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Kalitta Air recently announced the layoff of 154 employees.  The layoffs are at their aircraft maintenance facility on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Kalitta's Director of Heavy Maintenance, Don Nolan, said most of the layoffs were contractors and temporary employees. Nolan said the layoffs were mainly due to the global economic conditions that are greatly impacting air freight. He said they are hoping it's the last time they have to do it, adding the last time was about eleven years ago. Nolan said he wasn't sure if the layoffs were permanent saying the company will have to see how its next quarter pans out.

There were two accidents in Ogemaw County on Wednesday. The first took place on Cook Road in West Branch. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, at approximately 7:15am an accident involving three vehicles took place. The Michigan State Police report that three people were involved in the accident, one taken to Mid Michigan Medical Center for injuries. The second was a two vehicle accident around 3:30pm Wednesday at M-55 and Rifle River Trail. The Ogemaw County Sheriff's Department reports that each vehicle had single occupants, both were taken to the hospital. Investigation shows that one vehicle was reportedly heading eastbound on M-55 and the second was turning onto M-55 from Rifle River Trail.  

Local Sports

Boy's Basketball:
Ogemaw Heights 73  Tawas 61
Oscoda 99  Whittemore Prescott 34
Shepherd 49  Pinconning 45
Posen 51  Hillman 42
Roscommon 48  Evart 45
McBain 68  Houghton Lake 55
Johannesburg Lewiston 64  Bellaire 16
Mancelona 67  Onaway 50
Akron Fairgrove 35  Owendale Gagetown 33

Girl's Basketball:
Deckerville 64  Mayville 14
Sandusky 39  Capac 17
Kingston 38  Peck 24
Kinde North Huron 51  Carsonville Port Sanilac 32
Owendale Gagetown 50  Akron Fairgrove 26
Reese 59  Elkton Pigeon Bayport Laker 31


 Thu. Local News Audio


A northern Michigan man has been arrested for stealing a truck that he was taking for a test drive. Trever Kibby-Boron, of Lewiston, reportedly took the truck for a test drive in Hayes Township and never took it back. A state trooper found the truck south of Fremont and arrested Kibby-Boron.  Kibby-Boron is charged with one count motor vehicle unlawful driving away, a felony punishable by five years; and driving while license suspended / revoked, a misdemeanor punishable by 93 days and $500.

The Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce has a new director.  The Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce's new managing director is Christina Aller. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Aller has been with the chamber for the past three years, most recently as office manager. She replaces Penny Payea, who resigned as managing director last November after accepting a position with Michigan Works. Aller said her intent is to go a full cycle year as managing director to get to know all the events and to have them scheduled successfully before she decides whether or not to make any changes.

The Michigan State Police recently announced the promotion of Sergeant Michael Brown to the rank of Lieutenant and Assistant Post Commander of the West Branch Post. In his new role as Assistant Post Commander, Brown will be responsible for providing day-to day oversight and leadership to forty Michigan State Police personnel. Before enlisting in the Michigan State Police, Brown served with the Alcona County Sheriff's Office and Oscoda Township Police Department. Brown's promotion was effective as of Sunday, January 12th. The Michigan State Police West Branch Post serves Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco and Ogemaw counties.

Duane L. Hadley, long time local Standish Attorney and criminal defense advocate, recently filed paperwork with the Arenac County Clerk's office to become Arenac County's next Sheriff, on the Republican ballot, for the election scheduled for August 4th. Hadley has been a licensed attorney for nearly 24 years practicing law in a majority of Michigan district, circuit and appellate courts. He is also licensed to practice in the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Court as well as the Michigan Federal Court System. He was also a Friend of the Court Enforcement Officer with the 23rd Judicial Circuit Court until he pursued private practice in 1999. Hadley also spent time in the law enforcement field until 1988 when he elected to pursue a legal career.

Last week, Oscoda county announced increases in building permit issuances, the week, Ogemaw county is announcing the same.  The issuing of building permits in Ogemaw County was up for the year 2019 and is continuing into 2020.  Ogemaw County Building Inspector, Brian Stein, said it is a continuation of a trend of new growth in the county. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, a total of 1,386 building permits were issued in 2019, an increase of 24 permits from 2018. Stein said there were 23 building permits issued for construction of commercial buildings and 97 permits were issued for residential buildings in the county in 2019. Stein, who has served as County Building Inspector since 2006, said the county was hit hard by the housing market crash which began in 2008, but began to rally in 2012 and has continued to show healthy growth since then.

Local Sports 

Girl's Basketball:
Standish Sterling 57  Tawas 20
Posen 57  Hale 13
Pinconning 37  Gladwin 20
Beaverton 36  Farwell 33
Manton 65  Roscommon 14
Johannesburg Lewiston 65  Indian River Inland Lakes 38

Boy's Basketball:
Reese 61  Bad Axe 56
Ubly 63  Capac 40


 Wed. Local News Audio


A former school custodian at All Saints Catholic School in Alpena has been arrested and charged for possession of child pornography. A tip led to the arrest of Christopher Olsen. Michigan State Police reportedly took several electronic devices from his home and workplace. Police say they contained several thousand images of suspected child porn. Olsen no longer works at the school, but it released a statement saying, they empathize with whomever has been affected. The school has sent out a letter to parents to let them know about the charges.

The Arenac County Road Commission is aware of a culvert that is collapsing.  The collapsing culvert is on State Road in Standish. According to the Arenac County Independent, road commission manager Blair Dyer said it is not an immediate concern. Dyer said the damage to the culvert doesn't affect the strength of the structure, so does not need to be replaced at this time. Dyer said the culvert was probably built in the 1930's but the concrete is still in good shape. Dyer added that the county plans to fix the culvert eventually, but probably not before spring.

Harbor Beach officials recently discussed the issue of upgrading water meters.  The Harbor Beach City Council approved charging residents unwilling to upgrade their water meters. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the Department of Public Works has been replacing meters throughout town during the summer and fall of 2019 and encountered several city residents unwilling to consent to having their meters replaced. At the request of Department of Public Works Superintendent, Mike Jurgess, the council approved a quarterly fee of $50 dollars on those accounts not consenting to replacing old meters. The fee will become effective with the March 2020 billing.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division will hold a hearing Thursday to receive public comments on proposed rules to establish maximum contaminant levels for PFAS in drinking water. Attending the hearing will be Cathy Wusterbarth  and Greg Cole of "Now: Need Our Water" of Oscoda who will be sharing their comments on access to safe drinking water and the contamination of Oscoda's drinking water supply. The meeting will be held tomorrow from 5-8pm in the AuSable Room of the Ralph A. McMullen Conference Center, 104 Conservation Drive in Roscommon. 

How would you like to be a lighthouse keeper this summer? They're looking for volunteers to live in the Tawas Point Lighthouse on Lake Huron in northern Michigan for two weeks this summer. Manager of the lighthouse, Laurie Perkins, says you and three others can live at the top of the lighthouse and you'd have to provide tours for a few hours a day in the historic lighthouse.


 Tue. Local News Audio


On January 6th, 2019, at approximately 11:20am, deputies from the Alcona County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a residence in Glennie. Alcona Central Dispatch received a 911 call from a female stating that her husband, Kenneth McMullen, had been struck in the head by an unknown assailant outside their home. The suspects ran from the scene before deputies arrived. After almost a year long investigation it was determined that the suspect, Michael Keeting, knew and had worked for the victim. Two other suspects were friends of Keeting but did not know the victim. The three planned to drive from Saginaw to the victim's residence to commit robbery. When the victim resisted, he was struck in the head and body with a metal pipe. Arraigned in 81st District Court were Michael Keeting, Kayley Duel and Quinton McMurren, all residents of Saginaw. The three are charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a breaking and entering and attempted breaking and entering. Keeting is being held by the Michigan Department of Corrections on other charges; McMurren is lodged in the Alcona County Jail and Duel is free on bond.  (Photos:  Kayley Duel, Quinton McMurren, photo of Keeting not available at time of publishing)   

Ogemaw County will soon have a K-9 Patrol Unit.  The Ogemaw County Board of Commissioners approved up to $50,000 dollars for the purchase and equipping of a vehicle for the K-9 Unit. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, additional funding will come through a variety of fundraisers. Jody Wilk, President of the Saginaw Valley Police Canine Association told Commissioners that they will get volunteers and do a variety of fundraising events to maintain the program. The K-9 dog, which will be donated, will be trained to detect narcotics, tracking, handler protection, article searches and missing child searches. The dog will be assigned to handler Deputy Justin Noffsinger. The K-9 Unit is expected to go on duty in the Fall of this year.

An Alcona County Park will be receiving grant funding.  The North End Park on Hubbard Lake will be receiving grant money from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Recreation Passport Program. According to the Alcona County Review the $150,000 grant and an anonymous donation of $50,000 dollars will give Caledonia Township $200,000 dollars for the next phase of park improvements. The next phase will include shoreline stabilization; canoe/kayak ramp launch; two swimming docks with stairs; swimming caution buoys and swimming platform. Caledonia Township Supervisor Cyndi Apsey said the township will continue to see k grant funding for further improvements to North End Park.


 Mon. Local News Audio


Michigan State Police have determined a primary suspect and are continuing to investigate a shooting in Roscommon Township Saturday evening. According to Up North Live, Troopers said they were dispatched to a residence on West Houghton Lake Drive after receiving a report of someone shooting out windows of a house. When troopers arrived, witnesses told them they saw two vehicles flee the scene shortly after the shots were heard. Troopers said a responding Richfield Township police officer located the vehicle on M-18 near M-55 as he was on his way to assist the troopers. The primary suspect, a 51-year-old man from Roscommon, was lodged for bond violations after he was found in possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges will be sought.

The Tawas Area Schools Board of Education will hold their reorganization and regular meeting tonight. On the agenda is election of officers, a resolution to amend the 2019-2020 General Fund Budget, discussion on class size overload and an Emergency Operations Plan Approval. The meeting will be held tonight at 7pm, in the boardroom of the administration office in Tawas City.

West Branch officials recently discussed a grant application.  The grant application is for an iron removal plant and additional well. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the application by the West Branch City Council is in response to the Department of Environmental Quality tightening regulations for water quality. The cost for the new structure is estimated to be $1.5 Million dollars, with ninety percent of that cost covered through the grant. The city would be responsible to pay the remaining $150,000 dollars. The city will also have to pay $10,000 dollars for the grant application and engineering report. The proposed location of the new structures would be behind The Brook Retirement Home and will not include expanding or replacing the existing water main.

Arenac County officials recently accepted land donated to the county.  The fifty acres of land was donated by Standish native Rick Fiddler. According to the Arenac County Independent, the fifty acres is joined to Youngman Park. The land is located behind the existing park on State Road in Standish. The deed states that the county will expand the existing park system into the donated parcels which would allow for further outdoor recreational activities for the general public. Attorney Duane Hadley donated his legal services to the commissioners to put together the deed. The Fiddler name will be added to the title of the park along with the Youngman name. 


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One of the women, convicted as the Alpine Manor Nursing Home killer more than 30 years ago, has been released from prison. 57-year-old Catherine Wood, was released from a Florida prison yesterday even though relatives of five elderly women she helped kill, objected. Wood won't be returning to west Michigan to live as a condition of her parole. Wood and Gwendolyn Graham killed at least five patients and maybe more at the Alpine Manor Nursing Home , where they worked as nurse's aides in 1987. Graham is servine life without parole. (Photos: Wood at time of arrest and today)

You may see signs on Michigan's freeways.  There's an endangered missing person advisory for a three-year-old girl and her mother. Michigan State Police are looking for three-year-old Alydiauna (Al-EE-dee-awn-uh) Munn and her mother , Tara Sheldon, of Sanilac County. They were last heard from on Sunday when Tara was on the phone with her grandfather. She told him her car had been broken into and she would call him back, but no one has heard from them since. Police say they don't know where they were when Tara spoke to her grandfather. The little girl is described as 3-feet tall, 38 pounds with brown hair and eyes. Her mother drives a dark blue 2006 Chrysler Pacifica with the license plate ECN-6-1-0-1.

A baby has been delivered and is doing fine after the mother was shot Thursday morning in the stomach in Metro Detroit. Clinton Township Police Captain Richard Maerle says the shooting happened around 6:15 Thursday morning outside the Eastwood Village Apartments -The mother was alert and talking when she was taken to the hospital. The suspect has not been found.

There will be an increased number of state DNR conservation officers and other officers on patrol to make sure snow mobile riders are riding safely over the Martin Luther King Junior holiday weekend. Last year, five people were killed snowmobiling on the Friday before the Martin Luther King Junior holiday. Three of those deaths occurred in the Upper Peninsula. The DNR’s Ride Right snowmobile safety campaign offers snow mobile riders several reminders, including to ride on the right side of the trail, ride at a safe speed and to ride sober.

There's an update in the ongoing Warren De La Salle football hazing investigation in Metro Detroit. Three members of the school's football team were suspended last October over allegations they attacked a fellow teammate.  They have been subsequently allowed to return to the classroom. A confidential settlement of a lawsuit against the all-boys Catholic school reportedly is paving the way for their return.

A pickup truck crashed into a home in southwest Michigan's Prairieville Township early this morning. WOOD TV reports it appears the driver went off the road at about one this morning and landed on the roof of the home, which is a summer home. Michigan State Police say no one was there and no one was injured.

A suspicious WiFi hotspot name forcing a flight delay at Detroit Metro Airport. Airport officials say the hotspot name caused concern-- prompting an investigation aboard a Go-Jet Flight last night. Two passengers were removed from the plane for questioning. They were released.. as the investigation continues. The plane went on to its final destination.

Students who take part in extracurricular activities at Plainwell Community Schools in southwest Michigan will be subject to random drug testing.  The program will begin next week. The test will look for opioids, THC, Cocaine, methamphetamine and nicotine. If a student tests positive, they could lose 25-percent of playing time for the season but would still be able to practice.

State Attorney General Dana Nessel has asked the Court of Appeals to reverse its decision on a law to allow a tunnel for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac to go forward. Courts had ruled that the deal struck between former Governor Rick Snyder and Enbridge does not violate the state constitution. They had agreed to shut down Line 5, but build a tunnel for a replacement pipeline.

Fiat Chrysler is in talks with the Chinese company Foxconn to develop and manufacture battery electric vehicles. The U-S -Italian automaker confirmed the discussions in a statement released today. Fiat Chrysler is in the process of merging with French carmaker PSA Peugeot, which is 12% owned by Chinese company Dongfeng. A joint venture would focus first on China, which is the biggest market in the world for electric cars. About 1.2 million electric vehicles were sold last year in China, about half the global total.

A former Chippewa County corrections officer, James Parr , has been sentenced to two to 20 years for smuggling drugs to inmates. Parr pleaded guilty in November after officers had found heroin, marijuana, and a cell phone on him. His arrest came after a tip from state police.


A Waterford man slapped with a long list of charges-- after driving One-Hundred and Thirty (130) miles per hour in a Tesla and threatening to kill an officer's entire family. Troy Police say Jordan Szeliga ((ZELL-ee-guh)) was taking the red Tesla on a FAST test drive , near Adams Road, on January 8th. Upon his arrest-- the 28-year-old allegedly threatened to kill an officer AND his children. He's charged with Reckless Driving, Intimidation and Threatening to Burn Police A Facility. He's being held on a 10-THOUSAND dollar bond.



From behind the bars to a potential U.S. citizenship, A Michigan man is hopeful after winning his immigration case. A judge dismissed Usama Humama's deportation case after finding the defendant had rehabilitated himself following his assault conviction over 20 years ago. Humama was the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit that challenged U.S. deportations to Iraq after the government arrested hundred of Iraqis to deport the ones with criminal records.

Two crashes on the same road in west Michigan shut down that roadway for several hours last night. WOOD TV reports a head on crash in Cascade Township happened at about 8:20 last night. A man in one of the cars got out to check on his wife and baby when another car hit his car . State Police say the man was then hit by his own car and was thrown 40 feet into the air. They say the man and his wife suffered serious injuries, but the baby will be okay. The driver that initially crashed into their car also suffered serious injuries. Police do not suspect drugs or alcohol as a factor in the crashes.

Central Michigan University and University Pediatricians in Detroit have entered into a new five-year affiliation agreement to provide new opportunities for medical education, training and research in pediatrics. It supports the College of Medicine's mission to train culturally competent physicians to provide comprehensive health care to underserved populations. It allows pediatrics to be added as a fourth discipline in the CMU College of Medicine's specialty training programs.

Two State Senators are calling for an investigation into State Senator Pete Lucido. Lucido has been under fire for telling a group of high school boys during a State Capitol visit that they could have some fun with a young female reporter and saying that she could have fun with him. Senate Minority Leader Jim Aninich says the legislature is a workplace with a higher standard Lucido has said he meant nothing by the remarks and that he's sorry he was misunderstood. (Photo: Lucido)

Michigan State Police are asking for the public's help to find a Marquette man, who's been missing for a few months. 58-year-old Jody Dean Howe, of Marquette, has been missing since Augues, least seen at a Meijer store August 23rd. Anyone with information can contact the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post.


The Green ooze saga is almost over, but cleaning it up is a whole other issue. Michigan environmental agency officials say the cleanup of the industrial site might cost millions of dollars. They say the efforts to contain the leak cost at least 200-thousand dollars over the past month. Tracy Kecskenmeti, a member of the Department of Environment, Great lakes and energy -- says the presence of certain substances could increase the cost significantly.

A couple of new Great Lakes cruises from Viking Cruise Line will offer stops in Michigan. Undiscovered Great Lakes is an eight-day voyage from Thunder Bay, Ontario, to Milwaukee, with a passage between Lake Superior and Lake Huron via the Soo Locks. One of the stops is Mackinac Island. Niagara & the Great Lakes is another eight-day voyage, this one hitting Niagara Falls, Detroit and Sleeping Bear Dunes.

If you visit Grand Rapids in the next month, you may see 25 spinning prisms in an interactive ice sculpture called Prismatica. Director of public space management for Downtown Grand Rapids Inc, Kimberly Van Driel, tells WOOD TV that it's been all over Europe, Canada and the United States. Prismatica arrives along with Grand Rapids World of Winter Festival.



A man from Newberry in the Upper Peninsula has been charged with 35 counts of possessing and distributing child porn. , Glenn Sutton was taken into custody after a reported warranted search of his home and multiple electronic devices yielded evidence of his activity. The investigation originated from a National Center of Missing & Exploited Children cyber tip.  If convicted, Sutton faces 15 years in prison for the aggravated distribution of child sexually abusive activity, 10 years in prison for the aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material, seven years in prison for the distribution of child sexually abusive activity, four years in prison for the possession of child sexually abusive activity, and up to 20 years in prison for using a computer to commit a crime. Sutton is currently free on bond.

Michigan State Police are investigating the death of an inmate in the Upper Peninsula's Iron County Correctional Facility. The sheriff's office reports deputies found an inmate dead last Saturday morning.

There's been a propane tank explosion in west Michigan's Ionia County early this morning. WOOD TV reports it happened at a home in Boston Township just off of Bluewater Highway. Homeowner Joshua Miles says he , his wife and three kids all got out safely. He says he ran outside to shut off the propane to prevent a bigger explosion. The propane tank heats their home.



A woman in southwest Michigan has taken a plea deal, and admitted to hiding the death of her mother. Marcia Lutz pleaded guilty to felony concealing the death of an individual. The body of Lutz's mother, 74-year-old Phyllis Lutz , was found on her property in Calhoun County last year. A charge of failing to report the discovery of a dead body was dismissed in the plea deal.

The former owner of the Swan House in Manistee County, psychologist Paul Smith, is going to prison for healthcare fraud and money laundering. The Department of Justice says Smith Bilked Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan out of millions of dollars . It claims he used the money to pay for his hotel interests in Manistee County. He will have to give up the real estate and licenses , the reason he used the money.

The father of the man convicted of killing and dismembering a west Michigan woman, James Chance, has now been convicted of being an accessory after the fact. Chance was acquitted of perjury charges, but could be retried on one count because the jury was deadlocked on that charge. Chance is the father of Jared Chance , who is serving life in prison in the murder of Ashley Young , of Oshtemo Township. The elder Chance faces up to six months in jail.

49-year-old Kent County Corrections officer Brian Johnson is accused of driving drunk and hitting a pedestrian last Friday night. WOOD TV reports Johnson stopped and remained on the scene and testing determined that he was intoxicated. The 24-yearold woman he his has been released from the hospital. Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young says they regret this incident has occurred and understand the gravity. She says their thoughts go out to the person who was hit. She says they will conduct a separate investigation to address Johnson's status.

The Michigan hunter involved in the killing of another hunter at the start of the 2018 deer season will serve at least FIVE years in prison. The jury convicted David Barber of involuntary manslaughter and a gun offense. Investigators say Barber believed he had shot a deer but instead hit another person, Justin Beutel. (Photo:  Barber-L, Beutel-R)



Ten animals were killed in a barn fire in Fenton Township in Genesee County just before one this morning. NBC 25 reports one horse and nine calves were killed in the fire , which reportedly broke out just before one this morning. The cause is being investigated. The barn is a total loss.

A missing snowmobile rider was found in the U-P's Marquette County over the weekend. WL-U-C reports 42-year-old Jason Goletz, of Pontiac, broke down early Saturday evening on a trail in Champion Township. Goletz was found walking on Trail 5 nearly seven hours later and was taken back to the Maple Ridge Resort in Michigamme. He did not require medical attention.

Detroit is seventh in the nation when it comes to having a bed bug problem. Orkin has released its 2020 Bed Bug Cities list with Washington, D.C. in the top spot and Baltimore dropping to second place. Lansing ranks 30th and Flint is 31.


Friday, January 17, 2020

President Trump hosts 'exclusive' campaign event in Palm Beach, FL
His re-election campaign have offered a chance to be his 'VIP guest for dinner' at the event as a competition prize for contributors.

Court hearing for actress Lori Loughlin in college admissions scandal
Interim status conference for actress Lori Loughlin, on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, stemming from indictments in a college admissions scandal. Defendants are not required to attend this hearing.

Court hearing for rapper Cardi B, charged with ordering attack on two bartenders at a New York strip club
Cardi B is 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.

2020 Trail
John Delaney in Iowa.

25th anniversary of a magnitude-7.2 earthquake killing 6,500 in the port of Kobe, Japan

House breaks for Martin Luther King Day recess
No votes scheduled.

Michelle Obama turns 56.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Winnie The Pooh Day

Women's March on Washington, DC (and throughout the country)
Three years after the original march took place in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump was sworn into office, participants gather at Freedom Plaza before marching west along Pennsylvania Avenue, around The Ellipse, White House grounds and Lafayette Square, then returning to Freedom Plaza. Sister marches are held across the U.S.

2020 Trail
Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, John Delaney and Andrew Yang in Iowa; Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire; Tom Steyer in the Carolinas

Early voting begins in Vermont ahead of presidential primary

Sunday, January 19, 2020

National Popcorn Day

NFL Conference Championships: TennesseeTitans @ Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packer @ San Francisco Forty- Niners

President Trump addresses American Farm Bureau Federation

Screen Actors Guild Awards, Los Angeles

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts Libya peace summit

Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Financial markets closed

Presidential Delegation travels to Switzerland for the World Economic Forum
Annual Meeting (21-24 Jan), led by Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and featuring Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, U.S. Trade Representative Amb. Robert Lighthizer, husband-and-wife President's Advisor (and 'First Daughter') Ivanka Trump and President's Senior Advisor (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner

Australian Open tennis begins
Qualifying for the tournament has been severely hampered by poor air quality from the ongoing bush fires in the country.

Buzz Aldrin turns 90 today.

2020 Trail
Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum, with 2020 Democrats
Focusing on LatinX, African-American, Asian-American and other communities of color and their issues, in Iowa and around the country. Attendees include 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bennet, and Andrew Yang.

Pete Buttigieg in Iowa

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Senate impeachment trial of President Trump begins in earnest

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting opens in Davos, Switzerland, with President Trump and Greta Thunberg among attendees

Baseball Hall of Fame inductees announced

50th anniversary of Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet maiden commercial flight

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus turns 80 today

2020 Trail
Pete Buttigieg and John Delaney in Iowa

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

 Second Couple begin Israel / Italy trip
Vice President Mike Pence begins trip to Israel and Italy, on behalf of President Trump and accompanied by Second Lady Karen Pence, with agenda including participating in the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem (January 23) and meeting Pope Francis in Vatican City (January 25)

Previews begin for world premiere of play about Nancy Pelosi's career
You read that right. "The Adult in the Room - Nancy Pelosi in the House," previews begin in Chicago for the world premiere of the new play, exploring the "personal and political journey of Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House."

2020 Trail
Pete Buttigieg and John Delaney in Iowa

Thursday, January 23, 2020

National Pie Day

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announces latest decision on 'Doomsday Clock' minute hand
BAS Science and Security Board and its Board of Sponsors will announce today whether or not the minute hand of the "Doomsday Clock" will be adjusted, via international news conference. The Doomsday Clock represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe and has been maintained by the BAS since 1947. Last year saw the clock remain at two minutes to midnight.

Extradition hearing in the UK for WikiLeaks co-founder
Preliminary court appearance in the UK for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, after Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno withdrew his asylum in the country's embassy in April, resulting in his arrest.

2020 Trail
Candidate filing period begins in Rhode Island, ahead of the April 28 primary election

Friday, January 24, 2020

National Peanut Butter Day

Chinese New Year's Eve.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Year of the Rat

March for Life 2020
47th Annual March for Life 2020, this year themed 'Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman'.

The OJ Simpson trial began 25 years ago today

House of Representatives on recess until January 27

2020 Trail
Joe Biden in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Candidate filing deadline in Maryland, ahead of the April 28 primary election


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