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  1. Listen to a special Live Show - Stateside live in Grand RapidsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 21 | Michigan Radio

    Setting up for the live broadcast at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The show will start at 3 p.m. today.


  2. Listen to a special Live Show today - Stateside live in Grand RapidsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 21 | Michigan Radio

    Setting up for the live broadcast at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The show will start at 3 p.m. today.


  3. Stateside, Tuesday, May 19, 2015Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 19 | Michigan Radio

    Are business tax breaks and credits leaving a gaping hole in the general fund? Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood explains the debate over tax fairness in Lansing. West Michigan's first " live escape room " is opening next month in the town of Walker, near Grand Rapids.


  4. Pilot program at Grand Rapids area schools aims to close achievement gapRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday May 11 | Michigan Radio

    Education Trust-Midwest announced Monday it's launching a program to provide greater support and coaching to teachers. Education Trust-Midwest is a nonpartisan education research organization based in Royal Oak.


  5. The forgotten electionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 5 | Michigan Radio

    If you think you've heard quite enough about today's road repair referendum, I can't blame you. But I want to talk today about some elections you may not have heard about.


  6. For some Michigan residents, Proposal 1 is about being includedRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday May 4 | Michigan Radio

    A "yes" vote on Proposal 1 will improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in Michigan. It is just that simple, and rarely is anything in life that simple - including the language in the actual proposal before us.


  7. Federal judge says he cannot force state, county to recognize gay couple's marriage in NYRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 23, 2015 | Michigan Radio

    A federal judge in Grand Rapids will not order the state of Michigan to immediately recognize the marriage of a gay couple from East Grand Rapids. Brian Morgan and Bruce Merrucci got married in New York in 2013.


  8. Familiar name in Grand Rapids politics announces bid for mayorRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 20, 2015 | Michigan Radio

    If you pay attention to Grand Rapids politics at all, you've probably heard of Robert Dean. He served on the Grand Rapids school board in the 1990s, and then the city commission for years.


  9. Teacher quality: Ineffective? Highly effective? Depends on who's deciding.Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 3, 2015 | Michigan Radio

    We know we want to attract and keep the best teachers in Michigan, but how do we know who the best teachers are? School leaders across the state started measuring how teachers stack up in 2011. But the teacher effectiveness ratings, as they're called, can be pretty useless.


  10. 'Great Girls in Michigan History' shares stories of young girls who made historyRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 25, 2015 | Michigan Radio

    Patricia Majher's book Great Girls in Michigan History profiles 20 girls in Michigan who accomplished great feats before the age of 20. Majher says while the girls were from all over the state with different areas of expertise, they all shared some personality traits. She describes them as precocious, self-driven, and not allowing obstacles to stand in their way.


  11. People behind Grand Rapids-area pharmacy scheme face prison time, restitutionRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 23, 2015 | Michigan Radio

    The former CEO of a pharmacy in the Grand Rapids area has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit healthcare fraud. The conspiracy involves dozens of employees.


  12. Bomb threat, crash investigated at Coast Guard stationRead the original story

    Feb 8, 2015 | Michigan Radio

    A man has been arrested after driving a pickup through a U.S. Coast Guard station gate in western Michigan following a bomb threat. The Coast Guard says Ottawa County dispatchers received a phone call about 6 a.m. Sunday from a man claiming he had a bomb in his truck and was going to blow up the station in Grand Haven, about 30 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.


  13. Michigan's investment culture must adapt to help new businesses growRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 26, 2015 | Michigan Radio

    Michigan's economy is changing, and our state's investment culture must change along with it. As we work to diversify by stimulating entrepreneurship, innovation and talent attraction, among many other things, more Michigan residents with money to invest must learn to see that betting on new local businesses is worthwhile, even if the potential for them to fail is high.


  14. ED:Grand Rapids mayor calls on Governor Snyder to put temporary ban on fracking in MichiganRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 17, 2015 | Michigan Radio

    Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell is calling on Governor Rick Snyder to place a temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state. "Our planet is sick and it is we who have infected it.


  15. Grand Rapids city manager recommends hiring more cops, body cameras in wake of FergusonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 13, 2015 | Michigan Radio

    City Manager Greg Sundstrom and Police Chief David Rahinsky do not believe racial profiling is a problem in the Grand Rapids Police Department. But there have been claims to the contrary in the wake of incidents in New York and Ferguson, Missouri.


  16. Who'll be the next mayor of Grand Rapids? Little-known millennial first to throw hat in ringRead the original story

    Jan 12, 2015 | Michigan Radio

    The first candidate to announce he's in the running is Jared Funk. The 24-year-old may not have a job right now. 10 comments

  17. Autocam not required to offer birth control despite lawRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 7, 2015 | Michigan Radio

    A company in the Grand Rapids area is not required to provide employee health insurance for birth control as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision. A federal judge says Autocam is covered by the court's decision last year in the Hobby Lobby case.


  18. Female inmates at Muskegon County Jail bring class-action suit over "deplorable" conditionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 5, 2014 | Michigan Radio

    The American Civil Liberties Union is bringing a class-action lawsuit against Muskegon County on behalf of current and former female inmates at the jail. ACLU attorney Miriam Auckerman alleges women at the jail are forced to shower and use the toilet in front of male guards.


  19. Former Kent County Commissioner sentenced to jail for embezzlement chargeRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 26, 2014 | Michigan Radio

    A former Kent County commissioner was sentenced to a year in jail this week. Michael Wawee Junior pleaded no contest earlier this fall to a felony embezzlement charge.


  20. University of Michigan Regents approve athletic director and Yost Arena upgradeRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 21, 2014 | Michigan Radio

    The University of Michigan's Board of Regents has approved an interim athletic director appointment and a $5.8 million upgrade to a hockey arena. The board signed off Thursday on Jim Hackett's appointment and the renovations to Yost Ice Arena's rink floor and refrigeration system.


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