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Proposed healthcare bill sheds light on ACA’s impact

House Republicans unveiled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on Monday. The bill revises key parts of the Affordable C...

Baronenelle Stutzman stands in her flower shop. Photo courtesy Tri-City Herald.
State Supreme Court rules against Christian florist

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in 2015 that same-sex marriage is a right that states must recognize, there have...

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GVSU revises free speech policy after lawsuit

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) loosened its regulation of on-campus free speech last week as part of a settlement ...

Eastern Ave. CRC hosts a training to make Grand Rapids a safe community for immigrants. Photo by Allison Colberg.
GR community rallies support for immigrants

The fate of undocumented immigrants living in the United States is at question now more than ever as new national polici...

Oil floats on the surface of Plaster Creek near Breton and 32nd street.  The fuel was traced to a trucking company. Photo courtesy the Grand Rapids Press.
Diesel fuel found leaking into Plaster Creek

A Kentwood resident called 911 on Tuesday to report the smell of diesel fuel coming from Plaster Creek. The firefighters...

City commission meetings are held in two Tuesdays a month, and are open to the public. Photo courtesy Grand Rapids Press.
City commission approves bike-sharing study, delays zoning vote

There was tension in the air at the Grand Rapids City Commission Meeting Tuesday evening at city hall. Much of the publi...

Attendance was 20-25% lower than the average school day. Photo courtesy the Grand Rapids Press.
5,000 students absent on day of protest

Approximately 5,000 Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) students skipped school last Thursday, Feb. 16 in protest of Pres...

The proposed cut from 4.25 to 3.9 percent would leave the lowest income bracket with $16 more a year than before. graph by Maddie Hughey; source: Institution on Taxation and economic policy.
Michigan lawmakers propose scrapping income tax

In some of the first bills introduced this year, Michigan lawmakers are looking to wipe out the personal income tax with...

Cornerstone University is just a few miles down the Beltline from Calvin’s campus and has an enrollment of 1,250.  Photo taken from Vimeo user Shadow|Shine Pictures.
Cornerstone cuts newspaper, arts and communications programs

Cornerstone University (CU) recently cut four humanities and media programs: public relations, photography, ancient stud...

Bethany Christian Services helped resettle this Sudanese family in West Michigan; Photo courtesy Bethany.org
Interview with Bethany Christian Services refugee director

In the wake of President Trump’s executive order halting all refugee entrance to the U.S. and the subsequent restraini...