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LOCAL NEWS for WED 25NOV20

There was a fire at a northern Michigan lumberyard Tuesday that spread to the nearby mobile home park. State Police says the fire broke out at Penney's Lumber on M-18 in Prudenville in Roscommon County. Two mobile homes and a shed were damaged. The cause of the fire in being investigated. (Photo: Penny's Lumber fire)

The West Branch City Council recently discussed policies for future meetings.  Virtual meeting policies were discussed at the City Council meeting earlier this month. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the West Branch City Manager told the council that they are to discuss and decide policies for future online meetings and how it will impact quorum voting. Council members agreed that at this point, it is uncertain how the next city council meeting will be held. It is possible the next meeting could be entirely on Zoom although the council has not decided how the next meeting, December 8th, will take place.

The Oscoda Education Opportunity Foundation recently awarded three grants.  The Foundation Board awarded grants totaling $1,548 dollars to three Oscoda Area School teachers. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Amy Alda received $628 dollars to expand her third grade class library. Anne Negro received $470 dollars for Science Technology Engineering Math Bins for her sixth grade classroom. And Sarah Curley received $450 dollars for a Cricket Maker Machine for Richardson Elementary School. Mini grants will be offered again in January.

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 24NOV20

Oscoda county officials recently authorized a deposit payment.  The Oscoda County Board of Commissioners approved the payment of the deposit toward the remount of a retired ambulance. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the remount is to a retired ambulance to bring it back into service. The deposit amount of $16,500 dollars will come from this year’s ambulance equipment fund. EMS Director Bob Hunter told commissioners that everything will be updated and set down on a new chassis. Total cost for the remount is $179,579 dollars with payment coming from the ambulance equipment budget. Delivery of the refurbished vehicle will be in March or April of 2021.

The Huron County Conservation District recently received two grants.  The grants are through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, a grant of $71,000 dollars is from the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, to show farmers how to identify and prevent agricultural pollution risks on their farm. The second grant, for $80,000 dollars is for the Conservation Technical Assistance Initiative. It allows the district to hire a technician to provide farmers and landowners with conservation planning and engineering assistance. Jeanette Renn, Conservation District Manager, said Huron County has been getting these grants since 1997.   


The Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association plans January site announcement for new command and control center.  The organization continues to lead efforts to position Michigan as the premier commercial aerospace destination and priorities for 2021.  The announcement will be the third and final in a year-long selection process that identified Oscoda in February as the horizontal space launch site and Marquette in July as the vertical space launch site in Michigan. Nearly a dozen sites throughout the state have been considered for the command and control center. Collectively known as the Michigan Launch Initiative, these three sites will bring an estimated 40,000 new jobs while solidifying Michigan’s place as a premier commercial aerospace destination.  Site selection is based on many factors, including existing commercial and public infrastructure, geographic and terrestrial mapping, living standards and workforce development. The selection process has been led by spaceport consultants BRPH and Kimley-Horn. As development on all sites commences, MAMA will conduct extensive environmental studies and work with consultants to address community concerns.  “MAMA is honored to continue to lead space initiatives for the benefit of our state,” Executive Director Gavin Brown said. “There’s no doubt that Michigan can and will be one of the leaders in the commercial and U.S. governmental space industry. We have the human talent, the manufacturing prowess, the critical infrastructure and the technical expertise to position our state as a leader in this dynamic field.”  The U.S. Air Force recently announced its top contenders for the U.S. Command Space Center, which will ultimately house the permanent headquarters of outer space operations for the U.S. military. The city of Sterling Heights and Macomb County had placed a proposal forward, but ultimately were not selected.  “We want to commend the efforts of Sterling Heights and Macomb County to attract the U.S. Command Space Center,” Brown said. “Even though Michigan is not moving forward in this process, there are many exciting things happening in our state. We look forward to partnering with companies, municipalities and organizations that share our passion for space and our dedication to Michigan.”  Brown noted one of MAMA’s aerospace sectors, space, will concentrate on these priorities in 2021 including the Michigan Launch Initiative, which is working to obtain licensing approvals for the Oscoda horizontal launch site and the Marquette vertical launch site, which could see operations begin as early as late 2023 or early 2024. With an emphasis on the environment, MLI will utilize new “green” propellant technology to fuel the rockets into orbit. MLI also will focus on the selection and development of a command and control center and the further development of a space ecosystem in Michigan to support the launch sites.
The development and promotion of a 5G connectivity integrated mesh, or CIM, network through low Earth space satellites, which will offer solutions to industries such as autonomous vehicles, health care and education.
Space orbital debris removal, which will extend MAMA’s commitment to the environment by removing space debris. Not only will this reduce space orbital trash and negate the Kessler Syndrome in low Earth and middle Earth orbits, it also will remove highly toxic metals from the Earth’s ecosystem.   Space situational awareness, which involves using space sensory technology for managing Earth ecosystem issues.  “The year ahead is rich in opportunity for Michigan to take critical steps forward to develop a space-based ecosystem,” Brown said. “We see growing demand for low Earth orbiting satellites and know that Michigan is uniquely positioned to meet this demand both domestically and globally.”

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 23NOV20

On November, 19th at approximately 6:44pm, troopers from the Michigan State Police West Branch Post were dispatched for a serious injury traffic crash between a vehicle and a civilian. The crash occurred on Gerald Miller Road in Churchill Township. Per a press release, the investigation, to this point, states that a 2010 Ford Fusion driven by a 17 year old West Branch female met an oncoming vehicle from the opposite direction; once she re-engaged her high-beams after the vehicle had passed, a pedestrian was encountered in the center of her lane of travel. The driver attempted to avoid the pedestrian but was unable to do so. The pedestrian, a 77 year old West Branch man was transported to a local hospital by Ogemaw County EMS and then airlifted downstate and is listed in critical condition. The crash remains under investigation and alcohol does not appear to be a factor. Troopers were assisted on scene by Ogemaw County EMS and the Michigan State Police Third District Traffic Crash Reconstructionist.

The Arenac County Board of Commissioners approved a 911 upgrade.  During the November, 10th meeting the Arenac County Board of Commissioners approved the installment purchase of a Motorola 911 Flex CAD System at a cost of $165,610 dollars to be paid over 7 years. 911 Director, Yvonne King stated that the old system will likely have to stay in place for about a year while transitioning to the new equipment. The new system will decrease annual cost, including maintenance form current levels. The next Arenac County Board of Commissioners meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 24th at 1:30pm. 

The Harrisville City Council has restricted the number of recreational marijuana shops that can operate in the city limits. According to the Alpena News, officials have already approved three applications, which will lead to shops being opened in the coming weeks, but the council voted 4-1 recently to allow no more marijuana shops and promote other types of business development. Mayor Jeff Gehring said other potential investors are still interested in opening other marijuana businesses, but no further applications will be considered. Gehring said the council decided that, from this point on, the market will dictate if more are needed and the limit on marijuana shops could be adjusted in the future.

The Huron Manistee National Forest Service is offering free Christmas tree tag vouchers to area youths.  The Huron-Manistee National Forest service is offering free Christmas tree tag vouchers to any 4th or 5th grade students with the “Every Kid Outdoors” pass. To obtain a pass, visit EveryKidOutdoors.gov and click on “get your pass” to download your voucher. Families can purchase a Christmas tree permit through recreation.gov for $5 dollars per tree, up to three trees. For tips and more information on cutting a Christmas tree or the Every Kid Outdoors program, call Huron Shores District Office at 739-0728 or the Mio District Office at 826-3252.

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 Fri. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for FRI 20NOV20

The Mio-AuSable school board received their annual audit.  During the November 9th school board meeting, the audit presented to the Mio-AuSable School Board showed an increase of $134,283 dollars in the general fund balance. The balance now stands at $407,063. Superintendent Paul Ciske stated that this was a 7.1 percent increase from last year and that the school is in a much more stable financial position than previous years. Last year, the balance was $272,780 dollars which was 5 percent of total expenditures. Ciske also states that without the increase in the general fund, the school may have been forced into cutting programs. 

The Oscoda Education Opportunity Foundation awarded $1,548 dollars in mini-grants.  Three teachers at Oscoda Area Schools received the grants. Amy Alda received $628 dollars to grow her third grade class library; Anne Negro received $470 dollars for STEM bins for her sixth grade classroom; Sarah Curley received $450 dollars for a Cricket Maker machine to create items for fundraising, donating, and increasing the aesthetics of Richardson Elementary School. Mini grants will be offered again in January with the application deadline following the Holiday break.

The Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association had an emergency meeting Wednesday. The meeting was to set an adjusted schedule for the remainder of fall sports and the beginning of the winter sports season due to Coronavirus restrictions. The Council agreed that fall sports practices will begin on December 9th, which is the day the restrictions expire, and then fall championships would resume in the coming weeks after that. Football will resume games on Tuesday, December 15th and Wednesday, December 16th with 8-player finals in Midland on December 21st and 22nd; and 11-player finals at Ford Field in Detroit on December 28th and 29th. Volleyball will restart game action in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, December 15th with finals in Battle Creek on Saturday, December 19th. And swimming and diving will finish their season on December 22nd with the diving finals and December 23rd with the swimming finals. Winter sports, such as basketball and wrestling can also begin practicing on December 9th and competition is slated to begin on January 4th, 2021. The Representative Council of the MHSAA will meet again on December 4th to make any necessary adjustments. 

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 Thu. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for THU 19NOV20


The Huron County Sheriff’s Department may get a new garage for its vehicles.   During last week’s Huron County Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioners Steve Vaughan and Todd Talaski talked about plans in the works to build a new garage for the sheriff that could also get use from other county employees. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, discussions for building a replacement garage started last year since the current one is in a state of disrepair. Some suggestions for the new garage include a new overhanging canopy to protect vehicles from snow, and more storage for work crew equipment. Vaughan added that the south side of the roof could also be covered in solar panels, which could save the county up to $800 per month in electricity costs. There is no timeline for completion or cost yet for this project.
(Photo: Huron Co. Sheriff's Garage by Robert Creenan)

The Unemployment Insurance Agency provided guidance to workers affected by COVID-19.  The Unemployment Insurance Agency stated that Michiganders who were on unemployment, went back to work, and are now out of work again due to COVID-19 can re-open a claim online with the same information as before. Everything will remain the same as previous requests such as account information and payment methods. Since March 15th, the Unemployment Insurance Agency has paid more than $26.1 Billion dollars in unemployment benefits to over 2.2 million workers in Michigan. More information on filing or re-opening an unemployment claim can be found at Michigan dot gov backslash U-I-A.   

The Oscoda Township Police Department responded to a minor crash on Tuesday, November 3rd near the Oscoda Post Office. According to the Iosco County News-Herald, Police say that 82 year old Raymond Gosset of Oscoda was traveling south on US-23 when he made a sudden turn into the Oscoda Post Office parking lot. Witnesses stated that Mark William Jackson of Hillman did not see Gosset’s turn signal and rear ended him after being unable to stop in time. Police stated that Gosset sustained a suspected serious injury and was transported to the hospital by Iosco County EMS. No other injuries were reported. Neither drugs nor alcohol were suspected in the crash and all parties were wearing seatbelts.

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STATE NEWS for WED 25NOV20

The family of a 40-year-old Allegan County man who died in police custody say he died as a result of excessive force. WOOD TV reports the father of Nathan Strample, Jay Strample, say his son was having a mental health episode and they called police . He says one of the officers punched him in the stomach and they wrestled to the ground. Strample says state police sat on his neck and had used a taser. He says his son never stood back up. Police say he died at the scene. The state police sixth division is investigating. (Family Photo: Strample)

A west Michigan state Representative, Tommy Brann, and a doctor are calling for a statewide mask law to fight the Coronavirus. Brann, of Wyoming, joined emergency room Dr. Rob Davidson, in calling for a law even though the state health department has a mask order in place. Brann says research, along with experts, show that masks help to stop the spread of the virus.

Travel for the Thanksgiving holiday is expected to pick up today. Triple-A Michigan says 1.6 million people are expected to hit the road and travel over the next four days, although the number could be lower because of restrictions put in place due to the Coronavirus. The CDC and Michigan leaders have encouraged people to stay home in order to slow the spread of the virus. Across the U.S. some 50 million Americans are expected to travel. That's down from 55 million a year ago.

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A Democratic lawmaker from Oakland County has tested positive for the Coronavirus, after being exposed to the disease by a fellow legislator. Representative Kyra Harris Bolden confirmed the diagnosis on her social media accounts, saying she has mild symptoms and has been in quarantine since being notified of her exposure on November 12th. She encouraged other legislators to "take the virus seriously and get tested." The House Minority Leader confirmed Bolden and other lawmakers were exposed at the state capitol.

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Ford Motor Company has reportedly bought a dozen ultra-cold freezers in anticipation of a Covid-19 vaccine. Once available, it'll be distributed to employees on a voluntary bases. It's the first step in a broader vaccine distribution plan. So far, General Motors has not bought any freezers but says it's taking steps to make a vaccine available to its workers. At least three major drug companies have reported data for a potential vaccine as the world waits for a breakthrough that will end the pandemic.

There was a standoff in the Grand Rapids area last night after a cell phone store was robbed in Gaines Township. The suspects , who allegedly robbed a T-Mobile store were tracked to Grand Rapids where police say they interrupted a robbery in progress. Police say three people took off into a building and would not come out and another went into a home. Police negotiated with the suspects and they surrendered.

Grand Rapids Police are investigating two early morning shootings on the city's southeast side. Police reportedly say the victims were taken to Spectrum Blodgett Hospital. Witnesses say the suspects ran in different directions. Anyone with information should call police or Silent Observer.

It's a major move for marijuana and Michigan. Detroit will become the first city in the state to allow marijuana lounges after the city council yesterday unanimously approved a recreational pot ordinance. The legislation allows for 35 designated establishments within city limits where people can go to consume marijuana. The lounges have to be at least one-thousand feet away from several types of properties, including schools, parks and churches. Detroit residents will have the first opportunity to apply for licenses in April 2021.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey has sought to downplay his recent meeting with President Donald Trump, saying Republicans told the president that Michigan state law doesn't give legislators a say in awarding electoral votes. Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield were among seven Republican lawmakers who met with Trump last week, days before Michigan certified Joe Biden's victory and closed the door to any long shot, legally suspect bid to not award Michigan's 16 electoral votes to Biden. Shirkey tells The Associated Press that it was a "very innocuous meeting.

Forty-six states, including Michigan, have reached a settlement with The Home Depot. The settlement is part of an investigation into a 2014 data breach which exposed the payment card information of about 40 million people. Attorney General Dana Nessel's office says Michigan is expected to receive more than 300-thousand dollars of the 17.5 million dollar payout. Aside from the settlement, Home Depot has also agreed to improve its data security practices to safeguard customer information.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 24NOV20

A new University of Michigan survey shows about six in ten adults between the ages of 50 and 80 are somewhat or very likely to get vaccinated to prevent the Coronavirus. The National Poll on Healthy Aging, released this morning, shows 20-percent said they wanted to get vaccinated right away when the vaccines become available, but 46- percent said they'd rather wait for others before doing it themselves. The research shows women, people of color, people between 50 and 64 years old, and those with lower incomes and education levels were less likely to say they'd seek vaccination in general. The poll also shows 80-percent of respondents said that they'll consider how well a vaccine works as part of making their vaccination decision and nearly one-third of respondents said cost was very important to their decision about vaccination.

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At least one Michigan restaurant is defying the state's order to shut down dine-in service for three weeks. M-Live reports Jimmy's Roadhouse in Newaygo , north of Grand Rapids, is staying open. Its owner Jim Corey says it's what's right, that he cannot put 30 employees out of work. Officials with District Health Department #10 say they're working with the state and legal counsel on next steps for addressing the violation.

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A candlelight vigil was held last night in memory of 14-year-old Honestie Hodges, the 14-year-old Grand Rapids girl, who died from the Coronavirus. Hodges was the spark for change in a police policy after she was handcuffed when she was 11 by police as they investigated a report of someone with a gun. About 60 people attended the vigil.

A west Michigan Christian School, Libertas in Hudsonville, has been denied a request to be exempted from public health orders regarding the Coronavirus. The U.S. 6th Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling when it denied Libertas Christian School's request for a temporary injunction. WOOD TV reports the school has been in a dispute with the Ottawa County Health Department over its response when two teachers contracted COVID-19 and its response to virus related orders.

It's Adoption Day in Michigan. Several West Michigan families will have the opportunity to find a bright spot in an otherwise complicated year. The 20th Circuit Court will host its an annual Adoption Day celebration. The event honors families who choose to adopt and hopes to inspire other families to open their hearts to children without a home. For the first time, Ottawa County will finalize adoptions in a virtual ceremony, giving these children their forever families.

There's renewed talk of grand action in Grand Rapids a development plan that was put on pause back in 2017. WOOD TV reports the city's Public Works may play a big role in Grand Action 2-point-0. A consultant with Convention , Sports and Leisure International, John Katz says an amphitheater could go in and development in the area of Market Avenue and Fulton Street. A professional soccer stadium in or around downtown is also a part of the plan.

American charities are working to gather and ultimately airlift critical medicine, personal protective equipment and supplies to Lebanon. The August blast at Beirut's port killed nearly 200 people, wounded more than 6-thousand and caused billions of dollars in damage. The Michigan-based Lebanon Relief Project and its partners have sent millions of dollars' worth of medicine, personal protective equipment and supplies to Beirut. Manal Saab , a Lebanese American who founded the charity with her daughter, says their work is far from over.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal is costing less this year. The American Farm Bureau Federation says the average total cost for 10 people is $46.90, or less than $5 per person. Turkey prices in Michigan have been impacted by the pandemic and that's good news for consumers. Whipping cream and sweet potatoes are among other foods costing less this year. While fresh cranberries, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie mix all costing just a bit more.

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STATE NEWS for MON 23NOV20

The investigation goes on into Friday night's shootings that left three people dead and another hospitalized in northern Michigan's Benzie County. The Benzie County Sheriff's Office says it happened at a home in Elberta. 63-year-old Marilyn Freebold and her 27-year-old son Robert Junior were found dead at the scene. Another son, 20- year-old Malachi Maloney died later at Munson in Traverse City. Robert Freebold, Senior remains in critical condition. Investigators do not believe there is a suspect at large.

Authorities are looking for masked suspects who broke into an Alpena gun store over the weekend and stole 49 firearms. At least two suspects threw a brick through the front window of Full Bore Firearms at about four Saturday morning, went into the store, took the guns and took off. Federal agents from Detroit are involved in the investigation. Security video shows the suspects dressed in Halloween type costumes. There's a five thousand dollar reward being offered for information in the case.

Former Grand Traverse County Jail administrator Todd Ritter, accused of having sexual relationships with former inmates, will have two more weeks to decide how to plea in several charges against him. In a virtual conference, Ritter's defense team petitioned for the extra time, citing that while a plea offer has been made, it was revised throughout the week. The circuit court judge says it's a complex case and the extra time is appropriate. A jury trial is set for January.  (Photo: Ritter)

A group of voters are holding a "Driving for Democracy" car caravan this morning in Lansing before the Michigan Board of Canvassers meet to decide if the state's election results will be certified. The We Make Michigan Coalition says voters will demand that canvassers acknowledge the power and rights of voters by certifying the vote and that Republican lawmakers respect the will of the people.

As the Governor and health experts across the state ask people to avoid gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday, a new national poll from C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at Michigan Medicine shows one in three parents believe the benefits of gathering with family are worth the risk of spreading or getting the Coronavirus. The poll also shows over half of parents say it's important for children to see extended family and share in holiday rituals, but three-quarters also believe it’s important to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at family gatherings. The poll's co-director Sarah Clark says the research shows that while many children have spent less time with relatives during the pandemic, some parents may have a hard time foregoing holiday gatherings in order to reduce the coronavirus risks. Clarks adds families may need to consider alternative, safer ways to celebrate and preserve traditions in order to keep loved ones safe.

A man pulled over for a traffic violation in mid Michigan's Austin Township, west of Mecosta took off Sunday afternoon and then crashed. The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office reportedly says he was driving a stolen car . The 33-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Grand Rapids for non-life threatening injuries.

Former Major League baseball player, Chad Curtis, who played for the Tigers and other teams, is out of prison. The 52-year-old Curtis, has been released after serving a minimum sentence of seven years for sexually assaulting teenage girls. The incidents allegedly happened at Lakewood High School in Lake Odessa, where he worked as a part-time weight trainer in 2011 and 2012. (Jail Photo: Curtis)

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STATE NEWS for FRI 20NOV20

A west Michigan firefighter in Oceana County has died in the line of duty. Grant Township firefighter Michael Buitendorp (Bite-en-dorp) reportedly lost consciousness while driving a water tender truck to a camper fire on Wednesday. His partner was able to stop the truck and call for help. He was taken to the hospital, but he died. (Fireman's Group Photo: Buitendorp)

Demonstrators plan to assemble outside of the State Capitol building in Lansing this afternoon at 4 PM. It's called "Strike Down the Shutdown", a group of students from Colleges and Universities across Michigan, who say they are advocating for the repeal of the most recent health mandate issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer Organizers say the event will be similar to April's Operation Gridlock, but on a smaller scale, and will be peaceful.

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With a spike in Coronavirus cases in Michigan , Kalamazoo's two main hospitals report that they've exceeded 90 percent capacity. The chief medical officer of Ascension Borgess , Dr. Thomas Rohs, says Kalamazoo's hospitals serve as regional healthcare facilities and they are accepting patients from neighboring counties. Rohs says even if you're in a small town and think you're a little bit immune, he says no one is immune.

One person has died in a house fire in Jackson. Firefighters reportedly went into the home yesterday afternoon, but the fire was too intense to save the person. Another person did make it out of the home. The cause is being investigated.

The father of one of the children murdered in the Oakland County Child Killer case has died. Barry King, the father of Timothy King, died yesterday afternoon, just two months after being diagnosed with a motor neuron disease. The 89-year-old King was very outspoken about how he thought his son's case was mishandled by investigators over the years. In 1976 and 1977, someone kidnapped and murdered four children in Oakland County. The case was never solved. His daughter says King wrote a note a week ago saying "I've had a good life, except for what happened to Tim."

A two thousand dollar reward is being offered for the safe return of two dogs stolen from a car in Metro Detroit's Troy this week. Troy Police say the owner had parked in the curbside pickup area of a business when someone grabbed the dogs and left. The Pomeranian dogs Gucci and Chanel were taken from the parking lot of the Michael's Craft Store.

Despite COVID-19, the Northwest Michigan Toys for Tots campaign will kickoff Saturday afternoon. Instead of its usual big kickoff party, they're hosting a drive-thru toy drop off event at three Traverse City locations:  Grand Traverse Mall, Fox Motors and Bill Marsh Auto. Board member Mike Kent tells 9and10 News they need more than the 20-thousand toys they normally take to agencies this year.

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STATE NEWS for THU 19NOV20

A Flint police officer is facing charges in connection with the abuse of a young girl. Officer Justin McLeod was charged yesterday with nine counts, including criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment. The 36-year-old is accused of abusing the girl multiple times over the past two years. He remains in custody in the Genesee county jail with no bond. (Jail Photo: McLeod)

Two men accused in a plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer have been denied release from jail. A judge has denied bail to 51-year-old Brian Higgins, of Wisconsin. A judge in west Michigan denied bail to Kaleb Franks, saying he's a danger to the community based on the nature of the offense and safety concerns for the community or specific individuals. Franks attorneys had cited a chronic medical condition and said he's at high risk of contracting a severe case of COVID-19 because he has diabetes.

It'll be ten years next Friday since three boys from Morenci, Michigan vanished. Now, HLN Original Series Real Life Nightmare devotes an episode to the Missing Skelton Brothers Sunday night at 10. Producer Ellie Jostad (Jo-Stad) says the father of Andrew, Alex, and Tanner, John Skelton, claimed he gave the boys to someone or an organization the day after Thanksgiving in 2010. Jostad says the boys would now be 19, 17 and 15. John Skelton is in prison for unlawful imprisonment and has changed his story, but maintains that the boys are still alive. She says the boys' mother, Tanya Zeuvers, has hope, but is realistic.

An inmate in the Kent County Correctional Facility has died after contracting COVID-19. WOOD TV reports Carlos Davis was walking back to his cell Tuesday night and he fell down a flight of stairs. He was taken to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital and died there. An autopsy shows that he died of a blood clot in his lungs that was caused by COVID-19. Officials say Davis was one of five inmates there who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

One World, American Airlines and British Airways transatlantic Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing trial begins on selected flights from U.S. to London Heathrow airport in an effort to demonstrate how COVID-19 testing can help to reopen international travel and remove the need for passengers to quarantine on arrival. The free and voluntary tests are being offered to eligible customers booked on American Airlines flight AA50 from Dallas / Fort Worth; British Airways flight BA114 from New York John F. Kennedy Airport; and British Airways flight BA268 from Los Angeles from today. The test will be expanded to American Airlines Flight AA106 from JFK to LHR, with a launch date to be communicated. The trial for each individual passenger comprises an initial at-home test to be taken 72 hours before departure from the U.S., a second test upon arrival at Heathrow, and a third test three days after arrival in the UK. If a customer tests positive after the first test, they will be asked to reschedule or cancel their travel

'Saved By The Bell' revival becomes available on Peacock

'Thanksgiving Eve', which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said has become one of the biggest drinking days of the year

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Day

NFL Thanksgiving Classic - annual series of three games played over the Thanksgiving holiday, with the first two traditionally hosted by the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys
This year featuring Houston Texans @ Detroit Lions; Washington Football Team @ Dallas Cowboys; and Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers. The Lions played their first Thanksgiving game in 1934 and have hosted every year since, apart from a six-season hiatus between 1939-1944. The Cowboys have played in the Classic annually since 1966, excluding a two-year gap between 1975-1977

94th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade presented as a television-only event on NBC for the first time in light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, filmed on a closed-set outside Macy's flagship New York store with performances from Dolly Parton, Leslie Odom Jr., Ally Brooke, Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus, Patti LaBelle, Pentatonix, Bebe Rexha, Jordin Sparks, Lauren Alaina, Sofia Carson, CNCO, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Karol G, Tori Kelly, Ella Mai, Sebastiaan Yatra, Brett Young and the casts of 'Hamilton', 'Mean Girls', 'Jagged Little Pill' and 'Ain't Too Proud'. As a result of the pandemic, the overall number of participants is reduced by approximately 75% and split over two days, with all participants required to wear face coverings and additional PPE depending on their role. All participants must also be at least 18 years old, with previously selected regional High School and College Marching Band performances deferred to 2021

'Nurse Heroes Live!', virtual all-star Thanksgiving Day concert honoring nurses and key workers, and featuring performances from Black Eyed Peas, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, David Foster, Katharine McPhee Foster, Josh Groban, Carole King, Maluma, Leslie Odom Jr., Pitbull, Allen Stone, The Wailers and Stevie Wonder. Whoopi Goldberg hosts the event, which also includes appearances by Billy Crystal and Oprah Winfrey. Funds raised will go toward charity programs including scholarships for nurses and their children

New U.S. sanctions on Cuba effective

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Black Friday - traditional beginning of the Christmas shopping season on the Friday after Thanksgiving, when retailers offer big savings to entice shoppers and supposedly haul themselves back 'in the black'. Many retailers open at midnight to take full advantage of the day. Don't expect too many crowds this year thanks to COVID. It's the busiest shopping day of the year as predicted by shopper analytics providers ShopperTrak. Recent years have seen Black Friday alternate with Super Saturday - the Saturday closest to Christmas - as the heaviest shopping days of the year, with Super Saturday (December 19) taking second place in 2020. The Top 10 busiest predicted days for shopping traffic continue with December 26 in third place, followed by December 23, December 12, December 21,November 28, December 22, December 5 and December 20 in that order. These 10 dates are predicted to account for nearly 34% of all shopper traffic for the entire holiday season

International Buy Nothing Day, encouraging people to take a break from shopping for 24 hours to highlight the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism

U.S. financial markets close early today

100th anniversary of the New York premiere of silent swashbuckling adventure 'The Mark of Zorro', marking the big screen debut of the titular hero and the first film released through United Artists, the company formed by Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and D.W. Griffith. Based on Johnston McCulley's 1919 novel 'The Curse of Capistrano', the film starred Fairbanks as the masked hero and has been remade twice, in 1940 and 1974

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