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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum prepares for commissioning of USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier

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.

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   A state agency has asked courts in three counties to dismiss 186 bench warrants against people accused of unemployment The state could next ask for the charges to be dismissed altogether.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center, in partnership with the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association, is once again participating in National Night Out. 

This free event will focus on neighborhood safety will feature other family fun activities at the Kroc Center.

“I think that National Night Out has taken on a life of its own.  Just in terms of making a statement about community and the fact that we really want to build a relationship with people in our neighborhoods.”

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This Saturday the nation celebrates the commissioning of its newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford. We talk about the event with Clare Shubert, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Director of Engagement.

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Over three nights, Wild Alaska Live heads across the vast Alaskan wilderness, hosted by the Kratt brothers. West Michigan native Leah Arnold-Redman serves as key producer on the team. We talk to Leah about the series.

A robotic underwater laboratory has been deployed in Lake Erie to detect toxins produced by harmful algae that threaten city water supplies. The project is intended to prevent recurrence of a 2014 tap water contamination crisis that prompted a do-not-drink order for more than 400,000 residents of Toledo, Ohio, and southeastern Michigan. 

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   A state agency has asked courts in three counties to dismiss 186 bench warrants against people accused of unemployment The state could next ask for the charges to be dismissed altogether.

The first international robotics competition for high schoolers made headlines before it even started — and after the event was over as well.

First there was the story of the all-girl Afghanistan team, which was denied visas to attend for unknown reasons.

The Navy says it has its first female candidates for two elite special operations jobs previously closed to women – including a prospective SEAL.

One woman is in the pipeline to be a SEAL officer, and another is on the path to becoming a special warfare combatant crewman. The news was first reported by Military.com, an independent website. The Navy declined to identify the candidates, citing security considerations.

On a party-line vote, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm President Trump's most controversial judicial nominee to date.

He is John Bush, a Kentucky lawyer and political blogger whose posts disparaged gay rights and compared the Supreme Court's abortion decision in Roe v. Wade to its pro-slavery 1857 Dred Scott decision.

And he is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Governments have struggled to come up with effective ways to stop people from cutting down trees.

That's because unchecked deforestation can cause soil to erode, worsen flooding and destroy natural habitats for wildlife. It's become a serious problem throughout the globe. Deforestation accounts for roughly 10 percent of worldwide emissions from burning, and loss of trees reduces the amount of carbon being reabsorbed into the ground.

Chester Bennington, one of the lead singers for the band Linkin Park and a former singer for Stone Temple Pilots, has died. His death was confirmed to NPR Thursday afternoon by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, which said that his body was discovered at a house in the 2800 block of Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles and that investigators are currently on the scene. The death is "being looked at as a possible suicide at this time," according to Brian Elias of the coroner's office. Bennington was 41 years old.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center, in partnership with the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association, is once again participating in National Night Out. 

This free event will focus on neighborhood safety will feature other family fun activities at the Kroc Center.

“I think that National Night Out has taken on a life of its own.  Just in terms of making a statement about community and the fact that we really want to build a relationship with people in our neighborhoods.”

Groups that represent industries from farming to fracking are supporting a legislative push to rewrite how government handles science when drawing up regulations.

And the whole effort has scientists worried.

Consider, for example, the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act, or HONEST Act, which passed the House in the spring and now is with the Senate. Just how "honest" it is depends on whom you ask.

Jim Schott had one goal when he abandoned academic life to start the company called Haystack Mountain: He wanted to make some of the finest goat cheese in the country. With cheese in hand, he visited supermarkets, trying to persuade them to sell his product. Some didn't take him seriously. But Whole Foods did.

"From the very beginning, they wanted to taste it," Schott recalls. "And they wanted to know the story. They wanted to know where the cheese came from; who was making it; where it was made."

A Nevada parole board has granted O.J. Simpson parole from prison after he served nearly nine years following a conviction on armed robbery and other charges.

On Thursday, the four-person panel unanimously voted to grant parole. The parole board said that Oct. 1 is the earliest the former NFL star is eligible for release.

NPR's Ina Jaffe walked us through the incident that led to his conviction:

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