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Michigan State News              Updated 11/20/14


(Mackinac Bridge-Travel Slow)
High winds in the Straits area are requiring an escort of certain high profile vehicles across the Mackinac Bridge.
According to the Mackinac Bridge Authority's website, motorists should 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 instructions regarding how and when to proceed across the bridge.
High profile vehicles include pickup trucks with campers; cars with small boats, bicycles or luggage attached to the roof; Ryder or U-Haul trucks; any vehicle pulling a boat; semi-tractors with enclosed trailers and all trailers with side walls over two feet in height.
The Mackinac Bridge Authority is monitoring wind speeds at various points along the structure. Additional steps will be implemented if conditions change.

(West MI-Record Snowfall)
The amount of snowfall in West Michigan this week has broken records.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport picked up just under ten inches on Tuesday breaking the old record for most snow on the day.   It was also the third most snowfall ever recorded on a November day in Grand Rapids.
The two days total is 16.6 inches of snow. That lands in second place for the most snow over two days ever recorded.
Forecasters say with the snow expected today (Thursday), this will become the 4th snowiest November on record.
A Winter Weather Advisory will continue for most of West Michigan until 7:00 tomorrow morning (Friday). More lake effect snow will stream in off Lake Michigan today.
Forecasters say areas west of US 131 and near and just south of I-96 could pick up another one to three inches of snow today. They also forecast gusty winds and that should cause some more blowing and drifting snow.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

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(MI-Flags Lowered)
Governor Snyder has ordered U.S. flags within the state Capitol Complex and on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff today (Thursday) in honor of former state Representative Carroll Newton, who died at the age of 96 on Sunday at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.
Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.
Newton was elected to the state House in 1955 and served for 10 years, becoming chair of the Ways and Means Committee. Following his time in the Legislature he served as assistant auditor general to the state before he was appointed chief deputy state treasurer under Governor William Milliken.
The funeral service is 11 AM this morning at the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.
Flags should be returned to full-staff on Friday.

(MI Tech-Sexual Assault)
A female student at Michigan Tech has told authorities that she was sexually assaulted on Houghton campus last weekend.
According to the university website, the student was walking outside the Walker Arts and Humanities Center on Saturday between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., when the alleged sexual assault occurred.
The suspect is being described as a white male in his late 20’s, approximately 5’11” with brownish-reddish hair, blue-green eyes, a pierced left ear, a goatee and a broad build. He was wearing a black t-shirt, jeans with holes, a black winter hat and a checkered blue and white jacket.
The suspect was also described as having a graffiti-type tattoo on his left forearm and a very deep voice.
Anyone with any information regarding the incident should contact Michigan Tech Public Safety and Police Services.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton/Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette/Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)

(Kalamazoo-Three Killed-UPDATE)
The 21-year-old who drove his minivan into the path of a high-speed Amtrak train near Kalamazoo on Tuesday did not have a valid driver's license.
Josh Cartwright of Kalamazoo is described by the mother of his four-year-old child as "the most impatient man you'd ever meet," and witnesses say he drove around several stopped cars and onto the tracks.
Cartwright's driver's license had expired earlier this fall. Also killed in the crash in Oshtemo Township on the west side of Kalamazoo were passengers in the van, 20-year-old Ashley Melson and her 19-year-old boyfriend, Justin Mastin, both of Kalamazoo.
Michigan State Police investigators said autopsies would be performed to determine whether or not drugs or alcohol were factors. Because everyone in the van was killed, investigators say it’s likely they will never know exactly what happened and why.
(24/7 News Source/WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Escanaba-Veterans Home Embezzlement)
An Escanaba woman was arrested Wednesday on embezzlement charges.
Escanaba Public Safety Sargent Tony LaPlant says the 37-year-old woman stole more than 135-thousand dollars from a vulnerable adult who lives at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.
Wednesday's arrest came after a several-month-long investigation.
LaPlant said the woman is alleged to have concealed the crimes over a period of years from 2010 to 2014 when she was in a position of trust over the victim.
The suspect turned herself in when she learned that she was under investigation. Her name has not been released because she has not yet been arraigned.
The woman faces up to 20 years in prison, and/or large fines and restitution, if convicted.
(Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)

(Capitol-Shift Notice)
Some state lawmakers are pushing a bill that would give some Michigan workers more notice about their shifts, ahead of Thanksgiving.
The measure would require an employer to give an employee their schedule at least 24-hours ahead of time, or else pay that worker for an additional hour. Workers whose scheduled shifts end early unexpectedly would get paid for at least four hours of work.
The bill, being sponsored by Democratic Senator Jim Ananich and others, aims to help workers juggle childcare and transportation.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI-Emergency Manager Lawsuit)
A federal judge says a lawsuit challenging the state's emergency manager law can proceed on grounds that the law disproportionately affects African-Americans.
U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh yesterday (Wed) dismissed all but one of the claims made in a lawsuit filed by activists in March 2013 against Governor Rick Snyder and then-Treasurer Andy Dillon, challenging the constitutionality of the EM law.
However, Judge Steeh did allow one claim that charges the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution because the cities under emergency management are predominantly Africa-American communities.
In response to the ruling, Snyder spokesman Dave Murray told the Detroit News that (quote) "race has not and does not play a role in determining financial status." He says PA 436 is designed to be an objective measure of the financial health of a municipality or school district.
The lawsuit will not impact Detroit's bankruptcy, which was filed while the city was under emergency management.

(MI-Gov Ad Spending)
Michigan's two gubernatorial candidates and their backers spend $47.6 million on TV ads in the November election, according to a campaign finance watchdog.
The Michigan Campaign Finance Network issued a report yesterday (Wed) showing the race between Governor Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer was the second-most-costly in state history.
But that wasn't the only record set. With $36.6 million spent on TV ads by outside groups, it more than doubled the previous record of $18 million spent in the 2006 campaign between Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos.
The Detroit Free Press reports Snyder's campaign spent $7.7 million on TV ads and Schauer's campaign spent $3.3 million, representing just 23% of the TV ad spending.
Groups backing the governor spent $18.9 million on TV ads and Schauer's backers spent $17.7 million.

(Kalkaska Co-Double Murder)
The 40-year-old man accused of killing his wife, his father-in-law, and holding a woman hostage in northern Michigan Tuesday evening was arraigned Wednesday afternoon.
Keith Ferguson was arraigned on 12 felonies including two counts of open murder. He's being held on a $10 million bond.
According to the Kalkaska County Sheriff's Department, Ferguson shot and killed his wife Tiffany Ferguson at a home in Cold Springs Township Tuesday night. He then took their four children to their grandfather's house in Excelsior Township where he allegedly shot and killed his father-in-law, James Webber.
The Sheriff's Office says the children ran for help to a neighbor's house, who is a Kalkaska County Sheriff's Deputy.
Officials say Ferguson fled to a home in Orange Township where he took another person hostage. Police finally got him to surrender about seven hours later. The hostage wasn't hurt.
Authorities say his wife had filed for divorce in September and a hearing was scheduled for Friday.

(Detroit-Stepmother Murder)
Police have identified a woman found strangled to death inside a home in Detroit Wednesday morning.
Investigators say the body of 57-year-old Ellen Aubrey was found wrapped in a blanket in a padlocked room in the basement of the home on the city's east side. She had apparently been strangled to death.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine how long the woman had been dead before she was discovered.
Police say the woman's 24-year-old stepson and a female acquaintance were arrested by Warren police after a brief car chase. The man and woman have not been formally charged.
(WWJ, Detroit/24/7 News Source)

(MI-Wise Charitable Giving)
Attorney General Bill Schuette and several non-profit organizations have unveiled a resource designed to help Michigan residents make smart decisions to support charities this holiday season.
The free Giving Wisely brochure offers advice on how best to avoid scams when making their charitable contributions and encourages donors to be cautious before donating online or in response to a phone solicitation.
Among the suggestions for researching charitable organizations are: Making sure donations go to a tax-exempt organization; checking to see if a nonprofit organization is registered with the state of Michigan; making contributions directly to organizations and not individuals and never giving out credit card information over the phone.
The guide also suggests checking into crowd-funding campaigns to see if fees are being deducted from donations, if donations are tax-deductible and where the funds actually go.
Schuette notes many telemarketing professional fundraisers keep as much as 85% of the donor’s over-the-phone donation.
In a report released in March, Schuette said charities in Michigan received 38 cents of every dollar raised by professional fundraisers licensed in Michigan. That was a 3 percent improvement on the 2013 report.
The Giving Wisely handout is available for download and can be read on the Attorney General's website, the Michigan Nonprofit Association's website, mnaonline.org, and the Council of Michigan Foundations website, michiganfoundations.org.

(MI-Ruffin Obit)
Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin died Monday afternoon in a Las Vegas Hospital.
The 78-year-old, who was best known for songs "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love" had been hospitalized in September, where he developed pneumonia and further complications. His daughter, Philicia Ruffin told the Detroit Free Press an official cause of death has not been released.
Jimmy Ruffin is the older brother of the late Temptations singer David Ruffin.
He had lived in the metro Detroit area as recently as 2010, but returned to his home in Las Vegas, where he was planning to begin performing again before taking ill, according to his daughter.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been set.



(MI-More Snow)
A foot or more of fresh snow is expected in parts of west and northern Michigan through Thursday, adding to already deep snow on the ground.
The National Weather Service says 8 to 14 inches of lake-effect snow is possible in the northern Lower Peninsula, including the Gaylord area. As of Tuesday, up to 18 inches fell in upper Michigan.
In west Michigan, the weather service says at least 16 inches of snow has fallen since Monday in Grand Rapids and in Kalamazoo County. Officials are expecting four to eight inches of snow along the lakeshore, north of Holland, as well as two to four inches of snow in other areas today.
Southwestern Michigan could see 5 to 8 more inches into Thursday.
There were many slide-offs during this morning's commute as drivers dealt with snow, ice and low wind chills. The pre-winter cold weather system has set temperature records and caused at least one crash death in Genesee County.

(Saginaw-Bank Robber Blues)
Saginaw Police say a suspected bank robber was just having a bad day.
The man reportedly walked into an Independent Bank branch just before noon Tuesday and demanded money. After leaving the bank, his getaway car in the parking lot would not start.
Saginaw Township Police officers in the area arrested the suspect within minutes. He's being held in the Saginaw County Jail.
Investigators are not saying if he got any money during the robbery.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(MI-Unemployment Rate)
Michigan’s unemployment rate in October was the lowest in the state since January through March 2008.
According to the Department of Technology, Management & Budget, the jobless rate last month edged downward by one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.1 percent.
Total employment rose by 13,000 over the month while the number of unemployed fell by 8,000. The net impact was an increase of 5,000 in the state’s labor force in October.
The Michigan jobless rate last month was one and a half percentage points below the state’s October 2013 rate of 8.6 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate in October was 5.8 percent.

(Kalamazoo-Three Killed-UPDATE)
The three people killed when an Amtrak train struck a minivan west of Kalamazoo Tuesday have been identified.
Michigan State Police identified the victims as the driver 21-year-old Joshua Cartwright, 20-year-old Ashley Melson and 19-year-old Justin Mastin, all of Kalamazoo.
Police are still trying to figure out why their minivan pulled in front of an Amtrak train in Oshtemo Township on the west side of Kalamazoo.
Witnesses said the crossing bells and safety arm were working, but the driver pulled out of line, started passing everyone that had stopped, and drove right into the path of the train.
The train was doing 80 miles per hour and the van was demolished.   A large part of it was pushed a mile down the tracks.
The bodies had to be cut out with the Jaws of LIfe.
Part of the van flew up in the collision and took down power lines. About 22 hundred people in the area lost power.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids/24/7 News Source)

(Kalkaska Co-Double Homicide)
A standoff ended early this morning (Wednesday) in northern Michigan with two dead and a 40-year-old man behind bars.
According to the Kalkaska County Sheriff's Department, Keith Ferguson shot and killed his wife Tiffany Ferguson at a home in Cold Springs Township Tuesday night. He then took their four children to their grandfather's house in Excelsior Township where he allegedly shot and killed his father-in-law, James Webber.
The Sheriff's Office says the children ran for help to a neighbor's house, who is a Kalkaska County Sheriff's Deputy.
Officials say Keith Ferguson fled to a home in Orange Township where he took another person hostage. Police finally got him to surrender about seven hours later around 3:30 this morning. The hostage wasn't hurt.
Ferguson is being held on a charge of open murder. Authorities say his wife had filed for divorce in September and hearing was scheduled for Friday.

(Eaton Co-Missing Prosthetic Arm)
Police are on the hunt for a man’s prosthetic arm that disappeared after two juveniles apparently stole his car near Lansing.
The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office said the situation unfolded Tuesday night after they received a report about a stolen vehicle. Of more concern, the victim told police his electric prosthetic arm was inside the vehicle.
Deputies were searching the area when they received a call about two juveniles who were caught shoplifting from a nearby business near the Lansing Mall. Deputies responded to the store and discovered that the partners in crime were in possession of the stolen vehicle, as well as second vehicle that was earlier reported stolen out of Lansing.
After the suspects were apprehended, deputies searched the stolen vehicles and realized that the victim’s prosthetic arm was still missing.
Police are now hoping the public can help find the prosthetic, described as a black “Milo” electric arm from the elbow down.
Anyone who might have information on the case or who knows where the arm might be, is urged to contact police at 517-816-8196.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(MSU-Smoking Ban Petition)
A move is underway to get Michigan State University to ban smoking on all parts of its East Lansing campus.
According to MLive, more than 1300 people have signed an online petition on the website change.org to ban smoking on the campus. The website has a goal of 1500 signatures.
The MSU Anti-Cancer Society has been promoting the petition through Facebook and other social media. The group eventually plans to turn the petition over to the MSU Board of Trustees to show the public support for a ban.
The current MSU Smoke-Free Policy bans smoking in any closed space, regardless of location, except specifically designated private residential space and hotel rooms.
All three University of Michigan campuses - Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint - ban smoking, as do Central Michigan, Michigan Tech, Hope College, Spring Arbor University and 15 community colleges.

(Washtenaw Co-UM Student Murder)
A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole sentence in the deadly shooting of a University of Michigan medical student.
Dajeon Franklin of Pittsfield Township was sentenced this morning (Wednesday) in Washtenaw County on one count of felony murder and to lesser prison terms on home invasion and firearm charges. He was convicted of killing Paul DeWolf during an armed robbery at a fraternity house in Ann Arbor last year.
Two South Carolina men - 20-year old Joei Jordan and 21-year old Shaquille Jones - have also been charged in DeWolf’s murder. They face trial early next year.
(24/7 News Source)

(Berrien Co-Bank Robber Sentenced)
A 46-year-old Niles man is headed to federal prison for seven years for robbing a Chemical Bank branch in Niles in February 2013.
Richard Smith was convicted in August following a three-day trial in federal court.
Smith gave a teller a note saying he had a bomb and warned that if police were called within 30 minutes of his leaving the bank, it would be detonated by people he had watching the building. The Berrien County Sheriff's Department bomb squad was called in to use a robot to peek inside a bag left in the foyer of the building by Smith. It did not contain a bomb.
Smith stole just over $1,800 in the heist.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Detroit-Stepmother Murder)
Police have apprehended a 24-year-old man accused of killing his stepmother, wrapping her body in a blanket and leaving her inside a home in Detroit.
The situation unfolded around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home on the city’s east side.
Police responded to the woman’s home for a welfare check after neighbors said she hadn’t been seen in several days.
Officers arrived at the home and found the 57-year-old woman’s body wrapped in a blanket in the basement. She had apparently been strangled to death. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine how long the woman had been dead before she was discovered.
Police located the stepson at a gas station in Warren and tried to stop his vehicle, but he fled the scene with officers in pursuit. Police called off the chase after an extended pursuit and began to watch a location in Warren identified by Detroit police as a place the stepson was known to frequent.
Eventually the stepson and a female acquaintance showed up and were taken into custody for questioning.
An investigation is ongoing. No names have been released.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Flint-School District Deficit)
A new audit shows the deficit faced by the Flint School District is nearly 22-million dollars.
The audit has been posted online by the Michigan Department of Education, and has 23 weaknesses and two significant deficiencies listed that caused the ballooning amount of red ink.
The deficit hit 20-point-four million dollars in June, and had continued to get larger ever since.
The district's board of education meets tonight (Wednesday) to discuss the audit.
(24/7 News Source)

(Ontonagon Co-Hunters Threatened)
A 30-year old man is facing charges for threatening two hunters with a shotgun in the western Upper Peninsula over the weekend.
Scott Krueger of Bruce Crossing was arraigned this week in Ontonagon County on charges of felonious assault, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and possession of an uncased firearm in a vehicle.
Michigan State Police say two men, ages 26 and 55, both from Ewen, told troopers Krueger entered their hunting camp in McMillan Township early Saturday morning with a loaded shotgun looking for a bow he said had been stolen from his vehicle.
The victims said they did not know Krueger and one victim managed to take the his shotgun away. Krueger was then told to leave and the victims pushed him out the kitchen door. Troopers stopped his vehicle as he was leaving the camp.
Krueger's next court date has not yet been set.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Grand Rapids-Plowing Delays)
Even as the city of Grand Rapids has added 14 more plow drivers to its roster from last winter, it will be tomorrow (Thursday) before they're able to get into every neighborhood.
Those extra plow drivers are being put into those vehicles from city garbage trucks this week.
City Manager Greg Sundstrom notes crews can normally clear the entire city in 24 hours, but this storm is causing some delays. Priority is being given to major roads.
(24/7 News Source)

(Marquette-Power Plant Controversy)
The Upper Peninsula Power Company says the controversy over the financial impact of keeping the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette open is a complex issue and is sure to change.
The Mid-Continent Independent System Operator, which maintains the electric grid in the Midwest, determined that the plant was needed to reliably operate the grid and designated it a System Support Resource.
UPPCO says every company providing electricity in the U.P. will pay for the costs to keep Presque Isle in service, but the amount could be reduced by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. A recent FERC ruling determined that division of expenses of the Presque Isle agreement are not just and reasonable.
UPPCO expects further action on the matter and officials say they will continue to make the utility's voice heard before the federal agency.
(Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News)

(Centreville-New Police Chief)
The small southwest Michigan community of Centreville has a new top cop.
The Village Council haa approved the hiring of Sergeant David Richmond as the chief of police. The 30-year old Richmond was appointed interim chief in October.
Richmond replaces Luke Delcourt who resigned after being suspended pending a police committee’s investigation of matters that have not been made public. The 41-year old Delcourt was the first officer to lead the newly created department.
The Centreville Police Department was re-created earlier this year after its duties were contracted to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department since the 1990s.
(WLKM, Three Rivers)

(Garden City-Frozen Body)
Police in Garden City are investigating the death of a woman who was found with a dog in the backyard of a home Tuesday.
Police said a microchip in the dog’s neck helped lead to the tentative identification of the woman: a 53-year-old Canton resident with family ties to the area where the body was discovered. Her name has not yet been released.
Officials say preliminary results of an autopsy show there was no foul play - the woman apparently froze to death.
(WWJ, Detroit)



(Ogemaw Co-Bar Shooting)
A 34-year old man has been charged in the shooting death of another man in northern Michigan over the weekend.
Patrick Sourander of Prudenville is being held in the Ogemaw County jail on a $1 million bond on charges of second-degree murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm while committing a felony.
He's accused of gunning down 23-year-old Brett Ritter outside the Logger’s Depot Restaurant and Bar in West Branch early Sunday morning. Sourander fled the scene but was arrested by Sheriff's Deputies in nearby Roscommon County.
His probable cause hearing is set for December 1.

(Audit: Lottery winner enforcement)
A new state audit says the Michigan Lottery has fallen short in the investigation of lottery retail owners who likely have been buying back winning lottery tickets from players.
The Michigan Auditor General's report suggests that winners who face having winnings withheld because of outstanding tax and other debts owed the state, sometimes sell their tickets back to retailers for an amount less than the winnings. That's a violation of state law.
The audit does say that the estimated losses of income tax revenue is small, less than 25-thousand dollars.
However, the audit notes that the Lottery Bureau has known about the problem, and should crack down harder on it.   The Lottery says it will improve its enforcement.
It says the bureau will now automatically investigate any retailers claiming more than 20-tickets worth at least 20-thousand dollars during a calendar year. The lottery will also conduct undercover investigations.

(Capitol-Nativity Scene)
Barring any legal suits to block it and depending on some advice from the state attorney general it looks like tonight (Tuesday) a nativity scene may be coming to the state Capitol in Lansing.
An out of state resident has petitioned the State Capitol Commission to place a nativity scene on the Capitol lawn.
John Truscott, a member of the committee, says if the person complies with all the rules, he will likely get permission. According to Truscott, anybody has a right to demonstrate or protest on the Capitol lawn so if they comply with the rules, the size of the display, they take it down every night and things like that it probably would be allowed.
Traditionally all groups have been granted access to the Capitol lawn and there is no prohibition on religious demonstrations.
ACLU lobbyist Shelli Weisberg says as long as other religious groups and atheists are granted equal access, the civil liberties group will not try to block the nativity scene if the building officials sign off.
So if the Attorney General signs off, the nativity scene is O.K.

(MI-Snow Storm)
Lake effect snow has buried much of western and northern Michigan today (Tuesday) from the Indiana border to the Mackinac Bridge.
Snowfall has already eclipsed a half foot in Grand Rapids and most areas near US-131. Since midnight Marne has picked up 8 inches of new snow. Byron Center has seven new inches. Since Monday morning a foot of new snow has fallen in downtown Grand Rapids and another 8 to 10 inches of new snow is in today's forecast.
The National Weather Service says the Gaylord area saw about a foot of new snow late Monday and early Tuesday, with other parts of the area getting about 8 to 10 inches.
Hundreds of schools, churches and businesses closed for the day.
WOOD-TV reports that as of 8 a.m. this morning (Tuesday) there were more than 400 closings in West Michigan including Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Kalamazoo College.
The National Weather Service says a combination of intermittently heavy snow and strong winds will significantly decrease visibility and make travel difficult.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Detroit-Water Shutoffs)
The number of water shutoffs in Detroit is dropping.
As of last month the number of shutoffs had trickled to just over 38-hundred, nearly half of the 72-hundred shutoffs in the city in June.
There are a few reasons for the drop. About 14-hundred of the unpaid bills were linked to vacant structures. Additionally, though, more than 23-hundred residential customers who had their service shut off in October reached out to the water department, made payment arrangements and had their service restored within a couple of days.
Since a new assistance effort launched in August the number of households on payment plans jumped from 17-thousand to 37-thousand.
(24/7 News Source)

(Kalamazoo-Shooting Suspect)
Authorities in Kalamazoo have a Benton Harbor man locked up for a shooting on November 3 that left the victim clinging to life.
20-year-old Kadaron Richmond is being held without bond in the Kalamazoo County Jail and was arrested in Benton Harbor last Wednesday. He is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm and three charges of felony firearm.
The name of the 28-year-old victim is not being released. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says he was dropped off at one of their stations just after 10 p.m. the night of the shooting and officers gave him first aid while waiting for an ambulance to take him to Bronson Hospital.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(MI-Childhood Homelessness)
Michigan ranks well below the half-way-mark in a new report on child homelessness.
"America's Youngest Outcasts: A Report Card on Child Homelessness" ranks Michigan 31st in the country when it comes to the number of homeless children. The study shows that when it comes to health problems for children living well below the poverty level the state ranks 41st.
The report card also says that Michigan's ten-year-plan to end homelessness is inadequate and that educationally fewer than 20-percent of fourth and eighth graders are proficient in math or reading.
At the top of the ranking is Connecticut with Kentucky ranking at the bottom when it comes to the number of homeless children.
(24/7 News Source)

(Edwardsburg-Stable Fire Accidental)
The massive fire that killed 18 horses at Smithfield Stables in Edwardsburg last week in southwest Michigan is being ruled accidental.
Fire investigators from the Michigan State Police believe the blaze was sparked by someone burning leaves behind the barn last Tuesday, but note there is no direct evidence to prove that theory.
In addition to the 18 show horses, a donkey and a dog were also killed.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(MI-Snow-Ski-Early Winter)
Those in Michigan's snow sports industry are all smiles today, as below freezing temperatures cover all of Michigan, and snow is covering most of the state.
Mickey McWilliams of the Michigan Snow Industries Association says any ski or snow sports recreation area that has opened for the season, is enjoying some unexpectedly early business this year.
She says while not all ski areas are open yet, most will be by the weekend.
She says the early cold and snow (quote) "gets people excited about going skiing and getting out on the slopes and trails," adding that "it's also good for (the state's) economy."

(Dearborn-Ford Recall)
A potential rollaway risk is prompting a new auto recall.
Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 65,000 Fusion vehicles in North America for a programming issue in the instrument cluster.
The Dearborn automaker said the issue allows the key to be removed 30 minutes after the ignition is turned off, even if the transmission is not in park. This is a compliance issue with a regulation involving theft protection and rollaway prevention.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.
Affected vehicles include certain 2014-2015 Fusion vehicles built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant from September 2013 to October 2014; 2014-2015 Fusion vehicles built at the Hermosillo, Mexico Assembly Plant, July 2013 to October 2014; 2015 Fusion Energi vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, July 2014 to October 2014; and 2015 Fusion Hybrid vehicles built at the Hermosillo plant, February to October this year.
Dealers will reprogram the instrument cluster at no cost to the customer.
Ford is aware of almost 56,500 vehicles in the United States, more than 6,000 in Canada and over 2,300 in Mexico.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Grand Rapids-Latin Kings Sentenced)
The last two of 31 Holland Latin Kings gang members are headed to prison for more than 20 years for drug dealing and racketeering.
David Casillas has been sentenced in federal court in Grand Rapids to 30 years behind bars, with credit for 12 years already served on earlier offenses. Antonio Rios has received a 25-year sentence with credit for five years already served.
A three-year federal probe resulted in indictments against 31 gang members in February 2013, and 29 pled guilty to racketeering offenses.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI/DC-UP Electric Rate Hikes)
Legislation is now before Congress from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congressmen Dan Benishek and Gary Peters to halt a massive electric rate increase in the Upper Peninsula.
The three lawmakers are attempting to require additional oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to allow FERC to prevent the 100-million dollar rate increase.
Customers in the U.P. would be forced to pay 99-percent of the operating costs for the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette under a ruling made by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. That organization overturned an FERC ruling that had stated U.P. customers should only be responsible for 14-percent of the operating costs because the facility also supplies electricity to Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Last month, Stabenow and Benishek called for a moratorium on NAERC’s decision, and asked FERC to consider the Michigan Public Service Commission’s complaint that the resulting rate increases for people in the UP are not just and reasonable.
Earlier this week, FERC announced it would delay the UP rate increases that were previously expected to begin on December 1 in order to further investigate the problem.
(24/7 News Source/Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)



((Capitol-Electoral College Change)
Lawmakers in the state House are holding a hearing today (Monday) at noon on legislation to change how Michigan's electoral votes are allocated.
Right now, all 16 Electoral College votes go to the candidate who wins the election in the state, but the legislation sponsored by Republican Pete Lund would cut that to a guaranteed nine votes for winning. The other seven votes would be divided up based on the margin of victory, with one vote for every one-point-five percent of votes above 50-percent.
Using that formula, President Obama would have received ten electoral votes from Michigan in 2012, and Republican Mitt Romney would have won the other six.
Governor Snyder says he doesn't believe such a bill should be taken up in the lame duck, adding that maybe it would be better to consider it after the next census in 2020 when you won't have one side or the other viewing it as favoritism.
Democrats say the legislation is just an effort to grab electoral votes for the GOP, which has not won a presidential race in Michigan since President George H.W. Bush's victory in 1988.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Bay City-Soldier Death)
The Defense Department says a U.S. Army soldier from Bay City has been killed in Afghanistan.
According to the Pentagon, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Cathcart died of wounds received from small arms fire during combat operations Friday in Kunduz Province.
The 31-year-old Cathcart was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
(Help from: WSGW, Saginaw)

(MI-Snyder-China-Trade Mission)
Governor Rick Snyder will embark on his fourth trade mission to China in four years on Wednesday.
The weeklong trip will include stops in five cities promoting tourism in Michigan through the Pure Michigan campaign, and build upon recent successes in attracting new job-creation business investments, highlighting the auto and agricultural industries. Snyder says the trip will also seek to restore the Chinese view of Detroit and highlight investment opportunities there post bankruptcy.
The trip includes a visit to the Guangzhou (KWANG-chow) International Auto Show, to increase investment in Michigan's surging auto industry.
Snyder says Michigan agricultural exports to China have increased by 90-percent since 2010, and that China is Michigan's third largest export market, behind Canada and Mexico.
Since Snyder’s first mission to Asia in 2011, Michigan has received more than one (B) billion dollars in new business investment from China, Japan and Korea.

(Mi/DC-Gay Marriage Appeal)
A same-sex couple from Michigan is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that upheld an anti-gay marriage law.
Detroit-area nurses 42-year old April DeBoer (de-BOOR) and 49-year old Jayne Rowse of Hazel Park filed their plea this morning (Monday).
Michigan officials have said they would not oppose a Supreme Court review, but would defend the law that prohibits same-sex marriage. Attorney General BIll Schuette says the nearly 300 gay marriages conducted in the state in March are now "void," following the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision.
Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban was passed by voters in 2004.
(24/7 News Source)

(Ypsilanti-EMU Athlete-Sexual Assault)
A member of the Eastern Michigan University track and field team is facing three charges of sexual assault from incidents in Ypsilanti on Friday.
Eli Burdette was arraigned Sunday on two first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges and one count of second-degree CSC. He is accused of raping a woman in his apartment building Friday night and now allowing her to leave her own apartment until Saturday morning when she called police.
Burdette faces up to life in prison if convicted, and will be back in court on November 25 for his preliminary examination.
(24/7 News Source)

(St. Joseph Co-Perjury Trial Delayed)
The trial for a former police officer accused of lying to investigators probing the November 2007 slaying of an 11-year-old southwest Michigan girl has been delayed.
47-year old Raymond McCann of Three Rivers is a former Constantine police reserve officer charged with lying in testimony related to the unsolved 2007 homicide of Jodi Parrack. The fifth-grader at Riverside Elementary School in Constantine was found dead in the Constantine Township Cemetery.
McCann is a former friend of Parrack’s family and has not been charged with what has been declared homicide by asphyxiation. His attorney has requested a change of venue for the trial because media coverage of the case could make it hard to seat an impartial jury.
Investigators have said DNA evidence recovered from the dead girl’s body does not match DNA samples provided by McCann.
A hearing on defense evidence and venue motions is scheduled for December 18.
If convicted of perjury, McCann could face up to life in prison.
(Help from: WLKM, Three Rivers)

(Detroit-Snyder-Cyber Summit)
Governor Rick Snyder unveiled the Michigan Cyber Initiative 2015 to an audience of nearly 700 information technology experts and professionals from across the globe at the North American International Cyber Summit in Detroit this morning (Monday).
The updated cyber policy outlines the necessary steps to protect the state from ever-increasing threats of cyber attacks and further establishes Michigan as a national leader for cyber protection, education and economic development.
The summit hosted by Snyder and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget brought officials from the public and private sectors together to focus on the emerging issues in cybersecurity.
Snyder said the role of cybersecurity in the public and private sector continues to gain importance as we steadily conduct more and more business over the Internet.
The North American International Cyber Summit at Cobo Center in Detroit follows successful cyber summits held in 2011 and 2013.

(MI/CA-New Shelby Mustang)
Ford has released a computer-generated video of its new Shelby GT350 Mustang which promises to pack some impressive horsepower.
The Dearborn automaker claims the new 5.2 -liter V8 engine will produce more than 500 horsepower. It will be the most powerful Ford-produced engine ever.
The car will be shown off to journalists later this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Other details, including a release date and pricing, have not been announced.
(24/7 News Source)

(Kalamazoo-Woman Found Safe)
Kalamazoo police say a woman suffering from mental illness who went missing Sunday has returned home.
30-year-old Alexis Anderson walked away from her home yesterday morning, barefoot and not dressed for the weather.
Police say Anderson showed up at her home early this morning and appeared to be in good condition but she was sent to the hospital for an examination as a precaution.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(MI-Flags Lowered)
Governor Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags within the state Capitol complex to be lowered to half-staff today (Monday) in honor of former state Representative James Hadden of Adrian who died Thursday.
Hadden was elected to the Michigan House in 1978 and served the 40th District from 1979-82. Prior to running for state office, Hadden served as a Lenawee County Commissioner.
After his time in the Legislature, Hadden moved on to a career in lobbying.
He served in the Korean War and earned a degree from Albion College. Hadden was the father of Chuck Hadden, president of the Michigan Manufacturers Association.
A memorial service is being held today (Monday) at the Judson Memorial Baptist Church in Lansing.
Flags should be returned to full-staff on Tuesday.

(Detroit-GM Death Claims)
33 death claims have now been approved by the General Motors victim compensation fund.
The latest report from Kenneth Feinberg, the fund's administrator, says the number of injury claims approved is now up to 39.
So far ten percent of the 21-hundred claims submitted to the fund have been rejected while more than half of the claims submitted have no documentation. Documentation, Feinberg says, is required in order for a claim to be fully reviewed.
This week GM will send 850 thousand new notices about the fund to people who bought vehicles affected by the recall since the last notice went out.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI/OH-UM Player Arrested)
The college football career of University of Michigan senior defensive end Frank Clark is over.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke this morning (Monday) announced Clark's dismissal from the football program for violating team rules.
Clark is facing domestic violence charges in northern Ohio. He was arrested in Erie County on Saturday by Perkins Township police and is being held without bond until his court appearance today.
Media reports say the 6-foot-2, 277-pound Clark assaulted his girlfriend in a hotel parking lot in Sandusky.
The Wolverines did not play a game this week, allowing players to spend their weekend in their hometowns.
It's not the first time Clark has been in trouble with the law. Prior to his sophomore year, he was arrested after stealing a laptop from a Michigan dorm room. Clark was later sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, and the felony was wiped from his record after one year of probation.
Hoke suspended him for one game that season.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Cadillac-Fatal Fire)
A elderly woman died in a fire in her Cadillac home over the weekend.
Police say the blaze broke out around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. When police and fire crews arrived on scene they made contact with a roommate who believed the home owner was still inside.
However, officers were unable to enter the home due to the amount of smoke. After the fire was put out, the body of the 84-year-old woman was found inside.
The roommate was taken to a local hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.
The names of both victims are being withheld. The fire is still under investigation.

(Kent Co-Former Guard Dead)
One of the former Kent County corrections guards caught up in a marijuana butter bust is dead.
49-year old Tim Bernhardt had 22 years on the force when he was arrested in March. He plead guilty to a reduced charge last month and was scheduled to be sentenced to up to two years in prison on December 11th.
Bernhardt's lawyer says the former officer died on Sunday, but did not share any other details.
The Kent County Sheriffs office has not commented.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)



Bay City-Missing Teen Found)
One of two teenage runaways from Michigan has reappeared, very far from home.
15-year-old Christian Roe and 14-year-old Olivia Kean - both from Bay County - have been missing since October 15.
Midland Police Sgt. Mike Sokol says Christan called his mother Tuesday night asking that she come pick him up in Jacksonville, Florida.
Sokol says investigators have yet to talk to Chris about where Olivia might be, but they hope he'll be able to provide information as to her whereabouts.
The teens took off in the girl’s parents’ pick-up truck, a 2002 Dodge Ram with license plate WLP50. Neither has a driver’s license.
Olivia has blue eyes and blonde hair that was dyed black, and stands 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs around 95 pounds.
Anyone who has seen Olivia or who has information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Midland Police Department at 989-839-6466 or the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at 989-895-4050.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)

(MI-Ebola Care)
The Michigan Nurses Association wants a state standard enacted for "safe Ebola care."
The group is the largest organization in the state representing nurses and held a press conference in front of Governor Snyder's office on Wednesday to issue the demand.
MNA president John Armelagos says the issue is not about politics, but rather about making sure that nurses are safe and Michigan communities are safe.
A review of more than 30 hospitals and public health departments found the majority don't have information on Personal Protective Equipment, and those that do have no specifics on whether it meets the criteria for dealing with Ebola.
(24/7 News Source)

(Oakland Co-Murder Plot Suspects)
Two Oakland County teenagers are facing life in prison after they allegedly offered undercover agents $2,000 to kill a Flint man.
Eighteen-year-old Mia Rae Buscemi (BOO-shem-EE) and 19-year-old Dallys Emery Vogel are due in court today (Thursday) to face charges of solicitation to commit murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about the plot in October. Undercover detectives met with the teens last week at a location in Waterford Township, where they told the detectives how they wanted the hit done, before offering a payment of $2,000.
After the meeting, the teens were arrested and taken to the Oakland County Jail. Police have not yet indicated why they wanted the man killed.
Buscemi and Vogel are being held on $100,000 bonds. They face life in prison if convicted.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Ottawa Co-Ex-Boyfriend Murder)
Jury deliberations are underway in the Ottawa County Circuit Court trial of a West Michigan woman accused of plotting the murder of her former boyfriend.
40-year-old Maryann Castorena of Holland is charged with intentionally assisting in first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, solicitation to commit first-degree murder and making a false statement to a police officer.
The body of 38-year-old Jose Hernandez was found on January 6th outside of his apartment in Park Township, just north of Holland. An autopsy showed Hernandez died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Prosecutors contend Castorena convinced 20-year old Anthony Delagarza, who lived with the victim, to kill him.
Police believe money was the motive in the slaying. Castorena was sole beneficiary of Hernandez's $1.25 million life-insurance policy through his job at Royal Technologies in Hudsonville.
Delagarza testified that he was promised a $75-thousand dollar share of the policy. He pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder and faces up to life in prison but with the possibility of parole.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Battle Creek-Marijuana Diaper)
Police in Battle Creek are investigating how what's believed to be marijuana got into the diaper of a one-year-old girl.
A bag of a leafy green substance was found in the diaper at a day care center this week. Tests are being run to determine if what was found is marijuana.
The day care employee who found the baggie told police it may have fallen into the diaper when the girl's mother changed her that morning when she was being dropped off.
(24/7 News Source)

(Huron Co-Embezzlement Charges)
An Ohio man has been accused of embezzling from a steel plant in Michigan's Thumb.
34-year-old Chad Letson of Akron was arraigned in Huron County District Court on a charge of embezzlement over $100,000.
Authorities say Letson had been a supervisor at Blue Diamond Steel near Pigeon where he had begun ordering expensive computer hardware. Letson claimed it was for the Windsor Township plant's manufacturing machines. No management approval was needed if the purchases were below a certain amount.
Sheriff Kelly Hanson estimated Letson bought and sold over $800,000 in computer hardware through the Internet. Authorities seized two vehicles and other items from Letson's home allegedly acquired with money from the scheme.
Letson remains in the Huron County jail on a $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for November 21.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(Detroit-Legal Fees)
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes has scheduled two mediation days in December to settle fees billed to the city of Detroit.
During a hearing on Wednesday, Rhodes said he wanted the more than 140-million dollars in professional fees to be resolved in an efficient and effective manner. The fees are in regards to consultants and lawyers who worked on the city's historic bankruptcy case.
An official date for the city to exit bankruptcy has not yet been set by Rhodes. Instead, the judge scheduled a November 24th status conference to further discuss the matter.
(24/7 News Source)

(Port Huron-Gambling Ring Busted)
More than a dozen people were arrested earlier this week when police busted a gambling ring that was operating in Port Huron.
Search warrants were executed Monday at three homes in Port Huron and one in Port Huron Township.
4 people were arrested on charges related to operation of a gambling house and 12 were cited for frequenting a gambling house. A large sum of cash and various gaming devices were confiscated.
Port Huron police were assisted during the investigation by the Michigan State Police and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.
(WPHM, Port Huron)

(Detroit-GM Parts)
The owners of about 189-thousand General Motors SUVs will be getting notices soon about replacement parts to keep their vehicles from bursting into flames.
A recall of the SUVs was issued at the end of June but the parts haven't been available until now.
Water can get inside the driver's side window switch and possibly short out the circuit. If that happens not only will the driver not be able to open and close the window but overheating could cause a fire even if the vehicle isn't running.
Consequently owners have been told to park the SUV outside and away from any structures until the problem can be fixed.
(24/7 News Source)

(Capitol-Religious Freedom)
House Speaker Jase Bolger has introduced a bill to create a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act that is based on the existing federal law.
The Marshall Republican says he also supports a companion measure that will expand the state’s existing Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation, but not gender identity or expression.
Bolger says his measure and the one sponsored by Republican Frank Foster create the balance he has been looking for on the issue between protecting personal liberties and defending religious freedom.
Representative Sam Singh of East Lansing, who has introduced a bill that includes gender expression and identity, has said Democrats will be unwilling to support legislation that isn’t fully inclusive of the LBGT community.
However, Bolger said Elliott-Larsen already protects the transgender community as it currently includes “sex” as a protected class.
Bolger’s bill will be referred to the House Judiciary Committee today (Thursday); Foster’s bill will be referred to the House Commerce Committee.

(Detroit-Domestic Partner Benefits)
A federal judge in Detroit has struck down Michigan's ban on domestic partner benefits.
U.S. District Judge David Lawson issued his decision yesterday (Wed) saying the law that bars public schools and local governments from offering benefits to same-sex partners is based on "irrational prejudice" and is unconstitutional.
Lawson says the law discriminated by forcing municipalities to cancel family benefits for gay and lesbian employees while heterosexual employees had the ability to marry their partners to maintain those benefits.
Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the LGBT Project of the ACLU of Michigan, which had challenged the ban, signed into law in 2011, says (quote) "We are thrilled that the federal court struck down as unconstitutional one of the most mean-spirited laws adopted in recent Michigan history."
Spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, Joy Yearout, says they are reviewing the decision and they have 30 days to decide whether to appeal.
The decision comes on the heals of last week's 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld language in the state’s constitution banning gay marriage.

(MI Poll-Lame Duck Issues)
A recent statewide survey shows 53 percent of Michigan voters support redirecting some of the six-percent sales tax collected on gasoline to repairing and maintaining Michigan roads and bridges.
The survey conducted by Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group found support is over 50 percent in all geographic areas of the state except in Macomb County and Wayne County excluding the City of Detroit.
MRG president Tom Shields says the issue is so important to Michigan voters that a majority are willing to support shifting some of the sales tax on gas to roads and bridges, even if it means shifting some funding from schools and local governments.
Nearly 70 percent of Michigan voters gave Michigan’s road conditions a “bad” rating in the survey. Additionally, 44 percent of all respondents said someone in their household had sustained damage to their vehicle in the last year from the condition of Michigan roads and bridges, which include 30 percent who personally had sustained damage.
On another potential lame duck issue that may be tackled by lawmakers, more than 83 percent of respondents support legislation that would require hospitals to charge car insurance companies and healthcare insurers the same amount for the same services while only 8 percent oppose fair hospital fees for auto accidents.

(Kent Co-Marijuana Vote Appeal)
The Kent County prosecutor is defying the will of the voters and is taking an appeal of the decision to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana to the Michigan Appeals Court this week.
Prosecutor Bill Forsyth says Grand Rapids voters may not decide to ignore state law. By a margin of 60% city voters decided to back off on marijuana enforcement in 2012.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Grand Traverse-Whooping Cough)
A whooping cough outbreak that led to Grand Traverse Academy administrators choosing to close the school for the week continues to grow.
Health department officials say, as of Wednesday, there are 12 confirmed cases and 161 probable cases of pertussis. That is up from 10 confirmed and 83 probable cases on Monday.
Grand Traverse Academy a K-12 charter school, is closed for all classes, extracurricular activities and athletic events through Sunday, Nov. 16, according to a notice posted on the school's website.
MLive reports Grand Traverse Health Department staff are urging students, staff members and their families to get the DTaP vaccine against pertussis. They are also being asked to stay away from public places for fear of spreading anything to those not in the school body.
Health officials say early symptoms of whooping cough can last 1 to 2 weeks and usually include a runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild cough. The cough grows violent and rapid as the infection becomes worse.



November 21, 2014

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I', action adventure sequel directed by Francis Lawrence based on the third book in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins released in movie theaters nationwide, starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Toby Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last completed movie roles before his death on February 2, 2014.

2014 World Athletics Gala, incl announcement of the IAAF male athlete of the year and IAAF female athlete of the year. Three-man shortlist is Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshmi, Kenyan marathon world record holder Dennis Kipruto Kimetto and French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won the men's award last year, his fifth in six years, but did not make this year's 10-man long list due to an injury disrupted season. U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin misses out on the three-athlete shortlist after recording the fastest ever one-day sprint double earlier this year - 9.77 seconds in the 100m and 19.71 in 200m - with his incl on the long list criticized due to a doping history that has incl two bans. Women's finalists are New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams, Ethiopian long and middle distance runner Genzebe Dibaba and Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers.

House of Representatives breaks for Thanksgiving District Work Period.

Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr Jill Biden host their annual early Thanksgiving Dinner for Wounded Warriors and their families.

Ready for Hillary - a super PAC encouraging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016 - holds strategy meeting with top national donors to discuss next steps for a possible Clinton White House bid.

November 22, 2014

PCAH National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, focusing attention on programs currently fostering the creative and intellectual development of America's children and youth through education and practical experience in the arts and the humanities.

Filipino world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao defends his WBO Welterweight title against American Chris Algieri in Macau. Pacquiao, aka Pacman, has a 56-5-2 boxing record and returns to the ring for the first time since 12 Apr to face undefeated Algieri who beat Ruslan Provodnikov in June to earn a title shot. 35-year-old Pacquiao was elected to Congress in 2010 and is also a player-coach for a Philippines basketball team.

November 23, 2014

American Music Awards, billed as the world's biggest fan-voted award show, broadcast live on ABC. Iggy Azalea leads the nominations with six, followed by John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams with five each, and Lorde with four.

NFL games: Cleveland Browns at the Atlanta Falcons; Tennessee Titans at the Philadelphia Eagles; Detroit Lions at the New England Patriots; Green Bay Packers at the Minnesota Vikings; Jacksonville Jaguars at the Indianapolis Colts; Cincinnati Bengals at the Houston Texans; New York Jets at the Buffalo Bills; Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Chicago Bears; Arizona Cardinals at the Seattle Seahawks; St. Louis Rams at the San Diego Chargers; Miami Dolphins at the Denver Broncos; Washington Redskins at the San Francisco 49ers; Dallas Cowboys at the New York Giants.

November 24, 2014

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree arrives, ahead of lighting ceremony. The Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition since 1964.

TOTY Toy of The Year Awards finalists announced at a New York press event ahead of the awards ceremony in February.

NFL Monday Night Football: Baltimore Ravens at the New Orleans Saints.

Deadline, extended from June 20, for Iran and the P5+1 to reach a permanent accord on the country's nuclear program. Last November Tehran reached a deal with the P5+1 - which comprises of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany - for light sanctions relief in exchange for Iran curbing some of its nuclear activities. But disagreement followed over how many enrichment centrifuges Iran should maintain. The U.S. and UK welcomed the move, but Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the agreement as an 'historic mistake'.

Eminem's Shady Records celebrates its 15th anniversary with its 15th release - 'ShadyXV', a two-CD compilation featuring an album of the label's greatest hits and a second disc of new material from Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D-12 and Yelawolf alongside special guest-artist collaborations.

'Dancing With The Stars', part one of the season finale of the celebrity dance show, hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, with judges Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship store holiday windows unveiled.

November 25, 2014

30th Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees announced. Awards honoring the achievements of American independent filmmakers presented February 21, 2015 at lunchtime ceremony on Santa Monica Beach.

'Dancing With The Stars', winner is crowned in the final live results show of the season, hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, with judges Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

Hewlett-Packard Q4 earnings, for the IT corporation led by President and CEO Meg Whitman. The company announced plans in October to separate into two public companies - Hewlett-Packard Enterprise covering its corporate hardware and services operations; and HP Inc containing its PC and printer businesses - by the end of the 2015 fiscal year.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes its revised GDP data for the third quarter of 2014, after last month's advance data. Final figures are published next month, Q3.

U.S. PIRG release annual 'Trouble in Toyland' toy safety report, offering safety guidelines for purchasing toys for small children and providing examples of toys currently on store shelves that pose potential safety hazards.

100th anniversary of the birth of Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player, known for his 56-game hitting streak, a record that still stands. He served in the military in World War II between 1943 and 1945 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955. DiMaggio was briefly married to Marilyn Monroe, and became involved with her once again towards the end of her life, taking it upon himself to arrange her funeral after her death.

November 26, 2014

President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey via a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. He celebrates the 67th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflects on 'the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving', and wishes American families a safe and healthy holiday.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation night, offering spectators the chance to see the giant balloons being inflated ahead of tomorrow's 88th Parade. Open to the general public.

Los Angeles Mission Annual Thanksgiving Street Meal, during which almost 3,500 homeless people receive turkey and all the trimmings, served by volunteers including many from the entertainment industry and local political leaders.

The Who begin Who Hits 50 British and Irish tour, performing tracks spanning their entire career from their debut in the 1960s to the present day. Upon announcing the tour, singer Roger Daltrey said 'this is the beginning of the long goodbye'.

Four-year pilot program of accepting certain tribal offenders sentenced in tribal courts for placement in Federal Bureau of Prisons institutions concludes, having allowed any federally-recognized tribe to request that the bureau incarcerate a tribe member convicted of a violent crime under the terms of Section 234 of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, up to a maximum of 100 tribal offenders nation-wide at any one time.

November 27, 2014

NFL Thanksgiving Classic with Chicago Bears at the Detroit Lions; Philadelphia Eagles at the Dallas Cowboys; Seattle Seahawks at the San Francisco 49ers - annual series of three games played over the Thanksgiving holiday, with the first two traditionally hosted by the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys. The Lions played their first Thanksgiving game in 1934 and have hosted every year since, apart from a six-season hiatus between 1939-1944. The Cowboys have played in the Classic annually since 1966, excluding a two-year gap between 1975-1977.

88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, including floats, giant "inflatables", America's best Marching Bands and live music.

Thanksgiving Day. Financial markets closed.  Presidential Proclamation encourages all Americans to join together in homes, places of worship, community centers, or 'any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors' to give thanks for all they have received in the past year, to express appreciation to those whose lives enrich their own, and to share their bounty with others.

President Barack Obama celebrates Thanksgiving at the White House, with no public events.

Feast of Sharing, with around 5,000 Washington, DC, residents expected to join city officials, community partners, and volunteers.

November 28, 2014

Black Friday - traditional beginning of the U.S. Christmas shopping season on the Friday after Thanksgiving, when retailers offer big savings to entice shoppers and supposedly haul themselves back 'in the black'. Many retailers open at midnight to take full advantage of the day.
4th anniversary of the WikiLeaks website releasing the first of 251,287 confidential American embassy cables into the public domain.

November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday, for people to show their support for small businesses and the communities they help to keep thriving.

First Saturday of Christmas shopping season after Thanksgiving and one day after 'Black Friday', traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.

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

November 30, 2014

83rd Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, featuring celebrities from film, television and the stage along with bands, floats and special characters, plus a special appearance by Santa Claus. Parade hosted by Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Erik Estrada and Montel Williams with Stevie Wonder serving as Grand Marshal.

North Atlantic hurricane season ends. Northeast Pacific and Central Pacific peak hurricane seasons also end today.

NFL games: Washington Redskins at the Indianapolis Colts; Tennessee Titans at the Houston Texans; Cleveland Browns at the Buffalo Bills; San Diego Chargers at the Baltimore Ravens; New York Giants at the Jacksonville Jaguars; Cincinnati Bengals at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Oakland Raiders at the St. Louis Rams; New Orleans Saints at the Pittsburgh Steelers; Carolina Panthers at the Minnesota Vikings; Arizona Cardinals at the Atlanta Falcons; New England Patriots at the Green Bay Packers; Denver Broncos at the Kansas City Chiefs.

United Nations Security Council mandates due to expire, unless extended, for the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and the U.N. Integrated Peace-building Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS).







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Adobe Shockwave™ or Macromedia required to operate some scripts on this website.  Not seeing the "Now Playing" data?  Make sure your Java is updated to the latest version and if that doesn't work, clear your Temporary Internet Files cache and cookies.  Also, newer versions of Internet Explorer block scripts automatically thus preventing display of our "Now Playing" data.  You will have to go into your IE security settings and make wiosradio.com a safe zone or enable Java scripting for this zone to get rid of the "nag screens" that come up in IE when viewing this site.
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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