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City of Lowell and residents prepare for "third highest elevation flood"

The City of Lowell is preparing for what will go down as, what it calls the third highest elevation flood in the town’s history. The Grand River is expected to crest there at 18.6 feet sometime after 7 o’clock Friday evening. WGVU visited Lowell where residents and city officials are taking action. City of Lowell workers have their orders barricading roads into southeast neighborhoods where the Grand River’s waters are rising to near historic levels. I ask how many barricades are being...

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Democrats in Lansing are trying to see movement on gun violence prevention bills. And They could have an unlikely ally.

In an interview with Politico, Governor Rick Snyder mentioned his own experiences with a school shooting while he went to the University of Michigan. The interview comes days after after a deadly school shooting in Florida. Snyder says he might be on board with so-called “red flag” legislation. It lets law enforcement and family members go through a procedure to ban a person from possessing a gun if they’re unstable.

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Today, the Kent County Sheriff’s Marine Division had to assist Plainfield Township in rescuing a resident due to rising floodwaters.  The resident was rescued safely.  More than 100 residents have evacuated their homes in Kent County this week.  And now, the Kent County Emergency Management staff are encouraging residents to use good sense when dealing with flooding and not to wait until it’s too late to leave.

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The City of Lowell is preparing for what will go down as, what it calls the third highest elevation flood in the town’s history. The Grand River is expected to crest there at 18.6 feet sometime after 7 o’clock Friday evening. WGVU visited Lowell where residents and city officials are taking action.

City of Lowell workers have their orders barricading roads into southeast neighborhoods where the Grand River’s waters are rising to near historic levels. I ask how many barricades are being deployed?

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The worst is coming for the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids.

The National Weather Service is predicting a water level of 21.5 feet by the weekend, close to the record set in April 2013.

Jared Maples, a meteorologist, says it's a combination of rain and melting snow flowing over hard soil and into the Grand River from other rivers, especially the Thornapple.

Maples says more rain is predicted but it's not expected to be significant.

He says February flooding from rain and melting snow is unusual on the Grand River.

Spring flooding is more common.

House lawmakers want to make English the official language of Michigan. 

Republicans led the way in passing a bill Thursday that would require its use in public records.

State departments and local governments still could publish documents in other languages.

Rep. Tom Barrett, a Republican from Potterville, says Michigan is a diverse state.

But he says diversity with "no shared values" drives people into their "own corners."

He and other supporters say the bill will encourage assimilation.

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After last week's shooting in Parkland, Fla., calls to arm teachers and school personnel have intensified. Both President Trump and the National Rifle Association argued this week that enabling school officials to shoot back could save lives and could deter potential assailants from entering a school.

Trump has clarified that he believes only those "adept" at using firearms should be armed, not all teachers.

The technology that drives science forward is forever accelerating, but the same can't be said for science communication. The basic process still holds many vestiges from its early days — that is the 17th century.

Some scientists are pressing to change that critical part of the scientific enterprise.

Here's what they're confronting: When researchers studying the biology of disease make a discovery, it typically takes nine months for them to get their results published in a journal.

Daring To Dream: A Carpenter Tries To Build A Piano In Rwanda

Feb 24, 2018

It's Monday afternoon and Désiré Mulumeoderwa is alone in his workshop, an oasis of quiet and creativity from the parade of motorbikes and perpetual hustle outside on Kigali's streets. The mud floor is littered with planks of wood in all shapes and sizes, scraps of plastic and other discarded materials Mulumeoderwa uses in his carpentry work.

Chairs, cupboards and bed frames are in various stages of construction around the dimly-lit shop. Off in a corner by the door is a project unlike any other.

Mulumeoderwa is building an upright piano.

This week in the Russia investigations: More newcomers join Mueller's roll of honor; the feds meet with state officials on election security; and Washington starts thinking about considering some potential planning to defend the 2018 midterms.

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Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller broke his own record this week for guilty pleas. On Tuesday, Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan appeared in federal court and admitted he had lied to investigators about his contacts with Donald Trump's former campaign vice chairman, Rick Gates.

American politics have always been rife with individuals who invoked the Almighty and sought divine leverage to achieve their own agendas.

Partisans on both the right and the left have revered such figures – when they agreed with their ends – and reviled them when they did not.

But it is hard to think of any clergy in any era who have ascended quite so far in the national political consciousness as Billy Graham.

Nadezhda Sergeeva of Russia has tested positive for a banned substance and has been disqualified from the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Saturday.

Sergeeva was ranked 12th in the women's bobsleigh, but is now disqualified from the event and "the results obtained" by her team "at the same event are disqualified with all resulting consequences," the organization said in a statement.

With a gold medal in the snowboard parallel giant slalom, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic has become the first woman in Winter Olympics history to win a gold medal in two different sports at the same Olympic Games.

On Saturday she emerged victorious in the final run against Germany's Selina Joerg, finishing just 0.46 seconds ahead. Joerg took silver in the event, followed by Ramona Theresia Hofmeister, also of Germany, who took bronze.

Updated at 6:45 a.m. ET

The U.S. men's curling team made history on Saturday at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, playing in — and winning — the first gold medal curling game ever to feature an American team. Led by John Shuster, the U.S. broke out late to upset Sweden, which had lost only two games in South Korea coming into the final.

Updated at 9:25 p.m. ET

The White House went on lockdown for a while on Friday afternoon after a female driver struck a nearby security barrier and was "immediately apprehended" by officers, according to the Secret Service.

The agency said in a statement it has had "previous encounters" with the woman they say is 35, white and from LaVergne, Tenn. The statement said she has been charged with "numerous criminal violations," and turned over to Washington, D.C., police.

Nearly four months after their billionaire owner shut them down, local news sites Gothamist, LAist and DCist will come back to life under new ownership: public radio stations.

WNYC in New York will buy Gothamist, Southern California's KPCC will acquire LAist, and WAMU in Washington, D.C., is taking over DCist.

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