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The Salvation Army Kroc Center, in partnership with the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association, is once again participating in National Night Out. 

This free event will focus on neighborhood safety will feature other family fun activities at the Kroc Center.

“I think that National Night Out has taken on a life of its own.  Just in terms of making a statement about community and the fact that we really want to build a relationship with people in our neighborhoods.”

A state agency has asked courts in three counties to dismiss 186 bench warrants against people accused of unemployment The state could next ask for the charges to be dismissed altogether.

Community leaders gathered Thursday in Grand Rapids to educate members of the tourism and hospitality industries on recognizing potential victims of human trafficking. Hosted by Women at Risk international, the human trafficking conference hoped to shed light on human trafficking in West Michigan. 

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A state Senator is entering the Republican race for governor.

Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) hopes to succeed term-limited Governor Rick Snyder. He will formally announce his campaign Saturday at noon, at the Yankee Air Museum near Ypsilanti.

Colbeck was a design engineer for Boeing before he became a senator in in 2011.

“I came in with a fresh perspective, a business perspective,” he said. “And with the simple perspective says, ‘What I say I’m gonna do on the campaign trail is exactly what I’m gonna do when I’m serving.’”

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Tomorrow at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia the USS Gerald R. Ford will be commissioned. The first of the new super class carrier is a $13 billion marvel that will officially be placed on active duty Saturday.

In Grand Rapids, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is hosting commissioning ceremony events.

“Well, it’s not every day that someone has an aircraft carrier named after them.”

That’s Joel Westphal, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library Deputy Director.

Dunkirk lands in theaters

Jul 21, 2017
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Dunkirk is the latest film by acclaimed director Christopher Nolan.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema about this critically acclaimed historical movie that details one of the first epic battles of WWII.  They also look at Girls Trip, a new comedy and the action adventure science fiction flick Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. 

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Police are searching for a 32-year-old man suspected in two slayings across two southwestern Michigan counties. A man was shot about 10:15 p.m. Thursday in St. Joseph County's Florence Township by the suspect who forced his way into a home. The victim later died at a hospital. Police say the two men knew each other. 

Two people who exposed problems from lead-tainted water in Flint have been selected for MIT Media Lab Disobedience awards.

Flint pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Virginia Tech University engineering professor Marc Edwards will receive the award Friday in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

They will share a $250,000 cash prize. An individual and two groups also will be honored as finalists.

Organizers say the award highlights effective, responsible, ethical disobedience across disciplines like scientific research, civil rights, freedom of speech and human rights.

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A Michigan school district is suspending its use of separate core subject classrooms for boys and girls at an elementary school after facing prospects of more federal scrutiny.

The Lansing State Journal reports Thursday's decision by the Lansing School District's Board of Education comes year after the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation into whether the classrooms complied with Title IX, the federal law barring discrimination based on sex.

A robotic underwater laboratory has been deployed in Lake Erie to detect toxins produced by harmful algae that threaten city water supplies. The project is intended to prevent recurrence of a 2014 tap water contamination crisis that prompted a do-not-drink order for more than 400,000 residents of Toledo, Ohio, and southeastern Michigan. 

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