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  • 2 people die in SW Michigan from mosquito-borne illness

    LANSING, Mich. — Two people in southwest Michigan have died from a rare mosquito-borne illness. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said it has confirmed four new cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in southwest Michigan. Two of those cases were fatal. There are now seven confirmed cases of EEE in Michigan that include Barry, Cass, Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties. The confirmed case in Kalamazoo County was also fatal. MDHHS is encouraging local officials in the impacted areas […]

  • Gillespie Funeral Services CEO passes away

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Philanthropist, CEO, and former Grand Rapids Firefighter, Sherman Gillespie, passed away Wednesday, September 11th. Gillespie owned Gillespie Funeral Services where, according to members of the community, he made a point to help families who couldn’t afford the high costs of funerals. FOX 17 has been receiving calls from viewers to let us know how much he will be missed in the community. The 70 year-old served on several boards in Grand Rapids and at Messiah Missionary […]

  • Godfrey-Lee up to $120K in donations for mascot rebrand

    WYOMING, Mich. — Wyoming Godfrey-Lee is receiving $120,000 in donations for its efforts to rebrand its mascot. In June, Godfrey-Lee’s school board adopted “Legends” as the new mascot and nickname and agreed to phase out Rebels. The money will go towards a new logo design, athletic and performing arts uniforms, signs, murals and the electronic footprint of the district. Godfrey-Lee will get $98,000 in grants from the Native American Heritage Fund and has also received donations from the Grand Rapids […]

  • Cokie Roberts, longtime political journalist, dies at 75

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cokie Roberts, the daughter of politicians and a pioneering journalist who chronicled Washington from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump for NPR and ABC News, died Tuesday of complications from breast cancer. She was 75. ABC broke into network programming to announce her death and politicians including former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama offered sympathy. Roberts devoted most of her attention to covering Congress, where her father Hale Boggs was a House majority leader who […]

  • Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital president to retire

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s president is going to retire at the beginning of next year. The hospital announced Tuesday President Bob Connors will retire Jan. 3, 2020. He has been the hospital’s president for 14 and worked as a pediatric surgeon in the Grand Rapids area since 1990. Connors also established Pediatric Surgeons of West Michigan. “Under his leadership, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has grown to become the second largest children’s hospital in the state,” Spectrum […]

  • Facebook to train AI systems using police video

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook will work with law enforcement organizations to train its artificial intelligence systems to recognize videos of violent events as part of a broader effort to crack down on extremism. Facebook’s AI systems were unable to detect live-streamed video of a mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. The effort will use body-cam footage of firearms training provided by U.S. and U.K. government and law enforcement agencies. The aim is to develop systems that can automatically […]

  • Oil prices ease on hopes for normal Saudi production

    DALLAS (AP) — The price of gasoline creeped higher after a weekend drone attack devastated Saudi Arabian oil output, but if the disruption to global supplies is short-lived, the impact on the U.S. economy will probably be modest. Prices spiked Monday by more than 14%, their biggest single-day jump in years, but retreated Tuesday, reversing some of the increase. U.S. oil fell nearly 5% to $59.96 a barrel, while Brent, the international benchmark, dropped 5.3% to $65.34. A gallon of […]

  • Barry Co. Circuit Court judge steps down

    HASTINGS, Mich. — A Barry County Circuit Court judge has stepped down from her position. Judge Amy McDowell’s last day was Sept. 6, but the court hasn’t received official notice of her retirement from the governor’s office, according to a court administrator. Plans to fill her vacancy haven’t been released yet. McDowell was appointed to the position by former Gov. Rick Snyder in June 2011 to replace Judge James Fisher, who retired. She was re-elected to a six-year term in […]

  • No ‘Stranglehold:’ Let hunters bait deer, says Ted Nugent

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Ted Nugent, the rocker and avid hunter, is speaking out in support of legislation that would reverse a ban on deer and elk baiting in Michigan. Nugent told lawmakers Tuesday that a ban won’t stop deer from “swapping spit.” He says they eat from the same trees and plants. The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has banned baits, such as corn or vegetables, in the Lower Peninsula and some areas of the Upper Peninsula to prevent the […]

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