Detroit police challenged over face recognition flaws, bias

A Black man who says he was unjustly arrested because facial recognition technology mistakenly identified him as a suspected shoplifter is calling for a public apology from Detroit police and for the department to abandon its use of the controversial technology.

First ‘social zones’ now open in downtown Grand Rapids

Visitors to downtown will notice four new outdoor “social zones” that were installed in public spaces over the weekend to give restaurants and retailers more room to serve customers in the era of social distancing.

Republicans propose $1.3B plan to help K-12 schools reopen

LANSING — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday proposed a $1.3 billion plan to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, saying districts should have flexibility to start when they want and to offer remote instruction as an alternative if necessary.

Let the sweat roll: Judge says Michigan gyms can reopen

DETROIT — A federal judge threw down the yoga mat Friday and said gyms and fitness centers can reopen this week after finding that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration had failed to show any rational link between the coronavirus threat and the shutdown.

City pours $12.7 million into road construction, sidewalk improvements

The city of Grand Rapids is beginning its seventh season of ramped-up road construction.

County issues RFP for future sustainable business park tenant

The Kent County Department of Public Works issued a request for proposals for an anchor tenant at its future sustainable business park.

Gov. Whitmer extends coronavirus emergency through July 16

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency declaration through July 16, enabling her to keep intact certain business closures, longer unemployment benefits and other changes after she previously lifted a stay-at-home order.

State drops license suspension of defiant Michigan barber

OWOSSO — The state of Michigan lifted the suspension of a barber's license, but he still faces a hearing for cutting hair while shops and salons were closed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Zeeland doubles investments in Lakeshore Advantage

Citing the community’s heightened need for its services during COVID-19, Zeeland is doubling its contributions to the economic development agency Lakeshore Advantage.

City, businesses partner to employ local youth

The city of Grand Rapids launched a youth employment program aimed at providing jobs for 1,000 young people.

Michigan attorney general proposes changes to policing

LANSING — Michigan's top law enforcement official unveiled several changes she hopes to make to policing in the state, including a public registry of verified police misconduct claims meant to increase transparency and prevent problem officers from getting rehired in law enforcement elsewhere.

Michigan requires testing, finds nearly 2K nursing home deaths

LANSING — Michigan's health department on Monday mandated coronavirus testing of all nursing home residents and staff after reporting the deaths of nearly 2,000 residents - about a third of all COVID-19 deaths across the state.

Gov. Whitmer lifts ban on overnight camps, school-related sports

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that overnight camps and school-related sports activities can resume on Monday — the latest coronavirus restrictions to be lifted as the state economy reopens.

County identifies needs for CARES funding

The Kent County COVID Relief Subcommittee earlier this month drafted a report to the board of commissioners detailing its recommended guidelines for the allocation of CARES dollars.

Colleges prepare for in-person classes

As Michigan reopens during the pandemic, its colleges and universities are taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff for the fall 2020 semester.

Veteran-owned health care company wins $43M federal contract

While many companies have suffered as a result of COVID-19, the federal government still is in need of medical supplies, and Alliant Healthcare has stepped up to fill the need.

UAW to sell lake home built for ex-president under scrutiny

DETROIT — The United Auto Workers said it has accepted an offer on a lakefront house in northern Michigan, three months after federal prosecutors warned that it could be confiscated as part of a corruption investigation.

Grand Rapids announces changes to policing

Grand Rapids city officials announced a series of operational changes to improve policing in Grand Rapids.

Michigan Senate OKs cocktails to go, cut in liquor prices

LANSING — Michigan restaurants and bars could sell cocktails and liquor for pickup or delivery and would see a temporary cut in state liquor prices under fast-tracked legislation that supporters hope will help the industry survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

DDA approves funding to help rebuild damaged businesses

The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority recently approved the use of downtown enhancement grant dollars to help damaged businesses back on their feet.