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Nonstop air service from Grand Rapids to Washington D.C. will soon resume after a four year hiatus. Four years ago both Delta and Frontier Airlines dropped nonstop service from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. That meant West Michigan travelers had to drive a few hours to catch a flight to the nation’s capital elsewhere.

Monday, American Airlines announced it will restore service next year in early April.

Railroad signal tower gets updated in Grand Rapids

Nov 16, 2016
Cory Morse, Associated Press

An iconic railroad tower that has stood in Grand Rapids for more than a century has been revealed to the public after undergoing five months of renovations. 

The renovated tower with a new green-and-white paint job was revealed at a small dedication ceremony Monday.

The 50-foot structure on the city's west side is the only standing tower of its kind left in Michigan. Grandville resident Max Crosby served as a historical consultant during the restoration process. He says the signal tower is the last of many that would've been in the area during the 20th Century.

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Grand Valley State University continues advancing projects making it the region's number one provider of health care. Friday, the GVSU board of trustees approved the expansion of its downtown Grand Rapids health campus supporting its College of Health Professions and the Kirkhof College of Nursing.

Back in February the City of Grand Rapids signed memos of understanding with Grand Valley State University approving construction planning for a health campus expansion at the corner of Lafayette Ave NE and Hastings Street NE in the Belknap Neighborhood.

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Flint residents who filed a class-action lawsuit related to the water crisis got good news and bad news on Wednesday.

A Court of Claims judge in Grand Rapids dismissed portions of the lawsuit related to the Flint water crisis The lawsuit alleges state and local officials, including Governor Rick Snyder, violated the constitution and denied them life, liberty, and property without due process.

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The City of Grand of Grand Rapids is hosting a ribbon cutting for the Pearl Street improvements today. This afternoon, downtown,  city and MDOT officials will celebrate new roadways, streetscapes and an interpretive sign about the Pearl Street Bridge’s history. 

“You only get one chance to make a first impression, so this is going to be really, really important and we’re thrilled with the improvements that have been made to the road.”

Bernie Sanders speaks in Grand Rapids in October 2016.
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Bernie Sanders emphasized shared beliefs in a Grand Rapids speech supporting Hillary Clinton.

The former Democratic Presidential candidate and current Vermont senator’s speech drew hundreds and lasted close to an hour.  

Sanders spoke to now-familiar topics for anyone who supported his campaign: workers’ rights, income, universal healthcare, affordable education and the economy.

But Sanders also took care to highlight what he and Clinton have in common – all things he said GOP candidate Donald Trump does not.

Darlene O'Neal

Oct 6, 2016
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Grand Rapids' City Clerk Darlene O'Neal reminds residents of the register to vote deadline.  And, hundreds of trees are set for planting throughout Grand Rapids this fall. Darlene joins us this morning.   

City Beat

Oct 6, 2016

We share what's happening in West Michigan with the new Managing Editor of Grand Rapids Magazine.

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A wallet that was lost eight years ago at a convention center in Grand Rapids turned up during a carpet replacement project.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Tamaryn Tobian had forgotten about the wallet, which she thought was stolen from her purse when she saw the musical "Rent" at DeVos Place in 2008.

She recently got a call from the center's security team, however, saying it was found.

The newspaper says the wallet ended up underneath a corner of the carpet at the facility's inner lobby. Tobian says the wallet was pretty much intact.

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Grand Rapids downtown rents are rising, making affordable housing hard to come by for local artists.  Major developments could receive a funding boost under proposed legislation.