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Former US Secretary of State James Baker honors President Ford
July 14, 2014 | WGVU
"gun salute" Former
Secretary of State James Baker flew 14 hours from the country of Georgia to
attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Ford Presidential Museum to commemorate
President Ford’s 101st birthday. One of four wreaths placed at the graves of President
Ford and First Lady Betty Ford was sent by President Barack Obama. Following
the ceremony, Baker was honored with the Colonel Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship
Medal during a luncheon at the Amway Grand Plaza.
“He quickly became one of dad's closest advisers but rest assured that dad knew exactly why this humble Texan was so extraordinary.”
Ford’s daughter, Susan Ford Bales, introducing Baker who served as Chief of
Staff in both the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, and served as
Secretary of State under Bush from 1989 until 1992.
“It's a real joy for me to be back in Grand Rapids, a real joy to be back at the Ford library, we had a wonderful wreath laying ceremony for President and Mrs. Ford this morning and I'm just delighted to be here.”
recipients of the Col. Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship include former Secretary
of State Madeleine Albright, former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft,
and posthumously to President Gerald R. Ford. Today’s events
coincided with a ribbon cutting ceremony for Taking the Seas: Rise of the
American Aircraft Carrier, a recently completed and now open to the public
exhibit at the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum.
Settlement to end odors from Detroit incinerator
Detroit MI October 21, 2014 | WGVU The state of Michigan says it's reached an agreement with two companies to end odors from a Detroit incinerator as part of a settlement that includes a $350,000 fine.
Wayne State law school plans to freeze tuition
Detroit MI October 21, 2014 | WGVU Wayne State University's Law School plans to freeze tuition next year and give a scholarship to every incoming student.
Central Michigan star back Rawls to be sentenced
Mount Pleasant, MI October 21, 2014 | WGVU One of college football's top running backs faces sentencing in a Michigan theft case.
Grand Rapids Community College plans buyouts
Grand Rapids MI October 21, 2014 | WGVU Grand Rapids Community College plans to offer buyouts to some faculty and staff as part of an effort that could save $5 million over the next decade.
Great Lakes water levels rise to above average
Port Huron, MI October 21, 2014 | WGVU The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit says water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron are above average this season for the first time since 1998.
Program pairs online and local shopping
October 20, 2014 | WGVU In Muskegon, the concept of ‘buy local’ is now online.
Invasive insect annoys some Michigan homeowners
St. Joseph, MI October 20, 2014 | WGVU An invasive insect capable of stripping fields and orchards is annoying homeowners in southwestern Michigan as well.
New sentence next for man in forced labor case
Detroit MI October 20, 2014 | WGVU A former tennis pro from Africa is returning to Detroit federal court after an appeals court threw out his conviction for forcing children into hard labor.
Detroit crews pour concrete for light rail
Detroit MI October 20, 2014 | WGVU Crews have started pouring concrete for Detroit's long-awaited commuter light rail project.
Chamber plans petition drive on Michigan roads
Lansing MI October 20, 2014 | WGVU The Michigan Chamber of Commerce plans to spearhead a petition drive to force lawmakers to pass a road funding plan or place the issue on the ballot for voters to decide.
Panel sheds light on Nixon pardon
October 20, 2014 | WGVU Forty years after Gerald R. Ford took his Presidential oath, a Grand Rapids panel discusses the pardon of Richard Nixon. That includes some lesser-known parts of the story.
US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed
DETROIT October 20, 2014 | AP U.S. safety regulators are warning owners of more than 4.7 million vehicles that have been recalled for air bag problems to get them repaired immediately.
State aims to curb misuse of prescription drugs
LANSING, Mich. October 20, 2014 | AP The Michigan Department of Community Health has developed a website to increase public awareness of the risks and potential harm associated with misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs
Man enters plea in shooting of hospital guard
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. October 20, 2014 | AP A man who authorities say shot and wounded a hospital security guard during a confrontation in a Grand Rapids parking structure has pleaded no contest to attempted murder and other charges.
Chamber plans petition drive on Michigan roads
LANSING, Mich. October 20, 2014 | AP The Michigan Chamber of Commerce plans a petition drive to force lawmakers to pass a road funding plan or place the issue on the ballot for voters to decide.
Petition drive to limit hospital charges gets OK
LANSING, Mich. October 20, 2014 | AP Michigan has given the go-ahead for a petition drive that would limit how much hospitals can charge uninsured and underinsured patients and auto accident victims.
Report: Lack of autism specialists creating long wait times for children
October 20, 2014 | MPRN A new report says Michigan needs more autism specialists to help diagnose and treat children with the disorder. Advocates say some kids are waiting up to two years to get help.
Open house seeks Grand Rapids feedback
October 17, 2014 | WGVU The city of Grand Rapids wants to know what “downtown” means to you.
Michigan officials hosting summit about heroin
East Lansing MI October 17, 2014 | WGVU Michigan officials are hosting a gathering next week aimed at helping stem the use of heroin and other illegal drugs in the state.
Logos stolen off Consumers Energy truck in Flint
Flint MI October 17, 2014 | WGVU A Michigan utility is reminding people to ask for a company-issued photo ID from workers after logos were stolen off a vehicle in Flint.
More small businesses eligible for flooding help
Detroit MI October 17, 2014 | WGVU Small businesses in more Michigan counties are eligible for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration following flooding in August.
Muskegon County opens juvenile transition center
Muskegon MI October 17, 2014 | WGVU Muskegon County has opened a $6 million juvenile transition center for housing and treating young offenders.
Michigan funeral home provides drive-thru option
Saginaw MI October 17, 2014 | WGVU Only a couple of families have taken advantage of a new service available at a Saginaw funeral home.
Habitat project benefits local veterans
October 17, 2014 | WGVU Volunteers across Kent County helped repair, renovate - and in one case build - six homes belonging to local veterans and their families.
Michigan teen sues after Amtrak bars travel
CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. October 17, 2014 | AP A Grand Rapids-area teenager with a nut allergy is suing Amtrak, saying his rights were violated when he was barred from riding the train without an adult.
Strong harvest brings in 60M pounds of potatoes
ALBA, Mich. October 17, 2014 | AP A strong harvest has been reported by a top Michigan potato grower.
Snyder approves “right-to-try” law
October 17, 2014 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill to allow terminally patients to try experimental therapies when other options have failed.
'BRA Day' encourages mastectomy knowledge
October 16, 2014 | WGVU A newer initiative promoting mastectomy awareness is among October breast cancer advocacy efforts.
5,700 sturgeon released into Michigan waterways
Lansing MI October 16, 2014 | WGVU State biologists and private groups released more than 5,700 lake sturgeon into public waters across Michigan this summer and fall.
Government distributes millions in flooding aid
Detroit MI October 16, 2014 | WGVU The federal government says more than $63 million already is in the hands of southeastern Michigan residents for repairs following August flooding.
Officials encourage flu vaccinations in Michigan
Okemos, MI October 16, 2014 | WGVU Health officials are encouraging Michigan residents to get flu vaccinations.
Grand Valley State facing Title IX investigation
ALLENDALE, Mich. October 16, 2014 | WGVU The U.S. Department of Education says Grand Valley State University is being investigated for its handling of sexual abuse complaints.
Wyoming GM added to 'landfill-free' list
October 16, 2014 | WGVU General Motors added 11 sites to its list of 122 that operate as “landfill-free” facilities. That list includes GM’s Wyoming plant.
U.S. Rep. Upton recommends U.S. travel ban limiting spread of Ebola
October 16, 2014 | WGVU The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing Thursday focusing on preventing the spread of Ebola in the United States. U.S. Representative Fred Upton from Saint Joseph chairs the committee. WGVU spoke with the Congressman about what he believes the nation needs to do to stop the Ebola outbreak.
Hillary Clinton to aid Dems in key Michigan county
LANSING, Mich. October 16, 2014 | AP Michigan Democrats hope to make the most of Hillary Rodham Clinton's visit by dispatching her to a bellwether county to keep an open Senate seat and upend the state's Republican governor.
Gov. Snyder signs anti-human trafficking laws
TROY, Mich. October 16, 2014 | AP Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation aiming to crack down on human trafficking and help its victims.
Ex-lawmaker plans petition to limit hospital bills
LANSING, Mich. October 16, 2014 | AP A former Michigan lawmaker is spearheading a petition drive to limit how much hospitals can charge uninsured and underinsured patients and those injured in car accidents.
Woman charged in death of daughter's dad
MUSKEGON, Mich. October 16, 2014 | AP A woman is accused of killing a man in Muskegon in western Michigan, the third fatal stabbing in the area this week.
Man charged in death of West Michigan motorcyclist
ALLEGAN, Mich. October 16, 2014 | AP A man has been charged with causing the death of a western Michigan motorcyclist who was struck and killed on an Allegan County roadway.
Michigan council OKs bridge rebuilding grant
keene twp. , MI October 15, 2014 | WGVU Michigan officials are considering a $275,000 grant to help rebuild a Keene Township bridge destroyed in an arson fire last year.
Cedar Springs considers disbanding police
Cedar Springs, MI October 15, 2014 | WGVU The Cedar Springs Police Department plans to disband next month and transfer policing authority to the Kent County Sheriff's Department.
Arrest links Muskegon Heights homicide cases
October 15, 2014 | WGVU An arrest has been made in two reported Muskegon Heights homicides.
$45M 'Laker Line' to cut commute time, add capacity
October 15, 2014 | WGVU A new bus route along Grand Valley’s Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses could mean a quicker commute for thousands of daily riders.
Man charged with 4 murders in Muskegon Heights
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. October 15, 2014 | WGVU An ex-convict has been charged with killing four women in western Michigan - two this week and two back in 1989 after a prison escape.
Schauer, Snyder campaigns vie for women's vote
LANSING, Mich. October 15, 2014 | AP Michigan's gubernatorial and other candidates are intensifying their efforts for the women's vote three weeks before Election Day.
Veterans' issues come before women's commission
LANSING, Mich. October 15, 2014 | AP Officials from state offices representing veterans and immigrants will be sharing updates and insights with the Michigan Women's Commission.
New child foster care placement policy announced
LANSING, Mich. October 15, 2014 | AP The state wants child welfare workers to consider how attached infants and toddlers are to their parents or caregivers when making foster care or permanent home placement decisions.
Estate of Chicago man sues following 2011 drowning
HAGAR TOWNSHIP, Mich. October 15, 2014 | AP The estate of a Chicago man who died drowned off a beach in southwestern Michigan in 2011 is suing about warnings at the beach.
Peters raises $2.3M in campaign for US Senate
DETROIT October 15, 2014 | AP Michigan Democratic Senate candidate Gary Peters says he raised $2.3 million in the third quarter, calling it his best three months of fundraising as the race winds down.
State launches effort to reduce trauma for infants in foster care
October 15, 2014 | MPRN State officials say too many infants experience psychological trauma when they’re removed from their homes and put into foster care. As Jake Neher tells us, the Michigan Department of Human Services hopes to change that with some new policies.