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ArtPrize recently released the results from its 2016 Cultural, Social and Economic Impact report and 8th Annual ArtPrize. 

ArtPrize organizers say over the 19-day event in 2016 drew a half million visitors to downtown Grand Rapids.

Lansing-based economics research and consulting firm, Anderson Economic Group, conducted surveys indicating visitors represented all 50 states and arrived from 47 countries. The data shows visitors are traveling greater distances to ArtPrize venues. The impact study reveals “63% of visitors traveling more than 30 miles to attend the event.”

  Mayor Rosalynn Bliss wants to start an education program for immigrants who move to Grand Rapids. Bliss announced her plan during Thursday's State of the City address.

Bliss told reporters that Grand Rapids needs "to provide a safe place for people to come together to not only learn how to connect with local government, but how to receive services and also how to get engaged."

She hopes to launch the program within the next two months.

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Sarah Tincher, Managing Editor from Grand Rapids Magazine stops by to talk about weekend happenings in West Michigan.

Rapid Growth Media

Mar 2, 2017
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Guests from Rapid Growth Media are here to talk about their stories.  Publisher Tommy Allen and guests from Michigan House and Start Garden join us this morning.

Suburban Inns

After a series of delays a new hotel is coming to Grand Rapids’ North Monroe District. Construction of a seven-story Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel will begin Tuesday with the demolition of a building at the corner of Bond Avenue and Newberry in downtown Grand Rapids.

West Michigan-based developer and operator, Suburban Inns, explains when the hotel is finished at 710 Monroe Avenue NW, it will be the first upscale all-suites hotel located downtown.

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An FBI agent who was arrested in western Michigan for shooting at a police officer outside a fitness club could avoid jail under a plea agreement.

Thirty-five-year-old Ruben Hernandez pleaded no contest Friday to felonious assault. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing. Under the plea deal, prosecutors will recommend that Hernandez avoid jail.

No one was injured in the December shooting outside the Planet Fitness in Grand Rapids, and Hernandez was quickly arrested. Police fired no shots.

The Grand Rapids Police Department is looking for a suspect who robbed a victim at gunpoint downtown. Police officials say the man displayed a gun before stealing the victim’s backpack. The robbery took place on Monday, February 6th at around 9pm in the area of Ottawa Avenue and Weston Street in Grand Rapids.

Roger B. Chaffee
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Today we celebrate the birthday of Grand Rapids native son and  NASA astronaut Roger B. Chaffee. This year also marks the 50 year anniversary of his death. Chaffee was killed January 27, 1967 , along with Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Edward White, when a fire broke out during a launch pad test of the Apollo 1 command module.  We talk with Brother Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, Italy about the legacy of Chaffee and the place where science and religion meet.

Ragtime the Musical

Feb 9, 2017
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre presents Ragtime the Musical. We talk about it with Civic's Nancy Brozek and Actor Shane German.

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The Grand Rapids Income Tax Department is simplifying the process for residents paying City income taxes.  Its new "EZ" City Tax Form is available online

The City of Grand Rapids is making it easier for tax filers this year.  A new form is now available online under the e-filing prompt and city officials say it’s a good move that could benefit at least 85 percent of resident income tax payers.  Here’s Jennifer Woodard, Grand Rapids Income Tax Operations Supervisor.

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