel Moriarty waited more than a week for a center where she could apply for emergency food stamps to finally open in this AM-Vets hall. But now she's been turned away at the door.

This week they are only processing those with the last names beginning with A through D.

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When Donald Trump started a national conversation about his regrets the other day, he notably neglected to say just what he regretted.

"Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it — and I do regret it — particularly where it may have caused personal pain."

Mike Pence sat down in Henry Jones' barbershop in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, during a campaign swing — and the media came along for the ride.

CNN streamed 20 minutes of silence and small talk on Facebook Live, as Pence got a trim. Watch it here:

Among the moments captured on camera:

Pence: You've been at this location since '92?

Jones: Yes

Pence: It's a good location

After looking in a mirror and proclaiming it a "great haircut — perfect," Pence applauded, then walked behind the chair to shake Jones' hand.

A series of medical images published Tuesday offer the most complete picture, so far, of how the Zika virus can damage the brain of a fetus.

"The images show the worst brain infections that doctors will ever see," says Dr. Deborah Levine, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, who contributed to the study. "Zika is such a severe infection [in fetuses]. Most doctors will have never seen brains like this before."

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More local government leaders are feeling insecure about their fiscal health than in years past.

A new study shows the first decline in feelings about fiscal health since the end of the Great Recession. Michigan’s economy is improving, but local government leaders across cities, counties, townships and villages are feeling stressed. 

This is the first decline in feelings on fiscal health since 2010.

Firefighters have reached full containment of a blaze east of Los Angeles that forced tens of thousands to evacuate their homes. At the same time, multiple wildfires continued to challenge crews throughout the state.

California's Department of Forestry and Fire Information declared the Blue Cut Fire 100 percent contained Tuesday — but not before the 36,000-acre fire destroyed nearly 100 homes and forced the evacuation of 80,000 people in San Bernardino County.

The Clinton Foundation is working now to "spin off" or "find partners" for many of its programs, including all international activities and programs funded by foreign and corporate donors, the head of the Clinton Foundation told NPR's Peter Overby. The "unraveling," which would be an attempt to prevent conflicts, would go into effect if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

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If you didn’t already know, the new director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Marcelo Lehninger, is Latino - specifically, Brazilian. 

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted an event to introduce Lehninger to Latino business leaders Monday night.

Chamber director Jorge Gonzalez says he hopes Lehninger’s heritage will open new opportunities for more Latinos to attend the symphony.

Back in 1972, John Lennon hired Leon Wildes, an immigration attorney who had no idea who he was.

Wildes' son, Michael, remembers his father coming home to tell his mother about their first meeting.

"And he said, 'A singer by the name of Jack Lemon and his wife Yoko Moto,' " Michael recalls. "My mom looked at him like he wasn't well. 'Are you talking about the Beatles and John Lennon?' My father said, 'Yeah!' "

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