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2015 Laughfest Kicks Off Tonight: Seriously Funny
Jennifer Moss
March 5, 2015 | WGVU  Let the laughing begin. Today kicks off another Gilda’s Club LaughFest. Lots of entertainment coming to West Michigan… big names and local talent alike. There’s even a Guinness Book of World Records event. But, while it’s funny, it’s also serious business.
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46 school districts expected to wipe out, reduce deficits
March 5, 2015 | AP  Michigan's education chief has told lawmakers in Lansing that a number of the 56 school districts in the state with budget deficits are expected to be out of the red or cut into them this year.

Michigan's high school graduation rate goes up to 79 percent
March 5, 2015 | AP  Michigan's high school graduation rates have increased for the third consecutive year, moving up to nearly 79 percent statewide.

Senate panel passes ban on plastic beads polluting lakes
March 5, 2015 | AP  An Indiana Senate committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban the sale and manufacture of popular toiletries and cosmetics containing tiny plastic particles that environmentalists say are polluting water resources.

Mobility device gives local child new independence
Hilary Farrell
March 5, 2015 | WGVU  A local family, a genetic disease with no cure and a team of Grand Valley State University researchers and students come together to create a unique medical device.
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Community forum tackles free speech and seperation of church and state
Patrick Center
March 5, 2015 | WGVU  A forum is being held Thursday evening addressing freedom of expression and free speech in Ottawa County. It comes in response to Grand Haven officials removing a cross from public display and debate over a bible scripture exhibited in a county park.
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Gilda's LaughFest holds opening night paper crown record bid
March 5, 2015 | WGVU  An annual festival of laughter in western Michigan is trying to set a record for the most people wearing paper crowns.

Officials: Man dies following house fire in western Michigan
March 5, 2015 | WGVU  Officials say a man has died following a house fire in western Michigan.

Washington man eyeing 'organ house' in West Michigan
March 5, 2015 | WGVU  A retired bus driver from suburban Seattle hopes to move across the country so he can live in a Grand Rapids home containing a massive pipe organ.

Muskegon Heights house fire that killed 1 ruled arson
March 5, 2015 | WGVU  Investigators have determined someone purposely set a fire that killed a woman squatting in a vacant Muskegon Heights home.

Michigan officials seek comment on wolf management plan
March 5, 2015 | WGVU  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is inviting public feedback on an updated plan for managing the state's gray wolves.

Michigan’s film incentives move closer to their demise in state Legislature
Jake Neher
March 4, 2015 | MPRN  A bill to eliminate Michigan’s film incentives is advancing in the state House.
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Muskegon partnership proposed to lower chlamydia rates
Hilary Farrell
March 4, 2015 | WGVU  Muskegon County officials review a proposed partnership to help address what one health expert calls a “chlamydia epidemic”.
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