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Governor to give final State of the State Tuesday

Governor Rick Snyder gives his final State of the State address tomorrow. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have lists of issues they want the governor to talk about. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard wants Snyder to address mental health reform. But Leonard says it’s also important for the governor to stress the accomplishments of the Republican Party. “I think he needs to remind the citizens of the state of Michigan how far we have come along over the past seven years as well.” Leonard’s...

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After 33 years of public service, Grand Rapids City Clerk Darlene O’Neal is stepping down from her post this February. Beginning her career as a typist in the Housing Inspections Department in 1985, O’Neal rose through the ranks at City Hall before being appointed as Grand Rapids City Clerk in 2014. WGVU’s spoke with O’Neal about how Grand Rapids has changed in her 33 years of public service, and what she plans on doing once she leaves City Hall for good.

A new campaign wants to put a voters’ bill of rights into the state constitution.

Backers plan to launch a petition drive to place the question on the November ballot.

   The amendment would allow early voting. It would let people vote absentee without having to give a reason. And it would guarantee the right to vote for one party with a single mark on the ballot.

   Judy Karendjeff  is with the League of Women Voters. She says many of these have been proposed in the Legislature, but never enacted under Republican majorities.

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Governor Rick Snyder gives his final State of the State address tomorrow. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have lists of issues they want the governor to talk about.

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard wants Snyder to address mental health reform.

   But Leonard says it’s also important for the governor to stress the accomplishments of the Republican Party.

  

“I think he needs to remind the citizens of the state of Michigan how far we have come along over the past seven years as well.”

Three key members of the board that oversees USA Gymnastics have resigned. The Indianapolis-based group trains Olympians, including many who said they were sexually assaulted by a team doctor, Larry Nassar. The resignations of chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley were announced Monday while Nassar victims spoke for a fifth day at a Michigan court hearing.

USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry says the resignations "will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change."

Good news for Michigan residents—the government shutdown won’t have that much of an impact on the state. That’s according to a study released Monday by WalletHub.com. The financial services website’s “2018 Government Shutdown Report: Most & Least Affected States” found that Michigan is the second-least affected by the shutdown, just behind neighboring Minnesota.

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Prison guards in France are protesting at many of the country's 188 prisons to acknowledge what they say is the government's indifference to attacks against them.

At the prison in the southern city of Marseille, about 100 guards protested, setting a small fire and blocking the entrance, according to The Associated Press.

The Local reports that 120 prisons nationwide have been similarly blockaded by striking guards.

It's said that time heals all wounds. But not for people afflicted with dementia like Gerda Noack. The 93-year-old German woman's memory is fading, as is her eyesight.

The losses scare her. On a recent morning at the AlexA Residence for Senior Citizens in Dresden, where she lives, Noack sounded anxious as she asked, over and over: "Where am I supposed to go?"

Vice President Pence says the U.S. will complete the plan to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, announcing a faster timeline for opening the embassy than had been previously reported. Pence announced the new deadline during his visit to Israel.

"In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the United States Embassy in Jerusalem — and that United States Embassy will open before the end of next year," Pence said.

Crowds are taking to the streets for a women's march in central Michigan, one of many demonstrations around the globe this weekend. The Lansing State Journal reports up to 20,000 were expected for the Sunday afternoon event in Lansing. Participants are pushing back against Trump administration policies and promoting issues like civic engagement and social justice.

The leader of Catalonia's parliament has nominated Carles Puigdemont to a new term as president, adding another twist in the story of the separatist leader who was ousted from power by Spain last year.

The move comes as Spain's Supreme Court rejects prosecutors' call to renew a European arrest warrant against Puigdemont. Prosecutors were calling for Puigdemont to be arrested in Denmark, where he traveled on Monday.

Amazon on Monday will open its automated grocery in Seattle to the public, replacing cashiers with a smartphone app and hundreds of small cameras that track purchases.

For the past year, the 1,800-square foot mini-mart has been open to the company's employees.

There is no waiting in line for check out at Amazon Go, as the store is called — instead, its computerized system charges customers' Amazon account as they exit the store.

It has been called a "criminal cabal" rife with corruption. It's been said that its leaders need to be taken out in "handcuffs." And its reputation, one high-placed official has charged, is "in tatters."

The FBI has come under criticism before, but the ongoing barrage of allegations has left its current and former officials shaken. It also has fueled concerns that the bureau's reputation with the public could begin to crumble.

Maybe you got one of those find-your-ancestry kits over the holidays. You've sent off your awkwardly-collected saliva sample and now you're awaiting your results. If your experience is anything like that of me and my mom, you may find surprises — not the dramatic "switched at birth," but results that are really different than you expected.

The idea that each of us has a unique nutrition blueprint within our genes is a delicious concept.

Perhaps, this helps explain the growth in personalized nutrition testing and services such as Habit, Profile Precise and Nutrigenomix.

So, what exactly can these tests tell you?

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