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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday banned teachers who work at church-run schools from filing discrimination lawsuits against their employers, ruling that the Constitution’s protection for religious liberty exempts church schools from state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

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SEATTLE — Joseph Castleberry, president of Northwest University, an evangelical school in Kirkland, Washington, was sitting at his desk in early May when he started seeing Facebook posts about a Black man killed while jogging through a coastal Georgia town.

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Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. North wind 6 to 14 mph.

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Churches and other religious institutions across metro Detroit have received tens of millions of dollars in federal government loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to U.S. government data released this week.

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SPRING LAKE — John Kaucheck celebrated his 102nd birthday Thursday, and he chose to spend it with family at the Idle Hour in Spring Lake, one of his favorite restaurants.

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Voter registration open longer for August primary

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The Northwest Ottawa Water System has requested that all property owners within the community voluntarily adopt an odd/even lawn sprinkler schedule during this dry, hot spell, beginning today.

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With gyms still closed throughout the state and people anxious to get moving outside, the businesses supporting outdoor activities have been booming.

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Today: Sunny, with a high near 82. West-northwest wind 7 to 14 mph.

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LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday toughened a requirement to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, mandating that Michigan businesses open to the public deny service or entry to customers who refuse to wear one.

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Grand Haven’s City Council took the next steps for the work planned at the J.B. Sims power plant on Harbor Island during its meeting on Monday.

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Attorney general to handle prosecutions from large lake party

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FERRYSBURG — Sailing enthusiasts love to catch the wind in their sails. Unfortunately, a sailing member of the Spring Lake Yacht Club recently caught something else – COVID-19.

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Today: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 81. West-northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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The wick has burned out on the Fourth of July, but there’s still plenty of fun to fire up.

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This week's #TBT brings us back to July of 1987. We're treated to photos from a Coast Guard Change of Command ceremony; Fourth of July celebrations; looks at the high Lake Michigan water levels; and several freighters visiting port. 

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CHICAGO — Just because students might be returning to college campuses this fall doesn’t mean professors will be joining them.

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FRUITPORT TWP. — The COVID-19 pandemic has left hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents out of work and in need. Specifically, the nation’s food banks are under tremendous strain and donations are down. And with schools closed across the country, many children are at greater risk of hunger.

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MUSKEGON — The WildWater Adventure waterpark at Michigan’s Adventure is set to open its 2020 season next week with stringent health, safety and hygiene protocols in place to protect its guests and associates, the company said.

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The first step in the Sluka Field redevelopment plan is wrapping up, according to Derek Gajdos, director of the Grand Haven Department of Public Works.

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Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9 a.m. Sunny, with a high near 90. Light and variable wind becoming south-southwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said the action days for elevated levels of ozone in West Michigan has been extended into Thursday, July 9.

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COVID-19 fizzled the fuse on Grand Haven’s annual fireworks show last weekend, but fun was still afloat.