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U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson is offering words of encouragement to families on federal assistance who want to become more self-sufficient. He said the program focuses on four key areas: character, health, economic empowerment and education.

A federal investigation is putting a halt to the fundraising activities of five charitable foundations affiliated with top executives of the United Auto Workers.  The investigation has raised questions about whether money embezzled from a training program was being laundered through the foundation of the late union leader General Holiefield.

Ford Motor Company is taking another step to expand their market share in China.  The automaker announced a three-year agreement with Alibaba Group, which is often compared to Amazon. Last month, Ford announced plans to team up with a Chinese manufacturer to build electric cars.

A phone scam is tricking Grand Rapids residents by pretending to be the fire department.  Grand Rapids Fire Chief John Lehman says the department is not running a telemarketing campaign and is warning residents to not transfer money over the phone.  

Detroit teachers are now eligible for a 50-percent discount when bidding on a home from the Detroit Land Bank Authority.  The land bank is opening its discount program to all full-time employees in public, private or charter schools in the city.

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ALL CLEAR AFTER BOMB THREAT, SCHOOLS DISMISSING AT NORMAL TIME
Superintendent: Research Shows Students Are Safer In Classrooms Rather Than In Halls, Outside
Posted by Durand Now at 2:43pm 11/28/17
Keith George

Superintendent Craig McCrumb says a bomb sniffing dog brought to the high school after a threat was made against the school produced no "hit."  McCrumb said all schools are following normal dismissal times.

He also addressed parent questions about why students were not evacuated, saying that research shows that students are safer in classrooms, surrounded by brick walls, rather than in hallways or outside, where they could be vulnerable to other dangers.

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'DURAND VETS ROCK' ORGANIZERS PRESENT BIG CHECK TO VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK FUND
More Than $50,000 Raised At Summer Concert
Posted by Durand Now at 9:24pm 12/6/17
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The Durand Veterans Memorial Park is now fully funded and that rocks! 

The "homecoming" concert held in August that brought together dozens of former Durand-area rock & rollers and about a thousand of their biggest fans, raised $56,188.88 -- yes, Fifty Six Thousand One Hundred Eighty Eight Dollars and Eighty Eight Cents -- which organizers presented to the City of Durand just before Thanksgiving.

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