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Flu Shots Are Only 23 Percent Effective This Season, CDC Reports

On Thursday, health officials announced that flu shots are only 23 percent effective against this season's strain. This is not a good sign in a season where it seems more and more people are being stricken down with the flu. 

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Janet Mason, WZZM-13
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Forest Hills Central High School Student Dies After Being Hit By Car

A Forest Hills Central High School freshman, Lucas Van Sprange, has died after being struck by a vehicle about 7:15 a.m. this morning in Cascade Township, authorities said.

WZZM-13 reports that Lucas, 15,  was crossing Cascade Road when he was struck by an SUV.

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Heart, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Book March 28 Show at Van Andel Arena

Heart, with special guests Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will be hitting the stage at Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 24 at 10am at the Van Andel Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, and online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will be priced as low as $20, with others available for $35, $45 and a limited amount of $75.

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Alpena Hockey Player Has Rough Time Leaving Ice [Video]

Mitchell Skiba plays for the Alpena Flyers in Alpena, Mich., and he managed the best/worst exit ever after getting ejected from a game over the weekend.

Skiba had just been given a penalty, and was skating off the ice angrily, when he decided to slam his stick into the wall as he skated off the ice. Bad idea, it turns out. 

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New Movies (This Week) Include: ‘Paddington,’ ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Still Alice’ [Video]

Bruce Willis, Nicole Kidman, Chris Hemsworth, Ewan McGregor and Bradley Cooper are among the stars in this week's new movies.

This week's releases include "Paddington," "American Sniper," "Still Alice" and more.

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Judge Rules Michigan Must Recognize 300 Same-sex Marriages

A federal judge has validated 300 same-sex marriages in Michigan. In his ruling, he called the marriages a "fundamental right."

"In these circumstances, what the state has joined together, it may not put asunder.," U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman stated.

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Republican National Committee Votes to Censure West Michigan’s Dave Agema

The Republican National Committee's has formally censured West Michigan's Dave Agema for what they called "harmful rhetoric" and demanded his resignation.

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Grand Rapids Big Game Squares Promotion Official Rules

GRAND RAPIDS BIG GAME SQUARES PROMOTION OFFICIAL RULES
“Grand Rapids Big Game Squares Promotion”

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. PROMOTION BEGINS ON JANUARY 15,

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Former Catholic Central Tutor Gets Up to 25 Years in Prison for Sex Crimes Against Student

On Wednesday, former Catholic Central High School tutor Abigail Simons was sentenced by a Kent County Circuit Court judge to eight to 25 years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a minor, WZZM-13 reported.

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Grand Rapids Griffins Battle Rockford IceHogs on Twitter

The Grand Rapids Griffins and Rockford IceHogs have a history of mixing it up on the ice.

Today, the rivalry carried over onto Twitter.

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Grand Rapids’ Murder Rate Drops to Lowest Level in 50 Years

The murder rate in Grand Rapids has dropped to its lowest level in 50 years.

The Grand Rapids Police Department released 2014 statistics Wednesday morning. In 2014, there were only six murders in Grand Rapids. In 2013, Grand Rapids saw 17 murders. Over the last 24 years, Grand Rapids has averaged just over 17 murders per year.

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Beverly Is Looking For a Good Home [Sponsored]

Beverly, a two-year old Beagle, came calling today for my "Andy in the Morning" show's Wet Nose Wednesday.

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