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Jason Cooper

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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Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to Hear Arguments on Gay Marriage Bans

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments this week on gay marriage bans. According to the Detroit News, it's a historic first for the court - a three judge panel will hear separate arguments on Wednesday in same-sex marriage cases from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

In Michigan's case, the court will hear an appeal of a March ruling by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman who ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marria

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Two Flint Residents Charged in Relation to Police Chase and Fatal Crash

Two Flint residents have been charged with felonies related to a July 3rd police chase that led to a fatal crash on the city's north side.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced that 28-year-old Curtis Douglas Lee has been charged with six counts including First Degree Fleeing Police Causing Death, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Felony Firearm Second Offense

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Flint Police Department to Host National Night Out Event

As part of a national effort to unite neighborhoods against crime, the Flint police Department will host a National Night Out event next week. The event will feature live entertainment, bounce houses, face painting and games, as well as free hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream

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Second Annual “Get Out & Move” Health Extravaganza to be Held this Weekend

The second annual "Get Out & Move" Health Extravaganza will be held this weekend. The fun, free family oriented event will focus on tackling obesity and will include an obstacle course, healthy food demonstrations, line dances, raffle drawings and more. Th

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Flint Farmers’ Market Gets New Sign Installed [Video]

The Flint Farmers' Market had a new sign installed on Wednesday afternoon. Workers put up the 4-foot tall aluminum letters on the east side of the building. ABC 12 says crews had to use specially engineered brackets to fit the curve of the roof and the new sign will be lit from below by LED lights.

ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

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Flint School District to Hold Special Meeting on Revised Deficit Elimination Plan

The Flint School District will host a special meeting tonight (7/30) to discuss their plan to get of nearly $21 million in debt. According to ABC 12, the district must submit its revised deficit elimination plan to the Michigan Department of Education by Thursday. An audit last November showed the district to be about $10 million in debt. However, a new report last month showed the debt to be twice as m

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Flint City Councilman Proposes Drug Testing for City Officials

A Flint councilman is proposing drug testing for city officials. According to NBC 25, Councilman Sheldon Neely says proposal is "about government responsibility" and "we have to build the trust back with out community." Neeley says city officials need a clear head to make decisions.

However, there are many q

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