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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 24NOV17

STATE SENATOR JIM STAMAS ON WEDNESDAY EXPRESSED HIS FRUSTRATION WITH THE MICHIGAN PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION'S RECENT RULING ABOUT HOW MUCH UTILITIES ARE REQUIRED TO PAY INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS FOR THE ENERGY THEY GENERATE. STAMAS, OF MIDLAND, SAIDAT RATES DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSION, THREE BIOMASS PLANTS IN MICHIGAN WOULD LIKELY BE FORCED TO SHUT DOWN, COSTING OUR STATE HUNDREDS OF JOBS AND VALUABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION. STAMAS ADDED THAT AS OUR ECONOMY CONTIUES TO GROW AND OLDER PLANTS GO OFFLINE, WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE INDEPENDENT ENERGY PRODUCTION. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT STAMAS'S OFFICE AT 855-347-8036.

AN OGEMAW COUNTY TOWNSHIP WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING NEXT WEEK.  THE CUMMING TOWNSHIP BOARD HAS SCHEDULED THE MEETING FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, THE MEETING WILL BE HELD TO DISCUSS THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITIES LICENSING ACT. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY IN THE CUMMING TOWNSHIP HALL, 751 NORTH MORRISON ROAD IN WEST BRANCH. CLERK JANICE FRITZ SAID RESIDENTS WITH ANY QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, OPINIONS OR JUST WANT MORE FACTS SHOULD ATTEND THE MEETING.

A THUMB AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT IS SEEKING BOND MONEY.  THE HARBOR BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS APPLYING FOR A $1.5 MILLION DOLLAR BOND. ACCORDING TO THE HURON DAILY TRIBUNE, THE BOND IS NOT VOTER APPROVED, BUT APPLIED FOR THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S QUALITY ZONE ACADEMY BOARD. THE DISTRICT WOULD USE THE GRANT FUNDS FOR RENOVATIONS INCLUDING REMODELING BATHROOMS, WORK ON THE BLEACHERS AT THE FOOTBALL STADIUM, IMPROVEMENTS IN THE BAND ROOM AND INSTALLATION OF SECURE ENTRIES AT BOTH ENTRANCES. QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE THE DISTRICT OFFERING FREE OR REDUCED LUNCHES AND A TEN PERCENT MATCH. THE DISTRICT WOULD ALSO HAVE TO PAY BACK THE LOAN OVER FIFTEEN YEARS.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 23NOV17

SAINT JOSEPH HEALTH CENTER RECENTLY WELCOMED A NEW NURSE PRACTITIONER. ERICA KALBFLEISCH, BOARD CERTIFIED NURSE PRACTITIONER, HAS JOINED SAINT JOSEPH HEALTH SYSTEM HURON FAMILY MEDICINE. AS A FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER, SHE HAS ADVANCED TRAINING TO HELP DIAGNOSE AND TREAT A WIDE VARIETY OF CONDITIONS AS WELL AS PROMOTE GENERAL WELLNESS IN PATIENTS OF ALL AGES. SHE HAS SPECIAL INTERESTS IN WOMEN'S HEALTH, DIABETES AND MENTAL HEALTH AND IS CURRENTLY WELCOMING NEW PATIENTS AT THE OFFICE IN TAWAS CITY.

THE ROSE CITY COUNCIL IS SEEKING GRANT MONEY FOR AN IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.  THE GRANT IS TO PARTIALLY FUND AN IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AT MILL POND. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, THE ROSE CITY COUNCIL HAS APPLIED FOR THE GRANT THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY CLASSIFIED THE DAM AS A SIGNIFICANT SAFETY HAZARD. COUNCIL MEMBER JEREMY CARD SAID THE COUNCIL IS HOPING TO PARTIALLY FUND REPAIRS THROUGH A $73,500 DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE DNR. THE CITY IS WORKING ON RAISING THE 37 PERCENT MATCHING FUNDS OF JUST OVER $40,000 DOLLARS. THE DNR WILL ANNOUNCE GRANT RECIPIENTS IN APRIL OF NEXT YEAR.

THE CITY OF AUGRES IS SEEKING A USE PERMIT FOR THE HARBOR.  THE PERMIT IS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES TO BEGIN A CLEANUP OF THE SITE. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, THE CLEANUP WOULD INCLUDE FENCE REMOVAL AND SHRUBBERY TRIMMING AND REMOVAL. THE DNR WATERWAYS COMMISSION APPROVED REVERTING THE PROPERTY TO THE CITY IN JUNE OF 2015, BUT REAL ESTATE TRANFER ISSUES HAVE DELAYED THE ACQUISITION. AUGRES CITY OFFICIALS HAVE RECEIVED NEARLY $150,000 DOLLARS IN GRANTS FOR HARBOR IMPROVEMENTS WHEN THE TRANSFER IS FINALIZED.

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 22NOV17

A man was fined almost $15,000 for hunting violations after an investigation by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. According to Up North Live, Joseph Dykes, 33 of Burton, was sentenced after pleading guilty to multiple poaching-related charges. A three-year investigation found Dykes had been illegally hunting in Oscoda County from 2014 to 2016. Dykes pleaded guilty to unlawfully using a hunting license, baiting and taking deer without a license over a three-year period. Richard Dykes, Joseph's father, and Charles Dykes, Joseph's uncle, also each pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully using a hunting license. Richard and Charles were each fined $450 and placed on probation for six months.

THE ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS THAT ON NOVEMBER 16TH AT APPROXIMATELY 7:30PM, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A CALL OF A MISSING HUNTER, LAWRENCE MCQUARTER OF PINCONNING. HIS LAST KNOWN LOCATION WAS A WOODED AREA NORTH OF GLENNIE. HIS VEHICLE WAS LOCATED ON FOWLER ROAD EAST OF HIGHWAY M-65. DEPUTIES REQUESTED ASSISTANCE FROM THE ALCONA COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE ALONG WITH A MICHIGAN STATE POLICE HELICOPTER. MCQUARTER WAS LOCATED BY THE HELICOPTER CREW USING A HEAT IMAGING CAMERA. ALCONA E.M.S. WAS ON SCENE AND FOUND MCQUARTER TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION.

The Tawas City Council recently received an update on the Tawas Police Authority.  Tawas Police Authority Chief, Mark Ferguson, attended the meeting of the Tawas City Council. According to the Iosco County News Herald, among the topics discussed, officials learned about the recent training completed by TPA personnel. Participants carried out these exercises, which took place at different locations throughout the state, during the month of October. Ferguson told the council that each of the officers were qualified in firearms training, which was conducted through the Iosco County Sheriff’s Office. Ferguson said the Sheriff's department has helped the TPA with this training for the past couple years and has also provided the certified firearms instructors.

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LOCAL NEWS for TUE 21NOV17

A man was sent to the hospital after getting shot in the leg at deer camp. According to Up North Live, the Lewiston EMS responded to a business where a man had a gunshot wound to the leg. Montmorency County Sheriff's Deputies said the man was driven to the business from a hunting camp. The original 911 call went to another dispatch center. A Michigan State Police Trooper and a conservation officer responded to the call. The case is still under investigation.

OFFICIALS IN ARENAC TOWNSHIP ARE LOOKING TO FILL A TWO VACANCIES.  TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING FOR RESIDENTS FOR THE BOARD OF REVIEW AND FIRE AUTHORITY COMMITTEE. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, THE BOARD OF REVIEW EXAMINES AND REVIEWS THE ASSESSMENT ROLL FOR THE CURRENT YEAR, PREPARED BY THE ASSESSOR. THE BOARD MEETS THREE TIMES A YEAR IN MARCH, JULY AND DECEMBER. THE FIRE AUTHORITY MEETINGS ARE HELD MONTHLY AND ALL MEETINGS AND TRAINING ARE PAID. RESIDENTS INTERESTED IN EITHER POSITION SHOULD DROP OFF A LETTER OF INTEREST OF RESUME AT THE ARENAC TOWNSHIP HALL IN OMER. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 653-2319.

On Saturday, A 32 year old Bay city man was in a deer blind near Rau and Dunham Lake roads in Ogemaw County's Edwards Township. He ended up dozing off with his .45 caliber handgun resting in his lap According to M-Live, Sheriff Howie Hanft reports that A short while later, the man's cell phone alarm went off, shocking him awake and leading him to compress the gun's trigger. The fired bullet entered one of the man's thighs and struck his femur. The man called a friend of his, who came to his rescue and escorted him to a road, where an ambulance subsequently picked him up. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening wound. Hanft said the man won't face criminal charges related to the reckless discharge.

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LOCAL NEWS for MON 20NOV17

PUBLIC OPINION WAS RECENTLY TAKEN ON THE QUESTION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN AN OSCODA COUNTY TOWNSHIP.  BIG CREEK TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS TOOK COMMENTS FROM RESIDENTS ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY SHOULD APPROVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES, GROWERS, TRANSPORTATION AND CAREGIVERS TO OPERATE IN THE AREA. ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA COUNTY HERALD, VIEWS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE WERE PRESENTED, BUT DUE TO THE POOR ATTENDANCE, BOARD MEMBERS DECIDED TO END THE HEARING EARLY AND CONTINUE TO DELIBERATE BEFORE MAKING A FINAL DECISION.

A HARRISVILLE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT FROM A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION.  ACCORDING TO THE ALCONA COUNTY REVIEW, 47 YEAR OLD MICHELLE L. KRISAN WAS ARRAIGNED IN 81st DISTRICT COURT ON TWO FELONY COUNTS, EMBEZZLEMENT OVER $1000 BUT LESS THAN $20-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND USING A COMPUTER TO COMMIT A CRIME. KRISAN TOOK OVER THE TREAURER'S POSITION OF THE ALCONA ATHLETIC ORGANIZATION IN 2013 AT WHICH TIME INCONSISTENCIES WERE NOTICED. AN INVESTIGATION SHOWED THAT OVER $52-HUNDRED DOLLARS WAS MISAPPROPRIATED AND USED FOR PERSONAL USE. KRISAN HAS POSTED BOND AND IS SCHEDULED FOR A PROBABLE CAUSE HEARING TOMORROW AND A PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION ON NOVEMBER 29th.   

A VILLAGE IN HURON COUNTY IS DISCUSSING CHANGING WATER AND SEWER RATES.  THE PORT AUSTIN VILLAGE COUNCIL CONDUCTED THEIR FIRST READING OF THE PROPOSED SEWER AND WATER RATE ORDINANCE. ACCORDING TO THE HURON DAILY TRIBUNE, THE VILLAGE WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE ITS ORDINANCE USING HIGHER WATER AND SEWER AVAILABILITY FEES AND A SLIGHTLY LOWER USAGE RATE. THE BOARD HAS SCHEDULED A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE FOR NOVEMBER 30TH, 6:30PM, AT THE PORT AUSTIN WELCOME CENTER. THE VILLAGE COUNCIL COULD THEN POTENTIALLY PASS THE ORDINANCE AT THEIR NEXT REGULAR MEETING ON DECEMBER 11TH.

THE EAST TAWAS CITY MANAGER ANNOUNCED HER RETIREMENT.  BELINDA BAKER ANNOUNCED HER RETIREMENT AT THE EAST TAWAS CITY COUNCIL MEETING. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD, BAKER TOLD THE COUNCIL SHE WILL BE STEPPING DOWN AS OF JULY 1ST, 2018. BAKER STARTED HER WORK IN CITY GOVERNMENT WHEN SHE WAS ELECTED EAST TAWAS CITY TREASURER IN NOVEMBER, 1985. SHE WAS LATER APPOINTED CITY CLERK IN 1989, SERVING AS THE CLERK AND TREASURER UNTIL 2015 WHEN SHE BECAME THE EAST TAWAS CITY MANAGER. BAKER SAID SHE PLANS TO CONTINUE HER VOLUNTEER WORK, WITH PLANS TO VOLUNTEER MORE OF HER TIME AFTER RETIRING.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 24NOV17

DOZENS OF RESIDENTS IN OTTAWA AND KENT COUNTIES ARE THE VICTIMS OF VANDALS WHO
DAMAGED MAILBOXES AND WINDOWS WITH A GOLF CLUB. POLICE SAY ABOUT 50 HOMES WERE
TARGETED ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT ALONG KENOWA AVENUE SW, BURTON STREET SW, LUCE STREET SW, 8TH AVENUE NW AND JOHNSON STREET NW.  A RESIDENT WHO'S WINDOW WAS SMASHED FOUND A GOLF CLUB ON HIS PROPERTY - WHICH POLICE BELIEVE WAS USED IN THE VANDALISM. INVESTIGATORS HAVE NOT RELEASED A DESCRIPTION OF A SUSPECT OR VEHICLE INVOLVED.

A FIRE IN BAY COUNTY'S FRANKENLUST TOWNSHIP DESTROYING THE HOME OF A WOMAN WHO LIVED IN THE STRUCTURE FOR OVER 50 YEARS. FIREFIGHTERS WERE CALLED TO THE 6500 BLOCK OF FRANKENLUST ROAD BETWEEN DELTA AND AMELITH ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT TO THE HOME OF 75-YEAR-OLD KAREN KUCH.  THE HOME WAS A TOTAL LOSS, BUT KUCH AND HER GOLDEN RETRIEVER VEGAS WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE WITHOUT INJURY. KUCH WAS AN AVID HUNTER WHO RECEIVED MEDIA ATTENTION IN 2015 FOR HUNTING AN OVER 200-POUND MICHIGAN BLACK BEAR.

A BILL IN THE US HOUSE COULD LEAD TO POPULATION CONTROL EFFORTS OF A NORTHERN MICHIGAN BIRD CONSIDERED A NUISANCE. THE DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT IS A LARGE MIGRATORY BIRD THAT IS KNOWN TO DECIMATE THE FISH POPULATION IN THE GREAT LAKES. STATE AND FEDERAL EFFORTS TO CONTROL THE CORMORANT POPULATION IN MICHIGAN BEGAN IN 2004 - BY KILLING ADULT BIRDS AND COVERING EGGS WITH OIL TO SMOTHER DEVELOPING CHICKS. BUT LAST
YEAR A FEDERAL JUDGE RULED THE PROGRAM VIOLATED THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT.  U.S. CONGRESSMAN JACK BERGMAN HAS PRESENTED LEGISLATION AUTHORIZING SECRETARY OF INTERIOR RYAN ZINKE TO ALLOW MICHIGAN AND OTHER STATES TO RESUME "RESPONSIBLE CORMORANT MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES."

AS BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPERS CROWD STORES AND MALLS ACROSS MICHIGAN - A NEW SURVEY BY EBATES SHOWS THAT ALMOST 4 OUT OF 5 AMERICANS SAY WILL BE BUYING PRESENTS TODAY. AT THE TOP OF THE SHOPPING LIST IS CLOTHING, WHILE A THIRD OF ADULTS SURVEYED SAY THEY PLAN TO PICK UP A TV DURING THEIR SHOPPING SPREE.  OVER 30-PERCENT OF ADULTS SAY THEY’LL ALSO BUY LAPTOPS, A THIRD SAY THEY'RE BUYING TOYS, AND OVER A QUARTER PLAN TO PURCHASE SMART PHONES.
THE SURVEY ALSO FINDING THAT 20-PERCENT OF AMERICANS WILL ONLY BUY THINGS IN PERSON, AT THE STORE. WHILE A QUARTER SAY THEY’LL BUY ALL THEIR PRESENTS WITHOUT EVER LEAVING HOME.

AN EVENT HELD IN LANSING THIS WEEK TO DRAW TALENTED PROFESSIONALS TO THE CITY.  DOZENS  OF PEOPLE WERE IN DOWNTOWN LANSING WEDNESDAY NIGHT AS PART OF A PROGRAM CALLED CAPITAL COMEBACK HOSTED BY THE NON-PROFIT GROUP LANSING 5:01.
THE GROUP HOPING TO DRAW YOUNG TALENT TO THE CAPITAL CITY BY FEATURING THE PERKS OF
LIVING THE LANSING. THE EVENT FEATURING SOME OF THE LEADING EMPLOYERS IN THE CITY
INCLUDING THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, SPARROW HOSPITAL, AND THE LANSING BOARD OF WATER AND LIGHT.

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FOOTBALL FANS WILL BE IN ANN ARBOR TOMORROW FOR THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MICHIGAN VS. OHIO STATE AT THE BIG HOUSE. EVEN THOUGH THE BUCKEYES ARE
ALREADY IN THE BIG TEN TITLE GAME AGAINST WISCONSIN, A WOLVERINES WIN WOULD END ANY
HOPE OF A COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF BERTH FOR OSU.

POLICE IN ALLEGAN COUNTY REPORTING A FATAL CRASH ON THURSDAY NIGHT. THE ACCIDENT
OCCURRED AT 109TH AVENUE AND 66TH STREET IN CASCO TOWNSHIP - NORTH OF SOUTH HAVEN.
ONE PERSON WAS KILLED AN ANOTHER INJURED. AUTHORITIES SAY THE COLLISION OCCURRED
BETWEEN PICKUP TRUCK AND SUV, THE TRUCK FLIPPED OVER AND THE DRIVER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE DRIVER OF THE SUV WAS INJURED IN THE CRASH - WHICH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

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STATE NEWS for WED 22NOV17

REP. JOHN CONYERS, D-MI, WAS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT BY A SECOND WOMAN EARLIER THIS YEAR, AS HE FACES A NEW ETHICS INVESTIGATION AFTER DENYING A SEPARATE REPORT THAT ALLEGES HE SEXUALLY HARASSED A FEMALE AIDE, LEADING TO A REPORTED FIVE-FIGURE PAYOUT FUNDED BY TAXPAYERS.  "THE COMMITTEE IS AWARE OF PUBLIC ALLEGATIONS THAT REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CONYERS, JR. MAY HAVE ENGAGED IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF MEMBERS OF HIS STAFF, DISCRIMINATED AGAINST CERTAIN STAFF ON THE BASIS OF AGE AND USED OFFICIAL RESOURCES FOR IMPERMISSIBLE PERSONAL PURPOSES," REP. SUSAN BROOKS, R-IN AND TED DEUTCH, D-FL, THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ETHICS COMMITTEE, ANNOUNCED TODAY. "THE COMMITTEE ... HAS BEGUN AN INVESTIGATION AND WILL GATHER ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THESE ALLEGATIONS." CONYERS IS ALREADY UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR A SEPARATE MATTER PERTAINING TO HIS FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF. courtesy ABC News

THE SIGMA NU FRATERNITY HOUSE AT KETTERING UNIVERSITY IN FLUSHING HAS BEEN DESTROYED BY FIRE. M-LIVE REPORTS MORE THAN A DOZEN STUDENTS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO DORM ROOMS.
NO ONE WAS HURT IN THE FIRE WHICH BROKE OUT AFTER NINE LAST NIGHT. THE PROPERTY HAS BEEN REGISTERED AS A MICHIGAN HISTORIC SITE.

FLINT CITY COUNCIL HAS AGREED TO A 30-YEAR CONTRACT WITH THE GREAT LAKES WATER
AUTHORITY. A SPECIAL MEETING WAS HELD TUESDAY AFTER U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE DAVID LAWSON REQUESTED IT. M-LIVE REPORTS THREE COUNCIL MEMBERS VOTED NO IN THE HOPE OF APPEALING THE JUDGE'S ACTIONS TO THE SIXTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS.

A BODY FOUND FLOATING IN LAKE SUPERIOR LAST WEEK HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS ONE OF TWO PEOPLE WHO WERE SWEPT OFF THE BLACK ROCKS IN PRESQUE ISLE PARK DURING A STORM LAST MONTH. W-L-U-C SAYS MARQUETTE POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE VICTIM AS 53-YEAR-OLD
ROBERT ANDERSON, OF IRON RIVER. 37-YEAR-OLD SARAH HALL REMAINS MISSING.

A MONTCALM COUNTY MAN IS HOSPITALIZED AFTER AN ATV CRASH MONDAY NIGHT. 9 AND 10
NEWS REPORTS THE DRIVER WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET AND HIS ATV OVERTURNED IN MONTCALM TOWNSHIP. HE WAS FLOWN TO A HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS FACIAL INJURIES. DEPUTIES SAY ALCOHOL MAY HAVE PLAYED A ROLE IN THE ACCIDENT.

WE COULD SEE MORE SNOWY WHITE OWLS IN MICHIGAN THIS YEAR. WOOD TV REPORTS SOME
HAVE ALREADY BEEN SPOTTED IN WEST MICHIGAN. THERE ARE ONLY THOUGHT TO BE 15 TO 30-THOUSAND SNOWY OWLS IN THE WORLD AND EVERY YEAR SOME LEAVE THEIR HOMES IN THE ARCTIC AND TRAVEL SOUTH.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 21NOV17

THE FLINT CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO SUPPORT A 30-YEAR AGREEMENT TO GET DRINKING WATER FROM A REGIONAL AGENCY.  THE DEAL MEANS THE GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE FLINT. IT HAS BEEN PROVIDING WATER SINCE THE FALL OF 2015 WHEN GOVERNOR SNYDER ACKNOWLEDGED THE LEAD CRISIS RESULTING FROM THE USE OF FLINT RIVER WATER.  THE COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO VOTE ON THE AGREEMENT TONIGHT. MAYOR KAREN WEAVER HAS ALREADY ANNOUNCED HER SUPPORT FOR THE DEAL. ON BOARD. THE AGREEMENT INCLUDES A FLINT RESIDENT BEING APPOINTED TO THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY. THE CITY WOULD ALSO BE RELIEVED OF DEBT PAYMENTS OWED TO THE KAREGNONDI WATER AUTHORITY.

A SALE OF SURPLUS PUBLIC LAND ANNOUNCED BY THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL
RESOURCES. THE AUCTION WILL RUN BETWEEN DEC. 12TH AND JAN. 10TH OF NEXT YEAR. THE DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING 80 PARCELS LOCATED IN COUNTIES MAINLY IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN AND IN THE UPPER PENINSULA. INCLUDING ALPENA, ARENAC, BARRY, BAY, CHEBOYGAN, GLADWIN, KALKASKA, LAKE, MENOMINEE, MIDLAND, MUSKEGON, NEWAYGO, OAKLAND, OSCEOLA, OSCODA AND ROSCOMMON COUNTIES.  THE PARCELS RANGE IN SIZE FROM LESS THEN AN ACRE TO OVER 140 ACRES. THE PROPERTIES ARE CONSIDERED DIFFICULT TO MANAGE AND PROVIDE LIMITED PUBLIC OUTDOOR RECREATION BENEFITS.  SEVERAL OF THE PLOTS HAVE RIVERSIDE OR LAKE FRONT PROPERTY AND ARE BETTER SUITED FOR PRIVATE OWNERSHIP. INFORMATION ON THE AUCTION IS AVAILABLE AT WWW.MICHIGAN.GOV/LANDFORSALE.

KALAMAZOO PUBLIC SCHOOLS ASKING A FEDERAL JUDGE TO THROW OUT PART OF A SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUIT AGAINST FORMER LOY NORRIX HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL RODNEY PREWITT.  THE DISTRICT SAYS THAT TWO OF THE FOUR COUNTS IN THE SUIT TO BE DISMISSED AND ALSO ASKING THE PLAINTIFFS PAY THEIR ATTORNEY FEES. THE MOTION INDICATES THAT THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR
WHO FILED THE SUIT, DID NOT LODGE COMPLAINTS WITH THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION - AND THAT SHE AND PREWITT HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN INVOLVED IN A RELATIONSHIP.  PREWITT, WHO WAS HIRED BY THE DISTRICT IN 2013, RESIGNED FROM HIS POST AS PRINCIPAL LAST WEEK.

A MICHIGAN WOMAN HAS BEEN KILLED IN A TRAFFIC CRASH IN TEXAS WHEN A DRIVER WHO WAS BLOWING INTO A IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE STRUCK THE VEHICLE SHE WAS IN.  18-YEAR-OLD ALEXIS BUTLER OF BATTLE CREEK DIED IN THE CRASH IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS. THE 31-YEAR-OLD DRIVER OF A PICKUP TOLD POLICE HE LOOKED DOWN TO PERFORM A BREATH TEST ON HIS COURT-ORDERED IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE BEFORE THE CRASH HAPPENED. POLICE INDICATE THE PICKUP DRIVER WAS NOT IMPAIRED A THE TIME.  BUTLER'S FAMILY LIVED IN BATTLE CREEK UNTIL 2015, AND SHE ATTENDED LAKEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE MOVING TO TEXAS.

A NEW REPORT FINDING THAT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY’S TITLE IX POLICIES AND PROCEDURES COMPLY WITH FEDERAL LAW.  THE UNIVERSITY COMMISSIONED A LAW FIRM TO REVIEW COMPLIANCE. THERE WERE SEVERAL
RECOMMENDATIONS - INCLUDING REMOVING THE REQUIREMENT THAT EMPLOYEES REPORT INSTANCES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE TO THE MSU POLICE DEPARTMENT.  THE REVIEW PART OF MSU'S RESPONSE TO THE DR. LARRY NASSAR CASE, THE FORMER MSU DOCTOR ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULTING MORE THAN 140 WOMEN.
THE REPORT COMPARED MSU’S POLICIES TO THE REST OF THE BIG 10 - AND FOUND IT WAS THE
ONLY UNIVERSITY REQUIRING STAFF TO CONTACT POLICE IF THEY ARE INFORMED OF INSTANCES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE.

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STATE NEWS for MON 20NOV17

TWO IMPORTANT COURT HEARINGS TODAY ON THE FLINT WATER CRISIS: A FEDERAL JUDGE WILL HEAR ARGUMENTS FROM THE STATE FOR FLINT MAYOR KAREN WEAVER BE AUTHORIZED AND ORDERED TO SIGN OFF ON A LONG-TERM WATER CONTRACT. THE FLINT CITY COUNCIL HAS BEEN FIGHTING THE ORDER, CLAIMING IT WOULD BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL WITHOUT THEIR INPUT. ALSO THIS AFTERNOON, A FEDERAL JUDGE WILL HEAR FROM ACLU LAWYERS, WHO WANT HEALTH AND EDUCATION DISABILITY SCREENINGS FOR EVERY FLINT SCHOOL CHILD EXPOSED TO LEAD CONTAMINATION FROM THE CITY'S DRINKING WATER. THE ACLU ARGUES THE STATE AND LOCAL SCHOOLS OFFICIALS HAVE NOT PROVIDED ADEQUATE HELP TO FAMILIES DEALING WITH THE CRISIS.

THIS IS THE FIRST NEW AUTO PLANT FOR SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN IN 25 YEARS: RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONIES TODAY FOR MAHINDRA AUTOMOTIVE'S NORTH AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS AND ASSEMBLY PLANT IN AUBURN HILLS. THE PLANT IS LOCATED NEAR I-75 AND AUBURN ROAD.  MAHINDRA ALREADY HAS A PRESENCE IN METRO DETROIT WITH THEIR ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER THAT OPENED IN TROY FOUR YEARS AGO. THE INDIA-BASED AUTOMAKER HAS TRIPLED THEIR EMPLOYMENT IN THE AREA THE LAST 18 MONTHS.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS HELD OVER THE WEEKEND FOR A JACKSON COUNTY WOMAN WHO
DISAPPEARED SEVEN YEARS AGO, TONIA STILES. M-LIVE REPORTS POLICE BELIEVE SHE IS DEAD
BUT HER REMAINS WERE NEVER FOUND. HER SON, 22-YEAR-OLD NATHAN GORZEN, SAYS HE
ALWAYS HAS HOPE SHE'LL RETURN. STILES, WHO WAS 34 IN 2010, DISAPPEARED THAT
NOVEMBER. HER THEN BOYFRIEND, SCOTT CASSIDY KILLED HIMSELF IN THE JACKSON COUNTY JAIL.  HE HAD BEEN ARRESTED FOR STEALING A VAN A FEW DAYS AFTER STILES DISAPPEARED. HE DENIED BEING INVOLVED BUT WAS CONSIDERED A PERSON OF INTEREST.

A LAKE COUNTY WOMAN HAS BEEN KILLED IN A FIRE OVER THE WEEKEND. THE WOMAN'S BODY
WAS FOUND INSIDE A TRAVEL TRAILER IN CHERRY VALLEY TOWNSHIP SATURDAY NIGHT.
A WOMAN HAS DIED IN A FIRE AT A WESTERN MICHIGAN MOTEL.  THE KALAMAZOO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS 46-YEAR-OLD AIMEE SUE LAMBERT DIED IN THE FIRE SATURDAY MORNING AT THE COMSTOCK MOTOR COURT MOTEL IN KALAMAZOO. THE REPORT SAYS SHE WAS FOUND DEAD INSIDE THE UNIT WHERE THE FIRE WAS REPORTED AROUND 2-45 A-M.  DAMAGE TO THE MOTEL WAS LIMITED TO THAT UNIT. NO OTHER INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION, BUT IT'S BELIEVED TO BE ACCIDENTAL.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24th, 2017

Black Friday

Traditional beginning of the Christmas shopping season.  Predicted to be the biggest shopping day of the year by ShopperTrak.
 
Financial Markets Close Early
 
House of Representatives on Recess
House is back in session Tuesday, November 28th.
 
Senate on Recess
Senate is back in session Monday, November 27th.
 
ASPCA 7th Annual 'Cat Friday' Event
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' 7th annual 'Cat Friday' event, waiving the adoption fees on all cats and kittens and encouraging Black Friday shoppers to open their homes to an animal in need this holiday season.
 
International Buy Nothing Day
Encouraging people to take a break from shopping for 24 hours to highlight the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25th, 2017

25th Anniversary of “The Bodyguard”
Anniversary of the opening of the film starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.  Houston's soundtrack for the movie is the bestselling of all time and includes her cover of Dolly Parton's 'I Will Always Love You'.
 
Small Business Saturday
Effort designed to show support for small businesses and the communities they help to keep thriving.
 
First Anniversary of Fidel Castro’s Death
 
White Ribbon Day
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26th, 2017

100th Anniversary of the Founding of the NHL
 
66th Annual Ms Universe Pageant (Las Vegas, NV)
 
9th Anniversary of Mumbai Terror Attacks
Anniversary of the start of a three-day terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, when militants armed with grenades and assault rifles targeted six sites across the city, including the five-star Taj Palace and Oberoi Hotels.
 
75th Anniversary of Premiere of Casablanca

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27th, 2017

Cyber Monday
The first Monday after Thanksgiving, when many retailers traditionally hold special promotions and sales online.
 
Arrival of U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
 
Congress Returns from Thanksgiving Recess
 
75th Anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's Birth
 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, 2017

GRAMMY Awards Nominations Announced
 
Second 'Fifty Shades' Novel Published
'Darker' by E.L. James published, a new version of the bestselling 'Fifty Shades Darker' as told through the eyes of character Christian Grey.
 
Giving Tuesday
Global day dedicated to giving back, encouraging charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world to celebrate generosity and give.
 
Fair Tuesday
An initiative created in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, aiming to 'inspire conscious consumerism and show how an everyday purchase can change lives in a whole community', featuring fair trade, ethical, and eco-friendly brands and inviting businesses to take a step towards sustainability.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29th, 2017

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
 
Legendary Sports Broadcaster Vin Scully Celebrates 90th Birthday
 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 2017

Official End of North Atlantic Hurricane Season
North Atlantic hurricane season ends.
 
Official Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony (The White House)
 
Computer Security Day
Raising awareness of computer related security issues.
 
Barbados Renames Street for Rihanna
The street where Rihanna grew up is officially renamed 'Rihanna Drive' in a ceremony attended by the singer and the Barbadian Prime Minister.
 
Hearing in Lawsuit Challenging Termination of the DACA Program
 
Hearing for Suspect Charged with Assaulting GOP Sen. Rand Paul
Court hearing for Rene Boucher, charged with allegedly assaulting his next-door neighbor Republican Sen. Rand Paul outside of his Kentucky home.
 
Russian President Putin's State of the Nation Address
 
Birth of the Prophet Muhammad / Mawlid
Mawlid celebrated in Islamic countries around the world to mark the birthday of the prophet Muhammad.  Mawlid begins tonight and continues until tomorrow night

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1st, 2017

First Day of Winter According to Meteorological Season
Comes almost three weeks before the Winter Solstice on December 21st.  Also the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
 
Vegas Strong Benefit Concert Headlined by The Killers and Imagine Dragons (Las Vegas, NV)
Benefit concert to aid the Las Vegas Victims Fund.  Other performers include Boyz II Men, David Copperfield and Penn & Teller.
 
New U2 Album
U2 release their 14th studio album.
 
Oxford Dictionaries Unveils Word of the Year 2017
 
World AIDS Day

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