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Balyo to plead guilty to child porn charges


GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan is expected to plead guilty in a child pornography investigation.

Prosecutors say John Balyo is due in Grand Rapids federal court Tuesday, just weeks after his arrest on state charges at a Christian music festival in Gaylord.

Balyo, 35, is charged with sexual exploitation and possessing child pornography. His signed plea deal was filed in court Thursday.

G.R. businesses host "Twin Peaks" fans


(WZZM) - Fans of the 90's television show "Twin Peaks" are invited to downtown Grand Rapids Tuesday for a screening of a prequel movie. Several businesses are also in on the fun, providing food and drink specials before and after the film shows at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art.

"Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" takes takes place in the weeks leading up to the murder of Laura Palmer. The movie was created by the TV show's creator, David Lynch.

Propaganda Doughnuts is featuring Cherry Pie and other themed treats throughout the evening, and Stella's Lounge is hosting a "Black Lodge" themed after-party.

Tickets are available in advanced and at the door of the UICA for $10, and $8 for UICA members. The movie starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 9 p.m. You can purchase tickets here.

My Town: GVSU and DHS awarded research grant for family support program

My Town: GVSU and DHS awarded research grant for family support program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Human Services is teaming up with Grand Valley State University to measure the success of a family support program in more than 150 Michigan schools.

A three-year, $1.05 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will go toward measuring the impact of the Pathways to Potential program in Michigan.  The program places DHS case workers in schools to make it easier for children and their families to address barriers to their safety, health, education, attendance and self-sufficiency.

“We know that many children struggle in school because of outside of school challenges affecting both students and their families,” Gov. Snyder said. “The goal of Pathways to Potential is to reduce or eliminate those challenges by conveniently connecting families to the services they need to help everyone become more successful.”

Grand Rapids baker wins doughnut competition


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids is home to the newest winner of the Cooking Channel's "Donut Showdown".

Torrence O'Haire won the $10,000 Grand Prize in the competition that aired this past Friday. The chef of Propaganda Doughnuts impressed the judges with his China-town themed barbecue spiced-bread donut, chocolate cake donut, French eclair and dim-sum doughnut.

The episode was actually taped in Toronto back in January and O'Haire has had to keep the whole experience a secret. He plans to invest his winnings in a new restaurant opening next door to his bakery.

Grandwich top 10 sandwich finalists announced

Grandwich top 10 sandwich finalists announced

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and Neighborhood Ventures are pleased to announce the top 10 finalists who will compete to win the title of Grandwich 2014.

 

On July 8, over 30 restaurants entered their sandwich creations into a competition to determine the best Grand Rapids sandwich of 2014. For almost three weeks, the public was encouraged to visit participating restaurants in Grand Rapids, try the sandwiches entries, and vote for their favorites. Public vote determined the top 10 sandwiches, which are listed below in alphabetical order.

 

 

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

Predicting heart disease in women


Grand Rapids (WZZM) - Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women and knowing the signs of it can help save your life. Dr. Robyn Hubbard with Grand Rapids Women's Health talks about how to predict that a woman could have a heart attack.

Click on the video link to watch the segment. Every woman faces the threat of heart disease and more women die of it every year than men.

Symptoms among women:

The most common symptom is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. However, they are more likely to have symptoms unrelated to chest pain, including:

  • Neck, jaw, shoulder, back or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness

Reducing risk: