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State Supreme Court rules against Christian florist

Nathan Stripp

March 10, 2017

Filed under Local

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in 2015 that same-sex marriage is a right that states must recognize, there have been several highly publicized stories involving Christian business owners who refuse to provide their services...

Diesel fuel found leaking into Plaster Creek

Carolyn Muyskens

March 3, 2017

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A Kentwood resident called 911 on Tuesday to report the smell of diesel fuel coming from Plaster Creek. The firefighters and engineers who responded to the call discovered that the source of the leak was the property of Sweet...

City commission approves bike-sharing study, delays zoning vote

Tanner Vincent

February 24, 2017

Filed under Local

There was tension in the air at the Grand Rapids City Commission Meeting Tuesday evening at city hall. Much of the public hearing focused on the topic of affordable housing in the city, but a bike-share program feasibility ...

5,000 students absent on day of protest

Carolyn Muyskens

February 24, 2017

Filed under Local

Approximately 5,000 Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) students skipped school last Thursday, Feb. 16 in protest of President Trump’s immigration order. The absences brought the district of 16,834 down to 70 percent atten...

Cornerstone cuts newspaper, arts and communications programs

Molly Bruns

February 17, 2017

Filed under Local

Cornerstone University (CU) recently cut four humanities and media programs: public relations, photography, ancient studies and journalism. The campus newspaper, The Herald, is also to be eliminated. These programs were not t...

Calvin alumna Betsy DeVos confirmed as education secretary

Carolyn Muyskens

February 10, 2017

Filed under Local

With Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos, a Calvin College alumna, to be education secretary Tuesday morning. DeVos now holds the highest governmental position a Calvin College gradu...

Hundreds protest Trump’s immigration ban at GR airport

Anneke Kapteyn

February 7, 2017

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On Sunday, January 29, hundreds of Grand Rapids residents gathered at Gerald R. Ford International Airport to protest President Trump’s immigration ban. Just two days earlier, the president had issued an executive order called...

Mayor Bliss and Governor Snyder respond to refugee ban

Carolyn Muyskens

February 3, 2017

Filed under Local

In a statement Tuesday, Grand Rapids mayor Rosalynn Bliss articulated her disappointment with the recent executive order halting refugee entry to the United States as well as travel to the U.S. for nationals of seven majority-Muslim...