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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 17MAY19

The Oscoda Community Center will be put up for sale. The Oscoda Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to sell the center. According to the Oscoda Press, The Oscoda Community Center Advisory Board was not able to produce a plan that would increase annual operating revenues enough to cover the annual operating expenditures. Currently the Oscoda Community Center is open on a seasonal basis closing during the summer months. Oscoda Township Superintendent Dave Schaeffer said the township is looking to sell the property, located at 4701 East Arrow Street, on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, for $295,000 dollars.

Oscoda County residents can now text 911.  Sheriff Kevin Grace said the system has been fully operational for approximately three weeks. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Grace said the service is a benefit when bad reception keeps a call from coming in and in situations including domestic disputes or home invasions when a person could stealthily contact dispatch using text. Grace added that they encourage everyone to try to call 911 before they text because they can get real time information that they cannot get through texting. Sheriff Grace also said that the location information the department receives through texting isn't always as accurate as the information received in a phone call.  

Two areas of northeast Michigan will be receiving money from the Michigan Natural Resources trust fund. The DNR will be purchasing a piece of property in Iosco county, adjacent to shoreline park in Tawas City with 30 feet of Lake Huron frontage. The purchase price will be $175,300 dollars. Also, eighty (80) acres of property in Presque Isle county will be purchased for $200,000 dollars. That property includes more than 1,600 feet along the Little Ocqueoc River. The Department of Natural Resources says the purchase of the lands will enhance the state's park systems and the project in Tawas City will provide a significant improvement to the scenic view as seen from US 23. The acquisition of the property in Presque Isle county will improve recreational activities including hunting, fishing, hiking and snowmobiling. The money is part of 26 Million dollars in grants for projects across the state.

State Representative Sue Allor will hold office hours today. Allor, of Wolverine, will be in the Donald Newport Center, Room 106, at Alpena Community College, 665 Johnson Street in Alpena from 4:30-5:30pm. Allor said they have been working on a lot of good things in Lansing and she is looking forward to answering any questions, sharing ideas and discussing the issues. Residents can also reach Allor through her Lansing Office at 517-373-0833.  

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 Thu. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for THU 16MAY19

A man who is accused of shooting at an Alpena business Sunday afternoon, was charged Tuesday with four felonies. According to Up North Live, employees of the business reported hearing gunshots while they were conducting maintenance on a section of the roof. Investigators said several employees were able to get off the roof while others tried to cover behind available objects. Police report the suspect surrendered around 9 p.m. Sunday. The 88th District Court in Alpena charged Benjamin Atwater of Alpena with four felony counts including Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm Less than Murder; Weapons or Firearms Discharge in or at a Building; Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Weapons Felony Firearm. Atwater was arraigned Wednesday with no bond and no contact with victims.

The Tawas City operating millage rate was discussed at the City Council meeting.  City Manager Angie Horning said the city's current operating millage has been 18.2216 mills since 2010. Horning told the City Council that based on state regulations the city has the ability to levy an additional point five mill increasing the millage rate to 18.7216. Horning said the increase is the maximum allowed without having to go to a vote of the people. The operating millage is deposited into the city's general fund and can be used toward any expenses besides the sewer, water and library funds. the possible millage increase will be a topic of discussion at the Tawas City Council meeting this Monday, May 20th.

The Alcona Community School Board of Education now has a student presence.  The School Board now hears from a Student Liaison. According to the Alcona County Review, eighth grade student Sierra West holds the new position for students. Superintendent Dan O'Connor said Sierra's role is to bring the student lens to the meeting. O'Connor said the board was interested in having a student liaison and was recommended by the State of Michigan School Board Association. To find the student liaison, O'Connor sent out an email at the beginning of the school year inviting all middle and high school students interested to apply. O'Connor is proud the school is an early adopter of having a student liaison on the board of education. 

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Girls Softball:
Tawas 18  Oscoda 4
Tawas  6   Oscoda 4

Girls Soccer:
Bad Axe 4  Harbor Beach 1

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 Wed. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for WED 15MAY19

On Thursday, May 9th at approximately 1:30pm, a deputy of the Alcona County Sheriff's Office was on routine patrol in Mitchell Township. While traveling on M-72 he was flagged down by other motorists who advised him that a red Silverado was traveling erratically on eastbound M-72. The deputy was able to locate the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop by activating his emergency lights and siren. The vehicle continued eastbound failing to stop, increasing and decreasing its speed between 20 and 60 miles per hour. The vehicle continued until it came to the intersection of Reeves Road where it went into the ditch. The deputy was able to restrain the driver with assistance from passing citizens. The deputy discovered the subject was suffering from a medical condition. The driver, who's name is being withheld due to medical reasons, was transported to West Branch by Alcona County EMS. 

The City of West Branch recently received grant money.  The $7,500 dollars is through the Rural Electronics Recycling Grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, acting City manager, John Dantzer, said the funds will be used to purchase a new shed at the collection center to expand the available storage for recycled electronics. Dantzer said the company comes around every few months to collect the electronics and by having more storage, the city could consider accepting larger items. The recycling center is located on Lucas Lane in West Branch and is open to residents of the townships that contribute to the center.

The Unionville-Sebewaing Area School District will host a series of social media meetings for parents.  The meetings will focus on how to help kids and how to better use social media. According to the Huron daily Tribune, during the first meeting agendas for future meetings will be set, some practical tips on how to use social media and ways to keep kids safe online.  That will include a demonstration of "Net Nanny", a device monitoring program that lets parents monitor internet usage. The first meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, from 5:30-6:30pm in the High School Library, 2203 Wildner Road in Sebewaing. 


The 37th Annual Roscommon Canoe Classic was held on Saturday and Sunday on the South Branch of the Au Sable River. According to Up North Live, The race route traveled from Wallace Park in Roscommon, up the river to the finish line at Chase Bridge. Participants could compete as a single in a canoe or as a team in a double canoe. The C1 race had 43 participants while the C2 race had 39 teams competing. Winning the men's C1 title was Mike Davis, while Rebecca Davis took the women's title. The C2 winning pair consisted of Mike Davis and Weston Willoughby. The Roscommon Canoe Classic has been running since 1982.

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 07MAY19

The Iosco Exploration Trail Committee has received over three quarters of a million dollars in grants this year.  The grant money has come from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Iron Belle Trail Challenge Grant Fund and the Recreational Trails Program. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the funds will be utilized by the Iosco County Road Commission, Plainfield Township and AuSable Township for further progress on the Iosco Exploration Trail portion of the state's Iron Belle Trail. The next committee meeting will be held Thursday at 2pm, in the AuSable Township Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

The USDA Forest Service will offer the public an opportunity to see the elusive Kirtlandís Warbler in the Huron Manistee National Forest. The Forest Service will conduct guided tours of Kirtlandís Warbler habitat in the Mio Ranger District beginning tomorrow and running through May 31st daily. The three hour tours begin at 7:30am in the Mio Ranger Station, 107 McKinley Road in Mio. Participants are asked to arrive by 7:15am to complete registration. The tours cost $10 per adult, children are free. The fee helps cover administrative costs associated with the tours. Schools and community groups can arrange free tours by calling 826-3252 extension 3334.

The Ogemaw County Planning Commission will hold a public meeting next week.  The meeting will focus on a special use permit for the proposed development of two solar farms. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Renergetica USA Corporation is looking to build two solar farms in the county. One would be located at a seventeen acre facility in Ogemaw Township and the other a 22 acre facility in Churchill Township. If approved, the solar farms would generate two megawatts, enough to power approximately 520 homes. Renergetica USA will host an informational meeting Wednesday, May 22nd from 4-6pm, followed by the commission's meeting at 7pm in the commissioners chambers.

Law enforcement agencies from all over northern Michigan are training in Crawford County this week. According to Up North Live, it focuses on officers dealing with real-life scenarios, in real life environments. Officials say Camp Grayling gives them multiple settings to work with. More than 120 officers from across northern Michigan went through the training hoping what they learned today will help them on the job tomorrow. Training efforts will continue at Camp Grayling as there are more than 3,000 training days scheduled just for the month of May.

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 13MAY19

Troopers from the Michigan State Police West Branch Post were dispatched to a two car crash on Townline Road near U.S. 23 in Tawas Township Thursday at 9am. According to the Police Report, Dorene Blaine of East Tawas was traveling westbound on Townline Road near U.S. 23. Dakota Masters of Hale was traveling eastbound when Blaine made a turn in front of Masters causing a collision. Blaine's vehicle then struck a mailbox after colliding with Master's vehicle. Neither driver was injured but both vehicles sustained disabling damage. Blaine was cited for making an improper turn.


Five Oscoda Area School District buses were damaged last month by fire.  The school buses had been decommissioned by the Oscoda School District. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the Oscoda Township Fire Department reported that the incident happened at the bus garage on East River Road and there were no injuries as a result of the fire. Cause of the fire was a faulty power line that came down across the vehicles. Firefighters used approximately 3,500 gallons of water and foam to extinguish the flames. The Oscoda School District estimates the loss of the five buses at around $10,000 dollars.
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There will be a fallen police officers memorial service on Wednesday.  The service is being conducted by the Ogemaw County Law Enforcement Community. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the National Peace Officers Memorial Day Service will honor Michigan police officers who made the supreme sacrifice while serving in the law enforcement profession in 2018. The service will take place Wednesday at 11am at the Ogemaw County Veterans Memorial across from the county building in West Branch. A luncheon will follow the service in the Ogemaw County Commissioners Chambers.

The Tawas Area Schools Board of Education will meet tonight. On the agenda is the IRESA budget resolution, a resolution designating the districtís election representative, the first reading of the 2019-2020 Building Student Handbooks and discussion on a technology purchase. The meeting will be held at 7pm in the boardroom of the administration office in Tawas City.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 17MAY19

More P-FAS, a suspected carcinogen, are being found in the groundwater in Kent County in west Michigan. That announced at a town hall meeting last night in East Grand Rapids. One resident reportedly said he saw foam on the Thornapple River decades ago and was told it's detergent. The foam was later found to be P-FAS. Environmental experts say investigations around the Gerald R. Ford International Airport and the former Lacks Industries are continuing.

More calls for State Representative Larry Inman to resign. A couple of state representatives from northern Michigan, Jack O'Malley and Tristan Cole are calling for Inman, accused of bribery, to step down. O'Malley says a resignation is not an admission of guilt, but an admission that the path he is now walking would hurt the things he cares most deeply about. He says the people of his district need someone in office that can give a hundred percent of their focus to serving the community.

Two people were thrown from a vehicle in a rollover crash last night in Mecosta County's Wheatland Township. The County Sheriff's Office says a 43-year-old Mecosta man was test driving a vehicle to assess it for repairs. The driver's 18 year-old step daughter was also in the vehicle. The driver lost control on the dirt road and the vehicle flipped over. The driver and passenger were not wearing seatbelts and both were ejected. The driver was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth by Aero-med for possible life threatening injuries. The girl was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

One person is in custody but two others are on the run after a smash and grab robbery at Kay Jewelers in Lakeside Mall last night in southeast Michigan. Sterling Heights police say thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen after the thieves used a hammer to break thru protective glass. Investigators are hoping to get some tips because there are NO surveillance cameras inside the jewelry store.

There were a troubling number of suicides in Kent County last year. Ninety-Seven (97) is the highest number ever. WOOD TV reports 28-percent (28%) of those suicides were of people in their 30's with 23-percent (23%) in their 20's. Clinical director of Pine Rest's Outpatient Clinic, Evonne Edwards, says millennials are facing more financial stressors. She also believes an increase in substance abuse is playing a role.

A big meth and money bust at the Blue Water Bridge. Officials say a semi-truck driver was caught with nearly two-dozen wrapped packages testing positive for the drug -- about 25-kilos in all. A search of the tractor also turned up a pair of manila envelopes with over 126-thousand dollars . The 42-year-old man is from Ontario and was arrested.  He is expected to be charged. Investigators are still trying to determine where he was planning to take the truck.

The family of a southwest Michigan man say he was assaulted in a road rage attack. The family of 65-year-old Corey Happner, reportedly say the assault happened in Sturgis Wednesday night when a 27-year-old man swore at their father , knocked him off his motorcycle and then beat him. Happner's daughter say the suspect drove off, but someone took down his license plate and he now faces assault charges. Happner has serious injuries and a GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover his medical expenses.

Eastern Michigan University officials are offering buyouts to faculty as the university deals with an ongoing debt. EMU cut 42 positions and laid off 17 people to shore up a $5 million deficit last year. It's not clear how many buyouts are being offered this year. Those who accept would receive a salary for year, with a cap of $95-thousand. The university has been hit with a declining number of students, who are taking fewer credit hours.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will be on hand this morning as the city officially unveils the marquee at the newly renamed Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre. A new digital marquee will be unveiled to honor the Queen of Soul at the former Chene Park. The park was renamed after Franklin's death last August.


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STATE NEWS for THU 16MAY19

The Michigan Senate has passed a nearly 60 million dollar budget. The plan does not include Governor Gretchen Whitmer's 45-cent-a gallon gas tax increase. The House might vote on its budget plan within the next few weeks.

A Muskegon man, Richardo Urbina, has been convicted for sex trafficking of minors and distributing cocaine. WOOD TV reports Urbina recruited runaway girls to have sex for money. Officials say he gave the girls alcohol and cocaine to get them to agree to dance or give massages to make money. Urbina will be sentenced in September in federal court in Grand Rapids.

Fire has destroyed a Kalamazoo church. The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at the Open Door Church of God in Christ on the city's east side. The church's roof and some of the walls collapsed. A house next door also sustained some damage to its siding. No one was injured. The cause is being investigated.

Several people were arrested for possessing meth in mid Michigan on Wednesday. The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says deputies went to Grant Township to arrest some people on outstanding warrants. Deputies found one man and two women who had meth. Then, another man drove up with outstanding warrants who they say also had meth. A second vehicle arrived a short time later and the sheriff's office says both men in that vehicle had meth. In all, six people were arrested.

Middleweight women's boxing champion Claressa Shields is giving back to her hometown of Flinbt. Shields has announced the Claressa Shields Community Project and 2019 Summer camp. Shields plans to teach kids coping methods at the summer camp. Shields will teach some boxing classes to kids at the camp too.

 

It's early -- but it appears a former Democratic candidate for Governor may make another run at political office. Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports former gubernatorial candidate Sri Thanedar (Shree Tan-uh-dar) is considering a run for mayor of Detroit. He says he'll run for some elective office, but he's not sure which office yet.

The Detroit Music Hall will soon be sporting a towering new piece of art. London-based public artist Richard Wilson has been hired to create a more than 100- foot tall mural of Motown legend Stevie Wonder on the side of the building along Madison Street in Downtown Detroit. The 8-thousand square foot piece will cover the south wall and reach to the very top of the stage house.

A Detroit City Council Committee will continue a public hearing regarding the land deals for a new Fiat Chrysler Assembly plant on the east side. Some residents have spoken out against the deal, saying it was put together too quickly and gives away too much property. Fiat Chrysler has proposed to spend $2.5 billion dollars on a new Mack Avenue Engine Plant and upgrades at the Jefferson North facility. The projects would create five-thousand jobs. The Planning and Economic Development Committee meetings starting at 10 o'clock this morning.

Walleye and pike fishing season is now open in the Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters, and the St. Mary's River.  All anglers 17 years of age and older are required to have a fishing license.

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STATE NEWS for WED 15MAY19

Right to Life is getting ready to kick off an identical citizens' initiative that could be enacted by lawmakers without Governor Whitmer's signature. This as Michigan's Republican-backed legislature voted to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, except when necessary to safe a women's life. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vowed Tuesday to veto the bills once they get to her desk.

The body of a missing Grand Haven man has been found in the Muskegon River in Muskegon Township. Jeff Scarbrough's body was found in his SUV. The 29-year-old was last seen last Saturday, when he went golfing about three miles north of the boat launch. He was supposed to go pick up his son and was reported missing when he didn't show up. Police say there's no evidence that the death is suspicious, but an autopsy will be conducted.

A jury has rejected claims by a former Flint official who said she was fired for exposing what she called suspicious activity by the mayor during the city's water crisis. The verdict was a victory for Mayor Karen Weaver who denied wrongdoing in the dismissal of city administrator Natasha Henderson in 2016. A federal jury said Henderson, in good faith, had reported suspected wrongdoing to other officials. But the jury also said that Henderson didn't prove it was connected to her removal. Weaver said she fired Henderson for failing to timely inform her about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

Several fire departments worked to put out a structure fire in St. Ignace near the Pine River around midnight last night. Upnorthlive reports the fire was through the roof and windows when fire crews arrived, but they managed to get the fire out. No one was injured. The cause is being investigated.

A man has been sentenced to 77 days in jail for spray-painting graffiti on a Roman Catholic church in Livingston County. 29-year-old Matthew Miller of Brighton learned his sentence yesterday after pleading guilty to two counts of malicious destruction of property earlier this month. The words "white devil" were reportedly painted in one spot at St. John Catholic Church in Osceola Township in February and a slur was painted in another.

High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines. Water levels have surged in recent years as the lakes bounced back from record-setting lows. That means narrower beaches and less room. The most recent count last year turned up 67 breeding pairs of the sand-colored birds. That's an improvement from the low point of 12 pairs in 1990 but a slight drop from 76 pairs two years ago.

Police say a woman lost control of her SUV Monday night in southern lower Michigan which caused another vehicle to crash into a home in Albion Township. The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office says the driver lost control and hit a parked vehicle in a driveway and that vehicle was shoved into the home. The SUV rolled over and the driver took off. The 43 year old woman was taken to the hospital in Eaton Rapids and transferred to a Lansing hospital with critical injuries. The sheriff's office says speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

Warrants have been issued for seven people accused of stealing money from a fund meant for survivors of former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar. Prosecutors say they have evidence that 527-thousand dollars of the 1.1-million was fraudulently paid out. It was meant to pay for mental health services not covered by insurance. The warrants include 22 felony counts. The university is working to set up a new fund.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 14MAY19

A Traverse City man, Jacob Keeder, has been charged with running from police and felony firearm after allegedly threatening a family member. Keeder reportedly went to their house in Cadillac with a loaded gun Sunday , but they weren't home. Deputies tried to stop him, but he drove off and was arrested a short time later. No contest pleas were entered on his behalf.

A pastor's wife in Muskegon Heights is accused of committing fraud against Consumers Energy. 63-year-old Pamela Duncan, the wife of Pastor James Duncan of the Revival Miracle Temple, allegedly ran up electricity bills at three properties without keeping up the payments. She then allegedly restarted accounts with Consumers under different names. One of the buildings is an apartment building where residents were forced to move out because of dangerous conditions and the electricity was shut off. That building was destroyed by an arson fire last week.

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STATE NEWS for MON 13MAY19

A Detroit police officer will be honored today for saving his partner's life. Senator Debbie Stabenow will award Officer Benjamin Atkinson with the Congressional Badge of Bravery. Atkinson and his partner, Officer James Kisselburg, were both shot several times during a traffic stop in 2017. Atkinson used his body to cover his critically wounded partner, and called for help, leading to the suspect's arrest. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell will also be at today's ceremony.

A 21-year-old man has died from gunshot wounds in Grand Rapids. Police are investigating the shooting as a possible homicide. Family members identify the victim as 21 year-old Jordan Brown. WOOD TV reports a vigil was held for him last night . His mother, Yvette Brown, says it took everything from her. He was a momma's boy. She says it feels like everything got taken away from her on Mother's Day. The crowd held candles and released balloons in Jordan's memory.

A crash over the weekend in southwest Michigan has claimed the life of one person and injured several others. It happened Saturday afternoon in New Buffalo Township near the Indiana border as police say one vehicle crossed the center line and hit two other vehicles. One person was killed in one of the vehicles hit while three others are in critical conditions. Two drivers are hospitalized in stable condition, while those in the third car were not injured.

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   SATURDAY MAY 18, 2019

Preakness Stakes, second horse race in annual Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the U.S. 

Commencement ceremony at Taylor University with address from Vice President Mike Pence

2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in Pennsylvania, holding an official campaign kickoff rally and delivering remarks on unifying America in Philadelphia.

Elizabeth Warren on campaign trail in New Hampshire 

Bernie Sanders on campaign trail in South Carolina and Georgia

Pete Buttigieg on campaign trail in Iowa

Steve Bullock on campaign trail in Iowa


Andrew Yang on campaign trail in South Carolina

Amy Klobuchar attends Michigan Women's Caucus Luncheon (11:30AM ET)


Julian Castro attends AZ Dems Mofford-Warner Dinner

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SUNDAY MAY 19, 2019

Oprah Winfrey delivers Colorado College Commencement address (10:30AM ET)

JFK Profile in Courage Award Ceremony, honoring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

FOX News Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg

Eric Swalwell on campaign trail in Indiana

Elizabeth Warren on campaign trail in New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders on campaign trail in Alabama

Andrew Yang on campaign trail in South Carolina

Seth Moulton on campaign trail in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Amy Klobuchar on campaign trail in New Hampshire


AIDS Walk New York

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MONDAY MAY 20, 2019

President Trump holds 'Make America Great Again Rally' in Pennsylvania
(7:00PM ET), to support GOP Pennsylvania congressional nominee Fred Keller

National Geographic GeoBee national championship
54 state and territory champions competing for a first prize of a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Galapagos Islands. Second and third placed finishers receive $10,000 and $5,000 college scholarships respectively and all top 10 contestants receive $1,000.

Supreme Court convenes for public non-argument session

Senate Foreign Relations Committee top secret briefing on Afghanistan (5:00PM ET)
Closed / Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information briefing on 'A Closer Look at the Prospects for Afghan Peace', given by National Intelligence Officer for Afghanistan William Burke; and National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats Randall Blake

Court hearing for Michael Avenatti in Santa Ana, CA (12:00PM ET) - Status conference for lawyer Michael Avenatti, charged with filing bogus tax returns to fraudulently secure $4 million in loans from a Mississippi bank and embezzling a client's settlement funds.

Joe Biden on campaign trail in Tennessee and Florida

Jon Bon Jovi receives honorary degree at UPenn Commencement - University of Pennsylvania 263rd Commencement ceremony, including keynote delivered by public interest lawyer, author and The Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson. This year's honorary degree recipients include musician Jon Bon Jovi; scientist and inventor Temple Grandin; Senator Richard G. Lugar; physician Denis Mukwege; teacher, author and artist Laurie Olin; nursing care expert Neville Earl Strumpf; and astronomer Jill Tarter.

World Bee Day
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged countries and individuals to do more to protect bees and other pollinators or risk a sharp drop in food diversity. Bees are under great threat from the combined effects of climate change, intensive agriculture, pesticides, biodiversity loss and pollution.

National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day event (1:00PM ET) - Hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Administration for Community Living, with the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, designed to 'raise public awareness about the mental health of older Americans' and 'spur action to address the needs of this population'

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TUESDAY MAY 21, 2019

Former White House counsel due to testify to House Judiciary Committee (10:00AM ET)
Hearing on 'Oversight of the Report by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III: Former White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn, II' * Follows the issuance of a subpoena to McGahn, which, earlier this month, the White House directed him not to comply with. Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler has said McGahn could be held in contempt of Congress if he fails to appear * In a recent report, the New York Times said that McGahn had twice declined requests from White House officials - acting on behalf of President Donald Trump - to make public statements that he did not believe the president had obstructed justice. in the aftermath of the story, President Trump tweeted that he was 'never a big fan' of the former counsel.

Joe Biden on campaign trail in Florida

NTSB meets on 2017 Amtrak accident (1:00PM ET)
National Transportation Safety Board meeting, to determine the probable cause of a December 2017 incident in which an Amtrak train derailed from a highway overpass near DuPont, WA - the first regular passenger service trip on a single main track near milepost 19.86. The lead locomotive, the power car, and two passenger railcars derailed onto Interstate 5, with eight vehicles coming into contact with the derailed equipment, leading to the death of three passengers and injuries to 65 other passengers, crew, and vehicle occupants.

House Science subcommittee hearing on preparing the nation's transportation infrastructure for climate change (10:00AM ET) - Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee hearing on 'The Need for Resilience: Preparing America's Transportation Infrastructure for Climate Change'.

House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee and House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Health Subcommittee joint oversight hearing
(2:00PM ET) on 'Military and Veteran Suicide: Understanding the Problem and Preparing for the Future', with testimony from Department of Defense Director of Mental Health Policy and Oversight Capt. Mike Colston, and Office of Force Resiliency Executive Director Dr Elizabeth Van Winkle; and Department of Veterans Affairs National Director of Suicide Prevention Dr Keita Franklin, and Chief Readjustment Counseling Officer Michael Fischer.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 22, 2019

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin's testimony to House committee continues (9:00AM ET)
Annual hearing on 'The State of the International Financial System', with testimony from the Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, continues * Began 9 Apr, when a dispute between Secretary Mnuchin and Committee Chair Maxine Waters saw the secretary insist that he had an 'important meeting' with a foreign leader and needed to leave, object to being 'ordered to stay', and then object when Rep. Waters said he could leave but refused to dismiss him to conclude the hearing

Energy Secretary Perry testifies to House committee hearing on FY'20 budget (10:00AM ET)

John Delaney on campaign trail in Iowa (1:00PM ET)

John Bolton keynotes U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement (11:00AM ET)

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THURSDAY MAY 23, 2019

2019 Atlantic hurricane season forecast released
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issues its initial outlook for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. Outlook explains how many named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5) are expected during the six-month season - which starts 1 Jun - with speakers also discussing forecasting improvements at NOAA's National Hurricane Center this year and providing information about how the public can prepare for the upcoming season.

National League of Cities '2019 State of the Cities' report released
(9:00AM ET), featuring analysis of mayoral speeches and illuminates what issues are most critical to cities and how mayors are creating solutions. Speakers include mayors Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, IN), Muriel Bowser (Washington, DC), Lily Mei (Fremont, CA), and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Miramar, FL, Mayor Wayne Messam

Supreme Court meets in private conference to discuss cases and vote on petitions for review

Federal Aviation Administration hosts a meeting of aviation officials to discuss the Boeing 737 MAX jets

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration hosts a meeting of aviation officials from around the world in Fort Worth, Texas to discuss the Boeing 737 MAX jets. The jets have been grounded after two of them were involved in fatal crashes. It comes on the same day as the International Air Transport Association convenes a meeting of airlines affected by the grounding of their 737 MAX jets in Montreal.

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FRIDAY MAY 24, 2019

First Couple depart U.S. for state visit to Japan

Dem Rep. Nancy Pelosi keynotes Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner

Congress breaks for Memorial Day recess


Arlington National Cemetery 'Flags-In', honoring fallen military heroes

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Streaming Technical: The audio stream is broadcast monophonically direct from our AM modulation monitor, you are hearing the same signal that is broadcast over the air (audio processing included). If you have an exceptionally good AM receiver with full 10kHz IF bandwidth, you will experience a hi-fidelity frequency response closely approximating that of the streaming service. WIOS's music is digitally "cleaned" and equalized to provide removal of most analog noise, clicks and pops and is enhanced for crisper highs and deeper lows on older recordings where that range had been previously been restricted.  Our transmitter bandwidth complies with NRSC technical standards and the transmitted audio frequency response is 20Hz-10kHz.  Rolloff occurs at the specified NRSC-G100-A rate with the total bandwidth cutoff ending at 11.5kHz well within the limits of the FCC analog AM mask.  Older receivers without sharp IF cutoff response curves can experience higher fidelity performance.  Look for old receivers with the AMAX logo to assure better performance.

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