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Grand Rapids City Commission sets timeline for city manager search

The Grand Rapids City Commission has once again begun the process of finding former City Manager Greg Sundstrom’s replacement. Last February, after a week of interviews and a public forum, the commission ultimately passed on three finalists for the job, opting instead to start the search completely over. Facing criticism for the decision at the time, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss defended the move, stressing the city manager position was too important and too big of a position not to get...

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Libertarian Party of Michigan

Michigan’s Libertarian gubernatorial candidates squared off last night during a debate held at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business in downtown Grand Rapids. WGVU spoke with the candidates.

John Tatar has been an active member of the Libertarian Party for nearly four decades. The 69-year old is a small business owner and served in the U.S. army. Tatar has also run for State Representative and U.S. Congress. Now, he’s running for governor. His message to Michigan voters?

Federal funding will help four counties in northern Michigan buy equipment for emergency first responders. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says the equipment purchases will improve responses to fires and medical crises. Denton Township provides emergency assistance in parts of Roscommon, Ogemaw, and Gladwin Counties. It will receive $19,200 for an automated CPR mechanism for use on ambulances and new paging devices that will provide reliable communication with the county 911 systems. 

Problem led to partially treated sewage in Grand River

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Officials say about 2.5 million gallonsof partially treated sewage recently flowed from a lagoon at a mobile home park in mid-Michigan into the Grand River. A report to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality by the operator of the lagoon near Portland, about 100 miles northwest of Detroit, blamed it on a "miscommunication/oversight between (the) contractor and waste water operator."

The Michigan Supreme Court has weighed in on what kinds of evidence can be admitted in sexual assault cases.

The court says evidence of a minor’s previous virginity, and subsequent pregnancy and abortion can be used in a rape trial. In the Wayne County case, the defense tried to argue the evidence was not admissible, in part, because it’s evidence of her sexual conduct. Evidence of a victim’s sexual conduct is not allowed under Michigan’s Rape Shield Statute.

   

The Grand Rapids City Commission has once again begun the process of finding former City Manager Greg Sundstrom’s replacement. Last February, after a week of interviews and a public forum, the commission ultimately passed on three finalists for the job, opting instead to start the search completely over.

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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

Jun 25, 2015

The Affordable Care Act survived its second Supreme Court test in three years, raising odds for its survival but by no means ending the legal and political assaults on it five years after it became law.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' arguments about the plain meaning ... are strong."

In the Medieval era, kings and queens hosted feasts adorned with surprisingly complex edible sculptures depicting humans and animals alike. Outside the castle walls, of course, people struggled to put enough food on the table — much less, worry about its presentation afterward. But in the modern United States, food sculpture is the art of the people. Nowhere is this truer than the butter sculptures so common at Midwestern state fairs.

The giant ostrich-like rhea, despite its largely useless vestigial wings, seems to be something of a flight risk.

Last year, we brought you the story of one of the birds — native to South America — that escaped from a farm in the U.K., startling cyclists and otherwise wreaking mayhem in the English countryside.

For the past 20 years, doctors have recommended that dialysis patients have a simple operation to make it safer and easier to connect to a machine that cleans their blood.

Islamic State fighters, who were ousted from the Kurdish border town of Kobani in January, have launched an offensive to recapture the Syrian city — setting off car bombs as a prelude to an attack, NPR's Deborah Amos reports.

Mourners will gather in South Carolina on Thursday for the funerals of the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and Ethel Lance, two of the nine people who were killed during a Bible study meeting in Charleston last week.

Both Coleman-Singleton, 45, and Lance, 70, were integral members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where police say a white gunman attacked last week with the stated intention of killing black people. The case is being investigated as a hate crime.

Clinton County prosecutor Andrew Wylie told reporters late Wednesday night that Gene Palmer carried into the prison frozen patties of hamburger meat that may have had saw blades and drill bits stuffed inside.

The guard also allegedly showed convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat a utility catwalk area behind their cells, which the inmates later used as part of their escape.

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