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    Local experts discuss astronomical discovery of Earth-like planets

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s a story of cosmic proportions that’s throwing the astronomy community into orbit. On Wednesday, NASA announced the discovery of 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting a dwarf star 40 light years away, in a system they’re calling TRAPPIST-1. Astronomy experts say 3 of those 7 planets are orbiting in the habitable zone, where conditions are optimum for liquid water to exist. “That star seems to have a Goldilocks Zone or a habitable zone,” says Dave DeBruyn, astronomy […]

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    Kentwood commissioner resigns amid allegations of threatening constituent

    KENTWOOD, Mich. — The city of Kentwood is looking for a new commissioner after one of theirs resigned from his position after being accused of threatening one of his constituents over the phone. Steven Redmond resigned from his post this week amidst allegations that he threatened a Kentwood resident after she called him to express her concerns about a development project. This all started back in October after a meeting where there was discussion of a project on Wing Avenue development […]

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    ‘Scrap Man’ scrapes together money to send kids to summer camp

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Terry Buschert is using junk metal to help send kids to summer camp. Buschert, of Grand Rapids, is known as Scrap Man, and he is one of four finalists for a national award for Craft Professional of the Year. He says what he does is not about recognition for him. He says he’s just a man on a mission to help make a difference in the lives of others. He takes the scrap metal and turns […]

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    MC Sports founder talks about bankruptcy and store’s history

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s a sporting goods franchise that got its start in Grand Rapids. This week MC Sports announced it’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The family that built the company into a major success says they’re sad to see what’s happened to the business. One of the original founders says online shopping helped contribute to the bankruptcy. “It’s very unfortunate,” says Morton Finkelstein, former CEO of MC Sports. “We’re very sad about the fact that they had […]

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    End of life services: Preparing to ease the burden for loved ones

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — When it comes to planning for the future, there is not much that’s harder to plan for than end of life services for yourself or a loved one. It can be tough to think about and even tougher to talk about. But it doesn’t have to be morbid to consider and plan for that day to ease the burden on your loved ones. “The first thing we do is listen,” says Ron Cook from Cook Funeral […]

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    State puts brakes on Wyoming auto repair shop

    WYOMING, Mich. – The Michigan Secretary of State put the brakes on an auto repair shop in Wyoming. They say Blackwood Auto Repair was illegally operating without a certified mechanic along with other violations. But the manager at that repair shop says what the Secretary of State’s office is saying isn’t exactly true. “Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has issued a cease and desist order against Blackwood Auto Repair in Wyoming because it was illegally operating without certified mechanics, and […]

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    Sheriff: Ottawa Co. couple tried to entice teens for sex

    JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — An Ottawa County couple has been charged with trying to entice two teenagers for sex. The Ottawa County Sheriff says Anuj and Leslie Chopra allegedly tried to entice two 16-year-olds to engage in sexual activities for money.  They surrendered to authorities Wednesday. Investigators have charged Anuj, 41, with human trafficking.  Leslie, 42, has been charged with using a computer to commit a crime and distributing sexually explicit materials to minors. Police say she tried to communicate with […]

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    DeVos sworn in as education secretary

    LANSING, Mich. (AP/WXMI) – There were a lot of mixed reactions from Michigan officials concerning the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. After a heated debate in the Senate – with 2 Republicans defecting and voting against her – and a 24-hour marathon push from Democrats to get another Republican on their side, Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as education secretary became a reality Tuesday. Michigan Superintendent Brian Whiston is hopeful DeVos will push for less federal intervention and more […]

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    Etsy co-founder visits Grand Rapids, speaks about importance of supporting community

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Etsy is a website you may have seen before; you may have even bought or sold a handmade craft from it. Monday night, one of the Etsy’s founders stopped by Grand Rapids to talk about the importance of making a positive social impact in your community. “To me, supporting local businesses and local artists isn’t just about supporting them financially, but building relationships and building local resilience,” says Etsy co-founder Matthew Stinchcomb. Etsy is a marketplace […]