Midday West Michigan

Over the next five years, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine will receive a near $5.7 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. It’s focus is on what are the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease? Michigan State University researchers are focusing on Latino and Hispanic populations, both with a higher rate of the disease than other groups, looking for clues in individuals in their 50’s and 60’s. Hector M. González is the principal investigator behind the Study of Latinos – Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging. 

Mark Sanchez discusses Mylan's hostile takeover bid for Allegan-based Perrigo. Also, business and labor clash over the state's prevailing wage law and corporate income taxes.

The Kent County Health Department and Grand Rapids Police Department are investigating at least one illegal operation and there may be more posing a growing public health risk

Steve Kelso at the Kent County Health Department warns us about the proliferation of unlicensed body artists, in the tattoo industry known as “scratchers.” 

A new website aimed at providing information to aging residents in Michigan was recently launched by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  WGVU’s Jennifer Moss spoke with the state’s Aging and Adult Services Agency Director, Kari Sederburg.  She says this website will serve as “one stop” shopping for services that will help older adults maintain their independence.

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MiBiz senior writer, Mark Sanchez, discusses Mylan N.V.s shareholder approved hostile takeover attempt of Allegan-based, Perrigo Company. Also, the latest on Family Christian Stores post bankruptcy.

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    How the merger of Camp Fire West Michigan and Kent Regional 4C will improve services. 

MiBiz Senior Writer, Mark Sanchez, discusses how Michigan big-box retailers are using a property tax loophole to cut their tax bills. We'll also talk about lawmakers plans to pay for road funding and health care networks partnering to improve best practices.

In the aftermath of the 2013 floods Kent County communities along the Grand River are now in line to receive millions in federal funding for flood control and improving economic activity if the region wins a competition for those dollars. 

Michigan residents interested in adding solar power to their energy mix can soon do so right on their utility bills.

That’s the goal of a Consumers Energy residential solar pilot program which launches later this year.

As part of that program, the Jackson-based utility will construct a seven-to-14 acre solar array in West Michigan, on land owned by Grand Valley State University. 

A program at the Kent County Jail offers mentorship and life skills training to high-risk female inmates in the hopes of reducing recidivism rates.

Jamie Riehle is the New Beginnings mentor coordinator at the Women’s Resource Center. She says they’ve worked with more than 200 inmates to-date. A recent $52,000 grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation allows them to continue that level of service.

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