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Grand Rapids April Weather Review-Wacky!

Our broadcast partner WZZM TV 13 celebrates 50 years of news and information this month. One of the nice things about having a local weather staff that has been in the area so long is they have the resources and time to recap our ever changing West Michigan Weather. Chief Meteorologist George Lessens has a wind up to April.

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Should There Be Smoking In Bars And Restaurants? Michigan’s Smoking Ban Turns 2, Still A Hot Topic [POLL]

It was two years ago that Michigan's Smoking Ban went into effect. Smoking in bars and restaurants have become a thing of the past. The only place you can still smoke is in a casino. As a non smoker, I like being able to go into a B-Dubs or Applebees and not smell the smoke wafting through the place. Others hate having to step outside on a cold January night to smoke while tossing back a few cold ones. It's still a hot topic online and in bars all over the state.

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As Rosie’s Diner Hits Auction, More Pre Fab Food Outlets Might Be Hitting City

I told you Tuesday that Rosie's Diner in Rockford was hitting the auction block. As of 4 o'clock, the bidding was up to $125,500.00. That's pretty good! But it might not be the last we see of diners in the greater Grand Rapids area.

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8 Year Olds In Hastings On Shoplifting Spree. What?

So these two eight year old girls in Hastings decide to go on a shoplifting spree. They ditched school and stole almost $250 worth of stuff. Only reason they were caught? They tried get something to eat at a local auto repair store, and the owner caught them. Ok back up....8 year olds? I have an 8 year old. As far as I know she hasn't been on any shoplifting spree's.

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Michigan Cities Are Coming Back!

Well here's some good news for Michigan, and our cities. Including Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Detroit and Lansing!   Looks like in the next few years things are really going to pickup in our great state.  Hopefully many who left will be able to come back who might have lots jobs or gotten downsized.

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Zombie Dash Grand Rapids! The Run Of The Living Dead!

My friend Cory who writes and shoots pics for the Press/MLive gets all the fun assignments. The Zombie Dash this weekend is one of them! For those not in the know, the Zombie Dash is a race wrapped up in a horror movie wrapped up in fun. According to the website, the premise is simple: "Run a scenic five kilometer trail. Locate and grab supplies along the way. Dodge zombies looking for dinner (or a good scare). Race against darkness and a Zombie apocalypse." Neat!

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Rosie’s Diner Up For Auction

The iconic Rosie's Diner in Rockford, which closed last fall under fall pretenses, is up on the auction block. The diner, which was used for Bounty paper towel TV commercials in the 70's starring Nancy Walker as Rosie was sold and moved to West Michigan from New Jersey in 1991. Now you can own the local landmark!

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A “Worst Of” List Grand Rapids Stores HAPPY To Not Be On!

The annual list of "Worst Grocery Stores in the US" just came out, and with one exception, none of these retailers are even in Michigan, let alone Grand Rapids! Go us! According to The Fiscal Times, the list of forgettable food stores is based on "ratings from 24,203 responses, and the four categories – service (includes employee courtesy and checkout speed), perishables (food quality), price and cleanliness – were scored from “very satisfied,” “fairly satisfied,” “neutral, “fairly unsatisfied” and “very unsatisfied.” Yikes!

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Puppy Mill Couple Arrested UPDATE [With PHOTOS]

Here's an update to the story from over the weekend of the couple with the 350 dogs in their house. The Allegan County Sheriffs Department released a statement saying George and Cheri Burke of Cheshire Township were arraigned Wednesday afternoon on felony animal cruelty charges following Monday's seizure of 352 small dogs from the couple's Cheshire Township home by Animal Control Officers with the Allegan County Sheriff's Office. They posted the $5,000 bond and were released. That's an interesting part of the story, here's another. Look at these people.

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UPDATE-”Pregnant And I Know It” Viral Vid Stars Have Baby!

I told you a couple of weeks ago about Tommee and Angela Profitt of Kentwood who made a parody of LMAFO's "I'm Sexy and I Know It" called "I'm Pregnant and I Know It". It made it on to the "Today" show, and was seen all over the country. At last check the You Tube Video has over 1 million hits! And now there's more reason to celebrate!

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Healthiest West Michigan Counties–Ottawa 2nd, Kent…

...County is 15th! In a new ranking from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Leelanau County up north is the healthiest, followed by Ottawa County! In West Michigan, Kent County is 15th (up from 22 last year) Allegan was 18th, Barry 21st, Ionia 26th, and Muskegon 63rd.

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West Michigan Pothole Watch

It's that season - It's POTHOLE season!  Yep, winter is over, and roads have are starting resemble the surface of the Moon with giant craters appearing all over 131 and beyond!

So as a public service to all of us, here's the official WFGR Pothole watch! If you see a pothole that's NASTY - drop me an e-mail to matt@wfgr.com and I'll post it on our weekly update. Get ready for some bent rims and flats - brought to you by the fabulous roads of West Michigan!

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