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The state Attorney General wants a judge to review every document Michigan State University says is protected by attorney-client privilege. This is part of an ongoing investigation by a special prosecutor into the university.

   The judge could review thousands of documents.

The investigation involves how Michigan State University handled former M-S-U sports doctor, Larry Nassar. Nassar will spend decades in prison for sexually assaulting his patients.

A newspaper investigation has found that 30 health care professionals were disciplined by Michigan licensing boards for sexual assault or misconduct in the last year. The Lansing State Journal reports that the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs received 238 allegations of sexual misconduct by health professionals between 2011 and 2016. 

  

In an effort to address affordable housing in the city, The Grand Rapids City Commission has adopted the seventh recommendation made by the Housing Advisory Committee. 

Part of 11 recommendations the city has branded “Housing Now!” that all hope to address the affordable housing crisis, the adopted ordinance limits the amount of money landlords can charge for application fees while requiring a refund of the application fee if an applicant is rejected.

Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan say they will oppose President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Stabenow, who's up for re-election to a fourth term, and Peters made their announcements in statements released Friday. Stabenow says Kavanaugh's comments and rulings "make it clear" that he would roll back women's access to reproductive health care, make it harder for people get affordable insurance and side with "special interests over ... working people." 

A movement to pay Michigan workers $12 an hour by 2022 and abolish the tipped wage has met a legal challenge. The hospitality industry group Michigan Opportunity filed a lawsuit Friday demanding that the Michigan secretary of state scrap the proposed November ballot initiative. The proposal was organized by the Michigan One Fair Wage committee to raise the state's current $9.25 an hour wage.

Rendering of the affordable housing in Belknap Lookout neighborhood.
GVSU University Communications

More affordable housing is coming to Grand Rapids and the Belknap Lookout neighborhood. Grand Valley State University and the City of Grand Rapids are working on a Memorandum of Understanding with neighborhood representatives.

Grand Valley State University will lease .85 acres of its Grand Rapids health campus to Three CPK, a joint venture of Third Coast Development and PK Housing.

On Tuesday, The Rodriguez-Garcia and Espinosa Family were one of the ten contestants out of 100, who received $20,000 in the 100 Ideas, a citywide pitch competition launched by Start Garden. What made them win – you might ask. Their start-up business, Soldadera Coffee a family owned small business whose goal is to bring a cold brew to the community. 

Mario Rodriguez takes care of the general management of the company, explains that the inspiration behind the coffee is their Grandmother Cristina, a social and political activist from Mexico. 

Stinky 'corpse flower' in full bloom at Michigan garden

Jul 13, 2018

Visitors are flocking to a Grand Rapids botanical garden to get a whiff of the unpleasant-smelling "corpse flower" that's in full bloom for the first time in 18 years. The Amorphophallus titanum known as the "corpse flower" began blooming Wednesday at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The garden's staff nicknamed the flower "Putricia" for its putrid smell often compared to rotting meat. The flower is opening for the first time since it was planted in 2000. 

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."
 

  

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.

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