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“Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics” is now on display at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. It focuses on rock music and its influences on Civil Rights, War, gender equality and freedom of speech.

“The really great thing about seeing some of those times when you had the FBI perhaps investigating Elvis and they have files on Lennon and even Whitney Houston, you really start to see that the government, a lot of times, saw this as a threat.”

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Concealed pistol permit holders would be able to carry guns in more places. That’s under legislation that cleared a Senate committee Tuesday. Right now guns are banned in places like schools and hospitals. This legislation would change that.

Opponents say there’s no need to open up the gun laws like this – that it makes those areas less safe. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof is a bill sponsor. He says a majority of mass shootings take place in gun free zones.

Voters in Grand Rapids have authorized a tax to support the city's library system for another 20 years.

The proposal was on Tuesday's general election ballot. The tax began in 1997, when voters agreed to help the library pay off a bond for building projects and an expansion of the library system.

The tax expires this year and the bond will be paid off. The new tax will raise $1.75 million in the first year and will last until 2037.

Voters in West Michigan headed to the polls yesterday to vote on a number of proposals in both Kent and Muskegon Counties. In the City of Grand Rapids, voters re-elected Commissioner Senita Lenear for a second term. Originally elected to the city commission in 2014, Lenear held off challenger Kent Boersema and maintained her seat on the City Commission.


Residents in a western Michigan county have voted against adopting a special tax to fund programs for children and families.

The millage question was on Tuesday's ballot in Muskegon County. Supporters had said the money could be used to prevent youth violence, provide after-school opportunities and offer employment help.

A committee would have made recommendations to county officials. Muskegon County court administrator Sandra Vanderhyde has said there are "gaps" in public services for people under 21. Muskegon County is northwest of Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids City Commissioner Senita Lenear celebrated with campaign volunteers Tuesday night on the city’s south side with pizza and cake, after learning voters had re-elected her for another term in the city’s 3rd ward.

“I am extremely thankful and grateful that the 3rd ward decided to allow me the opportunity to serve as their commissioner for another four years,” Lenear said. “I will not disappoint. I will continue to work hard for them. And I will continue to make sure that all aspects of the 3rd ward and our needs are met at city hall,” she said.

Election Day: Here's what you need to know

Nov 7, 2017

Voters in West Michigan are heading to the polls today to cast their ballots on a number of proposals and elections. 

In the City of Grand Rapids, Commissioner Senita Lenear is hoping voters re-elect her in the city’s 3rd Ward. Originally elected to the city commission in 2014, Lenear faces challenger Kent Boersema, a political science and criminal justice graduate of Grand Valley State University.


At a time when America is turning inward and nationalism is on the rise, what can Americans learn from Senator Arthur Vandenberg?

The Grand Rapids republican passed away nearly 70 years ago, but a new book by Hank Meijer shines the light on Vandenberg once again.

WGVU spoke with Meijer who explains how Vandenberg’s openness to change and bipartisan compromise helped to make America a world power.


Political candidates could ask for a recount only if they have a reasonable chance of winning under legislation advancing in Michigan. The House approved the bill 98-10 Wednesday.

It's a response to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's recount request last year, even though she won just 1 percent of the vote.

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The Republic of Palau is an island nation on the frontline of geopolitical tensions in the western Pacific Ocean. Its President is a Grand Valley State University graduate. While visiting with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, he spoke with WGVU about his country’s role in dealing with the North Korean nuclear threat.

“When you’re small the effects of a hydrogen bomb doesn’t sit too well with any island resident.”