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The “Michigan Accent”– It Exists!

A man approached me in a gas station this past week, asking for directions. I got about 3 words out of my mouth before he interrupted me with: "Do you have an accent?" Taken aback, I said, "Uhhh... I don't think so?" He explained he was from California and totally thought I had a "Michigan accent". I smiled and finished giving him directions but secretly thought, "I don't have an accent you weirdo, you do." I think it's pretty common for those of us native to Michigan to think we don't have an accent and it's everyone else who sounds funny. Well, I came across a blog that breaks down the Michigan accent. After trying out a few of the examples I can totally hear it... Fellow Michiganders, we do have an accent! And, some pretty odd slang terms too.

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Get Your NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket

That hour we lost Saturday night is nothing compared to the time college basketball fans are about to lose this week.

The NCAA men's basketball tournament schedule is set and we have the brackets.

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Sunday’s Michigan And Michigan State Basketball Games Will Decide Big Ten Title

Facebook We were all taught at a young age that sharing is nice, but when it involves sharing with your rivals...that's a little different.

Michigan State is guaranteed at least a share of the Big Ten title this weekend.  They could keep it all to themselves with a win, but Michigan fans are hoping otherwise.

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Kid Rock “Care” Video

Check out the fantastic new song and video from KID ROCK called "Care".

We're playing it on 95-7, but not the country-fied version you hear in this video!

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Victoria’s Secret Displays Odd MSU/Michigan Shirt

When it comes to Victoria's Secret, sometimes less is more...let me explain.

On Friday, CNBC's Darren Rovell discovered that Victoria's Secret had a green Michigan State University shirt for sale on their website that included the words "Spartans:  Hail To The Victors".  Oops. 

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Michigan vs MSU Football Is Saturday

There's a reason all of those Michigan and MSU shirts have shown up in the front of almost every store this week.  The annual football game is Saturday at noon.  With all of the excitement over the Tigers and Lions the game has been somewhat overshadowed this week, but it shouldn't be.

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Michigan Bar Owners May Ban Lawmakers Over Smoking Ban

Bar and restaurant owners who are upset about Michigan's workplace smoking ban have dreamed up a ban of their own to fight back.

An organization called Protect Private Property Rights in Michigan claim  that roughly 500 bars statewide plan to ban state lawmakers from their establishments starting September 1st.

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Michigan’s Unemployment Rate Went Up In July

Yesterday we received the good news about over 1,000 jobs on their way to West Michigan. Today the news is not good.  Michigan's unemployment rate went up to its highest rate this year.

The news is not good, but it may not be as bad as it sounds.

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Lower Economy, Less Babies? [VIDEO]

Over the weekend, the thought of raising children in this day and age crossed my mind.

One question I always ask myself is how many children I'd like to have once I get married.  All of my friends are married and have anywhere from one to five kids!  The friends who're juggling multiple children definitely have their hands full and we generally talk about crazy schedules.  I think you can relate!

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Michigan Is Getting Fatter

In the battle against obesity Michigan is losing, not losing weight, just losing.   In a report issued today, Michigan is ranked the 10th most obese state in the country with an obesity rate is 30.5%.

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Michigan Senate Approves Motorcycle Helmet Law Change

A proposal to allow some motorcycle riders to go without a helmet has been approved by the Michigan Senate.

The measure was approved Tuesday by a 24-14 vote and it will allow riders 21 or older to ride without a helmet  if they have been licensed to operate a motorcycle for at least two years or have passed a safety course. Motorcyclists wishing to ride without a helmet also will need extra insurance coverage.

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Michigan Beaches Get Water Quality Report Card!

 

After spending a week of vacation along the Lake Michigan shoreline ... I can't tell you how many conversations I had with other campers about either the daily temperature or how clean it appeared each day.

In Muskegon,

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