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Clinic to expunge criminal records draws 250 to Grand Rapids suburb, coronavirus delays hearings

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – At least 250 people turned out for a recent expungement clinic in Kentwood for Michigan residents eager to get their criminal history wiped clean from public records, organizers say. However, the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has delayed court hearings involving the expungement of criminal records because operations have been limited. […]

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Relief grant to help West Michigan small businesses

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Businesses in West Michigan that are facing financial hardship due to impacts of COVID-19 may be eligible for grant money. The Right Place, in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and regional partners, was awarded $1 million from the Michigan Small Business Relief Program. The grant provides local small […]

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Supreme Court to hear case of Michigan man beaten by plainclothes police

The mistaken seizure of King along a street in Grand Rapids, Mich., in the summer of 2014 led to a severe beating, a lawsuit and, as of Monday, a Supreme Court case. The justices will consider next term the complicated legal rules that come into play when someone seeks compensation for alleged unconstitutional behavior by […]

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High Court to hear case on police’s legal immunity involving Michigan man

Washington — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would hear a case involving a Grand Rapids man who sued the government after he was mistaken for a fugitive and beaten by law enforcement in 2014.  At issue is what’s known as the qualified immunity doctrine, which can shield police officers and other government officials when they’re facing […]

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Michigan National Guard assisting 4 Michigan food banks

Michigan National Guard members will be stationed at four Michigan food banks, beginning today, to help with food distribution efforts. About 10 guard members will be on site at each location through mid-April. Those sites are: Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Pontiac Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Flint Feeding […]

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How Michigan’s prison system is handling coronavirus

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Department of Corrections is making its own personal protection equipment and is prepared to move inmates to currently vacant facilities as inmates and employees test positive for coronavirus. As of Monday, 14 MDOC employees and about 80 prisoners tested positive for COVID-19.  “Obviously we know our prisoners aren’t […]

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West Michigan Business Coalition launches platform to help businesses through COVID-19 crisis

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The impact of coronavirus in West Michigan can be seen and felt in nearly all aspects of life. The public health crisis has created significant operational challenges for many businesses across West Michigan.  Some business owners are struggling to understand and comply with statewide executive orders while taking care of employees, […]

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Michigan National Guard to assist at local food banks during coronavirus pandemic

CLOSE Michigan National Guardsmen screen essential staff at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for symptoms of COVID-19 on March 20, 2020. The Michigan National Guard is supporting local first responders and state agencies in their response to COVID-19.  (Photo: U.S. National Guard photos by Master Sgt. David Eichaker).) Members of the Michigan National Guard […]

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Michigan COVID-19 deaths up by more than 50 to 184

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD/AP) — Michigan saw more than 50 additional deaths linked to coronavirus Sunday, the largest single-day jump so far, bringing the total to 184. The tests run Sunday, the result of which were released Monday, confirmed more than 1,000 new cases (also the largest-single-day increase so far) for a statewide total of 6,498. […]

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Michigan National Guard assisting four Michigan food banks

Michigan National Guard members will be stationed at four Michigan food banks, beginning today, to help with food distribution efforts. About 10 guard members will be on site at each location through mid-April. Those sites are: Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Pontiac Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Flint Feeding […]

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