H-1B visa changes may miss mark

When employers resume requesting H-1B visas for temporary foreign workers in specialty occupations this spring, they might have to rethink their wages.

Library celebrates 150 years

The Grand Rapids Public Library is having a yearlong sesquicentennial celebration that will culminate on its birthday on Dec. 21.
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Whitmer proposes $5.6B plan to combat, recover from virus

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday unveiled a $5.6 billion plan to combat and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, proposing the use of billions in federal relief and $575 million in surplus state funds.

Mercantile Bank to donate building to Ionia Community Library

A Grand Rapids-based community bank is donating a historic building it owns in downtown Ionia to the town’s library.

City commission supports new jobs, new housing in new year

The Grand Rapids City Commission kicked off its new legislative year focusing on job and housing creation. 
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Attorneys: Ex-governor charged in wrong county over Flint

LANSING — Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are striking back, telling prosecutors Tuesday that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county.

JetCo Solutions names VP of client services

A government sales and marketing firm has chosen a leader to oversee client services.

Grand Rapids issues annual finance report

The city of Grand Rapids published the latest comprehensive annual financial report, as well as an easy-to-follow citizen’s guide for the same report.
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Flint water probe brings charges against ex-governor, others

FLINT — A new investigation of the Flint water disaster led to charges against nine people, including former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and key members of his administration, who are accused of various crimes in a calamitous plan that contaminated the community with lead and contributed to a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, authorities said Thursday.

Michigan partners with Meijer on vaccine distribution

The state of Michigan chose Meijer Inc. as an initial pharmacy partner to help administer COVID-19 vaccines. 
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Gov. Whitmer: Michigan restaurants likely can offer dining Feb. 1

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday she hopes to let restaurants reopen for indoor dining Feb. 1, as her health department extended a two-month ban by an additional two weeks while letting noncontact sports resume this weekend.
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Michigan plans to charge ex-Gov. Snyder in Flint water probe

FLINT — Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they're being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, The Associated Press has learned.
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Michigan bans open carry of guns inside state Capitol

LANSING — A state panel on Monday banned the open carry of guns in Michigan's Capitol, a week after an armed mob rioted in the U.S. Capitol and following a plot last year to storm the statehouse.

Kent County board selects new leadership, welcomes new commissioners

The Kent County board of commissioners unanimously selected Mandy Bolter (District 5) as chair and Stan Stek (District 6) as vice chair of the board of commissioners for the 2021-22 term.

East Grand Rapids appoints city manager

The city of East Grand Rapids announced it selected Shea Charles as its new city manager.
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Gov. Whitmer: Schools should offer in-person classes by March 1

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday strongly encouraged all K-12 schools in Michigan to offer in-person instruction by March 1 and earlier if possible, but she stopped short of requiring it, saying face-to-face classes should at least be an option.

Minimum wage hike must wait

Although no one really knows what the next 12 months may bring, there is one thing that Michiganders don’t have to speculate about: the increase in the minimum wage.

Workers providing direct care face emotionally challenging task

In the face of the pandemic and a historical staffing shortage, direct care workers have continued to answer the call and care for older adults and people with disabilities.

State assesses COVID-19 threat to school air

LANSING — A new statewide program aims to block COVID-19 from spreading through the air of Michigan’s school classrooms.

Curt Reppuhn selected as Grand Rapids deputy comptroller

Grand Rapids City Comptroller Max Frantz announced he appointed Curt A. Reppuhn to serve as the city’s next deputy comptroller.

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