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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 29MAY20

Beginning today, Ascension Michigan is anticipating resuming elective surgical procedures and other vital healthcare services using a phased and thoughtful approach with a focus on health and safety. All efforts are in alignment with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order. Ascension Michigan hospitals and outpatient facilities will begin scheduled surgeries and procedures, prioritizing those that are most urgent, while simultaneously ensuring continued capability and safety to provide care for patients with COVID-19.

The Ogemaw County Road Commission reports that Cranberry Lake Road, from Greenwood Road south to County Line in Richland Township and Stoney Ridge Road, from Sage Lake Road south to Clear Lake Road in Klacking Township are now open. All other road closures are still in effect. For more information call 345-0234.

Sheriff’s deputies in Huron County rescued several people from Lake Huron Wednesday. According to M-Live, deputies responded to Sleeper State Park Beach in Lake Township on receiving reports of two swimmers on separate floaties being unable to return to shore. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson and another deputy responded to the scene with the agency’s 28-foot Caseville Patrol Boat. The two women, a 26-year-old Swartz Creek resident and the other a 50-year-old Caro resident, were brought aboard the boat and taken back to shore. The second incident occurred about two and a half miles west of the Port Austin Reef Light in Port Austin Township. A 61-year-old male from Lake Orion was on a 14 foot motorized boat that was stranded due to engine failure. A deputy and two Port Austin firefighters responded in the sheriff’s office’s 31-foot Port Austin Patrol Boat to retrieve the man.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 28MAY20

 

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 27MAY20

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has expanded the state of emergency due to flooding to now include Iosco County. Last week, Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland, Gladwin, Arenac, and Saginaw Counties after heavy rains caused widespread flooding and resulted in the breach of Edenville and Sanford Dams. She says she added Iosco County to the emergency declaration to ensure access to critical resources.  

The Tawas Police Authority Chief was recently evaluated.  The Tawas Police Authority Board held their annual performance evaluation of Chief Mark Ferguson. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Ferguson was ranked on a scale of one to four with one being ineffective and four very effective. Ferguson's overall performance rating was a 2.99. Hi highest rating came from Board Vice-Chair, Operations Director and Tawas City Manager Annge Horning at 3.57. Followed by Tawas City Council representative Jon Studley at 2.9 and East Tawas City Manager Brent Barringer at 2.8. His lowest rating came from East Tawas Council representative Lisa Bolen at 2.7.

The Fairview School Board approved the hiring of Bill Lake as K-12 Principal and Superintendent. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Lake was previously the middle and high school principal in the Hillman School District. Lake grew up in the AuGres area and graduated from Central Michigan University. His first administrative position was as K-12 principal in the Arenac Eastern School District. Lake hopes to be introduced to the staff and students soon, but in the meantime is keeping up with the stay at home orders.  

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LOCAL NEWS for TUE 26MAY20

The Michigan Launch Initiative was recently discussed during two virtual meetings.  Updates on the Michigan Launch Initiative were shared at both the May 11th Oscoda Township Board of Trustees meeting, and the May 14th Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport Authority meeting. According to the Oscoda Press, in each discussion, reference was made to a May 6th letter from Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association  Executive Director Gavin Brown, which was addressed to Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport  Manager Gary Kellan. Brown reported that the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the Oscoda Wurtsmith Spaceport Development project by approximately two months.  The pandemic has created some challenges, such as travel prohibitions, but work is continuing.  The Michigan Launch Initiative Oscoda Wurtsmith Spaceport Development project will be a focus at the North American Space Summit, to be held Aug. 30 through Sept. 2, at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City.

Construction projects have begun at Whittemore Prescott schools.  The project includes upgrades to the high school, elementary school, administration building and athletic and transportation facilities. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Superintendent Joe Perrera said the projects should be completed over the course of the summer. A large percentage of the work is being done at the high school including removing asbestos floor tiles found under the current classroom carpeting. Projects that have already begun include removal of the track surface followed by the demolition of the parking lot of the administration building. The projects are being funded by a $4.85 million dollar bond approved by voters in November of 2018.

Consumers Energy Foundation will be donating around $90,000 in grant aid to flood relief efforts in Gladwin, Midland and Saginaw counties. According to M-Live, the decision came after record-high flooding hit several counties, causing severe damage and the destruction of many local homes and businesses. The emergency funding will help from line workers provide food, water, shelter and other basic needs to flood victims. Gladwin County Community Foundation will receive $5,000 and eight regional emergency shelters will receive $1,000 each.

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LOCAL NEWS for MON 18MAY20

The Arenac County road Commission is advising motorists to be aware that road closures could happen at any time due to flash flooding.  When roads are covered with water, motorists should assume the road is not safe and should turn around and find another route.  If you believe a county road is unsafe, please call the Arenac County Road Commission at 989-728-3250 and the commission will assess the safety and issue a road closure, if necessary.  The county, meanwhile, is aware of ditch flooding and will be monitoring the situation throughout the county.  Again, feel free to notify the road commission of any potential dangerous road conditions at 989-718-3250.

As of 2PM this afternoon, Iosco County has closed a portion of Kobs Rd. between M55 and Meadow Rd. as well as Oates Rd. south of M55 where it connects to Meadow Rd due to water overflowing the intersection.  Also, Meadow Rd. is closed at the Road Commission's depot location due to a culvert wash-out just a few dozen feet from the depot entrance, the culvert has been compromised from a wash-out underneath it and motorists SHOULD NOT DRIVE OVER IT!  Various homes along M55 and in the county are becoming islands as flood waters from surrounding fields rise up around them.  The National Weather Service has issued flood warning for area rivers and warn of flooding due to rising waters in fields, streams, creeks and other low-lying areas could easily take over people's property.  The Tittabawassee River in Saginaw has been issued a flood warning due to a sudden release of water upstream below the Second dam.  Residents close to the river, especially Secord, MI, are advised to move to higher ground.  The same advice has been issued for people living along the Rifle River in Arenac County.  The river's flood stage is 6 feet and is expected to crest at nearly 11.6 feet after midnight Tuesday night in and around White's Landing on Melita Rd.  The flooding could be as great as it was when the river severely flooded in 2018. Rain Amounts of up to a half inch more are expected overnight and tapering off.

Other Closures:

Sage Lake Rd., Cumming Twp. from Grand Jean to Morrison Rd. in Ogemaw county TFN.

Greenwood Rd., Richland Twp. from Drow Rd. east to McClean Rd. in Ogemaw county TFN

Scribner Rd., Klacking Twp. from Fairview Rd. east 2 miles to Lentz Rd. starting Tue. May 19th 6AM in Ogemaw county TFN

Other closures could be pending and we'll post more as we learn about them.

More recovered area residents have been reported by officials tracking the spread of COVID-19. According to the Alpena News, a total of 17 area residents are now classified as recovered, up from only six as of Friday. Recovery, reported when an infected person has lived 30 days since either the onset of COVID-19 symptoms or testing positive, was reported in 11 residents of Alpena County, up from only one recovered case on Friday. Another recovered resident of Montmorency County brought that county’s total to three recovered, in addition to the two recovered cases in Presque Isle County and one in Alcona County.

Iosco County officials approved a millage proposal for the August 4th Primary.  The millage is for the Iosco County EMS. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the millage would be an increase from the service's current point 4431 mill operating millage. The millage request would be an increase of point 1569 to point 600 mills for two years. Operations Manager Scott Kiernicki said the reason for the increase is to cover expected increases in staff salaries. If approved by voters in August, the millage would generate $708,000 dollars in the first year for operations for the Iosco County EMS.

The Huron County Michigan State University Extension may expand rather than relocate.  County Commissioners discussed the possibility of expansion at the MSU Extension's current site. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, County Commissioner Steve Vaughan said there is a possibility to build on to the north end of the facility where the MSU Extension is currently located. Vaughan said that capital funds from the county would be required for expansion. Vaughan added that his biggest concern is the project's timeline as there needs to be time to engineer and build the new space. The original intent was to have the project finished by August or September.  

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STATE NEWS for FRI 29MAY20

The latest executive order from the governor lifts restrictions on some non-emergency medical, dental, and veterinary procedures starting today. Based on the governor's order re-opened outpatient health-care facilities, including clinics, primary care physician offices, and dental offices will adopt strict protocols to prevent infection.

Some flash flooding occurred in Traverse City on Thursday caused flood waters at the Grand Traverse Commons stores. 9and 10 News reports the owners of FYT Health Foods say the water flooded about three feet of their shop. Munson Medical Center next door had to close down some buildings because of the flooding. A spokesman says they may need to reschedule some appointments.

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The heavy rains in Traverse City also caused the release of untreated sewage into the Boardman River. There was a reported pump failure and the sewage spilled into the river from the pedestrian bridge downtown and flowed to the mouth of Grand Traverse Bay. The Clinch, Sunset Park, Bryant Park, and Traverse City Senior Center beaches are closed for swimming or kayaking as a result. The Grand Traverse County and city health departments have contacted the state to ensure that corrections are made to the sanitary sewer system.

After use of force by police in Minneapolis and Washtenaw County, organizers plan to protest in Detroit later today. Dubbed a "rally and picket for justice against police brutality" will take place this afternoon starting at four in front of Detroit Police headquarters. Yesterday, Detroit Police Chief James Craig spoke out yesterday saying the officer in Minneapolis shown on video in the death of George Floyd should be arrested for murder.

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger has filed two proposed class-action lawsuits seeking $500 million for Midland-area flood victims. The lawsuits were filed against Boyce Hydro Power, the owner of the Edenville and Sanford Dam. According to published reports- - the suit alleges the owner of the dams and the State of Michigan were negligent in maintaining them. The suit goes on to claim federal regulators had demanded changes to the design of the Edenville Dam since at least 1993 and that 2004, it became known the Edenville Dam would not be able to handle a major flood due to inadequate spillway capacity.

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A 92-year-old woman is among those who lost their home during the flooding in Sanford in mid Michigan. 9 and 10 News reports Marilyn Kisser had water in her home a foot from the ceiling and lost everything. She did not qualify for flood insurance so her grandson has set up a GoFundMe page....Marilyn Avery-Kisser Flood Relief.

A number of a rare species of turtles have been rescued from the construction path of the Saginaw Trail natural gas pipeline replacement project. Consumers Energy has placed 19 juvenile Blanding's Turtles back into their natural wetland habitat in Genesee County. A herpetologist contracted by Consumers Energy incubated the eggs and nurtured the juveniles over the winter until they were large enough to have a good chance of survival from predators.

As Coronavirus case numbers rose in April retail sales dropped as stores were dealing with closures and restrictions. The Michigan Retailers Association says 87-percent of retailers recorded declines last month. Michigan sales tax receipts fell by 30-percent compared to April 2019. That means 239- million dollars less was collected than what was forecasted. National retail sales tumbled by a record 16-point-four percent in April according to the U.S. Commerce Department. But looking ahead 59-percent of Michigan retailers are expecting an increase in sales through July.

A popular west Michigan festival is in trouble and needs an infusion of cash to come back next year. Tulip Time, which is held in Holland every year, but was canceled by the Coronavirus this year needs one million dollars to keep going. Festival organizers say they had already spent 770-thousand dollars preparing for this year's festival they can't get back and also had to refund 400-thousand dollars in ticket sales. They say they need 575- thousand by August to cover expenses. A GoFundMe page has been launched. Tulip Time, with millions of tulips and events, has a 48 million dollar economic impact in the Holland area.

Several tribal casinos in Michigan reopen starting today. Soaring Eagle will doing a limited opening starting at ten A-M and running through the weekend. On June First - the Mount Pleasant casino will be open to more guests. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe says certain amenities will remain closed for the time being as masks, temperature checks, and other health precautions will be in place due to the pandemic. Other casinos reopening with similar coronavirus measures include the Leelanau Sands Casino and Turtle Creek Casino near Traverse City. Casinos on tribal lands are not bound by the Governor's executive orders. Detroit's three casinos remain closed.

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STATE NEWS for THU 28MAY20

An 11-year-old girl from the Upper Peninsula, is missing believed to have been taken by her father in an incident of parental kidnapping. W-L-U-C reports Ishpeming Police are looking for Syprin Janee Cole. She was last seen with her father Jason Cole of Bexar , Texas on Saturday night at a motel in Marquette Township. Police say he was supposed to return the girl to her mother on Tuesday, but failed to do so. A felony warrant has been issued for Cole by the Marquette County Prosecutor's Office. (Photo: Jason Cole)

Michigan State University says its looking into a possible data breach caused by a ransom-ware attack. A prompt displayed in the school's computer system claims files have been accessed - including student information - and it will be automatically published online at a set date and time if M-S-U doesn't pay up. The terms of the demand or the deadline have not been released.

A rally is planned in Lansing this morning to protest hate. The Black and Latinos Against Racist Empowerment Rally after what organizers call the killings of Breonna Taylor in Louisville as police served a warrant at her home for a man already in custody, and for Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, gunned down as a father and son attempted to make a citizen's arrest.

A federal complaint has been filed against two men in a large ATM skimming operation. WOOD TV reports Georgel Flore and Marius Mastan are accused of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud. They're accused of targeting financial institutions in Battle Creek, Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit by manipulating ATM's to record debit card information and then make cloned debit cards to steal money.

People upset with a Washtenaw County Sheriff's deputy who was videotaped punching a woman staged a protest Wednesday afternoon. A crowd of about 100 people were out in front of the Washtenaw Sheriff's Department and blocked traffic . The Sheriff's Department launched an internal investigation related to the use of force , just hours after the woman was punched. Deputies were trying to secure a crime scene when a man was tazed and his wife was punched. The deputies involved are on administrative leave.

A high-ranking officer in the U-A-W is accusing three union leaders of sexual harassment in a federal lawsuit. U-A-W international service representative Patricia Morris-Gibson accuses the union leaders of creating a hostile work environment alleging she was groped, kissed and propositioned and that nothing was done to correct the issue. She also alleges the union cut her pay by 50-percent she complained last month. The U-A-W spokesman says it have not received notice of the lawsuit yet and does not comment on litigation. This new suit comes as the U-A-W is currently dealing with an ongoing federal corruption investigation that has led to the convictions of 13 people and exposed the union to a possible federal takeover.

How about your favorite cocktail in a "to go" cup? It could happen soon in Michigan. State Representative Sarah Anthony is introducing a bill to allow it. Since the pandemic, 18-states have passed laws allowing delivery of alcohol by bars and restaurants for off site consumption -- and 33-states now allow customers to carry out alcoholic beverages. The Lansing Democrat says this is part of a package of bills to support local businesses during the era of COVID-19. The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association says over one-point-two billion dollars in sales have been lost due to outbreak restrictions.

Governor Whitmer has directed the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to investigate the cause of two dam failures that led to historic flooding in Midland County. The Governor toured the area again Wednesday and said residents need to know what happened: Midland city leaders have said at least one-thousand homes have moderate to significant damage. The Governor didn't approve a request from a state Senator who called for restaurants in the area to be opened so people had a place to eat.

A Ludington man, Tony Lambert, has been collecting donations for flood ravaged Sanford and dropped off two full trailers of donated items. 9 and 10 News reports Lambert was recovering from a heart attack and said he needed to get up and help Sanford. He and others dropped off supplies at Meridian Elementary yesterday.

Another yearly tradition in west Michigan has been canceled by the Coronavirus, little league baseball in Grand Rapids. WOOD TV reports the president of the Grand Rapids based Northern Little League, Brenda Hastings, says it was a tough , tough decision to finally make. She says it was a heartbreaker for sure to cancel the season. She is still hopeful that there might be a late summer tournament and fall ball.

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STATE NEWS for WED 27MAY20

With so many cancellations due to COVID-19 and more people staying home, there was a 42-percent in traffic citations over the Memorial Day weekend. Michigan State Police say they expected more traffic up north since it's open, but says that wasn't the case with a lot of communities canceling parades and other activities. Verbal warnings were down 76-percent and drunk driving arrests were down by eight.

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Federal officials have refused to free former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on home confinement amid the COVID-19 outbreak -- contrary to what supporters last week hailed as an imminent release from an unfair prison sentence. A statement last night from the Federal Bureau of Prisons reads -- "... the Federal Bureau of Prisons reviewed and denied inmate Kwame Kilpatrick for home confinement. Mr. Kilpatrick remains incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution - in Oakdale, Louisiana."

Governor Whitmer will be touring Midland County today, one week after historic flooding causing significant damage including the collapse of two dams. The Midland city manager says about one-thousand homes suffered moderate to severe damage. Many more homes north of Midland near Wixom Lake, Sanford and Edenville were also damaged or destroyed.

There was a fatal officer involved shooting in Lansing last night. Police say they responded to reports of a domestic assault where a man had fired a firearm. Officers made verbal contact with the suspect while they were outside and began to negotiate with him while he was inside the home. Police say within a short time, the man came out and began to shoot at the officer, hitting one officer. Officers returned fire and the 37-year-old man was killed. The officer is a seven year veteran and he was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury. Six officers were involved and placed on administrative leave while Michigan State Police investigate.

Police in Grand Rapids are investigating a death in a home this morning. Police were reportedly called to the home to do a welfare check, but when they arrived, they found a man dead inside the home. Police are investigating how he died.

Enbridge says it has discovered four spots on an oil pipeline in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac where protective coating has worn away, leaving bare metal exposed -- The company said Tuesday its crews noticed the spots this month while installing screw anchors to secure sections of Line 5 in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. Spokesman Ryan Duffy says they'll be repaired. Each spot is less than six square inches in size. Enbridge previously has fixed several other places on the underwater pipelines with missing coating. The company says the pipeline is safe but environmental groups and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel want it shut down.

For the first time in history, Central Michigan University will have two female drum majors leading the marching band. Senior Gabrielle Bass is the head drum major and junior Jordan Healey is the assistant drum major. Bass says it's been super humbling and she gets chills when she thinks about it because they're making history and it's so special. Both women are hoping there will be football at CMU in the Fall.

After a racist post was found on Craigslist, the Human Rights Ordinance staff in Grand Rapids is investigating. WOOD TV reports the post talked about a group of people hanging outside of a home in Alger Heights and it had several racial slurs in it. It also alleged that the homeowner was dealing drugs. The family that believes it was the target of the post says the claims are false. They say they were mourning the loss of their 17-year-old daughter Danajiea Gardener at the time. She was killed in a car crash May 14th with the funeral a few days later. They say they also had lots of friends and family visiting and then the post appeared on Craigslist. N-Double-A-C-P Grand President Cle Jackson says that is terribly horrible and insensitive in these times when you have a young person lose their life in such a tragic way.

A man crashed his car in southwest Michigan's Three Rivers Tuesday afternoon after his passenger accidentally shot themselves in the leg. Police say the man left the road and was involved in a single car crash into a ditch after being startled by the shooting incident. The victim was taken to the hospital. Police reportedly say they found three unsecured handguns in the car along with marijuana. The man could face charges.

A Gaylord man has been sentenced to five to 20 years in prison for dealing meth near a school. 9 and 10 News reports Paige Vandyken was also charged as a fourth time habitual offender. He and Josh Jones were charged last Fall for having meth and dealing within one thousand feet of a school in Petoskey.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 26MAY20

Did Governor Whitmer's husband ask a Northern Michigan business to put his boat in the water before Memorial Day weekend? In a facebook post, the owner of NorthShore Dock said his company received a call and when they told the man they were too busy and that's when he said (QUOTE) 'I am the husband to the governor, will this make a difference?' The owner said Marc Mallory was respectful and understanding when the company couldn't schedule the installation early. The governor and her husband own a home in the Elk Rapids area. The call came after the Governor announced plans to lift restrictions on northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. Republican State Senator Tom Barrett tells the Detroit News it appears the Governor and her family was trying to cut in line. The governor's spokeswoman wouldn't confirm or deny the allegations... adding it is not her practice to discuss the governor’s or her family’s personal calendar and schedules.

The Michigan National Guard came to the rescue for the Grace A. Dow Library in Midland . The Guard reportedly rescued 80-thousand items from the library's basement after dams broke last week and flooded the area. Supervisor of adult services, Terrie Ahlers, says there's no way they could have done it without them. Books and other items were placed on tables on the main floor. Library staff worked on removing moisture from the lower level over the weekend.

A Ludington man is collecting food and supplies for those affected by the Midland County flooding. Tony Lambert reportedly says that after he saw the damage in Sanford, he had to do something to help. He borrowed a trailer and has donation sports in Ludington, Oceana County, Baldwin and Evart. He'll donate the items tomorrow.

There's an effort underway in Midland County to feed those affected by the flooding. The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association and some restaurants in Midland are providing meals to the frontline works and Midland residents. The effort , which runs through Wednesday, is sponsored by AT& T, Sysco and Gordon Food Service.

Ready to fly? A new survey from the travel site "The Vacationer - DOT - com" finds nearly 35-percent saying they will wait for a cure or a vaccine to COVID-19 before they travel. But, of those who said yes to traveling now... almost 17-percent say they would if everyone on board had to wear a mask. Just over 34-percent say they would fly with mandatory masks and no one in the middle seat. As for that middle seat... would you pay extra? Almost 50-percent say yes in order to keep fellow travelers at a distance. Also, when it comes to a place to stay... almost 62-percent say they would choose a chain hotel over any other form of accommodation including AirBnB. The online survey of 583-Americans was conducted on May 17th.

If you need to do business face-to-face with Oakland County government, expect to make an appointment, wear a mask and have your temperature checked. Those rules goes into effect this morning at all Oakland County governmental buildings. Oakland County Executive David Coulter says the new rules are to help ensure the safety of county employees and visitors during the pandemic.

Gas prices heading into Memorial Day weekend increased in Michigan. Triple-A says the price at the pump was up 12-cents compared to the week before to an average of a dollar-97 per gallon. The highest price was in the Ann Arbor area at a dollar-99... and the lowest price was in the Saginaw area at a dollar-95. Even at a dollar-97, Triple-A says Michigan drivers are paying about 94-cents less than this time a year ago.

You've probably used a drive thru for fast food... but, how about for some fresh produce? Eastern Market in Detroit is offering shoppers a drive thru market starting this morning. Nine-different local vendors will offer a range of products including produce, meat, bulk items and even locally produced beer and dog treats. The drive thru runs from nine to one today and is expected to take place each Tuesday morning in Eastern Market.

A Mid Michigan woman, whose son was killed in Iraq, says she will rebuild a war memorial that was destroyed by flooding in Sanford. The Sanford Flagpole Monument was washed away by the flooding when the Sanford Dam failed last week. Kim Burgess' son , Marine Lance Corporal Ryan Burgess, was killed in Iraq in 2006.

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STATE NEWS for MON 18MAY20

Breaking News: Governor Whitmer to lift COVID-19 embargoes on most of the UP, and northern and northeastern lower peninsula.  In a press conference at 1:30PM today, governor Whitmer announced lifting the statewide shutdown and letting areas of the state gradually open back up for business, including the Traverse City and Petosky areas and portions of the UP.  Bars and restaurants in Region 6 & 8 may resume 50% of capacity as early as Friday.  Region 6 includes Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Charlevoix Cheboygan, Presque Isle and Emmet counties.  Region 8 includes Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw, Iron, Baraga, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee, Delta, Alger, Schoolcraft, Luce, Mackinac and Chippewa counties.

A video featuring a priest at St. Ambrose Church in Grosse Pointe Park has gone viral. Photos posted on social media show Reverend Tim Pelc shooting water into a car window when it stopped by the steps of the church on Easter Sunday. While maintaining social distancing to help fight the Coronavirus, Pelc was wearing a mask, face shield and rubber gloves. The 70-year-old Pelc, who has been with the parish for 30 years, told Buzzfeed News over the weekend that the idea was to do something fun for the kids while blessing their Easter baskets from a distance. The photos, which were taken by a parishioner, have been widely circulated on the Internet.

They've been held in Lansing, now a rally against Governor Whitmer's stay home orders will be held tonight in Grand Rapids. WOOD TV reports more than one thousand people are expected at Rosa Parks Circle at the "American Patriot Rally Sheriffs Speak Out" event. Organizer Ryan Kelley says they're going to encourage law enforcement officers in Michigan uphold the constitution and they don't enforce the illegal executive orders from the governor. Whitmer says the stay home order is to save lives and the state will reopen when it's safe to do so.

A prisoner at the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia has been shot by a guard, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections. It reportedly happened after a couple of fights involving multiple prisoners broke out in two separate prison yards Sunday morning. The department of corrections says a tower officer shot one of the prisoners in the arm after the prisoner ignored several warning shots and other methods and continue to fight. The prisoner was taken to the hospital. It's believed the fights were gang related.

Fruit growers are assessing the damage on their orchards after temperatures plunged below freezing in south-central and southwest Michigan, threatening tender blooms on apple, peach and other fruit trees. Cold, dry air blowing in from Canada dropped temperatures in the low to mid-20s for nearly nine hours.

One person was killed in a house fire in Kalamazoo over the weekend. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says they were called to a house fire Saturday evening and learned the resident might still be in the home. They began search and rescue operations despite the growing fire. A 79-year-old woman's body was found inside the home. The cause is being investigated.

An Oakland County man is being charged with impersonating a police officer and other suspected crimes. 51-year-old Leonard Harris was arrested early Saturday morning after he appeared to be following undercover detectives working in a Lyon Township mobile home park. Detectives says his Dodge Durango had a blue and red emergency light commonly used by law enforcement. After talking to Harris, he admitted to impersonating police in the area. In his vehicle, police found a 9mm pistol, a police style badge, police handcuffs, a scanner and a spotlight, along with some cocaine residue. A woman and two young children were also in the car. (Jail Photo: Harris)

Downtown Traverse City is considering something new to allow for social distancing in the city. The Downtown Development Authority is scheduled to meet today to consider closing two blocks to vehicle traffic. The plan would close the 100 and 200 blocks of Front Street in June. Under the plan, restaurants and shops would be allowed to use the additional space for dining or display goods to reduce crowding in the buildings. Removable barricades in downtown Traverse City would allow emergency vehicles to enter if needed.

Prices at the pump in Michigan have pretty much held steady over the past two weeks. The survey by Triple-A Michigan finds prices up a penny to a statewide average of a dollar-85 per gallon. The most expensive price per gallon was found in Benton Harbor at a dollar-89... and the least expensive was in Marquette at a dollar-82.

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Atlanta: (between Gaylord and Alpena): Thunder Bay Community Health Service, 11899 M-32, 989-733-6827.

Bad Axe: Great Lakes Bay Health Centers, 876 N. Van Dyke Rd, 989-623-0137.

Battle Creek: Grace Health, 181 W. Emmett St., 269-441-3463.

Bay City: Great Lakes Bay Health Centers, 3884 Monitor Rd, 989-671-2000.

Benton Harbor: InterCare Community Health Network, 800 M-139, 855-869-6900.

Flint: (Open beginning on Wednesday): Atwood Stadium, parking lot entrance off West 1st Street, details to come.

Grand Rapids: Cherry Health, 200 Sheldon Street SE, 616-965-8347.

Jackson: Center for Family Health, 505 N. Jackson St., 517-748-5363.

Kalamazoo: Family Health Center, 117 W Paterson St., 269-488-0804.

Lansing: Ingham Community Health Centers, 2316 S. Cedar St., 517-887-4517.

Saginaw: Great Lakes Bay Health Centers, 501 Lapeer Ave., 989-293-3492.

Traverse City: Northwest Michigan Health Services, 10767 Traverse Highway, 231-642-5292.

Rite-Aid is providing testing for COVID-19 at these sites in Michigan:  Eaton Rapids, Kentwood, Macomb, Saginaw and Swartz Creek.  Visit Rite-Aid's study locations web page for details. (Rite-Aid is not sponsoring this link) This testing is ONLY for people that are not presenting symptoms of being sick, it is a prophylactic test.

Wal-Mart has an independent drive-through COVID-19 testing site 7AM to 9AM at its store parking lot in Flint on Corunna Rd.  Testing will not be done in-store.  Visit MyQuestCOVIDTest.com or call 866-448-7719

18MAR20-Michigan taxpayers in foreclosure will receive time to pay back-taxes under an executive order signed 18MAR20 by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  Foreclosure tax deadline is now May 29th (an extra 30 days). This order is subject to change if the current health crises improves.

23MAR20-Michigan implements fines in Governor Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe order for not adhering to social distancing guideline of 6 feet or more.  The fine is up to 90 days in jail or up to $500 dollars.

25MAR20-The Huron Manistee National Forest is issuing free firewood permits through mail only.  Permits are free for the foreseeable future.  Call the nearest Forest Service Office to request your free permit.  Provide your name, address, license plate number and amount of firewood desired (up to 12 cords or 1536 square feet).  The permit will be mailed to you. Huron Shores Ranger Station in Oscoda 739-0728.  Mio Ranger Station 826-3252.  A cord of wood equals 4' x 4' x 8' or 128 cubic feet.

26MAR20-First case reported in Iosco county.

27MAR20-Two cases first reported in Ogemaw county.

27MAR20-State DNR suspends burn permits due to potential for socialization during burns and taking of EMS resources in case of a fire getting out of control.  (Updated 28APR20)

27MAR20-DNR dis-allows charter boating and hunting tourist operations.

27MAR20-Taxes: IRS is allowing a 90 day extension past the April 15th deadline to PAY taxes (for most Americans).  Tax returns must now be filed by July 15th with no interest or penalties.  Check the IRS website for details. However, NO indication of a due date move has been indicated on the Michigan Department of Treasury website.

30MAR20-Arenac county reports first case.

01APR20-First two cases reported in Oscoda county.

02APR20-Governor Whitmer announces permanent school closings via executive order 2020-35 for the rest of the year.  Please check with your local school for remote learning instructions.

06APR20-Governor Whitmer asks all residents to wear a mask when in public.  Data shows Michigan residents are doing an excellent job of staying home.  Both Michigan and New York have been demonstrating the best restraint of public movement than any other states.  Carroll Broadcasting says, "Thank you" and "Good Job" to the people of Michigan.

09APR20-Iosco county registers its first death from COVID-19.

09APR20-The IRS says it will get the first rounds of direct deposits of the relief package in bank accounts the week of April 12th.

13APR15-First positive case of COVID-19 in a woman from Alpena county.

14APR20-President Trump orders withdrawal of WHO U.S. funding  while an investigation ensues to determine whether the World Health Organization leadership conspired with the Chinese C.C.P. government to withhold information from the world about the seriousness of this virus.

14APR20-Governor EO-2020-47 grants extensions of certain driver's licenses that were due for renewal at this time. Individuals must, to the best of their ability, complete a vehicle registration or license renewal online at www.michigan.gov/sos/ during the declared state of emergency.  farmers who have urgent needs from the SOS, including issuance of seasonal restricted CDL licenses and new plates for transporting farm supplies, livestock and feed, can still utilize the EmergencyServicesRequest/Transactions process announced on March 30th.  Farmers are asked to complete an SOS Emergency Services Request Form Here. Email completed form to avermee@michfb.comwith the Michigan farm Bureau where it will then be reviewed and passed on to the appropriate SOS aggregator.

15APR20-"Traffic Jam" protest against the governor's lockdown held in Lansing at the state capitol.

17APR20-Alpena County reports its second case of COVID-19, the patient passed away and tested positive after her death.

19APR20-First COVID-19 deaths in Arenac and Gladwin counties.

24APR20-Governor Whitmer extends the "Stay Home, Stay Safe"  guidelines until May 15th while relaxing some restrictions.  The full extent of the revised orders can be viewed here.  View section 7 for the new exceptions.  Executive Order 2020-42 is rescinded.

27APR20-Tuscola County Health Dept. partners with Great Lakes Bay Health Care to bring voluntary testing for COVID-19 to the county.  Call 989-673-8114 for more information.

28MAR20-The Michigan State DNR is now issuing burn permits again.  Click on logo to the left to get your burn permit.

01MAY20-Governor Whitmer will allow businesses associated with commercial and residential construction to resume normal business as of May 7th.  Contractors still must observe social distancing efforts, including safety glasses and masks.  Hospitals are allowed to resume elective surgeries.

06MAY20-State Attorney General Dana Nessel warns about OKHomeOnline.com. advertising face masks, hand sanitizer, toilet paper and cleaning wipes. But orders never arrive. Nessel says there have been numerous complaints about the site.

06MAY20-Michigan residents can apply online for a free permit to cut fire wood from dead and downed trees in approved areas of Michigan's state forests. DNR staff recommend that you visit the site where you plan to cut before applying for a permit. Current maps of areas where cutting is allowed are available online. Permits are good for ninety days after issue. The permit form is at Michigan.Gov/Fuelwood. Permits normally cost $20 each, but 2020 permits are free due to COVID-19 and resulting DNR staff cutbacks.

06MAY20-Over half of the states (26) are NOT reporting new cases of the virus, in addition to Guam and the Virgin Islands.  There are also no new infections reported in federal prisons.  Michigan drops to 7th in the nation with the most infections as compared to ranking 3rd in April.

07MAY20-Iosco County DHD2 is reporting 52 active cases in the county.  Forty-five (45) of those are in Iosco county nursing facilities.

07MAY20-Governor Whitmer extends the "Stay Home, Stay Safe"  guidelines until May 28th.  The full extent of the revised orders can be viewed here.  View section 7 for exceptions.  Executive Order 2020-42 is rescinded.

15MAY20-Wal-Mart opens an independent drive-through COVID-19 testing site 7AM to 9AM at its store parking lot in Flint on Corunna Rd.  Testing will not be done in-store.  Visit MyQuestCOVIDTest.com or call 866-448-7719

15MAY20-Governor Whitmer issues three new executive orders during the pandemic. One authorizing and encouraging health care providers to expand tele-health options through June 10th, another extends a freeze on evictions for renters through June 12th and the third extends property tax appeals through July 31st.

29MAY20-Governor Whitmer's executive order now allows outpatient facilities like clinics, primary care and dental offices to re-open.  Other non-emergency facilities like veterinarians may re-open, too.

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MAY IN REVIEW

Joe Biden denies sexual assault charge (5/1); U.S. Soccer Women's National Team loses equal pay case (5/1); Blue Bell agrees to $19 million fine (5/1); Failed Venezuela coup (5/4); Amazon Vice President Tim Bray resigns (5/4); J.Crew files for bankruptcy (5/4); New York shuts subway system for cleaning (5/6); Andre Harrell dead at 59 (5/7); Arrests in Ahmaud Arbery shooting (5/7); Neiman Marcus files for bankruptcy (5/8); Roy Horn dead at 75 (5/8); Little Richard dead at 87 (5/9); Betty Wright dead at 66 (5/10); Jerry Stiller dead at 92 (5/11); Fred Willard dead at 86 (5/15); President Trump fires State Department inspector general (5/15); J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy (5/15); Wilson Roosevelt Jerman dead at 91 (5/16); Michael Cohen released from prison (5/21); Hertz files for bankruptcy (5/22); Biden 'you ain't black' comment (5/22); Death of George Floyd following Minneapolis PD arrest (5/25); Twitter tags Trump tweet with fact-checking warning (5/26); Richard Herd dead at 87 (5/26); SpaceX launch postponed (5/27); Trump signs executive order against social media companies (5/28)

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

SpaceX conducts crewed flight test for NASA
After Wednesday's scrub, SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft due to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket to fly two NASA astronauts (Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley) to and from the International Space Station - one of a number of tests conducted by NASA and its industry partners to prove that space systems meet the agency's requirements for certification to carry astronauts to and from the ISS

NASA, ESA and JAXA host virtual hackathon to develop Coronavirus solutions to issues related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, for coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists. Participants use Earth observation data to propose solutions to Coronavirus-related challenges ranging from studying the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and its spread, to the impact the disease is having on the Earth system

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

SpaceX crewed flight due to arrive at ISS
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley join Expedition 63 commander Chris Cassidy (NASA) and flight engineers Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner (both Roscosmos)

World No Tobacco Day
The campaign aims to increase awareness of the negative impact that tobacco has on people's lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease, and the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people

RE-OPENING AMERICA

Hawaii 'Stay at Home' order expires, unless extended
A 14-day quarantine for both visitors and residents entering the state and for inter-island travelers also expires today.

Clint Eastwood must be feelin' lucky: it's his 90th birthday today

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Monday, June 1, 2020

North Atlantic hurricane season starts

UK hearing over extradition to the U.S. for WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange

RE-OPENING AMERICA

Amtrak Acela train service resumes operations on a reduced schedule after they were suspended in March as demand fell due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The service runs along the Northeast corridor between Boston and Washington, DC, with stops in several cities including Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore

U.S. Virgin Islands reopens for leisure travelers as restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are relaxed, though the territory's state of emergency remains in place until July 11.

Delaware enters 'Phase 1' of its economic reopening plan, as restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are eased. Under the revised order, retail establishments, restaurants and other businesses can open at 30% of stated fire capacity with social distancing requirements and other public health guidance in place; outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people, including weddings and outdoor graduation ceremonies, are permitted, with basic public health precautions in place; the mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers is lifted; and a ban on short-term rentals is also lifted

Beaches, hotels and pools able to reopen in Miami-Dade County
Any establishments that do reopen are subject to strict health and safety protocols, including: guests must use facial coverings in all common interior areas, while staff must use masks at all times, both indoors and out; social distancing, with added precautions during check-in; and elevator use limited to 50% capacity with no more than four occupants, unless they are from the same family. Several hotel activities remain prohibited, including no valet parking where onsite parking is available; no more than 50% capacity in restaurants, meeting areas and banquet spaces; and no self-service food operations. On beaches, everyone must have a mask on hand, but they may be removed for swimming and strenuous exercise when social distancing of six feet is maintained; and groups are limited to a maximum of 10 people

Rhode Island scheduled to move to 'Phase 2' of reopening plan
Executive Order that limits social gathering to a maximum of five people, places a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone coming to Rhode Island from another state, and restricts the activities of businesses and restaurants is due to expire, with the state scheduled to move into 'Phase 2' of its reopening plan. In 'Phase 2', social gatherings are restricted to 15 people; the 14-day quarantine remains in place only for those returning from an area still under a 'stay-at-home' order; restaurants can allow indoor dining at up to 50% capacity; restrictions on non-critical retails are relaxed and malls are allowed to reopen; hair services and other close-contact services can reopen with capacity restrictions; gyms and fitness centers can reopen with restrictions, and group fitness classes can resume; and some outdoor activities can reopen, including zoos, public gardens and parts of historical sites.

LDS church temples begin phased reopening
14 more temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin phased reopening. In the U.S., temples begin reopening in Albuquerque; Baton Rouge; Nauvoo, IL; Raleigh, NC; San Antonio; St. Louis; and Vernal, UT. Outside the U.S., the following temples begin their phased reopening today: Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney (Australia); Calgary (Canada); Fukuoka (Japan); and The Hague

Nissan begins phased restart of its U.S. manufacturing operations

RE-OPENING ABROAD

Dutch bars and restaurants ease Coronavirus measures

Bulgaria to reopen restaurants, bars and cafes

Senate returns after Memorial Day State Work Period

U.S. Supreme Court releases an order list

And just so you know, June is:

Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month
National Safety Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
Turkey Lovers' Month
National Scleroderma Awareness Month
National Candy Month
National Rivers Month
Great Outdoors Month
National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Men's Health Month
National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month
National Ocean Month
Fireworks Safety Month

South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

President Trump keynotes NRCC Spring Dinner
Tonight is the National Republican Congressional Committee annual Spring Dinner, hosted and keynoted by President Donald Trump. It had been postponed from April 29 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Presidential primary elections held
Presidential primary elections scheduled in 10 states - Pennsylvania, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Rhode Island and South Dakota - and Washington, DC (Republican Primary). A number of states rescheduled their primaries due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

House committee hearings today
Congressional committee hearings in the House of Representatives today include: Commerce subcommittee remote hearing on 'how governors are battling Coronavirus'

Senate committee hearings today
Congressional committee hearings in the Senate today include: Banking Committee remote hearing on CARES Act implementation. Finance Committee hearing on the FDA foreign drug manufacturing inspection process . Judiciary Committee hearing on incarceration and detention best practices during COVID-19'. Judiciary subcommittee hearing on 'Is the DMCA's Notice-and-Takedown System Working in the 21st Century?'

Zoom Q1 earnings released
Zoom has received worldwide attention in recent months as more people use it during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to have online meetings while working from home. The company has enhanced the security and privacy capabilities of its platform in recent months following criticism

Forbes Celebrity 100 List announced
Forbes announces its annual Celebrity 100 list of the 'most powerful celebrities' from the worlds of movies, television, music, sports and books, based on their earnings and overall media footprint . The list was headed in 2019 by Taylor Swift with estimated earnings of $185 million

Well isn't that special: Dana Carvey turns 65 today

Alitalia resumes direct services from Rome to New York

Save the Children releases 'The Land of Inopportunity' report on how well childhood is protected and prioritized
'This is its fourth annual childhood report, on how well governments are protecting and prioritizing children. This year's report contains the first-ever ranking of the best and worst U.S. counties for children, as well as ranking all 50 U.S. states and a global ranking of 180 countries

Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered Americans listening session
Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered Americans host listening session, via teleconference, to discuss the work of 'Operation Lady Justice', which has been empowered to review Indian Country cold cases, to strengthen law enforcement protocols, and work with tribes to improve investigations, information sharing and a more seamless response to missing persons investigations.

House Commerce subcommittee remote hearing on 'how governors are battling Coronavirus'

GOP Sen. Tom Cotton speaks to UK lawmakers on 5G risks
'The Security of 5G', with speakers including Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, 5G Action Now Chair Mike Rogers, and Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Robert Spalding

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Senate Judiciary Committee first hearing on FBI 'Crossfire Hurricane' investigation Day 1 with testimony from former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. FBI's 'Crossfire Hurricane' investigation was into possible coordination between the Trump for President campaign and Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election

CMT celebrates front-line workers in two-hour 'Artists of the Year Special'
This show replaces the 11th annual 'CMT Artists of the Year' special, which traditionally takes place in October honoring the top country acts of the past year, and includes performances and callouts from Brandi Carlile, Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Kristen Bell, Lady Antebellum, Lauren Daigle, Little Big Town, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett & Tim McGraw

60th anniversary of Sega
The company was founded by Martin Bromley and Richard Stewart in 1960 as Nihon Goraku Bussan, which five years later became known as Sega Enterprises, Ltd. Sega's most successful franchises include 'Sonic the Hedgehog', 'Total War', and 'Yakuza'

House Budget Committee virtual hearing on economic impacts of Coronavirus
Virtual hearing, via WebEx, on 'Addressing the Economic Impacts of COVID-19: Views from Two Former CBO Directors', with testimony from former CBO Directors Dr Douglas Elmendorf and Dr Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Senate Transportation Committee hearing on Coronavirus impacts

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report - Initial Claims

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


Friday, June 5, 2020

National Donut Day

Monthly Employment Report for May released

National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Established by a coalition of organizations, cultural influencers, community members, and activists as part of the Wear Orange campaign raising awareness of gun violence. Those who agree that more can be done to save American lives from gun violence are asked to pledge their support by wearing orange clothing for the day. The idea was inspired by a group of Chicago teens who asked their classmates to wear orange - the color hunters wear to announce themselves while in the woods - to commemorate the life of 15-year-old student Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot in the back and killed January 29, 2013.

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Michigan invasive carp challenge announcement

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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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