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GRR dedicates President Gerald R. Ford Tribute Room

President Gerald R. Ford is being honored at the airport bearing his name with an exhibition room celebrating the nation’s 38th President. WGVU was on hand for the ribbon cutting and dedication. In 1999 the Kent County International Airport was renamed the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. “Dad was so honored to have this airport named after him, he was humbled by it, but he was so honored by it.” Son Steven Ford recalls his father’s bust greeting travelers. “And I used to walk through...

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A Northview High School art teacher is getting ready to receive top honors at an upcoming conference with her peers.

When Tricia Erickson was a little girl, her mother found her drawing pictures of Yogi Bear and his cartoon friends Tricia watched on TV. Struck by how accurate the drawings were, her mom asked Tricia, “You drew these from figures moving on a screen?”

“That was the first time I realized maybe I’m good at something,” Erickson recalls with a smile, in her Northview High School art classroom.

Driver fee forgiveness hits a roadblock

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Bills to forgive Michigan’s controversial driver responsibility fees have cleared a state House committee. But  they’ve hit a road block. They’re opposed by Governor Rick Snyder’s Treasury department.

The fees are paid by people convicted of traffic offenses on top of their fines. They were adopted by the Legislature in 2003 to help keep the budget balanced during the recession.

       Most of the fees will never be collected, but they still generate 80 million dollars a year for the state.

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Some high school graduates in Michigan might get to go to college for free. A bill that’s on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk would create new “Promise Zones” in the state.

Five new promise zones would be added to the ten zones the state already has. Promise Zones are communities that pay for high school graduates to go to college or university.

   The community covers the tuition for the first two years. After that it gets some help in the form of a portion of the state’s education property tax.          

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UPDATE: GRCRC issued a statement of thanks to Flamingo Lounge for apologizing and canceling the event. 

The Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission issued a press release encouraging respect and cultural sensitivity during costume events following an incident in which a West Side bar promoted a party themed Cowboys and Indians. For WGVU’s Mutually Inclusive Mariano Avila has the story.

“Nobody wants to get a press release calling them out for their behavior.”

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President Gerald R. Ford is being honored at the airport bearing his name with an exhibition room celebrating the nation’s 38th President. WGVU was on hand for the ribbon cutting and dedication.

In 1999 the Kent County International Airport was renamed the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

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For more on President Trump's role in all of this, NPR's Geoff Bennett joins us now from the White House. Hi, Geoff.

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On a sunny Tuesday afternoon in September, Liang Xiaojun received a knock on the door. "There were 15 of them: national security police, regular police, justice bureau folks," he remembers.

Liang is a human rights lawyer in Beijing, an endangered species since 2015, when China's government questioned or detained more than 200 of his colleagues. Now he wonders if they're coming for him.

"They told me this was just a preliminary check. Next week, they'll send more police. It's possible they'll arrest me, but I mustn't live in fear."

The Pentagon is tightening the screening process for immigrants who volunteer for military service and slowing their path to U.S. citizenship.

The U.S. military will no longer allow green card holders to enter basic training before the successful completion of a background check. The policy change is intended to improve security vetting of foreign-born recruits.

This past spring, David Mifflin looked at his credit report online and saw that something wasn't right.

There were inquiries from Chase Bank about an application for a credit card that someone was trying to open in his name. Mifflin, who lives in San Antonio, says he called the bank and was told the identity thieves "had my Social Security number."

He set up fraud alerts with the three major credit reporting companies. But he says the fraudulent attempts to open credit cards continued "multiple times a week, multiple times a day."

A year after a computer beat a human world champion in the ancient strategy game of Go, researchers say they have constructed an even stronger version of the program — one that can teach itself without the benefit of human knowledge.

The program, known as AlphaGo Zero, became a Go master in just three days by playing 4.9 million games against itself in quick succession.

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