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LOCAL NEWS for THU 16AUG18

A man was arrested after two homes were broken into Tuesday morning in Roscommon County. According to Up North Live, A family in the Houghton Lake area found someone had broken into their home and vehicles. Roscommon Sheriff's Deputies report that while investigating the first break in they were sent to an adult foster care home where another break in was reported. Evidence collected at the scene brought deputies to a home nearby where they found a man dressed in all black. Deputies found evidence in the pockets of 36-year-old Stephan Battle linking him to the crimes. Battle was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree home invasion. Battle is still in the Roscommon County Jail awaiting further hearings.

Eight Alcona County First Responders were recently honored. The First Responders received CPR Save Recognition Citations for a call they responded to in February. According to the Alcona County Review, responders were called to a residence in the Glennie area where a man had collapsed. His daughter called 911 and Alcona County EMS, Curtis Township Firefighters, an off duty EMT and an Alcona County Sheriff Deputy responded. CPR was started by EMS, continued by volunteers and the deputy while other life saving measures were administered. The patient recovered and eventually returned home. The eight who were recognized include Dispatcher Barb Spencer, Deputy Andrew Wright, EMT Linda Karpp, Paramedics Scott Ritchie and Chuck Herbst and Curtis Township Firefighters Skip Hoole, Les Kidney and Doug Desborough.

The Oscoda Township Board of Trustees recently reached a decision on hiring a facilitator.  Trustees voted unanimously to cancel the contracted facilitation services they agreed to pursue in March. According to the Oscoda Press, the intent was to meet with Dr. Lewis Bender, who specializes in consulting and training services to conduct team building work with officials. Superintendent Dave Schaeffer said the services were to be utilized after he was hired to replace former superintendent Robert Stalker. Bender would have worked with the Board of Trustees for three or four days at a cost of $2,000 dollars per day. Board members were reluctant to spend that much money with the hope of resolving any conflicts internally.

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 15AUG18

Residents in Caseville will see a millage request on their November ballot.  The Caseville Township Board of Trustees approved the millage request at their meeting last week. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the millage is mainly for mosquito suppression but was worded in order to fund any other infestation problem. The proposed millage would be point four mills for four years raising $76,500 Dollars in its first year. The funding would be used for a ground spraying effort to control mosquitoes in the Township. The proposal will be on the November 6th ballot in Caseville Township.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the antlerless deer license application period ends today. Some areas of the state have a limited number of antlerless deer license applications available, making applying for that deer management unit important for some residents. Private land applications do require a landowner phone number, so have it ready. Also, young hunters, sixteen and under, can buy antlerless deer licenses over the counter, but today is the final day to do so. For more details about antlerless deer hunting or to buy an application online visit Michigan Dot Gov Slash Deer. 

Thirty-six communities and organizations across Michigan recently learned they are getting a share of $80,518 dollars to support their tree-planting efforts. Among those receiving funding is the city of Caseville in Huron County, receiving $3,000 dollars. The grants, from the DNR, the DTE Energy Foundation and ReLeaf Michigan, will support the planting of 1,600 trees along streets and in parks and other public spaces. Communities interested in launching volunteer tree plantings or educational events are encouraged visit Releaf Michigan Dot Org.

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LOCAL NEWS for TUE 14AUG18

The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on their five year plan for Ogemaw County.  MDOT is asking residents for comments on tentative road improvements over the next five years. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, there are two significant road rehabilitation programs next year. They include new pavement on southbound I-75 from Ski Park Road to the west Ogemaw County Line and on I-75 from Cook Road to Ski Park Road. In 2020 three bridge preservation projects are planned including new concrete on I-75 over the Rifle River. Residents have until Tuesday, August 21st to submit comments on these projects at Michigan Dot Gov Slash MDOT Five Year Plan.

The Oscoda Area Schools learned Monday that they will receive a $50,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to Up North Live, officials found plumes of PFAS were recently discovered on Oscoda Area Schools' River Road campus, putting the school well in danger of being contaminated if the plumes moved. The money will help pay to change the school's water source, connecting it to an existing Au Sable Township water main. Scott Moore, Oscoda Area Schools Superintendent said they feel extremely fortunate to have worked with the USDA and obtained the resources necessary for Oscoda Area Schools to ensure that the students and community will have safe water sources for years to come.

Two Oscoda County Fire Departments recently received grant money.  The Oscoda County Board of Commissioners awarded nearly $15,000 Dollars in Title Three funding. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the Tri-Town Fire Department will receive nearly $6,700 Dollars to replace old nozzles and provide better personal protection equipment for firefighters. Also the Mentor Township/McKinely Fire Department will receive nearly $9,400 Dollars to replace a water pump on a fire truck. Title Three funding is money set aside for programs that impact non-federal forests or improve community fire planning and education.

The Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union recently supported Iosco County 4-H.  The Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union team members participated in the Iosco County Fair's Livestock Auction. Kelly Alexander, Joan Myles and Jennifer Jackson purchased the Grand Champion pen of rabbits from Matthew Bennett. The Credit Union then donated the rabbits back to be resold with the funds from the resale benefiting the Iosco County Junior Livestock Auction. Funds raised help support 4-H educational activities for area youth, teaching them leadership and hands-on skills in various fields such as agriculture and engineering as well as providing scholarships to 4-H students. A $500 Dollar donation was also made to the Iosco County Fair Barn Improvement Project. Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union has eight locations serving Alpena, Alcona, Iosco and Montmorency counties. 

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LOCAL NEWS for MON 13AUG18

A federal health agency says contaminated drinking water might have caused cancer and other chronic disease among veterans and families who lived at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. According to M-Live, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has released a draft report that says people who consumed or had skin contact with Wurtsmith water may be at an increased risk for cancer. Extremely high levels of benzene and tri-chloro-ethylene were documented in the former B-52 bomber base's water before its 1993 closure. The conclusion could push Congress to consider requiring the Department of Veteran Affairs to extend health benefits to base veterans without having to prove their illness is linked to chemical exposure.

The Iosco County Board Of Commissioners have approved a millage proposal for the November Ballot.  The proposal would fund the Iosco County Parks and Recreation Department. According to the Oscoda Press, The millage is asking voters to approve collection of point 25 mill for five years from 2018 through 2022. Money generated would be used for the purpose of acquiring, improving, operating and maintaining parks and recreation areas and programs in Iosco County. The millage would also generate money for grant matching funds in townships and cities in the county. The vote to put the measure on the November Ballot was passed by the Iosco County Board of Commissioners unanimously.

The Harbor Beach School District hired three new staff members.  The School Board approved hiring three additional teachers for the upcoming school year. according to the Huron Daily Tribune, Brianna Davey will teach fourth grade classes, Janeen Hass will teach fifth grade and Kayla Rienstra will teach second grade. Davey previously taught preschool at Harbor Beach community Schools, Rienstra taught first grade in the Kingston School District and Hass recently graduated from Saginaw Valley State University and completed her student teaching in the Elkton Pigeon Bayport Laker School district.

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STATE NEWS for THU 16AUG18

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died today at 9:50am in her home in Detroit surrounded by family and loved ones, according to her publicist. The 76-year-old music legend had been gravely ill for several days due to neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. A prayer service was held for Franklin just yesterday at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit where her father was once pastor.  Today President Donald Trump called her, "...a gift from God."  Franklin sold more than 75 million records during her life which made her one of the best selling platinum artists of all time.  She was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25th, 1942.


The city of Flint will continue to receive bottled water from Ice Mountain through the end of this year. Mayor Karen Weaver making that announcement, saying Ice Mountain has been supplying water all summer for children at summer camps around the city, as well as providing water at several local events. Nestle said in May that it would donate 42-hundred cases of water per week for 16 weeks after the state decided not to pay for continued water distribution in the city.

Drivers are less comfortable with the idea of self driving vehicles, according to a new study. Two years ago, about one third said they would never buy a self driving vehicle, but that number is now half after some high profile incidents . The study says millennials are nervous, but the biggest drop in comfort is among baby boomers.

In northern Michigan, a homeowner shot someone who was on his property the other night. 9 and 10 News reports the Benzie County Sheriff's Office says an Inland Township homeowner says the man got a shotgun and told the intruder to leave but they approached him in a threatening way. That's when he shot them in the legs. The suspect is expected to recover and is hospitalized. The prosecutor's office is reviewing the case.

A boater -- who went missing in Lake St. Clair -- has been found. The 61-year-old man went swimming with his wife around Tuesday night, but never resurfaced. The woman told police their boat drifted from the shoreline. A number of crews and the coast guard searched for him. The Lapeer Police Department has identified the substance that burned two children at a park earlier this month -- as Sodium Hyrdroxide. A one-and-a-half year-old old boy was playing on a slide in Crampton Park on August 2nd -- when he was injured by the chemical. A 14 year old girl that was helping him was also burned. Sodium Hyrdroxide is used in drain and oven cleaners and can severely irritate eyes and skin. The children were both hospitalized and treated. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Lapeer police department.

Madonna is turning 60-years-old. Madonna first broke into the Billboard Hot 100 list in 1983 with the song, "Holiday." She has gone on to become the best selling female recording artist of all-time. Madonna graduated from Rochester Adams High School in 1976, but she has had little good to say about the city of Rochester Hills, telling Howard Stern she "just didn't fit in."

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STATE NEWS for WED 15AUG18

A prayer service was held for Aretha Franklin at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit this morning. Franklin is gravely ill. New Bethel is the church where Franklin's father once was pastor. It's the church where the Queen of Soul got her start on the church stage. Pastor Robert Smith, Junior says "Singing all of her life...she's always been on stage, she's always singing the gospel of truth to the people of God."

Fire crews expected to be on the scene of a fire at a west Michigan dairy farm for several days an the border of Clinton and Ionia Counties . WOOD TV reports that's as the fire continues to rekindle after some six thousand large straw bales caught fire inside a barn on Tuesday. No one was injured.

The search for a missing west Michigan jail inmate concluded after the man crashed a stolen motorcycle. WOOD TV reports 32-year-old Ian RileyJackson Davis escaped custody at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital in Fremont Tuesday. He stole a motorcycle and crashed it into the side on an oil tanker truck. Davis was injured and had been originally in jail on multiple felony charges. Newaygo County Sheriff Bob Mendham plans an internal investigation into how he escaped.

Governor Rick Snyder is appealing to the federal government to reconsider a decision by FEMA to deny individual assistance to three counties in the western U-P , damaged by flooding in June. Snyder wrote a letter to FEMA asking officials to take into consideration the severity and impact of the disaster and the need for help for households, business and individuals in Houghton , Gogebic, and Menominee Counties.

He's got his own Instagram account, about 7-thousand followers, and product partnerships...and he's just six months old. And by the way...he's also a dog. Leo the Samoyed is gaining a following after his Ann Arbor family put his account online...starting with a picture of Leo still in the womb. His owners Nick and Olivia say they'd like to reach 10-thousand followers, but they're really just having fun. His Instagram account is Ladiesman.Leo and also offers coupon codes.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 14AUG18

An investigation in Walled Lake -- where a woman was found shot to death this morning. The victim has not been identified and police haven't given out any information about a suspect. The person of interest in a murder in Novi in Metro Detroit has turned himself in to police. Jay Allen Burnett was the victim's boyfriend. The 37-year old female victim was found dead Monday morning.

Researchers behind a report on a worst case scenario of an oil spill from Enbridge Line 5 answered questions from the public last night in Harbor Springs. They say a spill could cost nearly two billion dollars to clean up and damage the environment. Enbridge says while Line 5 continues to operate safely, and there never has been a release in the straits since it was installed, the state and Enbridge are working on new safeguards to enhance pipeline safety.

A 39-year-old Grand Rapids man, who broke into a home and used the homeowner's phone to open a credit card , has been sentenced to nine years in prison. WOOD TV reports Kahwahnas Nucumbhi Potts has also been ordered to pay back almost 18- thousand dollars to his victims. Prosecutors say Potts used the credit card to withdraw more than 16-thousand dollars from ATM's over just a couple of months.

A northern Michigan woman will be back in court today, accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a Traverse City company. Carolyn Switala allegedly embezzled up to 50-thousand dollars from Maxbauer Meat Market from 2016 to 2018.

A 19-year-old man has been arraigned on felony dangerous weapons charges in the UP. W-L-U-C reports Caleb Lynum is accused of having a pipe bomb and drug paraphernalia in his car last Friday after he was involved in a car crash. A state police K-9 indicated there were narcotics in Lynum's vehicle and a search turned up the pipe bomb and drug items. The state police bomb squad was called to disarm the pipe bomb.

More than two dozen classic and custom Ford vehicles are expected to roll into downtown Detroit -- as a kickoff to the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. The UAW-Ford says the inaugural Community Cruise will start at noon Friday at the UAW-Ford National Programs Center . The Dream Cruise will be held on Saturday.

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STATE NEWS for MON 13AUG18

One man is dead and another is under arrest after a shooting at a home in Chippewa County over the weekend. 9 and 10 News reports the shooting occurred in Trout Lake on Saturday. No official word on what lead to the shooting, but neighbors say they heard an argument beforehand.

Sentencing today for the Farwell Area Schools superintendent, David O'Bryant, who plead guilty to stealing from a youth sports team. He plead guilty to stealing more than one thousand dollars from the Rogers City Bears youth football program. Court documents say he was taking in money for the program and using it for himself.

Lincoln Park firefighters continue investigating a house fire that killed three people and four dogs on Saturday morning. Reports indicate the victims include a pregnant woman, her 4-year-old nephew and a caretaker. A husband of the pregnant woman was in the house and was able to escape the structure -- he's now hospitalized. Officials say the three victims were sleeping upstairs when the fire began.

The Historical Society of Michigan has raised $10-thousand dollars to help two groups recover from major flooding in the western Upper Peninsula. The Houghton County Historical Society is getting $8-thousand dollars after its storage building flooded in June. Water and sediment also filled the storage basement at the Copper Range Historical Society, which is receiving $2-thousand dollars. Larry Wagenaar of the Historical Society of Michigan says the damage was "overwhelming."

Another bump at the pump this week -- Triple-A reporting that gas prices increased by about 8 cents, to an average of $3 dollars per gallon this week across the state. That's more than 50 cents HIGHER than this time last year. Drivers in the Traverse City area are seeing the biggest break, paying only an average of $2.90 -- while the highest prices are in the Jackson area, about $3.04 a gallon. The 8-cent increase was the third highest in the country this week.

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STATE NEWS for WED 08AUG18

In west Michigan's Kent County, the sheriff's department is asking for the public's help after the shooting death of a pastor near Byron Center. WOOD TV reports the 66-yearold pastor was found Monday night lying along the road next to his SUV. A caller said the vehicle had a tire jack under it it and it looked like the man had been working on it. The current pastor of Abundant Life Churcy has identified the victim as former Pastor Dale Cross Senior.

In the first congressional district, democrat Matt Morgan isn't sure yet if he'll be on the November ballot. Morgan had to run a write-in campaign because of an error his campaign staff made on nominating petitions, but he hopes to square off against incumbent republican Congressman Jack Bergman in November. Morgan tweeted early today the late numbers are pointing in the right direction.

Pontiac voters say YES to POT... although it was close. Voters approved proposal one, to allow for 20 provisioning centers and an unlimited number of growers, processors and transporters. Supporters called it a jobs proposal. Mayor Deirdre Waterman says it was a close vote, and they'll take a close look at how to best implement the plan.

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 THURSDAY, AUGUST 16th, 2018

Forbes Publishes List of Highest-Paid Actresses
 
Black Music Honors Ceremony (Nashville, TN)
Honoring Bobby Brown, Dallas Austin, Whodini and Bebe and Cece Winans.
 
Music Legend Madonna Turns 60 Years Old
 
70th Anniversary of Babe Ruth's Death
 
Little League Baseball World Series (August 16 – August 26, Williamsport, PA)
 
National Roller Coaster Day
 
National Airborne Day
Created in 2001 to honor soldiers who have served in an airborne capacity.  Coinciding with the anniversary of the first-ever official U.S. Army parachute jump.
 
House of Representatives on Recess

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 17th, 2018

Court Hearing for Former NFL Player Kellen Winslow II
Preliminary hearing.  Accused of raping an unconscious 17-year-old girl in San Diego County in 2003.
 
We Day Broadcast on ABC
Highlighting social issues facing America and the world.  The special is hosted by John Stamos and features Anthony Anderson, Jennifer Aniston, Dierks Bentley, The Chainsmokers, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Cyndi Lauper, JD McCrary, Dr. Phil, Martin Sheen and Lilly Singh.
 
Acting Legend Robert De Niro Turns 75 Years Old
 
National Thrift Store Day
 
Hawaii Statehood Day
 
House of Representatives on Recess

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 18th, 2018

1st Anniversary of Steve Bannon's White House Departure
 
20th Anniversary of Hurricane Alicia Hitting Texas Coast
The hurricane was responsible for 21 deaths and caused approximately $2 billion worth of damage.
 
Marilyn Monroe Exhibit Opens at the Paley Center in Los Angeles
 
Roman Polanski's 85th Birthday

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 19th, 2018

Islamic Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca Expected to Begin
 
70th Birthday of Former Second Lady Tipper Gore

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MONDAY, AUGUST 20th, 2018

35th MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs)

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 21st, 2018

President Trump Hosts MAGA Rally in Charleston, West Virginia (7pm ET)
 
Primaries in Alaska and Wyoming
 
Democratic Senator Claire McCaskilll meets with U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
 
Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren Speaks at National Press Club Newsmaker
 
5th Anniversary of Major Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria
The U.S. believes the attack killed 1,400 people.
 
3rd Anniversary of Foiled French Train Attack
3rd anniversary of three Americans and a Briton foiling a suspected terror attack on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.  Americans Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler, and Brit Chris Norman restrained the armed suspected Islamist gunman on the Thalys service after he had opened fire in the carriage, stabbing one of the passengers on board.
 
Gamescom Fair Opens to Press and Trade Visitors
The world's largest trade fair and event for interactive games and entertainment.
 
80th Birthday of Singer Kenny Rogers
 
Eid Al-Adha Celebrated by Muslims
Marking the day on which Muslims believe Abraham was ordered by Allah to sacrifice his son, but later told to sacrifice a sheep instead.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22nd, 2018

President Trump Awards Medal of Honor
President Trump awards Technical Sgt. John Chapman (posthumously) with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, for being part of a joint special operations team that voluntarily returned to a snow-covered mountain peak in Afghanistan to rescue a stranded teammate after their helicopter had been shot down by al-Qaida forces in March 2002.
 
Forbes List of Highest-Paid Actors Published
 
3rd Birthday of Smithsonian's Youngest Giant Panda Cub Bei Bei
 
15th Anniversary of Roy Moore Suspended as Alabama Chief Justice after Refusing to Remove Religious Monument
15th anniversary of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's suspension, following his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of his courthouse in Montgomery.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 23rd, 2018

U.S. and China Impose Additional Tariffs on Each Other's Products
Customs and Border Protection begins collecting additional duty of 25% on a series of products imported from China imposed 'as part of the U.S. response to China's unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of U.S. technology and intellectual property.  Also, China imposes 25% tariffs on approximately 335 U.S. imports worth about $16 billion.
 
Kobe Bryant’s 40th Birthday

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 24th, 2018

Pokemon World Championships in Nashville
Approximately 3,000 competitors participate in trading card and video game competitions.
 
Samsung's Galaxy Note9 Smartphone Becomes Available
 
Express Scripts and Cigna Stockholders Vote on Proposed Merger
 
25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson Child Abuse Allegations
25th anniversary of allegations of child abuse being brought against Michael Jackson by the father of Jordan Chandler.
 
National Waffle Day

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