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LOCAL NEWS for THU 19APR18

State Senator Jim Stamas was recently honored with the “Friend of Local Public Health” Award from the Michigan association of Local Public Health in Lansing. Denise Bryan, health officer for District Health Department Numbers two and four, nominated Stamas and presented him with the award in recognition of his work on PFAS found in area groundwater. Senator Stamas, of Midland, said it is an honor to be recognized and added that the district health departments in Northern Michigan have also been doing an excellent job educating the public about PFAS.

The Oscoda Township Fire Department has been authorized to purchase new equipment. The approval was granted by the Oscoda Township Board of Trustees. According to the Oscoda Press, the board approved Fire Chief Allan McGregor to accept a proposal for $95,184 dollars from Douglas Safety Systems of Sanford. The fire department already purchased two handheld thermal imagers, an important tool in confirming that fires have been completely extinguished. The second purchase would be replacement of the mobile cascade system which allows the department to fill scuba bottles in remote locations away from the fire station. Douglas Safety Systems will provide the department ten cylinders, 23 masks and head harnesses as well as ten other types of masks.

State Representative Sue Allor has announced that she will hold office hours on Monday. Allor, of Wolverine, will be at the Alcona County Courthouse, on Fifth Street, in Harrisville from 1:30-2:30pm and at the Big Boy Restaurant on U.S. 23 in East Tawas from 3:30-4:30pm. Allor said she wants to hear the ideas and concerns of the people she represents and encourages everyone to attend on Monday. Residents can also contact Allor at her Lansing Office at 517-373-0833.

The West Branch City Council came to a decision on the planning commission and downtown development authority.  The City Council voted unanimously to keep both boards separate. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Councilman Rusty Showalter made the motion during the council's meeting Monday to keep the boards separate. In September of last year, City Manager Heather Grace, brought the suggestion of combining the Planning Commission and Downtown Development Authority due to attendance issues on both boards. In October, a motion was passed to postpone a decision for six months. Earlier this month, the decision was postponed again until the meeting this past Monday where the vote was unanimous to keep the two boards separate. 

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Boys Baseball:

Harbor Beach 6  Brown City 5
Harbor Beach 10  Brown City 0

Girls Softball:
Brown City 13  Harbor Beach 0
Brown City 15  Harbor Beach 0 

Girls Soccer:
Elkton Pigeon Bayport Laker 3  Dryden 2

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 19APR18

The Iosco County Sheriff outlined a proposal to place resource officers in Iosco County Schools. Sheriff Allen McGregor made his presentation at the Tawas Area Schools Board of Education. According to the Iosco County News Herald, McGregor's plan calls for the addition of six officers to his department, one each assigned to be dedicated resource officers for the public school districts in the county as well as one to protect IRESA and the parochial schools and one for backup. McGregor said these officers would be given full time assignments during the school year and serve as patrol officers during  Summer when school is not in session. Voters will ultimately decide the fate of the plan as funding for the additional officers would come from a proposed millage.

The Alcona Community Schools Superintendent was recently evaluated.  Superintendent Dan O'Connor received a very positive evaluation from the board of education. According to the Alcona County Review, O'Connor took over as superintendent in March of 2017. Previously he had been a teacher, coach, athletic director and high school principal. O'Connor was evaluated in visionary leadership, policy and governance, instructional leadership, communication and community relations, organizational management and professionalism and ethics. After meeting in closed session the board announced that O'Connor had received a "highly effective" rating as superintendent.  

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking instructors for it’s off road vehicle safety education program. All instructors must attend a three day academy to learn policies and procedures, classroom management and teaching concepts. An academy will be held Friday through Sunday, April 27th through the 29th, at the Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center in Roscommon. The deadline to apply is tomorrow, Friday, April 20th. Applications are available by calling 517-284-6055. A background check will be conducted once a completed application is submitted. Enrollment is limited to 24 students and there is no charge. For more information visit Michigan.Gov/DNR.

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 18APR18

On Wednesday, April 11th, deputies from the Alcona County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the Springport Cemetery in Harrisville for a rollover accident just before 5am. Deputies discovered a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse had left the roadway to the west, striking several trees and multiple headstones before coming to rest with heavy amounts of damage to the vehicle. Deputies and fire personnel were unable to locate any occupants on scene. Later they found 38 year old Zachary Williams of Oscoda outside a residence nearly a quarter mile away from the accident scene. He was transported by Alcona EMS to Mid Michigan Medical Center for severe injuries. Deputies were assisted by Oscoda Township Police Department, Alcona County EMS and Harrisville Fire and First Responders. The accident remains under investigation.

Three men were arrested after suspicious activity in Gladwin County. According to Up North Live, A Gladwin County deputy said they were patrolling on Lakeview Drive when they discovered a suspicious vehicle in the area around 9pm Saturday. According to the deputy, the vehicle pulled into a driveway and three people inside the vehicle ran after seeing the deputy. One of the occupants, a 19-year-old Gladwin man, was found inside a nearby home. The driver of the vehicle, Brandon Robinette, 23 of Gladwin, was found hiding in the lake near a dock and Koty Harrington, 22 from Gladwin, was located hiding inside a shed. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found a mobile meth lab. Marijuana was also found in the residence the 19-year-old was found in. Robinette and Harrington are both charged with multiple count drug warrants. The 19-year-old was charged with possession of marijuana and is scheduled to be arraigned April 25th. The investigation remains open and additional charges may follow.


Construction of a new Mill Street Bridge in Oscoda could begin soon.  Bids for the Mill Street Bridge construction project were opened on April 6th and awarded to Anlaan Corporation of Grand Haven. According to the Oscoda Press, they were the lowest bidder with a cost of approximately $1.2 million dollars. The existing bridge, constructed in 1971, will be removed and replaced with a two lane bridge, with a ten foot wide pedestrian bridge on the north side, replacing the sidewalks on each side. Iosco County Road Commission Manager, Bruce Bolen, said he hopes the work will begin early next month and be completed on or before July 27th. Bolen said the new bridge will be similar to the one over the AuSable River on U.S 23.

Residents of the Village of Sebawaing will see a proposal on the May 8th ballot.  Residents will be asked to vote on whether Sebawaing Township can be permitted to raise funds for mosquito treatment within the Village by special assessment. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the village of Sebawaing was left out because of how Sebawaing Township worded their ballot in November of last year. Because of that, the Village will have to pass its own resolution on May 8th. Whether or not village residents approve the ballot issue, the suppression program will move forward in the rest of the Township. Depending on which method is selected,, the program is expected to cost each homeowner between $53 and $80 per year.

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LOCAL NEWS for TUE 17APR18

The Hale Area Schools Superintendent is facing a felony charge.  Hale School Superintendent, Loren Vannest, was arraigned in 81st District Court for one count of felony eavesdropping. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Vannest allegedly recorded a meeting of the school board when it went into closed session. Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant Craig Johnson said The recording allegedly occurred during the board’s regular meeting December 18th, when the school board went closed session at the request of a parent to discuss a complaint against Vannest. Vannest was placed on paid administrative leave until last week, when according to board Attorney Robert Huber, the board elected to terminate Vannest’s pay on the grounds he was charged with committing a crime.


The Michigan State Police Fire Investigator recently released findings on a fatal fire earlier this month.  Special Sergeant, Paul Frechette, said the cause of the fatal fire that occurred April 2nd was likely an alternative lighting source. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Frechette said the most likely scenario is that a candle was the ignition source for the fire. Marshall Coshatt, 60, of Mio lost his life in the house fire that occurred on the 600 block of Randall Road. The home, which was solely inhabited by Coshatt, had its power and gas shut off. Frechette said Coshatt was heating with a wood stove and using candles for lighting. One firefighter sustained minor injuries while inside the home. Tri-Town Fire Department was the responding agency with mutual aid coming from the Luzerne Fire Department.

Today is the final day to file your taxes. The deadline is Midnight tonight. For current information you can download a free taxpayer’s guide from State Senator Jim Stamas’s website. The booklet contains information on Michigan’s income tax, property taxes and tax credits. It also features addresses, phone numbers and email information for obtaining state agency tax assistance. Stamas said it is important for residents of the 36th District to have reliable, updated information when preparing your annual taxes. The Michigan Taxpayers Guide is available at senatorjimstamas.com/Publications. 

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LOCAL NEWS for MON 16APR18

Oscoda Township Trustees will begin the interview process for a new Superintendent this weekend.  Board of Trustees members have been exploring options for replacing current Supervisor Robert Stalker. According to the Oscoda Press, A list of the top five candidates, out of twenty submitted, was approved by trustees and will be interviewed in the near future. Consensus was given to Stalker, who will be resigning as Superintendent, to begin work on a list of standardized interview questions to ask the candidates. It was also suggested that no more than three interviews be carried out each day and that the interviews be scheduled close together to provide a better frame of reference.

Fourteen habitat restoration projects totaling more than $2 million will be funded by several Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant programs in 2018. This year's grant recipients include: Huron Pines for Brook Trout Habitat Restoration in Ogemaw and Presque Isle Counties and Au Sable Small Dam Removal and Culvert Replacement in Alcona and Oscoda counties and the Gladwin County Road Commission for Heil Dam removal on Black Creek. Learn more about these programs and other grant opportunities on the DNR website at Michigan dot Gov slash DNR grants.

The Arenac County Board of Commissioners recently approved the relocation of the county fairgrounds. Commissioners passed a resolution to pursue relocation of the fairgrounds in 2020. According to the Arenac County Independent, the fairgrounds would be moved to an eighty acre wooded parcel owned by the Standish Sterling School District. Commissioners are currently in talks with the school board concerning the transfer of ownership of the property. The parcel is located near the intersection of Pine River Road and Foco Road. Commissioner Adam Kroczelski said while the motion gives specific direction as far as relocation, nothing is finalized. The new location will be called the Arenac County Event and Agricultural Center. Kroczaleski said the name change will help in applying for downtown development grants.

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STATE NEWS for THU 19APR18

A rally being held today at Michigan State University to demand that members of the Board of Trustees and interim President John Engler step down. The event is being organized by "MeTooMSU" and will feature survivors of former MSU doctor Larry Nassar and their families. The demonstration begins at 5:30PM today at the Hannah Administration Building. Earlier this month Brian Breslin, chair of the Board of Trustees, wrote that the board remains committed "to work alongside all members of the university community...to strengthen our great institution."

The GOP-led state Senate passing a bill Thursday which would force Michigan's able-bodied Medicaid recipients to find a job or lose coverage - The legislation would strip the public benefit if the recipient was unable to find an average of 29-hours of work per week. The Michigan House will now consider the bill.

The Grand Traverse Hockey Association is pitching in to help the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation in the wake of 16 members of the Canadian Humboldt Hockey team being killed in a bus crash earlier this month. 9 and 10 News reports the Grand Traverse Hockey Team hosted a fundraiser last night for the Humboldt Strong Foundation, which has already raised over 15 million.

Eastern Michigan University faculty members will join students at a “Save Our Student Sports” rally at Welch Hall on the EMU campus today. EMU administrators announced on March 20th they plan eliminate four sports teams: men’s wrestling, men’s swimming and diving, women’s softball and women’s tennis. The decision is due to the school's budget deficit -- which faculty member say was caused by poor management decisions. The rally is schedule for 10:30 this morning.

A couple attempting to cross the Mackinac Bridge has been arrested for having drugs in their vehicle. Christopher Dietrich and Kris Tamlyn were reportedly stopped as part of an ongoing drug investigation. They've been charged with delivery of narcotics and meth and marijuana possession.

You know that the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team busts drug operations. Well, now they've donated 18 grow lights seized in drug operations to Lakeview Elementary School and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. Third grade teacher Cody Scanlon tells W-L-U-C that they talk about plant needs and plant adaptations so it's part of their science curriculum.

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STATE NEWS for THU 19APR18


A hearing Wednesday over whether a 15-year-old Paw Paw teen accused of planning an attack at Paw Paw High School should be tried as an adult. WOOD TV reports the prosecutor said his plans were serious and the defense says the teen needs help, not to be punished. The school's liason officer testified that he interviewed more than 50 students and not one said the suspect was bullied, something his parents claimed was at the root of the threat. The boy's attorney said students had circulated a photo of the teen in his underwear and asked the officer if that was bullying and he said "no, not necessarily, no." The hearing will resume next month.

The Empire Village clerk is out. The Village Council voted last night to suspend Traci Cruz, over discrepancies in the budget. Some council members reportedly feel she wasn't treated fairly , while others saw problems with her work, including late financial reports.

The founder of the #MeToo movement will speak at Michigan State University today. Tarana Burke will speak tonight as part of the Transformative Justice Speaker Series. Burke created the #MeToo movement in 2006 to bring awareness and empathy to sexual abuse and assault survivors, is senior director at Girls for Gender Equity, a New York-based nonprofit that works to end gender-based violence. She was named among "The Silence Breakers" as Time magazine's 2017 Person of the Year.

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STATE NEWS for WED 18APR18

A 17-year-old male student from Smiths Creek was arrested after being interviewed by law enforcement officials. Police say the Port Huron High School student is in custody for making threats against his own school. The high school student is currently being housed at the St. Clair County Jail and will face charges of reporting a threat of terrorism which is a twenty year felony.

D-T-E has restored power to 90 percent of those who lost power during last weekend's ice story. Now -- only 40-thousand customers remain without power -- after a peak of 390-thousand on Sunday. I

f you've spent much time in Traverse City, you may know that the sidewalks aren't in great shape. That's about to change as city commissioners have approved a nearly one million dollar loan from their economic development fund for sidewalk repairs. The work is expected to take a couple of years.

A confirmed case of Hepatitis A in Macomb County. It's involving the Buffalo Wild Wings on Mound Road in Warren. The Health Department says a food service worker was diagnosed with the serious liver disease -- caused by a virus found in feces. While the restaurant HAS been approved to operate, anyone who ate there between March 24th and April 9th -- which was last Monday -- should watch for symptoms. The state -- currently going through a hepatitis A outbreak with more than 800 cases confirmed since August of 2016.

The last remaining horse race track in southeast Michigan is being sold to a housing developer. Northville Downs will become the site for apartments, townhouses and homes once purchased by Hunter Pasteur Homes sometime next year. But it won't be the end of horse racing in Northville. According to the developer, the track's owners will relocate near their present location at Sheldon Road and Hines Drive. Earlier this month, Hazel Park raceway closed its doors after 69 years, with that property to be used for commercial and industrial purposes.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 17APR18

A man who was a union leader in Detroit has been charged with embezzling more than 600-thousand dollars. Mervin Hawk appeared in federal court Monday and asked for a court-appointed lawyer. Federal investigators say he diverted union dues from AFSCME Local 1640 into secret bank accounts or his own personal account over a two year period. The government says Hawk withdrew large sums of money from ATMs at Motor City Casino.

A protest on the campus of Eastern Michigan University last night --Athletes, faculty and alumni -- upset over the elimination of four of the University's athletic programs, in the name of budget cuts -- making their voices heard. A university spokesman says the cuts will remain.

We're learning more about a double murder-suicide in Muskegon last Friday. WOOD TV reports one of the victims in the shootings, Brittany Sevrey, had filed for divorce from the alleged shooter, Brandon Sevrey. He's also accused of shooting and killing Thomas Davis as he and Brittany Severy sat in a car in a parking lot in Muskegon before he killed himself. Brittany's family is asking that memorial contributions be made to her two children's future education expenses.

Nearly 8 million drivers may need a tow truck this summer, says Triple A of Michigan. Their roadside data finds cars 10 years and older twice as likely to breakdown, with two thirds of their roadside assistance calls last year being made because of older cars. More than half the cars on the road are at least 10 years of age, which is why the auto club urges drivers to get their vehicles checked at the garage before hitting the road this summer. For older cars not properly maintained, long trips in hot weather may not end well.

It's supposed to be April showers bring May flowers, but it's been more like April snow cancels school. The Cadillac Area Public Schools closed Monday because of snow and they are over their limit of snow days. Six is the limit and the Cadillac Schools reached 7 on Monday. Two of the days were used because students and staff were sick with the flu. 9 and 10 News reports the district will petition the state to forgive the one make-up day due to the flu closure.

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STATE NEWS for MON 16APR18

Nearly 260-thousand homes and businesses don't have power in Michigan. D-T-E has about 250-thousand customers without power because of the weekend ice storm, while Consumers Energy has whittled their outage number down to nine thousand. Several schools are closed as a result of power outages. Anyone who comes across a downed wire should stay at least 20 feet away.

Northern Michigan University in Marquette is closed today due to inclement weather. A decision about evening classes will be made by two this afternoon. There are other school closings throughout the state because of power outages.

Flint residents are being advised to avoid any contact with the Flint River downstream of the discharge of excess storm water and sewage. M-Live reports Flint Water Pollution Control director Robert Case released a statement saying the mixture was released from the city's retention-treatment basin due to water flowing in that exceeded the treatment plant's designed capacities. He says the discharge is disinfected and continuously monitored.

A Jackson home was destroyed by fire on Sunday. M-Live reports the home owned by Rafael and Cynthia Page had been in the family for 45 years. They were sifting through remains after the fire. He had almost completely renovated the home, which at one time was his mother's foster and adult care business. No one was injured and the cause is under investigation.

Gas prices have gone up about nine cents over the past week in Michigan. Triple-A Michigan says the statewide average is about two-78 a gallon, nine cents more than last week and 28 cents more than at this time last year. The highest prices are in Ann Arbor at 2-80 a gallon with the lowest prices in the Marquette area at about 2-69 a gallon.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 13APR18

It was a frightening trip last night out of Detroit Metro...when a Delta flight headed for Detroit was struck by lightening. The jolt went through the plane when a severe strike hit the nose of the plane. The flight was forced to turn back to Buffalo.

A man and woman in their 20's are hospitalized after they were both ejected from their vehicle in a rollover crash in Sanilac County . M-Live reports the 24-year-old driver was airlifted to a Saginaw County Hospital while his 22-year-old passenger was taken to an area hospital, then transported to one in Flint. Under-sheriff Brad Roff says the man and woman were not wearing their seatbelts and the airbags did not deploy. He does not believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.

The Michigan Senate has voted to prevent local communities from banning specific dog breeds like pit bulls. Terry Hodskins with the Michigan Pitbull education project has been pushing for the bill. She thinks pit bulls get a bad rap. The State Senate passed a similar bill in 2015, but it died in the house. Hodskins says she's more hopeful it will make it to the governor's desk this year.

Four people have been arrested after a meth dump site was found in Kingsford in the U.P. last month. W-L-U-C reports officers searched a home in Kingsford and seized items used to make meth inside and outside the home. All four suspects waived their preliminary exams and have been bound over to Circuit Court.

Plans are in the works to save the former Detroit home of President and Civil War hero Ulysses S. Grant. The now dilapidated house where Grant lived is located at Eight Mile and Woodward, but the Detroit News reports that there's a push to move the home to the Eastern Market area. The house where Grant lived as a young officer in the 1800's would be moved near the Dequindre cut and made into a DNR-run museum. A decision should be made by the end of the month whether the move will actually happen.

How would you like a chunk of the Mackinac Bridge? Sections of the bridge's original steel grating are going on the auction block. Each one is about 5 and a half feet wide and 38 feet long. It weighs two tons. The bridge authority says it will cut a section into two shorter pieces if the buyer wants and will load them for transport.

An unusual auction will be taking place at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi next month. Sears is auctioning off its Twelve Oaks store...and there's a big catch. The buyer has to agree to keep the store open as a Sear's. Sears Holding lost nearly $400 million last year. It is seeking to auction off 16 stores in all. The auction takes place on May 22nd.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20th, 2018

National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools
Announced following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Florida in February and coinciding with the anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings in 1999.  The Network for Public Education calls upon teachers, families, students, administrators and community members to engage in 'acts of protest in and around their schools'.
 
National Weed Day
An informal day marked on 4/20, thought to derive from a group of Californian high school students in the 1970s who traditionally consumed cannabis at 4:20pm.
 
8th Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Oil Platform Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico
8th anniversary of the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploding in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 and leading to the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
 
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Second Weekend (Indio, CA)
Second weekend, headlined by The Weeknd (Friday), Beyoncé (Saturday) and Eminem (Sunday).

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SATURDAY, APRIL 21st, 2018

Funeral of Former First Lady Barbara Bush (12pm ET, Houston, TX)
 
Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd Birthday
92nd birthday of the UK's Queen Elizabeth II.  Her birthday is officially celebrated annually on a Saturday in June.
 
2nd Anniversary of Prince’s Death
Live tribute screening of “Prince: Live on the Big Screen,” from the Target Center in Minneapolis on the 2nd anniversary of his death.
 
Second Weekend of Coachella Continues Headlined by Beyoncé
 
Record Store Day
11th annual international celebration of independent record stores with in-store performances and exclusive releases.
 
National Cannabis Festival (12pm ET, RFK Stadium, Washington, DC)
3rd annual event celebrating progress on marijuana legislation in Washington, DC, and across the nation.
 
National Park Week (April 21, 2018 - April 29, 2018)
All national parks have free admission today to mark the start of National Park Week.
 
NBA Conference Quarterfinals Continue
NBA Conference Quarterfinal games: Philadelphia 76ers @ Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers @ New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets @ Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Utah Jazz.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 22nd, 2018

Earth Day
This year's theme is “End Plastic Pollution,” featuring events to learn about and discuss the impacts of plastic pollution on our environment and health.
 
1st Anniversary of Signing of the Paris Agreement
1st anniversary of representatives of 197 countries signing the Paris Agreement, establishing a framework to deal with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in 2020.
 
2018 London Marathon
More than 35,000 people expected to run through the streets of London.  Queen Elizabeth II officially starts the race from Windsor Castle, and Prince Harry makes the presentations to the winners at the finish line.
 
25th Anniversary of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Dedication
 
Coachella Second Weekend Concludes with Eminem
 
NBA Conference Quarterfinals Continue
NBA Conference Quarterfinal Games: Boston Celtics @ Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors @ San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Indiana Pacers.

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MONDAY, APRIL 23rd, 2018

French President Macron Begins State Visit
French President Emmanuel Macron begins state visit.  In the evening, President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and the Macrons have a private dinner at Mount Vernon, the historic home of former President George Washington.  Presidents Macron and Trump will meet at the White House tomorrow.
 
Verdict for Paris Terror Suspect Salah Abdeslam (Brussels)
Belgian court delivers verdict in trial of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam over a shootout in Brussels that led to his capture. Abdeslam and his 24-year-old co-defendant are being tried on terrorist-related charges of attempted murder and possession of banned weapons over the March 2016 shootout in which three police officers were wounded.  Abdeslam will face trial in France for the November 2015 Paris attacks claimed by the Islamic State group in which 130 people were killed.
 
Court Hearing for Suspected Driver in Times Square Car Crash
Court hearing for Richard Rojas, charged with one count of second-degree murder and 20 counts of attempted murder-second degree after allegedly driving his car into pedestrians in New York's Times Square.
 
Restoring Internet Freedom Rule Comes Into Effect
Federal Communications Commission's 'Restoring Internet Freedom' rule comes into effect, except for amendatory instructions 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8. The legislation replaces net neutrality rules introduced by the Obama administration in 2015
 
William Shakespeare's Birthday
Anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. He is widely believed to have been born on this day in 1564 and died on the same day in 1616.
 
NBA Conference Quarterfinals Continue
Houston Rockets @ Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Utah Jazz

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TUESDAY, APRIL 24th, 2018

French President Macron Visits the White House
Agenda includes welcome at 9am ET, joint press conference at 11:45am ET and state dinner at 7pm ET.
 
Arizona Special Election
Arizona special election held for Arizona's 8th Congressional District, following the resignation of Republican Rep. Trent Franks.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25th, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Hearing on President Trump's “Travel Ban” (10am ET)
Trump v. Hawaii: Whether the respondents' challenge to the President Donald Trump's suspension of entry of aliens abroad is justiciable? Whether Presidential Proclamation 9645 is a lawful exercise of the president's authority to suspend entry of aliens abroad?
 
French President Macron Addresses Joint Meeting of Congress
 
Vice President Pence Speaks at Fundraiser for Wisconsin Gov. Walker
 
Erick Davila Scheduled for Execution (7pm ET, Huntsville, TX)
Convicted murderer Erick Daniel Davila scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Texas for the murder of 48 year-old Annette Stevenson and 5 year-old Queshawn Stevenson in 2008.
 
North Korea Army Day
Marking the anniversary of the founding of the North Korean Army.
 
World Penguin Day
Coinciding with the annual northward migration of the flightless birds.
 
Denim Day USA
Encouraging people to wear denim to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26th, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump Celebrates 48th birthday
 
Carol Burnett Celebrates 85th Birthday

32nd Anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster
 
NFL Draft (April 26, 2018 - April 28, 2018, Arlington, TX)
Cleveland Browns hold first pick after a 0-16 season in 2017, followed by the New York Giants (3-13) and New York Jets.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
 
National Pretzel Day

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27th, 2018

President Trump Welcomes German Chancellor Merkel to the White House
Agenda includes extended set of bilateral meetings and press availability.
 
President Trump Welcomes U.S. Winter Olympians and Paralympians to the White House
 
Court Hearing for Florida School Shooting Suspect
Hearing for accused Florida school gunman Nikolas Cruz, charged with 17 counts of murder.
 
North and South Korean Leaders Meet in Border Village for Talks
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the border village of Panmunjom, located in the Demilitarized Zone, marking the third-ever meeting between the two countries' heads of state.
 
U.N. Security Council Report Due on Chemical Weapons in Syria
 
Congress Breaks for District Work Period (April 27, 2018 - May 7, 2018)
 
2018 NFL Draft Second and Third Rounds (Arlington, TX)
 
Babe Ruth Day
Celebrated since 1947
 
National Arbor Day
Annual observance that encourages tree planting and care. National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April.

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