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coverage continues to grow over the Great Lakes and now stands at
88-point-three percent as of Sunday.
The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids says the coverage is ahead of
last year by about seven-percent and the peak is expected in the next few
The all-time record for ice coverage on the lakes was 95% set in 1979.
Lake Huron and Lake Erie at about 96 percent ice coverage, according to the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Lake Superior is close
behind those two with 95 percent coverage, followed by Lake Michigan with 73
percent and Lake Ontario with 70 percent.
Forecasters say the above-normal amount of ice on the Great Lakes will mean
another cooler-than-normal summer throughout Michigan and the entire Great
(WOOD, Grand Rapids/24/7 News Source)
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The damage estimate for what was done by the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity at
Treetops Resort in Gaylord is now up to 430-thousand dollars.
The general manager at the northern Michigan resort increased the estimate
over the weekend based on their out-of-pocket expenses to contractors and
The fraternity was given the death penalty by the University of Michigan on
Friday for the destruction from a ski trip in mid-January. According to the
Detroit Free Press, Sigma Alpha Mu has paid 25-thousand dollars so far, but
a representative for the fraternity has told Treetops that the organization
is (quote) "unwilling to accept liability and pay restitution."
(24/7 News Source)
(Van Buren Co-Palisades Rating Downgraded)
The safety rating of the Palisades nuclear power plant in Van Buren County
has been knocked down a notch following a recent Nuclear Regulatory
Commission investigation into some incidents that occurred during its
refueling outage last year.
The NRC's Viktoria Mitlyng says the action is due to the amount of radiation
to which Palisades workers were exposed during the outage wasn't properly
measured and calculated.
However, the NRC adds the doses received by the workers were below the
annual radiation limit and aren't expected to have any impact on their
Mitlyng says that Palisades will be subject to another NRC inspection
following the violation. Palisades representatives say procedures at the
plant have been revised in light of the NRC's intervention.
The facility and its parent company, Entergy, have 30 days to contest the
(Help from: WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)
(MI-Wolf Decision Appeal)
Just days after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service returned wolves in
Michigan and Wisconsin to the federal endangered species list and wolves in
Minnesota to federal threatened species status, the Department of Natural
Resources announced it had appealed the ruling.
The appeal of the U.S. District Court ruling in December is the next step in
an ongoing battle over the legal status of the wolves, which have been
delisted several times in recent years, only to be returned to the list by
Wildlife groups have challenged the delisting because it has generally been
followed with hunting seasons, including the first ever in Michigan in 2013.
DNR Director Keith Creagh said the state is better suited to managing the
animals given that they have met federal recovery goals.
In addition to preventing a hunting season in the state, the federal court
ruling prevented the state from implementing its new wolf management law
that allows land owners to kill problem wolves if they are attacking pets or
livestock. Under the federal Endangered Species Act, only federal officials
have authority to address problem wolves.
Michigan's wolf population numbers approximately 636 in the Upper Peninsula.
(Roxland Twp-Police Shooting)
Michigan State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting
Saturday that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old.
According to state police a country sheriff's sergeant stopped the vehicle
of 17-year-old Deven Guilford of Mulliken at about 8:30 p.m. in Roxland
Township, west of Grand Ledge. A struggled ensued between the officer and
Guilford and Guilford was shot. He died at the scene.
The officer, whose name was not released, was also injured. He was
transported to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing for treatment. His condition or
status was not made available.
This is the second officer involved shooting in Eaton County in the past two
weeks. On February 17, sheriff's deputies where responding to a report of a
vehicle in a ditch when a confrontation began with 32-year-old Matthew Lundy
of Charlotte. Deputies shot and killed Lundy who had an unidentified weapon.
The Michigan House Tax Policy Committee could vote this week on a measure to
end Michigan's film tax credit program.
The bill is sponsored by House Republican Dan Lauwers of Brockway in St.
If approved, the incentives will end September 30th.
While legislators this year have reduced the size of the film credit program
because of budget constraints, Governor Rick Snyder did propose a 50 (m)
million dollar placeholder in next year's budget for film credits. That
effectively means he's putting the issue up for discussion.
Lauwers has said that while he supports film making in Michigan he (quote)
"doesn't want to have to buy it."
Teamsters were in Lansing last week pushing for continuation of the credits,
saying they've created jobs.
But Charles Owens of the National Federation of Independent Business
disagrees, saying "those jobs never pan out, the money invested by taxpayers
is wasted," when compared with spending the money on roads.
Last year there were 27 film projects that were supported with 64 (m)
million dollars in taxpayer supported film credits. The projects had
expected to generate more than two thousand hires.
Gas prices increased from last week, AAA Michigan reports.
Michigan’s current statewide average is about $2.42 per gallon, about 11
cents more than last week’s average and about $1.27 less than this same time
last year. This is the fifth week in a row that the statewide average weekly
gas price has increased.
The current Metro Detroit average is about $2.38 per gallon, about 9 cents
more than last week and about $1.27 less than this same time last year. This
is the fifth week in a row that Metro Detroit’s average weekly gas price has
Of the cities surveyed by AAA , the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded
fuel can be found in the Metro Detroit area, where it’s about $2.38 a
gallon. The highest average gas price can be found in the Traverse City area
where it’s about $2.49 a gallon.
Instead of snow days canceling learning for the day, a leader in online
learning in Michigan is suggesting that snow days should be 'online
Jamey Fitzpatrick of Michigan Virtual University notes that there was an
average of nine and one-half snow days per district in Michigan last year.
And he believes young people should be learning on those snow days.
While there's no active move in the legislature currently to encourage or
require "e-learning days," Fitzpatrick says it would not be difficult to do.
Some teachers in Michigan do it right now, but it's not being done on a
widespread basis as a matter of public policy, according to Fitzpatrick.
Michigan Virtual University is a non-profit which provides online
educational tools, resources and courses for middle and high school
students, parents and K-12 educators.
A legislative committee in Lansing could vote this week on a measure
requiring the state to develop a "choose life" license plate in Michigan.
The measure is promoted by anti-abortion groups such as Michigan Right to
Under the proposal, revenue generated from the plate sales would go to
organizations which have projects promoting alternatives to abortion, such
as Michigan Right to Life.
Michigan Right to Life's Ed Rivet says Michigan is the only state along the
I-75 corridor which does not have a "choose life" plate.
Start up of a new plate costs Michigan about 15-thousand dollars, according
to the Michigan Department of State.
The bill is before the Senate Transportation Committee.
Gunfire claims the life of a party-goer at a Detroit hall.
Detroit police have confirmed that a 44-year-old man is dead and another
five people have been shot at the Chalmers Community Hall near East Outer
Drive early Sunday morning.
The shootings happened just after 4 a.m. according to police after a
confrontation turned deadly during a party.
A spokesperson for DPD says he thinks there may be two people in custody in
connection with the shootings.
Three men and two women are being treated for their injuries as police
continue to investigate.
If you have any information about this incident you are asked to call
(MI-Hackers Target Michigan)
The Michigan State Police say that while hackers are attacking Michigan's
computer systems on a daily basis, they're winning the battles.
Matt Bolger of the State Police says they have five offices and 20 officers
working on tracking the "cookies" that hackers leave behind.
Officials recently told lawmakers that each day, the state stops well over
700-thousand attacks on its I-T network. The attacks range from simple spam,
to malicious efforts to slow or even shut the network down.
Currently the state spends 22 (m) million dollars on cyber security. In his
2016 budget, Governor Snyder is proposing a seven (m) million dollar
(Keweenaw Co-Princess Point Grant)
A precious natural resource will continue to be enjoyed by the public thanks
in part to a grant from the Portage Health Foundation.
The Keweenaw Land Trust had acquired Princess Point near Jacobsville which
includes 360 feet of waterfront on the Keweenaw Waterway.
The Foundation awarded the trust more than $13,000 to help prepare the site
and make it safe and usable for the public.
Executive Director of the Keweenaw Land Trust Evan McDonald says the grant
helps establish the Princess Point Nature Area which will be accessible for
kayakers and canoeists as part of the Keweenaw Water Trail.
Princess Point has beautiful views of undeveloped lands nearby and is a
popular spot for fishing, hunting and for water sports.
The land was donated by several members of the Uitti family with a desire to
see the land be put to use for the general public.
(MI/DC-Invasive Species Caucus)
Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek will co-chair a committee to look
into the problem of invasive species around the country.
The Congressional Invasive Species Caucus will instruct members of Congress
about the economic and environmental damage of invasive species, and come up
with solutions to the environmental challenges that result from their
Benishek says as someone familiar with fishing in Northern Michigan, he has
seen the damage done by invasive species, especially invasive phragmites and
zebra mussels. The Iron County Republican says they are working to try and
prevent the spread of Asian Carp.
The Caucus plans to begin holding meetings and developing their legislative
agenda in the coming months.
The Michigan Historical Commission has approved four new markers and
applications for two coming markers.
A marker at the Detroit Yacht Club commemorates the first Port Huron to
Mackinac race. Spring Wells, near Fort Wayne, will have a marker
commemorating the last peace treaty signed with Native American tribes in
The Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church in Crawford County and the
Norwegian Lutheran Church in Leer will also receive markers.
The Buchanan North and West Neighborhoods Historic District and the Croswell
House in Adrian both have approved marker applications, meaning the
historical research has been approved, but the text for the marker has to be
(MI-Pure Michigan Awards)
The Pure Michigan brand is being recognized with a pair of awards from
Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.
The tourism campaign promoting the state won a gold medal for the six-page
"Hemingway's Pure Michigan" feature that was published in the Triple-A
"Midwest Traveler" magazine in the May/June issue last year.
A silver medal was given to Pure Michigan for four segments done in
collaboration with the Weather Channel featuring the Tulip Time Festival in
Holland that aired last May.
(24/7 News Source)
(MI-Home Visiting Program Grant)
Michigan’s program offering home visits to help vulnerable and at-risk
mothers will get a boost from a $3.5 million federal grant to the Department
of Community Health.
The program works to promote maternal, infant and early childhood health,
development, and safety; school readiness; and strong parent-child
relationships to improve health outcomes.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grant will
run through September 2017.
Early Childhood Home Visiting programs provide voluntary, prevention-focused
services in the homes of pregnant women and families with children ages 0-5
by connecting trained professionals with vulnerable and at-risk mothers and
families to nurture, support, coach, educate and offer encouragement with
the goal that all children grow and develop in a safe and stimulating
Statewide, more than 600 professionals serve an estimated 25,000 each year.
(MI-Road Vote Preview)
The head of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network is looking at a failed
road millage this week in Muskegon County as a preview of the statewide vote
in May to fund road repairs.
Rich Robinson says the more than two-to-one margin of defeat for the
Muskegon County millage shows Governor Snyder will have to work very hard to
sell the sales tax hike to the public.
Muskegon County Road Commission Managing Director Ken Hulka says when they
decided to ask voters for the millage, the state Legislature had not yet
acted to put a one-percent sales tax increase on the ballot. He says he knew
their request would fail as soon as the statewide ballot proposal was
(24/7 News Source)
(Portage-Winter Blast 5K)
About 800 runners braved the cold Sunday morning to participate in the third
annual Portage Winter Blast Half Marathon and 5K.
The event, which started and ended at Portage Central High School, began
with 5K runners taking off at 8 a.m. and the half-marathoners leaving the
starting line at 8:10.
Kalamazoo Area Runners President Bonnie Sexton told MLive the race began as
a way to celebrate Portage's 50th anniversary and has continued as a key
fundraiser for the Kalamazoo Area Runners.
Bryan Reynolds, of Kalamazoo, took first place in the half marathon with a
time of 1:17:44. Scott Evans, of Kalamazoo, won the 5K, with a time of 17
minutes and 38 seconds.
Michigan Congressman Fred Upton is expressing doubts about the FCC's
decision this week to reclassify broadband internet as a Title II public
Following the move on Thursday, Upton, Chair of the House Energy and
Commerce Committee, issued a statement warning that it will lead to a flood
of lawsuits, noting that the FCC's action "does not end the debate."
The St. Joseph Republican said that Congress remains willing to come to the
table on the issue of net neutrality to create a plan that helps protect
both consumer and business internet access without the need for FCC
Supporters of the FCC's action to implement net neutrality say that it will
ensure internet service providers don't slow down the traffic of heavily
used sites in order to demand payment from those sites. Opponents say that
the FCC is overstepping its authority.
(WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)
A 28-year old man is behind bars in northeast lower Michigan for attacking
Montmorency County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a domestic
dispute in the village of Hillman just before midnight and then sought a
24-year old Grand Blanc man identified as a suspect involved who apparently
left the scene on a snowmobile.
The man was found later at a residence in Hillman Township. As deputies
attempted to speak with the suspect, the 28-year old resident of the house
came out with an aluminum baseball bat in his hands and allegedly assaulted
After a struggle, the man was placed under arrest. He is lodged in the
county jail on charges of assault and battery of police officers and
resisting and obstructing police.
The case remains under investigation and will be referred to the prosecutors
(Saginaw Co-Drug Smuggling)
Two people have been arraigned on charges of smuggling drugs into the
Saginaw County Jail.
Brett Stout, who was an inmate in the jail, received postcards from his wife
Christina Stout, which investigators said contained the prescription
narcotic Suboxone. The drug used to treat opiate and narcotic addiction had
been placed on a thin film underneath the postage stamps.
Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel said a corrections officer was
suspicious about the way the stamps were placed, leading to the discovery.
The drug was identified by the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.
Brett Stout had been released from jail during the investigation. The couple
was arrested at their Cass City home with the help of the Huron County
(MI-Gas Prices Rise)
on to your wallet at the gas pump in the coming days.
Gas prices around Michigan shot up to around $2.50 a gallon on Thursday and
GasBuddy.com analyst Patrick DeHaan is predicting it may be the start of
several price hikes. He blames an increase of up to 27-cents a gallon in
wholesale gas prices yesterday for rising prices nationwide.
GasBuddy spotters peg Michigan's average price at two-dollars-32 cents a
gallon, while Triple-A Michigan has it at two-30. However, prices have
already started to rise to around two-dollars-50 cents a gallon in several
areas of the state.
(24/7 News Source)
(US Supreme Court-DeBoer
The same-sex couple
who challenged Michigan’s ban on licensing same-sex marriages in DeBoer v.
Snyder filed their opening brief in the Supreme Court case on Friday.
Attorneys Carole Stanyar of Ann Arbor and Dana Nessel of Detroit are on the
brief along with Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).
Responses from the states are due March 27th.
Plaintiffs in cases from Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee also filed briefs on
Friday. The high court last month agreed to review the four cases.
The Michigan case was brought by a Hazel Park lesbian couple who have not
been able to jointly adopt their children as a result of the state's 2004,
voter-approved same sex marriage ban.
Oral arguments in will be heard by the court in late April, and a ruling is
expected before the end of June.
Stanyar said Friday afternoon that in their briefs they emphasized that the
law causes (quote) "a serious persistent wide ranging injury to children."
The children are also parties in the case.
The University of Michigan has handed down sanctions against the
fraternities and sororities that caused an estimated 125-thousand dollars
damage at two Northern Michigan ski resorts.
The school announced today (Friday) it will no longer recognize Sigma Alpha
Mu fraternity and has placed Sigma Delta Tau sorority on disciplinary
suspension for two years following the groups' involvement in vandalizing
the Treetops ski resort in Gaylord in January.
In addition to the university's dismissal of Sigma Alpha Mu, U-M officials
have also asked the fraternity's national office to revoke the charter of
the U-M chapter and place additional sanctions on the fraternity before it
could again become of part of Greek Life on campus.
More than 120 fraternity and sorority members damaged 45 rooms at the
Treetops Resort, causing significant damage to ceiling tiles in the hallway,
broken furniture, broken windows.
U-M President Mark Schlissel said he is "profoundly disappointed" in the
actions of the students.
The university also issued lesser sanctions against two other fraternities,
Pi Kappa Alpha and Chi Psi, and two sororities, Alpha Phi and Delta Gamma,
who were involved in damage the same weekend at Boyne Highlands. But
officials said those incidents were determined not to be malicious.
All six Greek organizations have been suspended by their national chapters.
U-M leaders say they are also working to hold individual students
accountable. Meanwhile, an investigation by the Michigan State Police is
still underway in order to decide whether criminal charges will follow.
(Wayne State-Civil Rights Martyr)
For the first time in its history, Wayne State University will grant an
honorary doctorate degree posthumously.
The honor is being bestowed upon Viola Liuzzo (lee OOZE - oh) the Detroit
mother of five who was killed by the Ku Klux Klan in 1965.
At the time she was killed, Liuzzo was 39 and a student at Wayne State. She
participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery and it was during that
trip that a car full of Klansmen pulled up beside her and opened fire
The honorary degree will be presented to Liuzzo's children at a ceremony
scheduled for April 11th, the day Viola Liuzzo would have turned 90.
(24/7 News Source)
Consumer optimism was affected in February by lower gas prices and an
unusually harsh winter but the small overall decline from January still left
consumer confidence at the highest levels in eight years.
That's according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.
U-M economist Richard Curtin, who directs the surveys, says it's hard not to
attribute the small February decline to the temporary impact of the harsh
weather, as declines that occurred in the Northeast and Midwest were triple
the average loss, while Southern residents grew more optimistic.
He says low gas prices had a larger impact on lower income households,
narrowing the difference between low and high income households. The data
indicate that total real personal consumption expenditures will grow at 3.3
percent during 2015.
The Consumer Sentiment Index was 95.4 in the February survey, just below
January's expansion peak of 98.1, but well above last February's 81.6.
The Current Conditions Index fell to 106.9 in February from 109.3 one month
ago and was well above last February's 95.4. The Expectations Index fell to
88.0 from 91.0 in January but was substantially above last February reading
The surveys have been conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research
Michigan's 15 public universities are among the best in the nation in
graduating students and controlling costs.
That's according to a study of metrics released by Business Leaders for
Michigan, the state's business roundtable.
Among the highlights of the study, 12 institutions bettered the national
average and eight were in the top 20 percent for critical skills degrees.
Ten were above average (seven in the top 20 percent) for total degrees
The report said the state ranked 6th overall for number of degrees and 5th
for critical skill degrees. At the same time, all 15 universities increased
the number of students receiving federal Pell grants and nine reduced
administrative costs as a percentage of their budgets.
Escanaba's Basic Marine Shipyard has been fined $243,000 for 18 safety
Scott Allen of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration
says that the company has a repeated poor safety record, and does not care
about the safety of its workers. The OSHA Region Five office in Chicago
conducted the inspections a few months ago.
Amongst the violations: not meeting respiratory protection standards,
"struck-by" hazards, and falls from trips from unguarded manholes.
Allen says that crane slings were not inspected every three months as
required, and inspection records were not properly maintained. He says Basic
Marine was cited in 2011 for safety problems and a worker lost an arm in
2008 after an accident there.
Besides the fines, OSHA is putting Basic Marine in the agency's "Severe
Violator Enforcement Program". That will mean more unannounced inspections
of the facility in the future.
Basic Marine spokesperson Terrie Peters said in a statement that they
believe the findings in the report are inaccurate and are being contested as
allowed per OSHA’s procedures.
(Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)
(Eaton Co-Insurance Fraud)
A 64-year-old Detroit area man was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail
for selling fake insurance certificates.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd
announced Hakeem Olayinka Sanusi of Eastpointe pleaded no contest last month
to six felony counts of insurance fraud as a habitual offender.
Sanusi was arrested in September 2013 after Secretary of State staff
suspected customers had sent in fake insurance certificates to renew their
license plate tabs.
The case was investigated by the Michigan State Police.
(Jackson Co-Boyfriend Stabbing Death)
A Jackson woman has been charged in the Valentine's Day stabbing death of
her live-in boyfriend.
42-year-old Dawn Dixon-Bey was arraigned today (Friday) on a charge of open
Prosecutors say Dixon-Bey may have stabbed 49-year old Gregory Stack on at
least two or three other occasions before the February 14th incident at
their home. Stack was found with a single stab wound to the chest. He later
died of his injuries.
The couple reportedly had been in a relationship for 14 years and recently
moved into the residence on the city's north side.
Dixon-Bey is being held without bond at the Jackson County Jail pending a
March 12 preliminary examination.
The Detroit couple accused of abusing their son was back in court today and
had their bonds lowered.
46-year old Charles Bothuell (BUH-thoo-ell) the Fourth and his wife 37-year
old Monique Dillard-Bothuell originally were ordered held in custody on
500-thousand dollars bond. Wayne County Judge Shannon Holmes reduced that
amount to 50-thousand dollars for each defendant. They are facing charges of
child abuse and child torture.
The couple reported 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell missing last June but he
was found 14 days later in the couple's basement. The child told police his
Dillard-Bothuell physically abused him and would deny him food, while his
father forced him to do an extreme exercise routine or be punished.
(24/7 News Source)
(Kentwood-Daycare Shut Down-UPDATE)
The investigation by the state into the death of a three-month-old baby in
West Michigan is turning up evidence the little boy died about an hour
before his father picked him up.
Bridges Day Care in Kentwood has been shut down by state regulators as a
result of Cooper Fales' death last Friday.
The Department of Human Services shut down the daycare Wednesday after 11
violations were discovered at the home.
Among the allegations are claims that Bridges Day Care lacked appropriate
supervision for children, failed to maintain proper bedding and sleeping
arrangements, had more children than allowed, and failed to maintain a clean
and safe environment for the children being cared for at the home.
The state also claims that Teresa Mowers, the owner of the facility, lied to
state authorities who were investigating Cooper’s death.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)
(Detroit-Stolen Car-Gas Leak)
Authorities are searching for two suspects who stole a car from a gas
station on Detroit and crashed into a nearby building, causing a gas leak in
The situation unfolded just before 5:30 a.m. this morning (Friday) at a gas
station on the city's northwest side, just west of the Lodge Freeway.
A 52-year-old man told police he had left his car running unattended outside
of the station when two suspects entered the vehicle and drove away at a
high rate of speed. The suspects drove about two blocks until they crashed
into a business and struck a gas meter, causing a gas leak. The suspects
then fled the scene.
Police responded to the crash site and notified DTE Energy officials.
Investigators are now looking for the suspects, but have not yet provided
their physical descriptions.
(Grand Haven-Sword Attack)
No one was injured after a Grand Haven woman called police during the
overnight hours to report her boyfriend was threatening to attack her with a
According to police chief Jeff Hawke, officers arrived at the home around
1:00 a.m. this morning (Friday) to a brief standoff situation after which
the alleged assailant did eventually surrender.
Police said the woman fled the home with her two children -- one of whom is
fathered by the suspect.
He's lodged in the Ottawa County jail and is expected to be arraigned on
felony assault charges later today. His name has not been released.
(WGHN, Grand Haven)
been a delay in the U.S. Coast Guard ice chopping operation on Lake
The Coast Guard says the Arthur M. Anderson won't arrive until Saturday,
thanks to the heavy ice that has formed on the Great Lakes. The vessel will
enter the ship canal from Lake Michigan on its way to the Bay Ship Building
in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, this weekend.
Officials say all ice fishermen should remove ice shanties in these areas.
Snowmobile riders and fishermen should avoid these areas and use caution in
other areas near the ice.
(Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)
The Michigan Senate today (Thurs) approved bills that trim 420 (m) million
dollars from the current year budget.
The cut in General Fund spending is part of a move to balance this year's
budget, as required by the Michigan Constitution.
The bills will now head to the governor's desk for his signature.
The legislation follows an executive order from the governor that cut
another 110 (m) million dollars.
Democrats opposed the 420 (m) million dollar cut because it transfers 167
(m) million dollars from the School Aid Fund. Their proposal to stop the
transfer was rejected on the floor of the Senate.
(Capitol-Film Tax Credit)
There's an effort underway at the state Capitol to kill the so-called
Hollywood film tax credit of $50 million.
A spokesperson for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce told the House Tax
Policy Committee Wednesday that there's not enough of a return on the
investment and it's unfair to taxpayers to subsidize out-of-state Hollywood
The Midland-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy says according to the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics there were 15-hundred film jobs in 2007 and
16-hundred this year so it's not a viable industry outside of these
However, Teamsters union members complain that if you take away the tax
incentive, you will take away their jobs. They contend more jobs will be
created in the movie industry if the state helps out.
The committee chair Republican Jeff Farrington, says there are better ways
to create jobs and believes he has the votes to move the bill to the House
floor, perhaps as early as next week.
(Capitol-Sale Tax Language)
New language for the May 5th ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax to
increase road funding makes clear that it removes the sales tax on gas and
that the tax would adjust for inflation.
The Bureau of Elections released the amended language yesterday (Wed) that
it will take to the Board of State Canvassers on Thursday for formal
Most notably, the changes clarify that the new percentage-based tax on the
wholesale price of gas will adjust annually for inflation. It also makes
clear that the increase in the sales tax, from 6 percent to 7 percent, would
replace much of the revenue lost as a result of no longer applying the sales
tax to motor fuel.
(MI-Women Gun Permits)
A growing number of women statewide are packing heat.
According to a report in the Detroit News, records from the Michigan State
Police show the number of women statewide who received or renewed concealed
pistol licenses rose from 10,862 in 2010 to 25,418 last year, an increase of
The number of newly issued licenses dipped, however, from 2013 to 2014.
Statewide, numbers from the Michigan State Police say 114,872 people
obtained or renewed concealed pistol licenses in 2014.
Michigan has about 457,550 active concealed pistol license holders,
according to the state police, up from 401,000 in 2011.
(Traverse City-City Manager Investigated)
A northern Michigan government official is under investigation as he is
hospitalized in Grand Rapids.
According to reports, police were called to the home of Traverse City
Manager Jered Ottenwess on Monday, February 16 by his mother, who said he
was drunk all weekend and was trying to assault her.
Ottenwess was taken into protective custody by police and taken to Munson
Ottenwess has since e-mailed the assistant city manager and city attorney to
say he's in "treatment in Grand Rapids" and will be there for several weeks.
Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley says because his department was
not initially called to the scene, they're still working on piecing together
what happened as part of their investigation. A report will be forwarded to
the prosecutor for review.
(24/7 News Source)
(Auburn Hills-Chrysler Recall)
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling approximately 25-thousand 2015
Chrysler 200 sedans due to a transmission issue.
All the vehicles involved in the recall have the V-6 engine. The company
says the transmission may not be able to be put in park.
Officials say owners of the cars in the recall should use the emergency
brake before turning the motor off. No injuries have been reported because
of the defect which was traced back to the assembly of the transmission at a
Customers will be sent instructions on where to take their vehicle which
will be repaired at no charge.
(24/7 News Source)
(Grand Rapids-Student Threat Targets)
Grand Rapids police are saying the 17-year old who made Instagram threats
last Sunday was targeting three girls.
Detectives say Matthew Herrington told them he wanted to see those girls
come to West Catholic High School Monday morning with "fear in their eyes".
Two girls were told "You two will be the first". Police say he told a
third girl, "You will be number 5".
Herrington, who is an honor student, has been suspended and banned from
diocese of Grand Rapids school property.
He will be arraigned March 3rd on charges of making a terrorist threat or
false report of terrorism and is facing up to 40 years in prison.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)
(Van Buren Co-Drug Arrest)
A 20-year-old southwest Michigan man is behind bars awaiting arraignment on
drug and concealed weapons-related charges.
According to the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department, the man was seen
"lingering around the Dollar General store" in Hartford around 11:30 p.m.
Tuesday, prompting a call to police.
The man initially denied having any drugs or weapons, but a search found a
bag of meth, a semi-automatic pistol and a knife. The charges the Hartford
man will face have not been released by police, and he remains in the Van
Buren County Jail pending his arraignment.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)
A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that Michigan's child
poverty rate could be cut in half when the positive effect of government
programs and tax policies are taken into account, That includes state and
federal Earned Income Tax Credits.
Jane Zehnder-Merrell, Kids Count in Michigan project director at the
Michigan League for Public Policy, says Michigan's child poverty could be
reduced from 30-percent to 15-percent when government transfers like food
assistance, state and federal Earned Income Tax Credits, cash assistance,
child care assistance and housing subsidies are counted.
Zehnder-Merrell says voting "yes" May 5th on the road funding package will
trigger the reinstatement of the state Earned Income Tax Credit to
20-percent of the federal credit, which will help more than one (M) million
Michigan children in working families. She says 341-thousand Michigan
children are lifted from poverty when such programs are available.
Meantime, the League also recommends that state policymakers ease a harsh
state asset test on food assistance that limits federally funded food aid;
revisit the strict 48-month time limit on cash assistance for families
playing by the rules; employ two-generation strategies such as connecting
job training opportunities to Head Start and Great Start Readiness preschool
so more parents can access better-paying jobs and update state child care
subsidies for parents searching for work or working for low wages. The
subsidies have not kept pace with inflation.
(MI-Homeland Security Grants)
Eighty-four Michigan communities may feel the impact of a deadlock in
Congress if a deal isn't reached to fund the U.S. Homeland Security
If Congress can't come to terms and the department partially shuts down
Friday, MLive reports 91 federal grants awarded to 84 Michigan communities
to fund firefighter salaries, equipment and fire safety initiatives could be
Communities all over the state received grants from the Federal Emergency
Management Agency ranging from just a few thousand dollars to $25 million.
But officials in Detroit, which was awarded over $25 million for salaries
and equipment, isn't worried yet. But, John Roach, a spokesman for the
mayor's office, says they are studying the issue closely.
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for a vote on a funding bill.
But the measure could face opposition in the House as it does not include
key provisions to block President Obama's immigration reforms.
(MI-Comerica Economic Index)
Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index grew in December,
increasing 0.4 percentage points to a level of 120.
December's reading is 46 points, or 62 percent, above the index cyclical low
of 73.8. The index averaged 117.3 points for all of 2014, three and
one-tenth points above the index average for 2013.
November's index reading was 119.6.
Comerica Bank Chief Economist Robert Dye says they anticipate only limited
gains from auto production driving the Michigan economy in 2015. However,
they expect to see more improvement in housing markets, both in terms of
residential construction and also in terms of house price gains in 2015.
According to Dye, labor market conditions will continue to improve this
year, providing a broadening base of support for the Michigan economy.
(Bay Co-Ponzi Scheme Trial)
The Bay County trial is underway for a Saginaw man accused of running an
extensive Ponzi scheme.
The Michigan Attorney General's Office, which is prosecuting the case, says
32-year old Joel Wilson defrauded at least three Michigan victims out of
hundreds of thousands of dollars. Approximately $8.5 million in investor
funds is missing.
Wilson was extradited from Germany in January 2014 after being on the lam in
Europe for more than a year.
Wilson allegedly began scamming investors in 2009 through his operation of
The Diversified Group, an investment company with multiple locations in Bay
County. Attorney General Bill Schuette says Wilson told victims that he
would use their funds to purchase "distressed properties" in the Saginaw and
Bay City areas.
Prosecutors say Wilson failed to make profits and used investment money to
repay some of his clients. He also allegedly used nearly 50-thousand dollars
to buy personal items and pay expenses.
Wilson is charged with nine felonies including racketeering and the sale of
unregistered securities. If convicted, he faces up to twenty years in
A campaign to purchase Hell is underway on the Internet.
The leader of an organization in Detroit called Damned has begun the push to
raise money to purchase the hamlet of Hell located in Livingston County's
The leader is known as Anthony DVS and he is hoping his kick-starter
campaign will raise over one-point three-million dollars. Damned has an art
show in Detroit around Halloween each year and plans to build a performance
arts center for year-round use in Hell.
John Colone, the self-styled Mayor of Hell, currently owns the diner and ice
cream shop, a wedding chapel, a miniature golf course and a souvenir shop.
On Friday, February 13th he put his Hell assets up for sale for
(24/7 News Source)
are going to be allowed to raise chickens in Grand Rapids.
The City Commission approved an ordinance allowing the birds today, after
previously postponing talks about the controversial proposal.
Third Ward City Commissioner Senita Lenear expressed concerns about
Salmonella and other health-related issues. However, Grand Rapids Mayor
George Heartwell says other communities that allow the animals have not
discussed problems like that.
(24/7 News Source)
Bi-partisan legislation has been introduced in the state House in Lansing
that would remove the statute of limitations on sex crimes.
Republican Holly Hughes of Montague, and Democrat Pam Faris of Clio
introduced the legislation Tuesday, saying there is no recourse for victims
of crimes committed before 2001 under current Michigan law.
Hughes says the bill will give victims of criminal sexual abuse a voice,
regardless of when they became victims noting that many times, victims
suppress their memories of the crime and don’t recall them for years.
State laws were amended in 2001 to remove statutes of limitation for crimes
involving criminal sexual conduct. However, the changes only applied to
cases of abuse which occurred after 2001. This new legislation would allow
charges to be brought against abusers regardless of when the crime occurred.
The bill has been referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)
(MI-Motor Carrier Officers)
A top State Police official says the department now has 95 motor carrier
officers who enforce laws governing commercial motor vehicles and optimally
would like to employ 125.
Captain Michael Krumm, director of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
Division, told the House Appropriations State Police Subcommittee that 11
new motor carrier officers will soon come off probation, bringing force
levels to 106.
But Krumm said having 125 would allow the division to keep weigh stations
open longer and cover more areas.
The motor carrier officer school planned for this fiscal year would be moved
to the upcoming 2015-16 fiscal year under Governor Rick Snyder's budget
Michigan's county gun board permit system for concealed weapons would be
scrapped under a pair of bills that could see a vote in the Michigan House
as early as today (Wed).
The bills have already passed the Senate.
The measure transfers most county gun board tasks to local county clerks.
This two bill package follows the governor's veto of generally similar bills
last year that he said contained language that would have lifted a concealed
weapon prohibition for subjects of a personal protection order.
The new version does not include that language.
Sponsors say the package ensures promptness in permitting, and also reduces
the application and licensing fee.
Legislative workgroups begin meeting in Lansing today (Wed) in a renewed
effort to reform sentencing guidelines in Michigan.
Lawmakers admit to the delicate nature of the discussion, since changing
guidelines in an effort to reduce costs in corrections can be interpreted as
being soft on crime.
Two bills to reform the guidelines have been introduced in the Michigan
House. They're sponsored by Republicans Kurt Heise of Plymouth and Martin
Howrylak of Troy.
Efforts on similar bills last term failed to get final approval.
The bills make changes to the probation and parole system.
The sponsors say the goal is to balance adequate punishment with fiscal
Michigan's corrections budget has continually grown, and now exceeds two (b)
billion dollars per year and represents 20 percent of the state budget.
Hacker attacks continue to plague state government computer systems in
Michigan as the number of incidents continue to grow.
Director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, David Behen
told a House committee yesterday (Tue) the state stops about 730,000 attacks
on its IT network each day. That's up from last year when the state blocked
530,000 attacks a day.
Michigan currently spends about $22 million a year on cyber security.
Governor Rick Snyder has proposed adding $7 million to that amount in the
2015-16 budget year, money that Behen says will be used strengthen the
state's hardware and software systems as well as continuous monitoring of
Behen says the state needs to remain vigilant against increasingly
sophisticated hackers. He says the state's system works relatively well,
blocking most attacks, but notes that hackers were successful in shutting
down state systems a few times last year for a couple hours.
(MI-J.D. Powers Study)
Lexus again finished tops overall in J.D. Powers annual dependability study,
but General Motors products and brands showed significant gains.
Renee Stephens, vice president of U.S. automotive at J.D. Power, says Buick
moved up to second, followed by Honda and Cadillac. Toyota’s continued to
perform very well.
Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study-now in its 26th year-surveyed 35,000
owners of three year old vehicles, looking at “problems per 100 vehicles.”
General Motors tied Toyota for most vehicles ranked top in their individual
categories with seven. All four of GM’s brands finished in the top ten.
The top owner complaints surrounded technology that either didn’t work as
expected, or was hard to use.
Problems with My Ford Touch likely lead to the Ford brands poor showing. By
contrast, the Lincoln brand did quite well in the study, finishing in 7th
place, just ahead of Mercedes Benz.
All of Fiat-Chrysler’s brands-with the exception of Ram Trucks-finished
below average in the JD Power study, with the Fiat brand finishing last.
Stevens says there are a lot of minor quality issues, like clocks not
While cars and trucks have improved greatly in the 26 years that this study
has done, Stevens says they’ve added a lot of extras, and those extras
haven’t always worked perfectly. That comes at a time of rising prices, and
rising consumer expectations.
(Jeff Gilbert, WWJ, Detroit)
(Battle Creek-Ambulance Crash-UPDATE)
The Secretary of State's office says the driver who hit an ambulance in
Battle Creek early yesterday morning had just gotten her license back after
it was suspended in 2009.
The LifeCare Ambulance was rushing 74-year old cardiac patient David Simpson
of Battle Creek to the hospital with its lights and sirens on when the car
driven by 61-year old Shirley Ann Stokes of Battle Creek failed to stop at
an intersection about three blocks from Bronson Battle Creek Hospital.
Stokes and a passenger in her vehicle, 54-year old James Stokes of Battle
Creek, were pronounced dead at the scene. Simpson was transferred to another
ambulance after the crash but died moments after arriving at the hospital.
Police believe alcohol and speed played roles in the accident.
(Muskegon Co-Casino Progress)
The former Great Lakes Downs horse racing track is a step closer to being
turned into a casino.
An application to put the 60-acre property into a federal trust has been
filed by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The tribe is seeking to
build a facility that's roughly the same size as the Firekeeper's Casino in
the Battle Creek area with a 69-thousand square foot gaming area and a
A decision is expected in 2016.
(24/7 News Source)
(MI/DC-Keystone Veto Reaction)
Michigan's petroleum industry is reacting to President Obama's veto of the
Keystone XL pipeline bill.
The president yesterday (Tue) vetoed legislation that would have allowed for
the pipeline that would deliver 800-thousand barrels of petroleum a day from
Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
John Griffin of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan says while
the pipeline wasn't going to run through Michigan, the state has many
traveling pipeline workers and a number of manufacturers that make equipment
used on pipelines all across the country, so Michigan has a manufacturing
and worker base impacted by the president's action.
Griffin says the petroleum will get to market somehow, but a pipeline would
be the most efficient way. He says the veto is a big hit to U.S. jobs and
U.S. energy security.
Environmental groups have praised the president's action.
An Allegan County woman became the first $1 million winner playing the
Michigan Lottery’s online games.
Lottery officials say Pam Rawson of Grand Junction made history while
playing Diamond Payout online on February 18. She visited Lottery
headquarters this week to collect her prize.
Rawson said when she started playing she had $15 in her online Lottery
account and won $150. That’s when she decided to give Diamond Payout a try
and on her second $20 ticket, she won the $1 million.
For Rawson, who works as an instructional aide at a local elementary school,
winning $1 million couldn’t have come at a better time. She recently won a
cruise, but had to decline the trip to have a medical procedure done and was
left with medical bills to pay.
With her windfall, Rawson is considering buying a new home, paying off some
bills, taking a vacation, and investing the remainder for retirement.
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(Kent Co-Child Sex Charges)
A Belding man who had already been charged with making sexually explicit
videos with children, and convicted of other sex crimes, now stands accused
of raping an 18 month old girl.
Police say 28 year old Eric Masters attacked the toddler in a Byron Township
motel over an eight day period in 2012. Masters is also being investigated
by the FBI for attacks in the West Michigan area and the Upper Peninsula in
2011 and 2013. He was arraigned on the most recent charges this week in Kent
County Circuit Court.
Masters faces life in prison and is being held on a quarter million dollar
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)
(Ypsilanti Twp-Change Locks Shooting)
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office says a man has been arrested for
allegedly shooting his ex-girlfriend at her Ypsilanti Township home.
Police say a maintenance man was changing the locks on the home when the
suspect showed up brandishing a handgun. The maintenance man fled and called
9-1-1. The ex-boyfriend then went inside the brick home and fired several
MLive reports the 35-year-old woman who lives at the house is in critical
condition at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
The woman has four children who range from 4 to 10 years of age. They were
not at home at the time of the shooting and are all being taken care of by
Deputies captured the ex-boyfriend in a nearby neighborhood within 10
minutes of the shooting.
He was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail where he will likely be facing
(MI-Skilled Trades Training)
Students at 18 community colleges across the state will gain in-demand
skills using state-of-the-art equipment and training through a $50 million
Governor Rick Snyder says the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
approval of schools selected through the Community College Skilled Trades
Equipment Program is an effort to help close a talent gap and meet a demand
for good-paying jobs.
Snyder announced in October that the grant program was created to provide
funding that enables Michigan community colleges to purchase equipment
required for educational programs in high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand
The Michigan Strategic Fund has authorized issuing bonds to fund the
Chuck Hadden, President and CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association,
says manufacturing has created more than 114,500 jobs since 2009 and
employers are still searching to fill thousands of available positions.
The 18 community colleges selected to receive grants will provide more than
$21.5 million in matching funds.
The program also requires collaboration with school districts and a detailed
plan on how the additional funding will help to meet employers’ job needs.
It was just a joke, but police aren’t laughing.
Metro Detroit was abuzz with worry Monday night after a 9-year-old boy left
a note at a Berkley restaurant indicating he was in danger. As it turns out,
however, the kid was just goofing around and is fine - other than that he
will be grounded for life.
The bizarre incident unfolded Monday afternoon, at Alex’s Restaurant in
Berkley, where the boy scribbled a note that read: “I’m with some people.
Please help me” - setting off a search.
The boy was seen on security video looking over his shoulder as he wrote the
note, and then leaving with two women and two other children. The
restaurant’s staff found the note when they were cleaning up and called
Investigators Monday night reached out to the public for information, and
the boy’s mother came forward.
Berkley Police Lieutenant Mike Crum said once the boy was located, it was
quickly determined that the whole thing was hoax.
He says no legal action will be taken and police are confident the
9-year-old’s parents will do an excellent job handling his punishment at
(East Lansing-Refugee False Claims)
An Iraqi refugee living in East Lansing is facing charges of making false
statements to a federal agent after lying to the FBI about ties to
The Detroit News reports 29-year-old Al-Hamzah Mohammad Jawad told Customs
and Border Protection agents at Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus last week
that he was flying to Amman, Jordan with plans to join the Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and intended to go to Irag to conduct Jihad.
Investigators searched Jawad's cell phone and laptop at his East Lansing
apartment and found nothing to confirm his claims.
Jawad eventually admitted to FBI agents that his claims were a farce. He
would not provide and explanation for why he had fabricated this story,
stating only that his home life was mess.
Jawad is currently jailed pending a detention hearing before a federal
Bridge-Crash Closes Bridge)
Mackinac Bridge is closed due to a a multiple-vehicle crash and poor
visibility caused by high winds and whiteout conditions.
The Michigan Department of Transportation says the bridge is expected to be
closed for several hours until the weather conditions improve.
The Mackinac Bridge Authority is instructing motorists to reduce their speed
to 20 miles per hour as they approach the bridge and be prepared to stop.
Bridge personnel are stationed at both ends of the structure to provide
Conditions are being monitored at various points along the structure and the
MBA says when conditions improve, the bridge will be reopened to traffic.
Creek-Three Killed Ambulance Crash)
Three people were killed in Battle Creek this morning (Tuesday) when an
ambulance was hit by car that went through a stop light.
The ambulance was rushing a patient to the hospital with its lights and
sirens on when the car failed to stop at an intersection about three blocks
from Bronson Battle Creek Hospital.
A man and woman in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. The patient in
the ambulance died moments after arriving at the hospital. Names are not
being released at this time.
A Battle Creek firefighter in the ambulance also was injured.
Police say speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)
The Department of Natural Resources has announced construction of its new
Lake Huron fisheries research vessel.
The R/V Tanner will be built by Andersen Boat Works of Saugatuck. It will
replace the aging R/V Chinook, which has been operating on the Great Lakes
DNR officials say the new vessel will be a 57-foot, aluminum-hulled vessel
closely modeled after the R/V Lake Char, the DNR’s Lake Superior fisheries
research vessel launched in 2007. It will be powered by twin engines and
will have a greater cruising range and speed.
DNR Fisheries Division boat captain Jeff Diemond says the R/V Tanner will
allow staff at the Alpena Fisheries Research Station to continue their work
on Lake Huron and the St. Marys River with tremendous improvements in
safety, flexibility and dependability over its projected 50-plus-year life
Construction will take place over the next year, with delivery scheduled for
A final resting place, including an educational display, is being explored
for the R/V Chinook after its decommissioning.
(Help from: WATZ, Alpena)
(MI-Great Lakes Ice)
A record could be set this weekend for ice coverage on the Great Lakes.
The five lakes were 84-point-four-percent covered by ice as of Sunday, and
more bitter cold air is dropping into the area this week.
MLive.com chief meteorologist Mark Torregrossa (TORE-uh-gross-uh) says it's
a possibility that the lakes could surpass the 1979 record of
94-point-seven-percent ice coverage if winds on Lake Michigan today don't
kick up too much and break up some of the ice.
Torregrossa adds that the high percentage of ice on the lakes will likely
result in a cooler than normal summer, and a late arrival for spring.
(24/7 News Source)
(Detroit-Apartment Complex Fire)
After battling a massive fire at an apartment building in the freezing cold
overnight, Detroit firefighters have decided to just “let it burn” because
it was too dangerous to get inside the building.
The blaze started around 11:30 p.m. Monday in an east side neighborhood.
Crews remained on the scene this (Tuesday) morning and flames were still
visible from blocks away.
Firefighters are being hampered by the frigid cold with temperatures in the
single digits. Some equipment is nearly frozen solid and pavement around the
complex is ice covered.
The fire has been contained to one building, but crews are now just going to
let the blaze run its course.
All nine families living in the building escaped the fire without injuries.
One firefighter suffered a minor back injury, but is expected to be OK.
A cause of the fire remains under investigation.
(Mike Campbell, WWJ, Detroit)
(Kent Co-Infant Measles Test)
Preliminary tests by the Michigan Department of Community Health are coming
back negative for measles for an 11-month-old in Kent County.
The county health department says the tests still need to be confirmed by
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but spokeswoman Lisa
LaPlante notes the chance that the Gaines Township girl has the measles is
The child was treated for a rash last week and had a few symptoms of
measles, but was not fully consistent with the illness. The baby is too
young to receive a measles vaccine which is given to children at 12 to 15
Another child in neighboring Allegan County is being monitored for a
suspected case of measles.
The entire state of Michigan had only five cases of measles last year.
(24/7 News Source/WOOD, Grand Rapids)
(Lake Odessa-Fire Charges Filed)
An Ionia County man is not cooperating with police as they investigate a
suspicious fire and shooting at his home last week.
The Lake Odessa man is now charged with three felonies, including making a
false police report of arson. Authorities have determined the gunshot wound
he suffered to his arm was self-inflicted.
The suspect remains hospitalized in Grand Rapids, and his name won't be
released until his arraignment.
(24/7 News Source)
(Kalamazoo Co-Serial Arsonist)
Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Deputies have a suspected serial arsonist in
Anthony Packard was arraigned Monday on several charges, including three
counts of fourth degree arson. He faces up to five years in prison on each
The 32-year old Packard was picked up over the weekend after two different
vehicle fires in the Texas Township area.
A fire was reported at Calvary Reformed Church late Saturday night and a
second vehicle fire took place at a mobile home park.
Authorities say Packard got stuck in a snowbank following the second fire.
The Texas Township man fled the scene on foot but authorities found him
hiding under a stairwell nearby.
Investigators believe Packard is responsible for five other vehicle arsons,
dating back to September 2014.
Packard was ordered held on a $50,000 cash bond with the condition he first
undergoes a mental health evaluation and does not possess illegal firearms
if released. A preliminary examination is scheduled for March 11.
(Help from: Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)
It's not considered a big election day, but some local communities in
Michigan are making some important decisions today (Tue).
About 40 ballot questions are before local voters around the state,
including three communities where voters are asked to increase taxes for
They include Muskegon County, Kalamazoo Township and Mills Township in
The election occurs less than three months before a statewide ballot
proposal increasing the sales tax as part of an effort to trigger more money
for roads, schools and local government.
Both supporters and opponents of the May proposal will be watching today's
Other local proposals today ask for more school funding, and at least one
community, Montrose in Genesee county, is deciding on a proposal to legalize
small amounts of recreational marijuana.
While approval would have its benefits, the state's largest retailers
organization has taken no position on the upcoming May vote on how to raise
more funding for the repair of Michigan roads and bridges.
As the exact wording becomes finalized this week, Tom Scott, of the Michigan
Retailers Association says their membership has decided not to take a stand
on the statewide ballot proposal since there are mixed feelings
among retailers about raising the state sales tax, although they would
benefit greatly from improved roads to transport goods.
The proposal would raise the sales tax from six-to-seven-percent, elminate
the sales tax on fuel and target a portion of the use tax for the school aid
fund. Another portion could be used for community colleges and
career/technical education. It would also, if approved, include an
increase in the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel and vehicle registration
fees, dedicating that revenue for roads and transportation programs.
Meantime the Small Business Association of Michigan, the Michigan
Manufacturers Association and Business Leaders for Michigan all support
Proposal One, while the National Federation of Independent Businesses oppose
it. The Michigan State Chamber of Commerce is, as yet, undecided on the
A new report shows Michigan political action committees (PAC) raised a
record setting $68 million in the 2014 election cycle.
According to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, the 150 political action
committees that raised the most money during the two-year 2014 cycle brought
in about $17 million more than the previous record set in the 2006 cycle.
The report also notes that many of the PACs were super PACs, which can
accept funds from corporate and union accounts.
The Republican Governors Association Michigan PAC raised the most in the
2014 cycle, with more than $4.6 million. Much of that amount was returned to
the parent RGA organization, which spent millions on ads supporting Governor
Rick Snyder in the governor's race.
The House Republican Campaign Committee was second and the Michigan House
Democratic Fund was third on the MCFN's list.
The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeals case challenging the
construction of a new International Trade Crossing.
The Detroit International Bridge Company, which owns the Ambassador Bridge,
and a group in southwest Detroit called Latin Americans for Social and
Economic Development, argued the project would have a negative environmental
impact on Detroit's Delray neighborhood.
But the Supreme Court yesterday (Mon) denied a hearing without attaching any
comment for its decision rejecting the appeal of a Sixth U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals ruling.
The Sixth Circuit ruling last June rejected the argument that there would be
a negative environmental impact saying the Federal Highway Administration
conducted an exhaustive study and made a reasonable determination based on
all the comparative information available.
(Wexford Co-Fatal Crash Sentence)
A Grand Rapids area man is on his way to prison for a traffic accident in
northern Michigan that killed his girlfriend last fall.
24-year old Joshua Fournier of Caledonia was sentenced Monday in Wexford
County to four to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to operating
while intoxicated, causing death, and failure to stop at the scene of an
accident when at fault, causing death.
24-year old Nicole Popa was sleeping in the backseat of the car when
Fournier allegedly skidded into the path of a semi truck on M-115 in Clam
Lake Township September 13 while returning from a wedding reception.
High school students on opposite ends of the state are facing charges for
making online threats against their school.
17-year old Matthew Herrington of Grand Rapids is charged with two counts of
false report or threat of terrorism after police say he admitted to posting
messages on Instagram that threatened his classmates at West Catholic High
Herrington faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Meantime, a 14-year-old boy is accused of threatening to shoot up Milford
Police arrested the Highland Township teen over the weekend after they say
he made a social media post on the website called Kik saying it would be
A student's parents notified police, who then removed several guns from the
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)
(Saugatuck-Best Coastal Small Town)
The Lake Michigan community of Saugatuck is in the running for the Best
Coastal Small Town in the country.
USA Today has put up a list of 20 finalists of small towns - each with a
population of under 20,000 - with other criteria including offering "uncrowded,
unpretentious and affordable seaside fun in small packages that prove bigger
isn't always better."
Other finalists include Boca Grande, Florida; Carmel-By-The-Sea, California;
Friday Harbor, Washington; Gulf Shores, Alabama; Homer, Alaska and St.
Voting is open through March 16 at noon, and you can vote once per day at
the website 10Best.com/awards/travel.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)
(Clinton Twp-Teacher Sex Charge)
A Chippewa Valley High School teacher has been charged with sexual
misconduct after allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with a
16-year-old student last year.
Twenty-three-year-old Christopher Cowles was arraigned Friday in 41B
District Court. He was charged with felony third-degree criminal sexual
conduct and faces up to 15 years in prison.
Police say the charge stems from alleged contact between Cowles and a female
student in early 2014. The girl's mother called police last month.
Cowles was arrested Thursday at his home in Clinton Township.
Cowles currently is incarcerated in the Macomb County Jail. Bond was set at
$250,000 cash or surety.
March 2, 2015
Who will top the list this year? Forbes Magazine
announces its annual World Billionaires list of the world’s
Today marks the deadline for President Obama’s Task Force on 21st
Century Policing to submit its report on the best means to provide
effective partnerships between law enforcement and local
Get out your books! Today marks Read Across America Day, sponsored
by the National Education Association, which encourages children
to read books and celebrate the 110th birthday of Dr. Suess.
A pretrial court hearing is scheduled for “The Shield” actor
Michael Jace, who has been charged with the murder of his wife
April Jace in May 2014.
NHL games: Nashville Predators at the New York Rangers; Carolina
Hurricanes at the Chicago Blackhawks; Montreal Canadiens at the
San Jose Sharks.
NBA games: Toronto Raptors at the Philadelphia 76ers; Phoenix Suns
at the Miami Heat; Golden State Warriors at the Brooklyn Nets; Los
Angeles Clippers at the Minnesota Timberwolves; New Orleans
Pelicans at the Dallas Mavericks.
March 3, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is
expected to address Congress on Iran after receiving and
invitation from House Speaker John Boehner.
NHL games: Nashville Predators at the New Jersey Devils; Calgary
Flames at the Philadelphia Flyers; Washington Capitals at the
Columbus Blue Jackets; Buffalo Sabres at the Tampa Bay Lightning;
Toronto Maple Leafs at the Florida Panthers; Ottawa Senators at
the Minnesota Wild; New York Islanders at the Dallas Stars;
Anaheim Ducks at the Arizona Coyotes; Los Angeles Kings at the
Edmonton Oilers; San Jose Sharks at the Vancouver Canucks.
NBA games, including Sacramento Kings at the New York Knicks,
postponed from January 26 following the snowstorm in the
Northeast. Other games today: Boston Celtics at the Cleveland
Cavaliers; Los Angeles Lakers at the Charlotte Hornets; Houston
Rockets at the Atlanta Hawks; Utah Jazz at the Memphis Grizzlies;
Washington Wizards at the Chicago Bulls; Milwaukee Bucks at the
March 4, 2015
Opening statements in the trial of suspected
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are set to begin, meaning
a sufficient number of qualified jurors in the high-profile death
penalty case have been identified.
A probable cause hearing is schedule for Craig Stephen Hicks, who
is accused of killing three near the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill campus. Police said the killing was motivated over
a parking dispute, but Muslim civil rights and advocacy
organizations have asked authorities to investigate possible
NHL games: Ottawa Senators at the Winnipeg Jets; New York Rangers
at the Detroit Red Wings; Pittsburgh Penguins at the Colorado
Avalanche; Montreal Canadiens at the Anaheim Ducks
NBA games: Phoenix Suns at the Orlando Magic; New York Knicks at
the Indiana Pacers; Cleveland Cavaliers at the Toronto Raptors;
Charlotte Hornets at the Brooklyn Nets; Utah Jazz at the Boston
Celtics; Los Angeles Lakers at the Miami Heat; Philadelphia 76ers
at the Oklahoma City Thunder; Detroit Pistons at the New Orleans
Pelicans; Denver Nuggets at the Minnesota Timberwolves; Memphis
Grizzlies at the Houston Rockets; Sacramento Kings at the San
Antonio Spurs; Portland Trail Blazers at the Los Angeles Clippers;
Milwaukee Bucks at the Golden State Warriors.
LEGOLAND California will unveil its new Star Wars Miniland Death
Star model display.
March 5, 2015
The world's oldest person, Misao Okawa of Osaka,
celebrates her 117th birthday.
Nominations are announced for the MTV Movie Awards, which take
place on April 12.
How will your company rank? Fortune Magazine reveals its annual
ranking of the 100 Best Companies to work for in the U.S.
The House of Representatives goes on break for District Work
NHL games: Calgary Flames at the Boston Bruins; St. Louis Blues at
the Philadelphia Flyers; Minnesota Wild at the Washington
Capitals; Toronto Maple Leafs at the Tampa Bay Lightning; Dallas
Stars at the Florida Panthers; New York Islanders at the Nashville
Predators; Vancouver Canucks at the Arizona Coyotes; Montreal
Canadiens at the Los Angeles Kings.
NBA games: Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chicago Bulls; Dallas
Mavericks at the Portland Trail Blazers.
March 6, 2015
How many jobs were added last month in the U.S.?
The monthly employment report will be released.
Major League Soccer’s 20th regular season begins, with the Chicago
Fire playing at defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy.
The sixth annual National Day of Unplugging, which encourages
people to switch off their cell phones and computers from sunrise
NHL games: Columbus Blue Jackets at the New Jersey Devils;
Minnesota Wild at the Carolina Hurricanes; Buffalo Sabres at the
Ottawa Senators; Calgary Flames at the Detroit Red Wings; Edmonton
Oilers at the Chicago Blackhawks; Pittsburgh Penguins at the
NBA games: Utah Jazz at the Philadelphia 76ers; Sacramento Kings
at the Orlando Magic; Chicago Bulls at the Indiana Pacers; Toronto
Raptors at the Charlotte Hornets; Phoenix Suns at the Brooklyn
Nets; Cleveland Cavaliers at the Atlanta Hawks; Miami Heat at the
Washington Wizards; Boston Celtics at the New Orleans Pelicans;
Los Angeles Lakers at the Memphis Grizzlies; Detroit Pistons at
the Houston Rockets; Denver Nuggets at the San Antonio Spurs;
Dallas Mavericks at the Golden State Warriors.
March 7, 2015
The 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when
around 600 marchers were attacked by local authorities as they
tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge during a march from Selma
to Montgomery, Alabama. President Obama will also visit Selma to
highlight the upcoming 50th anniversary of the singing of the
Voting Rights Act.
Numerous possible 2016 Presidential Candidates are expected to
speak at the Iowa Ag Summit, hosted by Bruce Rastetter.
The 30th anniversary of the release of “We Are The World,” until
the supergroup title USA (United Support of Artists) for Africa.
NHL games: Philadelphia Flyers at the Boston Bruins; St. Louis
Blues at the Toronto Maple Leafs; Dallas Stars at the Tampa Bay
Lightning; New York Islanders at the Florida Panthers; Buffalo
Sabres at the Washington Capitals; Colorado Avalanche at the
Columbus Blue Jackets; Winnipeg Jets at the Nashville Predators;
Montreal Canadiens at the Arizona Coyotes; Pittsburgh Penguins at
the Los Angeles Kings; Vancouver Canucks at the San Jose Sharks
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race gets underway.
NBA games: Memphis Grizzlies at the New Orleans Pelicans; Atlanta
Hawks at the Philadelphia 76ers; Indiana Pacers at the New York
Knicks; Sacramento Kings at the Miami Heat; Phoenix Suns at the
Cleveland Cavaliers; Portland Trail Blazers at the Minnesota
Timberwolves; Washington Wizards at the Milwaukee Bucks; Houston
Rockets at the Denver Nuggets.
March 8, 2015
Time to Spring Forward! U.S. Daylight Saving
Time begins at 2:00 a.m. with clocks going forward one hour.
NHL games: Edmonton Oilers at the Carolina Hurricanes;
Philadelphia Flyers at the New Jersey Devils; Colorado Avalanche
at the Minnesota Wild; Calgary Flames at the Ottawa Senators;
Detroit Red Wings at the Boston Bruins; New York Rangers at the
NBA games: Chicago Bulls at the San Antonio Spurs; Los Angeles
Clippers at the Golden State Warriors; Boston Celtics at the
Orlando Magic; Charlotte Hornets at the Detroit Pistons; Utah Jazz
at the Brooklyn Nets; Toronto Raptors at the Oklahoma City
Thunder; Dallas Mavericks at the Los Angeles Lakers.
March 9, 2015
The eighth anniversary of retired FBI Special
Agent Robert Levinson disappearing during a business trip to Kish
The annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma, Alabama
to commemorate the historic march by civil rights leaders from
Selma to Montgomery in 1965.
NHL games: New York Islanders at the Toronto Maple Leafs; Edmonton
Oilers at the Detroit Red Wings; Anaheim Ducks at the Vancouver
Canucks; Nashville Predators at the Arizona Coyotes; Pittsburgh
Penguins at the San Jose Sharks.
NBA games: Washington Wizards at the Charlotte Hornets; Boston
Celtics at the Miami Heat; Sacramento Kings at the Atlanta Hawks;
New Orleans Pelicans at the Milwaukee Bucks; Memphis Grizzlies at
the Chicago Bulls; New York Knicks at the Denver Nuggets; Golden
State Warriors at the Phoenix Suns; Minnesota Timberwolves at the
Los Angeles Clippers.
March 10, 2015
Was it road rage or something more? At 9am a
preliminary hearing will be held for Erich Milton Nowsch. He’s
accused of killing a woman in a Las Vegas road rage incident, but
there are some indications he knew his victim.
Madonna releases new album 'Rebel Heart' following the surprise
release of the first six songs - 'Living For Love', 'Devil Pray',
'Ghosttown', 'Unapologetic Bitch', 'Illuminati' and 'Bitch I'm
Madonna (featuring Nicki Minaj) - in December as 'an early
NHL games: New York Rangers at the New York Islanders; Dallas
Stars at the Philadelphia Flyers; Columbus Blue Jackets at the
Carolina Hurricanes; Tampa Bay Lightning at the Montreal Canadiens;
Boston Bruins at the Ottawa Senators; Winnipeg Jets at the St.
Louis Blues; New Jersey Devils at the Minnesota Wild; Los Angeles
Kings at the Colorado Avalanche.
NBA games: Orlando Magic at the Indiana Pacers; New Orleans
Pelicans at the Brooklyn Nets; Toronto Raptors at the San Antonio
Spurs; Cleveland Cavaliers at the Dallas Mavericks; New York
Knicks at the Utah Jazz; Detroit Pistons at the Los Angeles
Court appearance scheduled for the longtime head of a suburban
Chicago Islamic school, Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, 75, who has been
charged with sexually assaulting a woman who worked there.
March 11, 2015
The 30th anniversary of Mikhail Gorbachev
becoming leader of the Soviet Union following the death of
Today marks the fourth anniversary of a magnitude-9.0 earthquake
and tsunami striking north-eastern Japan, which killed up to 20,00
NHL games: Buffalo Sabres at the Toronto Maple Leafs; New York
Rangers at the Washington Capitals; Anaheim Ducks at the Calgary
NBA games: Chicago Bulls at the Philadelphia 76ers; Sacramento
Kings at the Charlotte Hornets; Brooklyn Nets at the Miami Heat;
Memphis Grizzlies at the Boston Celtics; Los Angeles Clippers at
the Oklahoma City Thunder; Orlando Magic at the Milwaukee Bucks;
Atlanta Hawks at the Denver Nuggets; Minnesota Timberwolves at the
Phoenix Suns; Houston Rockets at the Portland Trail Blazers;
Detroit Pistons at the Golden State Warriors.
March 12, 2015
NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission is
scheduled to launch, which will explore the mystery of how
magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect over a
NHL games: Tampa Bay Lightning at the Boston Bruins; Edmonton
Oilers at the Pittsburgh Penguins; Dallas Stars at the Carolina
Hurricanes; Ottawa Senators at the Montreal Canadiens; Columbus
Blue Jackets at the Detroit Red Wings; Winnipeg Jets at the
Florida Panthers; Philadelphia Flyers at the St. Louis Blues; New
Jersey Devils at the Colorado Avalanche; Los Angeles Kings at the
Vancouver Canucks; Chicago Blackhawks at the Arizona Coyotes;
Nashville Predators at the San Jose Sharks.
NBA games: Memphis Grizzlies at the Washington Wizards; Milwaukee
Bucks at the Indiana Pacers; Cleveland Cavaliers at the San
Antonio Spurs; Houston Rockets at the Utah Jazz; New York Knicks
at the Los Angeles Lakers.
March 13, 2015
Waukseha County Circuit Judge Michael Rohren is
scheduled to rule if the two suspects in the Slenderman stabbing
case should have their trials moved to children’s court. No need
to have on before if.
The 22nd annual South by Southwest Festival gets underway with the
world premiere of Ondi Timoner's Russell Brand documentary,
'Brand: A Second Coming’.
Kenneth Branagh's live action flick “Cinderella” in movie
theaters. along with new “Frozen” short film.
The second anniversary of Pope Francis being elected.
Happy Birthday to the World’s Oldest Cat. Tiffany Two, a
short-haired black and orange tortoiseshell turns 27.
NHL games: Ottawa Senators at the New York Islanders; Dallas Stars
at the Washington Capitals; Edmonton Oilers at the Columbus Blue
Jackets; Anaheim Ducks at the Minnesota Wild; Toronto Maple Leafs
at the Calgary Flames.
NBA games: Sacramento Kings at the Philadelphia 76ers; Chicago
Bulls at the Charlotte Hornets; Miami Heat at the Toronto Raptors;
Orlando Magic at the Boston Celtics; Minnesota Timberwolves at the
Oklahoma City Thunder; Los Angeles Clippers at the Dallas
Mavericks; Golden State Warriors at the Denver Nuggets; Detroit
Pistons at the Portland Trail Blazers; Atlanta Hawks at the
March 14, 2015
Possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate
Scott Walker is the featured speaker at the New Hampshire
Republican Committee’s 2016 Kickoff Grassroots training event.
NHL games: Detroit Red Wings at the Philadelphia Flyers; Boston
Bruins at the Pittsburgh Penguins; Chicago Blackhawks at the San
Jose Sharks; New York Rangers at the Buffalo Sabres; Winnipeg Jets
at the Tampa Bay Lightning; Montreal Canadiens at the New York
Islanders; Florida Panthers at the Carolina Hurricanes; Toronto
Maple Leafs at the Vancouver Canucks; Minnesota Wild at the St.
Louis Blues; New Jersey Devils at the Arizona Coyotes; Calgary
Flames at the Colorado Avalanche; Nashville Predators at the Los
NBA games: Sacramento Kings at the Washington Wizards; Boston
Celtics at the Indiana Pacers; Brooklyn Nets at the Philadelphia
76ers; Milwaukee Bucks at the Memphis Grizzlies; Detroit Pistons
at the Utah Jazz; New York Knicks at the Golden State Warriors.
March 15, 2015
The temporary suspension of the nation's
borrowing limit passed by Congress last year expires.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first .com internet domain
name registered, which was symbolics.com, a computer manufacturer.
'Selection Sunday’ in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball
Tournament, also known as March Madness.
Today marks the fourth anniversary of protests in Syria starting
during the Arab Spring, which eventually escalated into a
full-blown civil war.
Possibly 2016 Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz,
R-Texas, is the special guest at the Grafton County Republican
Committee Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.
Boston hosts its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.
NHL games: Florida Panthers at the New York Rangers; Carolina
Hurricanes at the Columbus Blue Jackets; St. Louis Blues at the
Dallas Stars; Philadelphia Flyers at the Ottawa Senators; Detroit
Red Wings at the Pittsburgh Penguins; Boston Bruins at the
Washington Capitals; Nashville Predators at the Anaheim Ducks.
NBA games: Chicago Bulls at the Oklahoma City Thunder; Houston
Rockets at the Los Angeles Clippers; Cleveland Cavaliers at the
Orlando Magic; Denver Nuggets at the New Orleans Pelicans;
Portland Trail Blazers at the Toronto Raptors; Minnesota
Timberwolves at the San Antonio Spurs; New York Knicks at the
Phoenix Suns; Atlanta Hawks at the Los Angeles Lakers.
March 16, 2015
“Dancing with the Stars” returns for its 20th
season on ABC.
National Association of Home Buildings releases its new numbers
for the past month.
The House of Representatives returns today from the State Work
NHL games: Washington Capitals at the Buffalo Sabres; Montreal
Canadiens at the Tampa Bay Lightning; Toronto Maple Leafs at the
Edmonton Oilers; Arizona Coyotes at the Los Angeles Kings.
NBA games: Portland Trail Blazers at the Washington Wizards;
Toronto Raptors at the Indiana Pacers; Philadelphia 76ers at the
Boston Celtics; Cleveland Cavaliers at the Miami Heat; Brooklyn
Nets at the Minnesota Timberwolves; Denver Nuggets at the Memphis
Grizzlies; Oklahoma City Thunder at the Dallas Mavericks;
Charlotte Hornets at the Utah Jazz; Atlanta Hawks at the
Sacramento Kings; Los Angeles Lakers at the Golden State Warriors.
March 17, 2015
Prince Charles and Camilla embark on a four-day
visit to the United States. They will spent three days in
Washington D.C., while visiting Mount Vernon and the National
Archives to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
St. Patrick's Day , marked with annual parades in Ireland and
cities across the globe.
The first games kick off in NCAA March Madness.
New York City’s annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, which will for
the first time allow LGBT groups to march in the annual
Today marks the first anniversary of Russian President Vladimir
Putin signing the decree on Crimea as sanctions imposed on Russia.
One of the longest running St. Patrick’s Day Events in New England
- the Annual Wild Irish Breakfast. Speakers include possible 2016
Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Governor Martin
O’Malley and possibly 2016 Republican presidential candidates,
former New York Governor George Pataki and New Hampshire Governor
NHL games: Buffalo Sabres at the Boston Bruins; Pittsburgh
Penguins at the New Jersey Devils; Ottawa Senators at the Carolina
Hurricanes; Montreal Canadiens at the Florida Panthers; Minnesota
Wild at the Nashville Predators; San Jose Sharks at the Winnipeg
Jets; New York Islanders at the Chicago Blackhawks; St. Louis
Blues at the Calgary Flames; Philadelphia Flyers at the Vancouver
NBA games: San Antonio Spurs at the New York Knicks; Memphis
Grizzlies at the Detroit Pistons; Milwaukee Bucks at the New
Orleans Pelicans; Orlando Magic at the Houston Rockets; Charlotte
Hornets at the Los Angeles Clippers.
March 18, 2015
The markets eagerly await the Federal Open
Market Committee decision’s on interest rates, following a two-day
The Special Olympics organization hosts its annual Capitol Hill
Day, with U.S. Program CEOs, staff, and athletes meeting with
their House and Senate representatives
NHL games: Chicago Blackhawks at the New York Rangers; Columbus
Blue Jackets at the Edmonton Oilers; Los Angeles Kings at the
NBA games: Detroit Pistons at the Philadelphia 76ers; Brooklyn
Nets at the Cleveland Cavaliers; Minnesota Timberwolves at the
Toronto Raptors; Portland Trail Blazers at the Miami Heat; Boston
Celtics at the Oklahoma City Thunder; San Antonio Spurs at the
Milwaukee Bucks; Indiana Pacers at the Chicago Bulls; Orlando
Magic at the Dallas Mavericks; Los Angeles Clippers at the
Sacramento Kings; Washington Wizards at the Utah Jazz; Atlanta
Hawks at the Golden State Warriors.
March 19, 2015
The second games are held in the NCAA’s March
Madness basketball tournament.
Today marks the 12th anniversary of Iraq War .
Will April showers lead to May flowers? The NOAA National Weather
Service announces U.S. Spring Outlook/Flood Assessment via media
NHL games: San Jose Sharks at the Toronto Maple Leafs; Carolina
Hurricanes at the Montreal Canadiens; Boston Bruins at the Ottawa
Senators; Detroit Red Wings at the Florida Panthers; Washington
Capitals at the Minnesota Wild; St. Louis Blues at the Winnipeg
Jets; Pittsburgh Penguins at the Dallas Stars; Philadelphia Flyers
at the Calgary Flames; Columbus Blue Jackets at the Vancouver
Canucks; Colorado Avalanche at the Arizona Coyotes.
NBA games: Minnesota Timberwolves at the New York Knicks; Denver
Nuggets at the Houston Rockets; New Orleans Pelicans at the
Phoenix Suns; Utah Jazz at the Los Angeles Lakers.
March 20, 2015
The National Cherry Blossom Festival gets
underway in the nation’s capital. The festival marks a celebration
of the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo,
Japan, to the people of Washington, DC, in 1912.
Possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, former Florida
Governor Jeb Bush, headlines the Republican National Committee
Winter is finally over as the Spring Equinox arrives.
Today marks National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
NHL games: New Jersey Devils at the Buffalo Sabres; Detroit Red
Wings at the Tampa Bay Lightning; Colorado Avalanche at the
NBA games: New York Knicks at the Philadelphia 76ers; Portland
Trail Blazers at the Orlando Magic; Denver Nuggets at the Miami
Heat; Indiana Pacers at the Cleveland Cavaliers; Milwaukee Bucks
at the Brooklyn Nets; Atlanta Hawks at the Oklahoma City Thunder;
Toronto Raptors at the Chicago Bulls; Boston Celtics at the San
Antonio Spurs; Memphis Grizzlies at the Dallas Mavericks;
Charlotte Hornets at the Sacramento Kings; Washington Wizards at
the Los Angeles Clippers; New Orleans Pelicans at the Golden State
March 21, 2015
The 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards are held
The third ground of games in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament,
otherwise known as March Madness.
The ninth anniversary of the creation of Twitter.
The fifth anniversary of the House of Representatives passing the
health care reform bill by 219 votes to 212, with no Republican
World Down Syndrome Day, which includes the World Down Syndrome
Day Conference and the announcement of the World Down Syndrome Day
NHL games: St. Louis Blues at the Minnesota Wild; Columbus Blue
Jackets at the Calgary Flames; Vancouver Canucks at the Los
Angeles Kings; San Jose Sharks at the Montreal Canadiens; Toronto
Maple Leafs at the Ottawa Senators; Boston Bruins at the Florida
Panthers; New York Islanders at the New Jersey Devils; New York
Rangers at the Carolina Hurricanes; Washington Capitals at the
Winnipeg Jets; Buffalo Sabres at the Nashville Predators; Chicago
Blackhawks at the Dallas Stars; Pittsburgh Penguins at the Arizona
Coyotes; Philadelphia Flyers at the Edmonton Oilers.
NBA games: Brooklyn Nets at the Indiana Pacers; Chicago Bulls at
the Detroit Pistons; Portland Trail Blazers at the Memphis
Grizzlies; Phoenix Suns at the Houston Rockets; Utah Jazz at the
Golden State Warriors.
March 22, 2015
The National Football League hosts its annual
South by Southwest Festival concludes in Austin, Texas.
NHL games: St. Louis Blues at the Detroit Red Wings; Boston Bruins
at the Tampa Bay Lightning; Anaheim Ducks at the New York Rangers;
Vancouver Canucks at the Arizona Coyotes.
NBA games: San Antonio Spurs at the Atlanta Hawks; Miami Heat at
the Oklahoma City Thunder; Cleveland Cavaliers at the Milwaukee
Bucks; New Orleans Pelicans at the Los Angeles Clippers; New York
Knicks at the Toronto Raptors; Denver Nuggets at the Orlando
Magic; Detroit Pistons at the Boston Celtics; Washington Wizards
at the Sacramento Kings; Charlotte Hornets at the Minnesota
Timberwolves; Dallas Mavericks at the Phoenix Suns; Philadelphia
76ers at the Los Angeles Lakers.
March 23, 2015
Today marks the fifth anniversary of President
Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into
NHL games: Los Angeles Kings at the New Jersey Devils; Chicago
Blackhawks at the Carolina Hurricanes; Minnesota Wild at the
Toronto Maple Leafs; San Jose Sharks at the Ottawa Senators;
Buffalo Sabres at the Dallas Stars; Colorado Avalanche at the
Calgary Flames; Winnipeg Jets at the Edmonton Oilers.
NBA games: Houston Rockets at the Indiana Pacers; Memphis
Grizzlies at the New York Knicks; Boston Celtics at the Brooklyn
Nets; Charlotte Hornets at the Chicago Bulls; Minnesota
Timberwolves at the Utah Jazz; Washington Wizards at the Golden
March 24, 2015
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is the keynote
speaker at the National Republican Congressional Committee March
Today marks American Diabetes Alert Day, which encourages people
to get checked for diabetes.
NHL games: Minnesota Wild at the New York Islanders; Los Angeles
Kings at the New York Rangers; St. Louis Blues at the Pittsburgh
Penguins; Anaheim Ducks at the Columbus Blue Jackets; Arizona
Coyotes at the Detroit Red Wings; Florida Panthers at the Tampa
Bay Lightning; Montreal Canadiens at the Nashville Predators;
Winnipeg Jets at the Vancouver Canucks.
NBA games: Toronto Raptors at the Detroit Pistons; Los Angeles
Lakers at the Oklahoma City Thunder; Miami Heat at the Milwaukee
Bucks; San Antonio Spurs at the Dallas Mavericks; Philadelphia
76ers at the Sacramento Kings; Golden State Warriors at the
Portland Trail Blazers.
March 25, 2015
How do your leaders rank? Fortune Magazine
releases its annual World’s 50 Greatest Leader list today, which
includes leaders across business, government, sports, and
The annual list of county health rankings is released by the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Health
NHL games: Chicago Blackhawks at the Philadelphia Flyers; Colorado
Avalanche at the Edmonton Oilers; Dallas Stars at the Calgary
NBA games: Indiana Pacers at the Washington Wizards; Atlanta Hawks
at the Orlando Magic; Los Angeles Clippers at the New York Knicks;
Brooklyn Nets at the Charlotte Hornets; Chicago Bulls at the
Toronto Raptors; Miami Heat at the Boston Celtics; Houston Rockets
at the New Orleans Pelicans; Los Angeles Lakers at the Minnesota
Timberwolves; Cleveland Cavaliers at the Memphis Grizzlies;
Portland Trail Blazers at the Utah Jazz; Philadelphia 76ers at the
Denver Nuggets; Oklahoma City Thunder at the San Antonio Spurs;
Sacramento Kings at the Phoenix Suns.
March 26, 2015
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, March
Madness, holds its “Sweet Sixteen” round games in the West and
Congress goes on break for the Easter State Work Period.
Sandra Day O’Connor turns 85 years old. O’Connor was the first
woman to be appointed to the court.
Minority Leader of the U.S House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
NHL games: Anaheim Ducks at the Boston Bruins; Arizona Coyotes at
the Buffalo Sabres; Los Angeles Kings at the New York Islanders;
New Jersey Devils at the Washington Capitals; Pittsburgh Penguins
at the Carolina Hurricanes; Florida Panthers at the Toronto Maple
Leafs; New York Rangers at the Ottawa Senators; San Jose Sharks at
the Detroit Red Wings; Nashville Predators at the Tampa Bay
Lightning; Montreal Canadiens at the Winnipeg Jets; Colorado
Avalanche at the Vancouver Canucks.
NBA games: Indiana Pacers at the Milwaukee Bucks.
March 27, 2015
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes
its final GDP data for the fourth quarter of 2014, showing the
state of the country’s economic activity.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko launch
to the International Space Station today aboard a Soyuz spacecraft
for a yearlong expedition, which aims to better understand how the
human body reacts and adapts to the harsh environment of space.
The NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, March Madness, hosts its
“Sweet Sixteen” round games in the South and East regions.
Ultra Music Festival gets underway in Miami.
NHL games: Calgary Flames at the Minnesota Wild; Columbus Blue
Jackets at the Chicago Blackhawks; Dallas Stars at the Edmonton
NBA games: Charlotte Hornets at the Washington Wizards; Los
Angeles Clippers at the Philadelphia 76ers; Detroit Pistons at the
Orlando Magic; Los Angeles Lakers at the Toronto Raptors; Boston
Celtics at the New York Knicks; Cleveland Cavaliers at the
Brooklyn Nets; Miami Heat at the Atlanta Hawks; Sacramento Kings
at the New Orleans Pelicans; Golden State Warriors at the Memphis
Grizzlies; Minnesota Timberwolves at the Houston Rockets; Dallas
Mavericks at the San Antonio Spurs; Utah Jazz at the Denver
Nuggets; Portland Trail Blazers at the Phoenix Suns.
March 28, 2015
The 28th annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
are held, hosted by Nick Jonas.
The World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour which encourages people to
turn out their lights for an out at 8:30 p.m. to draw attention to
The NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, March Madness, moves into
the “Elite Eight” round with games in the Midwest and West
The Class of 2015 induction ceremony at the WWE Hall of Fame.
Nigeria is expected to hold its Presidential and National Assembly
elections today, after they were postponed from Feb. 14 due to
security fears with the militant group Boko Haram.
NHL games: Nashville Predators at the Washington Capitals; New
York Rangers at the Boston Bruins; Anaheim Ducks at the New York
Islanders; San Jose Sharks at the Philadelphia Flyers; Arizona
Coyotes at the Pittsburgh Penguins; Tampa Bay Lightning at the
Detroit Red Wings; Ottawa Senators at the Toronto Maple Leafs;
Florida Panthers at the Montreal Canadiens; New Jersey Devils at
the Carolina Hurricanes; Columbus Blue Jackets at the St. Louis
Blues; Los Angeles Kings at the Minnesota Wild; Buffalo Sabres at
the Colorado Avalanche; Dallas Stars at the Vancouver Canucks.
NBA games: Atlanta Hawks at the Charlotte Hornets; New York Knicks
at the Chicago Bulls; Golden State Warriors at the Milwaukee
Bucks; Oklahoma City Thunder at the Utah Jazz; Denver Nuggets at
the Portland Trail Blazers.
March 29, 2015
The NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, March
Madness, moves into the “Elite Elight” round with games in the
South and East regions.
Palm Sunday, which marks the start of Holy Week. Pope Francis will
preside over services at the Vatican.
WrestleMania 31 takes place today at Levi’s Stadium in Santa
NHL games: Washington Capitals at the New York Rangers; Florida
Panthers at the Ottawa Senators; Detroit Red Wings at the New York
Islanders; Boston Bruins at the Carolina Hurricanes; Calgary
Flames at the Nashville Predators; Anaheim Ducks at the New Jersey
Devils; San Jose Sharks at the Pittsburgh Penguins; Chicago
Blackhawks at the Winnipeg Jets.
NBA games: Philadelphia 76ers at the Cleveland Cavaliers; Los
Angeles Lakers at the Brooklyn Nets; Minnesota Timberwolves at the
New Orleans Pelicans; Houston Rockets at the Washington Wizards;
Detroit Pistons at the Miami Heat; Los Angeles Clippers at the
Boston Celtics; Dallas Mavericks at the Indiana Pacers; Memphis
Grizzlies at the San Antonio Spurs; Oklahoma City Thunder at the
March 30, 2015
The 'Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber' airs
today on Comedy Central.
NHL games: Tampa Bay Lightning at the Montreal Canadiens;
Vancouver Canucks at the St. Louis Blues; Los Angeles Kings at the
Chicago Blackhawks; Calgary Flames at the Dallas Stars; Edmonton
Oilers at the Colorado Avalanche; Buffalo Sabres at the Arizona
NBA games: Los Angeles Lakers at the Philadelphia 76ers; Boston
Celtics at the Charlotte Hornets; Houston Rockets at the Toronto
Raptors; Milwaukee Bucks at the Atlanta Hawks; Utah Jazz at the
Minnesota Timberwolves; Sacramento Kings at the Memphis Grizzlies;
Phoenix Suns at the Portland Trail Blazers.
March 31, 2015
Today marks ten years since Terri Schiavo died
in Tampa, Florida, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed by
Cesar Chavez Day.
Today marks the deadline for Iran and the P5+1 counties to reach a
general political agreement on the Iran’s nuclear program.
The 20th anniversary of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, best known as
'Selena', murdered at the age of 23 by Yolanda Saldívar, the
founder and president of her fan club.
NHL games: Florida Panthers at the Boston Bruins; Carolina
Hurricanes at the Washington Capitals; New Jersey Devils at the
Columbus Blue Jackets; Tampa Bay Lightning at the Toronto Maple
Leafs; Ottawa Senators at the Detroit Red Wings; Vancouver Canucks
at the Nashville Predators; New York Rangers at the Winnipeg Jets.
NBA games: Atlanta Hawks at the Detroit Pistons; Indiana Pacers at
the Brooklyn Nets; San Antonio Spurs at the Miami Heat; Golden
State Warriors at the Los Angeles Clippers.