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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 21SEP18

A Grant Township man facing life in prison was denied parole.  56 year old Jerry Michael McCauley was charged with one count of homicide open murder. According to the Iosco County News Herald, McCauley is accused of stabbing his wife, Gina Marie McCauley, to death at their home on Pioneer Street in Grant Township. McCauley was arraigned and remains lodged in the Iosco County Jail after his bond was denied. He will next appear in court on Tuesday, October 2nd for a preliminary exam. McCauley also faces a pending domestic violence charge relating to an incident in July involving his wife and son. Sentencing date is scheduled for this Tuesday, September 25th.

Ogemaw County EMS recently broke ground on property it purchased.   The Authority purchased the property for a new station closer to the area it services. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, EMS Director Trista Smith-Spencer said its a better location because its closer to downtown Rose City and South Branch. Smith-Spencer said that unlike the current facility, the Authority will own the property on M-33 instead of renting it. The new facility is estimated to cost approximately $300,000 dollars and will replicate much of the West Branch Station including sleeping quarters and kitchen facilities. The new station is estimated to be completed sometime in January.

An election recount was recently held in Oscoda County.  The recount was asked for by Oscoda County Commissioner Larry Wilson. According t the Oscoda County Herald,  the recount from the August Primary resulted in no change, and Chuck Varner is still set to take his spot on the Board of Commissioners. County Clerk Jeri Winton said both candidates were present for the recount, and there was no bad blood during or after. Overall the recount cost the county slightly less than $500 dollars. The recount was done in the community center and it did not cost the county anything to use the facility.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 20SEP18

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on management plans to guide the future of North Higgins and South Higgins Lake State Parks. North Higgins is located in Crawford County south of Grayling and South Higgins is located in northern Roscommon County. The DNR will host a public meeting Monday night from 6-8pm at the Ralph A. McMullen Conference Center, 104 Conservation Drive in Roscommon. At the meeting a draft plan for each park will be presented by the staff followed by a chance for the public to provide comments and talk to DNR Staff. For more information visit Michigan Dot Gov Slash DNR.

The Ogemaw County Sheriff's Department is investigating alleged threats made to certain Ogemaw Heights High School Students.  The threats were allegedly made to some students over the weekend. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, officials stated that several students allegedly received threatening messages via social media over the weekend. Ogemaw County Sheriff Deputy and School Resource Officer, Mike O'Dell, said the alleged threats were made over Instagram and at no time were any of the students at the high school in any danger. O'Dell is working with the Michigan State Police to investigate the validity of the threats. Ogemaw Heights Officials are asking that if anyone has information related to this incident to contact the school at 343-2000.

Both school districts in Oscoda County reviewed their recent M-Step Scores.  Staff and administrators at Mio AuSable and Fairview Area Schools received their M-Step scores from the state. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Fairview students outperformed statewide averages in eleven of the seventeen test levels. Superintendent John Sattler said the district uses the results to group students in like groups for more focused education. Mio AuSable students outperformed the state averages in seven of seventeen categories. Superintendent Paul Ciske said the district will use the information to pinpoint where students are performing well and also target the areas of weakness. The Michigan Department of Education released the M-Step scores in August for school districts across the state.

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LOCAL NEWS for TUE 18SEP18

A truck-bicycle accident occurred in Standish last week. According to the Arenac County Independent, Friday morning, a woman was struck by a truck while on her bicycle at the intersection of Cedar and Huron Streets. The truck was traveling northbound at the intersection when the woman allegedly failed to obey the crosswalk signal and pulled in front of the truck. Arenac County Undersheriff Don McIntyre said the woman was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Iosco County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of a corrections officer.  The board voted to hire a replacement corrections officer for the Iosco County Jail. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Sheriff's Office Captain, Scott Frank, reported to the board on the resignation of corrections officer Todd Sowards. Sowards left to take a job with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Houston, Texas. Frank said that he was requesting board approval to hire part-time employee, John Adams, to fill the full time vacancy. Adams has been with the county for nearly a year and is a graduate of the Correctional Academy. The motion to hire Adams as a full time employee was unanimously approved by the Iosco County Board of Commissioners. 

Communities, schools and other groups looking to boost green spaces are encouraged to apply for an Urban and Community Forest Grant. Up to $100,000 dollars is available for projects statewide through the DNR administered program. Applicants can request grants up to $20,000 dollars and all grants require a one to one match of funds. Grant applications must be postmarked by tomorrow, Friday, September 21st and projects that receive grant funding must be completed by September 1st of next year. The grants are funded through the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Provate Forestry Program. Grant applications are available at Michigan Dot Gov Slash UCF.

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LOCAL NEWS for MON 17SEP18

A former Ogemaw Heights High School Teacher was recently named an intermediate school superintendent.  Shawn Petri was named the new superintendent for the Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw and Roscommon Intermediate School District. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Petri most recently served as the assistant superintendent and director of career and technical education at the Tuscola Intermediate School District. Before that, Petri was the manufacturing instructor at Ogemaw Heights High School for fifteen years. Petri was one of two finalists being considered by the COOR ISD to replace retiring superintendent Greg Bush. 

The Alcona County Sheriff's Department and the Alcona Community School District have reached an agreement to put a School Resource Officer back inside the school system. Sheriff Atchison said the position is part time and less coverage than provided last year. Recognition by both parties of the importance of a Law Enforcement Officer in the schools was the driving force behind the return. 

The West Branch Michigan State Police Post has four new officers.  The four officers are recent graduates of the 134th Trooper Recruit School. According to the Arenac County Independent, the new recruits are Timothy Atkinson of Lachine, Christina Hersch of Chesaning, Christopher Kustra of Rhodes and Ross McAvoy of Fenton. The recruits spent 26 weeks of six day a week training to prepare them for the experience they will gain as troopers. West Branch State Police Post First Lieutenant, Chris Luty, said for the next five months the recruits will now perform their duties while riding alongside field training officers.

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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 14SEP18

Michigan saw historically high positive West Nile Virus numbers in all species last year with ruffed grouse being one species that saw a significant rise in positives. For the 2018 fall hunting season, ruffed grouse samples will be collected from four areas of the state beginning tomorrow and running through October 15th. Samples will be collected in Alpena, Montmorency, Presque Isle, Ogemaw and Roscommon counties. Upland Game Bird Biologist, Al Stweart, said monitoring birds for West Nile Virus in that region will result in a better understanding of this disease in ruffed grouse. For more information visit Michigan Dot Gov Slash DNR.

Water rates for residents of White's Beach were recently released. The rates are from the newly formed deal between the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and Standish Township. According to the Arenac County Independent, the township will pay the tribe $10.81 per thousand gallons of water and $11.05 per thousand gallons of wastewater treated each month. Both rates increase by one dollar for every 100,000 gallons used after 600,000 gallons. Township Supervisor Bob North said the lack of water and sewage at White's Beach had been an issue since the 1980's. North said he is unable to say when the changes will take place but residents are happy to be getting clean water.

The Iosco County Board of Commissioners recently approved a grant application.  The grant provides funding to create a patrol officer position. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the grant is through the Michigan State Police Office of Highway Safety Planning. Undersheriff Ralph Boudreau told the board that the officer would patrol secondary roads in Iosco County. Boudreau said the grant would pay for one patrol officer beginning in October of this year and running through September of next year. The board of commissioners approved the grant application unanimously. 

State Representative Sue Allor will hold office hours on Monday. Allor will be at Chi-Chi’s Restaurant in Rogers City from 1:30-2:30pm and in the Donald Newport Center, Room 106, at Alpena Community College in Alpena from 4:30-5:30pm. Allor, of Wolverine, said the input she receives during these meetings helps her better represent our community at the Capitol. No appointments are necessary. For more information contact Allor’s office at 517-373-0833.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 13SEP18

A contract dispute has slowed work on the U.S. 23 Project north of East Tawas.  The dispute is between Operating Engineers Local 324 and The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the project is continuing but only on work that the contractor can do without Local 324's involvement. Scheduled construction on the project, which was slated to be finished by October 15th, has not been done since before the Labor Day Weekend and only limited work will continue. Iosco County Road Commission Director Bruce Bolen said there are concerns the U.S. 23 Project will not be completed before winter. Bolen said his concerns are for snow removal operations and damage to concrete from plow trucks.

The Michigan Works Association honored the Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency Tuesday for its commitment to jobs and education. Named the Michigan Works Association Advocate of the Year, IRESA has put the needs of local workers and families first by establishing innovative partnerships and services in support of ongoing learning and skills development. Luann Dunsford, CEO of the Michigan Works Association said through IRESA’s partnership, local Michigan Works team members have been able to reach individuals they may not have been able to before. IRESA officials received their award at the Michigan Works annual conference on Tuesday in Grand Rapids.

Huron County Officials approved a request by Michigan Sugar Company.  The Huron County Planning Commission approved Michigan Sugar's request to replace three large storage bins. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, two of them were already installed at the company's Sebawaing location. Project engineer, Rod Brocke, said the previous project engineer failed to get permits for replacement of the rusty metal bins that hold beet pulp and pellets. Planners approved the site plan unanimously and county building and zoning director Jeff smith said no setbacks or infrastructure changes were necessary for the project.

Michigan’s bear hunting season starts Friday in select areas of the Northern Lower Peninsula and Sunday for remaining areas. Bear seasons have staggered openers with various locations and hunting periods. For each of the hunting seasons 7,140 bear licenses were available. The Northern Lower Peninsula currently has an estimated three thousand bears and several scientific indicators, as well as public input, are used to determine harvest recommendations. Fore more information visit Michigan Dot Gov Slash DNR.

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 12SEP18


The AuGres Sims School District recently unveiled their new greenhouse.  Community members, students and project partners gathered at the high school for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the school's greenhouse project. According to the Arenac County Independent, the project was the culmination of hard work not only from the school district but also its partners. The district partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Huron Pines, Michigan State University Extension and the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network. The greenhouse will provide a space for students to grow and observe Pitcher's Thistle, a threatened species of plant that grows on Charity Island.


Construction has been delayed on the new Oscoda County Government Building.  The new construction has not begun because bids from subcontractors were too high. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the bids received by Wolgast were higher than the amount allowed by the insurance company. County Commissioner Jack Kischnick said Wolgast is asking for an adjustment. Kischnick said he is not sure when the county will know if Wolgast received the adjustment, but it will need to happen before construction can start on the new Government Building.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 21SEP18

Thousands of people in northern Michigan are dealing with power outages this morning because of high winds. Several utilities are working to restore power in Grand Traverse , Leelanau, Antrim, Charlevoix, and Cheboygan Counties. There's a high wind warning at the Mackinac Bridge this morning. Examples of vehicles vulnerable to high winds are pickup trucks with campers, motor homes, vehicles pulling trailers and enclosed semi-truck trailers. Motorists are instructed to reduce their speed to a maximum of 20 miles per hour, turn on their four way flashers, and utilize the outside lane.

An explosion demolishes a metro Detroit home in Harper Woods this morning. Emergency crews are on the scene. Neighbors reported hearing a large explosion and feeling their houses shake around 10:30 this morning. A view of the house shows it is totally demolished with debris up in trees. We are hearing reports of at least two people hurt, but that has not been confirmed by authorities. Some homes in the area have been evacuated as a precaution. DTE Energy has crews on the scene.

State Attorney General Bill Schuette has joined his counterparts from 10 other states in asking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to tighten the manufacture of opioids. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office says the DEA's preliminary quotas for 2019 are still excessive, even with a 10 percent reduction. West Virginia by far leads the nation in the rate of fatal drug overdoses. More than 26-hundred people died last year of an overdose in Michigan, more than the number of traffic and gun deaths combined.

Staff members at a downtown Grand Rapids restaurant will receive more training after employees turned away a Grand Rapids Police officer because he was armed. WOOD TV reports management of Stella's Lounge say the workers made a mistake Thursday because they were confused about the restaurant's policy that prohibits guns. The restaurant says the detective , who was not in uniform, but was wearing his badge, should not have been denied service and it has apologized.

There's an auction Saturday for a a Monroe County house that dates back before the Civil War. The four-room house in Monroe Township was built in 1850 and was once was the home of Edwin Willits, a former Congressman and newspaper editor. Auctioneer Paul Lechner says the house is in good shape and comes complete with with the tools and hides left over from a taxidermy business. But there's a big hitch. The home must be moved. The auction gets underway at 9am Saturday at the home in the Leedys Garden subdivision.

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STATE NEWS for THU 20SEP18

In northern Michigan, a teenage girl has been arrested after making a threat towards the Onaway Area Community Schools this week. That caused the schools to shelter in place on Tuesday. School Resource Officer Deputy David Schmoldt tells 9 and 10 News the F-B-I found the threat online.  Police searched bags and lockers , but did not find any weapons. He says the student showed up at school to enroll and told police that what she posted was a joke.  Schmoldt says if you're messing on your Snapchat...what you may think is funny, but if Snapchat think it's bad enough to turn it over to the FBI, then it's not a joke.

An Oakland County teenager could avoid further jail time in today's sentencing for making a false terror threat against his high school. Sentencing is this afternoon for 18- year-old Ryan DeBruyne, who pleaded guilty to sending a Snapchat message back in February to a classmate, asking if he wanted to recreate the Parkland Florida massacre at South Lyon High School. The judge in the case agreed with DeBruyne should be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Training Act. That would allow DeBruyne to avoid a criminal record if he completes the conditions.

A breakaway group of state Republicans are trying to sway the race for governor. The Republicans and Independents for Gretchen Whitmer features some eye-opening members, including Bill Milliken Junior, son for former governor William Milliken...former heath director under the Snyder Administration Jim Haveman...former GOP state senator Joe Schwartz...and former transition official with the Bill Schuette office, Richard McLellan. The Anybody But Schuette group has been in the works the past four months.

State officials say that they hope there will be an end to the road workers' lockout by the end of the week. Spokesperson Ari Adler says both sides have been meeting with officials in the Governor's office and talks are progressing.

It's Frankenmuth Oktoberfest this weekend. Organizer Mark Janson says there's German food, beer, and music today through Sunday. One of the highlights is on Saturday at noon where they have weiner dog races....with about 100 dogs . The winner gets a trophy and other prizes. Oktoberfest is held in Heritage Park. Tickets are ten dollars for those 18 and over, but it's free on Sunday.

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STATE NEWS for WED 19SEP18

There are two cases of viral Meningitis at two mid-Michigan elementary schools. One case is in Clio at Edgerton Elementary School and one case is in Caro at McComb Elementary. Both school districts told parents in statements that extra precautions were being taken during cleaning of those buildings last night. Viral meningitis is typically less severe than bacterial meningitis . Symptoms include" fever, severe headache, a stiff neck, light sensitivity, and vomiting.

A body was found in the Huron River near Frog Island Park in Ypsilanti Tuesday. Two fishermen reportedly found the body of a man, believed to be in his 40's or 50's. An investigation is underway.

A Grosse Pointe Shores Councilman being called to step down for a social media post that made fun of sexual assault. Councilman Matt Seely posted a meme on Facebook that critics say is an attack on survivors. The meme shows one woman consoling another while saying “I’m so sorry that bad man touched you inappropriately. Let’s wait 30 or 40 years…until he runs for office…against a democrat!” The group Progress Michigan claims Seely has a habit of posting memes that objectify women and joke about sexual assault allegations. While the post has since been removed, there's no indication that he will resign.

A deal for the U-P Health System to buy Dickinson County Health Care System has fallen apart. They reportedly were not able to reach an agreement on the terms of the deal. Dickinson says it will explore all options for the hospital's future, including possibly other arrangements with U-P-H-S.

Good news for Michigan parks and outdoor recreation. The Department of Interior has announced two-point-five million dollars is coming to Michigan, part of 100 million being doled out from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 18SEP18

An ambulance and a semi have crashed in southwest Michigan this morning in Paw Paw Township. At least one person was injured in the crash at M-51 and County Road 358 and taken to the hospital. M-51 is closed in both directions.

You can have pizza and groceries delivered to your door...why not medical marijuana? Home delivery of cannabis for medical marijuana card holders will be an option once permanent rules are approved later this year by the state. Regulators would have to approve each dispensary's plans, including proof their employees meet state requirements. Officials say they decided home delivery would benefit medical marijuana patients and could be done safely.

A disturbing study in mid Michigan finds that up to 15-thousand septic systems in five counties are probably failing. That could mean more than one billion gallons of sewage and pollutants flowing into the ground and waterways every year. The Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network studied septic systems in Bay, Arenac, Huron, Iosco, and Tuscola counties. They say many of the homes with issues are in homes meant as vacation homes, but are now used year round and that's overloading the older systems.

A northern Michigan school district is collecting donations to help those hit by Hurricane Florence. Pellston High School and Middle School are collecting canned goods, water , toiletries and other items that will be donated to Habitat for Humanity for hurricane relief. Senior Tiffanie Fochtman came up with the idea after seeing the effects of the hurricane on residents in the south.

At last night's Emmy Awards, Michigan's Jeff Daniels won best Supporting Actor in a Limited series for his role in the Netflix western "Godless"-- Daniels was also nominated for his role in the Hulu series "The Looming Tower," depicting the rivalry between the CIA and FBI leading up to 9/11. University of Michigan alum Darren Criss crowned the winner for best actor in a limited series for his role in "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story."

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STATE NEWS for MON 17SEP18

It's been three months since devastating flooding in the western Upper Peninsula and a community forum will be held tonight at Houghton High School. W-L-U-C reports it's organized by Leslie Griffith, the outpatient program director at Copper County Mental Health in Houghton, who says flood victims are susceptible to mental health challenges as a result of the tragedy. The forum will help people share ways they call all rebuild community health.

Visitation and funeral arrangements now set for Danyna (Dan-YON'-uh) Gibson, the Warren Fitzgerald High School student stabbed to death last week by a classmate. Visitation will be tomorrow (Tues) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Hutchison Funeral Home in Detroit. The funeral is Wednesday at New St. Paul Missionary Church in Warren. Tanaya (tuh-NAY-yah) Lewis was arraigned Friday on a first-degree murder for stabbing Gibson in the chest with a steak knife.

Grand Rapids Police say the shooting of an aggressive dog was justified after they tried to trap what they call an aggressive dog. The six-year-old pit bull was shot twice after reportedly chasing people in the area Friday morning. Police say they tried to catch the dog, but say it charged at a neighbor leaving his house and then charged at an officer, who shot the dog. The dog survived and is expected to undergo surgery today. Some question the shooting.

A shootout....that's how one witness describes shooting in front of her Muskegon Heights home Sunday afternoon. WOOD TV reports three people were firing shots after an argument and one appeared to have been shot in the leg. He was taken to the hospital after trying to flee the scene. No word on a motive or possible suspects. Calhoun County Sheriff's deputies say speed and alcohol do appear to be factors in the death of a woman in a motorcycle crash in Springfield Saturday night. Deputies reportedly think the 54-year-old woman from Battle Creek did not manage to negotiate the curve and drove off the road and hit a sign. She was not wearing a helmet.

In Grand Traverse County, a man accused of trying to lure a teenage girl for sex is due in court today. Philip Loew allegedly was chatting online with a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl and state police arrested him in Traverse City where he planned to meet the girl. He was reportedly asking for photos as well.

The dogs take over Comerica Park one last time this season during tonight's game between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins. Fans who bought the Bark at the Park ticket package earlier will treat their best friend to special treats at the Rooftop Deck and party decks One and Two. Those area will also feature special doggie restrooms and cooling stations. The ticket package has sold out, with a portion of the proceeds helping the Michigan Humane Society. Tonight's game also includes a drive at each of the gates to collect unopened dog food and toys for pets.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 14SEP18

The Oakland County Health Division -- urging vaccination after a confirmed case of Hepatitis A at the Renaissance Festival. They say an attendee was sick while at the event on September 1st. ANYONE who was there on the 1st or 2nd is STRONGLY urged to get a vaccine by this Saturday... if they have not already been vaccinated. Symptoms of Hepatitis A include sudden abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, headache, dark urine or vomiting.

Nurses at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City are asking for community support over a union contract with the hospital. 9 and 10 News reports nurses filed an unfair labor practice charges against the hospital , claiming they are not bargaining in good faith. The hospital says they believe they are on track with negotiations.

Shepherd Police say they have arrested a man in mid-Michigan who was trying to hide methamphetamine and marijuana from police. The owner of the vehicle reportedly gave consent for a search of the vehicle and police say that's when the drugs were found. Jared Wright , of Alma, was charged with drug possession with intent to sell.

There are now more recreation opportunities in Clare where ten soccer fields are ready at the Emerald Isle Recreation Park. The rest of the park will be complete in 2021 with a butterfly garden, a playground, a trail and concessions. A skate park will open in a few weeks. A ten year millage will pay for some of the three million dollar cost of the complex.

Free tours are available this fall at three northern Michigan sites where crews collect Great Lakes salmon as the big fish migrate up rivers. The tours are offered at weirs on the Boardman River in Traverse City, the Little Manistee River in Manistee County and the Upper Platte River in Benzie County. Weirs are structures that block upstream fish passage. Staffers with the state Department of Natural Resources gather chinook and coho salmon at the weirs. They used fertilized eggs from the captured fish to produce more salmon.

More than 22 million pounds of plastic pollution ends up in the Great Lakes every year. That's why the Alliance for the Great Lakes is having people adopt a beach and clean it up this Saturday all throughout the Great Lakes. Kristine Moffett, the founder of Michigan Green Schools, will be cleaning up at Sterling State Park in Monroe County. Moffett says the fish are eating tiny pieces of plastic and it's not good for our drinking water either.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, 2018

20th Anniversary of Bill Clinton's Grand Jury Testimony Being Televised
The former president was questioned about the nature of his relationship with Monica Lewinsky and whether he had lied under oath. He denied having lied, claiming to have a different definition of certain words than the jury did, stating that 'It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is.
 
Early Voting Begins In Minnesota for the Midterm Elections
 
Arraignment of Eric Stagno, charged with indecent exposure, lewdness and disorderly conduct after allegedly taking his clothes off and exercising at a Planet Fitness in Plaistow, NH.
 
Documentary about Comedian Gilda Radner Released In Select Theaters
'Love, Gilda', documentary directed by Lisa Dapolito released in select theaters.
 
The Prince Estate release 'Piano & A Microphone 1983'. The nine-track, 35-minute album features a previously unreleased home studio cassette recording of Prince at his piano captured in 1983.
 
75th Birthday of Jerry Bruckheimer, American Film and TV Producer

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2018

Values Voter Summit Day Two
Annual meeting of social conservative activists in the U.S., hosted by the Family Research Council. Day two speakers include Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, former Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump, Sebastian Gorka, former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, American Values President Gary Bauer and Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Dr. Everett Piper.
 
Farm Aid
Annual music and food festival from the organization dedicated to keeping farmers on their land and strengthening family farm agriculture comes to Connecticut for the first time. Performers include Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, plus Tim Reynolds, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Particle Kid and Ian Mellencamp.  The first Farm Aid concert was staged in Illinois on September 22nd, 1985, in an effort to raise money for family farmers in danger of losing their farms due to drought, declining property values and rising interest rates.
 
Paul Simon Concludes Farewell Tour in Hometown of Queens, New York
Paul Simon plays the final date of his 'Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour', dubbed 'Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance', at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the New York borough of Queens, where he spent his formative years, marking the first major concert event at the park in decades.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2018

President Donald Trump Begins Visits to New York for United Nations General Assembly
 
Fall Equinox
The first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.
 
NASA and ESA Astronauts Perform Spacewalk
Spacewalk on the International Space Station, featuring Expedition 55/56 Station Commander Drew Feustel (NASA) and Expedition 56/57 Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst (European Space Agency), to complete upgrades to two station power channels by installing the adapter plates for new batteries.
 
33rd Annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City
 
75th Birthday of Singer Julio Iglesias

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing with Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford Invited to Testify (10am ET)
Nominations hearing considering Brett Kavanaugh to be U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice continues, following the allegation made by psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford that Judge Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during their time at high school, which he has denied. Both Judge Kanavaugh and Ford have been invited to speak, although Ford has asked for an FBI investigation into the incident before she testifies. Ford has been given until September 21st to decide if she will testify.

President Donald Trump Continues Visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly
 
Bill Cosby Sentenced for Sexual Assault
Comedian Bill Cosby sentenced following his conviction in April on three counts of aggravated indecent assault in relation to allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004.
 
Court Hearing for Congressman and Wife Indicted on Corruption Charges
Status hearing for Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter and wife Margaret, indicted on multiple counts including prohibited use of campaign contributions, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit offenses.
 
House of Representatives Returns from Recess
 
Apple's New Mac Operating System, macOS Mojave, Becomes Available
 
Fortune Most Powerful Women in Business revealed
Fortune Magazine reveals its annual ranking of the 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.
 
Forbes Publishes List of Highest-Earning Radio Stars
Last year's list was topped by Howard Stern with earnings of $90 million, followed by Rush Limbaugh at $84 million and Ryan Seacrest at $58 million.
 
Season 27 of 'Dancing with the Stars' Begins on ABC
 
50th Anniversary of '60 Minutes'
50th anniversary of the CBS News program '60 Minutes' debuting on the network.
 
25th Anniversary of 'Boy Meets World'
25th anniversary of the sitcom 'Boy Meets World' premiering on ABC, starring Ben Savage, Will Friedle, Rider Strong and Danielle Fishel.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2018

President Donald Trump Continues Visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly
 
73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, General Debate Begins
Tuesday is the first day of the high-level General Debate and is scheduled to last for nine working days.
 
National Security Advisor Speaks at United Against Nuclear Iran Summit
United Against Nuclear Iran Summit, discussing the impact of a nuclear Iran on global security, with National Security Advisor John Bolton as keynote speaker.
 
Actor Will Smith Expected to Bungee Jump from Helicopter over Grand Canyon to mark 50th Birthday
Officially titled 'Will Smith: The Jump', the stunt is broadcast live on YouTube via the actor's personal channel, with all proceeds donated to charity.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2018

President Donald Trump Concludes visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly
 
U.S. Interest Rate Decision, Followed By Fed Chairman Powell Press Briefing (2:30pm ET)
Federal Open Market Committee decision on interest rates following two-day meeting. Followed by quarterly press briefing with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.
 
Court Hearing for Florida School Shooting Suspect
Status hearing for 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 February 14th.  A trial date is expected to be set.
 
Court Hearing for Suspected Driver in Times Square Car Crash
Court hearing for Richard Rojas, charged with one count of second-degree murder and 20 counts of attempted murder-second degree after allegedly driving his car into pedestrians in New York's Times Square in May of 2017.
 
Amazon, Google, Twitter and Apple Officials Testify To Senate Commerce Committee on Consumer Data Privacy
Hearing on 'Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy', with testimony from Amazon.com Vice President and Associate General Counsel Andrew DeVore; Google Chief Privacy Officer Keith Enright; Twitter Global Data Protection Officer and Associate Legal Director Damian Kieran; Apple Vice President for Software Technology Bud Tribble; AT&T Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy Len Cali; and Charter Communications Senior Vice President for Policy & External Affairs Rachel Welch.
 
Spacewalk Scheduled Following ISS Arrival of Japanese Rocket
Spacewalk scheduled following the arrival at the International Space Station earlier this month of the H-IIB rocket.
 
Forbes Publishes List of World's Highest-Paid TV Actresses
Last year's list was led by Sofia Vergara for the sixth consecutive year.
 
30th Anniversary of Salman Rushdie's 'The Satanic Verses'
The novel is best remembered for the controversy it caused among Muslims, who accused it of blasphemy, leading Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa calling for Rushdie's death.
 
50th Anniversary of the London Premiere of Film Version of the Musical 'Oliver'
The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning six including Best Picture and Best Director.
 
70th Birthday of Australian Actress and Singer Olivia Newton-John

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2018

Google Celebrates Its 20th Birthday
The company traditionally marks its birthday on the Google homepage on this date, September 27th.
 
Court Hearing for Former MSU Gymnastics Coach on Charges Related To Nassar Case
Preliminary examination hearing in the case against former Michigan State University Coach Kathie Klages, charged with one felony and one misdemeanor count of lying to a peace officer, as part of the investigation into former MSU physician and USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar's abuse at the school.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 2018

Mexico's First Reality Series Becomes Available On Netflix
'Made In Mexico', the first Mexican original reality series becomes available on Netflix, following the lives of nine wealthy socialites.

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