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GRPS sends layoff notices to 90

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Grand Rapid Public School District is sending layoff notices to 90 staff members this week.

The notices come as the district is projecting another year of declining enrollment. This year, the district predicts 400 fewer students will return in the fall. Still, the layoffs and projected decline in population is not as drastic as in year's past.

A GRPS spokesperson tells us the layoffs are the smallest they've had in years and the administration is confident many of the positions will be called back.

Police: Suspect bites officer in scuffle

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids police officer was hurt after a suspect bit him during an arrest. The incident happened at about 2:45 p.m. Friday at Leonard and Tamarack NW.

Police say an undercover officer, along with an undercover FBI agent approached a suspect in a home invasion. When they asked if the man was armed, he said 'yes' and the officers began to take him into custody. The suspect began combative and bit the Grand Rapids officer.

The officer is said to have a "pretty serious" bite wound. The suspect was taken away on a stretcher.

My Town: Grand Valley State University approves tuition hike

My Town: Grand Valley State University approves tuition hike

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  Students will have to pay more to attend Grand Valley State University next year.

Last Friday, GVSU’s Board of Trustees approved raising tuition rates by approximately three percent.  The increase means students will pay $298 more per academic year, bringing annual tuition to $10,752 for a full-time undergraduate Michigan resident.

GVSU says the tuition increase is the lowest it’s approved in a decade.  The budget also includes a three percent wage increase for faculty and staff members and a  $3.1 million increase in student scholarships and grants, bringing the student financial aid budget to $38 million.

My Town GR West: Remnants of shuttered GRPS school up for auction

My Town GR West: Remnants of shuttered GRPS school up for auction

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— What’s left of Covell Elementary School is going on the auction block this week.

Grand Rapids Public Schools will be auctioning off the remaining assets of the former school from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.  Items up for bid became available for viewing on Biddergy’s website and at Covell Elementary School Wednesday.  They include vehicles, kitchen equipment, sporting goods, shop equipment, preschool items, furniture, desks, tools and electronics.  Several oak dining tables, a trampoline, pianos and ball pit balls are all on the auction block.

Bids will be accepted on Biddergy’s website.  Those who do not have computer access but wish to place a bid can contact the auction company at (866) 260-1611.

1 taken into custody following GR home invasion, assault

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- One person was taken into custody and then released, following a home invasion and assault on the 300 block of Indiana SW in Grand Rapids.

The victim told police that just before 5 o'clock Friday evening, two people entered the home, committed the assault, and fled.

A canine track helped officers take one person into custody, but police told WZZM 13 later that individual was later released and no one was arrested.

Free Slurpees Friday at 7-11

Free Slurpees Friday at 7-11

(USA TODAY) - A free Slurpee may no longer be enough to make folks stop, so 7-Eleven plans to boost its odds of luring tech-savvy consumers into the store for its 87th birthday celebration.

Sure, again this year the chain will give away millions of free 12-ounce Slurpees on its birthday on Friday.

Officer Kozminski's parents reflect on his death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Seven years ago, on July 8th, 2007, everything changed for Richard and Maria Kozminski.

That's the day their youngest son, a Grand Rapids Police officer, was shot and killed.

It still isn't easy.

"You hear a siren a couple of times a day, you think about what happened," says Richard. "Do I still think about my son? All the time."

Officer Robert Kozminski was shot and killed while responding to a call for help from the wife of Jeffery Van Vels. It was Van Vels who killed him.

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