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Erin Brockovich to visit Kent County as she joins lawsuit against Wolverine Worldwide

Consumer Advocate Erin Brockovich has joined a legal team including the Miller Law Firm that has filed a class action lawsuit against Wolverine World Wide, 3M Corporation and Waste Management. The lawsuit seeks immediate blood testing, monitoring and damage for people who have been harmed by water contamination after waste dumped by Wolverine Worldwide containing toxic per and poly floral alkyl substances contaminated a number of wells in the Rockford and Belmont area. “So the common...

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   A lawyer for Michigan State University tells Attorney General Bill Schuette that no MSU officials knew about the predatory behavior of the gymnastics team doctor.

The letter says MSU officials first learned of allegations regarding Doctor Larry Nassar last year from newspaper reports. And it says any criminal behavior would have been referred to the proper law enforcement agency.

    But MSU will not provide a copy of its internal review with Schuette because, the letter says, there is no report to share.          

Inclusion and Equity

Dec 8, 2017

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Mariano Avila, WGVU's Inclusion Reporter, providing results of our recently concluded grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.  Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell.


As 2017 comes to a close, November’s Supply Management Research survey suggests West Michigan’s economy will be strong in 2018.

“It’s quite possible that 2018 will be one of our best years in the previous 10 years.”

Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. He says West Michigan’s economic trajectory heading into December and beyond is full steam ahead.

SNN: School Work Gap

Dec 8, 2017

Some 37-million baby boomers will retire in the next decade and its estimated 21-million workers will enter the workforce to replace them. As we hear from the School News Network collaborative efforts are underway in schools to help bridge the talent gap.

When it comes to starting early in career exploration, Kentwood students are hitting the nail on the head – literally. Fifth-graders hammer nails into lumber, learn how to construct walls and assemble pipes at Endeavor Elementary during a STEM event – a lesson in science, technology, engineering and math.

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The second round of holiday travel is now underway.  We’ve talked about not posting pictures on Facebook while you’re visiting relatives or making your way to some sunshine.  One travel expert has another tip about keeping your “home” safe while traveling.

“They just drive around neighborhoods and sometimes follow delivery trucks from UPS and FED EX and see a package dropped off on a front porch… and off they go."

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On their first day of trading, bitcoin futures surged past $18,000, adding to a streak for the digital currency that began the year at just $1,000 and has nearly tripled in value over the past month alone.

Reuters reports that bitcoin futures, traded through the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), saw January contracts, which opened at $15,460 in New York on Sunday evening, leap to a high of $17,170 during Asian hours.

The largest and most destructive of the wildfires in California continued to burn its way up the coast on Sunday, becoming the fifth-largest in the state's history and sparking new evacuations in towns as far north as Santa Barbara.

Simeon Booker, the Washington bureau chief of Jet and Ebony magazines for five decades, died Dec. 10 at an assisted-living community in Solomons, Md., according to The Washington Post. He was 99 and had recently been hospitalized for pneumonia, his wife, Carol Booker, told the paper.

Booker was the first full-time black reporter for The Post. The paper says "few reporters risked more to chronicle the civil rights movement than Mr. Booker."

Discrimination in the form of sexual harassment has been in the headlines for weeks now, but new poll results being released by NPR show that other forms of discrimination against women are also pervasive in American society. The poll is a collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

For example, a majority (56 percent) of women believe that where they live, women are paid less than men for equal work. And roughly a third (31 percent) say they've been discriminated against when applying for jobs because they are women.

Andrea Sutton, a mom in Firestone, Colo., was trying to put her 3-year-old son Daniel down for a nap, but he wasn't having it. It was January, too cold for him to burn off much energy outside, and he was restless. She read him some books to settle him down and then left him to fall asleep.

She returned with her 4-year-old daughter a little while later to check on him. They found him hanging from the cord of the window blinds, wearing like a necklace the V-shaped strings above a wooden knob that lowers when the blinds go up.

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Actor and former NFL player Terry Crews filed a lawsuit last week stemming from an encounter at a party in 2016 when he says a high-powered Hollywood agent groped him.

Crews tweeted about the assault in October, prompted by the women who came forward accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment and the backlash they faced.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution last week condemning "the ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by that country's military.

If you usually ring in the holiday with a freshly cut evergreen, your reality this Christmas could very well be a scrawny Charlie Brown tree instead — or you may wind up paying more for a lush Fraser fir.

This year, there is a tree shortage. Most growers blame the tightened supply on the Great Recession, says Valerie Bauerlein, who covered the story for The Wall Street Journal.

Tania El Khoury splits her time between London and Beirut, where she helped found an artists' collective. Three years ago, moved by stories she was hearing about the Syrian uprising, she created an interactive work called "Gardens Speak." It grew out of an image she saw of a mother digging a grave for her son in her home garden because public funerals had become too dangerous.

From Portsmouth, N.H., to Nashville, Tenn., social media rejoiced over the first snowfall of the season this weekend.