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Total Closure on 131 in Mecosta County from August 9 – 14

Traveling north during the summer in Michigan is hard enough, but it's about to get even more difficult.

There will be a total closure on northbound US-131 in Mecosta County from August 9 - 14.

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Election Results – August 5, 2014

Tuesday was primary election day in Michigan.

West Michigan voters decided on candidates for state House and Senate, Congress, judges, county commission, and multiple proposals.

Results are in.

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Harmful Algae Blooms Unlikely to Affect West Michigan Water

Toxic algae blooms affected the drinking water in Toledo over the weekend making it unsafe to drink and causing a two-day do-not-drink advisory.

Toledo's drinking water comes from Lake Erie.

West Michigan's drinking water comes from Lake Michigan.

Most experts agree the same harmful algae blooms are unlikely to affect drinking water that comes from Lake Michigan.

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9-Year-Old Boy Stabbed By 12-Year-Old In Kentwood Dies

Police are investigating after a 12-year-old boy is accused of stabbing another child Monday evening. The victim, 9-year-old Michael Conner Verkerke, died Tuesday morning. 

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Last Minute 2014 Michigan Primary Election Primer [Video]

By Jo Anne Paul | WJIM-AM

For the first time in what is believed to be Michigan history, there is no primary challenge in the same year for the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate race.

And with the lack of big name candidates at the top of the ticket, there is concern the number of voters heading to the polls will hardly offset the cost of holding the elections.

Despite the significance of the outcome of the primary on Tuesday, fewer than one million voters in Michigan are likely to cast ballots, The Detroit News reported today. That would be even less than the all-time low numbers recorded in August 1990.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST Tuesday.

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Ionia County Sheriff’s Department Warns Residents Of Phone Scam

Ionia County Deputies are warning the community of a phone scam wherein people are being asked to send money from their bank accounts to avoid being arrested.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Conquers Movie Universe

Up until the day it opened, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' was a big question mark at the box office.

Could Marvel Studios continue its winning streak with a movie based on a practically unknown comic series that only has light connections to the rest of the films in their cinematic universe?

Early estimates had the film grossing $60 million over the weekend and that would have been perfectly OK. But then it went and eclipsed that estimate in every way.

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Tournament Week Arrives for Inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft [Video]

Tournament week has arrived for the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic Presented by Kraft.

The 20th stop on the LPGA Tour, the Meijer LPGA Classic is being played Thursday through Aug. 10 at Blythefield Country Club. Walker-based Meijer's nudge for a community-focused LPGA tournament is that all proceeds benefit Meijer's Simply Give food pantry-supporting and hunger-fighting program.

Nine of the top 10 LPGA pros are in the 144-player field, including Stacy Lewis, the No. 1 female golfer in the world; U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie; rookie superstar Lydia Ko; and veterans such as Paula Creamer and Lexi Thompson.

Tickets for the Meijer Classic, which has a $1.5 million purse, are still available. Pre-tournament activities start Monday.

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Enjoy the Water [Sponsored]

Boaters should enjoy their time on the water, being smart and playing safely while on it.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urges you to be smart while out boating, regardless of whether you're on an inland lake, river, stream, pond, rapids, creek, whitewater course or one of the Great Lakes like Lake Michigan.

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100.5 The River’s August 2014 Top Songs Playlist

Check out the 40 songs in The River‘s rotation for the month of November.

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New Movies This Week: ‘Get On Up’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ [Video]

This week, we get the latest Marvel Studios expansion of the 'Avengers' universe, plus a biopic on the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business.

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MDOT: Total Closures on I-96, M-50 This Weekend in Kent County

A bridge demolition will bring total closures to I-96 and M-50 in Kent County this weekend.

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