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Strong Storms Pound West Michigan, More Coming [Video]

Extremely strong thunderstorms ripped through portions of West Michigan on Saturday, leaving some pretty significant damage.

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Ottawa County Will Now Use Goats to Kill Invasive Plants

The Ottawa County Parks Department has a new approach to getting rid of the invasive plants in the area - goats.

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How to see the International Space Station from Grand Rapids

There are a lot of ways to enjoy a clear night in West Michigan.

One of them is very simple, just look to the sky.

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Indiana State Police Confirm That Body Found Was Teleka Patrick

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff held a news conference Wednesday morning on further developments in the case of missing Kalamazoo doctor Teleka Patrick.

The Indiana State Police have confirmed that the body found in Lake Charles on Sunday is that of the missing Kalamazoo woman.

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West Michigan Whitecaps fan share Opening Day experience on Twitter

Opening Day at Fifth Third Ballpark was a perfect start to the season for fans.

Many fans took to Twitter to share the fun.

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Trooper Paul Butterfield (Photo: Michigan State Police)
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Eric Knysz Gets Life in Prison for Killing Michigan State Trooper Paul Butterfield in Mason County

A 20-year-old Irons man was sentenced this afternoon to life in prison for killing Michigan State Trooper Paul Butterfield during a September 2013 traffic stop.

Eric Knysz received a life term from Mason Circuit Court Judge Richard Cooper, The Ludington Daily News reported.

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Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in Grand Rapids in Honor of Late Betty Ford

Rosalynn Carter can readily identify with Betty Ford.

They served as first ladies at The White House in back-to-back terms in the 1970s.

Today, Carter, the wife of former President Jimmy Carter, is in Grand Rapids in honor of the 96th birthday of the late Ford, the spouse of former President Gerald Ford.

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Share your Whitecaps memories on Opening Day 2014

The Whitecaps have been a part of West Michigan since 1994.

Thousands have made countless memories with the Whitecaps over the years.

As the 2014 season begins, share your favorite memories of the Whitecaps.

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Steve Frost, ThinkStock
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New Checkout System Being Tested at Meijer in Jenison

A new checkout system has made it's debut at Meijer in Jenison.

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Photo courtesy of Chris (my boyfriend)
Photo courtesy of Chris (my boyfriend)
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West Michigan Whitecaps Rebuild Fifth/Third Ballpark [Video/Photos]

Following the fire in January that devastated many in West Michigan and left Fifth/Third Ballpark in a state that had many of us wondering if Opening Day would happen on time, the West Michigan Whitecaps have been hard at work rebuilding their home.

Opening Day for the Whitecaps at Fifth/Third Ballpark in Comstock Park is Tuesday, and West Michiganders are eagerly awaiting their first look at the revamped ballpark. I managed to get some sneak peek photos of the rebuild courtesy of my boyfriend (he's been on the crew rebuilding the park).

Check out the progress after the jump!

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Body Of Missing Kalamazoo Doctor Teleka Patrick Possibly Found In Indiana

UPDATE: (5:00 p.m.) Teleka Patrick's family has told WZZM-13 that they are "in mourning assuming the body may be that of Teleka."

UPDATE: (4:25 p.m.) The Patrick family has released a statement saying that they still don't know for certain that the body found is that of the missing Kalamazoo woman:
Our family was informed that a body was found that may be our daughter Teleka Patrick. We are waiting for official confirmation from the Kalamazoo Sheriff's Department and have no comment at this time. Thank you for your continued prayers - we ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.
(3:45 p.m.) The body of missing Kalamazoo doctor Teleka Patrick has possibly been located in a lake in Indiana near where her car was found abandoned.

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Michigan State Geographic Bee at Western Michigan University on April 4

For the seventh straight year, Western Michigan University will host the Michigan State Geographic Bee.

Students will compete for the opportunity to travel to the National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C.

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