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 Fri. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for FRI 23OCT20

A large federal grant will help correct internet and cell phone connection problems across northeast Michigan, The United States Department of Agriculture is investing $10.1 Million to provide broadband services in underserved rural areas in Alcona, Alpena and Iosco Counties. As part of the investment, Allband Multimedia LLC will use a $3.5 Million ReConnect Grant to deploy a fixed wireless network to connect 3,678 people, 64 farms, 54 businesses, 4 educational facilities and a post office to high-speed broadband internet. This investment is part of the $550-Million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.

The Alternative Educational Academy of Iosco County opened their school year in a new home.  The Alternative Educational Academy started their ninth year after purchasing the former Tawas Masonic Lodge on M-55 in Tawas City. According to the Iosco County news Herald, the AEA is now able to offer students additional support and opportunities that come with a larger facility. The Academy had been renting classroom space in Michigan Works in East Tawas since 2012. One student said that they are focusing better and are able to receive extra help because of the larger classroom space. The Alternative Educational Academy is a publicly chartered high school offering students online courses with access to certified teachers and support staff in its learning labs.

Local Sports 

Boys Soccer:
Bad Axe 4 vs Midland Calvary Baptist 1

 

Girl’s Volleyball:
Kinde North Huron 3 vs Caseville 0

 

11-Player High School Football Week 6:
Grayling @ Ogemaw Heights (6pm on 104.7 WKJC)
Standish-Sterling @ Ithaca (6pm on 106.1 The Point)
Alpena @ St Johns
Vassar @ Brown City
Unionville-Sebewaing @ Harbor Beach
Elkton Pigeon Bayport Laker @ Tawas
Bad Axe @ Ubly
Pinconning @ Gladwin
Oscoda @ Houghton Lake
Manton @ Rogers City
Alcona @ Roscommon
Johannesburg-Lewiston @ Harbor Springs

8-Player High School Football Week 6:
St Helen Charleton Heston Academy @ Hale
Gaylord St Mary @ Hillman
AuGres-Sims @ Mio-AuSable
Posen @ Onaway
Whittemore-Prescott @ Kingston
Caseville @ Akron-Fairgrove
International Academy of Flint @ Carsonville-Port Sanilac
Mayville @ Kinde North Huron

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 Thu. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for THU 22OCT20

An upcoming roadway project on M-65 will work towards keeping carriage and farm equipment travel safer,  The Michigan Department of Transportation will be doing an extensive resurfacing project on M-65 from Hale to the intersection with M-55. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the project will include the widening of the paved portion of the shoulder in order to accommodate the Amish and farming communities more safely. There will also be increased enforcement of the 65 mile per hour speed limit with electronic speed limit signs and increased law enforcement patrol. This comes after a 37-year old member of the Amish community was killed after a vehicle struck his horse-drawn carriage in August. The project should be completed some time next year.

A formal complaint has been filed with the State Attorney General’s Office.  The complaint comes from the Alcona County Commission on Aging along with five residents of Lincoln Manor regarding a bed bug infestation. According to the Alpena News, agency staff began advocating for the residents of Lincoln Manor apartments earlier this month because the bed bug infestation has prevented them from providing the residents with services in over three months. Each time agency staff is notified of the presence of bed bugs in an apartment, a policy requires them to cancel their services to all residents there. The policy doesn’t permit them to resume services until Management with Prime Properties Management notifies them the apartment is clear of bed bugs. There is no definitive time table on a solution, but it could take a couple of months.

The Mio-Ausable Board Of Education approved a bid of $164,903 to replace the roof of the High School’s west wing. The bid was submitted by Duro-Last. The board also authorized a loan from the general fund to the sinking fund to pay for the repair. Mio-AuSable Superintendent, Paul Ciske said that the project should be completed in early November. In addition to approving the roof project, the board also re-authorized the Extended COVID Learning Plan.

Local Sports

Boy’s Soccer Playoffs:
Clare 3 vs Gladwin 2
Ogemaw Heights 6 vs Tawas Area 1


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 Wed. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for WED 21OCT20

The Arenac VFW Post #3724 is inviting students to apply for scholarships.  Local middle and high school students are being invited to apply to the Arenac VFW Post #3724’s annual “Voice of Democracy” speech and “Patriotic Pen” essay scholarship contests. The “Voice of Democracy” audio speech is for high school students and will be on the question, “Is this the Country the founders envisioned?” The application deadline for speeches is October 31st. The first place winner will win up to $1000 and a trip to Washington D.C. The essay scholarship is for middle school students and the topic is “What is Patriotism to me?” The first place winner will win up to $500. For applications or more information call 989 879-4515.

In the past month, Central Michigan District Health Department has seen an increase in COVID-19 Cases this fall. In the second week of October, there was a 150% Increase compared to the average number of cases from June. Hospitalization rates are also up 50% in October from previous months. The CMDHD reminds residents to do there part in not spreading COVID-19 and the flu as flu season approaches this fall. Stay at home when you can and especially when you feel sick. The CMDHD also states that 40% of people are asymptomatic, so it is important to follow safety guidelines even if you do not feel sick. Learn more about guidelines and what to do if you or a person near you feels sick at cmdhd.org.

A new monthly webinar series on invasive species is starting this week.  The "Not-My-Species" webinar from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and the Department of Natural Resources’ Michigan Invasive Species Program will begin on Thursday, October 22nd. People who are concerned about the impacts of invasive species and those interested in techniques used to prevent, detect, and control invasive species are encouraged to take advantage of the free webinars. The first webinar will begin at 9am on Thursday, October 22nd and the topic will be on Grass Carp in Michigan’s Great Lakes. For further times, dates, topics information and to register for the Invasive species webinars, visit Michigan.gov/E-G-L-E Events.  

Local Sports

Boys Soccer:
Oscoda 2 vs Alcona 1
Flint Powers Catholic 2 vs Essexville Garber 0
Roscommon 9 vs Fairview 1

Volleyball:
Mio 3 vs Fairview 1
Hillman 3 vs Atlanta 1


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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 13OCT20

One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a shooting in northern Michigan's Alpena. The injured person was taken to a mid Michigan hospital and then airlifted to another facility.

 

Drivers across the area are being watched extra-closely this week.  This week is School Bus Safety Week and the Michigan State Police will be conducting "Operation Safe Stop".  According to Michael Prince, Director of the Michigan Office of Safety Planning, even with many students learning from home this year, there are still many school buses on Michigan roads and drivers must stop for their flashing lights.  Last year, nearly 21,00 citations were issued to drivers for Failing to Stop for a School Bus.  Which is the most citations issued in the last 10 years.

Voters in Alcona County will be deciding on a 911 surcharge renewal on election day.   According to the Alcona County Review, if passed, the renewal would be for July 1st, 2021 through June 30th, 2027.  It would raise approximately $350,000 dollars for 911 services in the county.

A Port Austin man was killed in an accident Saturday night.  According to the Huron County Sheriff's Department, deputies were called to the scene at the Michigan sugar piling ground on Limerick Rd. in Meade Township.  Upon further investigation, the sheriff's department said truck driver 64 year-old Gary E. Stockoski, had unlatched his tailgate to dump into the piling machine when somehow ended up in the machine while suffering extensive fatal injuries.

Local Sports

Boy’s Soccer:
Clio 3 vs Croswell-Lexington 2
Bad Axe 8 vs Ithaca 0
Traverse City Christian 6 vs Grayling 0

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 19OCT20

The longtime Ogemaw County Clerk is retiring.  Gary Klacking is retiring as the Ogemaw County Clerk. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Klacking has served as the County Clerk since November of 1990. He originally had been appointed to the County Clerk’s position in January 1989 before officially running and winning the position in 1990. Klacking said he thought about running one more time, but decided it was time to spend more time with family and accomplish personal goals. Klacking’s retirement will not be official until the end of the year. He will retire as the longest serving clerk in Michigan. (ICNH Photo: Klacking)

The AuGres-Sims School District has several new teachers.  The school district welcomed four new teachers to the staff. According to the Arenac County Independent there are two new elementary school teachers and two new high school instructors. The new elementary school staff includes fourth grade teacher Mark Guerin and first grade teacher Emily Anderson. At the high school level, AuGres-Sims welcomed math instructor Lonnie Cruff and English/Language Arts teacher Crystal Celaya. Students returned to face to face instruction on October 5th. AuGres-Sims also offers hybrid in-person learning and virtual learning options for students and families.

Local Sports

Cross Country:
Alcona’s cross country team competed at the Northern Lower Peninsula Invitational on Saturday. Carter Upper finished in 19th for the Varsity Boys team; Sara Decker finished in 17th and Karen Sharboneau finished in 22nd for the Varsity Girls team; Cole Upper finished in 3rd for the Middle School Boys team. Next meet is the Pre-Regional on Saturday at Inland Lakes.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 23OCT20

Western Michigan University is using some high tech devices to sanitize around campus using ultraviolet light to fight COVID-19. WOOD TV says Western Michigan University has 20 of these devices from Tekna Inc. stationed around campus. Students and staff are encouraged to use hand sanitizer while the machine can sanitize cell phones, keys and wallets. WMU is also testing out five cabinet sized models.

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Central Grade School in Traverse City is closed today because of a sewer line backup. Both in person and remote classes are canceled today while repairs are being made. Meanwhile, Traverse City Central High School is opening today after a COVID-19 case forced the campus to close for two days.

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A free COVID-19 testing event has been canceled next week in Alpena County. It's because of staffing shortages with the Michigan National Guard. It was to be held at the Alpena Fairgrounds. MUSKEGON LAKE BODY A body found in Muskegon Lake earlier this week has been identified as 71-year-old James Bortel, of Muskegon. Police say he was the victim of a drowning and foul play is not suspected.

President Donald Trump took a shot at Michigan and Governor Gretchen Whitmer during the debate last night. The candidates were talking about COVID-19 and how some states responded to the pandemic. Former Vice President Joe Biden said restrictions on businesses and social distancing should be required if the Coronavirus is spreading in communities. Mister Trump disagreed, saying Michigan is like a prison until the state supreme court ruled her executive orders unconstitutional. The statement went unanswered by Biden.

Kid Rock showed up at the debate last night. Asked if he was supporting Trump's reelection -- he told reporters his presence would do his speaking for him. "I think being here says it all, right?" he said. "Happy to be invited.” The musician say a few seats away from pro golfer John Daly .. who was decked out in a red, white and blue jacket. Neither was wearing a mask when they arrived at the debate venue -- and but were later handed ones by debate staffers.

The University of Michigan football team, wearing their hearts on their sleeves as they kick off their season tomorrow. The team will wear a decal on their helmets, featuring the word "equality" with six raised fists -- each depicting a skin tone to reflect diversity and unity. The team says it's a way for players to contribute to increasing awareness about social injustice. All student athletes at U of M also have the option of wearing seven other slogans and themes on their warm-up apparel, including "say their names" and "no justice, no peace."

The Kalamazoo Public Schools will continue learning online through next March. WOOD TV reports it's because of an increase in COVID-19 cases and a rise in cases among younger people. The school district also sent surveys to parents , teachers and non-teacher staff and they all said they wanted to stick with virtual learning. The earliest the district would return to in person classes would be March 15th.

Plans appear to be moving forward for a new casino in Muskegon County, according to tribal leaders. M-Live reports leaders of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians say the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is expected to publish a final environmental impact statement today. That document will be open for public comment for 30 days and there will be a decision after that. Plans call for a new casino in Fruitport Township with 69- thousand square feet of gaming space, creating 15-hundred new jobs.

Michigan State University is dropping swimming and diving teams for men and women after the 2020-21 season. Officials say the athletic department is facing a "financial crisis" with a likely revenue shortfall of more than $30 million dollars. MSU says no swimmer or diver will lose a scholarship if they remain as students. Counseling and mental health services will also be available. MSU says dropping the teams will improve the athletic department's long-term finances. MSU says it has struggled to recruit swimmers because it has a "smaller than regulation pool."

An Emmet County man is facing prison time after he was convicted on multiple charges for stealing 70-thousand dollars from a neighbor's safe. 39-year-old Michael Carson, of Alanson, was found guilty of incidents that took place last October in Littlefield Township , south of Mackinaw City.

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STATE NEWS for THU 22OCT20

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is warning that Michigan on average has more confirmed daily cases of the Coronavirus than ever -- noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month. Since the court decision on Oct. 2nd, the seven-day case average is up to 1,818 which is nearly double. The governor says Michigan is at a "dangerous moment." She pleaded Wednesday for people to wear a mask and socially distance.

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Nearly four weeks after the Michigan Supreme Court threw out Governor Gretchen Whitmer's emergency Coronavirus orders, a new lawsuit has been filed against the new orders by the state health department. A chiropractor in western Michigan has sued the Whitmer administration claiming the health department can regulate gatherings under state law, but can't order masks. Semlow Peak Performance Chiropractic in Grand Haven makes masks optional, although the Ottawa County health department says it must follow the state order. It's one of the first lawsuits since the new orders were put in place.

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Health officials in west Michigan's Kent County plan to track COVID-19 infection trends in the wastewater. M-Live reports they also hope to get an early warning on outbreaks with the pilot program. The two municipal wastewater systems the health department plans to test are the Grand Rapids Water Resource Recovery Facility and the Wyoming Clean Water Plant.

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The Clinton Township election department is closing for at least the rest of the week after three employees tested positive for COVID-19. Clerk Kim Meltzer says the closure will provide time to assess the staff's exposure to the virus, and so all staff members can get tested. The department is expected to reopen by Monday. In the meantime, the office will continue to receive ballots by mail and from six collection boxes throughout the township.

A lawsuit expected to be filed today over guns at the polls. Attorneys working on a court challenge to the secretary of state's ban on open carry guns at the polls say they will file a lawsuit today. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says she and the Michigan attorney general have determined she has the power to issue the ban. The lawsuit is seeking a temporary injunction to stop the ban before the election, just 12 days away.

One person was killed and one was injured after a two vehicle crash in Flint Township last night. M-Live reports a 26-year-old man from Flint was killed when he was hit on his motorcycle by an S-U-V driven by a 78-year-old man, who was making a turn. A passenger in the SUV, a 77-year-old woman , has minor injuries.

A west Michigan businessman who was also a former U.S. Ambassador has died. Peter Secchia died Wednesday at his home. He was 83. Secchia was appointed Ambassador to Italy in 1989 and remained in the position for four years. Family and friends say he donated millions of dollars to Michigan State University and was behind the move of the MSU School of Human Medicine from East Lansing to Grand Rapids as part of the Medical Mile. Its headquarters is called the Secchia Center. (Photo: Secchia)

Voters in the Evart area, east of Reed City, will vote on a fire millage in November. They are asking for two mills to help cover increasing costs. That would replace the current millage of one mill and would cost the owner of a $100-thousand dollar home 200 dollars.

A third person charged in the death of a teen at Kalamazoo's Lakeside Academy will go on trial. Michael Mosley is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse in the death of 16-year-old Cornelius Fredericks, whose death was ruled a homicide after he was held down by multiple staff members last April. Heather McLogan and Zachary Solis will also go on trial in his death. A state investigation revealed that up to seven staff members held Fredericks down for about 12 minutes after he threw food in the cafeteria. (Photo: Fredericks)

Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt thought he locked his sheriff's vehicle when he went to do a radio interview . But , when he came out of the interview last Saturday, his marked Chevy Silverado was gone...it had been stolen. The sheriff thought the department was playing a joke on him according to a Facebook post, but the vehicle was found in a ditch and K-9 Deja tracked the suspect to the Forestville boat launch. The sheriff's office says lock your vehicles.

After a fire at the Elmira Post office earlier this month that destroyed the facility west of Gaylord, the U.S. Postal Service says all of the mail was retrieved. They say some of it suffered water damage in the fire and it was dried out before being delivered. Customers are being asked to now use post offices in Alba, Boyne Falls, and Gaylord.

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STATE NEWS for WED 21OCT20

When a Coronavirus vaccine is approved in the U.S., health care workers will be the first people in Michigan to receive it. The state revealed its plan last night to distribute the vaccination, once one is approved, in three phases. During phase one, the vaccine would first be directed to 143 hospitals and health systems for use on health care workers. After that, it would be distributed to critical populations identified at high risk of severe COVID-19 illness, including individuals over 65. Phase two would prioritize people considered essential workers, including grocery and food distribution workers, healthcare workers not immunized during phase one, and other critical populations. In phase three, vaccine distribution would be expanded to include the general population. Health officials anticipate high demand and shortages of the vaccine, especially initially.

The Grim Reaper will visit the state capitol this morning regarding the Herd Immunity plan when it comes to the Coronavirus. Members of the Michigan Peoples Campaign plan to offer legislators dead flowers and thank Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey for what they say is abandoning all hope in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. They will present 30-thousand blank death certificates to Shirkey.

Apartment rental prices are on the rise in Grand Rapids. They've jumped nearly 40- percent in the past ten years, according to a report by the group Self Financial to an average price of one thousand-22 dollars for a two bedroom apartment. It says Grand Rapids had the 13th largest hike in rental prices in the U.S. in the past decade.

Police in Battle Creek will be getting body cameras. The Battle Creek City Commission approved spending about 737-thousand dollars, money coming out of risk self insurance funds, according to City Manager Rebecca Fleury. Police Chief Jim Blocker told the commission that it's frustrating when they don't have video on an incident because of a lack of equipment or malfunction.

A former Muskegon area teacher and principal, James Russell, has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the sexual exploitation of two minors on federal charges . Earlier this month, the 50-year-old Russell was sentenced to 20 to 95 years in prison in a sexual assault case in Muskegon County. He was a teacher and principal in Ravenna and North Muskegon school districts before moving to Las Vegas in 2019. He was charged with child porn there and then police in west Michigan charged him with sexually abusing minors. (Police Photo: Russell)

This may surprise you, but Michigan drivers are ranked among the best in the U.S. That's according to crash data from insurance quote company QuoteWizard. It ranked Michigan drivers third best in the country, while Missouri and West Virginia drivers are better. The rankings look at millions of insurance quotes, but don't include drivers without insurance and one in five Michigan drivers don't have car insurance.

Roseville police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened during a basketball game last night. An altercation over a game at Basketball City led to one person being fatally shot and a C-P-L holder being placed in police custody.  Police say following the initial altercation, one of the individuals involved left the scene and later returned with a firearm. A valid C-P-L holder intervened, there was a brief exchange of gunfire and the individual who returned with a firearm was shot dead by the C-P-L holder.  That person is now in police custody.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 20OCT20

Vice President Mike Pence will be back in Michigan on Thursday to hold a campaign rally in Oakland County. It will be the fifth Pence trip to Michigan this year. President Donald Trump lost Oakland County in 2016 , but won the state by more than 10- thousand votes. Former democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (Boot-eh-jedge) campaigned for Joe Biden in Grand Rapids on Monday. He says “This could be a close election,” He says It looks like Biden is winning right now but says they can’t leave anything to chance.

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The Biden and Trump campaigns are both continuing their push to win the state of Michigan. The president's son, Eric, is hosting a Make America Great Again event in Lansing this afternoon, followed by a campaign event tonight in Willis, south of Ann Arbor. Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, is making four campaign stops in the state today -- in Detroit, Madison Heights, Dearborn and Saginaw.

The body of a man was recovered from Muskegon Lake in Muskegon Monday afternoon. A caller to 911 reportedly found the body. An autopsy will be performed.

One of the 14 men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan's governor was released from custody yesterday. According to multiple reports, after posting 10-thousand dollars bond, 51-year old Brian Higgins walked out of the Columbia County Jail. Higgins' movement will be restricted to two Wisconsin counties, he can't contact any of his co-defendants and has surrendered his passports. He's due back in court next month. The other 13 men remain behind bars in Michigan.

Charges are being dropped against a Michigan barber who reopened his barber shop last Spring during the governor's order to remain closed. Karl Manke's attorney, David Kallman, says the case against him fell apart after the state supreme court ruled that Governor Whitmer used an unconstitutional law as the foundation for emergency orders to control the virus. There is still a case against Manke to revoke his barber license, but Manke is requesting that that be dropped. (Photo: Manke)

To honor victims of domestic violence in Grand Rapids, the Blue Bridge will be lit up purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. There will also be laminated pieces of paper tied to the side of the bridge that have the names of each person killed in Michigan in a domestic violence situation last year. The city will also hold a virtual candlelight vigil on October 27th.

More than a half-ton of marijuana was seized from a trash hauler at the Blue Water Bridge on Sunday. The driver was attempting to cross into Michigan, claiming to be transporting municipal trash destined for a landfill in New Boston. The officer referred the driver for a secondary examination... during which more than one-thousand pounds of marijuana was discovered. The pot was concealed inside trash bags in the rear of the truck. Authorities say the Detroit Field Office, which covers all ports of entry throughout Michigan, has seen a significant increase in narcotics seized over the past 12 months.

There's been a shooting in Battle Creek involving a police officer early this morning. A Battle Creek Police officer pulled someone over for erratic driving and for stopping and backing up in the middle of the road. A second officer arrived and walked up to the passenger side of the car and saw that the passenger had a gun in their waistband. The officer told the passenger to put their hands up, but when the passenger reached for the gun, they began to struggle . Police say the passenger reached for a second gun under the seat. The officer on the driver's side shot the passenger. The passenger has been taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

A Southfield woman has died nearly two months after she was found alive at a funeral home after she was mistakenly declared dead. The attorney for Timesha Beachamp's (Tuh-Meesh-uh Bo-CHamp's) family says the 20- year old passed away at Children's Hospital. In late August, Southfield paramedics declared her dead in her home. However, Beauchamp was found alive at a Detroit funeral home and then rushed to the hospital. Attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who has filed a lawsuit against the city and paramedics, says the family is devastated. The city of Southfield said in a statement it sends its deepest sympathies to the Beauchamp family and they cannot comment further because of pending litigation.

A Battle Creek man, Chad Reed, has pleaded not guilty temporarily to killing his two tenants, Joey Soule and Jackie Lepird. Reed was denied bond. Police say Reed had an ongoing dispute with the couple. Police are investigating what caused a fire Sunday at the house where the murders allegedly occurred. Police say Reed confessed to the murders and the couple's bodies were found in the back of Reed's truck. (Police Photo: Reed)

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STATE NEWS for MON 19OCT20

Manistee and Big Rapids Schools are closed today because of confirmed cases of COVID-19. Alpena school officials say one high school student has tested positive and one is listed as probable with the virus.
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Governor Whitmer's top medical advisor is testifying before a COVID-19 oversight committee today. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will take questions from a joint House-Senate panel on how decisions were made in the state's response to the Coronavirus. The committee wants to know what data the administration has been relying on, what recommendations officials are making to the governor, and how Governor Whitmer has formulated executive orders and public health directives. So far, the committee has heard over 50 hours of testimony from over 100 people across Michigan – including several officials from Governor Whitmer's administration.

Fire officials in Battle Creek are investigating after a fire at a home where a Battle Creek couple was allegedly recently killed. WOOD TV reports the home was on fire Sunday morning where it's allegedly that Joey Soule and Jackie Leperd were killed earlier this month. They rented the upstairs unit of the home and their landlord, Chad Reed, confessed to killing them last week. No one was injured in the fire. Family members of the victims held a vigil at the home last night, and some say the fire raises more questions for them.

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There's heavy damage to a home in Muskegon after a fire on Sunday. Firefighters say two men lived in the home and only one has reportedly been accounted for. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The tragedy deepens for a woman who lost her six year-old daughter in a crash last week in Waterford Township in Metro Detroit. The woman's husband , Nick Melanshek, has now died from the crash. Their daughter six year old Riley also died from the crash. You may remember they had just bought a new car and the mom was driving it while Melanshek and Riley were in their other vehicle behind her. They had stopped for a light when a 28-year-old Waterford man allegedly slammed into them at a high rate of speed. Trevor Taylor's bond was set at one million dollars on charges of second degree murder , operating while intoxicated while causing death and other charges. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the wife and mother of the victims get a new vehicle since both were lost in the crash.

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Get the latest Michigan Gubernatorial Executive Orders for COVID-19 Here

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Friday, October 26, 2020

11 Days until Election Day

Apple's new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are available in stores today - but will the lines be as long as in previous years because of coronavirus?

iHeartCountry Festival Presented (formerly the iHeartRadio Country Festival) held as a virtual livestreamed and on-air radio special. Recorded live on one stage in Nashville, featuring performances from Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Sam Hunt, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Riley Green, Morgan Evans and Gabby Barrett, hosted by Bobby Bones.

Bruce Springsteen releases new studio album, 'Letter to You' and documentary on Apple TV+

80th birthday of Pele, Brazilian retired professional soccer player. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he was among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century. During his playing days, Pele was for a period the best-paid athlete in the world. In Brazil, he is hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments in football and for his outspoken support of policies that improve the social conditions of the poor

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

10 Days until Election Day

World Polio Day
National Bologna Day


World Series Game 4: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

75th anniversary of the United Nations

President Trump on campaign trail in North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Vice President Pence on campaign trail in Florida

Joe Biden on campaign trail in Pennsylvania

Kamala Harris on campaign trail in Ohio

Record Store Day, 13th annual international celebration of independent record stores concludes with a third and final 'drop' of limited releases in a change to its usual format due to social distancing measures resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Instead of a one-day event usually held in April featuring in-stores, RSD organizers made the decision to make titles on the RSD 2020 official list available to purchase online from independent record shops over the course of three dates across three months. Today's releases feature exclusives from artists including Alice Cooper, Asking Alexandria, Clutch, Eminem, Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Chief Keef, The Allman Brothers Band, Snoop Dogg and The Rolling Stones. This year's ambassador is Brandi Carlile

Original scripts for 'The Godfather' and 'Chinatown' up for auction
'Property from the Estate of Robert Evans' auction, featuring decorative art, classic cars, household items and movie memorabilia from the estate of the famed film producer. Highlights include original scripts for 'Chinatown', est. $8,000 - $10,000; 'The Godfather', est. $3,000 - $5,000; and 'The Godfather: Part II', est. $1,000 - $2,000, plus numerous works by photographer Helmut Newton

Adele makes hosting debut on 'SNL' on NBC

ELECTION 2020

Voter registration deadline in Iowa
Voter registration deadline in Massachusetts
Early voting begins in Florida
Early voting begins in New York

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

9 Days until Election Day

World Pasta Day

World Series Game 5: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Donald Trump and Joe Biden appear on '60 Minutes Election Edition' on CBS
Both presidential and vice presidential candidates appear on the special, with Lesley Stahl speaking to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, and Norah O'Donnell talking to 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate 2020 Dem vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, with all four appearing separately in one-on-one interviews. The interview with President Trump was filmed Tuesday and afterwards he tweeted that it was 'FAKE and BIASED'. On Thursday, Trump released a White House video of the interview on Facebook

Secretary of State Pompeo begins India / Sri Lanka / Maldives / Indonesia trip

President Trump on campaign trail in New Hampshire

NFL games, with schedule adjustments due to Coronavirus:
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Football Team; Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets; Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints; Green Bay Packers @ Houston Texans; Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals; Detroit Lions @ Atlanta Falcons; Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals; San Francisco 49ers @ New England Patriots; Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos; Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Las Vegas Raiders; Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans; Jacksonville Jaguars @ Los Angeles Chargers * Steelers @ Ravens was originally scheduled for today, but the Titans play the Steelers instead in a fixture rescheduled from 4 Oct due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic * Chargers @ Dolphins was supposed to be played today, but the Dolphins have been placed on bye due to Coronavirus

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Monday, October 26, 2020

8 Days until Election Day

Senate expected to vote on SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett

Latest hearing in Huawei CFO extradition case in Canada

Court hearing for Steve Bannon and co-defendants on fraud charges relating to border wall campaign

NASA announces new discovery about the Moon from its SOFIA mission

ELECTION 2020

Voter registration deadline in Colorado
Mail-in voter registration deadline in Montana
Online and mail-in voter registration deadline in Washington state
Early voting begins in Maryland

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga gives his first policy speech as the Japanese Parliament convenes more than a month after he took office succeeding Shinzo Abe. The speech follows an overseas trip to Vietnam and Indonesia undertaken by Suga earlier this month. He is expected to repeat his pledge to hold the Olympic and Para-olympic Games in Tokyo next year. The Olympics have been postponed to next July and the Paralympics to September as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Suga is also expected to announce plans to cut all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050

NFL game: Chicago Bears @ Los Angeles Rams

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Election Day is one week from today

World Series Game 6 (if needed): Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

15th 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' book published worldwide

USPS, DEA and Miss America launch Drug Free USA Forever Stamp

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

6 Days until Election Day

World Series Game 7 (if needed): Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Senate Commerce Committee hearing with testimony from Twitter, Facebook, and Alphabet heads

Court hearing for adult film star Ron Jeremy on charges of sexual assault of four women

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

5 Days until Election Day

National Cat Day

Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes advance GDP data for the third quarter of 2020. Figures published last month showed that real gross domestic product decreased at an annual rate of 31.4% in the second quarter of the year as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the U.S. economy.

ELECTION 2020
Early voting begins in Oklahoma

Hearing in Meghan Markle case against UK newspaper

2nd anniversary of the crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max plane from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta to Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang, killing all 189 people onboard along with a rescue diver. It was the first major incident involving the aircraft series, introduced in 2017, and the deadliest ever involving a 737. Families of the victims were told by Indonesian investigators that poor regulatory oversight and the design of Boeing's 737 Max contributed to the fatal disaster

75th anniversary of the ball-point pen going on sale in New York

Google Pixel 5 smart phone begins shipping in U.S.

NFL game: Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers

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Friday, October 30, 2020

4 Days until Election Day

National Candy Corn Day

Secretary of State Pompeo concludes India / Sri Lanka / Maldives / Indonesia trip

'The Mandalorian' season two becomes available on Disney+

ELECTION 2020

Online and mail-in voter registration deadline in Vermont

U.S. Supreme Court meets in private conference to discuss cases and vote on petitions for review

Forbes Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list published

Aaay: Henry Winkler a.k.a. 'The Fonz' turns 75 today

LEGO releases new 'Baby Yoda' set

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