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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park says bands including The Monkees are scheduled to perform as part of the 2016 concert series at the Grand Rapids attraction.
 
Other performers announced Tuesday include Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The Decemberists and Of Monsters and Men. The rest of the lineup for the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens is expected to be announced in April.
 

Plans are moving forward for an Indiana Michigan Power solar power project in southwestern Michigan.
 
The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports  an estimated 50,000 solar panels are planned for a 35-acre site in Berrien County's Watervliet Township. Plans call for it to generate enough electricity to power an average of 700 homes.
 
Local officials are reviewing a permit request for the project.
 
Last year, the utility announced that the site was one of several solar power generating projects it was planning. Others are in Indiana.

 

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A former office coordinator at Grand Valley State University who was charged with embezzlement in connection with the theft of more than $76,000 from the school has pleaded guilty in the case.

The Grand Rapids Press reports 44-year-old Lynnea MacGeorge faces sentencing March 14 after entering the plea this month to one count of embezzlement by an agent or trustee of $20,000 or more.

It's punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

A count of embezzlement of more than $50,000 but less than $100,000 will be dropped.

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - AAA Michigan says the statewide average price for gas has risen 2 cents in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $1.55 per gallon. That's down about 74 cents from the same point a year ago. The lowest average price was found in the Jackson area, where it was about $1.52 per gallon.

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage to people under 21 and pregnant women who have been exposed to Flint's lead-contaminated water.

In a statement released Sunday, Snyder says about 15,000 more Flint residents would benefit if the government approves the request.

The governor says the state would help by lining up doctors and behavioral health specialists and providing other services.

For 18 months, Flint used the Flint River for drinking water.

Calvin College has received a $1 million gift for its science and nursing programs.

The Grand Rapids school says the estate of the late Dr. Bernard "Bernie" and Lorraine Goris Klamer made the gift that's to be split between the biology, chemistry and nursing departments.

The money will be used for scholarship endowments and research fellowships for all three departments and will support the nursing program's community nursing component.

Bernard Klamer, who died in 2014 at age 85, was a 1950 graduate of Calvin College.

His wife died in 1988 at the age of 59.

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Bitterly cold weather is making its way into Michigan, prompting officials to warn people to take precautions when spending time outdoors.

The National Weather Service has issued wind chill advisories across the state on Friday and into the weekend, with temperatures forecast to drop below zero at times.

With winds around 20 mph or more in places, forecasters say it will feel like 15 to 30 below zero.

In western Michigan, including the cities of Holland and South Haven, a winter storm warning is in effect until Saturday afternoon.

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Construction is taking place at the site of a tech company's expansion into western Michigan and the data center is on track to open this year.

Roger Martin, a spokesman for the project by Nevada-based Switch, says in an email late Thursday that more than 70 workers from a number of western Michigan companies are working at the site in Kent County's Gaines Township.

Martin says the initial construction budget remains $400 million.

The data center will be based in a pyramid-shaped building that once housed office furniture maker Steelcase's research facility.

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Michigan agencies have awarded grants totaling $3.6 million for 19 projects designed to prevent and manage invasive species.

The grants were approved by the departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Some will support outreach and education efforts to ward off new invasive species introductions through pathways such as firewood, pet aquariums and ship ballast water.

Other projects will focus on controlling or trying to eliminate invaders that have already arrived.

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