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The city of Grand Rapids is hoping to improve its relationship between the community and the Grand Rapids Police Department. Starting this week, city officials are hosting a number of “Community Listening Sessions.”

“The message to residents is really, ‘they are experts of their experience,'" Stacy Stout, assistant to the City Manager of Grand Rapids said. Stout is on the leadership team for the City's listening sessions. "We value their voice, and the city is committed to a deeper type of community engagement than what they may have experienced previously,” she said.

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Currently, the 17 mile stretch of the Grand River from Grand Haven to the Bass River inlet is navigable to motorboat traffic. What would it take to extend it to Grand Rapids? A feasibility study reveals the 40 mile stretch from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven could be restored to a navigable waterway and at a reasonable cost.

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The National Academy of Sciences has elected its third Van Andel Research Institute scientist.

Van Andel Research Institute cancer scientist Stephen Baylin has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Doctor Baylin is a co-leader focused on VARI’s Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team carrying out four clinical trials developing new therapies for various form of leukemia and colorectal cancer.

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Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates are travelling the state seeking support. With the election more than a year away democrat Gretchen Whitmer is visiting Allegan and Grand Rapids Saturday. WGVU spoke with Whitmer about her message.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park annually generates more than $75 million in Kent County. WGVU breaks down the economic impact study with one of its authors from Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business.

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Michigan is starting a major revamp of how nursing care is provided to veterans, with plans to ultimately transition from two homes in the western and far-northern regions to seven new, smaller ones spread across the state.

The initiative is billed as the most substantial change to the system since the first veterans home opened in Grand Rapids 131 years ago.

It stems from new, bipartisan state laws that officials say will lead to higher-quality care for more veterans.

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Michigan’s gubernatorial election is more than a year away, but the half-dozen or more candidates are traveling the state trying to earn your support. One of the democratic candidates visited Grand Rapids over the weekend.

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An international art competition in western Michigan has announced that it's changing its voting structure as it gears up for its ninth year.

ArtPrize held its annual Premiere Event on Thursday to prepare for ArtPrize Nine's Sept. 20 kickoff.

Jaenell Woods, the organization's communications manager, says voting is done in two rounds.

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

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Police have arrested three demonstrators after a Grand Rapids protest against federal immigration policy blocked traffic.

MLive reports about 40 people participated in the protest Thursday that at one point blocked traffic near the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building in downtown Grand Rapids.

Police say that after issuing several warnings, they arrested two men aged 64 and 40 and a 49-year-old woman for impeding traffic and resisting and obstructing.

They say the remaining protesters continued to a nearby plaza without further incident.

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A judge ignored the terms of a plea agreement and sentenced a former FBI agent to jail for shooting at a police officer outside a Michigan fitness club.

Judge Dennis Leiber told 35-year-old Ruben Hernandez of North Las Vegas, Nevada, that anyone who shoots at a law enforcement officer is going to jail. He sentenced Hernandez Thursday to 135 days.

Hernandez pleaded no contest to felonious assault. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as one in sentencing.

Prosecutors recommended no jail time.

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