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    Judge rejects Bindi Irwin’s DWTS contract, wants proof her father is dead

    LOS ANGELES — Bindi Irwin‘s contract with “Dancing With The Stars” has reportedly been rejected because a judge wants proof that her father, Steve Irwin, is dead. TMZ reports that Bindi is required to have a minor’s contract with the show because she is only 17. Her mother signed a form giving away rights to any money her daughter makes on “Dancing with the Stars,” and it was submitted to the L.A. Superior Court. However, the judge said he wants the same […]

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    Calhoun County offers flu shot drive-thru

    WEST MICHIGAN — While it may seem too early to think about flu season, local health department officials say early October is one of the best times to get a flu shot. “There’s a big advantage to getting your shot now before our flu activity is increased,” said Mary Wisinski, immunization program supervisor with the Kent County Health Department. “Before people start getting sick, before the big weather change we’re going to have some nice change, make sure you go […]

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    Woman wins court case against contractor, still hasn’t been refunded for incomplete work

    COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — Following a FOX 17 Problem Solvers report on Wednesday, another woman has come forward with claims that a West Michigan contractor took thousands of dollars from her and didn’t complete the work. Marcie Siegrist said what started out as $2,400 deal to get granite counter tops has almost tripled because of Nick Mentalewicz, the owner of Blueprint Granite. Siegrist claims she needed new counter tops because she was moving into a foreclosed home and needed them […]

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    Surfer reunited with teen he rescued from Lake Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A 25-year-old surfer who rescued a 13-year-old girl from the treacherous waters of Lake Michigan was reunited with the teen Friday. Zebulon Boeskool jumped into Lake Michigan at Grand Haven State Park on Thursday and pulled Jozalin Francis from the water.   Her lungs were filled with water and she was taken to the hospital in serious condition, but is doing much better a day later. Zeb reunited with Jozalin at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Friday before […]

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    DNR lieutenant killed after plane crashes in northern Michigan

    LITTLE TRAVERSE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 58-year-old Farmington Hills man was killed over the weekend after the plane he was piloting crashed in Emmet County. According to the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department, Arther Green III crashed the plane during his approach to the Harbor Springs Airport.  The crash happened some time after 11 p.m., and his Piper Cherokee plane was found at about 7:30 a.m. by an employee of Emmet Brick and Block. Officials say the plane crashed in the […]

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    Patriots owner backs Tom Brady, says NFL ‘has no hard evidence’ in Deflategate

    (CNN) — [Breaking news update, posted at 10:19 a.m. ET] New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Wednesday he supports quarterback Tom Brady, who has been suspended four games for his role in “Deflategate.” Kraft said the National Football League has “no hard evidence” that football pressure was manipulated. [Previous story, posted at 10:13 a.m. ET] New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday morning blasted the National Football League for suspending him four games in the “Deflategate” scandal and […]

  • Nation’s oldest living veteran visits D.C. to meet President Obama

    WASHINGTON D.C. — Emma Didlake, the nation’s oldest living veteran, traveled from Michigan to Washington D.C. on Friday to meet President Barack Obama. Didlake, 110, is a World War II veteran who lives in Michigan. According to FOX 2 in Detroit, a recent fall isn’t stopping Didlake from going to meet the president. “As you can imagine she is very weak,” her granddaughter Marilyn Horne told FOX 2.   “But she is looking forward to just meeting him.  She never […]

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    New video surfaces of Portland tornado

    PORTLAND, Mich. — Newly released video shows the EF-1 tornado moving through the City of Portland Monday afternoon. The video was provided to the Ionia Department of Public Safety by a Portland resident.  It was recorded at the Grider Insurance Agency, 310 Kent St., officials said. Five people sustained minor injuries during the tornado.  Dozens of buildings, including roughly 70 homes, were damaged.

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    Motorcyclist dies after Grand Haven Twp. crash

    GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 56-year-old man who was critically injured Wednesday when his motorcycle  was hit by a van has died, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Tamarack Lane.   The motorcyclist, identified as Grand Haven Township resident Mark Taylor, was waiting to turn onto Tamarack when the van hit his motorcycle, investigators said. Officials with the sheriff’s department said Taylor was not wearing […]