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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday repeated her plea to Michigan residents to limit gatherings at Thanksgiving and keep loved ones safe.

Whitmer’s appeal came as the state health department reported 7,592 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 134 deaths, including 61 that were added after a records review.

“We’re preserving future holiday gatherings together by taking this seriously now, by not gathering with people outside of your household this Thanksgiving,” Whitmer said. “It is an act of kindness and love.”

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With one week to go until Thanksgiving many would-be travelers may be changing their tune about traveling.  This, amidst an uptick in coronavirus cases around the nation and pleas from health officials to stay home.

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Covid-19 hit the travel industry hard.  And now, as many states start to loosen restrictions… leisure travel may soon resume. 

A local travel expert advises if you plan on traveling, be flexible and patient.

“The new normal is that there are changes happening almost every day in the travel industry. New rules, new regulations, new ways of traveling.”

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The Michigan Legislature has approved $312 million in spending, including to provide financial assistance for adults age 25 and older to attend community college and partially revive the state's tourism campaign. The supplemental bills won bipartisan approval from the Senate Thursday. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will sign the legislation. Some of the money will partly restore funding the Democrat vetoed last fall amid a budget impasse with the Republican-led Legislature over fixing roads.

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RICK STEVES SPECIAL “The Story of Fascism in Europe” – Airs Sunday, November 4 at 6 p.m.

In this one-hour special, Rick Steves travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe - taking millions of people with it. He traces fascism's history from its roots in the turbulent aftermath of World War I to the rise of charismatic leaders who manipulated that anger, and the totalitarian societies they built.

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With summer just about over, the fall travel season is getting underway.  And local travel experts say there are some things you should know: be on the lookout for an increase in fees.

“The airlines have gotten a little sneaky.  They haven’t raised fares, they’ve raised fees.”

Travel expert and President of Gagnon Travel, JoAnne Verboom, says when making your fall travel plans be prepared. 

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It’s the busiest travel time of the year.  The Thanksgiving Holiday this year will see more than 28-million passengers hit the friendly skies.  WGVU talked with a local travel expert about some basic travel tips and how to handle the stress.

“Remember that you’re going to get to your destination, eventually. Keep a smile on your face and pack your patience with you.”

Local Travel expert, JoAnne Verboom with Gagnon Travel offers travel friendly advice for the seasoned and not so frequent traveler.


AAA projects that more than 1.6 million people from Michigan will travel this month for the Thanksgiving holiday. The auto club released its annual forecast on Thursday for people traveling 50 miles (80 kilometers) or more, saying that's up 3.5 percent from last year. AAA says it would be the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in Michigan. 

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