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    Construction underway on ‘Festival Market Square’ in downtown Battle Creek

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — It’s a $1.2 million redevelopment project that could mean a big boost for Battle Creek’s downtown area. With construction of the new Festival Market Square underway on the corner of McCamly and Jackson streets, city leaders like Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole hope it’ll be a catalyst to bring more business and foot traffic to the area. “What we were really looking for after taking a lot of stakeholder and citizen input was something that had versatility,” Bedsole […]

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    Wrong-way crash is seventh this year on West Michigan highways

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Sunday’s wrong-way crash on I-96 in Kent County near the East Beltline exit is the seventh instance of a wrong-way driver causing an accident on a West Michigan highway this year. Police say just before 3:00 a.m. Sunday, a wrong-way driver heading east on westbound I-96 near the Beltline exit collided head-on with another vehicle, killing the driver inside. The wrong-way driver, believed to have been drunk, survived the crash and was pulled from the wreckage […]

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    ‘Walk for Wishes’ raises thousands to grant more wishes in Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Hundreds of people chose to pay it forward Saturday morning at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids for the annual ‘Walk for Wishes’ event to raise money for Make-a-Wish Michigan. Organizers anticipated more than 500 people attending  the event which is expected to raise around $100,000 this year to go toward granting wishes for kids in Michigan facing life-threatening medical conditions. Last year, ‘Walk for Wishes’ raised more than $91,000. “That time at a medical diagnosis, there’s […]

  • Wrong-way drunk driver causes deadly accident on I-96

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened early Sunday morning on I-96 in Kent County. A wrong-way driver in an SUV heading east in the westbound lanes on I-96 near the East Beltline exit hit another vehicle just before 3 AM, according to Michigan State Police. Police had the portion of I-96 where the crash happened between Cascade and the East Beltline shut down for most of the early morning while they investigated and cleared the scene. […]

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    Van Buren working to become first county in state with every school designated ‘Heart Safe’

    LAWRENCE, Mich. — It’s sudden, potentially deadly, and can often happen to individuals who have no idea they have a prior condition. More than 400,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest in the United States each year and it’s a condition that’s becoming more prevalent among young people too. Several student athletes from West Michigan have died recently from sudden cardiac incidents, most recently 17-year-old Ryan Fischer of Grandville and Fennville basketball star Wes Leonard. In 2013, about 9,500 cases of young […]

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    2-year-old airlifted to hospital following hit and run

    ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Public safety officers are investigating after a 2-year-old girl was struck by a hit and run driver in St. Joseph on Sept. 4. Police say the toddler was with her parents who were walking southbound along Lake Shore Drive just south of Hilltop Road when a vehicle traveling in the same direction struck the girl in the head with its passenger mirror before driving away. “The mother had the 2-year-old child over her shoulder,” said Mark Clapp, […]

  • Rare respiratory illness might be in Michigan, state health department investigating

    LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Community Health is investigating after seeing an increase in reports of severe respiratory illness in children across the state that could be associated with the Enterovirus D68 outbreak across the Midwest. As of Tuesday, Michigan has no confirmed cases of the virus but MDCH has forwarded samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, for testing. “I believe it’s only a matter of time before we start to see the number of […]

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    Deputies identify man shot, stabbed and left to die in road following home invasion

    SPENCER TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Deputies have identified 34-year-old Brent Luttrell as the man killed following an apparent home invasion in northern Kent County Monday morning. Autopsy results show Luttrell died from multiple stab and gunshot wounds. His body was found only a few hundred yards from his home near Pine Wood and Lincoln Lake Ave. Deputies in Kent County say the incident happened at around 1:00 a.m. in the area of Pinewood Street and Lincoln Lake Avenue southwest of Gowen when […]

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    ‘Bikers for Babies’ raises more than $60K in annual fundraising tradition

    MARTIN, Mich. — More than 700 bikers revved up Sunday morning at the U.S. 131 Motor Park Speedway to raise money for the March of Dimes of Michigan and the 14th annual ‘Bikers for Babies’ event. Organizers said all of the money raised stays in West Michigan going toward funding research, prenatal wellness programs and the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the DeVos Children’s Hospital. “The biker community is so giving, and they’re always looking for charities,” said Melissa Petersen, […]