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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is celebrating the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier. 

The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd @ 9:30 AM.

WGVU talks with Joel Westphal, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Deputy Director.


Tuesday, July 18th @ 10PM, WGVU Public Television is airing the PBS FRONTLINE film Life on Parole. FRONTLINE explains, "The documentary is set in Connecticut, a state that's rethinking its parole system in an effort to reduce its prison population - but the questions it raises about the cycle of recidivism are relevant nationwide."

WGVU talks with Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director, Matt O'Neill.

A meteor over Lake Michigan lit up the sky Monday morning across several states in the Midwest. Dashcam video from police cruisers in Wisconsin and Illinois captured the fireball streaking through the dark sky about 1:30 a.m. In addition to Illinois and Wisconsin, the American Meteor Society lists sightings in Indiana, Michigan and other states as well. 

Microfibers new waterways pollution concern

Dec 6, 2016
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If you’re one of those people who stopped using microbeads because you care about the environment, we have some bad news. Microbeads are those tiny plastic bits in your toothpaste and facewash. They pollute oceans, rivers, and lakes. But scientists say there’s a new microplastic to blame - and it’s lurking in your laundry hamper. Plastics in our clothes are sending billions of microfibers into our waterways - making fish and other aquatic life sick. But we probably won’t see a ban on synthetic clothing any time soon.  

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Francis Max Smith was born January 27th, 1924. He passed away last year on October 17.

The Scotts, Michigan farm boy was a WWII Navy Veteran. He served in the Pacific theater. A radioman, he was the last person to communicate with the U.S. Indianapolis. The ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and as you’ll hear from Smith’s daughter and the words Smith penned before his death, he carried tremendous guilt because as he, and others believe, there was more to the story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and Smith wants the truth to someday be brought to light.    

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In Allegan County, incumbent Republican Mary Whiteford handily defeated Democrat John Andrysiak with 67 percent of the vote. Whiteford won a Special Election win earlier this year filling the rest of Cindy Gamrat’s term expiring at the end of this year.

“From day one I had to be boots on the ground representing my district and do the job that I was first elected to do. So, I’m just so relieved and honored that I was re-elected so that I can serve an entire term of two years and just keep working hard.”

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Republican Rep. Roger Victory has won his third term serving Michigan’s 88th House District. The Hudsonville resident won with three quarters of the vote defeating Democratic challenger Kim Nagy 75 to 25 percent.

Victory tells us he has more work to do in Lansing.

Grand Valley State Sports Report

Nov 8, 2016

Defensive linemen are one of the toughest positions to recruit for in college football.  The Grand Valley State Lakers have come up with a good one in Mark Rosenquist who hails from Sweden.  Tom Cleary has the story on how Mark ended up in Allendale.

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Tim Meyer (D-Grand Haven)

Democrat Tim Meyer is a small business owner with locations in Holland and Grand Haven. He’s been twice appointed to the Grand Haven Central Business District Development Authority board and worked in national and local campaigns. This is the second time he’s sought political office. This time Meyer is making a run for Michigan’s 89th House district seat in Lansing.

Q: Why politics?

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Grand Valley State University continues advancing projects making it the region's number one provider of health care. Friday, the GVSU board of trustees approved the expansion of its downtown Grand Rapids health campus supporting its College of Health Professions and the Kirkhof College of Nursing.

Back in February the City of Grand Rapids signed memos of understanding with Grand Valley State University approving construction planning for a health campus expansion at the corner of Lafayette Ave NE and Hastings Street NE in the Belknap Neighborhood.