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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.”

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.

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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.

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 Hooker says the message of the campaign goes well beyond just building a bigger park.

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