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Christmas tree, potato growers plan Grand Rapids meetings


October 3, 2013 | AP      Grand Rapids is in line to welcome associations of Christmas tree and potato growers to the city for meetings in the coming years.
 
     Experience Grand Rapids announced Wednesday that it booked the Michigan Christmas Tree Association's 2014 Winter Meeting and the 2016 annual meeting of the Potato Association of America. The gatherings are expected to offer an economic boost to the area.
 
     MLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/19hp4t4 ) the meeting of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association is set for March 7-8 at the Hilton Grand Rapids Airport. The Potato Association of America's meeting is scheduled for July 31-Aug. 4, 2016 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.
 


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Friday
ArtPrize announces jurors for this year's Grand Rapids event
  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Two artists will join a contemporary art curator from Los Angeles as judges at the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids.    
Tree-felling along Michigan river may impact trout habitat
Woodland Township, MI  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  A fishing group leader says it may take years before a western Michigan trout habitat recovers from damage caused when crews felled trees along a 13-mile stretch of river.    
The "big idea" behind LiveArts
  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Friday night at Van Andel Arena, the Grand Rapids Symphony, Broadway Grand Rapids, Opera Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids ballet will perform together in an once-in-a-lifetime show called “LiveArts”. How did the concept come to fruition?   
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Kalamazoo woman crashes vehicle during police chase, dies
Portage, MI  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  A 52-year-old Kalamazoo woman has been killed in a crash while fleeing police in western Michigan.    
Gay marriage recognition for man with cancer remains on hold
Grand Rapids MI  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  A western Michigan man stricken with cancer has failed to persuade a judge to order the state to recognize his New York same-sex marriage.    
Dairy cow herd in Alpena County tests positive for bovine TB
Lachine, Michigan  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  A medium-sized herd of dairy cows in Michigan's northeastern Lower Peninsula has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis.    
Muskegon County may tackle plastic bag ban
  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Muskegon County officials may look at a ban on plastic bags.    
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Grand Rapids downtown an Emerging 2030 District
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids has joined a number of U.S. cities working toward reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gases contributing to global warming.   
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Tree-planting efforts planned across state to mark Arbor Day
LANSING, Mich.  April 24, 2015  |  AP  The Michigan International Speedway and Consumers Energy are pairing to promote the planting of 50,000 trees throughout Michigan.   
MI Supreme Court report guides judges on indigent defendants
  April 24, 2015  |  MPRN  A report ordered by the state Supreme Court gives judges some guidance on what they can do when defendants can’t pay their fines or fees. The report courts should look for alternatives to jail or prison.    
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Thursday
White Cloud teen sentenced in abandoning newborn case
White Cloud, MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU   A 15-year-old girl who abandoned her baby after secretly giving birth has been sentenced to six months of probation in Newaygo County Family Court.    
St. Joseph Catholic Church to unveil new 1,576-pipe organ
St. Joseph, MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  A new 1,576-pipe organ is set to be blessed during a concert this weekend at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph.    
Kevyn Orr to deliver keynote at Lansing chamber luncheon
East Lansing MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  The man who shepherded Detroit through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history is scheduled to speak during an event in East Lansing.    
U-M team gets $1.2M grant to research hydrogen-powered cars
Ann Arbor MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  A team of University Michigan researchers has been awarded a $1.2 million Department of Energy grant to look into the development of hydrogen-powered vehicles.    
US ag secretary to announce voluntary efforts to reduce emissions
Detroit, MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  Federal officials are unveiling a voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming - and don't require approval from Congress.    
Detroit-area police chief quits after officer is charged
Detroit, MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  A Detroit-area police chief has resigned, two days after one of her officers was charged with assault in the bloody beating of a motorist.    
Lunafest: Women's Film Festival In Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  The 14th annual National Touring Film Festival is in Grand Rapids this year. Lunafest is dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues and highlights women filmmakers. It’s hosted by the Kent County Girls on the Run.    
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Planned Middle East-North Africa census category progresses
  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  There’s a proposal to update Census categories to include people of Middle Eastern-North African descent.   
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East GR millage on local ballot, tied to Proposal 1
  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  East Grand Rapids residents are asked to approve a local road millage at the polls on May 5.    
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White Cloud teen sentenced in abandoning newborn case
WHITE CLOUD, Mich.  April 23, 2015  |  AP  A 15-year-old girl who abandoned her baby after secretly giving birth has been sentenced to six months of probation in Newaygo County Family Court.   
Michigan House committee OKs $15.8 billion school budget
LANSING, Mich.  April 23, 2015  |  AP  The Michigan House Appropriations Committee has passed a $15.8 billion budget bill setting spending for the state's schools, universities and community colleges.   
House approves 'early-warning' system for school finances
LANSING, Mich.   April 23, 2015  |  AP  Some schools would be required to submit more financial reports to the state under a package approved by the Republican-controlled House.   
Michigan unadjusted joblessness little changed, 5.7 percent
LANSING, Mich.  April 23, 2015  |  AP  The state says Michigan's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate stood at 5.7 percent in March, little changed from one month earlier but down 1.8 percent from last year.   
Insurance panel OKs auto no-fault overhaul with rate rollback
  April 23, 2015  |  MPRN  A state House committee has approved some big changes to Michigan’s no-fault law.    
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Wednesday
Union doesn't want new test data used in teacher evaluations
Lansing MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan's largest teachers union is asking state officials not to use data from new standardized testing in teacher evaluations.    
Michigan officials monitor bird flu outbreak in other states
Lansing MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan agriculture officials are monitoring a bird flu outbreak that's affected other Midwest states and say they're ready to respond if needed.    
Attorney general to co-host vigil remembering crime victims
Lansing MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Attorney General Bill Schuette will co-host a vigil at the state Capitol remembering victims of crime in Michigan.    
Chinese woman seeks release from Calhoun County jail
Ann Arbor MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  A Chinese architect held in a Michigan jail for nearly a year is asking a judge to release her while she tries to win the right to stay in the U.S.    
Woman gets 3-7-years for shooting over bacon-less burger
Grand Rapids MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  A Michigan woman has been sentence do three to seven years in prison for opening fire at a McDonald's restaurant after workers twice failed to put bacon on her burgers.    
Not guilty plea for officer charged in taped beating
Inkster, MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  A judge has entered a not guilty plea and set bond at $25,000 for a Detroit-area police officer charged in the beating of a motorist that was caught on video.    
WGVU free screening "Last Days in Vietnam"
  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  On April 30th, 1975, when North Vietnamese troops took control of South Vietnam’s capital, the Fall of Saigon, officially ended the Vietnam War. WGVU and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum are remembering the 40th Anniversary with a free screening of the “Last Days in Vietnam.”   
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New Report: Hunger Rate Rises In West Michigan
Grand Rapids MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  For the first time in five years, the percentage of people struggling with hunger in West Michigan and the U-P has increased. This, from a new study released by Feeding America West Michigan.    
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West Michigan facilities awarded for efficiency upgrades
  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  What do the Pyramid Scheme, Muskegon Area Transit Authority and the Grand Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant have in common? They’re among West Michigan’s biggest 'losers'.    
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Gov. Snyder headed to Nevada for Republican Jewish meeting
LANSING, Mich.  April 22, 2015  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will travel to Nevada Thursday to attend the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring meeting.   
Senate committee approves religious-objection adoption bills
LANSING, Mich.   April 22, 2015  |  AP  Faith-based agencies could refuse to participate in adoptions by gays or by others that violate their religious beliefs under bills approved by a committee in the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate.   
Former Justice Betty Weaver, frequent GOP critic, dies
  April 22, 2015  |  MPRN  Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Betty Weaver has died at the age of 74.    

Tuesday
New MSU office to handle complaints about sexual assault
East Lansing MI  April 21, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan State University is creating a new office to handle complaints about sexual assault, relationship violence and discrimination.    
Priest in Michigan urges parishioners to arm themselves
Ann Arbor MI  April 21, 2015  |  WGVU  A Catholic priest in Michigan is urging his parishioners to arm themselves and earn a concealed pistol license.    
Audit: Anti-blight programs in 6 states need more oversight
Detroit, MI  April 21, 2015  |  WGVU  An audit says the U.S. Treasury Department needs better oversight of federally funded blight removal programs in six states including Michigan.    
Ottawa County hopes to increase butterfly populations
Holland MI  April 21, 2015  |  WGVU  More than a dozen Ottawa County parks are being prepped and planted to help restore monarch butterflies.    
National transportation agency report says Michigan's infrastructure getting worse
  April 21, 2015  |  WGVU  The organization known for grading states’ infrastructure issued its latest survey for Michigan. It says due to a lack of funding state roads continue to deteriorate and that could threaten the state’s economic recovery.   
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Dieseltec vandalized after anti-gay statements ignite controversy
  April 21, 2015  |  WGVU  Vandalism and graffiti occurred at a Grandville auto repair shop this week after the owner shared anti-homosexual statements on social media.    
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Construction begins on $200M Holland energy facility
  April 21, 2015  |  WGVU  A $200 million Holland Board of Public Works project has broken ground.    
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Aquinas College getting $2.2 million gift from estate
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.   April 21, 2015  |  AP  Aquinas College is getting a $2.2 million gift from the estate of Helen Palmatier.   
House committee to begin hearings on auto insurance bills
LANSING, Mich.   April 21, 2015  |  AP  The Michigan House is wasting no time to consider Senate-approved changes to the state's auto insurance law.   
Seminar to help businesses owned by veterans get state work
LANSING, Mich.  April 21, 2015  |  AP  A free seminar is planned next month in Lansing to help businesses owned by veterans find out more about contracting opportunities with the state of Michigan.   
Boy charged in sister's stabbing to get psychiatric exam
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  April 21, 2015  |  AP  A 15-year-old western Michigan boy who authorities say tried to kill his 13-year-old sister in a knife attack has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination.   
House takes up no-fault overhaul
  April 21, 2015  |  MPRN  An overhaul of Michigan’s no-fault insurance law is moving quickly through the Legislature, where a House committee has opened hearings on the issue.    
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Monday
Meijer Gardens dedicating 'Iron Tree' sculpture by Ai Weiwei
Grand Rapids MI  April 20, 2015  |  WGVU  A large iron sculpture by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei that's designed to prompt thoughts about how different people and cultures come together is being dedicated at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan.    
Prosecutor to discuss police beatings with reporters
Detroit, MI  April 20, 2015  |  WGVU  The Wayne County prosecutor has called a news conference to discuss two separate beatings by police in the Detroit area.    
Court upholds big drug bust tied to bad light on SUV
Coldwater, MI  April 20, 2015  |  WGVU  A man busted in southern Michigan with 28 pounds of cocaine will stay in prison after an appeals court said a broken light was enough for a trooper to stop him in Branch County.    
Korean War veteran receives high school diploma
Norton Shores, MI  April 20, 2015  |  WGVU  A western Michigan man has received his high school diploma 66 years after leaving to join the U.S. Air Force and serving in the Korean War.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 10 cents in past week to $2.42
Dearborn, MI  April 20, 2015  |  WGVU  AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have increased by about 10 cents a gallon within the past week.    
Snyder has fund to step up national travel
Lansing MI  April 20, 2015  |  WGVU  Governor Rick Snyder has established a not-for-profit fund to finance trips across the country, fueling speculation he has his eye on the White House.    
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#BlackInGrandRapids hopes to connect community
  April 20, 2015  |  WGVU  Earlier this year, a Forbes.com article ranked Grand Rapids among the worst metropolitan areas for African-Americans to live. A longtime public relations strategist and resident recently launched a campaign to add context to the conversation.   
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Summer Travel: Tips For Kids Traveling Alone
Grand Rapids MI  April 20, 2015  |  WGVU  With spring break behind us, we now move into the summer travel season. Many families debate about whether to allow their kids to take a flight to visit family and friends. What you should know before your young one flies alone. A local travel agent offers some tips.    
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Woman gets prison in crash that killed couple on motorcycle
ALLEGAN TOWNSHIP, Mich.  April 20, 2015  |  AP  A Michigan woman who pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana causing death in connection with a crash that killed a Holland couple has been sentenced to prison.   
State Capitol to re-open to public on Saturdays
  April 20, 2015  |  MPRN   After almost two decades, the state Capitol in Lansing will re-open for the public to visit on Saturdays.    
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