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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 24MAY19

Bad news greeted Ogemaw county commissioners from Sheriff Howie Hanft.  According to the Ogemaw County Herald, jail revenue is running far short of projected numbers and, according to Hanft, they are expected to fall further. As of May 15th, jail revenue was at approximately $314-thousand dollars. The projected jail revenue was approximately $652-thousand dollars leaving a gap of more than $338-thousand dollars. Hanft said the primary reason for the shortfall is that Ogemaw county has not received any inmates from Genesee county since February 27th. Hanft said the decrease is cause for concern as the jail’s budget relies heavily on the outside housing revenue. Adding to the problem, arrests in the county are down as well.

Employment numbers are looking good on the former Wurtsmith Air Force base.  Now known as the “Wurtsmith District”, employment numbers increased overall by 15 from the previous quarter. According to the Iosco county news herald the largest jump came from Kalitta air., reporting an increase of 69 new full-time workers, and 58 new full-time workers from their associated contractors. On the other end, MI-Call Center Inc., also known as Cruse Com., saw staff numbers decline by 68. The Wurtsmith District now employs 1,813 people as of March 31st.

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 Thu. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for THU 23MAY19

Many people who live along Higgins Lake in northern Michigan are taking legal action against Roscommon County since the lake is often not at its legal water level. The attorney for Citizens for Higgins Lake Legal Level, Phil Ellison, tells 9and10 News, they've met the winter level, but they've consistently failed to meet the summer level. The president of the group, Eric Ostergren, says people spend a lot of money on the lake and when levels are low they have problems with the boats hitting the rocks.

Bringing veteran’s together is the theme of a new program in the area.  Ron Whitney, the accredited veteran’s service officer for Iosco county veterans services, says a new coffee hour is designed to bring veterans together. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the monthly coffee hours will take place at the Wurtsmith Air Museum in Oscoda from 9 to 10am and will meet the fourth Thursday of every month until September. After that a new location will need to found as the museum closes for the season after September's meeting. The event is open to veterans from any service branch, male or female, and from any age group. 

106th district state representative Sue Allor of Wolverine will be holding area office hours.  Friday, Allor will be holding office hours from 1:30pm until 2:30pm in the commissioner’s meeting room at the Alcona county courthouse at 106 5th street in Harrisville, and then from 3:30pm until 4:30pm at the Plainfield township hall 415 east Main street in Hale. Allor says that many good things are being worked on in Lansing and she looks forward to answering any questions, sharing ideas and discussing issue’s the legislature is trying to fix. Residents may also reach Allor’s Lansing office at 517-373-0833 or sueallor@house.mi.gov.

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 Wed. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for WED 22MAY19

A Pinconning police officer was recognized with a life saving award. According to Mlive, Sergeant Terry Spencer of the Pinconning police department was recently recognized for his actions on March 25th, 2019. Spencer responded to a home for a report of a baby not breathing. On arrival, Spencer came in contact with a caregiver who was frantically screaming for help. The 3-month old baby was already a pale blue and Spencer was unable to detect a heartbeat. After about 5 minutes of emergency CPR the baby started to breath and Spencer detected a heartbeat. The baby was taken to the hospital and is now doing fine. Spencer is certified in CPR by the American Red Cross, with re-certifications by the Pinconning-Fraser fire department and by Northern Bay Ambulance.

The school year suddenly got shorter for one area school district.  The winter and early spring proved to be a boon for students with an abundance of snow days, but not so much for school administrators. According to the Arenac County Independent, Standish-Sterling community schools will now have to attend four fewer days. Legislation signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer forgave school districts for the days that were cancelled January 29th through February 1st when a state of emergency was called due to the inclement weather. Because of the forgiven days, the final day for classes at Standish-Sterling will now be Wednesday, June 12th with two final half days.

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 21MAY19

The Mio-AuSable School District went to the voters earlier this month in hopes of passing a sinking fund millage.  Voters passed the millage with about 64% support.  The school district has many needs, but the most pressing is to replace the roof at the high school.  The first project, however, is to replace the parking lot lighting along with some technology updates next years.    It will take some time for enough funds to be generated for the roofing project.    

A new administrator has been named for Ascension St. Joseph hospital in Tawas City.  The new administrator is Shane Hunt. He brings 20 years of experience in health care and hospital administration. Hunt has been serving as the director of patient care for ascension St. Mary’s hospital.  In the past he has worked as a nurse manager for the emergency department, emergency department director, hospital operations manager, chief flight nurse for flightcare among other positions. Hunt will start his new role on July 1st.

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 20MAY19

District Health Department Number Two will hold a meeting tomorrow in Oscoda.  Several agencies will provide updates to the community regarding PFAS contamination near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. According to the Iosco County News Herald, representatives from the District Health Department; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and Michigan Department of Natural Resources will answer questions and present information. The meeting will be held Tuesday from 6:30-8pm, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 5300 North U.S. 23 in Oscoda.

Two meetings concerning Bovine Tuberculosis will be held this week.  Several agencies and Michigan State University Extension are partnering to host the two meetings. According to the Oscoda County Herald, The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; Michigan Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services will provide the latest information on bovine tuberculosis in deer and cattle in Northeast Michigan. The first meeting will be held Tuesday, 7pm, at Wilson Township Hall, 3746 King Settlement Road in Alpena. The second meeting will be held Wednesday, 7pm, at the Oscoda County Community Center, 305 Ninth Street in Mio.

AuGres-Sims School District is pleased to announce that Superintendent Jeffrey Collier has been highlighted by the School Superintendents Association, in their National Leaders Matter Campaign as the Superintendent Spotlight for the State of Michigan. The Association launched its Leaders Matter campaign to showcase school districts where exemplary leadership of the superintendent has resulted in meaningful, measurable outcomes for the schools, students and communities they serve. Superintendent Collier was nominated by Chris Wigent, the Executive Director of Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators. 

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STATE NEWS for FRI 24MAY19

Michigan lawmakers will gather for an additional day of session before the Memorial Day weekend as GOP legislative leaders and Governor Gretchen Whitmer work on a possible deal to reduce the state's high auto insurance premiums. The House and Senate will meet to potentially vote today in a rare session following hours of private talks at the Capitol Thursday on legislation to overhaul the no-fault insurance law. Legislators reported progress but did not say if an agreement was struck.

A 35-year-old southwest Michigan man has been arrested after the dismembered body of a woman was allegedly found in his apartment. Sturgis Police say the Sturgis man is being charged with open murder, dismemberment of a corpse and failure to report a death after being arrested Wednesday night. Police say an anonymous tip led to the discovery.

More people are calling for State Representative Larry Inman to resign since he's been indicted on attempted bribery and extortion charges. 9 and 10 News reports dozens of voters and local politicians rallied in Traverse City Thursday, calling on Inman to resign. Inman is accused of trying to trade his vote on a prevailing wage bill for money from a union. Inman has said he won't resign.

Teachers salaries are continuing to nosedive in Michigan. So says a new reports from the teachers' union. Data released by the National Education Association show average teachers' salaries dropped 12-percent last year. Michigan now ranks 32nd in the nation for teacher pay. Officials claim one in five teachers now leaves the profession in Michigan due to the paltry salaries. The blame a decline in school funding.

A vigil was held last night for a man who took his kayak out onto Lake Michigan and hasn't been seen since. 23-year-old Jacob Sandy was last seen 10am Saturday with the kayak on the lake in South Bend. Sandy is from Birmingham and his brother says he had just graduated from Hope College last year. Sandy's car was found still sitting in the parking lot near Porter Beach in Indiana.

A traffic stop in Eaton County's Charlotte last night led to the arrest of the driver of a quad runner, who was towing a boat and a trailer. Eaton County Sheriff's deputies discovered that both the ATV and the boat were stolen. They say the incident has been linked to several other area crimes.

Nearly 1-point-three million Michiganders are headed out of town this Memorial Day weekend. It's the biggest number in 15 years. Three-point-three percent more motorists are traveling than last year, the seventh consecutive year that the number is on the rise. This will be the highest travel volume on record for the Memorial Day holiday since 2005, when there were nearly 1.5 million Michigan travelers.

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STATE NEWS for THU 23MAY19

There could be votes today in the state Legislature, as the battle over no fault auto insurance reform continues. House and Senate Republican leaders have been speaking with representatives from Governor Whitmer's administration for days trying to come up with a deal. She wants some level of mandatory coverage and for insurers to slash rates by 40 percent. The state House earlier this month approved legislation that would allow insurers to sell reduced coverage policies and also reduce personal injury protection premium rates for five years. It would also end lifetime medical benefits for injured motorists.

Several southwest Michigan churches will hold a benefit this weekend for the congregation of a church in Kalamazoo that burned down week. Some 40 churches may take part in the Sunday benefit at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Kalamazoo for members of the Open Door Church of God in Christ.

The 2nd annual Michigan Space Forum will be held in Traverse City later this month. There will be experts from space, aerospace, and engineering at the forum. It focuses on the role in shaping the next generation of space architecture. Topics include how the state can entice businesses to develop space technology on "The Third Coast," the cultivation of the "Astropreneur," and how innovations in space can be used to study Earth and improve communications on a global scale.

Traverse City plans to have municipal buildings powered completely by green energy by 2020. 9 and 10 News reports Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers says Traverse City, for decades, has been concerned about climate change and renewable energies. He says they don't need the coal plants anymore, they can do it with "renewables". The city is focusing on solar and wind energy.

An Otsego city commissioner has resigned over a controversial land purchase. City officials have accused Nick Breedveld of using his position to buy five acres of land near the Kalamazoo River that the city planned to buy for a park. The city had agreed to buy the five acres of 11-thousand dollars, but then Breedveld bought it . The city commission voted to file a lawsuit against Breedveld, but he agreed to resign and agreed to sell the land to the city . 

Detroit and Michigan state police have exhumed unidentified bodies buried at a cemetery to try to close old homicide cases. Detroit Police say investigators exhumed seven sets of remains Wednesday at Knollwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Canton Township. Investigators say they're taking DNA samples from the bones and will try to match them to possible missing persons' cases. Detroit Police Chief James Craig says DNA technology has improved since the unidentified bodies were buried.

Memorial Day weekend is a great time for camping throughout Michigan. Right now, camp sites are about 80% filled, but there's an easy way to check availability if you are still interested in finding a campground. Many sites do have walk-up reservations, but you can save a lot of time and frustration by using the Michigan DNR web site.
 

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STATE NEWS for WED 22MAY19


A serious crash occurred last night on Grosse Ile in Metro Detroit.  A 20-year old man was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control, hit a tree, and was ejected from the vehicle. The man has been taken to a hospital where his condition is unknown. Observers report the car appeared to have been "split in halves". The Downriver Crash Team responded, but it's not clear at this time if drugs or alcohol were factors. (Photo TV 4)

A priest in the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw has been placed on administrative leave after alleged misconduct involving a minor . The diocese says Father Dennis Kucharczyk (Koo-char-zik) is to have no contact with individuals under 21, which prohibits him from going on school properties or participating in school and parish activities and functions. He most recently served as pastor of St. John the 23rd, which includes churches in Hemlock, Merrill and Ryan.

An effort to educate motorists about motorcycle safety has kicked off in Michigan. “Motorcyclists Are Hard to See. Look Twice. Save a Life.” was launched by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in Grand Rapids to inform motorists about how best to prevent crashes with motorcyclists. The campaign will use ads, social media posts and billboards throughout the summer to promote motorcyclist awareness, safety and education among non-motorcycle riders.

The Michigan Heartbeat Coalition filed its initial wording to launch a ballot drive to ban abortions after a fetus's heartbeat is detected, usually at six weeks. The exception would be to protect a pregnant woman's life or health. The measure follows a Right to Life-backed group that's seeking to prohibit a second-trimester abortion procedure. Some 340,000 signatures are required to send the initiative to the Republican-led Legislature, who could enact it or allow a statewide vote.

Some former students of Muskegon Community College will be able to go back to school and have their debts forgiven. M-Live reports that students who have financial holds usually can't take more classes, but the MCC debt forgiveness program will allow some students to go back to school. MCC Finance director Ken Long says the program could boost enrollment, increase the skill level of the county workforce, and benefit those who would have continued college if they'd been able to pay.

An accused child molester in mid Michigan is even more trouble for allegedly planning to break out of the Isabella County Jail. Keith McKern reportedly planned an escape and allegedly recruited a jail trustee to help him do it. Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main says McKern's plan involved climbing through a skylight and escaping on a rope ladder. He says the corrections staff noticed some transfer of papers between McKern and the trustee.

A 64-year-old man has died after the tractor he was using flipped at a farm in Oceana County's Benona Township. The sheriff's office there says Gary Mills of Grand Rapids died Monday evening following the accident at the farm. The man was reportedly trying to use the tractor to pull open a piece of farm equipment when it flipped.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 21MAY19

Two men have been shot in west Michigan's Ottawa County early this morning. The sheriff's office says a 43-year-old Ravenna man and a 57-year-old Robinson Township man were found shot in Robinson Township, southeast of Grand Haven at about 12:30 this morning. Both were taken to the hospital. The sheriff's office says there are no outstanding suspects.

A West Bloomfield Township homeowner could face charges in the largest animal hoarding case in Oakland County history. The Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center says animal control officers removed 178 cats from a home over the past three weeks. Many of the cats removed from the house were suffering from a variety of health issues. 60 cats have been euthanized due to maltreatment. Animal abuse and neglect charges are being sought by Oakland County animal control authorities.

A lawyer says three handwritten wills have been found in the home of Aretha Franklin, months after her death -- including one that was discovered under cushions in the living room. The latest one is dated March 2014 and appears to give the singer's assets to family members. Some writing is hard to decipher, and the four pages have words scratched out and phrases in the margin.  An attorney for Franklin's estate filed the wills Monday and told a judge that he's not sure if they're legal under Michigan law. A hearing is scheduled for June 12th.

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STATE NEWS for MON 20MAY19

A Muskegon Heights man has been arrested after allegedly killing his wife over a fight about cigarettes. Police Chief Joseph Thomas say the couple fought when the husband came home with cigarettes after the two had agreed to quit smoking. The man packed up and left the house , but Thomas says he returned and shot his wife four times in the chest. Police believe the man had been drinking before the shooting. He was missing for several hours before being arrested in Muskegon.

The E-P-A has ordered shoe maker Wolverine World Wide to excavate part of the White Pine Trail and dredge the Rogue River near Grand Rapids. That's as P-FAS were found at the company's former tannery near those areas. Chromium and mercury were discovered in the groundwater and sediment. Cleanup could close parts of the trail this summer.

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 SATURDAY MAY 25, 2019

First Couple begin state visit to Japan
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Tokyo, becoming the first state guests of the new Japanese Emperor Naruhito. Agenda for four-day trip includes meeting with the emperor and Empress Masako, followed by bilateral meeting between President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to discuss trade and brief on President Trump's recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Pence Military Academy Commencement
U.S. Military Academy Class of 2019 Commencement, including address from Vice President Mike Pence.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigns in Vermont
(2:00PM ET) , holds a rally in Montpelier.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker campaigns in Iowa
(12:30PM ET), with Dem Rep. Dave Loebsack at 'Coffee with Cory' event at Lost Canvas Coffee Shop, reproductive rights roundtable in Des Moines County, and a 'Conversation with Cory' event at IBEW, tours Muscatine County, and attends a house party in Muscatine.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand campaigns in Iowa
(1:00PM ET), attending a 'meet and greet' events at Cabin Coffee Company, participates in a tour at Scratch Cupcakery, and a 'meet and greet' event at Locals Bar and Grill.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar campaigns in Iowa
(11:00AM ET), attending a 'meet and greet' event at The Lingonberyy, house party with Iowa Minority Leader Todd Prichard, and a 'meet and greet' at The Coffee Attic.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg campaigns in New Hampshire
(8:30AM ET), hosting a breakfast event, before a town hall at Keene High School.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigns in Iowa
(7:30PM ET), holding a 'meet and greet' event in Newton.

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SUNDAY MAY 26, 2019

First Couple continue state visit to Japan

President Trump and Japanese PM Abe expected at Summer Basho sumo tournament in Japan
Summer Basho (aka Natsu Basho) - the third of six honbasho tournaments held for professional wrestlers each year - ends.

Indy 500 Verizon IndyCar Race

30th PBS National Memorial Day Concert
Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
(8:00PM ET). Co-hosted by Joe Mantegna, Gary Sinise and Mary McCormack with appearances and performances Gen. (Ret.) Colin Powell, Sam Elliott, Patti LaBelle, Gavin DeGraw, Dennis Haysbert, Alison Krauss, Christopher Jackson, Amber Riley, Justin Moore and Jaina Lee Ortiz with the National Symphony Orchestra.

French Open tennis begins

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker campaigns in Iowa (2:45PM ET), attending a 'meet and greet' event at Gateway Area Community Center, and hosting a 'Conversation with Cory' event at Smokestack.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand campaigns in Iowa
(12:00PM ET), attending Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church Service, before a 'meet and greet' event at Raygun.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigns in Iowa
(12:15PM ET), attending a house party in Oskaloosa; 'meet and greet' event at Hotel Ottumwa, house party in Fairfield  and 'meet and greet' event at East Grove Farms.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Rep. John Delaney campaigns in New Hampshire (3:30PM ET), attending barbecues.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar campaigns in Iowa
(1:00PM ET), attending 'meet and greet' events at Livery Deli, and Sneakers Eatery & Pub.

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MONDAY MAY 27, 2019

Memorial Day

First Couple continue state visit to Japan

Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker campaigns in Iowa
(3:40PM ET), attending a Memorial Day BBQ in Urbandale.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigns in Iowa
(1:00PM ET), holding a town hall in Burlington.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigns in New Hampshire
(2:00PM ET), with Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder and Campaign Co-Chair Ben Cohen at ice cream socials at MainStreet BookEnds of Warner.

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TUESDAY MAY 28, 2019

First Couple conclude state visit to Japan

Pulitzer Prize awards ceremony in New York

Supreme Court convenes for public non-argument session

Kamala Harris on campaign trail in South Carolina
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris campaigns in South Carolina, discussing her proposal to increase the average pay for teachers in the Upstate.

Joe Biden on campaign trail in Texas
2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in Texas, with a stop in Houston.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigns in New Hampshire
(2:00PM ET), holding town halls at NHTI, before holding a rally at Doubletree Hotel.

House of Representatives on recess from May 24th Through June 3rd

Senate on recess from May 24th through June 3rd

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WEDNESDAY MAY 29, 2019

State Department Annual Report on International Religious Freedom released
State Department 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom released, detailing the status of religious freedom in nearly 200 foreign countries and describing U.S. actions and policies in support of religious freedom worldwide.

Joe Biden on campaign trail in Texas
2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in Texas, with a stop in Dallas

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris campaigns in South Carolina
(11:45AM ET)
, attending 'meet and greet' events at Westside Community Center, before hosting an education town hall at West End Community Center.

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THURSDAY MAY 30, 2019

President Trump addresses U.S. Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony (11:00AM ET)

Vice President Pence meets Canadian PM Trudeau in Canada to discuss USMCA trade deal.

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

German Chancellor Merkel delivers Harvard Commencement address

Court hearing for man accused of San Diego synagogue shooting

Readiness hearing for John Earnest, charged with murder, attempted murder, arson, and hate crimes in connection with a shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego.

WikiLeaks co-founder in UK court via videolink
WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange appears back in court in the UK via videolink, after Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno withdrew his asylum in the country's London embassy last month, resulting in his expulsion and arrest.

Court hearing in lawsuit challenging Obama Presidential Center Motion hearing in 'Protect Our Parks v. Chicago Park District' (12:00PM ET)
- a lawsuit filed by Protect Our Parks accusing the City of Chicago of illegally transferring park land to a private entity, The Obama Foundation, and alleging that city officials manipulated the approval process, and legislation, to skirt long-standing laws designed to ensure residents had unobstructed access to lakeside parks * Case no. 1:18-cv-03424 * Chicago city attorneys are expected to request the lawsuit be thrown out.

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FRIDAY MAY 31, 2019

Court hearing for Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar (aka rapper Cardi B), charged with two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of assault in connection with an attack on two bartenders at Angels Strip Club in Flushing, NY. On Aug 29, Almanzar allegedly threw a bottle at victims Jade and Baddie G, and ordered her crew to attack the two women with more bottles and chairs.

NASA 2019 Mars Exploration Celebration Day events held in Mars, PA

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