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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 21MAR19


Two more people have been charged related to the murder of a Houghton Lake man. According to Up North Live, Terri Lemerand, 36, and Matthew Lemerand, 38 both of Houghton Lake, are accused of lying to police. They were both arraigned on a felony charge of lying to a peace officer. According to Roscommon County Sheriff's Deputies, the charges are in connection to the murder of Jon Dirette, who was shot and killed January 13th at a home on McKinley Street in Houghton Lake. If found guilty, they each face up to four years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

AuSable Township requested sediment samplings be taken at the mouth of the AuSable River.  The sediment sampling was done to determine if the proposed Spring dredging area is impacted by PFAS contamination. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the request was made by the township last Fall and findings were given to the AuSable Township Board of Trustees at their March 4th meeting. The samplings were taken on October 4th and October 9th, 2018 as twelve sediment samples were taken from six cores. The results revealed that all twelve samples were below the detection limit for all 24 PFAS compounds. The Spring dredging process is a necessity because sand and silt wash downstream and fill channels and harbors.

Huron County Commissioners will fill vacant seats on the Planning Commission.  Commissioners interviewed seven of the nine candidates looking to fill the three seats. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the seven candidates told commissioners their previous and current involvements in Huron county regarding planning and zoning. The final two candidates will be interviewed on Tuesday at 9am during the next Huron County Board of Commissioners meeting in Room 305 of the Huron County Building. Commissioners will then appoint three candidates for the open three year terms. The appointees will take their seats at the April 3rd Huron County Planning Commission meeting. 

 

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 21MAR19

Oscoda Township Trustees discussed Phase One of the Water Main Extension Project.  Phase One of the Water Main Extension Project should be completed in May. According to the Oscoda Press, the first phase, which began last year is part of the goal to get clean municipal water to residents affected by PFAS contamination coming from the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Phase One entails a water main extension down Van Ettan Dam Road and Forest drive as well as a new meter pit installation for Rose Lane. Mac Arthur Construction intends to complete the remaining work on the Phase One Project by May, if not sooner.  

Oscoda County has a new 9-1-1 plan.  The plan has been created by the Oscoda County Sheriff's Department. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Sheriff Kevin grace said the services the county offers remain the same, the difference is that those services are spelled out in more detail. Grace said the main thing that could change with the new 9-1-1 plan is that local townships now have the opportunity to opt out of the county dispatch service. The new 9-1-1 plan will also institute a quarterly advisory board. It will consist of a representative from the state police, sheriff's department, county commissioners and local fire department. Grace said the county's 9-1-1 plan has not been updated for more than a decade.

State Representative Sue Allor's plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan was unanimously approved by the Michigan House. The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act. Allor, of Wolverine, said the people of Michigan have the right to know what their state government is doing and how public tax dollars are spent. The House bills now advance to the Senate for consideration.

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 20MAR19

On Tuesday at 8:40pm, officers form the Oscoda Township Police Department responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover accident on Kings Corner Road near Golfview Way in Oscoda Township. Upon arrival, officers found 63 year old Steven Gene Curley, from Glennie, deceased at the scene. A four year old passenger was transported to Tawas St. Joseph Hospital for treatment of injuries. The crash is still under investigation, but preliminary information indicates that the vehicle driven by Curley was traveling east on Kings Corner, left the roadway and traveled over an embankment causing the vehicle to become airborne. Upon impact with the ground, the vehicle rolled multiple times during which Curley was ejected from the vehicle. The Oscoda Township Police was assisted on scene by Iosco County EMS, Oscoda Area First Responders and the Michigan State Police.

The Whittemore Prescott School District still has elevated PFAS levels in its water wells.  A second round of testing confirmed an elevated level of PFAS contaminates in the water supply. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Whittemore Prescott officials first learned of the contamination in November after testing by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The district immediately stopped using the well water for cooking and drinking. Superintendent Joe Perrera said of the four wells tested in February, two showed an increase in PFAS since November, one showed a decrease and one showed no contamination. The district will be required to test its water wells quarterly to verify the contamination does not increase. Perrera said a community meeting is in the process of being scheduled but a date has not yet been set. 

Oscoda County residents could see a cost reduction for ambulance service.  Oscoda County commissioners discussed reducing the cost of ambulance runs for residents. According to the Oscoda County Herald, EMS Director Bob Hunter said after reviewing the county's run costs and comparing them to other services in the area, he found Oscoda County to be generally more expensive. Hunter said currently the county charges $1,400 dollars per call plus $25 dollars per mile, he recommended reducing that to $650 dollars per call and $15 dollars per mile. Hunter said it would be a great thing for the people who voted for the recent EMS Millage. Commissioners opted not to make any decisions that would affect the run costs until they had a chance to review all the factors first.   

Veterans are invited to attend a VA Open House at the Lieutenant Colonel Clement C. VanWagoner VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 180 North State Avenue in Alpena tomorrow morning from 10am-Noon. VA Staff will provide a brief tour and can assist Veterans with eligibility questions and enrollment for health care. Veterans should bring their DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty so a copy can be made to assist with the enrollment process. For more information visit Vets Dot Gov.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Pigeon River Country Equestrian Committee will hold a public meeting tomorrow, Thursday, March 21st, at 1pm at the DNR Field Office in Roscommon. The public is welcome to attend to share input and ideas on policy decisions dealing with natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities. For more information visit Michigan.Gov/DNR.

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 19MAR19

Tawas City officials are looking into funding street upgrades.  The Tawas City Manager announced a potential grant opportunity for road repairs. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Tawas City Manager Annge Horning said the grant funding is a 50/50 match for projects up to $250,000 dollars. Horning told the City Council that work was being done to combine projects from the major and local street improvement plans and to get current prices from contractors to get close to the $250,000 dollar total. Horning said the application deadline is April 5th.  

Alcona County residents will now be able to text 911.  Alcona Central Dispatch Director Jeff Brackett said the new system was installed free of charge. According to the Alcona County Review, Brackett said texting 911 is for emergency calls only. He added that it is for anyone needing emergency service who cannot talk for any reason, including medical issues. Brackett added that the text service is important to the community because so many in rural Alcona County have poor cell phone reception, but text messages can get through. Brackett said Central Dispatch has been trying the new system and it is working well, so there is no need to test your phone to see if your text is answered.

Veterans are invited to attend a VA Open House at the Oscoda VA Community based Outpatient Clinic, 5671 Skeel Avenue, Suite 4, in Oscoda tomorrow morning from 10am-Noon. VA Staff will provide a brief tour and can assist Veterans with eligibility questions and enrollment for health care. Veterans should bring their DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty so a copy can be made to assist with the enrollment process. For more information visit Vets Dot Gov.

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LOCAL NEWS for MON 18MAR19

East Tawas City Officials approved modifications to the city's poverty exemption standards and guidelines.  The changes bring the exemption language in line with state guidelines. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the changes also include the elimination of the primary residence property value requirement. City Manager Brent Barringer said in order to be eligible for property tax relief due to poverty a resident must apply on an annual basis. The applicant must be an owner and occupant of the property as their principal residence and total household income may not exceed $12,140 dollars for one person, plus $4,320 dollars for each additional person. The East Tawas City Council voted unanimously to approve the modifications.

The Ogemaw Heights Boys Basketball Coach is no longer on administrative leave.  West Branch Rose City Superintendent Phil Mikulski said that Mike Weiler is no longer on administrative leave. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Mikulski said the district has completed its internal investigation of Coach Weiler and he is no longer on administrative leave. Mikulski added that because it is a personal issue, no further comment would be made. Weiler was placed on administrative leave on February 28th at which time Mikulski said the district was conducting an internal investigation and that the accusations against Weiler were not criminal in nature. Mikulski also confirmed that Weiler is still the Ogemaw Heights Boys Varsity Basketball Coach.

The Ogemaw County Road Commission reports that in Logan Township, Gillings Road from north M-55 to the dead end and State Road from Shagel Road east to Beach Road also Green Road in Edwards Township from Rau Road south to Lehman Road are closed to all through traffic until further notice. For more information call 345-0234.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 22MAR19

President Donald Trump will be in Grand Rapids for a rally next week.  The president is coming to Michigan for a 2020 re-election campaign rally on Thursday, March 28th.  The rally will be held the the Van Andel Arena at 7PM and tickets are available now at President Trump's campaign website.  Michigan GOP Chair, Laura Cox, said that she is thrilled that the president is coming to Michigan for a campaign stop, which proves that he is making Michigan a priority in the 2020 election and the Michigan Republican Party will do everything in its power to deliver the stat's 16 electoral votes to his re-election.

A big announcement is expected from G-M today. Reuters is reporting that General Motors Co will announce today plans to invest $300 million in a suburban Detroit plant that builds electric and self-driving vehicles for Chevrolet and the automaker’s selfdriving Cruise unit.

A Michigan woman is missing in Wisconsin. Police in Wisconsin are looking for 39- year-old Amanda Hanover after her car was found in Kenosha. Family members say Hanover was last seen in Portage, Michigan on Monday. Her car was found parked near the Lake Michigan shoreline in Kenosha . Her cell phone was in the car. Police say they have conducted a drone search along the lake, but didn't find anything.

A 21-year-old man was shot in Kalamazoo Thursday and said it happened during a drug deal in Parchment. The Kalamazoo Township Police Department says the victim drove himself to the hospital and his injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Witnesses says they saw a small black car take off after the shooting.

A Catholic priest, 72-year-old Father Robert DeLand, Junior, has been acquitted of sexually assaulting two male teens. M-Live reports DeLand stood and embraced his supporters after the verdict was read. DeLand still faces three felonies and one misdemeanor involving one of the two teens and another young man in two remaining trials. DeLand had most recently been assigned to St. Agnes Church in Freeland before he was suspended. DeLand had plead no contest to all charges against him, and then withdrew the plea about a month later.

The air quality has tested fine in a southwest Michigan school where two teachers got sick. Vicksburg Community Schools Superintendent Kevin O'Neill says the air quality is fine at Sunset Lake Elementary School. A report found no sign of mold, water damage, carbon monoxide or other problems. The teachers worked in the same classroom. One got sick last year and then in December, one of the teachers got so sick that she had to be hospitalized. A parent says three of her children have had class in that room and all three have had sudden upper respiratory issues. Testing will continue

Health officials reporting the confirmation of four additional measles cases in Oakland County in Metro Detroit. Three other cases are currently under investigation. These cases follow a confirmed travel-related measles case announced by the Health Division earlier this month. Officials say Measles is highly contagious. You need to get vaccinated...If symptoms develop, do not visit your doctor or emergency room unless you call ahead so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.

Dozens of organizations from accross Michigan will gather today at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit to commemorate World Water Day. The event will focus on making water more affordable, as well as keeping it free of contaminants. The event begins with a ceremony at 4:00 p.m. Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith leaders will be there, along with tribal members


The Michigan D-E-Q regulators will meet next week to determine if a dairy farm will face criminal or civil actions after manure from their farm spilled into the Coldwater River in west Michigan. M-Live reports Brook View Dairy, a Holland-based multi facility dairy, is being investigated by the DEQ after manure was spread on fields east of Freeport and since the ground was frozen , it didn't absorb it and it ran into Messer Brook and then the Coldwater River. President of Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited, Lance Climie, says these manure spills are going to kill the streams.

A worker has died after an industrial accident at a logging company in the Upper Peninsula on Thursday. W-L-U-C reports the employee was injured during routine maintenance on a vehicle at Minerick Logging Inc. in Sagola Township in Dickinson County.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich of Flint has announced legislation to decriminalize sports betting pools in Michigan. The bill would exempt low-stakes tournament brackets from the definition of gambling under Michigan law. The bill would make it legal in Michigan to wager bets of up to $25 in pool-style bracket competitions of up to 100 individuals. The bill also requires that the entire sum of the bets be paid back to one or more of the participants.

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STATE NEWS for THU 21MAR19


A southwest Michigan couple is charged with child abuse after their seven-month-old daughter was hospitalized with skull fractures and bruising. 20-year-old Angel Rickett and 26-year-old Derek Lamere have reportedly been charged with child abuse. Police say Rickett shook the baby, causing her head to hit the wall and she slapped her face. Lamere was charged because police say he knew it happened and did not protect the baby.

A 35-year-old west Michigan woman was killed in a car crash northwest of Rockford. The Kent County Sheriff's Department says a woman from Cedar Springs was killed when she collided with a pickup truck. Three others, including her two young children, who were in car seats in the back seat, are hospitalized. Their injuries are not life threatening. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

A west Michigan man is missing after leaving home on Monday. The Kent County Sheriff's Office says 56-year-old Russell Anderson left his Gaines Township home on his bicycle to look for returnable cans, something he normally does before returning home to care for his ailing father. He has not been seen since then. Anderson was last known to be wearing an orange reflective vest and jeans. Anyone with information should call police.

A 20-year-old Grand Blanc Township man has been charged with videotaping his coworkers at Tim Horton's bathroom. W-J-R-T reports Eric Andrews allegedly recorded coworkers in the employee bathroom at the Tim Horton's in Fenton for two years. Some of the charges against him include-two counts of child sexually abusive material and possession child sexually abusive material. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says Andrews may also have set up cameras in bathrooms in people's homes.

The former city manager in Albion is accused of embezzling a month after taking office. LaTonya Rufus has been charged with two counts of embezzlement last November, a month after taking office. She was placed on administrative leave three months later. City attorney Cullen Harkness says as part of her release agreement, she must pay back 65-hundred dollars in moving expenses.


A high-ranking Pittsburgh official and her husband are charged in an alleged altercation with Detroit Police at the Westin Book Cadillac earlier this month. It happened shortly after midnight on March 6th, when Controller Chelsa Wagner and her husband Khari Mosley were in town. He was apparently upset when workers wouldn't let him to his hotel room without his key. Police were called, and there was a loud confrontation. She is accused of later pushing a police officer. Detroit Police Chief James Craig says his officers acted appropriately. Wagner has said it was a misunderstanding.

March Madness means -- popcorn madness! Starting tomorrow, if you wear your favorite sports jersey to a movie at an Emagine Theatre you can score a free tub of popcorn to celebrate the start of the NCAA tournament. And it's not just specific to college jerseys, they say you can wear a jersey from any team in any league at any level to get the free 44-ounce popcorn. The promotion runs until April 8th at all Emagine locations in Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

U-S Representative Elissa Slotkin will hold her first town hall meeting since she took office in January. The Democrat will host the public event at Oakland University's Oakland Center tonight at 6 o'clock. It will focus on prescription drug prices and health care, along with other topics of interest to 8th District residents. Slotkin narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Mike Bishop in last November's election.

An acclaimed photographic exhibition commemorating President John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory is opening in Michigan. “American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times” opens at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University today. The opening event, which takes place from 4 to 8 p.m., will feature a talk with exhibition curator and noted photojournalist Lawrence Schiller, who photographed JFK.

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STATE NEWS for WED 20MAR19


A statewide tornado drill is set for 1 p.m. on March 27th. 
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared the week of March 24th - 30th as Michigan's Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Broadcasters and Emergency Management partners statewide are encouraging Michiganders to conduct a statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 27th and to come up with an emergency plan if they do not already have one in place.

A Detroit man has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing more than 280- thousand dollars from the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veteran's Affairs. 76-year-old Walter Terrell, Sr. must also spend three years on supervised release after his prison sentence and pay full restitution to the government. Terrell, according to court records continued to receive his mother's Social Security retirement insurance benefits for 37 years after her death and forged his mother's name to cash the checks. Terrell also unlawfully retained more than 35-thousand dollars in payments to his mother by the department of Vetarans Affairs.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights will hold two hearings next week in Grand Rapids as it looks into recent incidents that have drawn criticism to the police department. Two teen boys were held at gunpoint by an officer after being stopped for walking in the street recently. Then on Sunday, an officer struck a man in the leg repeatedly during an arrest. A spokesperson for the civil rights department says this is serious and they believe that what they've seen shows that there is clearly something going on, but they don't know what that is.

A 37-year-old woman was hit and killed by a semi truck on I-94 in Kalamazoo County in southwest Michigan last night. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office says it happened at about 11 last night on eastbound I-94 in Charleston Township, east of Kalamazoo. There's no word why the woman was walking on the freeway. Police do not believe speed or alcohol were factors in the accident.

There will be extra police presence at Farmington High School after a threatening picture went viral on social media. A letter sent to parents say two students showed staff members the picture that showed a student making a comment about a shooting at the school. An investigation involving police was able to determine the post was "photo-shopped" and made at least a month ago. Information from students leads police to believe the post was a hoax. Despite the findings, extra police will be in the school, but Spirit Week plans will continue as is.

A west Michigan father, Gary Birkhead, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to his son's fatal overdose in 2017. WOOD TV reports 16- year-old Cole Birkhead died after overdosing in Coloma. Court records in Van Buren County show that Birkhead also faces a charge of second degree child abuse.

The effort to reform Michigan's no-fault auto insurance continues in Lansing. State Representative Jason Sheppard -- a Republican from Monroe County -- introducing legislation which would eliminate the no-fault system and move Michigan to a tort system, similar to other states such as Ohio. Michigan drivers currently have the only no-fault system in the country mandating unlimited medical coverage. The bill package has been referred to the House Insurance Committee

Legislation that would keep e-cigarettes out the hands of young people has passed the State Senate Committee. The bills aim to ban the sale of e-cigarettes and other vaping products to minors. Four students from Pinckney Community schools testified on the bills' behalf. They passed committee 8 to 0.

Beaumont is proposing a new hospital in northern Oakland County. Executives submitted paperwork to build a new 117-bed facility at a cost of 140-million dollars at the corner of Lapeer Road, M-24 and Market Street today. Beaumont says the hospital will meet the health care needs of the community. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which will decide whether to approve the project by July.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 19MAR19

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Newaygo County due to the impact of recent flooding. The county had requested state assistance to address the impacts of heavy rainfall and snowmelt, which resulted in widespread flooding. Whitmer says as Newaygo County continues to deal with the effects of severe flooding, they are doing all they can to ensure the health and safety of their residents,” She says by signing this declaration, the state can offer even more resources to assist the county’s efforts. On March 14, heavy rains and melting snow resulted in widespread flooding, which damaged homes, displaced residents and washed out roadways.

A woman has been arrested at Detroit Metro Airport after she allegedly caused a scare in the air on a Delta flight. Airport officials say the plane had departed from Indianapolis when the woman tried to open the boarding door. She was restrained by passengers until the airplane landed at Detroit Metro Airport around 6:45 last night. It was there that the woman was arrested by airport police. It appeared the woman may have been suffering from a medical issue and did not have any criminal intent. The FBI is investigating.

A group of dogs were removed from a home In Oakland County in a case that's connected to a larger bust in Roseville over the weekend. Animal control officers recovered nine dogs from a home in West Bloomfield yesterday. This revelation came after Roseville police found 30 animals in cages on Saturday. Police say both groups of dogs are connected to a 51-year-old woman who claimed to be running a rescue out of a garage at a Roseville cemetery. She is now cooperating with investigators.

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STATE NEWS for MON 18MAR19

A car has been pulled from the Plaster Creek in Grand Rapids, but there's no sign of the driver. The Audi crashed into the creek Saturday night after witnesses say it jumped the curb and crashed through the guard rail. No one saw the driver get out of the car after the crash and a rapid current kept recovery crews from getting the car until Sunday morning. Grand Rapids Fire Battalion Chief Bruce Veldkamp says they've been checking to make sure the driver didn't get out of the vehicle and then they'll search the river.

One man was injured after he crashed his vehicle into a tree in southwest Michigan's Porter Township Sunday afternoon. 63-year-old Randy Riley was taken to a hospital in Elkhart, Indiana. Police are investigating, but say alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

A 46-year-old woman has been killed after she crashed her car into a tractor trailer late last night in west Michigan's Oakfield Township. Michigan State Police say the woman from Morley crossed the center line around 11:30 last night and hit a tractor trailor . She was killed , but the 22-year-old driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. No word yet if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

A body was found in a river in the U.P. in Menominee Township over the weekend. WL-U-C reports the body was found late Saturday morning, but has not been determined how long it had been there. The Michigan State Police Crime lab , state police and the Menominee County Sheriff's Office are working to identify the body.

A young woman was stabbed in Calumet in the U.P. over the weekend. W-L-U-C reports the Houghton County Sheriff's Office a 17-year-old girl was arrested after one young woman was found with a large laceration on her face. She was taken to an area hospital and treated and released.

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SATURDAY MARCH 23, 2019

Secretary of State Pompeo concludes trip to the Middle East
 
Nickelodeon's 2019 Kids' Choice Awards
32nd annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (KCAs), honoring film, TV, music, and digital.

NCAA March Madness Second Round begins

2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony
 
NCAA Women's March Madness First Round concludes
 
“2020”
Kamala Harris on campaign trail in Texas (12:00PM ET)
 
“2020”
Bernie Sanders on campaign trail in California (5:30PM ET)
 
“2020”
Tulsi Gabbard on campaign trail in New Hampshire (11:00AM ET)
 
“2020”
Elizabeth Warren on campaign trail in New Hampshire (2:30PM ET)
 
“2020”
Cory Booker on campaign trail in South Carolina (11:30AM ET)
 
“2020”
Amy Klobuchar on campaign trail in New Hampshire (11:30AM ET)
 
“2020”
John Hickenlooper on campaign trail in New Hampshire and Vermont (12:15PM ET)
 
Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival
 
Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks at CAIR Los Angeles Annual Valley Banquet (8:30PM ET)

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SUNDAY MARCH 24, 2019

AIPAC Policy Conference
American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference - 'preeminent annual gathering of the pro-Israel community'. Speakers include Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, Republicans Sens. Mitch McConnell, and others.

“2020”
Kamala Harris on campaign trail in Georgia
 
“2020”
Bernie Sanders on campaign trail in California (3:30PM ET)
 
“2020”
Kirsten Gillibrand officially kicks-off campaign at Trump International Tower in New York (12:00PM ET)
 
“2020”
Tulsi Gabbard on campaign trail in New Hampshire (10:00AM ET)
 
“2020”
Elizabeth Warren on campaign trail in New Hampshire (11:45AM ET)
 
“2020”
John Hickenlooper on campaign trail in New Hampshire (11:00AM ET)
 
NCAA March Madness Second Round concludes

NCAA Women's March Madness Second Round begins

Macy's Flower Show
Macy's Flower Show, annual celebration of flowers for which landscaped gardens are installed at Macy's stores in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. This year's theme is 'Journey to Paradisios'.

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MONDAY MARCH 25, 2019

President Trump hosts Israeli PM Netanyahu at the White House
 
President Trump expected to welcome Stanley Cup-winning Caps to the White House
 
Apple 'special event' at its California headquarters (1:00PM ET)
Apple holds 'special event' at the Steve Jobs Theater at its Cupertino, CA, headquarters to launch new products.

Congress returns after District Work Period 

U.S. Supreme Court hearings (10:00AM ET)
U.S. Supreme Court hearings: 'PDR Network v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic' and the U.S. Supreme court decision 'Chevron USA v. Natural Resources Defense Council' (1984).

Senate aims to end debate on judicial nominee
Senate convenes and resumes consideration of the nomination of Bridget Bade to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, with agenda including vote on a motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.

Self-imposed deadline for New Zealand PM to give more details on gun law reforms
 
NCAA Women's March Madness Second Round concludes

Miami Music Week
Miami Music Week, annual weeklong celebration of electronic music.

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TUESDAY MARCH 26, 2018

President Trump hosts Israeli PM Netanyahu at the White House, day two

Deadline for owners of bump stocks to destroy them or turn them in, as they become illegal
 
Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan testifies to House Armed Services Committee on FY'20 budget
(10:00AM ET)
 
U.S. Supreme Court hearing on alleged gerrymandering (10:00AM ET)
'Rucho v. Common Cause' (Whether the plaintiffs have standing to press their partisan gerrymandering claims? Whether the plaintiffs' partisan gerrymandering claims are justifiable? Whether North Carolina's 2016 Congressional map is, in fact, an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander?)

Energy Secretary Perry testifies to House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on budget (10:00AM ET)
 
Education Secretary DeVos testifies to House Appropriations subcommittee hearing (10:15AM ET)
 
Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Department of the Army budget (9:30AM ET)
 
NPC Headliners dialogue with former AG Eric Holder and Arnold Schwarzenegger (12:30PM ET)
National Press Club Headliners event, 'The Battle Against Gerrymandering', a dialogue between former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Court hearing for man accused of driving into counter-protesters at Unite the Right rally (11:00AM ET)
Status conference for James Alex Fields Jr., charged with multiple federal hate crimes.

House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on administration of disaster recovery funds following recent hurricanes (10:00AM ET)
 
Diana Ross celebrates 75th birthday

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 27, 2019

President Trump awards Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins (posthumously), for conspicuous gallantry in Iraq in June 2007, when he engaged in hand-to hand combat with a suspected insurgent before noticing that his opponent was about to trigger a suicide vest strapped to his body, subsequently tackling him and fatally using his own body to shield three teammates from the explosion.

Secretary of State Pompeo testifies to House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on FY'20 budget (1:00PM ET)
 
Secretary of State Pompeo testifies to House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on budget
(9:30AM ET)
 
House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on NASA budget (2:30PM ET)
With testimony from NASA Administrator James Bridenstine

U.S. Supreme Court hearing (10:00AM ET)
 Supreme Court hearing: 'Kisor v. Wilkie' (Whether the U.S. Supreme Court should overrule 'Auer v. Robbins' (1997) and 'Bowles Seminole Rock & Sand Company' (1945?))

NTSB, DOT, and FAA leadership testify to Senate Transportation subcommittee on commercial airline safety (3:00PM ET)
Aviation and Space Subcommittee hearing on 'The State of Airline Safety: Federal Oversight of Commercial Aviation', with testimony from National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt; Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin Scovel; and Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell.

House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on CBP budget (10:30AM ET)
Homeland Security Subcommittee 'FY 2020 Budget Hearing - U.S. Customs and Border Protection', with testimony from CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan

VA Secretary Wilkie testifies to House Appropriations subcommittee (1:00PM ET)
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee 'Veterans Affairs FY 2020 Budget Hearing', with testimony from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, and Assistant Secretary for Management (and Department of Veterans Affairs CFO) Jon Rychalski; and Veterans Health Administration Executive in Charge Richard Stone.

House Budget Committee hearing on FY'20 DoD budget (10:00AM ET)
Hearing on 'Department of Defense's Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request', with testimony from Under Secretary and Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense and DoD Comptroller and CFO David Norquist

Senate Foreign Relations Committee nominations hearing (10:00AM ET)
Nominations hearing considers Robert Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Keith Krach to be Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Alternate Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, U.S. Alternate Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and U.S. Alternate Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank; and Brig. Gen. (Ret.) David Stilwell to be Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Sears Q4 2018 earnings expected

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THURSDAY MARCH 28, 2019

 President Donald Trump holds 'Make America Great Again Rally' in Michigan

Real estate developer who worked on 'Trump Tower Moscow' project testifies to House Intelligence Committee (9:00AM ET)
Hearing on 'Putin's Playbook: The Kremlin's Use of Oligarchs, Money and Intelligence in 2016 and Beyond', with testimony from Russian-American real estate developer Felix Sater, who worked alongside Michael Cohen - former personal attorney to U.S. President Donald Trump - on negotiations to construct 'Trump Tower Moscow'.

Energy Secretary Perry and NNSA administrator testify to Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on atomic energy (9:30AM ET)
Hearing on 'Department of Energy's Atomic Energy Defense Programs', with testimony from Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty.

U.S. final growth figures for Q4 published

Senate Natural Resources Committee considers David Bernhardt to be interior secretary (10:00AM ET)

Court hearing in case against Patriots owner Robert Kraft on solicitation charge
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Court hearing in the case against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, on two misdemeanor charges of soliciting a prostitute * Kraft allegedly solicited a prostitute at a day spa in Jupiter, FL before the Patriots played in the AFC Championship Game * The charges stem from an investigation into sex trafficking, focusing on several central Florida day spas and massage parlors suspected of being used for prostitution.

GLAAD Media Awards Los Angeles

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UK leaves EU and enters transition phase, if Brexit is not extended

NASA astronauts perform first all-female spacewalk on ISS

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


Court hearing for actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman in college admissions scandal

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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