Thisbe Nissen

Jay Baron Nicorvo admits that his debut novel, The Standard Grand (St. Martin’s Press, 2017), is not an easy read. The characters are messy and complex. But that’s the reality of an honest war story and the people who inhabit it. And people have noticed. The book has been picked for IndieBound's Indie Next List, Library Journal's Spring 2017 Debut Novels Great First Acts, and was named "New and Noteworthy" by Poets & Writers.


A judge says the state cannot reimburse private and parochial schools for any expenses, even if they’re the result of state mandates. The judge was responding to a legal challenge to the state budget. 

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

Democratic lawmakers in Lansing say the Attorney General is doing too little, too late. The Attorney General announced criminal charges against workers at the state-run Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. 

Petitioners may be able to repeal a law requiring contractors to pay union-level wages to workers on state-funded projects. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says it needs even more info from Nestle about the impact of its water withdrawal proposal. 

Fran Dwight

Imagine living with a disease for years without knowing that you have it. That’s what happened to Kalamazoo singer/songwriter Brian Koenigsknecht