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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Woman May Lose Home Over One Missed Property Tax Payment [Video]

Imagine missing one property tax payment and losing your house over it.

A woman in Richland, Mich., near Kalamazoo now finds herself even closer to that predicament, WXMI Fox17 reported.

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Bill Barrett's Sojourner at ArtPrize 2014 -- Rick Martinez
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 4

Scarlett Kanistanaux is working ArtPrize 2014 like she's running for office.

The Erie, Colo., sculptor has been in the first-floor lobby of 50 Monroe sharing about her 26-inch high, 26-inch deep, 51-inch tall dark fired clay piece titled "Quiet Mind" with the aplomb of an elementary school art teacher since ArtPrize Day One on Sept. 24.

The billboard artist-turned-sculptor, who's represented exclusively by Denver-based Pismo Fine Art Glass, has been readily meeting and greeting and not being discrete in discussing the largest ceramic sculpture she's ever done.

Today (Saturday, Oct. 4) is a big day for Kanistanaux and everyone else involved with ArtPrize as it enters the 11th day of its 19-day run in Grand Rapids. This is the last day of first-round public voting.

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Sascha Burkard/ThinkStock
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Officer Accidentally Shoots Self Inside of Downtown Grand Rapids Court Building

It's being reported by WZZM-13 that a court officer accidentally shot himself reportedly while cleaning his gun inside the U.S. Bankruptcy Court building, which is next to the Grand Rapids Police Department in downtown Grand Rapids early Thursday afternoon.

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Shelly Winkle
Shelly Winkle
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Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week: Grand Rapids Christian Boys’ Soccer’s Jacob Witte

Grand Rapids Christian High School boys' soccer player Jacob Witte is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

The senior forward's leadership as captain and contributor is one of the primary reasons why Grand Rapids Christian is 14-1-1 and is ranked No. 3 in Division 2 by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches' Association.

"I could tell on my first day that he'd stand out," first-year Eagles Coach Joshua Miller said of Witte. "I could tell he was a natural leader, ... and that hasn't changed.

"He's great on the field, but he's also great off the field."

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Rolf Brenner/ThinkStock
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Music Friday Songs for October 3

Each Friday, “The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show” replaces its regular “back-with” music with songs from our own music collections.

They can be anything, from corny mash-ups, rock, country, mid-Michigan '70s butt rock or anything in between.

Here’s the list of Music Friday songs from today:

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Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 3

Rain is in the forecast, but that doesn't matter for ArtPrize.

Today (Friday, Oct. 3) is the 10th day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids. It's the midpoint of the sixth annual extravaganza.

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Who Will Still Be in the Playoff Hunt? Big Questions for Week 6 in College Football

With six games between ranked teams, this is the first real Showdown Saturday of the year that will shake up the playoff race. Here are the big questions as we enter Week 6:

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Free Beer & Hot Wings
Free Beer & Hot Wings
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: A Look Inside Dumber Than Zane Trivia

Each Thursday on "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show," we play Dumber Than Zane Trivia for a $500 cash prize.

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Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 2 [Video]

ArtPrize is hosting the public premier of the seventh season of a PBS series focused on contemporary art tonight.

Today (Thursday, Oct. 2) is the ninth day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

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Tom Tietz/ThinkStock
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Officials Warn Michigan Drivers: ‘Don’t Veer for Deer’

With the start of bow hunting season Wednesday, deer are on the move here in West Michigan. October and November are the riskiest months for deer-related vehicle accidents in Michigan.

Because of this, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and other organizations are coming up with new ways to bring the number of deer-related accidents down.

The Traffic Safety Coalition is trying to increase education when it comes to cars and deer by creating a video titled "Don't Veer For Deer", which will be shown in Michigan driver education courses.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Producer Joe’s Credit Card Receipt

Earlier this morning, we were talking about a New York woman who gave a homeless man her credit card so he could go buy a drink and a pack of cigarettes.

Based on this, we got on the topic of signing credit card receipts.

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Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 1

ArtPrize's 20 juried finalists are in and the public vote continues with first-round voting running through 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

The current public top 25 in each of ArtPrize's four award categories -- two-dimensional, three-dimensional, time-based and installation -- also have been made available. More than 200,000 votes had been cast as of 8 a.m. today in first-round public voting, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations. The final 20 announcement is Sunday.

Today (Wednesday, Oct. 1) is the eighth day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

The public voting helps determine a $200,000 grand prize winner, with another $200,000 grand prize selected from the jurors' shortlists.

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