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House aims for $1.2 billion road-funding deal this week

Aug 18, 2015
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Michigan lawmakers are working on a $1.2 billion road-funding deal that could include a boost in fuel tax and vehicle along with shifting money from other spending priorities.
  Majority House Republicans are optimistic a plan can be approved by week's end. But cobbling enough votes for higher gasoline taxes will be difficult.
 
The goal is passing legislation the Senate and Gov. Rick Snyder can enact without changes. The House returns Tuesday after a monthlong break and is in session through Thursday.
 

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In the aftermath of the 2013 floods, Kent County communities along the Grand River are now in line to receive millions in federal funding for flood control and improving economic activity if the region wins a competition for those dollars.

“There’s a limit to what HUD or the federal government can provide and they just simply want to make sure that they’re spending their money as wisely as possible.”

Justice Kelly leaving Michigan Supreme Court

Aug 17, 2015
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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly is leaving the bench for private practice with more than three years left in her term.
 
The court announced the 53-year-old Kelly's surprise departure Monday.
 
She says in a statement she is "grateful" to have served on Michigan's highest court and leaves knowing the judicial system is better equipped to help families and children. Her departure is effective Oct. 1.
 
Kelly won election in 2010 as a Republican nominee. GOP nominees have a 5-2 edge on the court.
 

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Heavy currents in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac foiled a long-distance swimmer's test: Swimming to Mackinac Island towing a barge carrying a vehicle loaded with fudge.
 
Jim Dreyer said Monday he was a mile from shore Saturday when an east wind pushed him back to St. Ignace. He swam about 6.5 miles with the barge before unhooking and free-swimming to the island while the barge sailed independently.
 
Dreyer swam 14 hours total and 10 hours towing the barge weighing about 19 tons - more than originally thought.
 

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In the aftermath of the 2013 floods Kent County communities along the Grand River are now in line to receive millions in federal funding for flood control and improving economic activity if the region wins a competition for those dollars.

“There’s a limit to what HUD or the federal government can provide and they just simply want to make sure that they’re spending their money as wisely as possible.”

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The Vatican has permanently removed a retired Diocese of Grand Rapids priest from ministry after investigating a child sexual abuse case from the mid-1980s.

Today, Father Charles Antekeier is 79-years old. But when he was in his late 40s serving as Pastor of Grand Rapids’ Saint James Parish, the Vatican’s  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has determined sexual abuse of minor occurred. The Diocese of Grand Rapids was approached by the victim forwarding the case to Rome. In a statement, Bishop Walkowiak said. “While there are no words that can heal such wounds, I humbly ask for forgiveness for the pain and injury you and your families have suffered.”

2015 Hispanic Festival

Aug 17, 2015

The 2015 Hispanic Festival takes place the weekend of September 11. Robert Torres, Executive Director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, joins us to talk about the event on Calder Plaza.

Rukhsana Hasib (Part 2)

Aug 17, 2015

Rukhsana Hasib returns for part two of our conversation. She joins us to talk about Pakistan's occupation of Bangladesh in 1971. Rukhsana is the author of Shadows in the Sun, Shackles of Time, and Redemption of Red.

Aired: 08/16/15

Michigan residents interested in adding solar power to their energy mix can soon do so right on their utility bills.

That’s the goal of a Consumers Energy residential solar pilot program which launches later this year.

As part of that program, the Jackson-based utility will construct a seven-to-14 acre solar array in West Michigan, on land owned by Grand Valley State University. 

A program at the Kent County Jail offers mentorship and life skills training to high-risk female inmates in the hopes of reducing recidivism rates.

Jamie Riehle is the New Beginnings mentor coordinator at the Women’s Resource Center. She says they’ve worked with more than 200 inmates to-date. A recent $52,000 grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation allows them to continue that level of service.

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