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    Residents discuss Lowell Showboat’s future

    LOWELL, Mich. — An icon in Lowell could be making a jump from the water to land. Earlier this month, the city announced their famous showboat was closing due to safety concerns.  Now, there is talk of making it a permanent fixture in the community. “It’s an icon of Lowell,” said resident Greg Hanse.  “It’s something that Lowell’s kind of built around.” A special meeting was held Thursday to determine what’s next for the famous boat.  City leaders explained why […]

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    Caretakers fearful that judge will order dogs to be euthanized

    IONIA COUNTY, Mich. – The fate of two dogs hangs in the decision of a judge in Ionia County who could order them to be put down Friday. The dogs – Mario and Luigi – are accused of killing three goats and a cat belonging to a farmer. Another dog – Major, who ran away last summer – was with them as well. Mario and Luigi’s caretakers contend that their innocent. “Obviously the dogs didn’t do this,” says Byron Vamvakias, who […]

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    Greenhouse owner after fire: ‘It could have been worse’

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – A large fire damaged a 35-year-old greenhouse in Grand Haven. The flames started around 3:00 AM Sunday morning, causing more than a million dollars in damage to the Spring Meadow Nursery. Located off 120th Avenue, it spans more than 40 acres. The owner of the business says he got an early morning call letting him know there was a structure fire. Crews were able to contain the flames to the office building. “If we did lose the […]

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    Two Cedar Springs brothers battle cancer together

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A Cedar Springs family is trying to deal with not one but two cancer diagnoses. The ordeal started in January 2016, when Brison Ricker, 16, was diagnosed with what doctors say is a non-curable form of brain cancer called DIPG. Then later that year, just two days before Christmas, Brison’s younger brother Preston, 13, got the news that he had thyroid cancer. “In June on the 17th we found out his tumor had doubled in size,” […]

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    Norton Shores mother demands justice after son’s death

    NORTON SHORES, Mich. – Tina LaPorte is making a plea to catch her son’s killer nearly five months after he was shot and killed in Norton Shores. “I guess they just wanted his money,” says LaPorte. “I don’t know why they had to shoot him three times,” says Tina LaPorte, mother of Cody LaPorte. “He was getting ready for work, and somebody knocked on the door, and he let them in, and he went in his bedroom,” she remembers. Cody died […]

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    Family begins new year mourning death of loved one

    WAYLAND, Mich. – Jennifer Jirtle is beginning 2017 without her beloved husband. We first introduced you to Jennifer last month after a non-profit called Shields of Hope surprised her family with some special gifts right before Christmas while her husband battled terminal cancer. Just days after that story aired, her husband Eric died. He was just 38 years old. Jennifer is 6 months pregnant with their child. “Yeah, definitely wanted more time,” she said. “They told us, ‘He’s got cancer, that’s why he can’t swallow […]

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    West Michigan couple retiring from warming charity

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — After nine years of keeping kids warm each winter, Ruth and Roy Seelye are passing the to others to carry the cause. The Seelyes started their campaign to keep kids warm at the peak of the recession in 2008. And now, after inspiring countless others, they are hanging up their hats as leaders of Share A Little Warmth From The Heart. “There just wasn’t enough time in the day to go around,” says Ruth. “It just felt […]

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    Metro Health and U-M join forces

    WYOMING, Mich. — Lt. Governor Brian Calley made a stop in West Michigan Thursday, joining several community leaders at Metro Health in Wyoming to discuss their new affiliation with the University of Michigan Health System. Calley says the change is a positive for healthcare across the state. “When it comes to healthcare and the type of healthcare that our people can get, this is an important part of the infrastructure in our state and an important part of the quality […]

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    New therapy dog helping child sex abuse victims in Kent County

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s a new way of using K-9 intuition, by helping children dealing with some of the worst kinds of trauma. This week a therapy dog began working at The Children’s Assessment Center in Grand Rapids, a place where sexually abused kids are learning to heal. Typically, a police dog is used for things like drug enforcement or suspect searches. But a mixed lab named Jaycee is using her natural ability to be affectionate to heal some […]