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  • Miracle baby ready to go home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Genesis Boss is just shy of nine months old, and she’s never seen her home in East Jordan, Michigan. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids is all she knows. Her mother, Annie Boss, calls her a “miracle baby.” Genesis was born with micrognathia, a condition where a child’s jaw is undersized. It can make it difficult for infants to eat and breathe on their own. The condition actually lead to a blocked airway for Genesis, […]

  • Some pharmacies running short of Tamiflu

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The active flu season in West Michigan is putting a strain on the supply of Tamiflu at some pharmacies. Certain versions and strengths of Tamiflu may not be available in some stores. Ralph Martin, a pharmacist at Walker Street Pharmacy on the west side of Grand Rapids, said the issue might come down to warehouse supply. “It might be in the chains where their warehouses may be out of it and they don’t have as many sources […]

  • Flu on the rise in West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling this year’s flu season an epidemic, and data from West Michigan backs that up. In Grand Rapids, Spectrum Health runs a video app called MedNow where patients can see a health care professional from their own home. They say they typically see 70 to 80 patients per day with this app, but that number went up drastically last week. “Last week we saw 125 patients in one […]

  • Treating West Michigan snowmobile trails with care

    EGELSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Thanks to the snowier, colder weather this winter, snowmobile permit sales are up 5 to 7 percent in Michigan. This is good news for winter tourism, and for those who enjoy maintaining the trail systems across the state. The West Shore Snowmobile Council in Muskegon County maintains 188 miles of trails in Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo and Ottawa counties. “Our council is made up of five clubs, all volunteers that donate their time to mark and sign […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory issued for much of the area

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of the FOX 17 viewing area. That advisory takes effect at 11:00 tonight, and goes through 7:00 tomorrow night. Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa, and Ionia counties southward are in this advisory, which was issued to account for snow late tonight through much of the day tomorrow. The start time for this advisory along the Indiana state line is slightly different, at 10:00 tonight for Berrien, […]

  • Portage couple giving away their car

    PORTAGE, Mich. — Sean and Autumn Hopwood know what it’s like to go through hard times, and they want to make those hard times a little easier for someone by donating their 2003 Mazda Tribute. The couple is getting ready to hike the entire Appalachian Trail this March, and say they can do without their only vehicle. It has 200,000 miles on it, but it still runs great. The Hopwoods say it’s never broken down on them, and they recently […]

  • January thaw coming after record cold

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — According to the National Weather Service, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve was a record-breaker. “If folks have been feeling cold to the core, there is a reason for that,” said Brandon Hoving, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Statistically, it was the coldest final week of December that we’ve had.” That stretch of cold included three record low temperatures, along with a record cold high on New Year’s Eve. We also tied […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory for all of West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the entire FOX 17 viewing area from 6:00 tonight through 9:00 tomorrow morning. (That start and expiration time is a bit different for our counties along the Indiana state line, going from 11:00 tonight through 11:00 tomorrow morning.) The advisory was issued due to the likelihood of accumulating snow tonight into tomorrow morning. The snow will initially mix with some freezing […]

  • December 2017 was the coldest in the last 17 years

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Winter 2017-18 is off to a cold start in West Michigan. According to the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, this is the coldest December we’ve had since the year 2000. In Grand Rapids, it was our 20th coldest on record. For Muskegon and Lansing, it was the 25th and 42nd coldest December on record, respectively. (Records for all three sites go back 120 years or more.) January is also off to a cold start, and […]