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Grand Rapids’ Murder Rate Drops to Lowest Level in 50 Years

The murder rate in Grand Rapids has dropped to its lowest level in 50 years.

The Grand Rapids Police Department released 2014 statistics Wednesday morning. In 2014, there were only six murders in Grand Rapids. In 2013, Grand Rapids saw 17 murders. Over the last 24 years, Grand Rapids has averaged just over 17 murders per year.

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Flint Strip Club Hosts Church Services [Video]

This seems like the most successful prayerful protest ever.

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Alpena Hockey Player Has a Rough Time Leaving the Ice [Video]

Mitchell Skiba plays for the Alpena Flyers in Alpena, Mich., and he managed the best/worst exit ever after getting ejected from a game over the weekend.

Skiba had just been given a penalty, and was skating off the ice angrily, when he decided to slam his stick into the wall as he skated off the ice. Bad idea, it turns out. 

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West Michigan Whitecaps, Detroit Tigers Extend Contract to 2020

The Detroit Tigers and West Michigan Whitecaps announced today that it has agreed to a two-year extension of its player development contract.

The agreement will keep Detroit Tigers prospects playing at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park through the 2020 season.

Tigers Director of Minor League Operations Dan Lunetta said that moving forward with the Whitecaps was an easy decision.

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Halestorm Unleashes Single ‘Apocalyptic,’ Reveals New Album Details, 2015 Tour with The Pretty Reckless [Audio]

WGRD debuted Halestorm's brand new single "Apocalyptic" during Liquid Lunch today!

Check it out below!

The song will be available to buy on iTunes starting at midnight and also free to fans pre-ordering the new album, "Into the Wild Life."

Halestorm just revealed details on the upcoming album and 2015 tour with The Pretty Reckless.

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193 Vehicles Involved In I-94 Pileup Killing One [Video]

The massive multi-vehicle crash that shut down a five-mile stretch of I-94 near Galeburg on Friday continues to keep the interstate closed.

Authorities with Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation report that 193 vehicles were involved, which includes 76 semis and 117 passenger cars and SUVs, according to WZZM-13. One person was killed and 23 others were injured.

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Father Lets Toddler Play with Family Pet, a Burmese Python [Video]

Some people really love their pets, or animals they think are pets.

Jamie Guarino is a snake handler from Warren, Mich., and has been around snakes most of his life. He hopes to pass on the passion to his children.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings
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Free Beer and Amanda Reveal Genders of Their Twins [Video]

On Thursday, Free Beer had to leave "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" a little early to go to a doctor's appointment with his wife.

It was a big day. If all went according to plan, he and his wife were going to find out the genders of the twins on the way!

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Irina Igumnova
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More Than 150 Vehicles in I-94 Pileup Near Galesburg; One Reported Dead [Video]

Both directions of I-94 are closed between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek because of a multi-vehicle crash involving semi-trucks.

The interstate is closed between Galesburg and Climax, WZZM-13, Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation report.

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Snowstorm’s Snowfall Piles Up Over a Foot in Parts of West Michigan [Infographic]

Welcome back to winter, with snowfall totals from the snowstorm plowing into greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan piling up more than a foot of the white, fluffy stuff, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office.

Plus, more -- 2 to four inches is being forecast -- is coming along with wind chills below zero degrees, gusting winds up to 30 miles per hour and blowing and drifting snow making travel hazardous with a winter storm warning in effect until this afternoon.

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New Movies (This Week): ‘Taken 3,’ ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Selma’ and ‘Predestination’ [Video]

Winter sports are fun, but sometimes you need to head indoors to warm up for a bit.

This weekend offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the benefits of a nice, warm cinema with a diverse selection of new movies showing at the theaters.

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‘Significant’ Winter Weather Blowing In for Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Infographic]

Winter is blasting in in an even bigger way.

The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has issued a winter storm warning for this afternoon through Friday afternoon, calling the wintry blast coming our way in greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan as "significant."

Basically, more than a foot of snow is possible with heavy snow beginning about 2 p.m. EST and continuing through Friday. Wind gusts are forecast to be up to 45 miles per hour, with blowing and drifting snow and wind chills of 10 degrees below zero.

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