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97.9 WGRD’s June 2014 Top Songs Playlist

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Jackie Emcees Girls on the Run 5K

Friday was the annual 5K event for Kent County Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is an organization that promotes healthy living and gets young girls active as they train for their first five-kilometer (3.1-mile) run!

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School Bus And SUV Crash In Ottawa County

A vehicle collided with a Hudsonville Public Schools bus with six kids on board on Thursday afternoon.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Steve Races Diesel Truck at Sand Drag Track [Video]

Over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, our friends at Merchant Automotive, of Zeeland, Mich., held a fundraiser for the A-T Children's Project at West Michigan Sand Dragway in Mears, Mich.

A bunch of big diesel trucks showed up to take their trucks down the strip.

"I found out just minutes before the races began that I was actually signed up to race," Steve said.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Rules

The Memorial Day weekend brought with it the third Marvel superhero movie of 2014 and like 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' opened to over $90 million at the box office. Sure, people online keep on wondering if audiences are getting tired of comic book films, but the box office keeps on saying otherwise.

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New Movies This Week: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ and ‘Blended’ [Video]

It's been like three whole weeks since we've had a new major comic-book movie hit theaters, so you can all relax now—the X-Men are back! As are Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, in their their third rom-com together.

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All-New Meteor Shower – Camelopardalid – Will Be Visible Friday Night & Saturday Morning

An all-new meteor shower is expected to happen Friday night and into early Saturday morning. Here is what you need to know about the Camelopardalid meteor shower: 

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West Michigan Memorial Day Parades – 2014

Memorial Day is May 26.

West Michigan will remember those who died while serving our country at a variety of events.

Prepare to honor those who have given so much and view our list of Memorial Day parades in West Michigan.

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GVSU Hosting Division II Track & Field Championships May 22 – 24

Grand Valley State University is hosting the 2014 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Championships starting Thursday, May 22.

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Dental Records Confirm Body Found In Walker Is Yolanda Reyes [Video]

The Kent County Medical Examiner says that dental records have confirmed the body found in Walker on Friday morning is that of Yolanda Reyes, the missing mother of four.

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Vote Now to Help Name Grand Rapids Top Town In America – Round 2

Grand Rapids has made it to Round 2 in Outside Magazine's ongoing "Best Town In America" contest.

In round one, Grand Rapids beat out Omaha, Neb.

This round, Grand Rapids is pitted against La Crosse, Wis. I've never been to La Crosse, but I can already tell you that Grand Rapids is better.

Want to help Grand Rapids move on to the next round? 

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BREAKING: Dorr Elementary School Evacuated

UPDATE (2:00 p.m.): Roughly 600 kids were evacuated from Dorr Elementary School and can be picked up a few blocks from the school at fire station. Police are still investigating the suspicious package at this time.

UPDATE (1:25 p.m.): Authorities are saying that the school has been evacuated as a precaution after a suspicious package was left outside of the building. Traffic is currently being detoured away from the area.

According to our friends at WZZM-13, Students at Dorr Elementary School have evacuated the building and are at the fire barn nearby. The evacuation occurred around 12:45 p.m. on Monday.

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