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Michigan Senate Approves 4 A.M. Closing Time for Downtown Bars

Michigan cities may have the option of allowing downtown bars to stay open until 4 a.m. on weekend nights under a new bill that passed the Michigan Senate on Thursday.

Senate Bill 247 passed by a 22-14 vote, after an earlier vote failed.

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Who Makes the Playoffs? The Big Questions for Week 15 in College Football

After a wild and unpredictable year, it all comes down to this. Here are the top storylines as we look ahead to the final weekend of the college football regular season.

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Debra Underwood
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East Grand Rapids High School Girls’ Swimming’s Emily Converse and Gabby Higgins Named Athletes of the Week

East Grand Rapids girls' swimming and diving's Emily Converse and Gabby Higgins, who each captured two MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 individual state titles in addition to being on two winning relays in leading the Pioneers to a repeat state championship in Oakland, are this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week co-honorees.

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Matt Milhouse
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Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids Opens for the Season on Friday

Ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle is always a big part of winter fun in downtown Grand Rapids.

Rosa Parks Circle is set to open to ice skaters for the season on Friday, December 5 at noon.

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Photo from 2010 courtesy of the Michigan Department of Corrections
Photo from 2010 courtesy of the Michigan Department of Corrections
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Police Searching For Muskegon ‘Sweetheart Swindler’

Police are looking for a man who they say starts dating women before conning them out of their money.

Jeffrey Lucas, 34, faces multiple charges related to allegations of larceny under false pretenses. He was charged as a habitual offender in Muskegon County, and released on bond. Lucas has now failed to appear for court and is considered a fugitive.

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University of Michigan Football Coach Brady Hoke Fired [Video]

After four seasons at the helm, University of Michigan Football Coach Brady Hoke was let go Tuesday.

University of Michigan Interim Director of Athletics Jim Hackett made the announcement at a news conference in Ann Arbor, saying he had come to the decision on Sunday night.

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Clare City Police Department
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Need A Date? Don’t Go Out With This Guy [Video]

Police are on the hunt for Jeffrey Lucas. He's a 34-year-old who has been duping West Michigan women out of thousands of dollars. The official charges are related to allegations of larceny under false pretenses. He also has failed to appear for court and is a wanted fugitive.

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Christmas Shopping Primer/Countdown

Thanksgiving and Black Friday have come and gone. So have Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

After all, you've only got until Christmas Eve to do your shopping for Christmas.

Here's a list of some stores and restaurants to visit as you continue your Christmas shopping.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Mockingjay’ Crushes Thanksgiving Weekend

Appropriately, the Thanksgiving holiday box office was all about the leftovers. While two high profile new releases struggled to open, films from the past few weeks continued to do solid business. In fact, this was one of the most varied weekends at the box office in quite some time, with YA adaptations, animated family movies, epic blockbusters, and small independent films all performing better than expected.

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Bo Pelini is Gone and Other Big Stories from Week 14 in College Football

Rivalry week lived up to its name as several big games came down to the wire and knocked some powerhouses out of playoff contention.

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West Catholic Football Wins Division 5 State Championship

West Catholic beat Lansing Catholic 24-20 at Ford Field to win the Division 5 football state championship today.

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Brian Josefowicz
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Cannonsburg Ski Area Opening Today for Remainder of Thanksgiving Weekend

It's time to strap them on and hit the slopes for skiing and snowboarding!

Cannonsburg Ski Area is opening to the public this today at 10 a.m.

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