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Outage leaves 4,700 G.R. customers in the cold


UPDATE (11:45 a.m.)-- Power was restored to the majority of customers by 11:45 a.m. A Consumers Energy spokesperson blames the outage on a piece of equipment that failed at the substation.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—Consumers Energy says a problem with one of its substations knocked out power to 4,700 homes and businesses in northeast Grand Rapids.

The outage began just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. A Consumers Energy spokesperson says the problem originated from the company's substation at Leonard Street and Monroe Avenue.

A utility crew is working on the issue. Some customers on Facebook say their power returned around 11:15 a.m.; Consumers Energy expects to have power fully restored by 2 p.m.


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My Town: KDL Gives Back nets thousands of donations and dollars

My Town: KDL Gives Back nets thousands of donations and dollars

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Bookworms across West Michigan banded together this holiday season to help local charities.

Kent District Libraries says patrons and staff collected nearly 16,000 items for the 18-month KDL Gives Back initiative.  The donations are going to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Kent Intermediate School District, Humane Society of West Michigan, Family Promise of Grand Rapids, the Post-Partum Clinic at Pine Rest, School Supply Santa and Kid’s Food Basket.  KDL recently delivered approximately 750 hygiene products, snacks and other goodies to the veterans’ home.  The delivery also included 500 letters to vets written by adults and children and $457 raised through library staff jean days.

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.

My Town: No school, no problem! Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

My Town: No school, no problem!  Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

During the winter break from school, many students will pack away their books and turn their attention away from learning. 

To help ensure your students are still learning, statewide virtual learning school, Michigan Connections Academy, is sharing activities you can do as a family to keep your young students busy and their brains active over the break.

1.       Practice math while baking holiday cookies. Students struggle with fractions and always want to know when they will “use math in real life.” The perfect time to practice fractions is while you are baking cookies. Two-thirds of a cup plus 1/3 of a cup equals one whole cup, which your child will see as you work on making those cookies, helping develop a real life connection to what they are learning in school.

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Teenager critically hurt while crossing GR street


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A teenager is in critical condition at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital after getting hit by a car while crossing the street.

It happened around 7:30 Tuesday evening at the intersection of Fuller Avenue and Sweet Street on Grand Rapids' northeast side.

Police are not releasing the name of the 16-year-old or the driver involved in the crash. But they are trying to learn more about the incident and are asking witnesses to step forward. If you know anything about the crash you're asked to call police at (616) 456-3938 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.


My Town: At least one local theatre will show 'The Interview'

My Town: At least one local theatre will show 'The Interview'

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A film that sparked a hacker attack on Sony will air on the big screen at at least one West Michigan theatre this holiday weekend.

Alama Drafthouse Kalamazoo began selling tickets to “The Interview” Friday. The film will open at the theatre December 26.

The Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy centers around a CIA plot to kill North Korea’s leader.  After the trailer began airing, hackers attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment, stealing private information and releasing it to the public.

Sony pulled the film after hackers last week threatened violence against theaters showing the film.  Sony soon thereafter canceled the film’s release altogether.  That decision drew widespread criticism, including from President Obama.  Tuesday, Sony announced it would release “The Interview” on a limited basis beginning Thursday.

It’s unclear if  “The Interview” will grace the screens at Celebration Cinema.

Flu cases more than triple in Kent County


KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)—With the number of reported flu cases more than tripling in a week, Kent County Health Department officials are advising people to stay home for the holidays if they're sick.

Health Department Spokeswoman Lisa LaPlante says 341 additional cases of influenza were reported in Kent County last week, bringing the total up from 74 cases to 415 cases. That number is significantly higher than last flu season; on Jan. 3, 2014, the Kent County Health Department reported 230 cases of flu.

LaPlante says the majority of people are becoming ill with the Type A strain. She says two types of flu are prevalent this season- one is covered by the vaccine, the other is a mutated version of the virus. However, the Kent County Health Department's medical director says flu cases do not appear to be as severe in people who have had the vaccine this season.