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National report lands Grand Rapids Top 10 in concentrated poverty
August 18, 2014 | WGVU A Brookings Institution report says neighborhoods in Grand Rapids where poverty rates are 20-percent or higher, have experienced a 281-percent growth in poor neighborhood population. Arriving at that startling number, Brookings compares census data from 2008 through 2012, with data from the year 2000. Grand Rapids lost about 25,000 workers in that time frame. “You lose that many workers that’s about just under 10-percent of our overall workforce, it’s going to lead to poverty and concentrated poverty in our area.” Dr. Paul Isely is Chair of the Economics Department in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. He’s referenced in the report that he says is now out-of-date. “But let’s look at the last couple years, too.” A few keystrokes at the census bureau website. “And we’re going to use May data. So, we’re going to compare Mays to May.” Isely says that data shows there’s been an acceleration of jobs over the last two years out pacing employment from the year 2000. “The flipside of that is we make less money than we did before. So more people are working but they’re making less in real terms meaning they can purchase fewer things with the money that they have than they could in the year 2000.” How can that scenario improve the situation of high concentration poverty in Grand Rapids? “Many families again now have two wage earners. That starts to bring people out of poverty, but what it also has done is it’s allowed businesses to come back to Michigan.” It’s just going to take a lot more," says Diana Sieger, President of non-profit, Grand Rapids Community Foundation. She says its time the community addresses concentrated poverty. “And there are so many engrained issues in all of this. It doesn’t mean it’s insurmountable. You know, it’s a business of inclusion, of race, of a whole host of things; people’s perceptions, ideologies. It doesn’t matter if people are a Democrat or a Republican.” Sieger says it’s about the private and public sectors working together to make Grand Rapids a better place to live and work.
Several hundred attend Grand Rapids Ferguson rally
November 26, 2014 | WGVU Residents, students and community organizations came together in cities and campuses across West Michigan after this week’s grand jury decision in Ferguson.
Jury deciding case of tutor who had sex with boy
Grand Rapids MI November 26, 2014 | WGVU Jurors are returning to a Grand Rapids courtroom to resume deliberations in the case of a Catholic school tutor charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.
Kalamazoo cop car damaged during Ferguson protest
Kalamazoo MI November 26, 2014 | WGVU The rear window of a Kalamazoo police car was broken during an otherwise peaceful protest tied to the shooting of an 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.
Steelcase sale moves education site forward
November 26, 2014 | WGVU A group focused on growing area educational programs finalizes plans to purchase Gaines Township’s former Steelcase Pyramid building.
Grand Rapids holds Ferguson solidarity event
November 25, 2014 | WGVU Grand Rapids joins other Michigan cities gathering tonight following Monday’s decision in Ferguson.
'ReThink' promotes region to former residents
November 25, 2014 | WGVU A Thanksgiving Eve event hopes to attract former Michigan talent back to the area.
WGVU-HD airing FRONTLINE "Ebola Outbreak"
November 25, 2014 | WGVU Tuesday, November 25th @ 10:00 PM on WGVU-HD, FRONTLINE takes you to the villages outside Sierra Leone, Africa. Producer and reporter Wael Dabbous introduces you to patients infected with the deadly virus and the health care workers treating and tracking Ebola.
Michigan Supreme Court taking part in adoption day
LANSING, Mich. November 25, 2014 | AP A Michigan Supreme Court justice joins other judges in approving adoptions as part the state's 12th annual adoption day.
Michigan commission urges gay rights protections
KALAMAZOO, Mich. November 25, 2014 | AP The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is calling on the Legislature to prohibit discrimination against gays by passing civil rights protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
Michigan delays implementing health care program
LANSING, Mich. November 25, 2014 | AP Michigan is delaying the implementation of its health care coordination program for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
Detroit vigil takes place after Ferguson decision
DETROIT November 25, 2014 | AP A peaceful vigil took place in downtown Detroit after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.
State police boost patrols around Thanksgiving
LANSING, Mich. November 25, 2014 | AP Michigan State Police troopers are boosting patrols as part of an effort to keep roads safe for Thanksgiving travelers.
Michigan woman gets probation for animal cruelty
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. November 25, 2014 | AP A Grand Rapids woman has received five years of probation after 37 dogs were found living in unsanitary conditions in her home.
U of M: 11 sex misconduct violations over 12 months
ANN ARBOR, Mich. November 25, 2014 | AP The University of Michigan says that students made 129 sexual misconduct complaints in one 12-month period, and it found 11 violations of school policy.
State House expected to take up film credit extension in December
LANSING, Mich November 25, 2014 | MPRN By Jake Neher
The state House is expected to take up legislation next month that could decide the future of Michigan’s film credit program.
High winds, snow forecast in parts of Michigan
Grand Rapids MI November 24, 2014 | WGVU Forecasters say a cold front moving through the Great Lakes region will bring high winds and lower temperatures to Michigan.
Homeless camp faces eviction in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor MI November 24, 2014 | WGVU People living in an Ann Arbor homeless camp are bracing for eviction from the privately owned woods where they've established their tent community.
Rhodes scholars include Michigan man
Holland MI November 24, 2014 | WGVU A University of Michigan student from western Michigan has been named a Rhodes scholar.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 13 cents in week
Dearborn, MI November 24, 2014 | WGVU AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have dropped about 13 cents a gallon in the last week.
Authorities: Man, 22, fatally stabs woman, 57
Antwerp Township, MI November 24, 2014 | WGVU Authorities say a 22-year-old man fatally stabbed a 57-year-old woman at a home in southwestern Michigan following a dispute.
Fire put out at Grand Rapids trucking business
Grand Rapids MI November 24, 2014 | WGVU Authorities say a suspected natural gas explosion may have started a fire at a trucking business in Grand Rapids.
Conversations can 'move the needle' of inequity
November 24, 2014 | WGVU A recent event addressing racial inequity in Grand Rapids underscores the importance of having those conversations.
Michigan-Ohio rivalry... over insurance sign-ups?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. November 24, 2014 | AP In a nod to their states' historic football rivalry, Michigan and Ohio health advocates have launched a competition to see which state can reach the most uninsured residents about health coverage.
Murder charge for man, 22, in stabbing of aunt, 57
ANTWERP TOWNSHIP, Mich. November 24, 2014 | AP Authorities say a 22-year-old man fatally stabbed his 57-year-old aunt at their home in southwestern Michigan following a dispute.
Kalamazoo County re-count to begin Dec. 8
November 24, 2014 | MPRN Candidates and campaigns that are unhappy with the results of the November elections have until Wednesday afternoon to ask for recounts.
Weekend warm-up in Michigan to melt some snow
Grand Rapids MI November 21, 2014 | WGVU Forecasters say a weekend warm-up in Michigan will lead to melting snow and rain that could combine to bring rising river levels and even flooding in places.
Woman with gun arrested outside White House
Washington DC November 21, 2014 | WGVU A Michigan woman carrying a gun was arrested outside the White House just after President Barack Obama completed a nationally broadcast speech announcing his plan for the U.S. immigration system.
Dallas to host 19-day ArtPrize competition in 2016
Dallas, TX November 21, 2014 | WGVU Members of the public will have a say in honoring aspiring artists when Art Prize Dallas begins in 2016.
Thanksgiving travel to include 1.5M in Michigan
Dearborn, MI November 21, 2014 | WGVU AAA says nearly 1.5 million people in Michigan plan to travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday period.
County, GRCC decline city tax plan
November 21, 2014 | WGVU Grand Rapids Community College and Kent County have both opted out of a $5 million western Grand Rapids development project.
“The Discovery of King Tut” exhibition tour coming to Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. November 21, 2014 | WGVU Coming in 2015, visitors to Grand Rapids Public Museum can experience one of the world’s greatest archeological discoveries.
West Michigan U.S. Representative responds to President Obama's immigration order
November 21, 2014 | WGVU In response to President Barack Obama’s executive order protecting roughly 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from deportation, House Speaker John Boehner says the president’s decision to go it alone "cemented his legacy of lawlessness and squandered what little credibility he had left." One west Michigan House Republican calling the order an overreach of Constitutional power.
Immigration and Nationality Act provides President with "legal basis"
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. November 21, 2014 | WGVU Is President Barack Obama’s executive order to shield as many as 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation, and grant them work permits, legal? Republicans on Capitol hill are raising that question. WGVU ran it by Grand Rapids immigration attorney, Susan Im.
Kalamazoo Democrat seeks state Senate vote recount
KALAMAZOO, Mich. November 21, 2014 | AP Democratic state Rep. Sean McCann says he'll request a recount in the 20th District state Senate race, which a preliminary count shows him losing by 59 votes.
Economists predict continued Michigan job growth
ANN ARBOR, Mich. November 21, 2014 | AP University of Michigan economists say the state's economy will continue to move forward over the next two years after five years of steady job growth.