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  • Winter weather driving tips from law enforcement

    WAYLAND, Mich. – There are a lot of things you can take for granted when you’re on the road in nasty weather. FOX 17 got into a police cruiser on Thursday with the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department to get some tips about being a safer driver during the winter months. Sgt. Chris Kuhn, who has worked in law enforcement for nearly two decades, says there are several things you can do before getting behind the wheel that will make a […]

  • Falling pump prices will prompt downward price trend

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – When it comes to the price you’re paying at the pump, thank Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.A. “Saudi Arabia and Iraq started fighting over the price of oil and they started discounting their oil to try to gain market share,” said Paul Isely, associate dean at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business. That’s because the U.S. is buying less oil and producing more domestically due to hydraulic fracturing and increased drilling. “Fuel is […]

  • Allied Paper Mill Toxic

    Allied superfund site redevelopment proposed

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A plan is on the table to redevelop the Allied Paper site in Kalamazoo. The site, which sits between East Alcott St, East Cork St., South Burdick St. and Portage St., is currently fenced off. There are also signs warning that the ground is contaminated. The paper mill, which used to occupy the land, used PCBs – chemicals known to cause birth defects and other health problems. According to information from the deputy city manager, the plan […]

  • Spending bill includes funds for rape kit testing

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A budget battle in Washington is continuing to hold up funding that could help put away criminals responsible for hundreds of thousands of rape. Across the country, an estimated 400,000 rape kits remain un-examined because police departments don’t have the money for the pricey DNA testing. It’s one of the issues that’s been lost in the D.C. shuffle as lawmakers focus on Obamacare, immigration and financial regulation. Meantime, Detroit is dealing with at least 11,000 untested DNA […]

  • Lowell Police pay it forward this holiday season

    LOWELL, Mich. — The Lowell Police Department joined UP TV to pay it forward to some unsuspecting drivers this holiday season. It was part of Uplifting Entertainment’s Uplift Someone campaign. While making traffic stops over two snowy days in November, an officer asked unsuspecting drivers about their gift-giving plans. “These were legitimate traffic stops,” said Ofc. Scot VanSolkema. “From five miles an hour above the speed limit, dangling objects from the rear-view mirror, tinted windows, snow covering the license plate.” And […]

  • ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ spreads holiday cheer

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The holidays are a time for giving, especially to those in need. Around Christmas, children and their families are usually the focus, but here is another community in need that is often overlooked. Seniors who live alone, or who live in poverty, might not be front of mind, but there’s an effort underway across the country – and right here in west Michigan – to make sure seniors are not forgotten. Dennis Doyle is 63-years-old. He […]

  • Cautious optimism as construction industry booms

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The construction industry is booming in the United States, due in part to a continually recovering economy. While companies themselves are growing, the trade group that oversees the commercial construction industry says more needs to be done to ensure long-term success. While Grand Rapids is ahead of the curve when it comes to construction hiring across the country, industry officials are cautiously optimistic about what the future holds. “The Associated General Contractors of America is announcing […]

  • Degage Ministries marks 25 years of serving Thanksgiving dinner

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Degage Ministries is celebrating 25 years of serving the community Thanksgiving Eve dinner. The event is a partnership between Degage and H.T. Hackney. Marge Palmerlee, the executive director at Degage Ministries says they expect to serve over 200 people tonight. “We are their extended family and we’re glad to be here,” Palmerlee told FOX 17. Thanksgiving dinner is just part of 50,000 meals that are served in Grand Rapids throughout the year. “That gives us that opportunity […]

  • Barfly Ventures helping feed the hungry

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – While many people are looking forward to a Thanksgiving feast, many others will be without a meal of any kind on Thursday. In an effort to join the fight against hunger in North America, Barfly Ventures is partnering with Will Play for Food Foundation (WPFF) to raise money for meals. Anyone who visits Grand Rapids Brewing Company, HopCat, Stella’s Lounge or McFadden’s tonight will be able to donate. Organizers say the ‘cover charge’ is voluntary. “The […]