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Search for GR City Commissioner David Allen's replacement down to 3 finalists

After Grand Rapids City Commissioner David Allen announced his resignation from the City Commission in June, the search has been underway to find his replacement. While a seat on the commission is usually won through an election process, the city posted the job and allowed candidates to simply apply for the position as Allen’s replacement will only be finishing his current term. A committee made up of city commissioners, business leaders and residents considered eight candidates before...

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Michigan State University interim President John Engler will testify at a congressional hearing about changes since the Larry Nassar scandal.
 
     Engler will appear before a Senate subcommittee on July 24. His spokeswoman, Emily Guerrant, says the hearing is titled, "Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions."
 

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After Grand Rapids City Commissioner David Allen announced his resignation from the City Commission in June, the search has been underway to find his replacement. While a seat on the commission is usually won through an election process, the city posted the job and allowed candidates to simply apply for the position as Allen’s replacement will only be finishing his current term.

A committee made up of city commissioners, business leaders and residents considered eight candidates before whittling down the field to three finalists. Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss.

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. 

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Following the Supreme Court health care ruling to uphold subsidies nationwide, President Obama said Thursday that the Affordable Care Act is "here to stay."

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President Obama, commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today to uphold a key provision of his signature health care law, said after numerous challenges, the Affordable Care Act has been "woven into the fabric of America" and "is here to stay."

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We are reporting today on the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision to uphold the nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act. One of the three justices who opposed the ruling was Justice Antonin Scalia, who issued a strong dissent.

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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.

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