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Rep. Winnie Brinks hosts Affordable Housing Town Hall

In an effort to address the affordable housing crisis in Grand Rapids Michigan House Representative Winnie Brinks hosted a Town Hall yesterday evening at the Inner City Christian Federation. “I think that this is a conversation that is really ripe to be had. Quite unintentionally we have been a victim of our success here in Grand Rapids," Rep. Brinks said. "We have a thriving city, we have nearly full employment, however there are people who have not benefited from that growth, and those are...

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Mel Trotter Ministries

No one has to dine alone on Thanksgiving, nor do they have worry about being able to afford all the trimmings.  Mel Trotter Ministries is hosting its annual community meal.

“All are welcome. It’s open to anyone who might want to attend. We want everyone to feel that they are loved and have a place to go this Thanksgiving.”

That’s Abbey Sladick, Vice President of Communications at Mel Trotter Ministries.

She says all are welcome at their 21st annual Thanksgiving Community Meal.

$300M for Great Lakes cleanup moves forward in Congress

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A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The measure cleared the committee this week and now goes to the full Senate. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative focuses on the region's most longstanding environmental problems, such as toxic pollution, farm and urban runoff, invasive species and declining wildlife habitat. 

A federal appeals court has upheld an agreement between Michigan and Canada to build a second international bridge in Detroit. The 2012 deal was challenged in federal court by the Ambassador Bridge company. The private business owned by the Maroun family operates the only existing bridge across the Detroit River that connects the US and Canada. The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals dismissed all of the bridge company’s claims that the agreement violates federal and state laws, and the US Constitution. Construction on the new bridge is expected to begin next year.

   A state department is taking a little longer to release medical marijuana licensing rules.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has been working on these rules for a few months now. They’ll be used when the application process opens in December. But the rules could change at some point down the road if they don’t have the effect the department wants.

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The pressure is building on Congressman John Conyers as Michigan Democrats call for a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and using taxpayer money to cover it up.

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The wave of government-backed violence against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar amounts to "ethnic cleansing," the U.S. State Department says, in a statement that raised the possibility of targeted U.S. sanctions to put pressure on Myanmar's government.

Mel Trotter Ministries

No one has to dine alone on Thanksgiving, nor do they have worry about being able to afford all the trimmings.  Mel Trotter Ministries is hosting its annual community meal.

“All are welcome. It’s open to anyone who might want to attend. We want everyone to feel that they are loved and have a place to go this Thanksgiving.”

That’s Abbey Sladick, Vice President of Communications at Mel Trotter Ministries.

She says all are welcome at their 21st annual Thanksgiving Community Meal.

$300M for Great Lakes cleanup moves forward in Congress

32 minutes ago

A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The measure cleared the committee this week and now goes to the full Senate. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative focuses on the region's most longstanding environmental problems, such as toxic pollution, farm and urban runoff, invasive species and declining wildlife habitat. 

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will be remaining in power, at least for now — despite the strange address he gave more than two weeks ago, while he was in Saudi Arabia, stating that he planned to resign.

Updated at 8 a.m. ET

After a 5 1/2-year trial, the former Bosnian Serb military commander blamed for orchestrating the murders of thousands of ethnic Muslims has learned his own fate.

The roast turkey and pecan pie may be the same as always, but growing numbers of families plan to add a tradition to their Thanksgiving holiday this week: a frank talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.

Paul Malley, president of Aging with Dignity, the agency behind Five Wishes, a popular living will template, says requests for the documents that guide decisions surrounding serious illness and death typically surge starting now.

A few days after Donald Trump was elected President, more than a hundred people packed into a church sanctuary in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to hear a presentation about refugee resettlement in their town.

It didn't go well.

To the many mysteries swirling around the investigation of Russian election interference and the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, add this one: Why is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein continuing to supervise the investigation?

Rosenstein is the Justice Department official who pulled the trigger and named special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the probe in May, only days after President Trump fired Comey under questionable circumstances.

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