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Michigan Police Officer Gives Young Mother a Car Seat Instead of a Ticket

A public safety officer from Emmett Township near Battle Creek went above and beyond the call of duty on Saturday.

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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 6

There are only four more days to vote, and we're not talking the general election.

The ArtPrize 2014finalists for public voting and juried honors are in, and the top 20 in four categories on both lists is getting narrowed down through 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

Today (Monday, Oct. 6) is the 13th day of ArtPrize's 19-day run, with 1,825 artists represented by 1,536 entries at 174 venues in downtown Grand Rapids and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

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Road to the Playoffs Runs Through Mississippi, Other Things We Learned in Week 6 in College Football

For the first time in college football history, five of the top eight teams in the AP poll all lost. And that was just the beginning of this week’s craziness.

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Matt Milhouse
Matt Milhouse
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ArtPrize 2014: Public Vote Finalists Announced

The 20 finalists for the public vote of ArtPrize 2014 were announced this afternoon in ceremonies at Rosa Park Circle in Grand Rapids.

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Mel Chin's Operation PaydirtFundred Dollar Bill Project -- Matt Milhouse
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 5

Today is another big reveal for ArtPrize 2014.

The public votes are in, and the top 20 gets announced this afternoon at Rosa Parks Circle.

Today (Sunday, Oct. 5) is the 12th day of ArtPrize's 19-day run, with 1,825 artists represented by 1,537 entries at 174 venues in downtown Grand Rapids and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

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Darren Hester
Darren Hester
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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
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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