Ottawa Hills Garden tour this Saturday a chance to stop and smell the roses

Tomorrow is the last Saturday in June. In Grand Rapids’ Ottawa Hills neighborhood this is a day set aside for its annual Garden Tour as Saturday marks the tour’s 24th year. The Ottawa Hills Garden Tour kicks off at 9 AM and ends at 1 PM. Visitors are asked to begin the excursion at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School. In the latest edition of Art Unfiltered, WGVU’s Patrick Center previews the show with Tom Deur Chairman of the Ottawa Hills Garden Tour and Fred Davison President of the...

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State Representative Jim Runestad’s bill would make equal custody the default position in divorces. He says, right now, judges have too much discretion and the proof of that is wide disparities between counties in how custody is granted.

   Runestad says the current system invites conflict between parents vying to win custody.

   “It’s a horrible, horrible system for kids and it’s got to change.”

   But critics, including judges and advocates for domestic violence victims, say judges need discretion to make the best arrangements for children.

Governor Rick Snyder is urging the Republican-led Michigan House to pass economic development tax incentives when it meets in July, saying there's still time to lure a Taiwanese electronics giant to the state. Snyder told The Associated Press Friday the job-creation program is "straightforward" and is about "more and better jobs." 

Live Asian carp discovered near Lake Michigan

Jun 23, 2017
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A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan. Federal and state officials tell The Associated Press a commercial fisherman netted the silver carp below the T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam. The fish was 28 inches long and weighed about 8 pounds. 

Silver carp are among four Asian carp species threatening to invade the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could compete with native species and devastate the region's $7 billion fishing industry.

Kalamazoo College athletics get sanctions amid violations

Jun 23, 2017

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced sanctions against a college's athletic programs following the NCAA's discovery last year of violations regarding athletics and financial aid. The MIAA Presidents' Council voted Thursday to apply the sanctions on Kalamazoo College, an NCAA Division III school in southwest Michigan. 

Tomorrow is the last Saturday in June. In Grand Rapids’ Ottawa Hills neighborhood this is a day set aside for its annual Garden Tour as Saturday marks the tour’s 24th year. The Ottawa Hills Garden Tour kicks off at 9 AM and ends at 1 PM. Visitors are asked to begin the excursion at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School. In the latest edition of Art Unfiltered, WGVU’s Patrick Center previews the show with Tom Deur Chairman of the Ottawa Hills Garden Tour and Fred Davison President of the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association.

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A live Asian carp — an invasive fish so threatening to local U.S. ecosystems that officials have struggled to keep it out of the Great Lakes — has been caught 9 miles from Lake Michigan, beyond a system of underwater electric barriers.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in watched his military test-fire a ballistic missile on Friday, after a string of North Korean missile tests were blamed for raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The military said the missile, a Hyunmoo-2 with a range of up to 800 kilometers (nearly 500 miles), hit its target accurately.

Less than a week after a judge declared a mistrial in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, the comedian's representatives say he intends to host a series of town halls about sexual assault and the legal system.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told the TV show Good Day Alabama that the town halls could start as soon as next month and noted that the issues were particularly important for young athletes.

Could The Best Memory System Be One That Forgets?

Jun 23, 2017

Intuitively, we tend to think of forgetting as failure, as something gone wrong in our ability to remember.

Now, Canadian neuroscientists with the University of Toronto are challenging that notion. In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Neuron, they review the current research into the neurobiology of forgetting and hypothesize that our brains purposefully work to forget information in order to help us live our lives.

The list of perks Dan Teran's company offers sounds pretty dreamy.

Anyone working 120 hours a month gets employer-sponsored medical, dental and vision insurance. His company, Managed by Q, also offers a matching 401(k) retirement program, paid time off, a stock option program for all employees, and 12 weeks of paid parental leave.

Those are highly unusual perks, considering most are part-time workers who work only when they're available. Also, Teran's company does janitorial, building maintenance and temporary secretarial work, where such benefits are almost unheard of.

Transformers: The Last Knight opens in west Michigan

Jun 23, 2017
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Transformers: The Last Knight is the summer blockbuster release this week, along with more modest movies Beatriz At Dinner, a social comedy and the thriller Book Of Henry.  WGVU sits down with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema for movie talk on Mid Day.

If Qatar wants to end a recent diplomatic standoff, all it needs to do is comply with 13 demands. That, at least, is according to the four Arab neighbors — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates — that drew up the list and sent it via Kuwaiti mediators on Friday.

Storms bring flooding, power outages to parts of Michigan

Jun 23, 2017

Heavy rains brought flooding to parts of Michigan, prompting authorities in the Midland area to caution people against unnecessary travel.

Relatives of an inmate who died after hanging himself in a Michigan jail cell have settled a lawsuit that alleged a deputy was watching Monday Night Football on TV instead of monitoring the man. The federal wrongful death lawsuit against Mecosta County, the sheriff's office and the deputy was settled for $160,000. 

Police have charged Darren Osborne with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder over an attack in which investigators say Osborne drove a van into a crowd of people leaving a mosque in north London early Monday.

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