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Fifth Third Riverbank Run field "deep and fast"

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The 37th running of the Fifth Third Riverbank Run will feature a field of elite runners that is "deep and fast," according to Greg Meyer, coordinator of the elite field.

Meyer is fresh back from Boston, where he announced winners of the Boston Marathon. Meyer and other race officials spoke with reporters Wednesday to preview the May 10 event. He says last year's winners will return, and anticipates possibly establishing new 25K world records.

Volunteers make the run work. This year, 2,000 total are expected, but about 300 more are needed. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, meal, and access to this year's new race post party the 616 Club.

To volunteer and learn more about the race, go to Fifth Third Riverbank Run.

Power outage hits downtown Grand Rapids

UPDATE AT 11 A.M. (WZZM) -- Power to downtown Grand Rapids has been restored.

UPDATE AT 6:49 A.M. (WZZM) -- Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern says power should be restored to downtown Grand Rapids by 8 a.m.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Consumers Energy crews are looking into the cause of an early morning power outage in downtown Grand Rapids.

A utility spokesman says the outage hit at least 280 customers -- including office and apartment buildings -- around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The outages are between U.S. 131 to the west, South Division Ave. to the east, Lyon Street to the north, and Cherry Street to the south.

Spokesman Roger Morgenstern says the problem is in Consumers' underground electrical network in downtown Grand Rapids, but workers have not determined the exact cause.

Moms sought to help other young moms

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Thanks to a new $5,000 grant, D.A. Blodgett - St. John's is now able to help more young moms in their Sisters in Support program.

The program offers young, mostly single moms, a mentor who can help show them the ropes in learning what it takes to be a mom.

Stephanie Sheler shared more details with WZZM's Angela Cunningham on the WZZM Morning News. Watch the interview above.

To become involved or for more information, go to dablodgett.org

My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Three development projects in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are getting state approval.

The Lofts on Michigan, LLC is being awarded a $2.45 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program loan to demolish the vacant building at 740 and 756 Michigan Street to build a four-story mixed use building.  The site’s first floor will be dedicated to commercial/retail businesses; the upper three floors will contain 54 apartments.  The project is expected to generate $15.2 million in investments and 15 permanent jobs.

The City of Grand Rapids is also getting $1.4 million to demolish 12 homes and replace them with four buildings containing 66 apartments.  The 600 Clancy Redevelopment project  will include asbestos abatement, site preparation activities and infrastructure improvements.  The project is expected to create $8 in investments and three full-time jobs.

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes:

Organizers to announce plans for River Bank Run

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Organizers of the 2014 Fifth Third River Bank Run Wednesday will announce their plans next month's event.

It's billed as the largest 25-kilometer road race in the U-S, with thousands of people taking part each year -- including many world-class long-distance runners.

Oorganizers will release their schedule of events leading up to race on May 10, and outline downtown Grand Rapids street closings. They will also announce a new event that's part of this year's race.

The news conference is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Monroe Avenue and Lyon Street NW -- the starting line for the race. We'll have details from the announcement online and on WZZM 13 News at Noon.

Celebrating Earth Week at the Grand Rapids Public Library

Celebrating Earth Week at the Grand Rapids Public Library

The Grand Rapids Public Library will hold a series of events celebrating Earth Week during the week of April 19-26, 2014. The events center around being a good steward of the earth, using locally produced goods, reuse of old items and more. All events are free and open to the public.

The week-long series kicks off with a Nature Photography Walk led by local photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to learn photography techniques while walking the Fred Meijer Trail at Millennium Park on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm.