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Kevin Callison and Leslie Muller will detail health trends for the area January 12 at the ninth annual West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast.

Panelists to discuss health-care trends in West Michigan

The Grand Valley State University Office of the Vice Provost for Health and the Seidman College of Business Alumni Association have teamed up to survey health-care trends in West Michigan. On Friday, Jan. 12, the results of these surveys will be compared to those from other parts of Michigan, as well as the national average.  

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Alexis Mencotti accepts her diploma from President Haas during GVSU Commencement on Saturday December 9, 2017.

More than 1,000 students graduate at fall 2017 commencement

Grand Valley State University saw another class of students become Lakers for a lifetime. On Saturday, Dec. 9, GVSU held its commencement ceremony for the fall 2017 semester at that Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. More than 1,000 students received either their bachelor's or graduate degrees. Gayle Davis, former provost of GVSU, received an honorary degree for her contributions to the university.

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Downtown Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids adopts 'equal services' policy

To ensure that all community members feel safe in Grand Rapids, the city commission passed the "Equal Services Regardless of Immigration Status and/or National Origin" policy, which ensures that all community members—regardless of their immigration status—are provided with equal services and their rights are respected.  

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Andrew and Robbie talking about different topics while working at the 20/20 desk on Sunday November 19, 2017.

GVSU to host workplace ethics discussion

Starting a new job comes with many responsibilities, and these stressors can be a lot for new workers. An element that is often overlooked in the workplace is how to deal with personal questions. For this reason, Grand Valley State University professor Michael DeWilde will be facilitating an event called “Navigating the Politics of Workplace Topics."

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Grand Rapids youth homeless shelter expected to open 2018

According to MLive.com, Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas of Kent County have the state of Michigan’s third highest number of homeless individuals with an approximate total of 800 people. In an effort to bring aid to this problem, Covenant House Michigan launched its $4.5 million campaign Wednesday, Nov. 8, for a homeless shelter for young adults, a first for the area. 

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GVPD place a man with a warrant under arrest on Saturday October 28, 2017.

Michigan State Police implement roadside drug-testing program in Kent County

In recent years, Michigan has seen an increase in the number of individuals who have been involved in fatal crashes due to being impaired by drugs. According to the Michigan State Police (MSP), there were 236 drug-involved traffic fatalities in 2016, which was a significant increase from 2015. As a response, the MSP started a pilot program Wednesday, Nov. 8, to test people on the road to see if they are under the influence of drugs in violation of Michigan law.

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