9.28.16:  Flint gets loan for additional water pipe from Lake Huron



FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Flint is getting a $3.5 million loan to help pay for a new pipeline that will carry water from Lake Huron.

The extra pipeline was a requirement of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It wants the water to be tested for six months before Flint residents drink it.

Flint is switching to Lake Huron water as a member of a regional water agency. But it still is expected to get water from a southeastern Michigan water agency for another year.

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a loan of up to $3.5 million on Tuesday. Flint wouldn’t have to start paying until 2018. Officials, meanwhile, will look for grants to repay the loan.

Flint’s water supply was contaminated by lead after water from the Flint River wasn’t treated to reduce corrosiveness.


9.28.16:  Snyder OKs extending benefits to first responders’ survivors




LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The surviving family members of Michigan first responders who die in the line of duty will qualify for up to five years of state-paid health insurance under legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Snyder says in a statement Tuesday that the move is “unquestionably the right thing to do.”

Survivors of fallen first responders currently can get a one-time $25,000 payment.

The law sponsored by Republican Sen. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City applies to survivors of fallen police officers, firefighters and publicly employed paramedics and is retroactive to October 2015.

Providing the health coverage could cost the state up to $400,000 a year, according to legislative fiscal projections.



9.28.16:  Praying for the unborn



-The United 40 Days for Life campaign and tour is kicking off today and runs through Nov. 6th.

The mobilization brings together people across all 50 sates to pray, fast, and publicly stand for life.

This year organizers hope to accelerate the momentum.

They are partnering with several key pro-life organizations and will make at least one stop in every state in the next 40 days.

The Michigan event will take place Oct. 8th in Ann Arbor ( 3100 Professional Dr.) and Southfield (24450 Evergreen Road).


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9.27.16:  2016 Jurors’ Shortlist Top 25



(Mlive) – Five Michigan-based artists were among the 20 finalists chosen by the expert jurors who will decide who gets the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize in this year’s ArtPrize Eight.

A group of venues was also on the shortlist released Monday, Sept. 26.

Twelve of the finalists were located in four venues. The jurors nominated three entries each from the SiTE:LAB / Rumsey Street project, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) and City Flux, located at 50 Monroe Ave. NW.

The juried awards are judged in four categories. The award is separate from the public vote, which is based on voting by ArtPrize visitors who register to vote online or with their smartphones. The Public Vote Top 100 list will be announced Tuesday, Sept. 27.

“Each year the Category Jurors’ Shortlist creates a dialogue, offering a counterpoint to the public vote and highlighting the various ways that individuals approach, assess and engage with contemporary art,” said Christian Gaines, ArtPrize executive director.

“Whether their choices surprise, excite, baffle, or infuriate, conversations are sparked amongst ArtPrizers and the community around contemporary art.”

Michigan artists in the jurors Top 20 include:

les bêtes at the City Water Building by the Richard App Gallery, by Isaac Aoki of Grand Rapids. The entry consists of a series of nude photographs shot in the winter at on the beach near Saugatuck.

Transformation (Metamorphosis) at Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown & Jam’n Bean Coffee Company at the Waters Center, by Chakila Hoskins of Grand Rapids. Hoskins has entered her paintings in ArtPrize for several years.

Hybrid Structures at SiTE:LAB / Rumsey Street Project, by Alois Kronschlaeger from Brooklyn, NY and Paul Amenta and Ted Lott of Grand Rapids.

Untitled at UICA Exit Space at Grand Rapids Ballet Co., by Louise Chen, based in Detroit.

This Space is Not Abandoned at 912 Grandville Avenue, by 912 CollABORATIVE of Grand Rapids.

Other nominees by category include:


Charted Memories at Calvin College – (106) Gallery by, Keren Kroul from Minneapolis, MN.

Coherency at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Faig Ahmed from Baku, Azerbaijan.

Survival Does Not Lie In The Heavens at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, by Dario Robleto from Houston, TX.


Excavations at SiTE:LAB / Rumsey St. Project, by William Lamson from New York.

Grand River at CITY FLUX: Art, Architecture & Grand Rapids, by Francisco Pinheiro from Lisbon, Portugal.

Pose System at Grand Rapids Art Museum, by Saya Woolfalk from New York, NY.

SetOutputWorld (called with a world of the wrong size) at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, by Kayla Anderson from Chicago, IL.

Support Surfaces (I,II,III) at CITY FLUX: Art, Architecture & Grand Rapids, by Bailey Romaine from Chicago, IL.


Christmas Eve, 1933 at SiTE:LAB / Rumsey St. Project, by Mark Dion from New York, NY.

Wars and Rumors of Wars at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, by Eric Dickson from New York, NY.


Bang Bang! at the City Water Building by the Richard App Gallery, by Constance Edwards Scopelitis from Indianapolis, IN.

The Bureau of Personal Belonging at 50 Monroe, by Stacey Kirby from Durham, NC.

The Magnetosphere at the The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Kendall College of Art and Design, by Matthew Steinke from Austin, TX.

Search Engine Vision “ISIS” at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, by Eric Souther from Mishawaka, IN

Sweeper’s Clock at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, by Maarten Baas from Den Bosch, Holland (The Netherlands).

Outstanding Venue

Almost Home: Grand Rapids in Focus, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park


Re*, The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Kendall College of Art and Design

(RE)Compose, 130 Ottawa

This Space is Not Abandoned, 912 Grandville Avenue

The jurors and their categories are Tina Rivers Ryan, art historian, critic, and educator specializing in modern and contemporary art (2-D); Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Artistic Director and Curator of UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami Beach and San Francisco (3-D); Yesomi Umolu, Exhibitions Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago (Time-Based); Deana Haggag, Director of The Contemporary in Baltimore, Maryland (Installation); and Steve Dietz, Founder, President, and Artistic Director of Northern in Minneapolis (Outstanding Venue).

9.27.16:  Today would be a good day to register to vote


-Today is National Voter Registration Day.


It is a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register hundreds of thousands of voters today.

The deadline to register or update registration in Michigan, is Oct. 11th.

If you are headed down to ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, the League of Women Voters has set up a table just inside the Ford Museum to encourage citizens to register or update their registration if they have moved.

9.27.16:  Student injured in Michigan school bus shooting



JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a student has been injured in a shooting on a school bus outside of a southern Michigan school.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports the student of the Wilson Academy alternative high school in Jackson was shot Monday afternoon in the upper body and taken to a hospital. Police are searching for the suspect, who fled on foot.

Jackson Police Lt. Christopher Simpson says the suspect fired several shots before leaving the bus.

Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Beal tells the newspaper the school was locked down and a new bus came to pick up the other students. He adds police will investigate whether a camera on the bus captured the incident.



9.27.16:  Trump plans to visit Michigan for rally in Detroit area




NOVI, Mich. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to visit Michigan for a rally in the Detroit area.

Trump’s campaign schedule posted on his website says the event is planned for Friday at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

The same day, Chelsea Clinton plans to visit the Traverse City area to campaign for her mother Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate.

The stops in Michigan follow Monday night’s first presidential debate between the candidates.



9.27.16:  Lawmakers press talks as showdown vote looms on funding bill



WASHINGTON (AP) —Some lawmakers are pushing to reopen talks on must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend, fight the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild.

The aim is to see if money will be added to help Flint, Michigan, with its water crisis — and get Capitol Hill off a collision course that could lead to a government shutdown this weekend.

Democrats are expected to block the stopgap funding bill Tuesday afternoon if GOP negotiators don’t offer funding to help Flint and other communities with lead-poisoned water replace pipes and take other steps.

An alternative option would be for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to strip $500 million in flood aid for Louisiana and other states from the bill. Democrats don’t want that, either.


9.26.16:  Similarities in 3 sex assaults near college campus


ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — A third sexual assault has been reported near a western Michigan university since the start of classes this academic year.

The  Ottawa County sheriff’ investigators say the attacks near Grand Valley State University in Allendale may be related.

A student told police she was confronted Thursday night by two men and assaulted by one of them as she walked between buildings at an apartment complex.

Ottawa County sheriff’s Capt. Captain Mark Bennett tells the television station that there are similarities in Thursday’s reported attack and two others reported in late August.

Bennett says the physical descriptions of the suspect, time of the day of the assaults and the locations are all similar.