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Yes for GR Parks campaign kicks off in Grand Rapids


Caroline MacGregor
September 6, 2013 | WGVU   “being a kid”

Grand Rapids Urban League President, Joe Jones, talking about the need for area children to have a safe place to play, and stay off the streets. As Grand Rapids city parks continue to deteriorate, directly impacting property values and quality of life for residents, funding resources to maintain parks are becoming critical.

 “investments”

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks Executive Director, Steve Faber, who says new investments beyond repairs, include water resources. Most wading pools in city parks have been closed.

“operate better"

The Yes GR Parks proposal before voters on this year’s ballot is a seven year property millage of .98 mills to fix the City’s park system. About 45-55 percent of the millage would be spent on repairing current park equipment and facilities; 25-35 percent would be invested in new equipment and facilities; and 15-20 percent would keep city pools open longer. A homeowner with a property worth 89,000 dollars, would pay about 44 dollars per year or 3.66 each month.

While he can’t say for sure if voters will approve the millage, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell is hopeful.

“diminish”

Mayor Heartwell was also joined Friday by GRPS Superintendent Theresa Neal and former Mayor John Logie. Should the millage fail to pass voter approval and funding becomes scarce, more city parks and pools are expected to close.

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Friday
"Creating a Culture of Excellence" aboard CVN-78
  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  The man who will take the helm of the Gerald R. Ford Class of super carriers 2016 visited Grand Rapids Thursday evening. Commanding Officer, Captain John Meier, spoke at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum discussing Creating a Culture of Excellence aboard CVN-78. WGVU spoke with Captain Meier about the crew-building process prior to the event.   
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Dad hopes driver steps forward in death of young Army vet
Birch Run Twp., MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  The father of a young U.S. Army veteran killed in a suspected hit-and-run is appealing to the driver to step forward.    
Regulators approve DTE's plan for 3rd nuclear plant
Newport, MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  Federal regulators have approved DTE Energy's proposal for a new nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan.    
First lady to speak to Detroit high school students
Detroit, MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  First lady Michelle Obama will speak to a rally of more than 1,500 Detroit high school students about the importance of committing to education beyond high school as part of her "Reach Higher" initiative.    
Central Michigan University OKs 2.6 percent tuition increase
Mount Pleasant, MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  Leaders at Central Michigan University have approved a tuition increase that will cost students an extra $10 per credit hour.    
Ex-Detroit Lion quarterback speaks about suicide prevention
Lansing MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  Former Detroit Lion quarterback Eric Hipple is working to raise awareness of suicide prevention at a conference this week.    
Congressman's resolution seeks freedom for ex-Marine in Iran
Flint MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  A Michigan congressman has introduced a bipartisan resolution saying Iran should immediately release jailed ex-Marine Amir Hekmati and "all detained Americans" and provide information on those who've "disappeared within its borders."    
Utility says it followed rules in shutting off service
Lansing MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  A utility says it didn't break any rules when it shut off natural gas service at a Detroit-area home where authorities say a man died of hypothermia and other causes.    
Kent County: 17 Years Of Fiscal Fitness
Grand Rapids MI  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  More good news on the economic front for West Michigan as Kent County remains financially strong. In fact, for the 17th straight year, the county has received the highest ratings from credit agencies. WGVU looks at why this is good news for residents.    
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Final Epic-MRA Proposal 1 poll reveals voter confusion
  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  Epic-MRA has released its final poll leading up to the May 5th vote on Proposal 1. It indicates voters remain overwhelmingly opposed to the sales tax increase funding a statewide road and bridge fix. WGVU finds out why?   
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Snyder, supporters making final Proposal 1 push
  May 1, 2015  |  WGVU  Representatives from West Michigan law enforcement, schools and government spoke on Friday in favor of Proposal 1. They joined the Safe Roads Yes bus tour and Governor Rick Snyder at a stop in Grand Rapids.    
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Most automakers report April sales gains driven by small SUVs
DETROIT  May 1, 2015  |  AP  Demand for small and midsize SUVs is driving up auto sales.   
Lake Express ferry begins 12th season on Lake Michigan
MILWAUKEE   May 1, 2015  |  AP  The ferry connecting Wisconsin and Michigan is off and running for its 12th season.   
First lady speaks to Detroit students about higher education
DETROIT   May 1, 2015  |  AP  First lady Michelle Obama talked to a rally of more than 2,000 Detroit high school students about the importance of committing to education beyond high school as part of her "Reach Higher" initiative.   
Court: Utility has to justify smart meter fee
  May 1, 2015  |  MPRN  The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered a state utility board to take another look at “smart meters” and how much utilities can charge customers who don’t want to use them.    

Thursday
20 million pounds of asparagus to be harvested in Michigan
  April 30, 2015  |  WGVU  Agriculture officials are predicting another good harvest this year for asparagus in Michigan.   
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Ann Arbor Pioneer High School hosts Michigan's top court
Ann Arbor MI  April 30, 2015  |  WGVU  The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in front of hundreds of students at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School.    
County not giving up after losing discrimination trial
Washtenaw, MI  April 30, 2015  |  WGVU  Washtenaw County is appealing a nearly $1.2 million verdict in favor of a Muslim man who said he was called a terrorist and repeatedly passed over for promotions.    
GVSU Conference focuses on "Rediscovering the Midwest"
  April 30, 2015  |  WGVU  The Midwest is often referred to as “flyover country” by east and west coast Americans. The perception is that the Midwest doesn’t have much to offer. Au Contraire says Grand Valley’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. It’s hosting a conference highlighting the Midwest’s cultural importance and inviting reporters from across the country to attend.   
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GM to spend $5.4B over 3 years, add 650 jobs
  April 30, 2015  |  WGVU  General Motors says it will spend $5.4 billion to improve its U.S. factories during the next three years, creating about 650 new jobs.    
Kent County Undersheriff announces retirement
  April 30, 2015  |  WGVU  Kent County’s Undersheriff, John Hess, is retiring after serving 35 years in the Sheriff Department.    
US Sen. Rand Paul to visit Grand Rapids next week
Grand Rapids MI  April 30, 2015  |  AP  Republican presidential contender Rand Paul will make a campaign stop next week in Grand Rapids.    
EPA officials to answer questions on Kalamazoo cleanup
Kalamazoo MI  April 30, 2015  |  AP  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are set to visit Kalamazoo this week to answer questions about a proposal to remove contaminants from the Allied Paper Superfund site.   
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Maintenance, refueling outage finished at Cook nuclear plant
Lake Township, MI  April 30, 2015  |  AP  Operators of southwestern Michigan's Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant say that one of its units has returned to service after a 34-day shutdown for refueling.   
Police: Michigan woman tried to set NHL flag on fire
Detroit, MI  April 30, 2015  |  AP  A Michigan woman is facing an arson charge for allegedly trying to set a Tampa Bay Lightning flag on fire during an NHL playoff game against the Detroit Red Wings.    
Detroit teacher protest closes 17 schools
  April 30, 2015  |  MPRN  Eighteen schools in Detroit were closed today as teachers and other staff skipped classes to protest at the state Capitol.    
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Prospect of marijuana legalization may help medical pot bills pass
  April 30, 2015  |  MPRN  Bills to expand access to medical marijuana in Michigan may be benefitting from efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016.   
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Wednesday
Kildee rallies against Canadian nuclear waste proposal
  April 29, 2015  |  WGVU  Congressman Dan Kildee visited West Michigan to advocate against a proposed underground storage site for nuclear waste close to Lake Huron.   
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Ex-convict pleads no contest to western Michigan murders
Muskegon MI  April 29, 2015  |  WGVU  An ex-convict charged with killing four women in western Michigan has pleaded no contest to two counts of murder.    
Spring Lake's International Aid providing relief to Nepal earthquake victims
  April 29, 2015  |  WGVU  Efforts to bring aid to survivors of Saturday's earthquake in Nepal are underway. Spring Lake’s International Aid is working with partners in the region providing relief for the hundreds of thousands of people now living in the open without clean water or sanitation.   
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Atomic Object making Grand Rapids investment
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  April 29, 2015  |  WGVU  A Grand Rapids-based tech firm is expanding and making a multimillion dollar expansion.    
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Michigan fishing harvest's value rises in 2014
  April 29, 2015  |  AP  The commercial fishing industry's total catch last year in Michigan was down slightly, but its cash value was up.    
GM foundation donates $4M to Flint college
  April 29, 2015  |  AP  Officials say Kettering University will receive $4 million through a donation from General Motors Co. and its foundation to build more lab spaces.    
Bell's Brewery expanding in southwestern Michigan
Kalamazoo MI  April 29, 2015  |  AP  Bell's Brewery Inc. says it's expanding to meet demand for its beer.   
Dozens gather to remember southeastern Mich. woman
Monroe, MI  April 29, 2015  |  AP  Several dozens of people have gathered at a church to commemorate the life of a 22-year-old southeastern Michigan woman whose skeletal remains were found last week.   
Atheist sets up 'reason station' inside Warren City Hall
Warren MI  April 29, 2015  |  AP  An atheist man has finally set up an informational booth promoting free thought and use of reason after winning a lawsuit to have it inside Warren City Hall.   
Residents want action after Inkster man's beating, arrest
Inkster, MI  April 29, 2015  |  AP  Residents and community leaders have called for disciplining and dismissing all officers involved in the beating and violent arrest of a motorist in a Detroit suburb.    
House committee OKs bills to limit tax credit liabilities
Lansing MI  April 29, 2015  |  AP  The tax credit program that unexpectedly brought on more than $9 billion in potential liability for the state would be limited under two bills moving through the Michigan Legislature.    
SpartanNash buying grocery chain in Bismarck-Mandan
BISMARCK, N.D.  April 29, 2015  |  AP  Michigan-based SpartanNash Co. is buying more grocery stores in North Dakota.   
Gov. Snyder declares Flint’s financial emergency over
  April 29, 2015  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder has lifted the city of Flint’s financial emergency.   
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Snyder renews opposition to open carry in schools as pro-gun activists rally at Capitol
  April 29, 2015  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder is renewing his support for banning openly carrying firearms in Michigan schools.   
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Tuesday
Several in Grandville request anti-discrimination ordinance
  April 28, 2015  |  WGVU  Some Grandville residents are requesting better LGBT protections following anti-gay statements made by an area business owner.    
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Grand Rapids residents encouraged to report graffiti
  April 28, 2015  |  WGVU  The Grand Rapids Police Department asks residents to report occurrences of graffiti and vandalism.    
Grand Rapids postpones skateboarding, ShotSpotter decisions
  April 28, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids commissioners postponed votes on allowing skateboarding downtown and the purchase of technology said to locate gunfire in real time.    
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Both sides say victory within their grasp in SCOTUS marriage case
  April 28, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan is now waiting for the US Supreme Court to make its decision on same-sex marriage bans. The court heard arguments today..    
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The Right Place encourages Proposal 1 "yes" vote
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  April 28, 2015  |  WGVU  In one week Michigan voters will head to the polls to decide if the state sales tax should increase from six to seven percent. The Constitutional amendment would fund a $1.3 billion per year road and bridge fix and increase education funding by $300 million each year. Monday, regional non-profit economic development organization, The Right place, endorsed Proposal 1.   
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Detroit suburb grounds plan to ban drones after pushback
  April 28, 2015  |  AP  Officials in a Detroit suburb have grounded plans to ban drones from flying over the city.    
Man sentenced to life in slaying of 2-year-old son
  April 28, 2015  |  AP  A western Michigan man will spend the rest of his life in prison in the slaying of his 2-year-old son.   
Michigan State Police to investigate inmate death
  April 28, 2015  |  AP  Authorities say a 39-year-old Delta Township man being held at a Lansing police lockup has died.   
Historic hotel becomes luxury living in Kalamazoo
  April 28, 2015  |  AP  A building in downtown Kalamazoo that is on the National Register of Historic Places is being repurposed as luxury living space.    
Michigan police, doctors urge powdered alcohol ban
  April 28, 2015  |  AP  Michigan may join at least six other states and ban a powder product that makes vodka, rum and cocktail drinks when mixed with water.   
Lawmakers to hear testimony on religious objections bill
LANSING, Mich.  April 28, 2015  |  AP  Lawmakers will consider whether Michigan needs a law protecting people who say their exercise of religion has been substantially burdened by the government.   
Michigan House OKs version of $37.9B general budget bill
LANSING, Mich.  April 28, 2015  |  AP  The Michigan House has approved a $37.9 billion budget bill covering all non-education state spending in the fiscal year starting in five months.   

Monday
Man gets coffee, doughnut - and $250,000 lottery windfall
Jackson MI  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  A man who stopped at a store called the Minnow Bucket in Jackson walked out with a whopper.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 6 cents in past week to $2.48
Dearborn, MI  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have increased by about 6 cents a gallon within the past week.    
Vigil marks 2-year anniversary of mother's disappearance
Norton Shores, MI  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  People gathered outside a western Michigan gas station on the two-year anniversary of a mother's disappearance from her job at the business.    
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Woman who lost grandson to heroin takes on drug addiction
St. Joseph, MI  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  A St. Joseph woman whose grandson died of a heroin overdose is among those fighting against drug addiction in the community.    
Girl with leukemia dismissed from school offered return
Battle Creek MI  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  The mother of a Michigan girl dismissed from a Catholic school for not meeting academic and attendance standards during leukemia treatments says she's been invited back but will attend a public school for now.    
Modern Family' co-producer speaks at college commencement
Ypsilanti MI  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  Eastern Michigan University alum and ABC's "Modern Family" co-producer Sally Young told students at her alma mater that they need to invest in themselves.    
GRPD seeks ShotSpotter approval
  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids officials review a $1.2 million purchase of technology said to identify gunfire in real time.   
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GM ignition switch death toll rises to 90
  April 27, 2015  |  AP  Families of at least 90 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the automaker.   
Democrats blast proposed state House budget for funding Senate office move
  April 27, 2015  |  MPRN  The state House could vote as soon as this week on its state budget priorities.   
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SCOTUS to hear challenge to Michigan same-sex marriage ban
  April 27, 2015  |  MPRN  Large crowds and rallies are expected in Washington tomorrow as the US Supreme Court takes up the question of whether same-sex marriage bans like Michigan’s violate the Constitution.    
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