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Growing up in suburban Detroit, Steve’s earliest memories are of Motown, blues and rock coming from his ever-present radio. While in high school, Steve worked at Cousino High School’s WPHS radio and interned at the legendary (and now defunct) WABX in Detroit. Landing a job as a roadie for The Sugarcubes, Steve moved to Iceland with the band and earned his permanent radio operator’s license through a correspondence course he saw advertised on a napkin. A chance at his dream job brought Labenz back to the U.S., and he did the morning farm report on a Waxahachie, Texas, station for 17 years while he raced flat-track motorcycles in his spare time. He now takes his helmet off long enough to do middays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday afternoon drive time at Greatest Hits 98.7 WFGR.
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Lowell Police Department Warns Residents of Light & Power Scam

The Lowell Police Department would like to notify area residents that a telephone scam is being targeted at Lowell Light & Power customers.

The caller states that they are from Lowell Light & Power and tells the customers if they don’t pay, their power is being shut off. 

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Luis Davilla/Getty Images
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John Ball Zoo Opens Second Phase of their New Tiger Habitat

Visitors to Grand Rapids' John Ball Zoo will now be able to get up close and personal with some swimming tigers! (You'll be behind glass, it's totally safe.)

The zoo unveiled new features of its Tigers of the Realm exhibit on Monday, including the River Realm and Tiger Trail.

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A deer with CWD. (Dr. Terry Kreeger, Wyoming Game and Fish Department via CWD Alliance)
A deer with CWD. (Dr. Terry Kreeger, Wyoming Game and Fish Department via CWD Alliance)
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DNR Confirms Michigan’s First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer

The Michigan departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) confirmed Monday that a free-ranging deer in Meridian Township (Ingham County) has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose.

This is the first time the disease has been found in Michigan’s free-ranging deer population.

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Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Police Department
Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Police Department
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Grand Rapids Police Officers Visit Young Boy’s Birthday Party

Two Grand Rapids Police Department officers gave a Grand Rapids boy a wonderful birthday surprise.

Officers Kooyer and Laudenslager made an appearance at a party for nine-year-old Darius Whitfield. The Grand Rapids Police Department posted a photo of the officers with the boy on their Facebook page on Tuesday, and it's been liked nearly 2,500 times since then.

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photographybyJHWilliams/ThinkStock
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Massachusetts Police Advise Residents Not to Chase Bears Through the Woods With a Hatchet While Drunk

What should you do if you see a bear? What you definitely should NOT do is chase it through the woods with a dull hatchet while you're intoxicated.

At least according to the police in North Adams, Massachusetts. A recent incident led to them having to post a warning about doing just that on their Facebook page.

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Photo by Mark Newman via the Grand Rapids Griffins
Photo by Mark Newman via the Grand Rapids Griffins
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Griffins Take Game One Against the IceHogs, 5-3

Teemu Pulkkinen scored the seventh playoff hat trick in Griffins' history on Wednesday night and became the team's all-time leading postseason goal scorer, as Grand Rapids took Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals with a 5-3 win over the Rockford IceHogs at Van Andel Arena.

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Photo Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Griffins
Photo Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Griffins
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Rockford Changes Name to Griffinville to Support the Griffins During the Playoffs

For the next two weeks, any time that you visit the town that you consider to be Rockford, you'll actually be visiting Griffinville.

The City of Rockford has renamed itself as Griffinville for the next two weeks, while the Grand Rapids Griffins take on the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL's Western Conference Finals.

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