Kayla Tucker

WGVU News Intern

Kayla Tucker is a radio news intern at WGVU. She is a student at Grand Rapids Community College, where she is the Editor-in-Chief of The Collegiate newspaper. 

Kayla enjoys photography, reading and nature walks. She plans to transfer to Grand Valley State University to major in communications. 

Downtown Grand Rapids

There’s been a lot of development in Grand Rapids lately. Some of those can be attributed to brownfield redevelopment – a financially-based incentive which can help turn contaminated or neglected buildings into new residential and business sites across the city.  WGVU News Intern Kayla Tucker explores the process.

"Brownfield redevelopment is really an urban development tool in Grand Rapids and the vast majority of the projects that you see in the city are brownfield redevelopment projects."

Kayla Tucker

Michigan business, law enforcement and educational leaders are calling for more support for community college students.

It comes on the heels of a new state report highlighting financial goals and challenges of preparing students for the workforce.

Local officials focused on the topic and report at a Wednesday press conference at Grand Rapids Community College.

They say educational programs like workforce training and dual-enrollment can help address a statewide 'skills gap' - and will benefit students as they prepare for their careers.

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A proposed ordinance would allow residential campfires in Grand Rapids. 

The open burning ordinance was introduced at a Grand Rapids City Commission meeting this week.

It follows a petition started last year by a resident calling for the changes.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss says she supports the conversation.

“I think we need to have an open dialogue about it and a conversation and give people an opportunity to react to what’s being proposed and then provide us an opportunity to really listen.”

Hilary Farrell

Grand Rapids officials say creation of an urban agriculture committee is part of an added focus on farming within city limits.

City Mayor Rosalynn Bliss says if approved, the proposed 13-member committee would serve as an advisory board for city regulations - including local laws and zoning.

"And they would also inform other processes that potentially would impact urban ag(riculture)," she says. "So if there are zoning issues related to (urban farming), then they would weigh in and share their thoughts about that."

Kayla Tucker

Governor Rick Snyder toured the Grand Rapids Community College M-TEC facility on Wednesday.

Kayla Tucker

A Michigan campus sexual assault program expands to high schools this year.

First Lady Sue Snyder chairs the 'Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault' initiative. She announced Tuesday the program will now reach high schools across the state. 

Snyder says it’s important for awareness to begin before college.

"It needs to be a discussion at home or in the schools as to what goes on in college and what might happen - and to be more aware," she says.

Kayla Tucker

A hearing was postponed for a Grand Rapids man charged with murdering a woman near Grand Rapids Community College.

Marcus Bivins, 19, appeared in court this morning with his attorney, who requested the postponement to review more casework.

Bivins was arraigned earlier this month for the murder of Jeanne Lyn Huntoon, whose body was found near a GRCC parking ramp.

The hearing is rescheduled for May 31.