Grand Rapids

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Authorities in western Michigan have captured a wild black bear that climbed into a tree in a residential neighborhood.

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New analysis shows Lansing, Grand Rapids and several of Metro Detroit’s Downriver communities are experiencing higher rates of opioid overdoses. 

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A museum in western Michigan is opening an exhibit to celebrate former First Lady Betty Ford's 100th birthday.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Gerald R. Ford International Airport in western Michigan has started work on a $30 million project to repair the area where aircraft are parked, loaded and refueled.

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Today, Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster in Lansing, Grand Rapids and 17 Michigan counties. It follows the heavy rainfall and snowmelt that caused widespread flooding in late February.

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River levels are dropping in Michigan after flooding last week and over the weekend because of heavy rains and melting snow.

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A Grand Rapids hospital says it has reopened all departments a day after directing emergency patients elsewhere because it lost heat following a steam plant explosion.

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WKAR news reporter Scott Pohl has been following the Larry Nassar sentencing in federal court this morning in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The former MSU and USA gymnastics team doctor was sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges by Judge Janet T. Neff. Nassar will be sentenced in state court in January for molesting gymnasts. 


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Officials in Grand Rapids have adopted a new policy that bars most city workers and staff from asking residents about their immigration status, with the exception being the police. 

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Is it church music? Or is it an opera in disguise? This weekend, the Grand Rapids Symphony performs Verdi’s Requiem. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley sat down with the Symphony’s new music director, Marcelo Lehninger to talk about one of the maestro’s favorite pieces.


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Three men on Michigan's sex offender registry have settled a federal lawsuit over housing requirements that restrict where they can live.

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A western Michigan bar has apologized for asking a veteran and his service dog to leave the establishment.

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The retail giant Amazon is looking for a second home and there are a lot of contenders trying to land the project being called “H-Q-2.” At stake are many thousands of jobs and a new economic anchor for the winner. 


A federal judge has ordered former Major Leaguer Baseball player Chad Curtis to pay $1.8 million to a young woman who accused him of inappropriately touching her when he was a volunteer coach at a western Michigan high school. 

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It’s Tuesday night at DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids. The orchestra is preparing to play music by Giuseppe Verdi, but taking the podium is Maestro James Meena, new artistic director of Opera Grand Rapids.


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