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Robots use ultraviolet light to help clean hospital rooms

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan hospital is using new technology to cut down on hospital borne-infections.

Mercy Health Saint Mary's has two new robots that use ultraviolet light to disinfect a room further, after staff clean it by hand.

The devices use high intensity UV-C light to kill pathogens like norovirus, the flu virus, staph bacteria and MRSA.

My Town: Our Kitchen Table improves lives through the power of plants

My Town: Our Kitchen Table improves lives through the power of plants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A leafy green initiative to improve the lives of Grand Rapids families is leading to a plant free-for-all this weekend.

On Saturday, July 26, Our Kitchen Table will be giving away a variety of vegetable plants to those who rely on the United Church Outreach Ministry and the Asian West Michigan Association for support.  Kale, collars, broccoli, cauliflower, Bok Choy, chard, lettuce, cabbage and Brussel sprouts will all be available on a first come, first serve basis. The plant pick-up will take place at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison Ave. SE from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

My Town GR Central: Cruizin' the Calder July 26

My Town GR Central: Cruizin' the Calder July 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Calder Plaza comes alive Saturday, July 26 with a tribute to four-wheel classics from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This is the opportunity for the public to check out a collectible and antique car show by the Grand Rapids Street Racers, the fastest car club in West Michigan.

A cruise will follow. For more event information, visit www.grstreetracers.com.

My Town: Tax-funded street improvements begin in Grand Rapids

My Town: Tax-funded street improvements begin in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The first of more than 50 street projects funded by a recent voter-approved tax renewal will begin Friday.

The city commission has approved two contracts for more than $4.2 million in road repairs.  Contractors will begin grinding down and resurfacing Buckley Street from LaGrave Avenue to Jefferson Avenue and Lafayette Avenue from Pleasant Street to Wealthy Street on July 25.  Those projects are expected to wrap up Aug. 6, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the corner of Buckley Street and Jefferson Avenue scheduled for Aug. 7 at 11 a.m.  The remaining street project schedule is as follows:


 Sheldon Avenue

Sycamore Street to Haifley Place

Aug. 4 – Aug. 13

Sheldon Avenue

Local health care expert: Too soon to worry about conflicting ACA rulings

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A federal appeals court has released a ruling that could impact more than 200,000 people here in Michigan.

The ruling, delivered Tuesday, says states that use the federally-run health insurance marketplace should not get federal subsidies to help people pay for healthcare.

Another federal appeals court issued a ruling Tuesday as well, though, contradicting that initial ruling.

Around 240,000 people in Michigan received subsidies to help pay for health care coverage.

Experts in West Michigan say those people could potentially lose that help because of one of Tuesday's rulings, but it's up to the US Supreme Court to decide which of the conflicting rulings might actually apply.

Helen Claytor Sculpture Unveiled

A bronze, 7½-foot sculpture honoring Helen Claytor was unveiled last night by the Peter Secchia family, Helen Claytor's family, Grand Rapids city officials and members of the Grand Rapids Community Legends Project.

The Grand Rapids Community Legends Project is exclusively funded and endowed by the Secchia Family Foundation. The sculpture is the sixth in a series of a planned 25 recognizing historical figures who have contributed to the city of Grand Rapids. The project was designed to encourage education and celebrate the legendary citizens of Grand Rapids.

LaughFest announces 2015 dates, economic impact

LaughFest announces 2015 dates, economic impact

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Gilda's LaughFest will return in 2015 for its fifth edition of providing laughs to West Michigan and donations to Gilda's Club Grand Rapids.

The comedy festival will run from March 5 to March 15 2015.

Grand Valley State University also released preliminary results of the economic impact to West Michigan of the festival. The study says that LaughFest created a $3.2 million economic impact on the region, and that those from outside of Grand Rapids who came to the festival spent just under $50 per person in the area. This includes hotel room spending, dining, and transportation costs, which are additional to buying tickets to LaughFest shows.

50,000 people purchased tickets to LaughFest events in 2014.