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Gov. Rick Snyder (Getty Images)
Gov. Rick Snyder (Getty Images)
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Gov. Rick Snyder Defeats Challenger Mark Schauer to Lead GOP Sweep for State Posts; U.S. Rep. Gary Peters Wins Senate Seat

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder led Democratic challenger Mark Schauer by about 70,000 votes with 56 percent of the total with 545 of Michigan's 4,877 precincts reporting, prompting the Free Press to project Snyder the winner.

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Leon Halip/Getty Images
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College Football: Ole Miss is Out, Other Big Stories from Week 10

One contender may have played its way into the college football playoff while another got knocked out. Here are the highlights from Week 10.

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Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
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2014 Michigan General Election Primer

President Barack Obama, former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush and former U.S. Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have all campaigned this fall in Michigan, but not in their election bids.

They were supporting Michigan candidates for governor and U.S. Senate.

Michigan's general election is Tuesday.

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Rachel Kramer
Rachel Kramer
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Lake Effect: Grand Rapids’, West Michigan’s Winter 2014-15 Weather Forecast [Video]

After last winter, many us are approaching this winter with caution.

Today probably didn't help: snow on Halloween?

The National Weather Service's winter weather forecast is out. All we can say is make sure those snow blowers and shovels are ready if you live, work and/or play -- not to mention drive or travel -- between U.S. 131 and the Lake Michigan shore in greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

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Leon Halip/Getty Images
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University of Michigan Taps Retired Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett as Interim AD

University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon has resigned and retired Steelcase Inc. CEO Jim Hackett is in for the interim, U-M President Mark Schlissel said in an Ann Arbor news conference this afternoon.

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Time to Fall Back, Drive More Carefully [Poll/Infographic]

Remember to set those clocks back Saturday night as daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday.

After the change, it will be darker sooner, making driving more dangerous with bicyclists and pedestrians more difficult to see.

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Ted Murphy
Ted Murphy
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BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration Nov. 8; Top 5 Homer Simpson Bacon Quotes [Sponsored]

Returning for the second consecutive year on Nov. 8 is BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration.

The all-things bacon celebration is a week from Saturday at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center.

BaCon features bacon-themed, -infused and -inspired dishes and drinks, and tickets are still available.

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Expect Mother Nature to Play Some Tricks with Halloween Weather on Friday

Mother Nature may have tricks of her own to play, with high winds, rain and snow being forecast by the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office for Friday.

That's going to make for some possibly challenging conditions for trick-or-treating on Halloween.

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LSU vs Auburn
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Who Wins First Playoff Elimination Game? Questions for Week 10 in College Football

With this week’s release of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s rankings, every game suddenly takes on new importance. Here are some of the big questions going into this week:

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Julie Weiler
Julie Weiler
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Cedar Springs High School Girls’ Cross Country’s Kenzie Weiler Named Athlete of the Week

Cedar Springs High School's girls' cross country No. 1 runner Kenzie Weiler, the defending Division 2 state champion, is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

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Joan Marcus/"Once"
Joan Marcus/"Once"
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Broadway Grand Rapids’ ‘Once’ Love Song [Voting/Sponsored]

The touring Broadway musical “Once” tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin, Ireland, street musician about to give up on his dream when a young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

The winner of eight Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Musical, and of a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, “Once” has a Broadway Grand Rapids run from Nov. 4 to 9 (next week) at DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

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Casper and Junior Mint
Casper and Junior Mint
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Meet Casper and Junior Mint — Wendy’s Pets Of The Week

I love Wednesdays! The Humane Society of West Michigan stops by and brings me a new animal to fall in love with. This week, though, Tammy from the Humane Society brought in TWO new friends - Casper and Junior Mint!

Junior Mint and Casper are two-months-old and in need of good homes.

The Humane Society of West Michigan, due to their

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