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Thanksgiving travel: Navigating Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
November 21, 2012 | WGVU
Air travel is a physically and mentally taxing experience. To make the experience at Ford International less stressful, be aware that the ticket counters have been rearranged.
“If they’re flying on Air Canada they’ll need to know that the ticket counter for Air Canada has moved down to the east end of the ticketing lobby at the American Eagle side. That’s where they’ll find Air Canada now. And then Allegiant, although their ticketing counter is in the same location, they have moved gates and they’re over in the A concourse with Delta versus the B concourse in past years.”
That’s Phil Johnson. He’s the Deputy Executive Director at G-R-R. Security is one of his top priorities, too.
He tells us the Transportation Security Administration has made some changes since last year when it comes to passenger screening. Some procedures have been streamlined.
“They’ve been able to determine that passengers that are children age 12 or younger, or our older citizens age 75 and older are able to keep their shoes on when they go through security. That’s an important time saver there for those folks. Gel inserts in your shoes are now allowed and that’s a good thing. You don’t have to take those out. And then snow globes which in the past have been discouraged for the checkpoint are now allowed to go through as long as they contain less than 3.4 ounces and are contained in a quart sized bag.”
The TSA has gone social media to get out the word. Its app is MyTSA and it provides all kinds of security updates and recommendations.
Don’t let the improvements provide the false sense you’ll zip through the airport. Johnson recommends you still arrive two hours prior to scheduled takeoff.
Officials ask homeless to leave camp near freeway
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Heeren Brothers $22 million expansion
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GM wins ruling over $450M retiree health dispute
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Michigan public universities tout economic impact
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Lawmakers OK bill against indefinite detention
December 11, 2013 | AP Michigan lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would prohibit state and local law enforcement officials from helping the federal government indefinitely detain American citizens without charges.
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Mental health court bills nearing Snyder's desk
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Michigan court examines one of Granholm's last acts
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Senate votes to ensure jury trials in state suits
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Michigan lawmakers vote to make Capitol historic site
December 11, 2013 | AP Michigan lawmakers have given final approval to bills overhauling the Capitol building's oversight but continue working on how to ensure lasting maintenance money for the building.
Senators want check of oil pipeline beneath lakes
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Man on trial in girlfriend's killing pleads guilty
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State Capitol quiet on right-to-work anniversary
December 11, 2013 | MPRN The state Capitol was quiet today on the anniversary of the passage of a historic right-to-work bill. Last year at this time, the halls and lawn were packed with thousands of protesters.
We have more from Radio’s Rick Pluta.
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Government sells remaining stake in GM
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2nd vigil to mark anniversary of EMU student death
Monroe MI December 10, 2013 | AP A second candlelight vigil is planned for a 23-year-old Eastern Michigan University student whose bathtub drowning last December was ruled a homicide.
Man caught in school bus to get mental health care
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St. Nicks learn tricks of trade at Santa School
Midland MI December 10, 2013 | AP Santa Claus came to town-dozens of times over, as it turns out.
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Michigan to move more bad schools to state district
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Icy surface blamed for 30-vehicle freeway pileup
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Medical marijuana activists cheer as dispensaries, “medibles” bills clear House panel
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We have more from Jake Neher.
Protecting Michigan wolf hunt a science debate
December 9, 2013 | WGVU After a 40 year hiatus, hunters have returned to the Upper Peninsula forests to hunt wolves. The state legislature’s approval has led to anti-wolf hunt groups seeking a referendum on next November’s ballot. A pro-hunting group began petitioning this weekend to protect the hunt. The argument from both sides; let the science behind the issue determine the outcome.
Rep. Lamonte proposes “The Jessica Heeringa Act”
December 9, 2013 | WGVU Can an extra set of eyes prevent crime or abductions at gas stations or convenience stores? State Representative Collene Lamonte, a democrat from Montague, thinks it would help. She crafted legislation called “The Jessica Heeringa Act.”
Law enforcement asks Legislature to go slow on landline overhaul
December 9, 2013 | WGVU Law enforcement groups are asking the Legislature to slow down approval of a bill that would make it easier for phone companies to end traditional landline service, and switch customers to internet phones.
Rick Pluta reports.
Michigan bill designed to protect late-night clerks
Norton Shores MI December 9, 2013 | AP Legislation is being announced that would require Michigan gas stations open after 11 p.m. to have two employees working or to install security cameras.
2 vigils to mark anniversary of EMU student death
Ypsilanti MI December 9, 2013 | AP Candlelight vigils are planned for a 23-year-old Eastern Michigan University student whose bathtub drowning last December was ruled a homicide
Scientists test ideas in bird botulism outbreaks
Traverse City MI December 9, 2013 | AP Scientists are stepping up efforts to learn where and how many Great Lakes water birds are getting fatal food poisoning.
Audit: One-stop state licensing system little used
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Philanthropist makes $1M donation to GVSU center
December 9, 2013 | AP Philanthropist Ralph W. Hauenstein is donating $1 million to Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.
Anti-abortion measure could come for votes in the state Legislature this week
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High-profile medical marijuana bills could clear state House panel Tuesday
December 9, 2013 | MPRN Medical marijuana advocates say support has grown significantly in the state Legislature for a pair of high-profile bills.
As Jake Neher reports, a state House panel could approve the legislation as soon as tomorrow.
Muskegon's Hughes wants her job back
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Michigan elected officials praise Nelson Mandela
Dearborn MI December 6, 2013 | AP Michigan elected officials are praising ex-South African South African President Nelson Mandela, who paid a visit to Detroit soon after leaving prison.
Group favors opening Muskegon port to river barges
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WMU to become tobacco-free
Kalamazoo MI December 6, 2013 | AP Western Michigan University plans to become tobacco-free starting Sept. 1 as part of a broader effort to improve the health of the campus community.
Donor offers $5M to help protect Detroit art
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Explosion sparks fire at West Michigan plant; no injuries
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New center aims to help better preserve roadways
December 6, 2013 | AP A new center at Michigan State University aims to look for better ways to preserve roadways.
New MSU center aims to help better preserve roadways
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Christmas tree ship arrives in Chicago from Michigan
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Police: 3 dead in possible double-murder, suicide
Lansing MI December 6, 2013 | AP Lansing police say three people are dead in what initial reports by investigators say appears to be a double-murder and suicide.
Michigan investigation sought of non-citizen voting
Lansing MI December 6, 2013 | AP Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she's asked the state Attorney General's office to investigate 10 people who aren't U.S. citizens but have voted in past Michigan elections.
Snyder: Prison upgrades on the way
December 6, 2013 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder says he’s looking to overhaul corrections and criminal justice in the coming year. As we hear from Rick Pluta, the governor spoke to a graduating class of corrections officers.