5 Things to know for Wednesday, August 13

The top five stories FOX 17 is covering this Wednesday:

1. Two dead following massive flooding in Metro Detroit

flooding 11A 100-year-old woman from Warren and a 30-year-old woman from Sterling Heights have died following flooding that hit Metro Detroit on Monday. It comes as I-696 at I-75 remains closed as stranded and submerged cars continue to litter the streets in southeast Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder has activated the state’s emergency operation center and is sending in more Michigan State Police Troopers. However, it could be weeks or even months before things get back to normal. Read more: Metro Detroit flood claims two lives

2. Memorial service today for 9-year-old Connor Verkerke

Victim: Michael Connor Verkerke

Victim: Michael Connor Verkerke

Connor Verkerke, 9, was stabbed and killed by Jamarion Lawhorn, 12, on August 4. According to Stroo Funeral Home, his memorial is set for Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Cornerstone Church in Caledonia with a 10:30 a.m. visitation. Connor is survived by his parents Dani and Jared and his three brothers, Kameron (7), Riley (5), and Morgan (3). Read more: Memorial services for Connor Verkerke

3. Robin Williams’ death opens up dialogue on talking to kids about suicide

 Happy Feet Two - European Premiere - Inside ArrivalsFollowing the death of Hollywood legend Robin Williams, experts in Allegan County said that families should use this tragedy to open up a dialogue that might not otherwise be discussed. According to Allegan County Community Mental Health, the amount of information you share with your kids about suicide depends on their age. It is also healthy for a child to be upset or sad following the news of Williams’ suicide. If you need to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, their number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Read more: Speaking with children about suicide

4. More than 20 employers looking to fill positions at Wyoming job fair Unemployment-Michigan-jobless-generic

 Michigan Works! and Kentwood Community Church will host a job fair today from 9 a.m. until noon. More than 20 employers will be there, including Amway Hotel Collection, McDonald’s, GFS, and Speedway. Open positions include retail and phone customer service, IT, health care, and food service and hotel hospitality. Read more: More than 20 employers looking to fill positions at Wyoming job fair

5. Restaurant Week kicks off in Grand Rapids

 RestRestaurant Week 2014aurant Week is underway in Grand Rapids, and more than 60 businesses are taking part. The event will feature special menus with 2-for-1 deals under $30. The event runs through August 24. Read more: Restaurant Week 2014

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