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Grand Rapids prepares for presidential centennial


President Gerald R. Ford

Patrick Center
July 12, 2013 | WGVU  President Gerald R. Ford would have turned 100 Sunday.As is tradition, the White House will send a military adviser, wreath in hand, to set at the tomb of the country’s 38th Commander-in-chief.The Ford family will also lay a wreath continuing the family tradition started by First Lady, Betty Ford, honoring President Ford on his birthday.

Following the ceremony family, friends along with the shipbuilders, Captain and a handful of crew members of the USS Gerald R. Ford will unveil a model of the next generation of naval aircraft carriers.

Joe Calvaruso is Executive Director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

“Captain Meier being here and talking about the ship and the symbolic nature and trying to understand President Ford more. His characteristics, his public service and really wants to take that back and engage the crew into that civic mindedness that President Ford had.”The weekend begins Saturday at 3:00 with historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, Jon Meacham, presenting insight called, “The Centennial Legacy of Gerald R. Ford.”Patrick Center, WGVU News.
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Yesterday
Man to be sentenced in retirement home deaths
  April 24, 2014  |  WGVU  A judge is expected to order life sentences for a 67-year-old man convicted of killing two women at a Detroit retirement home.    
Up to 20 beef cattle break out in West Michigan
  April 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Authorities in western Michigan say they're on the lookout for up to 20 cattle that escaped after a fence broke.    
MARTA looks to military bases for police officers
  April 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Metro Atlanta's public transit system is looking to Detroit and military bases in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia as it attempts to recruit new police officers to its force.    
ArtPrize 2014 announces Artist Seed Grants
  April 24, 2014  |  WGVU  ArtPrize has announced 25 grants will be awarded to underwrite artists who plan to enter their work in this year’s contest. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.    
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Internet law and order no easy task
  April 24, 2014  |  WGVU  A Cyber Security Conference held at Grand Valley State University asked, ‘Are you the next target?’ Industry experts gathered to talk about all the angles; from business preventing security breaches to law enforcement, regulation and liability. Keeping ahead of technology advancement is making it difficult and costly to police the internet.   
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Norton Shores PD release new appeal for help in Jessica Heeringa case
  April 24, 2014  |  WGVU  One year later, Norton Shores police are no further along in locating missing West Michigan mother, Jessica Heeringa. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.    
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Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup about to get started
  April 24, 2014  |  AP  Volunteers taking part in the state's Adopt-A-Highway program will soon be picking up litter in northern lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.   
Drive-by shooting kills 17-year-old
  April 24, 2014  |  AP  Authorities say a 17-year-old high school basketball player has died following a drive-by shooting in the western Michigan community of Muskegon Heights.   
Snyder touts collaboration at education summit
  April 24, 2014  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder is hosting a summit for hundreds of educators to discuss innovation and collaboration in Michigan education.   
Michigan Senate passes charitable gambling bill
  April 24, 2014  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan lawmakers aren't seeing eye to eye on reining in the charitable gambling industry, which has seen significant growth over the past decade.   
W. Michigan trail reopens after storm cleanup
  April 24, 2014  |  AP  Portions of a popular 92-mile recreational trail in western Michigan have reopened after the removal of storm debris, mostly in Mecosta and Montcalm counties.   
Drive-by shooting kills prep basketball player
  April 24, 2014  |  AP  A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot just a few hours before he was to be honored at a high school sports banquet in western Michigan.   
State GOP Senator offers minimum wage hike alternative
  April 24, 2014  |  MPRN  A Republican in the state Senate wants to boost Michigan’s minimum wage to 8.15 an hour. The legislation introduced Thursday is an alternative to a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage.   
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Snyder: Immigration shakeup include ag workers
  April 24, 2014  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan needs to do more to attract seasonal migrant laborers to work on farms this spring and summer.   
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Wednesday
Candidates enter West Michigan political races
  April 23, 2014  |  WGVU  The Tuesday deadline for Democratic and Republican candidates to file signatures to run for most state offices has come and gone. Two local candidates are entering West Michigan races.   
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Gilda's Club Grand Rapids attracting crowds and growing revenue
  April 23, 2014  |  WGVU  After four years Millions of laughs and now more than $1 million dollars have been raised by LaughFest supporting programs at Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids.   
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MAREC holds "crowdfunding" investment conference
  April 23, 2014  |  WGVU  During a conference at Grand Valley’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon, businesses and nonprofit organizations learned about "crowdfunding" - an investment strategy for entrepreneurs. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.    
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Michigan murderer who escaped scheduled for court
ionia MI  April 23, 2014  |  AP   A convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison in February is scheduled for arraignment on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges   
Crews remove, destroy unexploded military shell
Battle Creek MI  April 23, 2014  |  AP  Bomb disposal crews responded to a Battle Creek home after a scrap business operator obtained an unexploded military shell.   
Snyder confirms Lincoln Park financial emergency
Lincoln Park MI  April 23, 2014  |  AP  - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has confirmed his earlier determination that a financial emergency exists in the Detroit suburb of Lincoln Park, giving the City Council seven days to pick a way out of the crisis.   
GM restructuring engineering in response to recall
Detroit MI  April 23, 2014  |  AP  General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.    
Utility says it's committed to plant site reuse
  April 23, 2014  |  AP  Officials with Consumers Energy said they're committed to helping find a new use for the site of a coal-fired power plant in western Michigan that's scheduled to close in two years.   
Michigan to designate veterans on driver's license
  April 23, 2014  |  AP  Michigan will let its 680,000 military veterans get a special designation on their driver's licenses starting May 1.   
Michigan murderer arraigned in prison escape
  April 23, 2014  |  AP  A convicted murderer who broke out of a western Michigan prison in February has been arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.   
Gov. Snyder and Senate leader not embracing Bolger’s union demands
  April 23, 2014  |  MPRN  State House Speaker Jase Bolger is the only Republican leader in Lansing demanding that unions contribute to Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement.   
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Tuesday
Earth Week effort uses four legged plant eaters to uproot invasives
Ottawa County MI  April 22, 2014  |  WGVU  On this Earth Day, there’s a special effort beginning in Ottawa County to deal with invasive species at the local level. As WGVU’s David Moore reports, the way they’re hoping to control two particular plants may surprise you.   
Muskegon Heights 2 million in debt since Mosaica took over
  April 22, 2014  |  WGVU  The Muskegon Heights Charter School District is scrambling to balance its budget in the wake of 2 million dollars in additional debt since a charter operator took over in 2012. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.   
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Music artists can register now for ArtPrize
  April 22, 2014  |  WGVU  St. Cecilia Music Center will continue its role as the Official ArtPrize Music Hub in 2014 - awarding prize money to musical entries with five different genre prizes. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.    
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Service centers to open to help after flooding
Evart MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP  State emergency officials say two service centers will open this week in Newaygo and Osceola counties to provide information and resources to residents affected by flooding.    
Raffle winner to visit top of Mackinac Bridge
Mackinaw City MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP  The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association is sponsoring a fund-raising raffle with a rare prize: a climb to the top of the Mackinac Bridge.   
Coast Guard finishes lower Great Lakes icebreaking
Detroit MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP  The U.S. Coast Guard says it has wrapped up more than four months of icebreaking to open shipping lanes on the lower Great Lakes.   
Saginaw postpones anti-discrimination measure vote
Saginaw MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP  City Council in Saginaw has indefinitely postponed consideration of a proposed ordinance to guarantee city residents and visitors equal treatment in employment and public accommodations, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.    
New service animals area opening at Detroit Metro
Romulus MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP  Officials are set to show off a new spot at Detroit Metropolitan Airport where passengers can take their service animals.   
High court decides Michigan affirmative action issue
Washington DC  April 22, 2014  |  AP  The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.   
Judge rules for newspaper in mug shot dispute case
Detroit MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP  A judge says the federal government must turn over mug shots of criminal defendants to the Detroit Free Press.   
Michigan elections take shape at filing deadline
Lansing MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP   Leading candidates for top-of-the-ticket offices in Michigan such as governor and an open U.S. Senate seat are expected to face little or no opposition in the August primary.   
Experts tapped to help judge in Detroit bankruptcy
Detroit MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP   A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy has selected experts from Boston and New York to advise him on the city's plan to get out of Chapter 9.   
91-year-old World War II veteran gets honor
Rochester Hills MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP   A 91-year-old World War II veteran in suburban Detroit has received a long-overdue honor.   
Backers, opponents of Michigan ban react to ruling
Detroit MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP   A woman who successfully sued the University of Michigan over racial preferences says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a state ban on using race in university admissions is a "great victory" for voters and the state.   
Police investigate report of West Michigan brawl involving 100
Muskegon MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP   Police say they're investigating following a report of a weekend brawl in Muskegon that may have involved about 100 people.   
Board sets room rates, names band facility
East Lansing MI  April 22, 2014  |  AP  The Board of Trustees at Michigan State University has voted to raise room-and-board rates for its dorms by 3.95 percent next academic year.    
Schuette praises high court ruling on admissions
  April 22, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the state's ban on using race in university admissions.   
SCOTUS upholds Michigan affirmative action amendment
  April 22, 2014  |  MPRN  The US Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on race- and gender-based affirmative action that was approved by voters eight years ago.   
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EAA debate heats up in Lansing, final vote possible this week
  April 22, 2014  |  MPRN  Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville hopes to hold a final vote this week on a bill to expand the state’s Education Achievement Authority. There’s still plenty of opposition to the legislation in Lansing.   
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Monday
Former VP Dick Cheney in Grand Rapids to talk about heart disease
  April 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Former Vice President Dick Cheney was in town Monday for a roundtable discussion with his cardiologist and other physicians before talking to the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.    
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Former reserve police officer arrested in connection with girl's murder
  April 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Police have arrested a former reserve police officer in connection with the murder of an 11-year-old Michigan girl. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.    
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Governor Snyder says improved transportation infrastructure "would create more jobs"
  April 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce Monday. He talked about job creation and expanding skilled trade training in the state. The governor explaining the state must continue to grow a business-friendly environment that includes a globally competitive workforce. The formula also includes improved infrastructure.   
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Michigan man to be sentenced in 1987 double-murder
Grand Haven MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP   A 51-year-old western Michigan man is expected to be sentenced to life in prison for the slayings of his sister and her husband in 1987 at their Holland-area home.    
Cheney to visit Grand Rapids, talk heart problems
Grand Rapids MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP   Former Vice President Dick Cheney plans to visit Grand Rapids with his cardiologist to discuss Cheney's history of heart problems.    
Beer honoring slain officer to benefit foundation
Kalamazoo MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP   A beer made in honor of a slain Kalamazoo police officer will benefit the foundation that bears his name.   
Hearing to decide if 4 face trial in mob attack
Detroit MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP   Four males ages 17 to 30 are returning to court for a hearing on whether they should stand trial for the severe beating of a suburban man who accidentally struck a 10-year-old with his pickup truck on Detroit's east side.   
1 of 4 waives key hearing in Detroit mob attack
Detroit MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP  A 17-year-old charged with attempted murder in the beating of a Detroit-area motorist has waived his right to a probable cause hearing and will move his case directly to trial court.   
Secretary of State Johnson starts re-election bid
Waterford Twp MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is formally launching her campaign for a second four-year term.   
Ash borer invasion costs park hundreds of trees
Cheyboygan MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP   State officials say they've removed about 400 dead ash trees from Aloha State Park in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula because of an infestation by emerald ash borer.   
Walk to Lansing protests exclusion of students
Detroit MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP  A group including students and teachers is marching from Detroit to Lansing to protest what they say is the harmful and unnecessary suspension or expulsion of school children for often-minor offenses.    
Charter school operator says its owed $2 million
  April 21, 2014  |  AP  The charter operator of the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System says the district owes it more than $2 million.    
School districts get leeway in making up snow days
  April 21, 2014  |  AP  Michigan is giving school districts more flexibility in making up for snow days this academic year.   
Michigan man sentenced in 1987 double-murder
  April 21, 2014  |  AP  A 51-year-old western Michigan man has been sentenced to life in prison for the slayings of his sister and her husband in 1987 at their Holland-area home.   
Peters files nominating petitions for U.S. Senate
  April 21, 2014  |  MPRN  By Rick Pluta Congressman Gary Peters has filed petition signatures to put his name on the ballot. Peters is a Democrat running to succeed retiring US Senator Carl Levin. Peters’ support for the federal healthcare law has been an issue in the campaign. Peters says that’s OK with him.   
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Ruth Johnson announces reelection bid for Secretary of State
  April 21, 2014  |  MPRN  By Jake Neher Ruth Johnson will seek another term as Michigan’s Secretary of State.   
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