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President Ford's closest relations tell all
May 7, 2013 | WGVU
“You could tell when Jerry Ford was getting mad because his muscles would start to show as he clamped down on his pipe and then he’d get a red spot under each eye on each cheek and I reached that stage.”
Former Vice President and Ford’s Chief of Staff, Dick Cheney, recalled the first stop of the 1976 presidential election. Sure, Russell, Kansas was V.P. choice Bob Dole’s hometown, it was out in the middle of nowhere and Cheney thought it was a bad idea.
“We landed in a corn field outside town and had to walk up Main Street to get to Bob Dole’s house but there were thousands of people everywhere. But as we landed the president reached over and tapped me on the knee and said, ‘I knew it, Dick. I told you we’d get a crowd.’”
Stories pleasing to the Amway Grand audience as well as historical footnotes as told by White House speechwriter, Ben Stein.
“He probably had more legislative experience than any president, accept maybe Lyndon Johnson, and he learned to size people up. And he learned whether they could be trusted or they would keep their word, whether they would do what they said they would do. And I mean, as I say in the media, people portrayed him as a person of limited ability, but he knew the legislative process incredibly well and it’s a very intricate, complex process.”
Bob Scheiffer was CBS White House correspondent.
“I also think he just liked politics. Which, you know, we seem Washington now seems people with people that I don’t know why they’re there? They don’t seem to like politics. They don’t seem to like each other. You kind of wonder why they went through the trouble? I think he was comfortable with himself, number one, but he also liked doing what he was doing.”
Comfortable as husband and father, son Steven Ford recalled Saturday mornings when dad gave mom a break and took the kids to Capitol Hill.
“And this is the old typewriter days and he’d say, ‘I want you to type a letter to your mother and tell her how much you love her and how good a mother she is. And after you finish that you can go out and play in Statuary Hall.’ And we were just little kids and go play hide-and-go-seek in the Rotunda and Statuary Hall. Now that was dad and those were great fond memories.”
Tuesday, a ribbon cutting at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential museum unveiling the newest exhibit, Growing Up Grand which explores what’s described as the President’s foundational years.
Mandela's admirers say last goodbyes
Beaufort West, South Africa December 12, 2013 | WGVU
World leaders and the common man alike have been paying final respects to Nelson Mandela, whose body has been lying in state in Pretoria. It’s the same location as where he took the oath of office as South Africas’ first ever black president 19 years ago. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor is in South Africa where she reports on how Mandela first campaigned for the job, putting his very life at risk.
Kent County Commissioner turns in resignation letter
December 12, 2013 | WGVU A Kent County Commissioner charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct will resign his post effective January 1st.
West Michigan 2014 economic forecast positive
December 12, 2013 | WGVU The Right Place hosted the 17th Annual West Michigan Economic Outlook for 2014. The W.E. Upjohn Institute is forecasting robust economic growth.
More severe cold, snow on tap for Michigan
Grand Rapids MI December 12, 2013 | AP Snow is expected to hit parts of Michigan, but cold is a definite for the entire Great Lakes State.
Ex-special ed teacher pleads in Michigan sex case
Allegan MI December 12, 2013 | AP A former teacher has pleaded no contest in a sex case involving a special education student at a southwestern Michigan high school.
Selfie' is on the record at state Supreme Court
Lansing MI December 12, 2013 | AP The word "selfie" is spoken even at the Michigan Supreme Court.
Final day of voting to be busy in Michigan Capitol
Lansing MI December 12, 2013 | AP Michigan lawmakers are preparing to pass a flurry of bills on the last day of voting in 2013.
Grand Traverse County sherrif lobby no place for homeless
Traverse City MI December 12, 2013 | AP The Grand Traverse County sheriff stands by a September decision to lock the department's lobby doors at night, closing it to homeless people as cold temperatures hit.
Michigan hunter details his Alaska survival tale
Grand Ledge December 12, 2013 | AP A Michigan hunter is detailing how he survived for a week in the Alaskan wilderness.
Campaign bills win final OK from Michigan Legislature
December 12, 2013 | AP Michigan lawmakers have finished approving bills to double the maximum contributions to political candidates and block a plan to require disclosure of donors to certain kinds of election ads.
“Pro-choice” groups gear up to challenge new abortion law
December 12, 2013 | MPRN The Legislature’s votes to enact a law to require people to buy separate insurance policies to cover abortions may not be the final word on the issue.
As Rick Pluta reports, an effort is organizing to challenge the law.
Officials ask homeless to leave camp near freeway
Battle Creek MI December 11, 2013 | WGVU Police in Battle Creek are warning eight homeless people camping near an interstate interchange that they must leave by Saturday.
The cost of Grand Rapids' bikeway and its return on investment
December 11, 2013 | WGVU The City of Grand Rapids is expanding its urban bike route with a grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation that will serve as a connector to a number of West Michigan bike trails.
Electrode brain implants give new option to epilepsy patients
Grand Rapids MI December 11, 2013 | WGVU Spectrum Health will be the first health system in West Michigan and among the first in the nation to offer epilepsy treatment with a newly approved electronic implant. WGVU’s David Moore reports
Grand Rapids' Madison Square continues rennaissance
December 11, 2013 | WGVU Phase two of Grand Rapids’ $13 million Southtown Square development is moving forward.
Heeren Brothers $22 million expansion
December 11, 2013 | WGVU Michigan’s largest family owned wholesaler and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables cut the ribbon on its new, multimillion dollar Alpine Township facility.
Bills blocking welfare recipients from ATMs OK'd
Lansing MI December 11, 2013 | AP Michigan lawmakers have finished approving bills to block welfare recipients from withdrawing their taxpayer-provided cash from ATMs in liquor stores, horse tracks and strip clubs.
GM wins ruling over $450M retiree health dispute
Detroit MI December 11, 2013 | AP A judge says General Motors has no legal obligation to make a $450 million payment for medical benefits for certain blue-collar retirees.
Michigan public universities tout economic impact
Lansing MI December 11, 2013 | AP Michigan's 15 public universities say that they contribute 120,000 jobs and account for $24 billion in economic activity.
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.
Future of 'buff judge' hits Mich. Supreme Court
December 11, 2013 | AP The Michigan Supreme Court has heard vigorous arguments over what to do with a Wayne County judge who had an affair with a woman who had a case in his court.
Mental health court bills nearing Snyder's desk
December 11, 2013 | AP Legislation to create special courts under Michigan law that serve people with mental illnesses is nearing Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.
Michigan court examines one of Granholm's last acts
December 11, 2013 | AP A state attorney has urged the Michigan Supreme Court to let stand an unprecedented decision by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who made a prisoner eligible for possible release but then changed her mind in her final days in office.
Senate votes to ensure jury trials in state suits
December 11, 2013 | AP The Michigan Senate has voted unanimously to ensure people who file certain types of lawsuits against the state have a right to a jury trial.
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
December 11, 2013 | AP Three U.S. senators have asked a federal agency to check on the safety of an oil pipeline that runs beneath Great Lakes waters.
Man on trial in girlfriend's killing pleads guilty
December 11, 2013 | AP A man who authorities say strangled his girlfriend to keep the mother of five from implicating him in a stabbing has pleaded guilty in the middle of his murder trial.
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.
Mandela's admirers mourn, sing, dance and celebrate former leader
Grand Rapids MI December 10, 2013 | WGVU Tributes for the late South African president Nelson Mandela continue to pour in from around the world. WGVU’s David Moore had the chance to talk with a regular visitor to the country.
Government sells remaining stake in GM
Detroit MI December 10, 2013 | AP The U.S. government no longer owns part of General Motors.
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
Grand Rapids MI December 10, 2013 | AP An aspiring Grand Rapids-area rapper who authorities say stole a school bus last year and drove to Detroit with hopes of doing some recording is expected to get mental health care.
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.
Group gives $189,000 toward leafier Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI December 10, 2013 | AP A Grand Rapids parks group has received an $189,000 grant to help make the western Michigan city a leafier place.
Can kin trump foster parents? Michigan court has case
December 10, 2013 | AP The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in the case of a Florida woman who wants to be the guardian of four children in Michigan.
Michigan to move more bad schools to state district
December 10, 2013 | AP Michigan Superintendent Mike Flanagan says he'll move more failing schools into a statewide district, and more should be transferred there than he previously indicated.
Icy surface blamed for 30-vehicle freeway pileup
December 10, 2013 | AP A snowstorm pushing across Michigan's Lower Peninsula is being blamed for a 30-vehicle pileup that is forcing the closing of U.S. 131 north of Grand Rapids.
Medical marijuana activists cheer as dispensaries, “medibles” bills clear House panel
December 10, 2013 | MPRN Legislation that would give medical marijuana patients more ways to obtain and use cannabis is one step closer to becoming law. A state House panel unanimously approved the bills today.
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
Lansing MI December 9, 2013 | AP Michigan's auditor general says state departments mostly aren't using a one-stop online permitting system designed to help people who want to start, operate or expand a business.
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
Lansing MI December 9, 2013 | MPRN The state Legislature could take up a measure this week that would ban abortion coverage in standard health insurance plans. As Jake Neher reports, Republican leaders in the House and Senate say they expect to act soon.
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.