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Michigan State News              Updated 11/24/15


(MI-Holiday Gas Price)
As holiday travelers hit the road to get to those Thanksgiving destinations, they’re seeing some pretty agreeable prices at the pump and can expect about the same on the return trip.
Currently gas prices are averaging below $2 a gallon in Michigan, almost 25 cents below last week.
Patrick DeHaan of Gasbuddy-dot-com says he expects prices will remain below two dollars over the next couple months.
He attributes the lower cost to low oil prices, the end of the refinery maintenance season, and a seasonal dip in gasoline demand. DeHaan says there could be some bumps in price as holiday travelers get on the road, but they should stay below $2 a gallon.
The last time the state average was under $2 a gallon was on January 5th.
Producers are complaining about the low prices, though.  They say the low oil prices are discouraging oil production.  Enbridge, a Canadian oil company, says they have noticed a drop of local oil insertion into line #5 which runs from Canada, down through Michigan into Ontario at Detroit.  Since prices are down, producers can't make enough money to justify keeping the local pumps running in Michigan.  Enbridge spokespeople say jobs for truckers are especially affected.

(Lake Erie-Sunken Barge)
Coast Guard crews have begun the tedious process of pulling 10,000 gallons of chemicals from an old shipwreck sitting at the bottom of Lake Erie.
The Argo sank in 1937 with 4,700 barrels of petroleum-based chemicals on board.
An amateur diver discovered the wreck in August. And also noticed a strong odor in the water.
M-Live reports that crews, over the weekend, cleared benzene from the first of eight tanks inside the ship. They’ll try and empty another tank later this week.
Benzene is a flammable chemical that’s used to make plastic.

(Houghton-Gray Wolf)
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering a reward for information on the poaching death of a gray wolf in Houghton County.
The animal was killed on Saturday south of Twin Lakes.
The DNR says the shooting happened between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The wolf was shot as it stood on a snowmobile trail.
Gray wolves are a protected under the endangered species act and cannot be killed in Michigan except in the defense of human life.

(Grand Rapids-Computer Theft)
A man police say bought computer equipment for an Indian tribe turned around and sold that equipment and pocketed the money.
According to documents filed in federal court Michael Buchanan bought the equipment on behalf of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. He then sold it and kept the money – over $200,000.
This played out over four years, from 2008 to 2012.
No court date has been set.

(Grand Rapids-Toxic Cleanup)
Crews will begin cleaning up toxic chemicals today at an abandoned industrial facility in Grand Rapids. The Kent County Land Bank found 100 drums filled with things like sulfuric acid, nickel and ammonia hydroxide when it took over the foreclosed property.
The Land Bank and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency say cleanup could take months.
(24/7 News Source)

(Grand Rapids-Calvin College)
Two Calvin College students are facing disciplinary action after they confessed to writing racist comments on cars on campus.
"White power" and swastikas were written in the snow on cars. The two were caught on video.
College President Michael Le Roy won’t say what actions the college will take against the two.
Neither of the students have been identified.
(24/7 News Source)

(Benton Harbor-Uzelac Honored)
A $10,000 football scholarship in the name of Benton Harbor football coach Elliot Uzelac (YOU-zeh-LACK) is being established at the school.
He was surprised with the scholarship announcement by ABC during a live segment of "Good Morning America" Monday.
Uzelac, who had previously coached at Michigan, Navy, and Western Michigan and in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, came out of retirement this season to guide the Tigers to their first winning season in years and their first playoff appearance ever.
After Holmes gave Uzelac the ceremonial check, he surprised the Tigers football players by telling them they were all going to Walt Disney World, all expenses paid.
(WSJM, Benton Harbor)

Ohio Governor John Kasich says he's in the Republican presidential race for the long haul, and believes the allure of Donald Trump will start to fade.
Kasich used a campaign appearance in Michigan Monday to call for Republicans to get their policies right in order to win the White House next year.
He believes Trump is wrong to want to create a registry for Muslims and adds the country shouldn't deport all undocumented immigrants.
Kasich says the latter will divide families.
(24/7 News Source)

(Detroit-Duggan Accepts Refugees)
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says he’s comfortable with his city taking in Syrian refugees.
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, several governors, including Michigan’s, called for suspending efforts for settling Syrian refugees in the U.S. pending a review of the vetting process for immigrants, to ensure terrorists don't come to the state.
But Duggan says he’s satisfied with the steps being taken by the Obama administration.
Duggan says, from his perspective, an approach that says we will fight the terrorists, but will provide refuge to their victims is what this country is about. He says Detroit stands prepared to do its share.
Duggan says he told the Obama administration that Detroit can host 50 families a year for the next three years. He says that’s a reasonable number for the city of Detroit.
The mayor made his comments while participating in a White House media conference call to discuss the U.S.’ existing refugee screening process.

(Chad Carr Dies)
The five-year-old grandson of former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr died Monday after losing a battle with an inoperable brain tumor.
Chad was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma (DIPG), a tumor located in a small area of the brain stem, just days before his fourth birthday. The median survival rate is nine months from diagnosis, and the only known approach for treatment is radiation, which shrinks the tumor and offers temporary relief.
Funeral services are pending.



(Bay City Police-Body Cameras)
Bay City Public Safety officers have begun using a new piece of equipment -- body cameras.
Deputy Public Safety Director Thomas Pletzke (PLETS-key) says the cameras will give a clear picture of what happened if there is a complaint filed against an officer.
The cameras will be turned on every time there is an interaction between an officer and a citizen or suspect.
The videos will be kept a minimum of 60 days and may be held indefinitely, for criminal cases.
The $36, 300 cost for the 40 cameras, video storage and software is being paid for through grants from the Bay Area Community Foundation and the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(MI-Gas Prices)
Michigan's average gas price is below $2 a gallon to start a week for the first time since January.
Triple-A Michigan's latest survey of stations around the state finds a 23-cent drop from last week and an average price of $1.94 per gallon.
The lowest average price is in Flint at $1.84, while Marquette drivers have the highest price at $2.06. The last time the state average was under two-dollars a gallon was on January 5th.

(Detroit-Urban Farms)
City leaders in Detroit are eying a handful of ordinances to allow some residents and urban farmers to legally raise chickens that lay eggs, ducks, rabbits and goats.
The alderman who would be most likely to introduce an ordinance says it would allow the community to know exactly where some of their food is coming from.
Details are thin however the Detroit Free Press reports a vote could come in March.
The balancing act is giving urban farmers the option to raise their own livestock while keeping their neighbors happy.
One option to ease parts of the city in to allowing livestock at urban farms through a pilot program.

(MI-School Absentee Rates)
Newly released state data shows that half, or more than half, of students in some school districts are chronically absent.
The state defines that as students who miss 10 or more days of a school year.
Detroit Public Schools had the highest rate, nearly 65 percent, while Flint and Benton Harbor sat at 54 percent and 48 percent respectively.
The Detroit News reports that many of the districts with high absentee rates also have high poverty rates.
The data was released Friday by the state’s Center for Educational Performance and Information.

(Ypsilanti-Women’s Prison)
Is the state’s only women’s prison near Ypsilanti getting too crowded? The state says no despite the fact that inmates are now being housed in converted TV rooms and former offices at the prison.
The Detroit Free Press reports the population at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility jumped from 1,900 inmates in 2011 to 2,200 inmates last month.
The prison plans to open a building that’s currently used for storage and food services to house more inmates.
A spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Corrections says that will allow those former offices to be used as offices again.

Michigan retailers are anticipating their best holiday sales season in three years when Christmas shopping begins in earnest on Friday.
Jim Hallan, president and CEO of the Michigan Retailers Association says improved economic conditions are driving that optimism.
He say significantly low gas prices and lower heating costs, a lower unemployment rate and strong consumer confidence numbers are reasons why 91-percent of his members polled in September expect the same or better sales this holiday season compared with last year.
Hallan also expects the new Main Street Fairness law, which took effect October 1st, to result in more sales this year by removing an incentive for consumers to buy online from out-of-state companies.
That new law requires out-of-state online retailers to collect Michigan's 6 percent sales tax, and prevent what Hallan calls "showrooming," where a consumer would find merchandise in a brick and mortar store, but then order it online from an out-of-state merchant at a cheaper price.
Hallan says weather will also be key citing last year's snow storms right before the Christmas holiday that had a serious impact on holiday retail sales, despite rosy projections.

(Johnson-Rail Service)
One of the Democratic candidates running for the 1st Congressional District wants to bring passenger rail service back to the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. Lon Johnson says it would take a partnership between the government and private business to make it happen. But, he says, the benefit to the economy would be worth it.
Johnson, who used to head up the state’s Democratic Party, says his other priorities include providing all of northern Michigan with access to cell phone and high speed internet service and protecting the Great Lakes.
Johnson is running against former Kalkaska County Sheriff Jerry Cannon in the August primary.
State Senator Tom Casperson is the lone Republican vying for the seat vacated by Congressman Dan Benishek, who decided not to run for re-election.

The longest serving member of Congress is running for a 27th consecutive term. Congressman John Conyers, a Detroit Democrat, was first elected in 1964. The 84 year old is a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and is a founding member and dean of the Congressional Black Caucus.

(Traverse City-Chicken Pox)
Nearly a dozen Traverse City Area Public School students have to stay home because they’re not vaccinated and there’s been a chicken pox outbreak in the district. Eight students at three different elementary schools have the infection.
UpNorthLive-dot-com reports any student who isn’t immunized has to stay home for 21 days. And that includes school events like sports.
If parents decide to get their unimmunized son or daughter vaccinated then they can return to class after the vaccination kicks in.

(MI-LGBT Friendly Companies)
Eight Michigan companies have received high marks for having lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender friendly workplaces.
Dow Chemical, Dykema Gossett, Ford Motor, General Motors, Herman Miller, Kellogg, Steelcase and Whirlpool were among 407 companies across the country to receive the highest ranking.
They were recently released by the Human Rights Campaign.
The national LGBT advocacy group says the survey focused on non-discrimination policies, employment benefits and inclusion.

(MSU-Rhodes Scholar)
A Michigan State University senior from Okemos (OH-kuh-MUSS) is among 32 Americans honored as a Rhodes scholar. The recipients were announced Sunday.
Sarah Kovan will use the scholarship to pursue a master’s of philosophy in development studies at Oxford University in England.
The starting midfielder on MSU’s soccer team was chosen from a pool of nearly 900 applicants.
Kovan and the other honorees will receive a scholarship worth roughly $50,000 per year, which will cover all expenses for two to three years of study.



(MI-Snowy Weekend)
National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists say we can expect a snowy weekend in much of lower Michigan.
Cort Scholten (SKULL-ten) is with the NWS in Grand Rapids. He says they expect snow to move into lower Michigan late Friday, with moderate snowfall rates on Saturday.
He says anywhere south of Muskegon to Saginaw, including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Jackson, and Kalamazoo areas could see up to eight inches of snow.
The Ann Arbor and Detroit areas could get about five inches of accumulation.
Scholten says they’re not expecting much in terms of blowing or drifting snow, but adds roads will likely be wet during the day. He says cooler temperatures at night could make for icy conditions, so drivers should allow themselves more time to get where they’re going.

(MI-Consumers Rate Increase)
Consumers Energy electric customers can expect to see a rate increase next month.
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has given the green light to the Jackson-based utility to increase its electricity rates by $130 million dollars annually.
What that means to the average customer is about a $1.28 increase on their monthly bill beginning December 1st.
But MPSC spokeswoman, Judy Palnau (PAL-now), says the rate increase will fall to about $1.25 per residential customer in April when the utility retires seven of its coal plants.
Consumers sought the rate increase as it prepares to purchase a natural gas plant in Jackson.
Palnau says the decision to purchase the plant was a good one and will be good for customers because buying a plant costs less than building one and because natural gas is a cleaner power source.

(MI-Best States for Business)
Michigan’s moved up Forbes’ ranking of best states for business.
The Great Lakes State ranks 30th in the annual Best States for Business, up 12 spots from 2013.
Forbes website notes that Michigan became a right-to-work state in 2013, repealed its business tax, rolled back taxes on business-owned property and restructured its incentive program to be more transparent.
However, Forbes says the state still has issues. It says Michigan’s net migration out of the state is second highest in the nation, and its economic outlook is weak over the next five years.

(Mt. Pleasant-Tsatsos Investigation)
Police have new information in its investigation into who ran over a 17-year-old Central Michigan University student during the early morning hours of November 1st.
Michigan State Police Lieutenant Larry Schloegel (SHLAY-gull) says they now know the color of the car that hit Ryan Tsatsos (ZAT-sohs) - a dark metallic blue - but they don’t know what kind of car.
Witnesses say Tsatsos pushed a friend out of the way moments before he was hit by the car.
Police think the car may still be in the Mt. Pleasant area and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Ryan Tsatsos died three months after his brother, Darryl, was killed in a car crash in Macomb County.

Hyundai is recalling over a quarter-of-a-million cars for a brake light problem in 305-thousand Sonata midsize cars in the 2011 and 2012 model years.
The automaker says a problem with the brake pedal could cause the brake lights to stay on even when the driver isn't stopping.
In some rare instances, the cars could also shift out of park without the brake on. Hyundai says no crashes or injuries have been reported.

(Tesla-Seat Belt-Recall)
Tesla Motors is recalling its entire fleet of Model S sedans, 90,000 cars worldwide, to check their front seat belts after one passenger’s seat belt became disconnected.
The automaker says the only reported problem occurred with front seat belts in the Model S sedans, and suspect it was seat belt anchors that were not properly bolted together.
Tesla has inspected 3,000 other Model S sedans and hasn’t found a problem, but it wants to inspect all seat belts to make sure.

(Ann Arbor-US Economic Outlook)
The U-S economy is expected to grow at its highest rate in a decade, according to economists at the University of Michigan.
Gabriel Ehrlich (UR-lick), a U of M economist, says the nation’s overall economic output growth will rise 2.4 percent in 2016 and 2.9 percent in 2017.
He says the economy is also expected to add 4.7 million jobs over the next two years and unemployment will continue to fall from last year’s rate of 6.2 percent to 5.3 percent this year, 4.9 percent next year and 4.6 percent in 2017.
Ehrlich says that’s expected to help those with a part-time job to be able to find full-time employment.
But not all the news in the report was good. It says economic troubles overseas, a collapse in oil prices and reduced inflation could hurt net exports.

(Red Wings Corp Suites Sell Out)
Want to get a corporate suite at the still-under-construction Detroit Red Wings arena in Detroit? Bad news. They're all sold out.
Even most of the 22 mini-suites are off the market. The 52 corporate suites which will be part of the new Detroit Red Wings arena are spoken for.
Olympia Entertainment president and CEO Tom Wilson says the suites sold out in just 40 days, amid the buzz about the new arena which is scheduled to open for the 2017-2018 NHL Season.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

The holiday season kicks off tonight (Friday) with the lighting of the 2015 state Christmas Tree during the 31st Annual Silver Bells in the City celebration in Lansing.
The 66-foot spruce tree was donated by Florence Daniels in memory of her husband, the late Jim Daniels of Wakefield in the western Upper Peninsula.
Daniels taught at the Wakefield School System and coached basketball, track and football. He also received many honors, including U.P. Coach of the Year, and he was
inducted into the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame.
The tree has been decorated with 8,700 colorful L-E-D lights and will be lit just after 7 p-m. It is the 21st state Christmas tree selected from the Upper Peninsula.
Tonight's celebration will feature an annual Electric Light parade, Community Sing and Fireworks over the Capitol Dome following the lighting ceremony.
The festivities attracts more than 80-thousand people to downtown Lansing.



(MI-Smart Donations)
The Michigan attorney general’s office is warning citizens to be careful when making charitable donations this holiday season.
The AG’s office has teamed up with charitable organizations to offer tips to Michigan donors to help ensure their financial gifts will do the most good and to avoid charity fraud.
Andrea Bitely of the AG’s office says this is the time of year people tend to be more charitable, so it’s important to take some precautions before mailing a check or giving over the phone. She says donors should do their homework, do an internet search, and make sure the organization asking for contributions is legitimate.
Bitely says the AG’s office is making available a Giving Wisely handout that offers advice about making smart donations. It’s available at michigan-dot-gov-slash-AG.

(Insurance Broker Sentenced)
An Oakland County insurance broker has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, following his conviction on racketeering charges.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOO-tee) says 70-year old John Flaherty of Troy was pocketing insurance premiums paid by local agents, using his insurance brokerage firm, Alternative Insurance Services, Inc. Those premiums were intended for the insurance companies.
He was sentenced to 14 months to 20 years and has been ordered to pay $1.3 million restitution to victims.

(DTW Fined by FAA)
The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a 200-thousand-dollar fine for Detroit Metropolitan Airport for the response to two winter storms last year.
The agency determined that the Wayne County Airport Authority did not follow a federally mandated snow and ice control plan, in February and November of 2014.
One jet slipped into the grass and three other commercial airliners were stranded on the de-icing pad during the more recent event.
Airport spokesman Mike Conway said the authority has invested 13-million-dollars in new and upgraded snow removal equipment and hired 13 maintenance and operations workers.
(24/7 News Source)

(Dearborn Heights-Imams Unity)
Imams (EE-mahms) from around Detroit are calling for unity and peace following attacks linked to the Islamic State organization in Beirut and Paris.
Imam Mohammad Ali Elahl says ISIS represents ignorance, arrogance, evil and injustice.
The group of 15 religious leaders also criticized Governor Rick Snyder's request to stop accepting Syrian refugees in the state until a review of the vetting process is conducted.
The FBI and Dearborn Police have investigated threats against local Muslims since last Friday.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI Jobless Rate Steady)
The jobless rate in Michigan held steady during October, at five percent.
The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget says total employment rose by nine-thousand last month.
The number of unemployed rose by three-thousand.
The state's unemployment rate is one-point-six-percent below its year-ago level of 6.6 percent. The national jobless rate decreased by seven-tenths of a percentage point over the same period.
The state’s October unemployment rate matched the national rate.
The U.S. jobless rate declined slightly by one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.0 percent from September to October.

(Snyder Gets Signatures on Refugees)
Opponents of the governor's decision to pause the settling of new Syrian immigrants into the state have delivered more than 45-hundred signatures condemning the plan.
Supporters have said the pause is needed until Homeland Security finishes a review of its vetting process for immigrants, to ensure terrorists don't come to the state.
Dave Maluchnick (muh-LOOCH-nik) of the Michigan Catholic conference understands that, but he believes refugees should continue to come to the state once the vetting process review is finished.
But opponents of the governor's move call it racist and xenophobic.

(MI-Fracking Petition)
Organizers of a ban on fracking, a method of cracking rocks to extract natural gas, have failed to collect enough signatures to get on the November 2016 ballot.
It’s the third time the "Committee to Ban Fracking" in Michigan has tried to get the question on a ballot - failing in 2012 and 2014.
The group needed 253,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot, however they were only able to get about 150,000.
Critics of fracking say it pollutes the environment, but the natural gas industry says the technique has been used safely in the state.



(UAW Pushes for Ratification)
United Auto Workers union leaders are stepping up the push for rank-and-file members to ratify a new contract with Ford.
The Detroit News estimates that 43-percent of Ford's workers have voted so far, with about 55-percent casting votes for the contract. However, workers at the automaker's largest plant, Kansas City Assembly, voted it down, as did 58-percent of UAW members at Buffalo Stamping in New York.
The UAW is pushing for "yes" votes from Local 600, which is the largest union local still to vote and represents about 82-hundred workers.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Flint-EPA Testimony on Flint)
Two Michigan lawmakers asked an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advisory panel today (Wednesday) to change the federal Lead and Copper rule to ensure a water crisis, like the one in Flint, won’t happen again.
U-S Representative Dan Kildee, D-Flint, told the EPA National Drinking Water Advisory Council the rule regulating lead and copper levels in drinking water failed in Flint and the rule needs to be revised to include more transparency.
He says residents need to know why, for months, the state of Michigan failed to follow federal safe drinking water laws.
State Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (AN-uh-NIK), D-Flint, says the Lead and Copper rule didn’t protect Flint citizens, instead it was used as a shield to protect officials from having to admit it was a dangerous and foreseeable problem.
The city of Flint was plagued with high lead levels in its water after it changed its water source from the Detroit system to the Flint River. The city was under state management at the time of the switch. The city is now back on Detroit water.
The EPA is currently auditing Michigan’s water quality program.

The mayor of Grand Rapids is bucking Governor Rick Snyder's decision to turn away additional refugees from Syria for the time being, but also accepting refugees on their way to Michigan.
Mayor George Heartwell is calling on his city and West Michigan to not allow the Paris terrorist attacks to become a witch hunt against innocent people.
Heartwell noted during a speech to the Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday that Americans gave up too many freedoms after the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks and that must not allow that to happen again. Snyder, and other governors, were to be briefed this week on updated federal screening procedures.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI 3rd in Syrian Refugees)
California is number one when it comes to the number of Syrian refugees settling in the U.S.
State Department numbers show California has processed the most Syrian refugees as of last weekend, with 218 refugees being allowed into the Golden State. Texas is second, followed by Michigan.
As debate continues to rage on both sides regarding the issue of Syrian refugees settling in the United States, State Department officials say a majority of U.S. states have processed fewer than ten Syrians and more than half of those states have allowed zero.
Just over 18-hundred Syrian nationals have come into the United States in 2015 through the State Department's Refugee Processing Center. That number is expected to increase next year under an announcement from the Obama administration that will allow more refugees to be accepted in the U.S. The governors of over half the states in the country now say they'll refuse to take in refugees over security concerns following last week's Paris terrorist attacks.
California Governor Jerry Brown has not joined that chorus.
(24/7 News Source)

(Genesee Co-Child Porn)
Authorities say a retired Saginaw Police detective is facing multiple child pornography charges.
Genesee County prosecutors issued an eight count warrant against 51-year-old Brent Vanderhaar. Michigan State Police detectives said Vanderhaar dropped three, SD digital cards, in the McDonald's and Mobil gas station parking lot in Bay County's Kawkawlin Township, November 6th. Investigators said Vanderhaar was returning to his Flint Township home from a northern Michigan deer hunting trip.
He's being held in the Genesee County Jail pending his arraignment Wednesday.
The charges include child sexual abusive activity, using a computer to commit a crime and capturing, distributing images of an unclothed person.
(Bill Hewitt, WSGW, Saginaw)

(Capitol-Mens Rea)
Sentencing guidelines in Michigan would be updated to include criminal intent when smaller crimes are committed under legislation working its way through Lansing.
Right now not every statute takes into account if someone meant to break the law. The legislation would change that by putting a default criminal intent standard in place.
Michael Reitz, with the Mackinac Center, says the intent to commit a crime plays a key role in deciding if someone is guilty.
One bill passed the House in September and awaits a hearing in a Senate committee. A companion bill introduced in the Senate in January is also before a Senate committee.
Lawmakers are currently on Thanksgiving break. They’ll return to the Capitol on December 1st.

(MI Poll: Cig Tax)
A majority of Michigan voters support a one-dollar per pack hike in the state's cigarette tax, according to a new poll from EPIC-MRA.
The survey found 60-percent would support increasing the tax to three-dollars per pack.
Michigan's cigarette tax hasn't gone up in eleven years.
The poll was paid for by several health organizations, including the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association.






AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd will appear before a court in New Zealand for breaching the terms of his house arrest. He is charged with drinking alcohol while under house arrest.

Today is the 30th anniversary of the storming of a hijacked EgyptAir plane. The plane was hijacked by terrorists and then stormed by Egyptian commandos at an airport in Malta. Fifty-nine passengers and two crew members were killed.


The new sports drama, ‘Creed’ comes out today. ‘Creed’ follows the story of the son of Apollo Creed who seeks the training of World Heavyweight champ Rocky Balboa. The series stars Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan.

It’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation night in New York City! Parade-goers will have the chance to see the giant balloons get inflated before the parade.

Disney-Pixar’s animated film ‘The Good Dinosaur’ will be released in theaters. The film is about an Apatosaurus named Arlo and his friendship with a human. Anna Paquin, Steve Zahn, and Frances McDormand are just a few of the voices to be featured in the film.

Today is the 60th anniversary of the banning of racial segregation on trains and buses traveling interstate. The Interstate Commerce Commission instituted the ban.


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NOVEMBER 26th - Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Families all over the country and the world will sit down for a turkey dinner and give thanks!

The famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place in New York City. The parade features gigantic floats of popular cartoon characters.

NFL Thanksgiving Edition games playing today are: NFL Thanksgiving Classic with Philadelphia Eagles at the Detroit Lions; Carolina Panthers at the Dallas Cowboys; and Chicago Bears at the Green Bay Packers

The classic novel, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ turns 150 years old today. Written by Lewis Carroll, the story follows a girl named Alice who falls into a rabbit hole into a fantasy world.


It’s Black Friday. Will you partake? Regarded as the first day of Christmas shopping in the United States, retailers often offer huge savings. Many retailers open at midnight. REI will not be open, but its employees will be paid. The Chief Executive Officer is hoping people will be spend the day outdoors and not shopping.

There might be lines of people waiting to kick off their holiday shopping season, but it’s also International Buy Nothing Day. International Buy Nothing Day encourages people to not shop for one day and acknowledge the consequences of consumerism on the environment.

Happy Birthday Slinky! Seventy years ago today the toy that can walk down the stairs went on sale at Gimbels Department Store in Philadelphia, PA.





Today is the 90th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry. Ninety years ago the Grand Ole Opry began broadcasting on Nashville’s WSM radio. It’s the longest running radio show in the nation.

Today is also the first Saturday of Christmas season shopping after Thanksgiving.

Today is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to support small businesses.

ShopperTrak will predict what the fifth biggest shopping day of the year is.


ShopperTrak will also release what it predicts is the tenth biggest shopping day of the year.

NFL games today are: Minnesota Vikings at the Atlanta Falcons; St. Louis Rams at the Cincinnati Bengals; New Orleans Saints at the Houston Texans; Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Indianapolis Colts; San Diego Chargers at the Jacksonville Jaguars; Buffalo Bills at the Kansas City Chiefs; Miami Dolphins at the New York Jets; Oakland Raiders at the Tennessee Titans; New York Giants at the Washington Redskins; Arizona Cardinals at the San Francisco 49ers; Pittsburgh Steelers at the Seattle Seahawks; New England Patriots at the Denver Broncos


Major U.N. Climate Change Conference opens in Paris, France.

North Atlantic hurricane season is officially over! Those located in the Northeast Pacific and Central Pacific can also breathe easy, peak hurricane season ends there today as well.

Happy Cyber Monday! Cyber Monday is celebrating the first Monday after Thanksgiving. Holiday shoppers in the United States can find special promotions and sales.


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Streaming Technical: The audio stream is broadcast in monophonically direct from our AM modulation monitor, you are hearing the same signal that is broadcast over the air (audio processing included). If you have an exceptionally good AM receiver with full 10kHz IF bandwidth, you will experience a hi-fidelity frequency response closely approximating that of the streaming service. WIOS's music is digitally "cleaned" and equalized to provide removal of most analog noise, clicks and pops along with crisper highs and deeper lows on older recordings where that range had been previously restricted.

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Go to Java.com and follow these instructions.  Add http://www.wiosradio.com/ to the Site List you'll find in the instructions. Java scripting should not interfere with your streaming player.

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