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More news as it relates to what you share online…especially involving your children.  The Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan recently offered tips for “Keeping Kids’ Information Safe Online.”

“You should always protect your personal information but it goes another step to you have to protect your information as well as your children.”

Social media initially made connecting with family and friends easier… but reports say the platforms have grown so rapidly that many may not have had ample time to analyze the consequences.

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The Michigan Department of Transportation is allowing residents to track snowplows and watch them at work via webcam.

The department piloted the snowplow tracking program the last few years. It's now operational statewide.

The department's website features a map of the state with the option to view where the department's snowplows are active on the roads.

As part of a nationwide search for deserving cities, the Grand Rapids Public Library has received a $25,000 grant that will help create a digital archive of online news and content that documents the history of Grand Rapids in the 21st Century. The library is one out of 28  in the country chosen for the “Community Webs” project out of a large pool of potential cities. 

The City of Grand Rapids is launching a new web app that will allow residents a digital way of conducting business transactions with the city. In a partnership with cloud-based mobile government and payment platform Technology Company, ‘Pay It,’ the city is launching a new app called “GR Pay It’ that links water, refuse and property taxes into a single account, giving residents the ability to pay and manage their bills through the application as well as settle outstanding parking tickets.

An interactive mapping tool produced by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will provide up-to-date information about E. coli bacteria levels in rivers and lakes and on beaches.

Testing shows E. coli levels are above established standards in 196 locations around the state. At those levels, there's an increased risk of illness from physical contact or accidentally swallowing contaminated water.

Untreated sewage, livestock agriculture and wildlife are among sources of E. coli. Officials say crumbling septic and sewage infrastructure is making the problem worse.

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Michigan’s Gaming Control Board began looking into the legality of daily fantasy sports betting websites like Fan Duel and Draft Kings late last year. Other states are doing the same. Tuesday night, February 9th at 10 PM on WGVU-HD a FRONTLINE and New York Times investigation into the world of online sports betting.