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Republicans lawmakers are continuing to try to change retirement benefits in Michigan. This time municipal employees such as police and firefighters are on the agenda.

The bills would aggressively scale back retiree health benefits in cities with high unfunded liability costs.

Opponents say it would make recruitment more difficult.

“This is also a benefit that’s been promised. It’s a sacrifice that officers have made.”

      

Incarnate, a horror thriller opens in west Michigan theaters today, along with the Christmas drama Believe, plus four indie movies.  WGVU talks with Celebration Cinema's Ron Van Timmeran and Eric Kuiper.

Tree lighting hopes to draw people downtown all winter

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Downtown Grand Rapids will sparkle a little brighter after Friday evening as city officials will kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the Grand Rapids Christmas Tree.

While the event has taken place for a number of years, the ceremony changed its name this year to “Light up Downtown.” Andy Guy the COO of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. says, the name change is not only in reference to the holiday lights that will glow throughout the city, but also in the hopes of keeping the revitalized downtown area thriving during the winter months.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered flags to be lowered to honor a Detroit police officer killed in the line of duty.

Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from representatives of the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, including Eva Martinez, Outreach & Community Liaison Manager, and Tim Dam, Grants Manager, here to speak to their mission to create and provide targeted neighborhood collaborative partners with technical, developmental and educational support in order to increase the accessibility of early educational resources for vulnerable children.

Police in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio are planning a coordinated enforcement operation that seeks to reduce commercial vehicle crashes along the Interstate 94 corridor and other major freeways.

The effort involving Michigan State Police, Indiana State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol takes place Monday through Dec. 9.

Western Michigan authorities have accused a man of assault and ethnic intimidation after they say he attacked a taxi driver while yelling "Trump."

Kent County prosecutors authorized charges and issued warrants Wednesday against 23-year-old Jacob Holtzlander in connection with the Nov. 12 incident in Grand Rapids. It wasn't immediately clear if Holtzlander has an attorney. The Associated Press left a message with a prosecutor's spokesman.

Breitbart urges Kellogg's boycott over pulled ads

Dec 1, 2016
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Breitbart is encouraging a boycott of Kellogg's products after the cereal maker said it would no longer advertise on the news and opinion website, formerly run by President-elect Donald Trump aide Steve Bannon. 

The Kellogg Company cited company "values" in explaining its decision; a spokeswoman said Thursday it has "nothing to do with politics."

Breitbart has been condemned for featuring racist, sexist and anti-Semitic content.

Michigan State getting up to $122.5M for cyclotron lab

Dec 1, 2016
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Michigan State University is getting up to $122.5 million in funding over five years for the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. 

The East Lansing school on Thursday announced an agreement with the National Science Foundation that allows for continuing funding. The school says the agreement will support research in nuclear and accelerator science and continue operation of the cyclotron laboratory.

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Michigan Republicans are considering new legislation to change the procedure for voters who don't show a photo ID at their polling place. 

A bill up for a potential vote Thursday in the House Elections Committee would require those casting a provisional ballot to visit their clerk's office no later than 10 days after the election to ensure it's counted. They would have to present a photo ID with their current address or other documentation establishing their residency.

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