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I have always loved radio. This goes back to my childhood when a neighbor had a talk show on a Detroit station. I would go down to the station with him, watch and listen to him, and think "I want to do that one day!" I started out with a radio class in high school, interned at the neighbor's station, and then continued in college. Unfortunately, like most new college graduates, I had bills to pay, so I took a job in sales instead of following my passion. After a few sales jobs over a ten year period, including an Internet start-up that didn't work out, I took time to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and would make me happy while doing it. This led me back to radio. I went to Specs Howard to get reacquainted with the industry and while there, did yet another internship at WWJ 950AM. From there I got my first break reporting the news for a group of radio stations in Big Rapids, Michigan. My claim to fame while there? I was standing next to United States Senator Carl Levin who was in town speaking when two college students ran up and threw a pie into his face. I had gotten the audio too! No one else there had pictures or video. Fox News, ABC and others called and asked for it. After about 15 months there, I wanted to come back to this side of the state where my family and friends are, and take on a new challenge. In September 2011, I was hired in as the News Director here at WFNT 1470. I am happy to be here, look forward to working in the Flint community, and helping to make WFNT the media presence I know it can be!
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MSP Asking for Public’s Help in Locating Suspect Vehicle

The Michigan State Police Flint Post is asking for the public's help in identifying a driver that escaped police following the police-involved crash that killed a woman. The suspect vehicle is described as a green/blue Pontiac sedan with a white license plate

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Dead Homicide Suspect’s Girlfriend Charged Following Standoff

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced charges today against the girlfriend of Daron Gaylior Jr., a suspect in two homicides who died following a standoff with police last week.

April Marie Abare, 34 of Flint, is charged with lying to a police officer conducting a violent crime investigation and and harboring a felon

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Gas Line Causes Explosion at Area Business [Video]

Authorities are saying a natural gas line caused an explosion that destroyed a car wash in Genesee County on Sunday night around 10 p.m. According to WNEM, the blast leveled the On The Spot Car Wash and Grandma Kay's Family Diner. The car wash was located on North Saginaw Street near Spruce. No injuries were reported. A specialist fro

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Flint Schools Plan to Outsource More Jobs in Attempt to Cut Budget [Video]

A plan to outsource more jobs is the latest attempt by Flint Community Schools in its attempt to cut a budget deficit of more than $20 million.

According to ABC 12, starting next school year, substitute teachers, tech works, safety advocates and even athletic coaches will be hired by outside companies. The decision to outsource 150 jobs was made at Wednesday night's school board meeting.

One the plan is approved by the state, for ins

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Authorities Confirm Body Found After Standoff is Daron Gaylor Jr. [Video]

Police confirmed Thursday that a body found after Wednesday's standoff on Sherman Avenue in Flint was Daron Gaylor Jr. who was suspected in two recent murders. Gaylor Jr. was wanted in connection to the June 2nd murder of Ali McZick and the July 5th murder of Tyrell Gaylor

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More than 323,000 Enroll for Healthy Michigan Program

According to Governor Rick Snyder's office, more than 323,000 have enrolled for Michigan's expanded Medicaid program since it first launched earlier this year. The Healthy Michigan Plan extends health care benefits to a half-million low-income residents

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Year’s Second Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Begins this Weekend

The Michigan Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to be on the lookout this weekend as the year's second Adopt- A-Highway pickup begins this weekend. Thousands of volunteers will pick up litter along state roadways beginning Saturday and running through Sunday, July 20th

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Flint EM Releases Statement on Recent Court Decision in Retiree Health Care Lawsuit

Flint's Emergency Manager Darnell Earley released a statement this afternoon regarding a recent modification to the injunction in the retiree health care lawsuit against the City:

On June 30th, 2014 the United States District Court for the District of Eastern Michigan, in the case of Welch v. Br

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GISD Sues Flint Schools Over Disputed $8.6 Million in Misspent Money

The Genesee Intermediate School District has filed a lawsuit against the Flint School District over a disputed $8.6 million in tax money that was meant for a different purpose. The funds were supposed to be used for vocational training and auditors have said that it was improperly spent on general operations for the financially troubled district

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