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Snyder, legislative leaders reach deal on next state budget

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and key lawmakers have struck a budget deal that includes using a surplus to boost road spending, school-safety initiatives and savings. The agreement was reached Thursday. Now the leaders of individual legislative subcommittees will iron out details in coming weeks. State budget spokesman Kurt Weiss says the deal includes an increase of more than $400 million on infrastructure spending, an additional $115 million for the "rainy day" fund and $58 million to...

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Movie Talk: "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

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"SOLO: A Star Wars Story" is the lone movie opening this holiday weekend, the latest in a string of Star Wars stories that have hit the big screen since the reobbot of the beloved science fiction series. WGVU's Scott Vander Werf and Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema talk about SOLO and what's coming to theaters. Click above to listen. 

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Kent County

Eliminating lead poisoning hazards.  That’s the purpose behind an upcoming forum focusing on protecting children from lead contamination issues.  

“Lead poisoning can cause brain damage and if we have less exposure we’ll see more success in school and more success in life.”

That’s Paul Haan, Executive Director with the Healthy Homes Coalition of Western Michigan. He’s also on the Michigan Child lead Elimination Commission. The Commission’s charge is hosting two forums along with the Kent County Health Department.  They’re seeking input on their five year action plan.

GRPD say wrong stationery trips up bank robbers

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Police say they solved a Grand Rapids bank robbery because of the unusual stationery. A note demanding $50 and $20 bills was written on a piece of paper from a probation office. Investigators say they traced the paper to Michael Sterling Jr. because a date matched his visit to the office. 

A 15-year-old student who was arrested in March after threatening violence at his school and the discovery of guns, ammunition and pipe bomb materials at his southwestern Michigan home has entered guilty pleas in the case. The boy pleaded guilty this week to explosives and firearms charges. He earlier faced additional charges including making a terrorist threat. Sentencing is scheduled for June 5.

police crime scene tape
Tony Webster via Wikimedia | CC BY 3.0 / Wikimedia.org

Authorities say a man died in a car crash one day after a sheriff in southwestern Michigan helped save him from an apparent drug overdose. The Kalamazoo County sheriff's office on Thursday confirmed the connection between the overdose rescue and the fatal crash.

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When Emmanuel Macron visited the White House a month ago, commentators nicknamed the French president the "Trump Whisperer" for establishing a close personal rapport with President Trump.

Now Macron is in Russia, where he is sidling up to Vladimir Putin on a two-day trip to St. Petersburg, the splendorous czarist-era imperial capital and the Russian president's hometown.

After weeks of anticipation, acrimony and more than a little heated discussion, Irish voters are finally casting ballots Friday to decide a simple yet deeply divisive question: Should the country repeal a constitutional amendment that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances?

Less than 24 hours after President Trump sent notice to North Korea that he was cancelling next month's planned summit with Kim Jong Un, Trump told reporters Friday that the meeting could still happen as planned.

Using one of his favorite phrases, Trump told reporters, "We'll see what happens," adding, "it could even be the 12th" — the original summit date.

Movie Talk: "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

1 hour ago

"SOLO: A Star Wars Story" is the lone movie opening this holiday weekend, the latest in a string of Star Wars stories that have hit the big screen since the reobbot of the beloved science fiction series. WGVU's Scott Vander Werf and Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema talk about SOLO and what's coming to theaters. Click above to listen. 

Kent County Seal
Kent County

Eliminating lead poisoning hazards.  That’s the purpose behind an upcoming forum focusing on protecting children from lead contamination issues.  

“Lead poisoning can cause brain damage and if we have less exposure we’ll see more success in school and more success in life.”

That’s Paul Haan, Executive Director with the Healthy Homes Coalition of Western Michigan. He’s also on the Michigan Child lead Elimination Commission. The Commission’s charge is hosting two forums along with the Kent County Health Department.  They’re seeking input on their five year action plan.

GRPD say wrong stationery trips up bank robbers

2 hours ago

Police say they solved a Grand Rapids bank robbery because of the unusual stationery. A note demanding $50 and $20 bills was written on a piece of paper from a probation office. Investigators say they traced the paper to Michael Sterling Jr. because a date matched his visit to the office. 

A 15-year-old student who was arrested in March after threatening violence at his school and the discovery of guns, ammunition and pipe bomb materials at his southwestern Michigan home has entered guilty pleas in the case. The boy pleaded guilty this week to explosives and firearms charges. He earlier faced additional charges including making a terrorist threat. Sentencing is scheduled for June 5.

police crime scene tape
Tony Webster via Wikimedia | CC BY 3.0 / Wikimedia.org

Authorities say a man died in a car crash one day after a sheriff in southwestern Michigan helped save him from an apparent drug overdose. The Kalamazoo County sheriff's office on Thursday confirmed the connection between the overdose rescue and the fatal crash.

It's not easy being in charge of foreign relations of a country most of the world refuses to recognize.

Taiwan lost another ally on Thursday. The West African country Burkina Faso became the latest country to cut ties with the island. After the Dominican Republic, that's two in less than one month. And like other countries, including the United States, that for decades have broken diplomatic relations with Taiwan, they did so for one reason: to please China.

Snyder, legislative leaders reach deal on next state budget

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Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and key lawmakers have struck a budget deal that includes using a surplus to boost road spending, school-safety initiatives and savings. The agreement was reached Thursday. Now the leaders of individual legislative subcommittees will iron out details in coming weeks.

State budget spokesman Kurt Weiss says the deal includes an increase of more than $400 million on infrastructure spending, an additional $115 million for the "rainy day" fund and $58 million to help schools improve their security and hire more counselors.

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