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Governor Signs Bills Approving Suspicion-Based Drug-Testing for Welfare Recipients

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed new legislation Friday to enact a drug-testing program for adult welfare recipients.

House Bill 4118 and Senate Bill 275 were among a number of bills approved by Snyder.

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97.9 WGRD’s Hottest Topics for 2014

Here are GRD's hottest topics for 2014.

We cover a lot of ground here at 97.9 WGRD.

The list was determined by you -- at least as much as you visited online with 97.9 WGRD.

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Free Beer and Hot Wings
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Free Beer & Hot Wings’ 2014 Top 10

"The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" covers so many topics in the course of one show, it's tough to imagine all the things that Free Beer, Hot Wings, Eric Zane, Producer Joe, Steve and their guests -- celebrities, Dumber Than Zane Trivia, callers and listeners -- d

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Spectrum Health Releases List Of Top Baby Names For 2014

What were the most popular baby names in West Michigan in 2014? Well, according to the birth records at Spectrum Health, Olivia and Noah were the most popular for boys and girls respectively.

This year, there are several newcomers to the girl’s list, including Avery, Ella and Nora. Some new boy names also took over the list in 2014 – William, Caleb, Carter, Henry, Benjamin and Jackson were all added this year.

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West-Coasters Try Michigan’s Favorite Foods For the First Time [Video]

We've got some pretty special products that come from right here in Michigan. Most likely you grew up with them and don't think much about it. I mean, what Michigander hasn't tried Faygo?

Well, for those from out-of-state, maybe some Michigan-made items are a little odd. Here's a video of some Californians trying classic Michigan foods for the first time.

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Central Michigan Loses 49-48 to Western Kentucky in Popeyes Bahamas Bowl After Trailing by 35 [Video]

An exciting comeback fell just short as Central Michigan failed to convert on a two-point conversion with no time left and lost to Western Kentucky, 49-48.

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New Movies (This Week): ‘American Sniper,’ ‘Big Eyes,’ ‘The Interview,’ ‘Into The Woods,’ ‘Selma’ and ‘Unbroken’ [Video]

This is the week when "The Interview" was going to be released, but some hackers infiltrated Sony Pictures Entertainment's computers, made some threats and got the farce about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by two American journalists -- starring Seth Rogen and James Franco -- canceled.

Well, actually, Sony Pictures Entertainment now says it is going to release "The Interview" in limited theatrical release on Dec. 25. Whatever.

Either way, there are still plenty of other films coming out on Christmas Day (Thursday): about a Navy S.E.A.L. sniper, a painter who ran into legal troubles and rediscovered herself, a witch involved with characters from children's stories, the civil rights marches of the 1960s and a U.S. Olympian captured by the Japanese during World War II

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Wins Fight

As expected, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ won the weekend, but a quick examination of the actual numbers makes this victory feel just a little hollow. The same goes for ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ and ‘Annie,’ both of which took second and third place without putting forward particularly impressive numbers. Yep, the holiday box office looked just a little rough this weekend.

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Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Primer/Countdown

Crunch time is here for Christmas because it's Christmas week.

You've only got until Christmas Eve to do your shopping for Christmas.

Here's a list of some stores and restaurants to help you finish up your Christmas shopping.

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Motionless in White Brings Beyond the Barricade Tour to The Intersection on Feb. 22

Motionless in White will kick off 2015 with a run of intimate shows featuring special guests For Today and Ice Nine Kills.

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Western Michigan, Central Michigan Bowl Game Previews

Directional schools. Corporate sponsors you’ve never heard of. Teams with .500 records playing in the postseason. But you’re still glued to the TV. Must be the first week of bowl season.

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Your 2014 College Football Playoff and Bowl Games Guide [Video]

The first college football playoff highlights this year's bowl season. Here is the complete lineup of games so you can plan your TV viewing habits accordingly.

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