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Captain John Meier/courtesy Ford Museum
Captain John Meier/courtesy Ford Museum
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First Commander of U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford Aircraft Carrier to Speak in Grand Rapids April 30

Captain John Meier, the first commanding officer selected for the Navy’s newest class of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford, is scheduled to speak at an event for the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation at 7 p.m., April 30.

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New Development Downtown on West Fulton to Bring More Quality College Housing

Rockford Construction announced that they have closed on the final parcel of land and will be breaking ground this month on quality, market rate housing with college students in mind in Grand Rapids’ West Side neighborhood. Fulton Place will be located on Fulton Street West, between Lexington and Seward Streets.

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Courtesy GVSU University Communications and Matthew-Makowski
Courtesy GVSU University Communications and Matthew-Makowski
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GVSU Baton Twirler Moriah Muscaro Finishes Fourth at World Championships [Photos/Videos]

Moriah Muscaro, of Grand Valley State University, competed as part of Team USA in the Baton Solo Event category at the World Baton Twirling Championships in Italy this month.

She took fourth place in the international event.

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Joe Raedle Getty Images News
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What is Life Like as an Undocumented Immigrant? Find Out Thursday at GVSU Downtown

One of the true hot buttons in American politics today is immigration reform with strong feeling on both sides of the issue. However, one of the sides we haven't heard much from are immigrants themselves, especially undocumented immigrants. What is their life like?

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Photo by Belga-Pool/Getty Images
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Since 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has officially declared it such once again in Michigan. And, it is vitally important the we acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child maltreatment in all of its forms.

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West Michigan Student-Athletes Receive $1,000 Scholarships

At the Boys Basketball Finals in East Lansing on March 28, Farm Bureau Insurance awarded 32 scholarships to outstanding student-athletes.

West Michigan winners include:  Andrew James Fox of Forest Hills Central High School, Kyler Beal of Holland High School, Allison Utting of Grandville High School and Collin DeShaw of West Ottawa High School. 

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trendobjects/ThinkStock
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West Michigan Aviation Academy and Fennville Moving from Class C to Class B

Classifications for Michigan High School Athletic Association postseason tournaments in traditionally classified sports (A, B, C, D) for the 2015-16 school year have been announced.

Changes include West Michigan Aviation Academy and Fennville Moving from Class C to Class B.

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Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images
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Allendale, Grand Rapids and Grandville Robotics Teams to Travel to Iowa for Regional Competition

Robotics teams from Allendale, Grand Rapids and Grandville will join 10 other middle and high school robotics teams from Michigan and travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in a regional robotics challenge.

The event is co-sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation and 11 energy companies.

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Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
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Consumer Protection Tips to Safeguard Your Identity

This is National Consumers Protection Week.

John Zimmerman, a senior vice president with Fifth Third Bank West Michigan, was a guest with Andy Rent on "Andy in the Morning."

He offered some tips on protecting our identity and safeguarding our "credit lives."

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Elsa Getty Images Sport
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Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament Funds Academy of Design & Construction Scholarships

This Saturday, March 7, the Academy of Design & Construction’s Advisory Council, along with title sponsor Triangle Associates, Inc., is hosting the third annual Academy of Design & Construction Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament, raising money to fund scholarships for academy students.

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Our Community's Children
Our Community's Children
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Mayor’s 100 Campaign Works to Increase Grand Rapids’ Youth Employment [Video]

The Mayor's 100 Campaign is under way, with its goal to increase employment among Grand Rapids' youth.

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Design Pics/ThinkStock
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The Kalamazoo Promise Turns 10 Years Old

This year, The Kalamazoo Promise -- a program where anonymous donors put college education within the reach of every child in Kalamazoo Public Schools -- is celebrating a decade and the fact it has handed out nearly 4,000 scholarships in the past 10 years.

Because of the Kalamazoo Promise, graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools can count on full-tuition scholarships to any community college, public university or, new this year, a select group of private colleges in Michigan.

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