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Ford's decision to pardon Nixon 40 years later

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) It was 40 years ago last month that President Gerald R. Ford pardoned his predecessor, President Richard Nixon.

Today, a series of nationwide debates about the legacy of past presidents began in Grand Rapids, in recognition of the anniversary.

The first event began by discussing Ford and his handling of major issues, like the Watergate scandal.

Prosecutors involved in the case said they had enough evidence to bring Nixon to trial. Others say that while Ford's pardon received a lot of backlash, it did help heal the country and move us forward.

Tonight at 5:00 and 6:00pm, you'll hear whether President Ford regretted his decision 25 years later and what his son thinks of it today.

West Michigan Woman Wine & Wig fundraiser Saturday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Our friends at West Michigan Woman are hosting another Wine & Wig fundraiser.

It's happening Saturday at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Last year, the inaugural event raised nearly $15,000 for Susan G. Komen West Michigan. This year, there's a new local charity partner: Baxter Community Center of Grand Rapids.

Baxter Community Center offers health services, childcare, a food pantry, and youth mentoring to under-served populations.

Jennifer Reynolds from West Michigan Woman joined WZZM 13 to tell us more. See more in the video above.

Learn more about Baxter Community Center at this link.
Learn more about Saturday's Wine & Wig event at this link.

Tickets on sale next week for Luke Bryan concert

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Tickets go on sale next week for an upcoming Luke Bryan concert at Van Andel Arena.

SMG Grand Rapids announced Friday that tickets for the February 10 performance will be available starting at 10 a.m. on October 24.

Fans can get tickets at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, all Ticketmaster ticket centers, online at Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. They're priced at $39.75 and $67.25.

Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch will open the show.

The show is part of a winter leg added onto his already-successful "That's My Kind of Night Tour," which has produced sell outs in each market it's played, according to concert promoters.

Red Wings partner with Purple Community again

DETROIT, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Detroit Red Wings are partnering with the Van Andel Institute to raise money for cancer and neurodegenerative disease research.

The Red Wings will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins for "Hockey Fights Cancer Night."

The game is October 23 at Joe Louis Arena.

Fans there will get a purple rally towel and a card they can raise during the game in honor of a loved one fighting cancer.

You can buy tickets on the Red Wings' website -- use the promo code "Purple."

This is the second year for the fundraiser for the VAI.

WalletHub lists G.R. among best "foodie cities"

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Nearly a third of the money spent on food here in the United States is used to eat out.

Thursday is World Food Day, and leading up to it, WalletHub released a survey ranking this year's best and worst "foodie cities" for your wallet.

Grand Rapids ranked eighth in terms of affordable groceries and 33rd for the average price of wine and beer. The survey also looked at things like the number of craft breweries and wineries, in which Grand Rapids ranked 19th. See the whole list at this link.

This also comes as Grand Rapids takes first place in the USA Today "Best Beer Town" poll.

Breaking down myths, misconceptions about gas prices

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Gas prices are spiking again, after they dipped below $3 per gallon. The roller coaster that is the price at the pump has left many speculating as to the reason why.

To learn the cause of the constant price fluctuation, and to break down some of the more common misconceptions of gas price changes, Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.com provided some answers.

Patrick DeHaan has been monitoring gas prices in Grand Rapids since 2004 and across the nation for GasBuddy.com since 2009. He looked at the current spike in gas prices, and answered some common questions about them:

#1 Are gas prices going up or down because this is an election year?

LaughFest seeking Community Showcase comedians

(WZZM) - Think you're funny? Here's your chance to show the community. LaughFest is recruiting individuals of all ages, and groups of all size, to showcase their talents in LaughFest's free Community Showcases.

Gilda's LaughFest is gearing up for the 2015 Festival, which runs March 5 through 15. Applications will be accepted at LaughFest's website until December 8.

Festival Director Joanne Roehm dropped in on Thursday's Morning News to talk about what it takes to be placed in a showcase, plus the return of the FUNderwear Run.