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Governor names Elizabeth Clement to Michigan Supreme Court

Nov 16, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed his chief lawyer Elizabeth Clement to the Michigan Supreme Court. Clement fills the vacancy left when Joan Larsen was appointed to a federal appeals court by President Donald Trump. Snyder on Friday called Clement an "exceptional attorney and leader" who will bring varied experience in government and private practice to the bench. 

AAA projects that more than 1.6 million people from Michigan will travel this month for the Thanksgiving holiday. The auto club released its annual forecast on Thursday for people traveling 50 miles (80 kilometers) or more, saying that's up 3.5 percent from last year. AAA says it would be the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in Michigan. 

 

Officials say says trace levels of hazardous chemicals in water at three Rockford Elementry schools don't pose a public health risk.

Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Michael Shibler released an update Wednesday on testing. The state had agreed to test water quality in wells serving the schools after contamination concerns near another school.

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General Motors is recalling nearly 49,000 trucks worldwide to fix a fuel tank problem that increases the risk of a fire. The recall covers Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 3500 trucks from 2011 through 2015 with two fuel tanks. Documents posted Thursday by the U.S. government say that the low-fuel-level sensor in the front tank can stick, causing the rear tank to over-fill the front tank.

Grand Valley State University in Michigan has banned a fraternity chapter from campus for at least five years after an investigation into hazing and alcohol use. The school in Allendale says an investigation after the 21-year-old Sigma Phi Epsilon member was treated after consuming too much alcohol revealed student code violations for hazing and consumption of alcohol

According to a new report released by First Steps Kent this morning, many children lack access to early childhood health services and education. The report, titled “Analyzing Gaps in Early Childhood Services," found that while strides have been made in Kent County to ensure children under the age of 6 are ready for kindergarten, many local kids start their education lacking the fundamental tools and building blocks needed to be successful.

Included in the report’s findings:

·        Fewer than 1 in 5 economically disadvantaged children have access to 3-year-old preschool.

Daily Show's Trevor Noah headlines LaughFest

Nov 16, 2017

 

Laugh Fest 2018 in Grand Rapids is announcing its top acts for its eighth season.

Organizers of Gilda's LaughFest say Thursday that headliners include "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah and "Girls Trip" breakout star Tiffany Haddish.

LaughFest 2018 is scheduled for March 8-18. Noah performs March 10 at the Gilda's Club Grand Rapids Signature Event at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. LaughFest will include more than 200 free and ticketed shows at more than 40 venues in Grand Rapids, Lowell, Wayland's Gun Lake Casino.

Michigan residents who want to get into the medical marijuana business had their last shot at a training session today.

The last session was held in Lansing.

   This was the sixth session put on by the state this month. A spokesperson from the licensing department says they’ve had over 2-thousand people come to the meetings.

   Betty Baker was at a training in Lansing. She wants to be a caregiver for her husband. Baker says she thinks she’s ready. But she might also want to grow or open a shop someday. So she wants to be prepared.

 

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State and local governments debate who should regulate short-term rental properties. Also, a new survey indicates a strong M&A market.

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A western Michigan city has adopted a new policy that says city officials and staff won't ask residents about their immigration status.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that the Grand Rapids City Commission adopted the policy Tuesday.

The ordinance was drafted over the last year by the Community Relations Commission, the city's diversity and inclusion manager, local police and the city's lawyers.

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