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  • Michigan Court of Appeals hears Keith Wood’s jury tampering case and free speech argument

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Michigan Court of Appeals (MCOA) heard oral arguments Wednesday for Keith Wood’s jury tampering case, after his conviction last June in Mecosta County. Wood is a former pastor and father of eight. He and his attorney David Kallman tell FOX 17 they have been fighting Wood’s First Amendment rights since he was arrested Nov. 2015. Yet they were not allowed to argue on the grounds of free speech during Wood’s Mecosta County trial last June. […]

  • Michigan House Democrats call for greater state action against PFAs, cite 6-year-old report warning of contaminants

    LANSING, Mich. — As the PFAs water crisis grows in Michigan and nationwide, state House Democrats are calling on House Republicans to act on pending PFAs legislation. They also say they’re disgusted, stating an MDEQ report surfaced six years warning of PFAs in several water systems, but say the state did nothing. “To find out that the state was sitting on information and not acting on it to the detriment of our constituents is very troubling, and I would like […]

  • Local unions, advocates celebrated in Muskegon’s Labor Day parade

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — In honor of all the men and women workers who have strengthened our country, we celebrate Labor Day. Monday morning the pride throughout the annual Labor Day parade in Muskegon was palpable: from the union organizers to family members. This year, West Michigan United Labor organized at least 50 groups to participate in the parade, each highlighting the importance of workers across America. “The working families of America are being represented here today,” said Tim Smith, Michigan Education […]

  • Parents remember their son as a “devoted father” after he was killed in Holland Twp. crash

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — A grieving family shared more about the life of their 34-year-old son, after a tragic accident killed he and another driver when police say the other car ran a flashing red light. “I wish it didn’t happen at all,” said Allison DeVriendt, the mother of Alex DeVriendt, 34. “I wish those young boys would have thought to slow down, and not blow a stop sign.” 34-year-old Alex DeVriendt’s parents Allison and Tim sat in their living room […]

  • Free hot lunch for Ionia Public Schools’ elementary students ends ‘stigma’

    IONIA COUNTY, Mich. — All elementary students in Ionia Public Schools are given free hot lunches if they’d like, thanks to a broader statewide qualification. This year, the Michigan Department of Education began including Medicaid as a way for students to qualify for free lunch, as part of its Community Eligibility Provision. “There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but in this case there really is!” said Tracy Nelson, Ionia Public Schools’ Food Services Director. “Now that Medicaid is […]

  • Grandpa bicycles coast to coast to raise funds for grandson’s future care

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — A grandfather who just celebrated his 70th birthday is bicycling across the country and pedaled through his home of Kent County Wednesday, all on two wheels raising money for his grandson. Ken Smith tells FOX 17 since July 24 when he left Seaside, Ore. he has bicycled more than 2,500 miles through his coast to coast journey. He created a fund to leave for his dependent grandson Jakob, for care later in life. “I just had this crazy […]

  • UPDATE: Story regarding man urinating on child was fabricated

    UPDATE – Police and prosecutors say that they have determined that the incident did not happen and that there will be no charges filed on David Dean. The Kent County Prosecutor says that after further interviews with the children, it was determined that one child urinated on one of the others and the story was made up to try and stay out of trouble. Read the latest here ****** Original Story below…****** GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Neighbors say the man […]

  • Local ophthalmologist debunks whether blue light leads to blindness

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After the University of Toledo published a study suggesting blue light can lead to macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in the U.S., many have wondered how much they’ve hurt their eyes. In short, a West Michigan ophthalmologist says more research needs to be done, and for now: no, your cell phones aren’t blinding you. “There’s one recent study that’s been published out of Toledo, that they showed in certain cells in a lab setting, […]

  • Finding Le-Asia her Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Each month FOX 17 features children in Michigan’s foster care system, and helped 95 percent of the children featured match with loving families, according to Orchards Children’s Services. Eleven-year-old Le-Asia is very smart, creative and compassionate. And while she’s humble, she had the opportunity to show off some of her gymnastic talents while taking a lesson with Expressions Dance Academy in Grand Rapids on Wednesday. “You just take one of your legs, you lift it up […]

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