Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park launch $115 million expansion campaign

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is launching a $115 million dollar campaign that hopes to dramatically expand the park’s facilities. Park officials say the expansion is needed as the park has experienced tremendous attendance growth since opening its doors in 1995. Among the new features at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park include a new rooftop sculpture garden, a new 60,000 square foot welcome center and an expanded and updated amphitheater. However, Park CEO David...

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Movie Talk

Mar 24, 2017
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This week's Movie Talk with Ron Van Timmeren from Celebration Cinema! previews sci-fi thriller Life along with two comedies, CHIPS and Wilson. We also discuss the success of Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast.

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The Mackinac Bridge is closed to traffic because of falling ice.
 
     The Mackinac Bridge Authority closed the bridge Friday afternoon because ice is falling from the towers and cables.
 
     It advises motorists to reduce their speed to 20 mph as they approach the bridge and to be prepared to stop. Bridge personnel are stationed at both ends to provide instructions.
 
     The authority says that when conditions improve, the bridge will reopen to traffic.
 
     This is the third time this year the bridge has closed over falling ice.
 

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Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed administrative rule change to lead and copper regulations in the state is getting some pushback from Republican leaders.

Governor Snyder wants to lower the limit of lead and copper allowed in Michigan drinking water from 15 parts per billion to 10.

Senate and House leaders have expressed concerns with the rule changes. They think it might have a negative impact on local governments and that changing standards won’t actually help the state.

Michigan Street to undergo reconstruction

Mar 24, 2017

One of downtown Grand Rapids’ most recognizable stretches of road may be headed for a major facelift. City officials will vote this Tuesday on the long awaited reconstruction of Michigan Street. The project to rebuild the east/west artery on Michigan Street between Ionia and Monroe Avenues will get underway this spring. City officials acknowledge it’s a stretch of road that is not only crumbling, but is also one of the key entry points into downtown.

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Two students from Grand Valley State University are honored by their peers and the University for helping rescue a woman in a car accident.  Authorities say the pair helped save the woman’s life.

“I talked to one of the students yesterday and he said, it was just the right thing to do.   Pretty incredible when most people would just leave the scene, these students put it upon themselves to rescue this woman from her car.”

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President Trump got good news on Thursday from the federal agency that oversees the three-year-old lease on his five-star hotel in Washington, D.C.

The General Services Administration said in a letter that the Trump Organization is in "full compliance" with the lease on the luxury hotel that's located just blocks from the White House.

Grand Valley Presents Euripides' Helen

Mar 23, 2017
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Helen by Euripides premieres at Grand Valley Friday night in a new translation by GV Prof. Diane Rayor at 7:30pm at the Louis Armstrong Theater on the Allendale campus.  Rayor worked with director Karen Libman and GV student actors on the work.  WGVU has this interview with the renowned translator of ancient texts.

Former President Obama took a victory lap Thursday on seventh anniversary of his signature health care law even as Republicans had planned to formally begin the process of gutting it in celebration.

But now, it's the GOP replacement plan that remains on life support. Republicans postponed a planned evening vote in the House, denying them a symbolic chance to make good on their years-long promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

About this time last year, roughly two dozen daring young strangers bid farewell to the modern world as we know it, bearing their hunting equipment and their wiles into the remote Scottish highlands with the aims of creating a new community from scratch — cameras rolling for a reality show all the while, naturally.

Who Will Listen To The Suffering Syrians?

Mar 23, 2017

Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul, a Syrian psychiatrist, writes poetry that reflects his deep longing for a lost homeland.

"Poetry and art is another way to cope," he says, "we are all grieving in our own ways. The country is no longer the one that I left and it still haunts me in my dreams." (Click here to read one of his poems.)

With his skill as a psychiatrist, Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul is reaching out to the troubled people of his Syrian homeland, offering guidance for health workers who work with mental health issues in a population traumatized by war.

And with his love of words, he tries to capture his longing for his homeland in poetry.

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A man who embezzled nearly $19 million from a suburban Detroit credit union has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
 
     Federal Judge Gershwin Drain followed the recommendation of prosecutors Thursday. He repeatedly said the amount of money stolen by Michael LaJoice was extraordinary.
 
     LaJoice was chief financial officer at Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union. He stole from the credit union over a dozen years, buying a luxurious home, fancy cars and commercial properties, and traveling by private jet.
 

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Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Lansing are trying to increase transparency in police hiring. A bill cleared the Senate today dealing with personnel records.

Right now human resource units in police departments are reluctant to tell other departments anything about a former officer besides their name and when they worked for them out of fear of litigation if the officer doesn’t get the job.

Senator Jones says the legislation is meant to prevent bad officers from hopping from department to department.

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Governor Rick Snyder says more needs to be done to curb the abuse of opioids and heroin in Michigan.

Governor Snyder says efforts to date have not succeeded in substantially containing the epidemic of opioid abuse.

   “Far too many lives have been either lost, damaged, injured in some fashion because of these drugs, and we need to do more in our state.”

   The governor says two thousand people a year in Michigan die from opioid or heroin overdoses.

U.S. Marine artillerymen are now in place on Syrian soil, north of the last stronghold of the Islamic State. A force of local Kurdish and Arab fighters is moving south, continuing to isolate the city of Raqqa.

They're in the opening stages of a major military operation that officials say could last into the fall.

What comes next is expected to have huge implications not only for the fate of ISIS but also for the relationship between Turkey and Russia, as well as the geographic outlines of the future Syrian state.

It will be very complicated.

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