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Why many organic farmers ‘didn’t notice the trade war’

BY: - February 19, 2020

Michigan farmer Joel Layman hesitates before he just comes out with it. “I feel a little bad saying this: My farm didn’t notice the trade war.” Layman grows certified organic vegetables, dry edible beans and grain crops on the organic portion of his 2,100-acre farm in Berrien Center, a township in Southwest Michigan. “We have […]

GVSU rolls out program to assist in Whitmer’s post-high school initiative

BY: - February 12, 2020

In response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan for 60% of Michigan residents to obtain a post-secondary certificate or degree by the year 2030, Grand Valley State University announced a new program to help make that happen. GVSU President Philomena Mantella introduced on Wednesday the 19-month accelerated program to assist adults in completing their bachelor’s degrees. […]

Data center tax break bill dead — for this year

BY: - December 12, 2019

Legislation to expand tax breaks for the Switch data center in Kent County passed out of the state House on Wednesday on a razor-thin margin, but is now dead at least for this year.   Senate Bill 455 took more than 30 minutes to get the needed votes before ultimately passing the lower chamber on a […]

EPA, DOJ announce $245M settlement to clean up Kalamazoo Superfund site

BY: - December 11, 2019

Updated, 6:03 p.m. 12/11/19 with comments from Rep. Upton After decades of contamination from a paper mill that is a designated Superfund site, efforts to clean up and restore the Kalamazoo River watershed will soon be accelerated to the tune of $245 million. A press release Wednesday announced that the Michigan Department of Environment, Great […]

Trump bringing Pence in for next week’s Michigan rally

BY: - December 11, 2019

Michigan is scheduled to get its first visit from President Donald Trump in 266 days on Wednesday, Dec. 18, and now he’s bringing Vice President Mike Pence in, too. WOOD-TV reports that Pence will join him at his Battle Creek “Merry Christmas” rally. The VP made two West Michigan stops earlier this month. Pence also […]

Trump to rally in Battle Creek

BY: - December 5, 2019

President Donald Trump is returning to West Michigan this month. The campaign announced Thursday evening that Trump will host a “Merry Christmas rally” at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Dec. 18. “Michigan is booming thanks to President Trump and jobs are coming back to the state. Since President Trump’s election, Michigan has added 75,000 […]

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Trump hasn’t stumped in Michigan in 253 days, but VP promises he’ll be back ‘again and again’ for 2020

BY: - December 5, 2019

President Donald Trump last campaigned in Michigan on March 28, when he triumphantly kicked off his 2020 campaign in Grand Rapids. That was 253 days ago, if you’re keeping track. But during a West Michigan swing on Wednesday, his No. 2, Mike Pence, promised that both he and Trump would visit the state “again and […]

Homeless shelters serving kids wouldn’t need childcare licensing under Senate bill

BY: - December 4, 2019

A bill to allow homeless shelters in Michigan to be exempt from obtaining licenses as childcare facilities is set to be taken up Wednesday in a state Senate committee.  Sponsored by state Sen. Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville), Senate Bill 636 intends to “ensure that Holland Rescue Mission and other facilities who replicate their model can continue […]

Pence, Huckabee Sanders to campaign in Holland Wednesday

BY: - November 27, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence will make another campaign stop in Michigan on Wednesday. He and President Donald Trump’s former spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will appear in Holland. The Advance reported last week that Pence would be visiting Michigan as part of his tour of Upper Midwest states. The event is slated to begin at 5 p.m. […]

Lower leaves congressional race as national focus on West Michigan grows

BY: - November 20, 2019

The primary for Michigan’s contentious 3rd Congressional District may be more than nine months away, but the dynamics of the closely watched race continue to shift.  State Rep. Jim Lower (R-Greenville), an early entrant into the GOP primary in May, just after incumbent U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) announced his support for the impeachment […]

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4 Michigan cities earn perfect scores for LGBTQ rights, 2 Macomb County cities rank near bottom

BY: - November 19, 2019

Updated, 12:54 p.m. 11/20/19 Michigan cities fared well overall in a national survey of municipalities and LGBTQ rights released Tuesday. Eleven Michigan cities were examined as part of the eighth annual Municipal Equality Index, released by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute. A total of 506 cities across the […]

GOP candidate holding pro-Trump rally with Corey Lewandowski in Grand Rapids

BY: - November 12, 2019

Joel Langlois, a GOP congressional candidate, on Tuesday announced he’s holding a rally to support President Donald Trump in Grand Rapids. The event will feature Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager who is flirting with a U.S. Senate run in New Hampshire next year. The Dec. 5 event is scheduled at 7 p.m. at the […]