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 Wed. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for WED 03MAR21

   

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 02MAR21

State police have arrested a man they say attacked two people and chased them with an ax in Cheboygan County. 21-year-old Chance Leese, of Afton, is now facing assault charges. Witnesses say Leese got into a fight with another man and assaulted  a woman at a home in Walker Township. As the victims tried to leave, troopers say Leese chased them with an ax and threw it at the vehicle which also had several children inside. (Police Photo: Leese)

It was a grisly find for a fisherman and his friend in Saginaw County as one snared a work shoe out of the Flint River and there was a foot inside the boot. A search was conducted Friday night , but no other body parts were found. The work shoe and foot were taken to the Michigan Institute of Forensic Science of Medicine to determine how long the foot may have been in the water, the gender, ethnicity and age of the person it belonged to. Police are expected to go through missing person cases in the area.

Iosco County will be joining the Rave Alert System.  Iosco County 911 Director Mike Eller, discussed the system at the recent Iosco County Board of Commissioners meeting. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Eller said that Emergency Management Director, Mike Bowers, spearheaded the effort to get a Homeland Security Grant to pay for the service in Arenac, Ogemaw and Oscoda counties as well as Iosco. Eller said the Rave Alert System would be used to let residents know about things like road closures, flooding, COVID-19 alerts and other emergency information that would be valuable to get out to the public. The messages could be sent via text messages, emails, Facebook and other avenues of alerting the public. Board members will vote on approving the system at their next meeting later this month. (Photo: Eller)

AuGres City Officials will hold a Public Hearing tonight.  The AuGres City Council will hold the meeting in person and will also be available via Zoom. According to the Arenac County Independent, the meeting will be to discuss imposing a $7 dollar flat fee per parcel in the city limits to cover expenses for a recycling compost site. If approved, the fee would appear annually on the winter tax bill. The Public Hearing will be held tonight at 7pm, at AuGres City Hall, 124 North Huron Road and via Zoom. Public comments will be heard during the meeting. For more information visit City Of AuGres MI Dot Com or call 989-876-8811.

Local Sports 

Girl’s Basketball:
Oscoda 45  Rogers City 27
Leading Scorers for Oscoda:
Izzy Hulverson 12
Mia Whipkey 10
Megan Myles 9

Alcona 61  Whittemore Prescott 20
Leading Scorers for Alcona:
Rachel Layton & Kelsey Hansen 9 each
Lily Bilbey, Anna Loyer & Karen Sharboneau 8 each
Carmen Dellar 7

Mio AuSable 55  Tawas 51
Hillman 45  Hale 16
Posen 65  Fairview 24
Gr. Traverse Acdmy 57 St. Helen Charlton Heston Acdmy 15
Johannesburg Lewiston 57  Onaway 43
Mancelona 48  Roscommon 36  
Bad Axe 49  Cass City 43
Harbor Beach 50  Brown City 22
Caro 56  Laker 29
Mayville 38  Peck 36
Ubly 48  Memphis 16

Boy’s Basketball:
Standish Sterling 71  Ogemaw Heights 65
Beaverton 44  Clare 28
Millington 53  Unionville Sebewaing 40
St. Helen Charlton Heston Academy 51  Grand Traverse Academy 32
Midland Calvary Baptist 66  Whittemore Prescott 41

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 01MAR21

One person is dead following a Sunday morning house fire in Flint Township.  Firefighters responded to the scene on Southgate Drive around 8AM. Upon arrival, Flint Township Fire Department crews found heavy smoke from the first floor windows of the home. Firefighters entered the house and found high heat and heavy smoke conditions on the main floor.  Crews extinguished the fire as they conducted a search for a woman believed to be trapped inside. Firefighters found the woman deceased in her bedroom. Her name has not been released. One other occupant of the home was injured during the incident.

The Huron County Road Commission plowed a 300-foot path into the woods on Friday to help bring a man to safety. A 54-year-old Bad Axe man had been out running in a wooded area when he was overcome by a medical emergency in deep snow. First responders were dispatched to the scene on Crocker Road, south of Minnick Road in Lincoln Township, shortly before noon on Friday. Rescuers used a grader to plow an approximate 300-foot path for personnel to get the man out. Huron County deputies said the man was taken to a local hospital and is recovering.

The Whittemore Prescott Elementary School recently received grant funding.  The grant was from the Whittemore Prescott Educational Foundation. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the grant of nearly $5,000 dollars will be used in many ways. Funding will be used for fluorescent light filters in the Special Ed classrooms; Expansion of the Third Grade Classrooms Libraries; Butterfly Houses for Kindergarten thru Sixth Grade with release of butterflies in the Spring; White Board Paddles for the Kindergarten Classes to allow children to answer from their seats; Class Educational magazines for the First Grade Classrooms and Car Ramps for science in Fourth Grade Classrooms.

Alcona County residents are being asked to complete a survey.  The survey is to help the county update the Recreational Plan. According to the Alcona County Review, the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments is assisting Alcona County officials with the Recreational Plan update. Officials are offering an online survey which takes approximately ten minutes to complete. The survey is located at Alcona County MI Dot Com and Discover NortheastMichigan.org. For those with internet access, copies of the survey are available at the Alcona County building. For more information contact Nico Tucker, Northeast Michigan Council of Governments Planner at 989-705-3732.

The Iosco and Ogemaw County Road Commissions announce that seasonal weight restrictions will go into effect tomorrow, Tuesday, March 2nd, at 8am, and will remain in effect until further notice. For additional information on weight restrictions, all season roads, transportation permits, to place a service request or for additional road information visit the Iosco County Road Commission website at IoscoRoads.org.

Saturday Sports Scores

Ice Hockey:
Lapeer 4 vs Tawas 2
Essexville Garber 8 vs Mount Pleasant 3


Boy’s Basketball:
Oscoda 75 vs Whittemore-Prescott 26
Drew Hess – 24pts
Owen Franklin –11pts
Gavin Lueck – 11pts

Clinch 3rd Straight North Star Big Dipper Championship:
Alcona 55 vs Rogers City 49
for Alcona:
Zach Stephenson – 22pts
DJ Howe – 13pts

for Rogers City:
Nick Freel – 18pts
Matt Newhouse – 16pts

Weberville 73 vs Tawas 41
Standish-Sterling 67 vs St Louis 66
Hillman 86 vs St Helen Charlton Heston 10
Pinconning 53 vs Harrison 32
Fairview 51 vs Atlanta 49

Girl’s Basketball:
Oscoda 68 vs Ogemaw Heights 20
Macy Kellstrom – 23pts
Izzy Hulverson – 11pts

Farwell 47 vs Gladwin 32
Alcona 59 vs Mio-AuSable 37

Bowling:
The Huron Shores High School Bowling conference held it's only double header of the season this past Saturday in order to make up our first scheduled week of competition. The boys bowled at Hi Skore Lanes while the girls bowled at Vista Lanes. The Braves bowled unopposed in the morning, due to Houghton Lake being in quarantine. In the afternoon the Braves faced the Alcona Tigers. The Braves won both Baker games, then tied the first match game 691-691 and went on to win the second game 704-672. The Braves took 22.5 points giving up 7.5. The Lady Braves also bowled unopposed in the morning shift at Oscoda. In the afternoon the Braves bowled the Alcona Tigers, they split the Baker games and were defeated by Alcona in the match games. The final score was 21-9.

Swimming:
The Oscoda Owls swim team faced their stiffest competition Saturday as they hosted perennial power house Sault St. Marie and Chesaning, the only team to best the Owls this season, at the Oscoda Invitational. Sault St. Marie with its deep team and cadre of divers were able to carry the day scoring 530 points to the Owls 467, Chesaning third with 255 points. The Owls will be in a shoot out with undefeated Essexville Garber Tuesday and then travel to Bay City John Glenn Thursday to wrap up the dual meet season.


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 Fri. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for FRI 26FEB21

The Iosco Exploration Trail Committee met earlier this month.  The committee met to discuss funding for Phases Three and Four. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Chairman Fred Lewis is looking to Rowe Professional Services for guidance on funding. Lewis said they are looking for additional funds for the Phase Three portion of the trail between Foote Site Village and Old Orchard Park. Doug Schultz, of Rowe Professional said they are pursuing funding from the United States Department of Agriculture and Consumers Energy Green Planet Grant. Lewis said they are short approximately $300,000 dollars but the committee is expecting $99,000 dollars from the USDA; $100,000 dollars from a Patronicity Grant and up to $250,000 dollars from Consumers Energy.

The AuGres City Council recently heard a presentation from the new Drain Commissioner.  Arenac County Drain Commissioner discussed the need for a drain extension in the county. According to the Arenac County Independent, Larry Davis told council members there is a need to extend Riverside Drive Drain to include all properties within the district. Davis said that may likely triple the size of the special assessment district and aerial topography may need to be conducted. The area to be studied includes Riverside Drive and the south section of Main Street in AuGres. Council members agreed that preliminary research needs to be conducted and brought back to the council to determine what is the best option.

Local Sports

Boy’s Basketball:
Oscoda 85  Whittemore Prescott 16
Posen 60  Hale 47
Alcona 54  Johannesburg Lewiston 44
Hillman 49  Au Gres-Sims 40
Ogemaw Heights 39  Roscommon 37
Petoskey 86  Alpena 44
Harbor Beach 53  Memphis 38
Bad Axe 65  Unionville Sebewaing 26
Laker 64  Vassar 45
Owendale Gagetown 49  Akron Fairgrove 37
Brown City 55  Sandusky 27
Ubly 74  Marlette 48

Girl’s Basketball:
Hillman 50  Au Gres-Sims 8
Harrison 39  Pinconning 36
Gladwin 44  Sanford Meridian 30
Kinde North Huron 49  Carsonville Port Sanilac 31
Deckerville 43  Peck 32
Beaverton 49  Clare 42

Swimming:
Oscoda swimmers defeated the Ogemaw Heights Falcons last night by a score of 102-74, moving them to 3-1 on the season. The Owls host their home invitational this Saturday.

Hockey Tonight:
Davison Cardinals at the Tawas Area Braves. Broadcast time is 6:30pm on WKJC 104.7FM
streamed live online at WKJC.COM

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 Thu. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for THU 25FEB21


Work has begun in Gladwin County on the Edenville Dam complex. Crews started by lowering the water levels to relieve some of the water pressure in the area. The slow water movement is being done by design to control the release of water on the other side of the dam. Ultimately crews will lower levels by about a foot per day for the next two weeks. It’s a critical procedure but also a precautionary one as temperatures rise.

The Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport was recently recognized by the state of Michigan.  The Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport was named Airport of the Year in the General Aviation category. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the award is from the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics Management. The award is presented as recognition for the outstanding contribution and sustained excellence toward aviation progress. The award states that the airport has grown to be a major employer in the region and a globally recognized facility for maintenance, repair and overhaul services for large category aircraft. The award was presented during the Michigan Airports Conference held February 18th.

An after school program was recently launched in the Mio AuSable school district.  The Learning and Loving Literacy Program is now available at Mio AuSable Elementary School. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the staff has targeted criteria and grade levels. Then based on assessments and teacher input, students have been invited to practice literacy and to practice skills after school three days per week for one hour. Elementary School Principal Celeste Schiffer said the Learning and Loving Literacy Program is just another tool Mio AuSable Elementary School staff is using to help students achieve educational goals.     

Talks about whether Atlanta Community Schools and Hillman Community Schools should consolidate are underway. According to the Alpena News, Trustees with the Atlanta and Hillman boards of education on Monday spent nearly 90 minutes discussing the potential for consolidation, before agreeing each board should vote on whether to pursue the matter further during its next board meeting. No formal decisions were made during the special workshop held in Atlanta. Before consolidation could even take place, voters in both school districts would have to decide whether they support the consolidation or not.

Local Sports

Boy’s Basketball:
Tonight: Whittemore Prescott @ Oscoda
6:30pm Broadcast on WKJC


Oscoda 86  Burton Bentley 36
Posen 77  Fairview 49
Beaverton 54  Pinconning 34
Au Gres-Sims 64  St. Helen Charlton Heston Academy 30
Gladwin 60  Shepherd 47
Croswell Lexington 67  Yale 14

Girl’s Basketball:
Ogemaw Heights 41  Mio AuSable 21
Ubly 42  Marlette 21
Sandusky 35  Brown City 26
St Helen Charlton Heston Academy 30  Au Gres-Sims 29 OT
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tandish Sterling 64 Saginaw MI Lutheran Seminary 25 
Gaylord St Mary 57  Johannesburg Lewiston 47
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ad Axe 36  Unionville Sebewaing 30
Yale 42  Croswell Lexington 29

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STATE NEWS for TUE 02MAR21

They have been protecting our country and the U.S. Capitol for weeks, but members of the Michigan National Guard are dealing with some unbelievable issues with their food.  It's not just bad food, but potentially dangerous. The Michigan National Guard issued a statement that the thousand, or so, members assisting in Washington D-C were served undercooked food and food that had to be thrown out because it contained metal shavings. Some members got sick and others went to the hospital.  Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence and Senator Gary Peters are looking into the issue.

Former Michigan Department of Public Health and Human Services director Robert Gordon will receive more than $155-Thousand dollars as part of a separation agreement.  The agreement calls for Gordon to drop all claims against the state. It also promises legal assistance in matters relating to actions he took while director.  Gordon resigned in January after the Michigan Supreme Court effectively invalidated many of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders pertaining to the pandemic, Gordon issued essentially the same mandates under state laws unaddressed by the court, prompting protests outside his home. (Photo: Gordon)

Three people are dead, including a 22-year-old woman and her unborn child after a two vehicle crash in west Michigan's Branch Township, east of Ludington on US-10. The Mason County Sheriff's Office reports a 24-year-old man was also killed, and the pregnant woman was his passenger. The suspected driver of the other vehicle ran from the scene and was found by a deputy and a DNR Conservation officer with help from citizens in the area. That driver is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Alcohol and speed are likely factors in the crash.

The youngest killer in Kent County has now been released from the Evart Youth Academy. Jamarion Lawhorn was 12 when he stabbed nine-year-old Connor Verkerke on a playground in 2014. Lawhorn chose Connor at random, hoping that police would
kill him and end his life of abuse with his mother and stepfather. His probation officer, Dan Cory, says he believes he's ready to go now. Lawhorn is moving into the home of a woman who runs a prison ministry program who has filled the role as his mother. He
will be on probation and work with a counselor and get a job.

Michigan should begin receiving doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine tomorrow. A Grand Rapids pharmaceutical plant, Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing, is manufacturing the single shot vaccine. Company president and ceo Tom Ross says it
will be distributed throughout the world and will profoundly impact the world as we know it today. He says the opportunity to really save lives and be part of this solution is something you can only dream of.

An indictment has been issued against the Geek Group in Grand Rapids for alleged illegal Bitcoin trade and money laundering.  The company was raided more than two years ago. The company's president, a board member and a consultant have been named as defendants. Authorities claim that the company was not licenses with the U.S. Department of Treasury as a money services business.

Detroit and Cincinnati police are trying to find out more about a 55-year old man who was shot by officers during a shootout on the city's eastside. 55-year old Chandra Moore was wanted for killing his wife and two other people on Sunday. It's unclear why he ended up at the Rivertown Inn and Suites hotel along Jefferson Avenue in Detroit.  Moore fired at officers as he was leaving his room yesterday morning. He was shot
several times and was last reported in critical condition. No officers were hurt.

A 71-year old elected official in Traverse City claims she hasn't had a raise in eight years because the county wants to force her out of office. Register of deeds for Grand Traverse County, Peggy Haines, has been in office since 2000. Haines has filed an age discrimination lawsuit.

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STATE NEWS for MON 01MAR21

There were fewer drivers and crashes on Michigan roads last year,  more traffic related
deaths. State Police say relaxed enforcement by local police departments could be responsible for the increase, along with pandemic frustration among drivers.  Deaths on Michigan roads were up 7 percent (7%) in 2020 despite 18 percent (18%) fewer drivers.  Police say seatbelt use was also down while spinout crashes were up, which led to more people being ejected. Drug and alcohol use could also be factors.

Police have identified a man who was shot near Rockford early Sunday morning. Kent County deputies were called to Algoma Estates in Algoma Township at 6:30AM on a report of a shooting. The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Anthony White of Rockford. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment and is in critical condition. The situation that led to the shooting is unknown, but police set up a perimeter with a K-9
unit assisting. After several hours, deputies were able to take the shooting suspect into custody.

Nearly all public school districts in Michigan are re-opening their classrooms today for face-to-face learning. The governor says 97 percent (97%) of districts are now offering an in-person learning option for students. State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice calls the update encouraging. He says there's nothing wrong with parents choosing to educate
their children remotely, but he adds that all parents should have a choice.

Two people were hospitalized in Midland County with non-life-threatening injuries after being stabbed by an 18-year-old relative. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a Mills Township residence around 3PM on Saturday where the stabbing allegedly occurred.  The victims, a 55-year-old man and 54-year-old woman, were transported by EMS to Mid-Michigan Medical Center for treatment. An 18-year-old male suspect, who is related to the victims, was taken into custody at the scene. He is being lodged at the Midland County Jail while he awaits arraignment.

A 32-year-old Ohio man has been charged with directing terrorist threats at a Port Huron elementary school and police officers. Dominik Hricovsky faces multiple charges, including a threat of terrorism and being a felon in possession of a firearm. A police statement accused Hricovsky of placing several calls to emergency dispatch threatening to burn down the Cleveland Elementary School and to shoot at police officers. Dispatchers traced the calls to a Port Huron apartment where officers found Hricovsky visiting his girlfriend.  (Police Photo: Hricovsky)

Michigan State Police and the South Lyon Police Department are investigating after person died in a hit and run late Friday night outside Plymouth. Authorities responded to the scene just before midnight in the area of Pontiac Trail near Six Mile Road in Salem Township. The area was closed for about five hours for an investigation. The Northfield Township Police Department and Huron Valley Ambulance assisted on the scene. Details on the suspect vehicle are still pending.

Portage Public Safety officials say two people were rescued Saturday after falling through the ice at Hampton Lake.  First responders were able to pull both of them from the water, and treated each of them for hypothermia.  The department is asking people to stay off the ice for the remainder of the season.  Texas Township Fire Rescue and PrideCare Ambulance assisted with the double rescue and medical support. The two people were treated and are expected to be ok.

Gas prices are at their highest in 18 months. Michigan drivers are now paying an average of $2.76 per gallon.  That's up 12 cents compared to last week and the highest since September 2019. Triple A says the increase is due to longer-than-expected refinery outages caused by the winter storm that impacted the Gulf Coast. The most expensive gas is in Saginaw, Grand Rapids and Lansing, while the least expensive
gas is in Traverse City, Metro Detroit and Marquette.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 26FEB21

The Michigan Senate approved nearly two billion dollars in COVID-19 relief funding. This includes additional support for vaccine distribution, more COVID-19 testing and increase pay for frontline healthcare workers, along with money for rental assistance and additional support for schools.

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The Kalamazoo Public Schools will remain virtual for the rest of the school year. That decision was made last night by the school board. The superintendent made the recommendation a couple of weeks ago, saying kids would only have had 22 days of in person instruction by going in person in the third trimester. She said a potential outbreak could further impact instruction. A student launched an online petition to
return to in person classes and 500 have reportedly signed it.

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Nearly two dozen employees at a Whole Foods store in Detroit have tested positive for Covid-19. The city of Detroit says 23 employees at the Mack Avenue location are infected with the virus. The store is now receiving rapid testing for all employees.  Company officials say no workers or close contacts of any employee who has tested positive will be allowed back to work until they have produced a negative test result.

A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar has killed himself in Michigan.  John Geddert died after being charged with two dozen crimes, including human
trafficking. Geddert was supposed to appear in court today . His body was found at a rest area.  Earlier, Attorney General Dana Nessel accused Geddert of turning his elite Lansing area gym into a criminal enterprise by coercing girls to train there and then abusing them.

Several bullets hit a semi truck traveling on I-94 east of Kalamazoo last night. Deputies with the Kalamazoo County sheriff's Office report that the driver or a fed car, possibly a Ford Fusion, fired several shots at the truck in Comstock Township. The truck driver was not hurt. Anyone with information should call the sheriff's office or Silent Observer.

Police in Kalamazoo are asking for the public's help to solve a murder last night. They say a 64-year-old man was shot and killed just after eight last night on West Main Street. Police found the man unresponsive and attempted life saving measures, but he died. Anyone with information should call police or Silent Observer.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Grand Rapids man in his lawsuit over two federal officers punching and tackling him after they thought he was a home invasion suspect back in 2014. James King was a student at Grand Valley State University when the incident happened. He was charged with resisting officers and was acquitted. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against King, citing conflicts between
a first lawsuit and an amended one. WOOD TV reports his attorney believes there may be a way forward for the case.

A 70-year-old man, missing from Mecosta County since earlier this month, has been found dead in Missaukee County's Butterfield Township . M-Live reports the body of Richard Wymer was found in his Chevy Suburban in the driver's seat. State Police say the cause of death is being investigated.

A Macomb County man will be sentenced today for a fatal punch thrown at a bar in St. Clair Shores in 2019.
Surveillance video from Kapone's Bar shows Hatum Akrawi slowly walk up from behind and punch Shawn Kubic in the side of the head. He never regained consciousness.  Akrawi pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but Kubic's family believes the charge should be murder. His mother will give a victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing today.

A UCLA MBA student from Michigan racked up 72-thousand dollars in cash and prizes competing on "Wheel of Fortune." Kyle Biard, of Grosse Pointe, won a Ford Mustang, a trip and cash for beating other contestants in solving puzzles on the show.

They're big. They're incredibly loud. And they're coming by the billions. Michigan is one
of 15 states set to be invaded by cicadas . We see them every summer,  leaving their molted cases in our yards. But once every 17 years, a truly massive brood emerges from the ground, filling the air with a deafening mating hum that can reach up to 100 decibels. The phenomenon is called Brood X and it's set to arrive this May.  Scientists say for five to six weeks, the bugs will be impossible to miss.

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STATE NEWS for THU 25FEB21

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says there may be changes coming soon to executive orders that put limitations on restaurants and bars as well as family
gatherings. In her latest briefing Wednesday, the Governor said she is aware that restaurant owners, who are currently limited to 25-percent capacity, want to have more customers. Various restrictions for bars, restaurants, families and nursing homes have been in place since mid-November. The governor also said changes to nursing home visitations and family gatherings could be announced next week.

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A group of Republican lawmakers is calling for an investigation into the governor's handling of nursing homes amid the Coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to the Michigan Attorney General and U-S Department of Justice, Oakland County Senator Jim Runestad claims the state's policies placed patients with and without COVID-19 in the same facilities and may have exacerbated the death toll. He also questions the
accuracy of the reported number of cases and deaths in the state's long-term care facilities.

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Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist says officials are working around the clock to get more COVID-19 vaccines into the state as Michigan continued to experience issues getting shots into its residents' arms. Some state hospitals have reportedly gone weeks without any new doses. In Genesee County, the vaccine wait list was 30,000 people as of Tuesday. The Lieutenant Governor said Michigan doesn't stockpile vaccines and that
each shipment goes directly to local health departments and hospitals. He said Michiganders of color were also getting vaccinated at much lower rates than white Michiganders.

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The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of Michigan is now 583,964 with total deaths at 15,405. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,245 new cases and nine new deaths on Wednesday.

The Michigan House has unveiled a bipartisan plan to improve the quality of health care while making it more accessible and affordable for people in Michigan. The plan offers three main goals: Lowering the cost of prescription medicine, increasing access to care and making every level of the health-care industry provide a higher standard of care. Among the proposed solutions are reforms to cap out-of-pocket costs for insulin, ensure access to life-saving treatments like oral chemotherapy, put a check on unregulated prescription middlemen who manipulate drug prices and pad their pockets with money instead of passing along savings to consumers.

A northern Michigan school district is taking extra measures to care for its students. Manistee Area Public Schools is opening up an on-campus health center inside the middle and high school building. If a student needs anything from vaccination to a sports physical, they can walk through the hallway of their own school and visit the northwest Michigan Health Clinic.  Appointments are available Monday through Friday
even throughout the summer. The clinic serves students ages 5 through 21. Medical and mental health services include crisis intervention, substance use counseling and education, and vision and hearing screenings.

Michigan retailers reported an increase in January sales over December, now reporting two months of positive growth since sales were down in November. The January Retail Index survey came in at 59.4, up from December’s 54.7. Forty-one percent of Michigan retailers reported an increase in sales over December, 52% reported a sales decline; and 7% reported no change. Index values above 50 generally indicate positive activity; the higher the number, the stronger the activity.

Legislation has been introduced to update and expand Michigan’s 40-year-old “Bottle Bill” law. It would expand the state's current 10-cent deposit on certain soft drinks, beer, and other carbonated beverages to all other non-carbonated beverages, except for milk
containers. The legislation would permit universal redemption, allow ing consumers to take any recyclable bottle to a large store while allowing smaller stores to maintain smaller take-backs. It would also create a bottle handling fund to reimburse distributors
and dealers on a per-bottle-basis. That funding would be made available for audits and fraud enforcement and could provide $25 million each year to address contaminated sites.

After ice and snow cover melt on Michigan lakes this early spring, it may be more likely for people to discover dead fish or other aquatic animals. While such sights can be startling, the Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that it is normal, since winter conditions can cause fish and other creatures such as turtles, frogs, toads and crayfish to die. DNR officials say winterkill is the most common type of fish kill, and as the season changes, it can be particularly common in shallow lakes, ponds, streams and canals. They remind everyone that these kills are localized and typically do not affect the overall health of the fish populations or fishing quality.

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COVID-19
UPDATES FROM The U.S. C.D.C.

WORLDOMETER provides the latest chart of state rankings for the virus.

Mid-Michigan Health COVID-19 hotline 800-445-7356.

National Disaster Mental Health Hotline
800-985-5990

Mid Michigan Health has begun contacting eligible patients by phone to schedule their COVID-19 vaccination. With the vaccine in high demand and the supply limited, early clinics filled quickly. Paul Berg, president of the Mid Michigan Physicians Group said with proper plans in place, they were able to begin calling eligible patients in an orderly fashion to schedule their vaccine. Berg said he advises everyone to take the time to learn more about the vaccine and how it will help in the fight against COVID-19. Those interested in the latest information on the vaccine distribution can visit MidMichigan.org/COVIDVaccine.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

National Pig Day

Started by Texas art teacher Ellen Stanley in 1972 to honor and give thanks to the most intelligent domesticated creature

March is National Women's History Month, themed 'Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced'

Senate Judiciary Committee votes on Merrick Garland to be AG in an Executive Session

Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense begin delivering millions of masks to Federally Qualified Community Health Centers this month, and DoD and U.S. Department of Agriculture begin delivering masks to food banks this month, with recipients at both encouraged to take individually wrapped packages of two masks for each person in their household, as part of President Joe Biden's national strategy to defeat Coronavirus (COVID-19) * Deliveries will continue through into May, with over 25 million masks delivered

U.S. extends National Emergency concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, for another year. Order was declared 1 Mar 2020, and is continued because 'COVID-19 continues to cause significant risk to the public health and safety of the nation'

House of Representatives votes on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 this week. A version of the bill passed the House of Representatives last year by 236 votes to 181, but never received a vote in the Senate

NASA conducts ceremony officially naming the NASA Headquarters building in Washington, DC, in honor of Mary W. Jackson - the agency's first African American female engineer, whose work was featured in the book 'Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race' and the subsequent film.

50th anniversary of the formation of rock band Queen upon the arrival of bassist John Deacon, joining existing band members singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, formerly of the band Smile.

60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy establishing the Peace Corps to send trained men and women to foreign countries to help with development

Basketball Hall of Fame finalists announced
March 01, 2021
United States
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021 finalists from the North American and Women's committees announced as part of NBA All-Star Weekend. Finalists are presented to the Honors Committee, and must receive a minimum of 75% of votes to be elected * Announcement occurs as part of NBA All-Star Weekend, while the entire Class of 2021, including those selected by the direct elect committees, will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four

New Secretary of the Senate Ann Berry assumes role, after over 40 years of service in the chamber. She is the first African American in the position, which was created in April 1789

NHL games:
Dallas Stars @ Tampa Bay Lightning
Carolina Hurricanes @ Florida Panthers
Calgary Flames @ Ottawa Senators
Vancouver Canucks @ Winnipeg Jets
Minnesota Wild @ Vegas Golden Knights
St. Louis Blues @ Anaheim Ducks
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Edmonton Oilers
Colorado Avalanche @ San Jose Sharks

NBA games:
Dallas Mavericks @ Orlando Magic; Indiana Pacers @ Philadelphia 76ers; Utah Jazz @ New Orleans Pelicans; Brooklyn Nets @ San Antonio Spurs; Denver Nuggets @ Chicago Bulls; Cleveland Cavaliers @ Houston Rockets; Charlotte Hornets @ Portland Trail Blazers

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court hearing, via teleconference: 'Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee', 'Arizona Republican Party v. Democratic National Committee' (consolidated) (Whether Arizona's out-of-precinct policy, which does not count provisional ballots cast in person on Election Day outside of the voter's designated precinct, and its ballot-collection law, which permits only certain persons to handle another person's completed early ballot, violate the Voting Rights Act?)

Hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation: the January 6 Insurrection, Domestic Terrorism, and Other Threats', with testimony from FBI Director Christopher Wray

National Education Association's Read Across America Day, encouraging children to read books, celebrated on the anniversary of Dr. Seuss' birthday (he would have been 117 today)

Texas Independence Day - official holiday in the state of Texas marking the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on Mar 2, 1836

NHL games:
Buffalo Sabres @ New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Detroit Red Wings @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens
Vancouver Canucks @ Winnipeg Jets
Carolina Hurricanes @ Nashville Predators
New York Islanders @ New Jersey Devils

NBA games:
Memphis Grizzlies @ Washington Wizards
LA Clippers @ Boston Celtics
Atlanta Hawks @ Miami Heat
Detroit Pistons @ Toronto Raptors
New York Knicks @ San Antonio Spurs
Denver Nuggets @ Milwaukee Bucks
Phoenix Suns @ LA Lakers

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

World Wildlife Day

Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Senate Committee on Rules and Administration joint hearing on 'Examining the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, Part II'

90th anniversary of President Herbert Hoover signing a Congressional Resolution making 'The Star-Spangled Banner' the U.S. national anthem. The song's origins lie in the 1814 poem 'Defence of Fort M'Henry' by Francis Scott Key, which was then set to the tune of a British drinking ditty called 'The Anacreontic Song' which was already popular in the U.S.

30th anniversary of video footage taken by a bystander showing three white and one Hispanic LAPD officers repeatedly striking Black motorist Rodney King with their batons while other officers stood by watching. Broadcast of the footage on news channels sparked the 1992 LA riots

80th anniversary of German authorities creating the Jewish ghetto in Krakow under the Nazi occupation as a compulsory dwelling place for the city's 17,000 remaining Jews. The Warsaw Ghetto had been established five months earlier, in October 1940, by the German Governor-General Hans Frank

NHL games:
Washington Capitals @ Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Edmonton Oilers
St. Louis Blues @ Anaheim Ducks
Minnesota Wild @ Vegas Golden Knights
Colorado Avalanche @ San Jose Sharks
Arizona Coyotes @ Los Angeles Kings

NBA games:
Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Utah Jazz @ Philadelphia 76ers
Brooklyn Nets @ Houston Rockets
Atlanta Hawks @ Orlando Magic
Charlotte Hornets @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Chicago Bulls @ New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Dallas Mavericks
Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers
Los Angeles Lakers @ Sacramento Kings

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

NHL games:
New York Rangers @ New Jersey Devils
Detroit Red Wings @ Carolina Hurricanes
Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Winnipeg Jets @ Montreal Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Chicago Blackhawks
Florida Panthers @ Nashville Predators
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Dallas Stars
Ottawa Senators @ Calgary Flames
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Vancouver Canucks

NBA games:
Toronto Raptors @ Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Clippers @ Washington Wizards
Detroit Pistons @ New York Knicks
Denver Nuggets @ Indiana Pacers
Milwaukee Bucks @ Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat @ New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs
Golden Sate Warriors @ Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings @ Portland Trail Blazers

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Monthly Employment Report released. Last month's data showed that total non-farm payroll employment increased by 49,000 in January, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.3%, as the labor market continued to be affected by the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, February

'Coming 2 America', comedy sequel premieres on Amazon Prime Video. Following the events of the 1988 comedy 'Coming to America', which was based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also stars as the newly crowned King Akeem of Zamunda, the film follows the king as he discovers a son he never knew about, and sets out on a new adventure with his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) to the borough of Queens, New York. Also stars Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, Teyana Taylor, Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones

Movie theaters in New York City and billiard/pool halls state-wide permitted to re-open, along with any movie theaters that have been closed in any remaining parts of New York state. Theaters are restricted to 25% capacity, with no more than 50 people per screen at a time, and masks required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking. Billiard and pool halls are restricted to 50% capacity outside of New York City, and 35% capacity within, with similar restrictions on the use of masks. All parties must also be assigned to a table to avoid co-mingling

93rd Academy Awards (aka "The Oscars") nominations voting begins

Hollywood Critics Association Awards

NHL games:
Washington Capitals @ Boston Bruins
New York Rangers @ New Jersey Devils
Buffalo Sabres @ New York Islanders
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Chicago Blackhawks
St. Louis Blues @ Los Angeles Kings
Anaheim Ducks @ Colorado Avalanche
Minnesota Wild @ Arizona Coyotes
Vegas Golden Knights @ San Jose Sharks

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