Islamic community begins Ramadan at sundown Friday

As the sun sets Friday evening, Muslim’s in Grand Rapids and around the world will begin the Islam holy month of Ramadan. During the month of Ramadan, healthy adults abstain from eating or drinking anything from dawn until sundown. “Fasting is a procedure which purifies your spirit, your physical body, and your imagination, everything; and connects you with God,” Iman Sharif Sahibzada of the the Islamic Center and Mosque of Grand Rapids said. The most holy month in the Islamic calendar,...

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens

May 26, 2017

Johnny Depp returns in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema about that movie plus The Lovers, and Chuck.

Governor Snyder made some powerful appointments today. The governor filled the five seats of the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board.

   The board includes a recently retired sergeant for Michigan State Police, a licensed pharmacist and healthcare supervisor for Walgreens, and a former Speaker of the House.

   They will use recommendations from the state Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department to distribute licenses to grow, transport, test and sell medical marijuana.

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Authorities say one person has been injured in a plane crash in western Michigan.

The Allegan County Sheriff's Department says the plane crashed on a runway at Plainwell Municipal Airport about 1 p.m. Friday.

It said the extent of the injury was not immediately known and it had no additional information.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the agency had no immediate information on the crash.

Telephone calls to the airport went unanswered Friday afternoon.

The airport is located next to U.S. 131 about 35 miles south of Grand Rapids.

Muskegon area beach takes steps to increase safety

May 26, 2017

Public safety officials have installed numbered markers at a sprawling western Michigan beach to help first responders locate emergencies faster and facilitate beach meet-ups. Seven red markers with white numbers have been placed 300 feet apart along the northern stretch of Pere Marquette Park's beach in Muskegon. 

GRPD: 3-week-old child dies after dog attack

May 26, 2017

Police say a 3-week-old child who was left alone in a house with three dogs has died after apparently being attacked by one of the animals in western Michigan. Grand Rapids police say the child was pronounced dead at a hospital Friday morning after being attacked Thursday night. 

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It's planting time in America. Farmers are spending long days on their tractors, pulling massive planters across millions of acres of farmland, dropping corn and soybean seeds into the ground.

Back when Stefani McCoy was 17, she felt isolated and depressed. Her mother was raising her solo while her father battled drug addiction. One day, she decided she was done with going to school. "No one could talk me out of it," says McCoy, who soon ended up living out of her car.

Eleven years later, she's in the Peace Corps, trying to help dropouts in Namibia in a similar situation.

As McCoy says, "They're me in African form."

What a week it's been for education news. Let's begin NPR Ed's weekly roundup as the week began, on Monday ...

DeVos talks choice in Indianapolis

It was expected to be an important speech, perhaps the unveiling of President Trump's long-awaited, $20 billion plan to expand school choice nationally. But that didn't happen.

Instead, when Education Secretary Betsy DeVos took the stage in Indianapolis at the American Federation For Children's National Policy Summit, she talked philosophy.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter and a noted foreign policy expert and thinker, died Friday at the age of 89.

His daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, announced his death on Twitter and Instagram:

In a Saturday morning statement, former President Obama called Brzezinski a "passionate advocate for American leadership."

There's a narrative about the methamphetamine epidemic in Montana that says the state tackled it in the 2000s, yet now it's back with a vengeance because of super labs and drug cartels in Mexico. But here on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, it never really went away.

"Getting high in your car in front of the store; that ain't a big deal," says Miranda Kirk.

The Air Force says it will investigate an incident in which an employee at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary allegedly offered to show John Glenn's remains to Defense Department inspectors.

As part of a new policy, an inspection team completed a weeklong review of the mortuary at Dover in March.

During the inspection, according to an Air Force spokesman, "someone reportedly offered to show the remains of Sen. John Glenn to DoD inspectors."

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens

May 26, 2017

Johnny Depp returns in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema about that movie plus The Lovers, and Chuck.

Governor Snyder made some powerful appointments today. The governor filled the five seats of the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board.

   The board includes a recently retired sergeant for Michigan State Police, a licensed pharmacist and healthcare supervisor for Walgreens, and a former Speaker of the House.

   They will use recommendations from the state Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department to distribute licenses to grow, transport, test and sell medical marijuana.

Everything President Trump has done in office, apart from international affairs and foreign policy, has been a "complete disaster," says former House Speaker John Boehner.

In a South Carolina courtroom Friday, Todd Kohlhepp stood before a judge and pleaded guilty to murdering seven people. The plea was part of a deal he worked out with prosecutors, whereby Kohlhepp would avoid the death penalty and receive seven consecutive life sentences for killings committed across a span of approximately 13 years.

He was also sentenced to 60 years in prison for an assortment of other crimes, including kidnapping and sexual assault.

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