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Michigan State University officially opened its $88 million Grand Rapids Research with a ribbon cutting.

“One, two, three…”

Lead by Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, a giant green ribbon was cut opening the Medical School’s six-story, nearly 163,000-square-foot Grand Rapids Research Center.

“Imagine people who are thinking about things that we can’t yet imagine. Ideas that may work, they may not. But they’re all about trying to improve the quality of life.”

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An international art competition in western Michigan is kicking off its ninth year.

ArtPrize Nine starts Wednesday in Grand Rapids and runs through Oct. 8.

In all, $500,000 in cash prizes will be awarded - including $200,000 for the public favorite and $200,000 for a winner picked by an expert jury.

The voting structure has been updated this year.

The first round narrows entries down to 20 chosen by the public and 20 by the jury.

File photo of Gov. Rick Snyder speaking in Grand Rapids in 2016.
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Bills sent to Gov. Rick Snyder would let candidates solicit unlimited contributions for independent committees supporting their candidacies.

The Republican-led Legislature approved the legislation on party lines Tuesday.

Supporters say Michigan needs clarity after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized unfettered political spending by independent committees.

But opponents note the bills go further - imposing no limits on candidates' ability to direct wealthy individuals and groups to closely affiliated super PACs and to bypass normal donation caps.

A five day event to “remember, honor and celebrate our community’s veterans and their families” kicked off Wednesday at Fifth Third Ballpark. Starting in Allendale, a large motorcade including dozens of motorcycles escorted an official half size replica of the Vietnam War Memorial “The Wall the Heals” to the ballpark in Grand Rapids Wednesday morning. The Wall that Heals is on loan from Arlington, Virginia, and is  part of a series of events lasting through Sunday that aims to welcome home and honor military veterans, especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Board holds off for now on LGBT discrimination declaration

Sep 19, 2017

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is holding off for now on deciding whether to declare that discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations is already unlawful under state law. The commission met Monday to consider the request after two months of public feedback.

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There is a new five-year strategy for managing Michigan's parks and recreation system. The Department of Natural Resources says the plan was developed through discussions with other state agencies and groups representing various public interests. 

The DNR manages 103 state parks and recreation areas that together occupy more than 300,000 acres. The parks and recreation division also oversees the state's boating program, the state motorized and non-motorized trails system and 138 state forest campgrounds.

A man has been charged after fleeing a high-speed crash that killed a woman and critically injured her 5-year-old twin boys in the Grand Rapids area. Douglas Crystal was arraigned Monday on four charges, including reckless driving that caused a death. The Kent County sheriff's department says 33-year-old Meranda Baguss of Sand Lake was killed Friday night when Crystal's pickup smashed into her vehicle at a rural intersection in Courtland Township. Her sons are in critical condition. 

Officials from The US Army Corps of Engineers concluded a series of meetings with the public this week, discussing the Core’s long awaited plan to keep the invasive Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes. The meetings concluded Monday in Joliet, Illinois, while a meeting in Muskegon was held last Thursday. Mark Conrish, a Supervisory Biologist at the Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District, said that the public’s input is essential before making any further decisions. 

Police searching for driver who fled fatal Michigan crash

Sep 18, 2017

Police in western Michigan are searching for a driver who fled a crash that killed a woman and critically injured her twin 5-year-old sons. The crash happened about 8: 20 p.m. Friday at a rural intersection in Courtland Township, northeast of Grand Rapids. 

Michigan State prepares to open $88M research center

Sep 18, 2017
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Michigan State is opening up an $88 million research center in Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Medical Research Center opens next week. Scientists at the center will research cures and treatments for diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and cancer. The focus will be on neuroscience, women's health science, children's health science and cancer.