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G.R. Gets Grant For 10-Minute Walk Campaign

The city of Grand Rapids recently received a grant that supports community planning to include high quality parks within in a ten minute walk for all residents. It’s a 40-thousand dollar grant from the National Recreation and Park Association The grant funding will be used to support community planning efforts that help increase access for residents to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk – or a half-mile. David Marquardt is the director of G.R. Parks and Recreation. “We found that 66...

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Jeffery Willis at sentencing: "I am innocent."

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Jeffery Willis, already serving life in prison for killing a jogger has been sentenced to another mandatory life term for the kidnapping and slaying of a 25-year-old western Michigan gas station clerk. Willis shed tears and told a Muskegon County courtroom Monday that he is innocent and didn't get a fair trial.

Judge William Marietti sentenced Willis to life without parole for murder and 18 to 40 years for kidnapping. 

The ACLU was in a Detroit courtroom today seeking an order to protect a group of Iraqi detainees from threats and coercion from immigration agents.

 

A program that allows Grand Rapids Public School students the opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College is getting an extension.

Along with Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal, Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink signed memorandums of understanding Monday that extend agreements for the Grand Rapids Learning Center program.

The city of Grand Rapids recently received a grant that supports community planning to include high quality parks within in a ten minute walk for all residents.  It’s a 40-thousand dollar grant from the National Recreation and Park Association

The grant funding will be used to support community planning efforts that help increase access for residents to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk – or a half-mile.  David Marquardt is the director of G.R. Parks and Recreation.

Gov. Rick Snyder: Upgrading Soo Locks crucial

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Michigan has formally pledged its $50 million commitment to upgrading the Soo Locks in a letter sent last Friday to President Trump. Co-authored by Governor Rick Snyder, the letter argues that upgrading the Soo Locks with a sense of urgency is critical, as the regional and national economy would suffer if the Locks were to unexpectedly shut down.

In addition, a halt to the Soo Locks would result in “devastating impacts” to Michigan’s steel and manufacturing industries, putting 11 million jobs at risk.

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The U.S. Supreme Court essentially punted on extreme partisan gerrymandering Monday, declining to address the central questions at the heart of whether the practice is constitutional.

The court took up two cases, one out of Wisconsin and one out of Maryland, with lines drawn by both parties.

It declared that the plaintiffs in Wisconsin don't have standing to sue, because they didn't try to prove that their vote had been diluted in their own district.

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Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong took ownership of the Los Angeles Times in style with a full-page note to his readers and his new employees on Sunday.

Soon-Shiong bought the newspaper from its former corporate owners, the Chicago-based Tronc newspaper company. NPR spoke to Soon-Shiong about his ambitions for the newspaper.

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"We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says, as top Trump administration officials call out critics of its "zero tolerance" policy that calls for separating families who cross the border illegally.

The annual fireworks over the Detroit River is marking its 60th year of lighting up the skyline of Detroit and neighboring Windsor, Ontario.

The theme for the June 25 Ford Fireworks extravaganza is "Come Alive in the D!"

The 24-minute show will feature more than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects visible for miles along the Detroit River. It's produced by The Parade Co. and Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. has been the title sponsor since 2013.

Leaders from more than 70 communities across the United States and Canada are expected to attend a conference in Detroit to discuss efforts to end chronic homelessness and homelessness among U.S. military veterans.

National nonprofit Community Solutions is hosting the June 26-27 event at Cobo Center.

Its part of the Built for Zero campaign. Community Solutions says Detroit is one of the cities participating in the campaign.

Battle Creek officials have lifted a drinking water advisory they'd issued after elevated levels of manganese were found in the water last week.

The order to lift the advisory was issued Saturday and was approved by the Calhoun County Department of Public Health and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services.

Children's Protective Services in a western Michigan county is changing its oversight policy after the death of a baby who was left alone for two days strapped in a car seat inside his home.

The Kent County agency will now require a higher-level manager to sign off on caseworker decisions involving families with more than one prior case.

The change follows the death of Noah Johnson last year. An autopsy found that the 6-month-old had a diaper rash and had been dead for some time before his mother, Lovily Johnson, brought the infant's lifeless body to the hospital.

Michigan's Energy Office is hosting a forum and panel discussions on electric vehicles.

The event is scheduled Wednesday at the Michigan Agency for Energy in Lansing. It will include a ride-and-drive of several electric vehicle models and a workplace charging demonstration.

Panelists will talk about electric vehicle fleets and electric vehicle use by the public. Organizations also will share their experiences with electric vehicle fleets and charging.

The forum is sponsored by Midwest EVOLVE and Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities.

Field Notes in Philanthropy: This One Counts

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Episode 5: This One Counts

The 2020 U.S. Census is at a “high risk” for failure, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Given that the decennial Census is how our government divvies up Congressional representatives, federal program dollars, and a host of other assets, a failed Census could spell chaos for our country. And for the nonprofit sector.

Philanthropy has played a key role in previous censuses, providing the resources and know-how to mobilize community groups, neighbors, and businesses to help ensure an accurate count. Perla Ni, founder and CEO of the Census Outreach Project, and Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, join the hosts to talk about what nonprofits can do this time around.

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