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Now That Winter’s Over (Almost), Prepare For the Next Season In Michigan: Road Construction

As the old joke goes, there are two seasons in Michigan: winter and road construction.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has released a comprehensive list of where the orange barrels will be blooming this spring and summer in the Grand Rapids area.

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Gov. Snyder: Marriages Were Legal, But Michigan Will Not Recognize Them Unless Stay Is Lifted [Video]

Michigan will not recognize the more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend (though the marriages were performed legally at the time) before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay marriage, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday.

The announcement was made just a day after an appeals court  stopped any additional same-sex marriages while it reviews the decision that struck down a 2004 Michigan law that states that marriage only is between a man and a woman.

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Adreian Payne and Lacey Holsworth
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Michigan State’s Adreian Payne on Friendship With 8-Year-Old: ‘Lacey Is a Special Friend’ [Video]

At this year's NCAA tournament, there's one story that'll make you forget all about your bracket—the story of Michigan State star forward Adreian Payne and 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth.

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‘Yooper’ Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Finally! After all of these years, my people are finally recognized as existing by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Monday, after 10 years of campaigning, the word "Yooper" was added to the dictionary.

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Demi Lovato The Neon Lights Tour Opener In Vancouver, BC
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Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights Tour Charges Up Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena Tonight [Video]

Demi Lovato has been on the road with her Neon Lights Tour since Feb. 9 in Vancouver, and brings her show to Grand Rapids tonight.

Lovato is performing with British girl group Little Mix, British singer-songwriter Cher Lloyd and Fifth Harmony at Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St.

The performance is at 7 p.m. EST, with tickets still available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place convention center box offices; Ticketmaster outlets and online; or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

The platinum-selling music artist and "X Factor" judge just released her fifth studio album, "Demi," featuring the single "Neon Lights." "Demi" also includes the double platinum-certified single, "Heart Attack."

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Grand Rapids Man Charged in Death of Michigan State Student from Middleville

A Grand Rapids man has been formally charged in the Feb. 1 off-campus death of a Michigan State University student from Middleville.

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An advocate of traditional marriage protests in front of the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Detroit. A gay couple from Michigan sued to have Michigan's ban on gay marriage and gay adoption overturned. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
An advocate of traditional marriage protests in front of the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Detroit. A gay couple from Michigan sued to have Michigan's ban on gay marriage and gay adoption overturned. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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Michigan’s Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down by Federal Judge

Michigan's 10-year-old ban on gay marriage was ruled unconstitutional, a federal judge determined today.

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling said the ban violates the U.S. Constitution's Equal Protection Clause in the 14th Amendment.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette promptly filed an emergency request seeking to set aside Friedman's ruling. Michigan law currently defines a marriage as the union between one man and one woman

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Courtesy Western Michigan University
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Western Michigan University Student from Allendale Found Dead in Her Residence

A 19-year-old student from Allendale was found dead this morning in her Western Michigan University residence hall room in Kalamazoo, WMU officials said today.

The WMU student was identified as Alyssa Olafson, a freshman majoring in pre-health and human services and a 2013 graduate of Allendale High School. She had made the dean's list her first semester last fall.

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Rihanna and Eminem Coming to Michigan On The Monster Tour

The partnership between Rihanna and Eminem isn’t just one of hit songs. The twosome, who followed up the smash ‘Love the Way You Lie’ with ‘The Monster,’ will be hitting the road together for this summer’s The Monster Tour.

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National Weather Service Grand Rapids
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Grand River Ice Jam Alert Issued; Flood Watch in Kent and Ottawa Counties

A flood watch is in effect in Kent and Ottawa counties through Friday morning because of the potential for ice jams in the Grand River, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office.

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Getty Images/ Rudy Malmquist
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Grand Rapids Scores a Top 10 for ‘Most Exciting!’

Real-estate blog Movoto names Grand Rapids No. 9 in 'America's 10 Most Exciting Mid-Sized Cities' list!

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Rick Martinez/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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Pothole Season Can Definitely Mean Some Rim-Rattling Driving [Video]

It's been a record-breaking winter in terms of snow and cold temperatures.

Even though spring is near, pothole season is just getting started.

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