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As the year winds down, three new crew members are set to begin a mission aboard the International Space Station. Early Sunday, an American, a Russian and a Japanese astronaut blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in a Soyuz spacecraft.

So far the reaction has been swift and strong to our investigation into Ballou High School in Washington D.C., where we shed light on chronic absenteeism and a pressure teachers say they felt to pass failing students and get them to graduation.

A secret Pentagon program existed for at least three years and spent more than $20 million in research on UFOs, according to multiple media reports published Saturday.

The program reportedly examined cases including incidents of military pilots claiming to have seen flying objects that appeared to "defy the laws of physics."

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A new grant will bring more programming to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

The Friends of the Sanctuary group was awarded $15,000 by the Michigan Humanities Council.

Stephanie Gandulla is the media coordinator for the Alpena Sanctuary. She said the goal of the sanctuary is to help people have an interactive experience with Great Lakes History.

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An international robotics competition is coming to Michigan in 2018.

It’s called the FIRST Robotics Championships, that stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” It’s expected to draw more than 60,000 local and international students to Detroit’s Cobo Center.

 

 


 

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A small state grant may have a big impact on recycling habits in Mount Pleasant.

The program is called, “Recycling is Elementary.” Its aimed at teaching elementary students about recycling in the hope that the behavior will become a habit.


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The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that the Sleeping Bear Dunes will be featured on a stamp in 2018.


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Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced legislation Thursday in Congress to improve veteran health care.

 

The Veterans Deserve Better Act will improve scheduling for appointments, hold third party contractors accountable and provide payment for local doctors and hospitals.

 

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Money might be on the way to help fight perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in Michigan.


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Legislation aimed at curbing the state’s opioid crisis is on its way to the governor.


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An environmental group says lawmakers and the DNR are pushing a false narrative in order to create a hunting season for sandhill crane.


The Central Michigan University board of trustees has announced it will invest fourteen million dollars into new student support initiatives.


GRPD handcuff 11-year-old girl

Dec 13, 2017
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Grand Rapids Police Department officers handcuffed an 11-year-old black girl while pursuing a middle-aged white suspect.


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