Ruta Ulcinaite, FOX  17

Ruta Ulcinaite

FOX 17

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

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Past articles by Ruta:

1 year of war: Local efforts to remember lives lost in Ukraine

On this one-year reflection of the war, the West Michigan community pledges to continue helping the war-torn country. → Read More

MSU police expected to give update on shooting investigation

FOX 17 LIVE STREAM: 10 a.m. press conference with MSU Police & Public Safety. Updates on investigation, injured students are expected. → Read More

New Michigan service animal law affects businesses, imposters

A new Michigan law allows service animals and their trainers to get access to more businesses and restaurants without fear of being denied entry. → Read More

Local 19-year-old cancer survivor is heading to the Super Bowl

The Make-a-Wish foundation made Jestin Schulte's dreams come true with a free trip to the big game, one-year after the 19-year-old found out he was cancer-free. → Read More

Staffing shortages stretching corrections officers to their limit

There are over 800 vacancies throughout the 31 prisons in Michigan. Employees already on staff are having to work doubles just to fill the gap. → Read More

Broadway Grand Rapids is back and breaking records!

Just a few years ago, the future of live performances was in question, but now not only is the future certain – it’s bright. → Read More

Gov. Whitmer's fifth State of the State Address expectations, goals

Gov. Whitmer will deliver her fifth State of the State address Wednesday evening. She's expected to lay out her plans to tackle the challenges Michiganders are facing right now. → Read More

Local events honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

There’s so much happening in the community today and every day to continue Dr. King's legacy and work. → Read More

Medicine shortages exacerbated by stockpiling, but your local pharmacies can help

With Amoxicillin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen in short supply, it can be easy to get discouraged. But your local pharmacist may be able to help. → Read More

Statewide audit of election results begins today

A statewide audit of the November election begins Thursday. Bipartisan county and local clerks will conduct more than 200 audits over the course of a few weeks. → Read More

Michigan Democrats flip House, Senate in 2022 midterm

It was a historic night for Democrats on Election Day. They have flipped both chambers of the Michigan Legislature from Republican to Democrat, opening a lot of doors for Dems. → Read More

The dinosaurs are back - Jurassic Quest returns to Grand Rapids

Jurassic Quest, the interactive dinosaur experience, is returning to Devos Place November 4-6 with fun for the whole family. → Read More

Take a tour of local ghost tales and history with Ghost Tour Grand Rapids

Halloween is days away but there's a company that does ghost tours year-round in Grand Rapids. Tours Around Michigan offers all kinds of tours including art tours, distillery tours and ghost tours. → Read More

VOCES breaks down barriers, provides language, translation services

VOCES is a local non-profit serving the Latin community of Southwest Michigan with translation services, youth and educational programs. → Read More

Battle Creek Public Schools looking to attract educators with financial housing incentives

Local school districts are getting creative to attract talent during the nationwide teacher shortage with incentives. Battle Creek Public Schools is helping educators with rent and housings costs. → Read More

Cancer survivor, first-time ArtPrize artist translates life experiences into art

Paige Rochefort is participating in ArtPrize for the first time this year. Her art is all about daydreams, but her life story hasn't always been a daydream after being diagnosed with cancer as a teen. → Read More

Robinette's kicking off fall fun, unveils new corn maze design

Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery is open year-round but fall is their busiest time of year. This autumn they're welcoming guests with their famous donuts. apple cider and a brand new corn maze design. → Read More

Grand Rapids Public Museum honoring Day of the Dead traditions

New exhibition at the Grand Rapids Public Museum explores the traditions and significance of the Mexican holiday, Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. → Read More

Six months of war: Ukraine's front lines through the eyes of a Michigander

The end of August marks six months since Russia invaded Ukraine. Local experts and a Michigander on the front lines reflect on the past half-year as the fighting shows no signs of slowing down. → Read More

Polish Festival Returns to Grand Rapids this weekend

The Polish Heritage Society of Grand Rapids is hosting their annual Polish Festival at Calder Plaza this weekend. → Read More