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GOP candidates, wives schedule Michigan speeches

DETROIT (AP/WZZM) -- The Detroit Economic Club says Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will address the group at the home of the Detroit Lions a few days before Michigan's primary.

The February 24 event was moved Tuesday from Westin Book Cadillac hotel to Ford Field after tickets sold out. Michigan's presidential primary is Feb. 28.

The candidate's wife, Ann Romney, is to speak Feb. 20 at the Jackson County Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner. It's at the Jackson Community College Space Center.

On Feb. 21, Mrs. Romney will be the speaker at the Ottawa County GOP luncheon at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville.

On Feb. 16, presidential candidate and ex-U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum addresses the Oakland County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
Tickets for all three events are available at the groups' websites.

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Construction begins on new White House Black Market boutique at Rivertown Crossings

RiverTown Crossings today announced plans to begin construction on a 3,350-sq.-foot White House Black Market, the first in the West Michigan market.  White House Black Market is the first of several new stores that are part of a new remerchandising plan for RiverTown Crossings.

White House Black Market will start construction today in the former Build-A-Bear Workshop location, located on the lower level near Center Court.  White House Black Market plans to open in late spring of 2012. Also in late spring /early summer 2012, Build-A-Bear Workshop will rebuild and relocate to the now-closed Pottery Barn space.  More plans for other new and exciting retailers to occupy the remaining Pottery Barn space will be announced in the future.

February Hot Titles st KDL

February Hot Titles st KDL

If you want it, we’ve got it! At KDL, we are committed to providing the popular materials that you would like to read, listen to or view. Look what’s new this month:

Victims by Jonathan Kellerman
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb
Puss in Boots (DVD)

Happy Library Lovers Month from KDL!

Happy Library Lovers Month from KDL!

February is Library Lovers Month and we are celebrating with a fun contest. If you use this form to share your library story during the month of February, you will be entered to win a Sony eReader!Whether your story is heartwarming, humorous, simple or sensational, we want to hear from you!

Select stories may end up on the Branches page of our website. Take a minute and read the great stories already featured.

Happy Library Lovers Month!

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Preparing for all-day, every day kindergarten

JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) - Many local public schools are in the midst of implementing all-day, every day kindergarten because the state will only offer full funding for that option starting this fall.

Half-day kindergarten programs will only get half the state funding.

Districts found out this month what the financial consequences of not following through are. While some are fighting the state, Jenison Public Schools is one of many districts moving ahead with changes.

Jenison already is a step ahead of the curve.

They're technically a half-day kindergarten district, but they started a K+ program two years ago, for kids to go full-day if they want to.

School leaders say there have been a few challenges, and hope all-day kindergarten smooths those out.

Sandy Hills Elementary teacher Deb Macaluso has only ever known half-day kindergarten. She teaches reading and math.

KDL - Teen Film Festival Finalists Announced!

KDL - Teen Film Festival Finalists Announced!

Here are your finalists! These films will be shown at Celebration! Cinema North on Saturday, February 11, beginning at 10:30 AM. Come out and support these fine teen filmmakers and for the first time, vote for your favorite film. This is a free event!!

Stereotypical News Show: Turner Slaughter/Mollie Bornert

HaHa Meijers: Sisely Vongphasouk/Kendal Hefner

The 39 Clues: Cole Zimmerman

Jimothy – A Documentary: Miles Ferguson/Ryan Lynn

Through the Eyes of the Young: Brian Wachacha Sanchez

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

The 2011 class of Leadership West Michigan (LWM) graduated on December 15, 2011. The class of 27 participated in 8 day sessions over the past 4 months which included a two day bus tour of the region and culminated in Regional Trustee day and graduation.

Patricia Ackerberg - Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce  
Justin Arnold - WMPS  
Charles Ash, Jr. - Warner Norcross & Judd LLP  
Douglas Bagley - Ottawa Area ISD - MTEC  
Michael Brecht - St. Mary's Health Care  
Marlene Brostrom - Michigan Works Ottawa County  
Cindy Brown - Hello West Michigan  
Frederick Bw'Ombongi - Spectrum Health  
Valerie Byrnes - Barry County Chamber of Commerce  
Kyle Dannenberg - Ottawa Area Intermediate School District  
Lori Duff - TrueNorth Community Services  
Kathy Finkler - Davenport University  
Jeffrey Hoerle - Priority Health  
Ammy Johnson - Harbor Hospice