West Michigan

Grand Rapids Jewish temple hit with anti-Semitic graffiti

BY: - October 13, 2019

A Jewish synagogue in Grand Rapids was the target of anti-Semitic graffiti over the weekend. The graffiti at Temple Emanuel on East Fulton Street was found Sunday morning. Rabbi Michael Schadick declined to share the specific nature of it with the Advance, citing concerns of copycat incidents. A notice from the Jewish Federation of Grand […]

Report: Betsy DeVos’ security detail cost $6.2M last year

BY: - October 7, 2019

The taxpayer cost to protect U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continues to stretch into the millions. Politico reports that the price tag was $6.24 million for Fiscal Year 2019, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. The cost of the security detail for DeVos, a West Michigan billionaire, was $6.79 million in Fiscal Year 2018. The […]

After delay, state to spray West Michigan Monday night to combat EEE

BY: - September 30, 2019

Aerial treatment to combat mosquito-carried Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in western Michigan counties will begin tonight, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Areas in Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties are scheduled for Monday treatments, according to an Aerial Treatment Zones Map. All other treatment zones will not […]

Michigan communities chosen for federal PFAS exposure study

BY: - September 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — The federal government announced Monday that Michigan is one of seven states chosen for a study of the human health effects of exposures to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through drinking water.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry announced that it will partner with the […]

Deep-red Livingston County no longer has an all-GOP county board

BY: - September 10, 2019

The growing Detroit exurbs of Livingston County have long been a GOP bastion, but there are some signs that the red wall is being breached. The county was supposed to be the Republican firewall in the mid-Michigan 8th Congressional District, but now-U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) triumphed in 2018 over then-U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Rochester). […]

Amash shows libertarian leanings on guns, campaign finance

BY: - August 27, 2019

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) garnered no shortage of liberal support following his calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump and his decision to ditch the Republican Party and become an independent.  But when it comes to topics like gun control and money in politics, Amash’s libertarian viewpoints remain steadfast — and were […]

West Michigan will likely be key in 2020, but presidential campaign activity still quiet

BY: - August 16, 2019

Michigan’s status as a battleground state in the 2020 presidential campaign is well-established.  But while two dozen Democratic hopefuls bounced around stops in Southeast Michigan before and after the Detroit debates on July 30 and 31, some were quick to note that they ignore the emerging importance of West Michigan at their own peril.  Speaking […]