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LOCAL NEWS for THU 18JUL19

An Oscoda Township Downtown Summit was recently held.  The Summit was held at the Warrior Pavilion of Ken Ratliff Memorial Park. According to the Oscoda Press, participants gave feedback on topics including a potential consolidated municipal services center. Township superintendent Dave Schaefer said the Township has contracted with Rowe Professional Services to evaluate the concept of a municipal center. The municipal center would feature police and fire stations on half the property with the other half occupied by township offices, library, senior center and community center. Schaefer said since Oscoda is considered a low to moderate income community, there would be grant funding available to pay for the center.

A supplemental summer food program has been put in place for families in need in Oscoda County.  The supplemental summer food program is for families in the Crawford, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Roscommon Intermediate School District. According to the Oscoda County herald, families with children who receive free or reduced price lunches are automatically enrolled in the summer program. Spokesperson Bob Wheaton said parents should follow the directions included with the card they received with their child's name on it in order to receive a monthly stipend to help purchase healthy foods for their children. Wheaton said the idea behind the program is that it is still important for children to remain sufficiently fed throughout the summer, when they aren't in class. The program runs until September 2nd.

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 Wed. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for WED 17JUL19

On Friday morning, just after midnight, officers from the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motorcycle crash on AuSable Road near Sunny Lake Road in Mitchell Township. Aaron Werner, 50, of Wolverine, was traveling southbound on AuSable Road when his motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway. Werner lost control of his motorcycle, leaving the roadway and ejecting him onto the shoulder of the road. Werner was transported by Alcona EMS to Tawas St. Joseph Hospital for serious injuries he sustained in part because he was not wearing a helmet. The investigation is ongoing but alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

The two-year-old girl missing in Oscoda County has been found. According to Up North Live, Michigan State Police said Gabriella Roselynn Vitale was found alive and well Tuesday morning. Investigators say Gabriella showed up on a porch between a quarter and a half-mile west of where she went missing. Vitale was reported missing Monday morning after her family said she disappeared while they were packing up after a camping trip. Since Monday, Oscoda County sheriff's deputies, Michigan State Police, K-9 teams, a helicopter and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources searched a wooded area near Reber road about three quarters of a mile west of M-33 in Comins Township. The family is from the Monroe area and said they had been camping since last week.

The City of West Branch has added more parking.  Parking spaces have been restored on South Second and Third Streets. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, parking had been removed in February 2017 when the former City manager said the roads did not meet requirements from the state to allow parking. The city risked losing funding through the Michigan Transportation Fund is the spaces were not removed. Current City Manager Frank Goodroe told the West Branch City council that he could not find anything that said those spaces could not be there. Goodroe took action to remove the restrictions which returns twelve parking spots on South Second and Third Streets.

Tawas City officials recently took action on a potential addition to Tawas City Shoreline Park.  Council members voted unanimously on the possible addition of a performing arts center in the park. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the city received two proposals to develop concept designs for the center, which is intended to be situated near the existing Town Square building. Mayor Ken Cook said officials aren't looking for construction drawings, but concept drawings for the purpose of budgeting and fundraising should the city decide to move forward with the project. Council members voted to move forward with both proposals.   

 

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 16JUL19

State Representative Sue Allor will hold office hours tomorrow. Allor, of Wolverine, will be at the Alcona County Library, Harrisville Branch, 307 West Main Street, Wednesday from 4:30-5:30pm. Allor said these local office hours are a terrific way to keep open communication with the people of the 106th District. Residents may also reach Allor at her Lansing office by calling 517-373-0833.
 

Rose City officials have scheduled numerous projects for the new fiscal year.  The city ended the previous fiscal year, June 30th, with a find balance of just over $210,000 dollars. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Rose City Clerk Cindy Rosebrugh said they will focus on projects including the overhaul of Harrington Street. The project will include working on the gravel and ditches in preparation for the eventual paving of the road within the next couple years. The project is expected to cost just over $52,000 dollars. Another project will be cleaning the area behind the new farmers market pavilion in order to put in a campground. Rosebrugh said the city may also consider finding a deal for a new truck to plow with.  

A Thumb area library has planned an expansion project.  The Columbia Township Library in Unionville has planned a renovation project. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the library will be building a 4,370 foot addition using the vacant lot at the north side of the building. The renovation and expansion will allow for a dedicated children's area, space for the library's collection to grow and expand and an entertainment area that will serve as a hub for community activity with a room that can also be rented. Funds for the project come from taxes generated from windmills in Columbia Township. There will be no additional charges on property tax bills. Work is expected to be completed by January.   

The application period for the Deer Private Land Assistance Network grant is now open. The Deer PLAN is a cooperative grant program designed to fund deer habitat improvement projects on private land in the northern Lower Peninsula. This year, a total of $50,000 is available, with per-project amounts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. Awarded funds will be used for tangible, on-the-ground efforts that improve deer habitat and provide quality deer hunting locations. Landowners with property in Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties are encouraged to apply. Project applications are due September 1st and successful applicants will be notified by October 1st. For an application or more information visit Michigan Dot Gov Slash DNR.

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 15JUL19

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy will hold a town hall meeting tomorrow.  The town hall will be held to discuss PFAS contamination at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base and the surrounding area. Representative Beth Place, said the purpose of the meeting is to provide updates and discuss planned summer activities related to the environmental response. State and local agencies will be providing information. An open house will be held from 4-5:30pm, with the town hall meeting scheduled from 6:30-8pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 5300 U.S. 23, Oscoda.

Oscoda County's 9-1-1 Plan has been finalized.  Sheriff Kevin Grace said the previous 9-1-1 plan had not been updated in more than a decade. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Grace said the new plan lays out what services dispatch offers and explains in detail personnel responsibilities and the equipment at its disposal. Grace said the development of the plan was a lengthy process which began back in March. Now that the plan is completed and the townships in the county have all signed on, the next step is to send the new plan to the state 9-1-1 Board.

A tank at Decorative Panels International caught fire Sunday afternoon in Alpena. According to Up North Live, the plant is located on Ford Avenue. Alpena City Fire Crews responded around 2:30pm to reports of thick, black smoke coming from the facility. According to the Alpena City Fire Captain, a clarifying tank in the back of the building caught fire when BIO-Plant employees were cutting something above the tank, and some sludge inside the tank caught fire. No injuries were reported. 

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 Fri. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for FRI 12JUL19

The Roscommon County Sheriff is highlighting the importance of putting unused medication in a safe place for disposal. According to Up north Live, the agency posted two pictures to its Facebook page Thursday showing how much medication has been collected in one drug take-back box. The Sheriff’s Department emptied the drug take-back box of unused drugs that didn’t end up in local septic systems and drinking water. County officials said after the medication is collected it is transported to an EPA approved incineration center to be burned.

Arenac County Central Dispatch is transitioning to the Peninsula Fiber Network.  Central Dispatch expects to be hooked up to the new system in the next two to three months. According to the Arenac County Independent, Director Yvonne King said the new network will allow residents to text 9-1-1. It will also provide dispatchers the ability to transfer their phones to any other entity hooked up to the Peninsula Fiber Network. King said testing will be conducted once everything is set to ensure that the transition will be seamless and residents will experience no issues. Funding for the new system comes from the Central Dispatch Millage and Saginaw Chippewa Tribe's two percent distribution funding.   

Sanborn Township in Alpena County was awarded a $220,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Grant to revitalize and safely reuse a former gas station on US-23 South near Ossineke’s main four corners. The contaminated property will be redeveloped as a deli and post office with help from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. Staff from the Gaylord District Office investigated the groundwater and soil, and found gasoline contamination from a leaking underground storage tank. The brownfield grant will complement the Gaylord district staff’s work by funding contaminated soil disposal, blighted building demolition, a vapor barrier and a ventilation system to prevent exposure to harmful vapors. Stephan Investments LLC will build a new deli and United States Post Office branch at the location. The $300,000 redevelopment will create 12 new jobs.

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STATE NEWS for THU 18JUL19

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued an excessive heat warning in effect from noon today to 8pmSaturday. Temperatures are expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend. Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on family and neighbors. Officials are also concerned about smog, which is exacerbated by the heat and makes it harder for certain groups of people to breathe.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has named an energy-efficiency leader to join Michigan's commission that regulates utilities and telecommunication providers. Tremaine Phillips's appointment to the three-member Public Service Commission was announced Wednesday. It will take effect unless the state Senate disapproves. Phillips would succeed Norm Saari, whose term expired two weeks ago. Phillips currently directs the Cincinnati 2030 District, which is working to reduce buildings' energy use, water consumption and transportation emissions by 50% by the year 2030. He formerly was vice president of strategic initiatives for an energy-efficiency company in Ohio and briefly worked in the administration of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Authorities say a man has died after being pinned under a slab of concrete that fell on him while he was working on a porch. Officers with the Grand Blanc Township Police Department learned that the 67-year-old man had been trying to remove the concrete slab when it collapsed. An officer and others quickly lifted the slab off the man and he was taken to a hospital, where police said he died. The man’s name wasn’t immediately released. Police Chief Ron Wiles described the man as a relative of the homeowner and said what happened was a “tragic, freak accident.” The home is located in Genesee County, near Flint. The death is under investigation.

The Michigan Supreme Court is considering the legality of Republican lawmakers' unprecedented maneuver to significantly scale back minimum wage increases and paid sick leave requirements that began as ballot drives. Justices heard arguments Wednesday. Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud said the Legislature's 2018 strategy was "outright" unconstitutional and a "slap in the face to the people." A lawyer for the House and Senate said nothing in the state constitution prevents the tactic

About 5,000 Consumers Energy customers in parts of Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids were without power for a couple of hours Wednesday evening. The power went out shortly before 6 p.m. The initial restoration estimate was 8 p.m., but service actually came back around 8:30 p.m. for many. Consumers reports that a truck accidentally snagged a low-hanging phone line along Lyons Street near Houseman Avenue. That caused a utility pole to shift and disrupted power lines. According to Consumers’ interactive outage map, the outage stretched roughly to Michigan Avenue NE on the north side from Plymouth Road SE on the east, Franklin Street SE on the south and Paris Avenue SE on the west.

The Michigan Supreme Court has overturned a murder conviction in Saginaw County, saying a judge questioned a witness like a prosecutor. The court says a judge can ask questions during a trial. But the justices say Judge Fred Borchard went too far. The court said the judge at one point asked a witness to provide a bank statement and requested water bill receipt. Justice Richard Bernstein says it wasn't Borchard's job to "drill" into a defendant's alibi.

The growing awareness of sexual abuse by faith leaders is leading to an unprecedented program for West Michigan. On Thursday, the YWCA in Grand Rapids will hold its first group therapy session specifically for survivors of sexual abuse by faith leaders. The YWCA started the group because clients who were abused by church leaders felt they needed a different type of therapy. The YWCA program is open to all genders. People can share as much or as little as they would like.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' top leader has been invited to speak at the NAACP convention in Detroit, marking the latest sign of a burgeoning partnership between the two organizations. The Utah-based faith said that president Russell M. Nelson will speak Sunday. A lower level church leader spoke at the NAACP convention last year. The two organizations had their official meeting between national leaders in May 2018, calling afterward for greater racial harmony. The religion barred blacks from the lay priesthood until 1978. That ban was rooted in the belief that black skin was a curse, and lingers as one of the most sensitive topics in the religion's history. Scholars estimate that blacks make up about 3% of the 6.6 million church members in the U.S.

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STATE NEWS for WED 17JUL19

A 32-year-old Cadillac woman is dead after tubing on the Manistee River. She reportedly got tangled up in inner tubes that were tied together and stuck in a fallen tree. The current pulled her under water in Manton near the Chippewa Landing Campground.

A Lansing man may owe his life to a group of runners who heard his cries for help after he fell from a tree and impaled himself on a stump. Police say the running group was in the Red Cedar Natural Area Saturday when they heard his cries from a wooded area. There they discovered the 37-year-old man face down, with a small chunk of a tree sticking through his shoulder. He told the group he was enjoying nature when he fell from a tree the night before. He's expected to recover.

Sandusky, Ohio Police say four Michiganders were taken to the hospital after arriving on drugs and in medical distress at Cedar Point Tuesday afternoon. Police say they are not sure what the two men and two women took before they arrived at the amusement park. Cedar Point's medical team assisted until the four were taken to a local hospital by ambulance. Their names and conditions have not been released as Sandusky Police continue to investigate.

A Detroit police officer due in court today on charges of threatening two women with traffic tickets unless they provided him with their phone numbers. Wayne County Prosecutor's Office filed misconduct in office charges against 32-year-old Dmitri Searcy in connection to a pair of traffic stops last summer in downtown Detroit. Searcy is accused of telling each woman to provide their phone numbers to avoid a traffic ticket or having their car impounded. After complying, officials say the victims began receiving unwanted calls and texts from Searcy. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

The city of Portland and Ionia County won't be getting any money from the state for flood damage caused earlier this year. Ice jams caused the Grand River to overflow last February and an ice storm knocked down trees and power lines. The Whitmer admiistration denied a request for state aid. Portland City Manager Tutt Gorman says they are disappointed with the decision and will take steps to request reconsideration

Greta Van Fleet reported to be to be back in the studio recording their next full length album. The hard rock band out of Frankenmuth also said to be working with renown songwriter and producer Greg Kurstin, who's worked with big name hitmakers including the Foo Fighters, Beck and Paul McCartney among others. Greta Van Fleet's official spokeperson isn't commenting on the band's recording or the album, which is expected to drop by the end of the year.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 16JUL19

The U.S. Coast Guard has set new rules for vessels passing through the Straits of Mackinac. The Coast Guard established two safety zones around vessels conducting geo-technical investigations and they want other vessels to stay away from them for safety reasons. The new safety zone is west of the Mackinac Bridge.

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol employee is charged with sexually abusing a child in Chippewa County. Adam Pelinski is charged with five second degree sex crime charges involving a minor. He's also accused of second degree child abuse and assault in 2014 and 2015 in Sault Ste. Marie. Customs and Border Patrol has placed Pelinski on paid administrative leave and released a statement saying they do not tolerate corruption or abuse within their ranks.

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former lawmaker who resigned over a sex scandal. Todd Courser had accused former House leaders of conspiring to remove him from office and subject him to criminal charges. U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist ruled that Courser's claim of a conspiracy "is not only implausible, but absurd on its face." Courser resigned in 2015, while another legislator he had an affair with, Cindy Gamrat, was expelled. Courser had asked an aide to send a false, sexually explicit email to thousands of fellow Republicans as a trick so his affair with Gamrat would not be believed if it was revealed by an extortionist.

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STATE NEWS for MON 15JUL19

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Marine Division and dive team will resume search efforts today for the body of a man believed to have drowned in the St. Clair River Friday night. Sheriff Tim Donnellon tells WPHM the incident occurred just north of St. Clair around 8:30 Friday evening. 21 year old Riley Gleason of St. Clair Township was one of three individuals on a boat and reportedly jumped off the boat to take a swim in the river. Donnellon says witnesses saw him swimming in the water just north of the boardwalk in St. Clair but that he eventually went under due to the current. Search crews were on the scene both Saturday and Sunday but were unable to locate Gleason, and will return to the scene again today.

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A man drowned Sunday in the Menominee River in the Upper Peninsula. W-L-U-C reports it happened just south of Faithorn, according to the Menominee County Sheriff's Department.

There was another gun store robbery in west Michigan on Sunday, the fourth in the past week. Long Range Archery and Firearms in Holland Township was the latest target at about 5 Sunday morning. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says several firearms were stolen. They say there were as many as four suspects seen driving a dark colored SUV. Gun shop robberies also occurred in Cascade Township, Kentwood and Sparta in the past week...the latter two early Sunday morning. Anyone with information should call Silent Observer.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 12JUL19

Police in Sault Ste. Marie are investigating an apparent murder-suicide. Police say a man shot and killed his wife and then himself outside Medilodge which forced it to go on lockdown. The woman was a resident there.

A northern Michigan man, John O'Connor, of Grayling, has been sentenced to 31 to 50 years in prison for killing his estranged girlfriend, Michelle Kukulski, in December of 2017. O' Connor, who beat Kukulski with a can of yams, says he doesn't know what happened , but that he did it. He says anxiety turned into fear which turned into something he couldn't control. He was convicted of second degree murder.

There are some new rules to stop the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer by the state department of natural resources. The new regulations continue a ban on baiting and feeding in the lower peninsula and expands the ban to the UP's Core CWD Surveillance Area. A four point antler restriction is going into effect for Mecosta, Montcalm, and Ionia Counties.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

British Open golf begins

Fortune Global 500 ranking of world's largest corporations
revealed


Nelson Mandela International Day

Comic-Con opens to public in San Diego

Amazon stops operating its Chinese Marketplace website

Joe Biden on campaign trail in California

Pete Buttegieg speaks at YDA Convention in Indianapolis

CNN live draw for 2020 Democratic presidential debate
lineup (8:00pm ET)


Julian Castro on campaign trail in New Hampshire (1:00pm
ET)


Elizabeth Warren on campaign trail in Iowa (6:45pm ET)

National Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Policy and
Practice Forum (10:00am ET)


Court hearing in lawsuit over border searches of electronic
devices without a warrant (3:00pm ET)

 

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Friday, July 19, 2019

50th anniversary of Apollo 11 beginning orbit of moon

Joe Biden on campaign trail in California

Julian Castro on campaign trail in New Hampshire (1:30pm
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Beto O'Rourke on campaign trail in Iowa (3:30pm ET)

Elizabeth Warren on campaign trail in Iowa (11:15am ET)

Court hearing in lawsuit against Ariana Grande over
copyright claims (10:30pm ET)

 

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Saturday, July 20th, 2019

50th anniversary of Man on Moon

Secretary of State Pompeo continues Latin America trip in Ecuador

Comic-Con continues in San Diego

International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction (6:00pm ET)

Manny Pacquiao fights Keith Thurman for welterweight title in Las Vegas

'Apollo 11 50th Live' festival at Space Center Houston

'The Eagle Has Landed' Late-Night Celebration at the National Air and Space Museum (8:00pm ET)

New England Air Museum celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 lunar landing (10:00am ET)

World Snail Racing Championships

National Baseball Hall of Fame Awards (4:30pm ET)

NAACP Annual Convention

U.S. Postal Service unveils commemorative Apollo 11 'First Moon Landing' stamp (12.45pm ET)

Joe Biden on campaign trail in Nevada (2:30pm ET)

Beto O'Rourke on campaign trail in Iowa (9:45am ET)

Steve Bullock on campaign trail in Iowa (11:30am ET)

Bernie Sanders on campaign trail in Iowa (11:30am ET)

Jill Biden on campaign trail for husband Joe in South Carolina

Amy Klobuchar on campaign trail in New Hampshire (9:00am ET)

Pete Buttigieg on campaign trail in Iowa (3:00pm ET)

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 inducted, including Mo Rivera

Secretary of State Pompeo concludes Latin America trip in Mexico and El Salvador

Comic-Con concludes in San Diego

50th anniversary of Apollo 11 blasting off from moon after first lunar landing

SpaceX due to launch 18th commercial resupply mission to the ISS (7:35pm ET)

'Widespread and dangerous' heat wave forecast to continue across central and eastern U.S.

New York Times' Apollo 11 50th anniversary event, featuring a play starring Jeff Daniels and Samuel L. Jackson (7:00pm ET)

Pete Buttigieg attends NAACP Convention (10:00am ET)

Bernie Sanders on campaign trail in Iowa (10:30am ET)

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Monday, July 22, 2019

President Trump welcomes Pakistani PM to the White House

Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit

Fortune Global 500 ranking of world's largest corporations revealed

Dem Rep. Nancy Pelosi keynotes NAACP Annual Convention (9:00am ET)

Secretary of State Pompeo visits Florida

UK's Prince George of Cambridge celebrates 6th birthday

Beto O'Rourke on campaign trail in New York (7.30pm ET)

Amy Klobuchar at Washington Post '2020 Candidates' event (9:00am ET)

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation', with testimony from FBI Director Christopher Wray (10:00am ET)

Joe Biden on campaign trail in Louisiana

New leader of the UK Conservative Party announced

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Robert Mueller testifies to House Judiciary Committee, following issuance of subpoena (8:30 AM ET)

Robert Mueller testifies to House Intelligence Committee, following issuance of subpoena (12 PM ET)

House Oversight Committee hearing on the 2020 Census

50th anniversary of Apollo 11 safely landing in Pacific

New UK PM takes over

U.S. Border Patrol chief testifies to House Appropriations subcommittee

40th anniversary of serial killer Ted Bundy convicted

Joe Biden on campaign trail in Michigan

Pete Buttigieg reportedly attends San Francisco reception

Kirsten Gillibrand speaks on foreign policy in Chicago

Young Republican National Convention Begins in Nebraska

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

ICE acting director testifies to House Appropriations subcommittee (1pm ET)

National Intern Day, for employers 'to recognize and celebrate all of the hard-working interns across the nation'

Joe Biden on campaign trail in Indiana

Joe Sestak on campaign trail in Iowa

Pete Buttigieg attends Los Angeles reception

U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria (10am ET)

Court hearing for judge accused of helping illegal immigrant escape courthouse

Final status conference for Newton, MA, District Court Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph, on pending counts including conspiracy to obstruct justice and aiding and abetting, for alleged role in helping an illegal immigrant escape from courthouse.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

U.S. reveals first set of GDP data for Q2 2019 (8:30am ET)

Twitter Q2 earnings

House of Representatives breaks for Labor Day / summer District Work Period

National Urban League Conference
Speakers including 2020 Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, New York Mayor Bill di Blasio, South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rep. Tim Ryan, and former Rep. John Delaney

Jill Biden on campaign trail for husband Joe in New Mexico

NLC 2020 presidential candidate forum
With Sen. Cory Booker and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro

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Tired of the mad dash to get a good camping spot at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore at Little Beaver Lake Campground, Twelve Mile Campground, or Hurricane River Campground?  These campgrounds now require reservations, after years of a "first come, first served" policy. Since visitation has nearly doubled in the last few years during the summer months reservations can now be made at recreation.gov.

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