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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.  

Bernie Sanders campaigned in Michigan ahead of the March primary.
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Former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders returns to Michigan to stump for his previous competitor. 

Downtown Grand Rapids

Childhood lead exposure rates continue to climb in Kent County – particularly in areas of Grand Rapids. 

Paul Haan of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan talks to WGVU about common exposure sources and what role the housing market may play in concerns.

Booking photo for Martez McLaughlin.
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A 21-year-old man has been charged in a Grand Rapids shooting that left one dead and a teenager critically injured.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says Martez McLaughlin faces open murder, assault with intent to murder and felony firearm charges.

The shooting in southeast Grand Rapids on Monday evening killed 38-year-old Joseph Banks and critically injured a 15-year-old, reportedly Banks’ stepson.