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Scott Group makes rug for the Oval Office in the White House

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- President Obama will address the nation Tuesday night in a televised speech from the Oval Office.  If you watch, you might see a West Michigan company's contribution to the White House. 

The Obama family recently remodeled the Oval Office while they were away on vacation.  The improvements include a new rug made by the Scott Group which is based in Grand Rapids.

Scott Group President Michael Ruggeri says, "It is the rug that adornes the Oval Office which is the premiere address in the United States, if not the world, so for 140 people who got behind this project and were involved in one way shape or form it is an unbelievably gratifying experience."

Designer Mary VanHaaften says, "It is an honor to contribute to part of American History really words cant describe what an honor it is."

Renovations annouced for Fulton Street Farmers Market in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Renovations are coming for the Fulton Street Farmers Market.

Tuesday the Midtown Neighborhood Association unveiled plans for sweeping changes to the market's infrastructure.

Planners say the biggest change is a permanent open-air canopy, including a small building allowing venders to sell their goods year-round, and wheel-chair accessible bathrooms.

They also say the new plans will include better entrance and exit routes, making it easier for venders and the public to traverse the single-lane marketplace.

Construction is set to begin in November and wrap-up by April before the market re-opens for the public.

A total cost for the renovations has yet to be announced, but Project Manager Christine Helms-Malatic says the estimate is around $3 million.

Republican strategist loses round in campaign lawsuit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP)- A federal judge in Grand Rapids won't stop Michigan from enforcing limits on some campaign donations.

After hearing arguments, U.S. District Judge Janet Neff rejected a request Monday for an injunction in a lawsuit that claims the restrictions are unconstitutional.

Republican political strategist Greg McNeilly says the limits infringe on his free-speech rights. He's challenging the $500 cap for donations to state House candidates and $1,000 cap for state Senate candidates.

The Michigan attorney general's office is defending the state law, which has been around for more than 30 years.

Grand Rapids Diocese kicks off the new school year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- The school year is officially underway for Catholic schools in the Grand Rapids Diocese. 

Over 500 Catholic school employees and pastors gathered Monday for the annual Back to School Kickoff at Cathedral Square.  As part of the event, Bishop Walter Hurley presided over mass at Saint Andrew's Cathedral.  Leaders in the Grand Rapids Diocese say the celebration is another opportunity for school staff to celebrate their Catholic identity. 

There are more than 6,000 students in the 31 Catholic schools that make up the Grand Rapids Diocese.

TRAFFIC ALERT: U.S. 131 re-opened following crash

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Traffic is moving once again on soutbound U.S. 131.

Police tell WZZM 13 News a truck hit the barrier wall causing a trailer to flip on the freeway. The left two lanes on U.S. 131 were closed for a while.  

No injuries are reported.

GRBJ: Gilmore Collection aiming to expand

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Grand Rapids Business Journal)- Although the Gilmore Collection has just closed a longstanding suburban business, the firm is moving forward with its plan to expand its downtown entertainment center. But the urban market that the Grand Action Committee and the Downtown Development Authority want to build at Wealthy Street and Ionia Avenue has caused the company to adjust its expansion plan for The BOB, which is about a mile away from the market at 20 Monroe Ave. NW.

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Secchia Center set to welcome 100 medical students

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- The next generation of medical professionals will soon start class in Grand Rapids.

The white coat ceremony is the symbolic beginning of the four year journey into the medical profession.

Dean Marsha D. Rappley, M.D. formally welcomed the inaugural class of 200 first year medical students to the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Sunday afternoon at DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids. Half of the class will take courses in Grand Rapids at the Secchia Center and the other half will attend classes on the MSU campus in East Lansing.

"This is a very exciting day for us," says Dr. Rappley. "This is the day where we welcome our students to their first year of med school."