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From startup to mature company, MiBiz takes a look at the proposed sale of MPI Research to Charles River Laboratories and how acquisitions impact a community. Also, credit union consolidation and Mary Free Bed's research aims.

Kent ISD

The Strong Schools, Strong Communities enhancement millage was passed by voters last year. The Kent County Intermediate School District wants residents to know how the additional dollars are being used in classrooms.

Voters approved the Kent Intermediate School District’s Strong Schools, Strong Communities enhancement millage in May. The additional $20 million generated annually over the next 10 years will provide more resources for the 20 school districts served by Kent ISD.

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February is Heart Month.  And during this month, there are messages everywhere about the importance of maintaining optimal heart health.  Experts say Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.  Doctors at Spectrum say there is still a lot of “MIS-information” about heart disease and they’d like to change that.

State officials say they've discovered a second cattle herd in southwestern Michigan infected with bovine tuberculosis. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced last week the potentially fatal disease had shown up on a farm in Ottawa County. 

On Tuesday, the department said the sick cattle had also spent time at a farm in Kalamazoo County, where an investigation found two other infected cows. The original carriers of the illness came from Franklin County, Indiana, where two beef herds and a whitetail deer tested positive in 2016.

The Mackinac Bridge connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas has reopened to traffic after being shut down due to falling ice from its cables and towers. The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the bridge was operating Wednesday morning under a high wind warning after being closed to traffic on Tuesday. The authority also warns that the bridge may be icy.

An official says a washout from heavy rains may have caused two engines from a freight train to derail in West Michigan The engines went off the tracks Tuesday night in the Grand Rapids-area community of Wyoming. 

One engine came to rest on its side next to the tracks. There were no reports of injuries. Wyoming Deputy Fire Chief Brian Bennett tells The Grand Rapids Press it appeared a washout likely caused the problem. Bennett said a trench was dug to contain leaking fuel.

The Grand Rapids City Commission passed a resolution Tuesday to purchase 3.68 acres on the Grand River for the future development of a public park. The piece of land on Monroe Avenue north of 1-96 is part of deal the city made with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The park will include river related recreational activities and support river restoration. 


Teenagers advocated on behalf of sexual assault legislation in Lansing today.      

The bills would prevent assailants from going to the same schools as their victims.

Bill sponsor, Republican Representative Lana Theis, says there’s a gap in the law. She says officials aren’t able to kick a student out of school unless the sexual assault happens on school grounds. 

“When we mandate that our children need to be educated, we need to make sure that we’re creating an environment for them where they are absolutely protected.”

Mayor Bliss: City Manager search too important to rush

Feb 20, 2018

Earlier this month, Grand Rapids City Commissioners voted to restart the search for a new City Manager, the most powerful non-elected official in the city. Now, Mayor Bliss says the new search may take months to complete.

In honor of fallen Police Officer Darren Weathers, Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff on today on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex. Weathers was killed in the line of duty Tuesday, Feb. 13.

“Officer Weathers was a devoted police officer and a beloved member of the community,” Snyder said. “I send my deepest condolences to Darren’s family, friends and the entire Detroit Police Department during this difficult time.”