West Michigan

A West Michigan library faces closure after voters defund it over LGBTQ+ books

BY: - August 6, 2022

A small West Michigan library was essentially defunded in this week’s primary election in a dispute over the LGBTQ+ material in its collection, although advocates say it represents more than just a dispute over books, but an assault on personal liberties. What is normally a routine millage renewal for the Patmos Library in Ottawa County’s […]

Michigan legislative primaries: Some incumbents lose to colleagues, newcomers

BY: - August 3, 2022

Updated 1:53 p.m. with additional comments Running for the first time after new districts were drawn for Michigan’s House and Senate, some incumbents in Tuesday’s primary lost their shot at holding their seats, while former President Donald Trump demonstrated he still has a hold on Republicans through some of his endorsements.  Among the many incumbents […]

Trump-backed Gibbs topples Meijer in 3rd Congressional GOP primary

BY: - August 3, 2022

Updated 1:04 p.m. with 6th Congressional District numbers In Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer of Grand Rapids was ousted Tuesday by John Gibbs, who previously worked in the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Trump administration.  Gibbs scored 51.8% with 88% reporting as of 3:03 a.m. Wednesday, according to […]

Will a Republican’s vote to impeach Trump cost him in Tuesday’s primary?

BY: - July 31, 2022

Three days after U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Grand Rapids) took office in 2021, he found himself pulling a smoke hood over his head and running for safety as supporters of then-President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election. A week after that, Meijer became one of 10 House […]

Grand Rapids police implementing de-escalation training, new policies in wake of Lyoya’s death, charges of racism

BY: - July 26, 2022

At a time of elevated public scrutiny, the Grand Rapids Police Department will undergo de-escalation training, improve victim support services and make the department more transparent, according to the GRPD chief.  At a Grand Rapids City Commission’s committee meeting Tuesday, GRPD Chief Eric Winstrom presented his findings and plans based on his initial review of […]

West Michigan clerk facing felony charge resigns after being stripped of election duties

BY: - July 14, 2022

A West Michigan municipal clerk facing a felony forgery charge has resigned after being ordered by the Michigan Bureau of Elections not to administer any elections or participate in election-related activities. Montcalm Township Clerk Jessica Shearer was arraigned earlier this month on a charge of forgery of a public document, a felony that carries a […]

West Michigan tribe applauds Senate resolution

BY: - June 30, 2022

Tribal officials are applauding a Michigan Senate resolution urging the U.S. Department of the Interior to approve a petition by the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians (GRB) for federal recognition. Senate Resolution 151, introduced by state Sen. Mark Huizenga (R-Walker), notes that the GRB has been seeking federal recognition for three decades and that […]

A Grand Rapids church continues its long history of raising money to support abortion rights

BY: - June 30, 2022

On Friday, the day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade, the phones at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids were “ringing off the hook” as people called to make donations to one of the country’s only abortion choice funds hosted by a church. “Now that the ruling is official, we’ve got […]

Rep. Lilly leaves office for lobbying job

BY: - June 17, 2022

A West Michigan legislator says he’ll be leaving office prior to his term expiring after landing a job as a lobbyist.  State Rep. Jim Lilly (R-Park Twp.) announced on Thursday that effective July 1 he will no longer represent the 89th House District, as he will instead be the vice president of government affairs for […]

In an effort to make Pride safer, Grand Rapids Pride Center announces no police will be at festival

BY: - June 15, 2022

Two years ago, as calls for racial justice were ignited across the country in the wake of a white Minneapolis police officer murdering George Floyd, a group of activists called on the Grand Rapids Pride Center to take a hard look at itself. “The group of BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and people of color] activists called […]

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Michigan communities host Juneteenth events celebrating culture, education and activism

BY: - June 15, 2022

As Juneteenth approaches, communities and institutions throughout Michigan are hosting parades, festivals and educational events to commemorate the holiday. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day or Emancipation Day, is celebrated annually on June 19, marking the anniversary of Union soldiers arriving in Galveston, Texas, and informing enslaved African Americans of their freedom, more […]

Activists demand officer who killed Lyoya be convicted, GRPD make more changes

BY: - June 13, 2022

Activists in Grand Rapids say there won’t be justice for 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya, a Black man who was shot and killed by a Grand Rapids police officer in April, until that officer is convicted for second degree murder. Last week, Officer Christopher Schurr was charged with one count of second degree murder for killing Lyoya […]