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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 15NOV19

The Oscoda Township Police report that on Wednesday, 30 year old Jenna (nee Tippett) Bustamante of Oscoda was arrested for a single count of involuntary manslaughter. Tippett’s arrest concludes an almost four month long investigation into the death of a three month old infant and unsafe sleep practices. All parents are reminded to practice infant safe sleep guidelines as outlined by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Any further questions may be directed to Chief David or Detective Sergeant McNichol of the Oscoda Township Police Department.

A Pretrial hearing has been scheduled regarding a land rights issue in Caseville.  The land rights issue involves property in the Sandy Heights subdivision in Caseville. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the issue revolves around Kristen Kern-Spiekerman, who claims a thirty foot tract of public land, near the intersection of Port Austin and Lake Roads, used for beach access belongs to her and has tried to block public use of the land. 27 people with property in the Sandy Heights Beach are were listed as defendants, who claim to have a right to the land. The Huron County Road Commission said the land in question was given to them in 1972 to use as a public right of way. The pretrial is scheduled for 10am, Thursday, November 21st in the Huron County District Court. 

The Oscoda Township Board of Trustees continued discussions on the water main extension project.  The Board of Trustees was presented with three options regarding Phase Two of the project. According to the Oscoda Press, Phase Two includes installing a water main along Loud Drive as well as work on Interlake Road and Woodland Drive. Rick Freeman of Rowe Professional Service Company said option one is to continue Phase Two as originally planned but would require an additional $573,000 dollars in funding. The second option is to reduce the length of Phase Two but would require more than $88,000 dollars in additional funding. The third alternative would run the water main extension down until it stops at Phelan Creek. Trustees opted for the third alternative which will require no additional funding at this time.

Today is opening day of the firearm hunting season and hunting is permitted in the Huron Manistee National Forest. In addition to state hunting regulations, forest regulations include: hunters cannot discharge a firearm within 150 yards of a developed recreation site, building or occupied area; discharge a firearm across a road, trail or body of water; blinds are permitted but must be removed at the end of the day and off road vehicles are only permitted on designated trails and may not be used for cross country game retrieval. For more information call the Huron Shores Ranger Station at 739-0728 or Mio Ranger Station at 826-3252.

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Girls Regional Volleyball:
Beaverton 3  Manton 0
Rudyard 3  Onaway 1
Saginaw Valley Lutheran 3  Brown City 1
Ubly 3  Genesee Christian 0

8 Player Football Semi-Final
Hillman @ Pickford

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 Thu. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for THU 14NOV19

Two Onaway area men were charged and arrested for cocaine trafficking, after a traffic stop last Friday.  The  Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT) detectives arrested 60-year-old Karl Randell Griffin and his passenger, 54-year-old Michael David McGrath for "Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver" and "Conspiracy to Deliver Cocaine".  Following a brief investigation, the traffic stop was conducted on M-33 in Presque Isle county's Allis Township. The pair was found to be in possession of approximately 15 grams of cocaine, while they allegedly traveled from Onaway to a source of the drug in southern Michigan.  They returned home with intent to distribute the drug.  Both were held in the Presque Isle County Jail and arraigned in 89th District Court on Tuesday for one count "Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine". The charge is a felony offense, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000.00 fine.  HUNT was assisted by the Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Office. (photo: Griffin, McGrath)

The Alcona County Sheriff’s Department reports that on Tuesday at 11:30am, deputies were dispatched to a rollover crash on U.S. 23 and Sayer Road in Alcona Township. When deputies were able to locate the vehicle, it was approximately 35 yards off the roadway and down a steep embankment. The vehicle was traveling southbound on U.S. 23 when the driver lost control on the slush covered roadway. The vehicle crossed the centerline and left the roadway, striking a guardrail on the northbound shoulder. The vehicle then rolled over numerous times, slid down the embankment and came to rest against a large tree. The jaws of life were used to extract the driver, James Rioux, 80, of Harrisville. He was transported to Alpena Mid-Michigan Hospital by Alcona EMS. Rioux suffered serious injuries, but they did not appear to be life threatening. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Deputies were assisted on scene by Alcona Township First Responders, Alcona EMS and the Alcona County Road Commission.

Huron Community Bank has a new Vice President of Community Development.  Huron Community Bank's Ryan Munson has become the new Vice President of Community Development. Munson brings with him ten years of experience and a strong commitment to the bank's mission. Munson graduated from Baker College with an MBA in finance. Munson believes that the way to make a bank better is through relationships and is passionate about supporting his community not only in business but as a resident. When it comes to putting the community in Huron Community Bank, Munson believes that the future is bright saying that we have the opportunity in a number of areas to become a valuable partner for businesses and consumers. Munson resides in the West Branch area with his wife and four children. He coaches many youth sports and is active with the Faith Alive Church Youth Program. For more information contact Huron Community Bank's East Tawas Branch at 362-6700.

A member of the Reno Township Board of Trustees will be stepping down.  Reno Township Treasurer, Eilert Barnes will be retiring. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Barnes has served his community as a township official for nearly five decades. Barnes began his work for Reno Township in May of 1970 as a board trustee, a title he held until February 1986. In that same year, he filled the role of treasurer after the current treasurer had resigned. He was re-elected for his next term and has continued as treasurer to the present. Reno Township Trustee, Michael Bench has been selected as his replacement as treasurer. Barnes's last day will be November 30th. 

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 Wed. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for WED 13NOV19

The Whittemore Prescott School District recently received its audit report for the 2018-2019 school year.  Superintendent Joe Perrera said he is happy with the audit report for the school year. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the findings include a fund balance of about ten percent. Perrera said the fund balance is essentially the amount of money the district has in its savings account compared to expenses. Perrera said the district had about $8.1 million dollars in expenses last fiscal year and about ten percent of that is the fund balance, roughly $837,000 dollars. The district had total revenues of approximately $7.9 Million dollars, a shortfall of nearly $200,000 dollars compared to expenditures. Perrera said the difference was mainly due to a loss of students throughout last year, but that the loss has already been made up this year.

The Arenac County Board of Commissioners recently approved the 2019 apportionment report.  The apportionment report was provided by the county Equalization Director. According to the Arenac County Independent, the report provides the millage rates and tax levies for all government units to be collected in July and December of this year. The report is required to ensure that millage rates are rolled back to factor inflation, so they reflect the amounts the millage was originally intended to generate per the Headlee Amendment. County Commissioner Harold Woolhiser said the report is a requirement in order to provide transparency regarding taxation among the various municipalities. Overall, Woolhiser said there have been no significant changes regarding taxes levied in the county since last year.

In partnership with the Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District, AuGres-Sims School District installed a free "Little Library" on campus, in front of the AuGres-Sims Elementary building. Within the scope and focus of continually strengthening a culture of reading for the greater AuGres community, the free Little Library provides an opportunity for students and community members to have 24-hour literacy access to “take a book and share a book”. Funding for the free Little Library was provided, in part, by both the Arenac Community Fund and the Youth Advisory Fund at Bay Area Community Foundation.

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 12NOV19

The AuSable Township Planning Commission recently approved a Special Land Use Permit.  The Special Land Use Permit is for a boat rental. According to the Oscoda Press, Greg Leach of Oscoda requested an approval of his business, Seas By The Day, where he plans to rent out pontoon boats to visitors. Chairman Kurt Beck said that the request is within the requirements of the Waterfront Mixed-Use District but there are some concerns. Beck said those include parking lot spaces, parking surface, lack of dimensions to the site plan and signage. Leach told the board that the rental location is a house with four bedrooms and serves as a B & B location when Leach isn't living there. After discussing all the conditions, a motion to approve the application was made and received a unanimous vote of approval. The new business will be located at 942 South State Street in Oscoda.

The Arenac County Conservation District recently received grant money.  The funding comes from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. According to the Arenac County Independent, the conservation district funding is to continue its tire recycling program. Conservation District Administrator, Dawn Hergott, said the $8,000 dollar grant funds the use of trailers for tire collection days twice a year in the county. She said the collection days are usually held in May and August at various locations. Hergott said the tires collected in Arenac County are given to a company that recycles the tires for fuel.      

The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan and its affiliate foundations, including the Iosco County Community Foundation, are joining a nationwide celebration today through November 18th, to recognize the increasingly important role these organizations play in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges. In Northeast Michigan, CFNEM works alongside other community foundations bordering Lake Huron through the Great Lakes One Water Initiative, to improve and ensure the health of our lake. They are also serving as a hub for nonprofits for the 2020 U.S. Census, to increase our region’s chances of a fair and accurate count. Community Foundation Week was created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush to recognize the work of community foundations throughout America.

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 11NOV19

A fiery crash early Sunday morning claimed the life of a man in rural Tuscola County. According to M-Live, Deputies with the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office, Unionville Fire Department, and ACW Ambulance responded around 6:15am Sunday to the area of Sheridan Road and Hoover Road in Akron Township for a single-vehicle crash. A passerby called 911 and reported a vehicle on fire in the ditch.  After the fire was extinguished, police discovered a 36-year-old Akron man deceased inside the vehicle.  The victim’s name has not been released. The incident remains under investigation by the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office.

The Oscoda Township Zoning Administrator will be stepping down.  Lorna Ganci announced her resignation in a letter to the Oscoda Township Board of Trustees. According to the Oscoda Press, Ganci was hired for the position in August of 2014. Ganci said that her work has been a challenging experience and she learned about planning, zoning and government. Ganci said she is willing to help during the transition. Ganci's retirement is effective as of January 31st, 2020. She said she looks forward to her next chapter which will include spending more time with her husband.

The Caseville Harbor Commission is working on a new five year recreation plan.  The recreation plan will serve as a guide for projects and sets recreational priorities. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the recreation plan will also ensure eligibility for state grant funding for the Caseville Harbor Commission. Once a draft of the plan has been completed, the commission will submit it to the Department of Natural Resources for approval by February 2020. The plan will contain five sections including description of the community, administration structure, complete recreation inventory, community engagement and goals of the plan and how to carry them out.

The Tawas Area Schools Board of Education will meet tonight. On the agenda is the first reading of the new and revised board bylaws and policies. The board will also discuss a guest teacher shortage. The meeting will be held tonight at 7pm in the boardroom of the administration office in Tawas City.

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A fire at a Metro Detroit apartment complex Wednesday night forced six families from their homes. The Highland Park Fire Department responded to the The Manchester Place Apartments . Eight units were destroyed, displacing nine people. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No one was injured. The American Red Cross is assisting the victims.

Grand Rapids are asking for the public's help to find a suspicious man driving a white older model white van in the area of Burton Street and Buchanan Avenue. Police say the driver, a man in his 50's, has attempted to talk to kids walking to school on more than one occasion. No children have been harmed. Anyone with information should call police or Silent Observer.

A notable name in jewelry and fine art auctions is facing federal charges related to what the F-B-I calls a complex financial crime involving millionaires and rare diamonds. Birmingham jeweler Joseph DuMouchelle (DO-ma-Shell)...The 58-year-old son of the founder of Detroit's DuMouchelle Art Galleries is alleged to have taken property from another jeweler, made fraudulent bank transfers while trying to sell a rare 77-carat diamond known as the "The Yellow Rose" and failing to pay commissions. He was formally charged Thursday afternoon.

The Archdiocese of Detroit has been slapped by a lawsuit filed by a Michigan family upset with what a priest said at his funeral. Maison Hullibarger died by suicide. The family claims that Reverend Don LaCuesta sounded off on the sin of suicide at his funeral and pondered whether someone who commits it can ever attain heaven. The Archdiocese later apologized, and said that LaCuesta would no longer be preaching at funerals, but the family wanted the priest fired. They are seeking over $25-thousand in damages.

Police say they have their suspect after a bank robbery in Marysville this week. Police say a white man in his 60s robbed the Chemical Bank in downtown Marysville on Wednesday afternoon. Port Huron Police says officers pulled over a black Ford pick-up believed to have been part of the robbery Thursday. When officers asked the driver to get out of vehicle, the passenger slid over and drove off. Police say it started a short chase, but they stopped when the driver become reckless and endangered fellow drivers. That chase driver was the suspect in the bank robbery and he was arrested.

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STATE NEWS for THU 14NOV19

Well over a million Michiganders will be packing their bags and hitting the road to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. Triple-A says it is expecting the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since they began tracking it back in 2000. The firm says thet Wednesday before Thanksgiving is expected to be the worst travel period nationally, with trips taking as much at four times longer than normal. The vast majority of the 1.7 million travelers in Michigan will hit the road this Thanksgiving, while just over 150,000 will travel by plane.

The reward for information on what happened to a missing woman from Southfield has doubled to 20-thousand dollars for the next couple of weeks. Adrienne Quintal went missing from her family cabin in Honor October 18th. She had called a friend asking for help. Her her family has doubled the reward until November 30th. Then the reward will go back to 10-thousand dollars.

Recreational marijuana sales could happen in a just a few weeks under a state rule change yesterday. Starting December 1st, medical marijuana businesses that also have a recreational license can move half of their product over to sell according the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Right now, 46 medical businesses are pre-qualified for recreational sales and those licenses should be finalized by Thanksgiving. Only about 22 communities allow recreational marijuana business.

A former Traverse City teacher, 63-year-old Patty Anton, has been murdered in the Dominican Republicn. Dominican Police say they found Anton apparently strangled in her apartment and she had been bound and gagged. Police say someone stole Anton's phone, laptop, and tv and her apartment had been ransacked. She was consulting a school in the Dominican Republic.

Two Kalamazoo teens are facing misdemeanor charges after they allegedly posted threats to schools online. The county prosecutor says the 16-year-old girl and 14-yearold boy each face a count of threatening to commit violence against a school and using a computer to commit a crime. Police say the boy wanted to stay hoe and play video games with his friends. Several schools in the area were closed by the threats.


A Michigan couple is facing charges in connection with the murder of a woman found dead in Georgia last week. Atlanta police arrested Jordyn Jones of Auburn Hills and her boyfriend, Barron Brantley, on charges of malice murder in the Halloween death of Alexis Crawford. The body of the Clark Atlanta University student was found in a park last Friday. The medical examiner determined Crawford died by asphyxiation. Police say a motive had not been clearly established but they say Crawford filed a police report describing "unwanted kissing and touching" by Brantley. 

The city of Grand Rapids will pay 190-thousand dollars to a man who was wrongfully detained by federal immigration officials. The settlement reportedly comes for Jilmar Ramos-Gomez (Hill-mar Rah-MOSE-Go-mez) after five hours of negotiations at city hall. The City Commission approved the payment Tuesday night. The ACLU of Michigan and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center had filed a complaint for RamosGomez, saying Grand Rapids Police Captain Curt VanderKooi discriminated against him based on his race. ICE says Ramos-Gomez, who suffers from PTSD, told agents he was in the country illegally, but he is a U.S. citizen and had his passport with him when he was arrested for setting a fire at a hospital and breaking onto the helipad. He was detained for three days before his lawyer proved he was a citizen.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting death of a 19-year-old at an apartment complex in Kalamazoo early Wednesday morning. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says police arrived on the scene of the Hidden Hills Apartments at about 1:30 yesterday morning and found the 19-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to the hospital , but died. Police say the victim and suspect knew each other, but it's not clear what led to the shooting.

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STATE NEWS for WED 13NOV19

The screams of an eight-year-old girl helped prevent her from becoming a kidnap victim at a bowling alley in west Michigan over the weekend. WOOD TV reports 41-year-old Donald Zeigler, Junior has been arrested after he allegedly tried to carry the girl out of the Fairlanes Bowling Alley in Grandville last Friday . The girl screamed , getting her father and brother's attention and they approached the man before he could leave with the girl. Zeigler was arrested hours later and has been charged with kidnapping.

The snow in Michigan caused the death of one man working to remove it. A 40-yearold man was using a skid-steer loader to remove snow at a commercial business in southwest Michigan east of Bangor Tuesday when he was trapped under the bucket and died. Police say co-workers helped free the man from under the bucket, but he died at the scene.

A west Michigan woman had apparently filed for a protective order against her husband , but was denied a year before he allegedly killed her. Jaron Chatman has been charged with manslaughter and felony firearm in the shooting death of his wife, 24-year-old Emily Chatman in October in Polkton Township in Ottawa County. Chatman is being held on 50-thousand dollars bond. Captain Mark Bennett , of the sheriff's office, tells WOOD TV, that they believe this was a tragic incident that could have been avoided if there hadn't been gross negligence. He says the couple's three children were home at the time of the shooting.

A 14-year-old from Kalamazoo has been taken to the county juvenile home after allegedly threatening a school in the city. That prompted several copycat threats online and caused several schools in Kalamazoo County to close. Prosecutors will determine whether the teen will be charged. Police are asking that parents talk to their kids about the seriousness of making such threats.

The remains of an Army sergeant from northern Michigan, missing for 69 years, are finally back in Leelanau County. Sergeant Walter Tobin, of Glen Lake, was serving in North Korea in 1950 when the enemy attacked and he was reported as Missing in Action. When North Korea returned remains of 55 service members, Tobin's remains were identified through DNA testing. His cousin, Mary Jane Morehouse, says it's going to be sadness, but great joy just to think that he will be coming home. A public memorial will be held today.

Parents voiced their concerns about the possible closing of Soo Hill Elementary School in Escanaba at a public forum last night. W-L-U-C reports Escanaba Area Schools Superintendent Coby Fletcher says closing the school would save the district money , but some parents say it would be stressful for young students. A decision is expected by the end of the year.

A mid Michigan man will spend several years in prison for child pornography charges. Alexander Haupt , of Clare County, has been sentenced to six and a half to 20 years in prison for sharing child porn, using a computer to commit a crime, and obstruction of justice.

 

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STATE NEWS for TUE 12NOV19

There were a handful of delays and cancellations at Detroit Metro Airport this morning. There were 19 canceled arrivals at Metro Airport, most of them coming from the east coast: cities like Baltimore, Buffalo, Toronto, and Boston. Another 24 inbound flights were delayed. As far as departures go, there were four canceled flights . There are just a few delayed flights out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids and Capitol Region Airport in Lansing.

A history making surgery has been performed at Detroit's Henry Ford Health System. It says they believe surgeons performed what they believe is the first double lung transplant in the United States for a patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged from vaping. The patient would like his medical team to share photographs and an update to warn others as they discuss the patient's treatment later today.

A northern Michigan man has been charged again in connection to a child pornography case. Jeffrey Steiger , of Casanovia, has been charged with using a small hidden camera to take inappropriate photos of people he lived with, including children. He was charged in Mason County last July, and is now being charged with seven more counts as police say they found more than 100 photos and videos of children on his electronic devices.

A 91-year-old veteran of World War Two, Adrian Cervini, Senior, has finally received his high school diploma. M-Live reports Cervini left high school when he was 16 and served overseas at the end of the war in China and then in Korea, where he faced difficult conditions ...walking 70 miles when it was 35 degrees below zero. He never got his diploma in Detroit, but the Linden Community Schools stepped stepped in and gave him a diploma recently.

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Two history teachers in western Michigan have created a Veterans Wall of Honor. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central High School teachers Steve Labenz and Brad Anderson want to pay tribute to former students who have served their country. One part of the wall has dog tags representing alumni in every military branch. Another part includes pictures honoring those who were killed. The wall also features an interactive program, where students can look up photos and details of the graduates' lives and experiences. The memorial will be dedicated today to commemorate Veterans Day.

A Chicago-bound passenger train has struck and killed a 19-year-old college student in central Michigan. The Albion Department of Public Safety says the collision with the westbound Amtrak train occurred around 8:30PM on Saturday at a pedestrian crossing. Officers are identifying the Albion College student as 19-year-old Zachary Winston. An Amtrak spokesperson says 65 passengers were aboard the Amtrak 355 Wolverine Train at the time of the collision.

A Kalamazoo County man whose hobbies include replica weapons from the Middle Ages says he fended off an intruder with a battle ax. Thirty-six-year-old Ben Ball tells WOOD-TV he was playing video games at his apartment in Oshtemo Township last week when someone kicked in his door. Ball says he grabbed the ax and struck the intruder in the torso. The suspect then fled. Police deployed a K-9 unit and tracked a trail of blood to 33-year-old Alex Lavell Rawls who faces home-invasion charges.  (photo of Rawls)

The Department of Natural Resources is now accepting comments from the public on the intent to open or close certain forest roads on state lands to off-road vehicles, and conventional vehicles. Some of the proposed changes may be on lands located within Brownstown Township. Comments are being accepted until December 1st. The final land use order will be submitted for action by the DNR director at the February, 2020, during a meeting of the Natural Resources Commission. The specific proposed changes and road locations are outlined online at www.Michigan.gov/ForestRoads.

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Friday, November 15, 2019 

House Intelligence Committee holds latest hearing as part of President Trump impeachment inquiry
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence holds latest open hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, with testimony from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Masha Yovanovitch.

2020 Trail
Joe Biden on campaign trail in Washington
Cory Booker on campaign trail in New Hampshire

People Magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' published

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Saturday, November 16, 2019 

Louisiana holds gubernatorial election
Incumbent John Bel Edwards (Democrat) faces off against Eddie Rispone (Republican).

2020 Trail
Joe Biden in Nevada; Elizabeth Warren in Iowa; Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Andrew Yang, and Tom Steyer in California.

National Dog Show

The top American Kennel Club sanctioned dogs from across the country. Over 200 different breeds and varieties compete for Best of Breed.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019 

2020 Trail

Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer, Andrew Yang,John Delaney, and Julian Castro in Nevada; Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris in California; Steve Bullock in Iowa.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs finale

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Monday, November 18, 2019 

50th anniversary of second moon landing


U.S. Supreme Court convenes for public non-argument session


Parkland Shooting Suspect Hearing (2:30PM EDT)
A trial date is expected to be set in the case of accused Florida school gunman Nikolas Cruz, charged with 17 counts of murder for allegedly shooting dead 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on November 14th, 2019.

Court hearing for suspect in Colorado school shooting

Reverse transfer hearing for Alec McKinney, charged alongside Devon Erickson in a school shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado which killed one 18-year-old. The teenage suspects allegedly walked into the school and opened fire with handguns in two classrooms. Student Kendrick Castillo was killed when he and two classmates tackled one of the shooters. The other was captured by an armed security guard. Both suspects have been charged as adults.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 

Impeachment Inquiry Hearing

House Intelligence Committee holds latest hearing as part of President Trump impeachment inquiry with testimony from vice president's office special adviser Jennifer Williams and National Security Council Director for European Affairs Alexander Vindman. Later, the committee hears testimony from U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker and former National Security Council Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs Tim Morrison.

Education Secretary DeVos testifies to House committee on debt relief for defrauded students (11:15AM ET)
Hearing on ''With Extreme Displeasure': Examining the Education Department's Refusal to Provide Debt Relief to Defrauded Students', with testimony from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

NTSB meets on 2018 Southwest Airlines accident in which a passenger was partially sucked out of a plane window (10:30AM ET)
National Transportation Safety Board meeting, to determine the probable cause of the April 2018 engine failure and depressurization accident aboard Southwest Airlines flight 1380, leading to one passenger suffering fatal injuries - when they were partially sucked out of the window - and eight more suffering minor injuries.

Giant panda Bei Bei leaves Smithsonian for China
As part of the Zoo's cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, which stipulates that all cubs born at the Zoo move to China when they are four years old. 

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 

House Intelligence Committee holds latest hearing as part of President Trump impeachment inquiry
Testimony from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Ambassador. Gordon Sondland. Later the committee hears testimony from Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Laura Cooper and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate debate (10:00PM ET)
2020 Democratic presidential candidate debate, the fifth of the 2020 election cycle, co-hosted by MSNBC, The Washington Post and the Democratic National Committee. Qualified candidates are 2020 Dem presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg, businessman Andrew Yang, and NextGen America founder Tom Steyer.
 
Scheduled execution of Rodney Reed in Texas (8:00PM ET)
For the 1996 rape and murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, TX. Celebrities including Rihanna, T.I., Busta Rhymes, Meek Mill, and Kim Kardashian West have signed a petition calling for a stop to the execution due to DNA evidence. An application for clemency has been filed.
Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes published
 
Bill and Hillary Clinton host Domestic Policy Conference
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton host Domestic Policy Conference on 'Economic Inclusion and Growth: The Way Forward', to emphasize 'the need for a collective effort to drive action and help financial growth partners scale impact; address the income gap and racial wealth disparities; and better support underserved communities, small businesses, and entrepreneurs'.

Vice President Pence visits Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Wisconsin

2020 Trail
2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in Georgia, with a stop in Atlanta.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 

House Intelligence Committee holds latest hearing as part of President Trump impeachment inquiry
Testimony from former President's Special Assistant Fiona Hill. 
 
Deadline for new funding deal to avert federal Government shutdown
Funding for parts of the federal government set to expire, unless extended, following passage of 'H.R.4378 - Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020' in September.

2020 Trail
Elizabeth Warren on campaign trail in Georgia.
Joe Biden on campaign trail in South Carolina.
Barack Obama attends DNC fundraiser in California.
 
Court hearing for man charged with causing 28-vehicle crash in Colorado (4:00PM ET)
Arraignment of truck driver Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, accused of causing a 28-vehicle crash in April when his semi-truck slammed into stopped traffic on Interstate 70 near Denver.

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Friday, November 22, 2019 

Twitter bans all political advertising

Congress breaks for Thanksgiving recess

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

2020 Trail

Kamala Harris on campaign trail in Iowa.
Cory Booker on campaign trail in New Hampshire.
Joe Biden on campaign trail in Iowa.

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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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