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  • ‘Heart sisters’ find support through shared life-long battle

    ZEELAND, Mich. — They are fighters by chance, but sisters by choice. Teresa Harris and Terri Elliott were both born with ‘bad’ hearts, they say—congenital heart defects as a result of valve abnormalities. While distance might separate them—Teresa lives in Zeeland, Terri lives on the east side of the state—support found in each other through a shared battle has brought them closer than either ever expected. “We’re joined at the heart,” Harris said. “We just have something the average woman doesn’t understand […]

  • Concealed carry without a permit in MI? Here’s where it’s already allowed

    LANSING, Mich. — If passed, Michigan could join the ranks of at least 12 other states in the nation to allow gun owners to carry a concealed weapon without needing a permit or training. Republican-sponsored bills in the House look to remove the restriction of needing a concealed pistol license to carry a concealed weapon. A person who is not legally allowed to carry a gun by the state or federal government would still be prohibited from carrying a weapon. However, people […]

  • Dad who lost daughter to rare brain cancer fights to fund more research

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — If we don’t, nobody else will. Those six words sum up Ken Buron’s motivation to fight the battle his young daughter couldn’t against a rare and incurable brain cancer. Last fall, Buron’s daughter Emma was diagnosed with DIPG. “It’s in a vital area of the brain stem that controls breathing, heartbeat, balance, I mean, normal functions of life,” Buron said. “Before all this, I didn’t know what DIPG stood for… I had no clue.” And Buron quickly found […]

  • Part- vs. full-time Legislatures: Here’s how it works in other states

    LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s Legislature employs lawmakers full-time year-round, but maybe not for much longer. On Tuesday, Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced his support of a ballot initiative to amend the state Constitution to make Michigan’s Legislature part-time. The Clean MI Government initiative would be on the statewide ballot if enough signatures are collected. Legislators could meet no more than 90 consecutive days a year under the plan, unless the governor calls a special session. They now meet off […]

  • Family of men shot in road rage incident say ‘there is no justification’

    SPARTA, Mich. — The family of two young men shot—one fatally—in an apparent road rage incident one week ago say there is no justification for what happened. Donald Dudley, 20, was shot to death, while his younger brother Benjamin, 18, was seriously injured. The early morning incident happened on May 22 on M-37, north of Sparta Avenue NW. The two brothers were being driven to work by Donald’s girlfriend at the time, police and family said. Robert Chipman Jr., 43, of Newaygo, told deputies he shot both men […]

  • WWII veteran, 89, finally receives high school diploma

    KALKASKA, Mich. — From a distance, the pomp fit perfectly with the circumstance for Saturday’s graduation ceremony at Kalkaska High School. Beaming soon-to-be graduates funneled into the school’s packed gymnasium as loved ones watched on, applauding. But those looking closer in that line of students could see a man who’d waited through more than 70 years of circumstances for this moment. FOX 17 first met 89-year-old Milton Mockerman earlier in May. The Muskegon man doctored his own birth certificate at age 16 to enlist in […]

  • Addicts are hurting pets to score their pain pills, vets warn

    Drug addicts, in some extreme cases, have discovered a new opportunity to score their next fix: hurting their own pets to get the prescription pain pills

  • Pedestrian injured in hit-and-run crash

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A pedestrian was injured after being hit by a driver who didn’t stop Saturday night. Grand Rapids police are searching for the driver who they say hit the pedestrian around 9 p.m. near Kalamazoo Ave. and Johnson Street. The suspect was seen driving away in a blue sedan, according to police. The victim likely suffered a broken leg, police said.  

  • Amash: If true, Comey memo is grounds for impeachment

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Twp., says if the allegations surrounding the James Comey memos are true, they are grounds for impeachment of President Trump. Amash responded “yes” to a reporter in Washington on Wednesday when asked if the allegations in the memos could be grounds for impeaching the president if found to be true, making him the first Republican lawmaker to publicly entertain the idea, The Hill reports. If the allegations in Comey memo are true, are they […]

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