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Michigan State News              Updated 04/23/14

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WED 23APR14

(MI-Biz-Lead-Economy)
A business leaders organization in Michigan has some good news for the state.
It projects growth in both the state and US economies, based on a survey of business leaders.
The Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), which bills itself as the state's business roundtable, also believes the state's economic growth will continue to outpace the U-S growth.
BLM C-E-O Doug Rothwell says the good news with the survey is that (quote) "Michigan's largest employers continue to be much more optimistic about Michigan’s short- and long-term economic prospects than they were a couple of years ago."
He adds that employees continue to be bullish on the state's prospects and "more than half of Business Leaders for Michigan companies are forecasting increased investment in Michigan over the next six months.”
Specifically, more than half of business leaders believe the state's economy will grow but only 34 percent believe the U-S economy will grow in the next six months. And no one is predicting the economy will worsen.
When asked about the next 18 months, 71 percent believe the state's economy will grow compared to only 46-percent of them forecasting growth in the U-S economy.
Also, 54-percent project their companies will add jobs in the next six months.

(MI Poll-Auto Insurance Benefits)
A statewide poll shows Michigan voters saying that they'd be willing to give up unlimited medical coverage under the state's no-fault auto insurance law, in exchange for a reduction in insurance rates.
The survey was conducted on behalf of Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger, who is pushing to repeal the unlimited coverage now required under the law.
The insurance industry has been pushing for repealing the unlimited coverage, saying it's become unaffordable.
In the poll, conducted by Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group, 66 percent say it was most important to lower premiums, even if it meant reducing some medical benefits.
The poll had a sampling margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

(Capitol-Pothole Insurance)
A state lawmaker has introduced "pothole insurance" legislation.
State House Democrat Marilyn Lane is sponsoring a measure that prohibits your auto insurance company from increasing your rate or classification, for filing a claim for car damage caused by a pothole.
The bill was introduced last week and has been sent to the House Insurance Committee.

(Troy-Church Theft)
A Catholic priest and a parish administrator have been indicted for stealing almost 700-thousand dollars from a church in Troy and the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Sixty-nine year old Father Edward Belczak and 67-year old Janice Verschuren, according to authorities, not only stole the money from St. Thomas More Church in Troy, they spent it on a condominium and other expenses.
The have been charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy.
The stolen money included a large portion of a 350-thousand dollar gift to the church from the family of a deceased parishioner, along with Mother's and Father's Day collections.
The thefts occurred over an eight year period, according to reports in The Detroit News.
The two face up to 20-years in prison if convicted.

(Capitol-Motorcycle Permits)
The Michigan Senate has given final approval to a bill that says a motorcycle rider could not be eligible for more than two temporary instruction permits over a ten year period.
A loophole in the current law effectively allows a motorcycle operator to obtain a temporary permit each year without ever having to complete the mandated skills test required for endorsement from the Michigan Secretary of State.
The measure, which now goes to governor Rick Snyder for his expected signature, says an oprator can only obtain two temporary permits before they have to get a full endorsement.
The bill will take effect January 1, 2015.

(Detroit-Pediatric-Liver Transplant)
A 15-year old Troy teen has a second chance at life after being the first pediatric liver recipient at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan through a newly expanded collaboration with Henry Ford Hospital.
Jaylin Daniels is recovering at home after his April 11 discharge.      He was diagnosed at 7 months with cystic fibrosis, cirrhosis of the liver. Then at age 11, he was diagnosed with an inherited disorder (familial adenomatous polyposis), which is characterized by multiple benign growths in the colon.
The March 30 transplant was led by David A. Bruno, M.D., surgical director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and senior staff surgeon at the Henry Ford Transplant Institute.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(West Bloomfield-Jewelry-Robbery)
Police in southeast Michigan are looking for three armed robbers who stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a West Bloomfield jewelry store in broad daylight.
The robbery happened around 5 p.m. Tuesday at Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry Store in the Orchard Mall.
Police say all three suspects showed handguns, two of the robbers were wearing bandanas and ski masks and one had a beard.
The robbers ordered an employee at gunpoint to open up a glass case and then they gathered Rolex watches and other items, before leaving in a methodical, professional manner.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)

(Constantine-Murder-Update)
The mother of homicide victim Jodi Parrack (PAIR-ick) said anyone with knowledge of the incident should step forward and tell the truth.
Jo Gilson, mother of 11-year-old Parrack, addressed the media Tuesday at the Constantine Police Department.   The event was staged following last week’s arrest of Raymond McCann on a felony charge of perjury.
A warrant for McCann’s arrest was issued after Michigan State Police cold-case investigators discovered inconsistencies in his comments made immediately after and years later regarding the November 2007 homicide of Parrack.
Gilson said she has known McCann since she was a teenager and is best friends with his sister, who accompanied her to Tuesday’s event. Still, Gilson, said she and the McCann family deserve to hear the truth about what happened to her daughter.
Gilson, who previously went by the name Valerie Carver, now lives in Northwest Indiana.
McCann was arraigned over the weekend and he remains in the St. Joseph County jail.    A preliminary hearing from the perjury charge is scheduled for May 1.
(WLKM - Three Rivers)

(Gov-Financial Emergency-Lincoln Park)
Governor Rick Snyder has confirmed his earlier determination that a financial emergency currently exists in the City of Lincoln Park.
Under state law, the Lincoln Park city council now has seven days to select one of four options to address the financial emergency; a consent agreement, an emergency manager, neutral evaluation, or Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
Gov. Snyder had previously determined that a financial emergency exists in Lincoln Park after considering a report from an independent financial review team.
The city did not request a hearing before the State Treasurer, as allowed under PA 436.
The Lincoln Park city council now has until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 to pass a resolution, selecting one of the four options, to address the financial emergency.

(Capitol-Snow Day Relief)
There could be some wiggle room for school districts in the state that went over their allotted number of snow days. Governor Snyder signed legislation saying that as long as a district provides one-thousand-98 hours of instruction, the students only need to be in the classroom for 174-days.
This is just for the current school year and only applies to districts that had planned more than 174-days of class.
What this means is that even if the district went over its snow day allotment there is still a way to end the school year without an extension and receive full state aid.
(24/7 News Source)

(Flint-Same-Sex Marriage Motion)
A Flint-area couple is asking a federal appeals court to decide whether Michigan should recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state.
M-Live.com reports Erin and Shayla Blankenship, who were married last year in New York, filed a motion to intervene Monday with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the state's challenge of a federal district court's decision that struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriages.
In March, Detroit U.S. Judge Bernard Friedman ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution's Equal Protection Clause. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Friedman's order, but not before more than 300 same-sex couples were married in the state.
The state announced it would not recognize same-sex marriages performed in Michigan because of the stay, but according to the Blankenship's lawyer, the state also ruled it would not recognize legal same-sex marriages performed in other states.
The American Civil Liberties Union has also filed a lawsuit in Flint U.S. District Court asking a federal judge to force the state to recognize the same-sex marriages performed in the state despite the stay.

(SOS-Vets Designation)
Veterans would have a special veterans designation on their Michigan Driver's license, under a new program officially beginning today (Wed).
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, along with the Michigan Retailers Association and area veterans, will formally kick-off the designation, which allows veterans to receive retail discounts and promotions without having to carry around their discharge papers.
Currently more than 680-thousand veterans live in Michigan.

(MI-Grandparents Online)
Getting your grandparents to log on to the internet could be good for their mental health.
New research done at Michigan State University shows the risk of depression drops 30-percent in senior citizens on the web. Being able to stay in touch with loved ones is believed to be the reason behind the dip in depression.
(24/7 News Source)

(Ann Arbor-Heroin Arrests)
Police arrested three suspected heroin dealers following a car chase that ended in a crash in downtown Ann Arbor yesterday (Tue) afternoon.
Michigan State Police say the chase began when three men being investigated by state troppers fled from police.
The chase ended a few blocks away from where it began when a black Nissan Altima with the three men inside crashed into a black Mazda 3 with four individuals inside, most of them children.
Police then surrounded the suspects' vehicle with their weapons drawn. The three men were handcuffed and taken to the Washtenaw County Jail.
No one was seriously injured in the car crash.

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TUE 22APR14

(SCOTUS-Affirmative Action)
The U-S Supreme court has upheld Michigan's voter-approved ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
The decision is a blow to supporters of affirmative action.
In a 6-to-2 decision today (Tue), the highest court in the nation stated that the ballot proposal approved by voters was a legitimate ban on racial discrimination.
The ruling reverses a federal appeals court which said the ballot question took rights away from racial minorities in violation of the US Constitution.
Justice Stephen Breyer a liberal justice who usually is with the other liberal justices, joined the five conservative justices in the decision.
Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from the case.

(SOS-Vets Designation)
Veterans would have a special veterans designation on their Michigan Driver's license, under a new program officially beginning Wednesday.
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, along with the Michigan Retailers Association and area veterans, will formally kick-off the designation, which allows veterans to receive retail discounts and promotions without having to carry around their discharge papers.
Currently more than 680-thousand veterans live in Michigan.

(Grand Rapids-Airport-Gun)
A Newaygo man is facing charges after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on bag at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport on Sunday.
Twenty-seven-year-old Kasey Kohlhoff is free after posting bail and was headed to San Antonio when he was arrested.   Police note he does have a concealed pistol license, but that does not apply to the cabin of an airplane.
A TSA officer found a loaded hand gun with 15 rounds as Kohlhoff was going through security to hop a flight to Detroit.
(24/7 News Source)

(Ottawa Co-Murder Sentence)
Ryan Wyngarden will never again taste freedom after being sentenced Monday to a pair of life sentences with no parole in Ottawa County.
He was convicted of the 1987 double murder of his sister and brother-in-law earlier this year.
Judge John Hulsing ripped into Wyngarden at his sentencing after the convicted killer blamed everyone but himself for the killings, and also called the judge a "liar."
Judge Hulsing at one point threatened to use duct tape to shut the killer up if he didn't quiet down during the hearing.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Constantine-Murder-Update)   
A former Constantine resident described as “a person of interest” in the Jodi Parrack murder case has been arrested on a charge of felony perjury.
Investigators with the Michigan State Police said Raymond McCann, 46, was a reserve officer with the Constantine Police Department.
He was arrested Friday and arraigned in district court over the weekend on the perjury charge, stemming from an ongoing investigation overseen by a cold-case team of state police investigators, investigators said.
          Constantine Police Chief Jim Bedell said the perjury charge originates from a statement McCann made while under oath.   McCann was suspended from his job as a reserve officer after Parrack’s death because he was a person of interest, Bedell said.
Bedell said McCann subsequently resigned from the force.
McCann’s bond was set at $225,000.
Parrack was found dead Nov. 8, 2007, at Constantine Township Cemetery. Parrack, then 11, had left her home earlier that evening to join neighborhood children, and did not return. Her death was ruled a homicide.
(WLKM - Three Rivers)

(MI Poll-School Funding Plan)
Three-quarters of Michigan voters support a proposal for funding schools that advocates say would redirect more money into classrooms and preserve local control, according to a new poll.
The group advocating for the "Classrooms & Kids" proposal released the poll yesterday (Mon) that shows 75-percent of voters support the plan that would increase per pupil funding by $250-$291 by eliminating $186 (m) million in spending. Among the things that would be eliminated are $80 (m) million in incentives to schools that meet a set of best practice standards, $46.4 (m) million in funding for school districts that meet academic goals, and $22 (m) million set aside for an educator retirement fund.
The "Classrooms & Kids" proposal is one of at least four school funding proposals being considered by the Michigan Legislature.
Richard (SHOO-buh) Czuba, president of the Glengariff Group, which conducted the survey, says voters are pretty clearly saying funding is an issue at their local schools, they tend to like their publics schools and they think funding has decreased over the past five years.
The telephone poll, of 600 registered voters, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4-percentage points.

(MI-Dental Emergencies)
A new study says people who go to Michigan hospitals seeking treatment for dental conditions that could have been prevented through regular dental care increases health care costs by millions of dollars in the state.
The study was conducted by the East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group.
The AEG report, “The Cost of Dental-Related Emergency Room Visits in Michigan,” found that in 2011, at least 7,000 patients visited Michigan hospital emergency rooms and more than 1,000 patients were hospitalized for preventable dental conditions.
It says that total payments made by patients and insurers for these services exceeded $15 million dollars.   And while payments exceeded 15 (m) million, hospital charges for the dental care services totaled about $58 million in 2011 - a ratio of charges to payments that implies that hospitals may not cover their costs providing this care.
AEG said that while the State of Michigan has multiple programs aimed at giving children and adults access to preventative oral health care, a significant unmet need still exists, especially among adults.
The report goes on to say that the continued use of hospitals for preventative dental conditions can be partially attributed to the remaining barriers to oral health care, and those barriers (quote) "are particularly prevalent among adults, as the income level requirements for free or reduced-cost dental care for adults is generally less generous than for children.”

(MI-Legalization Marijuana)
Marijuana advocates are expected to turn in 1,600 petition signatures in Oak Park today (Tue) for a citywide ballot proposal to legalize or decriminalize the possession and recreational use of small amounts of marijuana.
If the signatures are approved, voters in August would decide whether to remove criminal and civil penalties for adults who use or possess less than one ounce of marijuana on private property.
Oak Park is one of at least ten communities where the Safer Michigan Coalition is working to put marijuana proposals this year.
M-Live.com reports Tim Beck, who helped spearhead Michigan's successful medical marijuana petition drive in 2008, says the coalition is intentionally choosing local communities with dedicated activists and a voter-base that is likely to approve the proposals.

(Det-Mother Death)
An investigation is underway after a tragic discovery was made inside a home on Detroit's west side.
Police say a 31-year-old woman was found dead inside her home Monday and her eight-month-old daughter was rushed to the hospital for treatment of dehydration.
The mother of the victim told police she had not heard from her daughter for several days.
When the mother went to the home she saw a man and woman carrying out appliances.   She called police and waited for them to arrive before entering the home and finding her daughter and granddaughter.
No other information in the case was immediately released.
(24/7 News Source)

(Kalamazoo-Missing Man in Kayak)
The body of a Kalamazoo man, who has been missing since April 6 when his kayak capsized, was found yesterday (Mon) on the Flat Rock River in southern Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the body of 27-year-old Enrique Quinonez was found at 2:30 p.m. approximately 150 yards away from where he was last seen.
M-Live.com reports Quinonez had been missing since his kayak capsized shortly after he and a friend launched their boats north of the east fork of the White River on Flat Rock River on the morning of Sunday, April 6.

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MON 21APR14

(Ford-New CEO)
Reports say that Ford Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields will become the next CEO of the Dearborn-based auto maker.
Fields will succeed Alan Mulally, who will step down before the end of the year.
Fields has been with Ford for a quarter of a century.
Bloomberg News, which first reported Monday that Fields would succeed Mulally this year, says the announcement may be made official as soon as May 1.
Bloomberg says its sources are (quote) "people who asked not to be identified."

(MI Poll-School Funding Plan)
Three-quarters of Michigan voters support a proposal for funding schools that advocates say would redirect more money into classrooms and preserve local control, according to a new poll.
The group advocating for the "Classrooms & Kids" proposal released the poll yesterday (Mon) that shows 75-percent of voters support the plan that would increase per pupil funding by $250-$291 by eliminating $186 (m) million in spending. Among the things that would be eliminated are $80 (m) million in incentives to schools that meet a set of best practice standards, $46.4 (m) million in funding for school districts that meet academic goals, and $22 (m) million set aside for an educator retirement fund.
The "Classrooms & Kids" proposal is one of at least four school funding proposals being considered by the Michigan Legislature.
Richard Czuba, president of the Glengariff Group, which conducted the survey, says voters are pretty clearly saying funding is an issue at their local schools, they tend to like their publics schools and they think funding has decreased over the past five years.
The telephone poll, of 600 registered voters, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4-percentage points.

(UAW-No-Challenge)
The United Auto Workers Union, in a surprise announcement, says there will be no challenge of the election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The union had filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board seeking an investigation into the vote, which the UAW lost.
UAW President Bob King released a statement saying the union is "ready to put February's tainted election in the rearview mirror."
The union was trying to obtain documents from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and U.S. Senator Bob Corker over their role in the election.
The UAW claims the Haslam administration threatened to withhold state funds to build a new SUV at the plant if the workers joined the union.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit; 24/7 News Source)

(MI-Dental Emergencies)
A new study says people who go to Michigan hospitals seeking treatment for dental conditions that could have been prevented through regular dental care increases health care costs by millions of dollars in the state.
The study was conducted by the East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group.
The AEG report, “The Cost of Dental-Related Emergency Room Visits in Michigan,” found that in 2011, at least 7,000 patients visited Michigan hospital emergency rooms and more than 1,000 patients were hospitalized for preventable dental conditions.
It says that total payments made by patients and insurers for these services exceeded $15 million dollars.   And while payments exceeded 15 (m) million, hospital charges for the dental care services totaled about $58 million in 2011 - a ratio of charges to payments that implies that hospitals may not cover their costs providing this care.
AEG said that while the State of Michigan has multiple programs aimed at giving children and adults access to preventative oral health care, a significant unmet need still exists, especially among adults.
The report goes on to say that the continued use of hospitals for preventative dental conditions can be partially attributed to the remaining barriers to oral health care, and those barriers (quote) "are particularly prevalent among adults, as the income level requirements for free or reduced-cost dental care for adults is generally less generous than for children.”

(MI-Legalization Marijuana)
Marijuana advocates are expected to turn in 1,600 petition signatures in Oak Park today (Tue) for a citywide ballot proposal to legalize or decriminalize the possession and recreational use of small amounts of marijuana.
If the signatures are approved, voters in August would decide whether to remove criminal and civil penalties for adults who use or possess less than one ounce of marijuana on private property.
Oak Park is one of at least ten communities where the Safer Michigan Coalition is working to put marijuana proposals this year.
M-Live.com reports Tim Beck, who helped spearhead Michigan's successful medical marijuana petition drive in 2008, says the coalition is intentionally choosing local communities with dedicated activists and a voter-base that is likely to approve the proposals.

(MI-Gas Prices)
The average price of a gallon of gas in Michigan this week is $3.73 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com.
That's down by six cents compared to last week, when it was $3.79 per gallon.
And it's a penny less than last year's $3.74 per gallon at this time.

(Detroit-Mother Death)
An investigation is underway after a tragic discovery was made inside a home on Detroit's west side.
Police say a 31-year-old woman was found dead inside her home Monday and her eight-month-old daughter was rushed to the hospital for treatment of dehydration.
The mother of the victim told police she had not heard from her daughter for several days.
When the mother went to the home she saw a man and woman carrying out appliances.   She called police and waited for them to arrive before entering the home and finding her daughter and granddaughter.
No other information in the case was immediately released.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI-Untested Rape Kits)
The number of untested rape kits found abandoned in a Detroit warehouse still number in the thousands.
Officials say of the eleven-thousand kits discovered, approximately two thousand have undergone DNA testing.    Investigators say they hope to have all the kits tested by the end of the year as the Michigan legislature has earmarked four-million dollars to send them to private labs.
The "Detroit Free Press" reports that testing done on the kits so far has found more than 500 matches of suspects in a national DNA database, but police have only followed up on 150 leads.

(Peters-Files)
U-S Congressman Gary Peters of Michigan has filed signatures in his effort to be Michigan's next U-S Senator.
He is the lead Democrat in the race, against former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, who is the leading Republican contender for the nomination in Michigan's U-S Senate race.
They are vying for the seat being left vacant by the soon-to-be-retiring Democrat Carl Levin.
A Mitchell Research poll released last week showed Land with a six point lead over Peters.
A poll from Public Policy Polling the week before last showed Peters with a slight lead.

(Johnson-Files)
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has filed signatures to run for re-election.
She launched her campaign in Lansing Monday with what she calls a "high energy, four stop Campaign Kick-off Tour" that included motorcycles, buses and boats.
Johnson is a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives who currently is in her first term as Secretary of State.
As of noon Monday, she had no Democrat opponent in the election.

(MI-State Fair ED)
The private enterprise Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair has announced that it's new Executive Director is Stephen Masters, who previously was leader of the Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau in Escanaba and Management team member of the Upper Peninsula State Fair.
The Michigan State Fair is held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
Last year it drew more than 80-thousand people, according to officials with the fair.
The last year of the state-supported Michigan State Fair was 2009, when it drew 217-thousand visitors.

(Kalamazoo-Missing Man in Kayak)
The body of a Kalamazoo man, who has been missing since April 6 when his kayak capsized, was found yesterday (Mon) on the Flat Rock River in southern Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the body of 27-year-old Enrique Quinonez was found at 2:30 p.m. approximately 150 yards away from where he was last seen.
M-Live.com reports Quinonez had been missing since his kayak capsized shortly after he and a friend launched their boats north of the east fork of the White River on Flat Rock River on the morning of Sunday, April 6.

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FRI 18APR14

(Warren-GM Tech Center Evacuation)
Police say employees of the General Motors Technical Center in Warren have been allowed back in the building after an ammonia leak forced an evacuation this morning (Friday).
The building was evacuated around 4:00 a.m. when the chemical spill was detected in a research lab. Officials say the building's alert system indicated the leak was found in the Wind Tunnel facility. Police and HAZMAT specialists were called to the 330 acre facility.
Authorities are trying to determine the cause of the leak and repair the problem. The all clear was sounded at about 8 a.m.
Many employees are off work today for Good Friday. No one was injured.
(24/7 News Source/WWJ, Detroit)

(East Lansing-Lacey Memorial)
An estimated 25-hundred people gathered at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University last night (Thursday) to say goodbye to eight-year-old Lacey Holsworth.
Known around the East Lansing campus and now nationwide as "Princess Lacey," the little girl from St. Johns died from cancer last week. She struck up a strong friendship with MSU basketball star Adreian Payne after Spartan players visited sick kids in the hospital several years ago, and was by his side for several key moments this past season.
Payne performed a "silent dunk" to honor the girl he called his sister with his teammates gathered around the hoop before a tribute video by her parents was played.
(24/7 News Source)

(Kalamazoo Twp-Man Found Dead)
Police in Kalamazoo Township say they found a dead body in a mobile home yesterday (Thursday), and they’re trying to figure out what led up to the death.
Police got a tip at around 3:30 in the afternoon that there was a man dead from a gunshot wound in the trailer at the Sherwood Forest Mobile Home Park. Investigators are unsure if the man was shot to death or died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
An autopsy will take place today (Friday) in Lansing. Police are hoping that the results will help them determine more details of the death that they have called "suspicious."
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Crime Lab is assisting in the investigation.
(Help from: Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(Jackson Co-Woman Kidnapped)
Police in Jackson County are looking for suspects in the alleged kidnapping and assault of a 30-year-old woman.
Blackman-Leoni Township Detective Sergeant Chris Boulter says the woman was found about 10:30 p.m. Monday night in the 2100 block of Gillett's Lake Road. She is believed to have been abducted by the suspects in the same area and could have been in their control for up to 24 hours.
According to Boulter, the woman was hospitalized due to the injuries she suffered which were consistent with her statement to detectives.
Authorities say no other information, including a description of the suspects, is being released at this time due to it being an on-going investigation.
Anyone with information can contact the Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety at 517-788-4223.
(WKHM, Jackson)

(Roseville-Xanax Easter Egg)
Police in Roseville are looking for the culprit… after a 4-year-old girl brought home a potentially dangerous pill from her elementary school.
The pill was the anti-anxiety medication Xanax, according to Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon. It was found in a plastic Easter egg that the little girl got at a party at Huron Park Elementary School.
Thankfully, the girl didn’t ingest the pill.
The eggs were donated for the party by parents and volunteers. Glandon thinks the incident was intentional and criminal.
Glandon says he'll have to see what the school can provide, as far as with a list of participants or those who may have donated the eggs, and go from there.
Glandon says if they can find the culprit, the person or people involved could face any number of charges.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)

(Detroit-Mob Attack Suspect-UPDATE)
A 16-year-old accused of initiating the mob beating of a Macomb County man on Detroit’s east side waived his pretrial hearing in Wayne County Juvenile Court and agreed to a jury trial.
Judge Jerome Cavanaugh has set a trial date of June 23.
The teen, whose name will not be released because of his age, is charged with assault and ethnic intimidation in the April 2nd beating of 54-year-old Steven Utash of Clinton Township.
He remains in custody at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center on $400,000 bond.
Utash was driving home from his job as a tree trimmer when he struck an 11-year-old boy who’d stepped out into the roadway. When Utash stopped to check on the child, he was attacked and severely beaten by a violent mob of 10 to 12 people.
He remains hospitalized.
On Monday, four men, who have been charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm in the attack on Utash, will be in Wayne County Circuit Court for preliminary hearings.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)

(Capitol-Sausage)
It's long been said that there's two things you should not look closely at. That is lawmaking, and sausage making.
On Thursday, the Michigan House managed to cover both things in one session.
The House approved and sent to the Senate, a measure allowing food processors to mix wild game meat from more than one owner, providing for "Wild Game Sausage."
Under current law, those who process wild game harvested by a hunter must completely clean their equipment between each and every animal. The new legislation removes that condition when the end result is not for sale.
Customers will be informed of this provision.
Sponsors say that wild game hunters don’t expect machines to be cleaned between processing, and such cleaning as never been common practice, adding that the bill clarifies the law to reflect (quote) "a harmless practice that has hardly been enforced.”
In celebration of this legislation, bill sponsor, House Republican Andrea LaFontaine will be offering samples of Wild Game Sausage to members of the House next session.
The bill is supported by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and now heads to the Senate.

(MI-Disaster Declarations)
Governor Rick Snyder has declared a “state of disaster” for Newaygo and Osceola counties after severe storms, snowfall and heavy rains caused widespread flooding and wind damage since last Saturday.
By declaring a “state of disaster,” Michigan will make available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the disaster area as outlined in the Michigan Emergency Management Plan.
Snyder's declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate state efforts.
Communities within Newaygo and Osceola counties have been severely affected by flooding and wind damage, impacting hundreds of homes, businesses and public facilities and infrastructure. Public health and safety is a concern due to damaged structures and debris, contaminated flood water, increased emergency vehicle response times caused by road and bridge closures, and loss of electric power and utility services.
Both counties declared a “local state of emergency” on Monday, activating local emergency response and recovery plans.
By requesting a governor’s declaration, they've determined local resources are insufficient to address the situation and state assistance is required to protect public health, safety and property to lessen or avert the threat of a crisis.

(Kalamazoo-Bar Shooting Death-UPDATE)
An employee of a sports bar in Kalamazoo is expected to be charged with murder today (Friday) for allegedly gunning down a 23-year-old man inside the bar early Thursday morning.
Damian Tejada was shot several times after a confrontation with the employee at the Wayside West bar on the city's west side. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The suspect fled the scene on foot but was arrested a short time later in a nearby neighborhood. His name is being withheld pending his arraignment.
The incident remains under investigation.
(Help from: Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(Midland-Suspicious Package ID)
A suspicious package in downtown Midland has been identified.
Police confirm the item was determined to be part of an outdoor location-based geocaching game. An alert was triggered a bit after 1:00 p.m., Thursday, requesting residents avoid an area near the Midland Tridge, Farmers Market and Rail Trail until officers could investigate the scene.
The all clear was given later in the afternoon.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(MI-Auto Supplier Expansion)
Governor Rick Snyder's investment mission to China in 2012 is paying off.
Fuyao (FWEE-ow) Automotive North America will invest $15.3 million to expand its operations in Oakland County’s Orion Township. The project will result in approximately 102 new full-time jobs.
The company is a subsidiary of Fuyao Glass Industry Group, an international manufacturer of automotive glass.
The project’s investment and jobs will result in a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund.
Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Ohio, Alabama and Georgia.

(Standish-Funeral Home Embezzlement)
The owner of a Northern Michigan funeral home has been charged with multiple felony embezzlement charges for allegedly embezzling money from his customers’ prepaid funerals.
Attorney General Bill Schuette says 68-year-old Richard Weishuhn faces one count of embezzlement over $100,000 and a second count over $50,000 related to a failure to escrow customer funds at the R.O. Savage Funeral Chapel in Standish.
An audit found that 174 prepaid funeral contracts, valued at more than $600,000 were not held in escrow as required by law. The prepaid contracts were also allegedly co-mingled with the Savage Funeral Chapel business account, also a violation of state law.
Weishuhn was arraigned on Wednesday and released on a $25,000 bond. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
(Help from: WSGW, Saginaw)

(Huron Co-Workplace Death)
A 58-year-old Gratiot County man died in a work site incident in Michigan's Thumb.
The Huron County Sheriff's Department says Michael Rempp of Elwell was in the process of dismantling a feed mill leg at Sherman Township's Cooperative Elevator Company on Wednesday afternoon when he accidentally fell about 60 feet through an opening in the tower.
He was pronounced dead at the scene after resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. An autopsy will be conducted.
Sheriff Kelly Hanson says alcohol and drugs do not immediately appear to be factors, and there is no suspicion of foul play.
(Help from: WSGW, Saginaw)

(Ypsilanti Twp-Dog Killer)
A 43-year-old Ypsilanti Township man pleaded guilty yesterday (Thu) to felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an assault of his 18-year-old daughter after he killed her dog.
George Carter Jr. pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony, and assault and battery, a misdemeanor, in exchange for the dismissal of one count of killing or torturing an animal, per the plea deal.
M-Live.com reports allegedly threatened his 20-year-old daughter with a pocketknife and grabbing his 18-year-old daughter in an altercation that began because the 18-year-old woman was upset that Carter shot and killed her dog.
The daughters told police Carter was intoxicated at the time. He admitted in court that he was on probation for operating while impaired in Wayne County.
He is scheduled to be sentenced May 8 and is being held in the Washtenaw County Jail on a bond of 10 percent of $25,000.

(Montcalm Co-Lake Rescue)
A man flipped his boat on Loon Lake in Montcalm County Wednesday afternoon and the neighbors who went to his rescue also ended up in the water when their paddle boat flipped over.
Montcalm County Sheriff's Deputies say the 61-year old man from Crystal was more than a hundred yards offshore when his 12-foot aluminum boat dumped him into the lake.
Two women saw it happen and called 9-1-1 before getting on their paddleboat.   All three were in the water, however, when the Montcalm County Dive Team and the Crystal Township Fire Department arrived. They were able to bring all three people safely to shore.
The man was in the cold water for about half an hour. He was treated and released from Carson City Hospital. The women were not injured.
Deputies say none of the three were wearing life jackets.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Flint-U-M Flint Chancellor)
The University of Michigan has appointed Susan Borrego as chancellor at its Flint campus.
The eight-member Board of Regents approved the appointment during a public meeting Thursday.
Borrego, who currently serves as vice president for California State University-Dominguez Hills, will begin as U-M Flint's chancellor in August.
U-M president Mary Sue Coleman says Borrego grew up in Michigan and (quote) "is ready to trade California weather for snow in April."
Borrego is replacing Ruth Person, who announced last January that she is stepping down in August and returning to the faculty in the School of Management in January 2015.
Borrego will be the eighth leader of the Flint campus.

(Detroit-Campbell Back)
Michigan State football recruit Jayru (JAY-roo) Campbell is once again attending classes at Cass Tech High School in Detroit.
The star quarterback was thrown out several months ago after he was accused of getting into a fight with a school security officer. The incident was captured on video and showed Campbell body slamming the officer to the ground.
The 17-year old Campbell is facing charges of felony assault as an adult, however prosecutors and his attorneys are reportedly working on a plea deal.
Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny has said he will consider a recommendation that Campbell be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act. The program allows a criminal conviction to be erased from someone's record if they complete the terms of their sentence.
A decision by Kenny is expected on May 2nd.
(24/7 News Source)

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(Governor-Reelection-Update)
Governor Rick Snyder today (Thurs) formally filed for re-election to a second and final term in office.
The news comes as no surprise since all indications up to this point were that the governor was interested in a second term.
A statement from the governor's communications director this morning says that Governor Snyder (quote) "has shown his commitment to every Michigander by creating over a quarter of a million jobs, eliminating a budget deficit and creating a surplus, bringing unemployment to its lowest rate since 2008, and increasing education funding."
Prior to being elected Governor of Michigan, Snyder was chairman of the board at Gateway Computers, as well as being a co-founder of a venture capital firm in Ann Arbor.

(Detroit-Home Invasion Shooting)
For the second time in a week, Detroit police are investigating a deadly shooting that was sparked by a home invasion.
The incident happened early this (Thursday) morning on the city’s west side.
According to police, there was a driver and two suspects and the homeowner opened fire after confronting the two men inside his home.
Sgt. Michael Woody said the intruders broke down the home’s front door trying to escape and the getaway driver tried to flee the scene, but crashed his vehicle into a home across the street. That man was taken to Sinai Grace Hospital where he died from a gunshot wound.
The two other suspects that actually broke into the home are still at large.
Woody said the shooting remains under investigation, but it appears the homeowner was justified in pulling the trigger.
There have been as many as a half-dozen incidents of Detroit homeowners shooting suspected thieves in the past few weeks, and police have said they will support homeowners legally protecting their property with lethal force.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Kalamazoo-Bar Shooting Death)
One man is dead and a suspect is in custody after gunfire erupted following a fight at a sports bar in Kalamazoo early this morning (Thursday).
The shooting happened at around 1:30am at the Wayside West bar on the city's west side. The victim, a 23-year-old Kalamazoo man, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. He hasn’t been identified by police yet.
The suspect fled the scene on foot but was arrested a short time later. According to reports, the 23-year-old Kalamazoo resident will be charged with open murder.
The incident remains under investigation by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
(Help from: Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(Marquette Co-Emergency)
Governor Rick Snyder has issued a state of emergency for Marquette County.
The declaration is a result of severe winter weather in the Upper Peninsula this year.
In a press release, the governor notes the "widespread, severe damage to water and sewer lines caused by the extremely cold temperatures" and deeper than normal frost levels.
The governor also says that by declaring the state of emergency, Michigan "will make available all state resources n cooperation with local response and recovery efforts."
Marquette County has citied one-point-six (m) million dollars in damages for the winter of 2013-2014.

(Montcalm Co-Lake Rescue)
A man flipped his boat on Loon Lake in Montcalm County Wednesday afternoon and the neighbors who went to his rescue also ended up in the water when their paddle boat flipped over.
Montcalm County Sheriff's Deputies say the 61-year old man from Crystal was more than a hundred yards offshore when his 12-foot aluminum boat dumped him into the lake.
Two women saw it happen and called 9-1-1 before getting on their paddleboat.   All three were in the water, however, when the Montcalm County Dive Team and the Crystal Township Fire Department arrived. They were able to bring all three people safely to shore.
The man was in the cold water for about half an hour. He was treated and released from Carson City Hospital. The women were not injured.
Deputies say none of the three were wearing three life jackets.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Jenison-Adult Care Home Death)
An investigation is underway into the death of 100-year-old woman at an adult care home in Jenison.
The Michigan Department of Human Services is looking into what caused Sarah Bredeweg to get lodged between her mattress and a bed rail.
Ottawa County Sheriff's investigators believe Bredeweg suffocated after getting trapped. Police say she was able to care for herself despite being in the home run by Sunset Manor Retirement Communities.
(24/7 News Source)

(Dearborn-Ford Mustang-50th-Anniversary)
Events have been held all-week long celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, but it actually was April 17th, 1964 that the first in a line of so-called "pony" cars was introduced by the Ford Motor Company.
More than five-thousand Mustangs from each of the past 50 years will greet more than 100-thousand fans, at two special events today (Thursday) in Las Vegas and North Carolina marking the anniversary.
Mustang production manager, Mark Schaller, says visitors will be treated to product ride-and-drives, track time and garage displays, as part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. He admits the Mustang has always been a "muscle car" but also universal and attractive to the car-buying population over the years.
Members of the Ford family and the Ford Motor Company senior leadership team will be on hand to mark both events.
The Ford Motor Company is also offering 19-hundred-64 limited edition Mustang G-T's for sale to mark the 50th anniversary.

(Detroit-Most Innovative Cities)
Detroit has been named one of the most innovative cities in America by Inc. Magazine online.
Tallying up the most patents between 2000 and 2011, the Motor City was tenth with more than 25,000. Detroit led in 38 mostly automotive-related patent classes, including internal-combustion engines, land-vehicle bodies and tops, and vehicle navigation.
Silicon Valley topped the list, leading in semiconductors, networking, and artificial intelligence, TV and metalworking; followed by Portland, Oregon, leading in footwear; and Los Angeles, leading in movies and the medical industry.
Chicago also beat Detroit, leading in patent classes in various industries, including food.
Detroit ranked higher on the list than Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City.
The article appeared in the April, 2014 issue of Inc. Magazine, a New York-based monthly publication focused on growing companies.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Ludington-Body On Beach)
Police in Wisconsin say they believe they have identified a man whose body was found on a remote beach north of Ludington.
The Sheboygan, Wisconsin Police Department say the description of the man, whose naked, frozen body was discovered by three bicyclist on a Lake Michigan beach in Mason County Tuesday, closely matches that of 48-year-old Allen Townsend.
Townsend was last seen on November 20, 2013.
The Muskegon Chronicle reports an autopsy performed Wednesday described the body as an black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed 180 pounds. The body also has two identifiable tattoos on the upper left chest area, above the man’s left nipple.
No foul play is suspected based on the autopsy.

(Grand Rapids-Marijuana Operation)
The federal government says 37 people have been indicted after using Michigan's medical marijuana law as cover for an alleged multi-county marijuana grow operation.
Police say the grow and distribution operation, called Medical Marijuana Team, or MMT, was led by Shawn Taylor who had a store in Muskegon with equipment for indoor hydroponic growing and other supplies to grow marijuana.
Taylor had plans to harvest $3 million of marijuana.
According to the indictment MMT members provided direct sales of marijuana to customers and actively recruited people to become ‘patients’ and to name MMT members as ‘caregivers’ so that the MMT could grow more marijuana.
The government says it identified 22 grow operations in cities including Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Norton Shores, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Wyoming. Authorities have filed papers to have the properties forfeited.
M-live.com reports more than 160 police officers - from Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Grand Traverse and Oceana counties - were involved in the investigation.

(Newberry-Leaky Water Tower)
Cold temperatures and ice in the Upper Peninsula are being blamed for leaks in Newberry’s water tower.
Lori Stokes with Newberry Water & Light says they believe ice may have worn through an area where welded brackets were used when the tower was refurbished a couple of years ago. A hole popped about half way up the tower.
Three copper plugs also popped inside the lower part of the tower causing leaks in the bottom.
Stokes says they’ve lowered the water level in the tower to prevent leaking. So far, it has not affected water pressure in the community. She says they hope to have someone climb the tower next week when temperatures are expected to be warmer to assess the damage.
The entire village is under a let run order due to frozen water pipes from extremely cold temperatures this winter. It affects about 870 customers.
(Craig Woerpel, WYKX/WDBC, Escanaba)

(Rochester Hills-Year Old Fatal Crash)
A Roseville man has been charged in the 2013 traffic death of a 20-year-old Troy woman.
Hailey Marie Brouillet was killed last October in a multi-vehicle crash in Rochester Hills. Oakland County Sheriff’s officials say at least six cars were involved in the accident.
65-year-old Stephen Fischer turned himself in to crash investigators on Tuesday. He was arraigned in 52-3 District Court, charged with reckless driving causing death and reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function.
Fischer was released on a $50,000 personal bond, on the condition that he doesn’t drive, and will be back in court for a pre-exam conference before Judge Julie Nicholson on April 22.
Fischer faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
(WWJ, Detroit)

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(Flint-Child Porn Arrest)
An Otter Lake man is facing federal charges after investigators discovered more than 6,000 images and 900 videos of child pornography on his computer.
M-live.com reports a complaint unsealed yesterday (Wed) in Flint U.S. District Court accuses the man, who has not yet been indicted or arraigned, of possessing and distributing child pornography.
Homeland Security Investigations officials began investigating the man in February after he allegedly downloaded a video that showed a young child being sexually abused by an adult.
According to the affidavit, officials were able to obtain a search warrant for a home associated with the IP address used to download the video. During a search of his home more child pornography was found on his personal computer.
The charges carry a sentence of 5-20 years in prison if convicted.

(Lansing-Newspaper Award)
Congratulations go out to the Lansing State Journal.
The newspaper’s coverage of Isle Royale’s dwindling wolf population and the debate over whether the National Park Service should intervene to save them has won the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.
The citation in the 50,000-and-under circulation category for “Silence of the Wolves” was produced by reporter Louise Knott Ahern, photographer Rod Sanford and videographer Dave Wasinger, published in the Journal on October 20, 2013.
The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest professional organization for journalists, and the Sigma Delta Chi Awards are meant to recognize “the best in professional journalism.”
Winners will be honored at an awards banquet in June at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

(Lansing-Dierdorf UM Football.
College and NFL Hall of Fame player and broadcaster Dan Dierdorf is joining the University of Michigan radio booth when the Wolverines take to the gridiron this fall. Rights holder IMG College announced today that Dierdorf will handle color analyst duties alongside 34-year play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter. Michigan football airs on flagship “Newsradio 950” WWJ, Detroit and about three dozen stations.

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Upcoming National News Events:

April 23, 2014

bullet 30th anniversary of Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler announcing discovery of the AIDS virus.
bullet World Book Night, annual initiative in which 555,000 books are given away free with the help of volunteers across the nation.
bullet 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.
bullet 9th anniversary of YouTube cofounder Jawed Karim uploading the first video to the file sharing website, adding a 19-second clip titled 'Me at the zoo' at 8:27 PM PDT which he had filmed at San Diego Zoo's elephant enclosure.
bullet People Magazine issues press release with results of 2014 list of Most Beautiful People. The issue hits newsstands on Friday. Last year's winner was Gwyneth Paltrow
bullet Court hearing for singer Chris Brown, after a judge ordered him to jail in March, until today's hearing, after he was dismissed from a rehab facility for saying that he was good at using guns and knives.
bullet Former Cedarville Rancheria chairwoman Cherie Lash Rhoades in court accused of killing four people, including three relatives, and wounding two more during an eviction meeting at which she was bidding to keep her house on an American Indian reservation in northeastern California.
bullet 50th anniversary of the Philip Johnson designed New York State Theater, home to the New York City Ballet, opening on the south side of the Lincoln Center plaza.
bullet Sentencing of former BP engineer Kurt Mix, who was convicted last year of trying to obstruct an investigation of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill plan.

April 24, 2014

bullet General Motors Q1 earnings, for the U.S. carmaker.
bullet ‘Parks and Recreation', First Lady Michelle Obama makes a special appearance on the season finale of the award winning comedy show in an episode entitled 'Moving Up'..
bullet Microsoft Q3 earnings.
bullet National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits. Speakers including Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Sen. Marco Rubio, and former Sen. Rick Santorum, who have all been mentioned as possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, and Sen. Dan Coats.
bullet American Lung Association releases annual 'State of the Air' report, including national air quality 'report card' that assigns AF grades to counties across the country.
bullet The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel to Canberra, Australia's capital city, where they visit the National Portrait Gallery, attend a reception at Parliament House, and plant a tree at the National Arboretum. Their Royal tour of the country ends tomorrow.
bullet Fundraiser for Republican Sen. John McCain, raising money for his reelection campaign ahead of the 4 Nov midterm election. Honorary chairs of the event, for which tickets begin at $250perperson, including Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Sen. Jeff Flake and former Sen. Jon Kyl.

April 25, 2014

bullet Advance GDP by Industry, Annual.
bullet 'Brick Mansions', the late Paul Walker's final completed movie released in theaters. Directed by Camille Delamarre, the film is a remake of French free-running action thriller 'Banlieue 13 (District 13)', which tells the tale of an undercover cop who is sent into a walled off ghetto with an agile former criminal in an attempt to recover a stolen weapon of mass destruction.
bullet Former Congressional candidate Justin Sternad sentenced after pleading guilty in March to violating the Federal Election Campaign Act during his 2012 campaign.
bullet Court hearing in New York for Conrado Juarez, accused of killing his four-year old cousin Anjelica Castillo, whose body was discovered in 1991 in a cooler alongside a Manhattan highway. Castillo was nicknamed 'Baby Hope', and detectives helped arrange her burial and paid for her headstone.

April 26, 2014

bullet Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMAs), celebrating music's most popular young artists.
bullet Michigan Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson Dinner, headlined by former President Bill Clinton.
bullet National Academy of Sciences 151st Annual Meeting, including election of new members and presentation of NAS Awards, including the inaugural NAS Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences (and a $200,000 award) to Stanford University Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation director James McClelland and to Harvard University Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Shilin Spelke.
bullet Carroll County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, with keynote from possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz
bullet United Methodist Women Assembly, day two, with keynote from possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

April 27, 2014

bullet Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII declared saints in the Catholic Church's first ever double canonization. The decision to hold such a ceremony is being seen as an attempt at unification, with John Paul II favored by conservative Catholics, and John XXIII by the Church's more progressive wing.
bullet New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival first weekend third and final day, headlined by Eric Clapton with Vampire Weekend, Charlie Wilson, Irma Thomas, North Mississippi All Stars, John Hiatt, Tab Benoit and Rebirth Brass Band.
bullet Possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz attends Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire fundraiser in the traditional 'firstinthenation' primary state.
bullet 2014 Building a Grad Nation Summit, 'Pulling Together', for individuals, organizations, and communities dedicated to ending the dropout crisis and making all young people college and career ready.
bullet 20th anniversary of South Africa holding its first fully multiracial elections, marking the final end of Apartheid.

April 28, 2014

bullet President Barack Obama travels to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines late this month, as part of his 'ongoing commitment to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic, and security engagement with countries in the Asia/Pacific region'.
bullet Latest hearing in case of James Holmes, accused of shooting 12 people dead and injuring 58 during a midnight screening of the Batman movie 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, CO, on July 20, 2012.
bullet 'Blue Collar Conservatives' by Rick Santorum published, in which the former presidential candidate explores why so many working class Republicans are staying at home instead of going to the polls, and explains how voters can be reenergized by showing them just how much Republican policies support their personal welfare.
bullet Status conference for former Los Angeles International Airport security screener Naa Alpha Onuoha, accused of making threats that forced the evacuation of several terminals on the eve of the anniversary of 9/11.
bullet Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar court hearing charged with drunk driving and speeding after he was arrested in December 2013. Police say Kosar refused to take a Breathalyzer test after they pulled him over for speeding, reporting that he was driving 74 mph in a 50 mph zone.
bullet 10th anniversary of the revelation of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse in Iraq on the television show '60 Minutes II' when Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of coalition operations in Iraq, was asked what went wrong.
bullet Verdict scheduled in trial of the leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood Mohammad Badie and 682 others who went on trial last month on charges including murder  the day after the same court in Minya Province condemned 529 members of the Islamist group to death.

April 29, 2014

bullet Tony Awards nominations announcement sponsored by IBM, hosted by Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu and broadcast live on TonyAwards.com and 'This Morning' on CBS.
bullet Federal Open Market Committee first day of two day meeting, with interest rates decision on April 30.
bullet Rainforest of the Americas, a new 2.2 acre exhibit space for mammals, reptiles, fish and plants replicating a tropical rainforest experience opens at Los Angeles Zoo, housing cotton top tamarins, a Goliath bird eating spider and mata mata turtles as well as endangered species such as the Central American tapir, giant river otters and a blue billed curassow.
bullet Derek Medina in court in Florida accused of killing his wife then posting pictures of her body on Facebook.

April 30, 2014

bullet Federal Open Market Committee decision on interest rates following two day meeting.
bullet U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes its advance GDP data for the first quarter of 2014.
bullet Facebook Q1 earnings for the social networking website founded by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
bullet National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial annual Unveiling Day ceremony, to symbolically commence the process of engraving new names onto the walls of the Memorial.
bullet State Department 'Country Reports on Terrorism 2013'  full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation  due to be released by today.
bullet Target date for achievement of a final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority  nine months on from remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry, which came alongside the next launch of direct final status negotiations with initial meetings in Washington, DC.
bullet Report due by Judge Alessandro Nencini into the reasoning behind January's reinstatement of the guilty verdict against U.S. national Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito over the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. Knox, who is currently living in the U.S., was sentenced to 28 years and six months, while Sollecito received a 25-year term. Once the report is published, lawyers have 90 days to appeal the decision.
bullet Court status conference for Ross William Ulbricht, aka 'Dread Pirate Roberts', accused of operating the secret Silk Road website, where users could browse anonymously through nearly 13,000 listings under categories like 'Cannabis', 'Psychedelics', and 'Stimulants'. Authorities say the site generated an estimated $1.2 billion since it started in 2011 and collected $80 million by charging 8%15% commission on each sale. Ulbricht faces charges in New York including drug trafficking, computer hacking, and money laundering.
bullet Saudi Arabia air force sergeant Mazen Alotaibi sentenced, after he was convicted last year of raping a 13-yearnold boy on New Year's Eve 2012 in a Las Vegas hotel room.
bullet Pretrial hearing for Tennessee couple Randall and Mary Vaughn, charged with murder after authorities accused them of forcing the man's five-year old daughter Alexa Linboom to drink over two liters of grape soda and water, causing her brain to swell and rupture.

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OKLAHOMA-T.W. Shannon

T.W. Shannon is the former Speaker of the House in the Oklahoma legislature. He was elected by his Republican colleagues as the youngest and first African American House Speaker. He's also been called "the most conservative Speaker in State History."

We're very excited to support T.W. Shannon in this important race and hope you will join us by making a contribution to his campaign.

T.W. Shannon has fought to shrink the size of government and reduce the state's debt. He has worked to lower state income tax rates and authored legislation to add work requirements for food stamp recipients.

T.W. Shannon believes that government programs create a cycle of dependency that robs people of their dignity and traps them in generational poverty. If he's elected to the Senate, he will be a powerful voice for freedom.
THE CONSERVATIVE CHOICE

T.W. Shannon supports all of SCF's policy goals. For example, he ...
*Supports a constitutional amendment to force Congress to balance the federal budget without raising taxes;

*Supports the full repeal of Obamacare and opposes funding for the unconstitutional program;

*Opposes bailouts that reward failure and punish success;

*Opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants;

*Opposes earmarks that are used to pass bloated spending bills;

*Supports term limits for members of Congress;

*Supports our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms;

*Supports the right to life and will oppose taxpayer funding for abortion.

NEBRASKA-Ben Sasse

Ben Sasse does not approve of the way President Obama is unilaterally changing laws and violating the Constitution. In a new video that has over 250,000 views, Sasse says Obama's supposed "fix" to Obamacare is outrageous, illegal, and unconstitutional. 

Watch "Constitutional Crisis" here.

Ben Sasse also won a big endorsement from the Club for Growth, which supports fiscal conservatives. Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said, "Ben Sasse is the rare candidate who can clearly and forcefully prosecute the case against ObamaCare, not only because it’s an unconstitutional assault on our liberty, but also because he’s read every word of it."

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LOUISIANA-Rob Maness

Incumbent U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's approval rating has dropped by more that 10 points to 47 percent in the last six months according to a new poll. The drop in the Louisiana Democrat's image is largely due to her support for Obamacare.

This is good news for conservative Col. Rob Maness (R-LA) who is a strong opponent of Obamacare. The Republican establishment in Washington prefers moderate Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in this race, but Cassidy has supported policies similar to Obamacare and has voted to fund the unconstitutional program. Col. Maness offers voters a compelling alternative to Mary Landrieu and will win if he gets his message out.

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MISSISSIPPI-Chris McDaniel

A new poll shows conservative Chris McDaniel (R-MS) surging in the U.S. Senate race. Incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) has not indicated whether he will seek a seventh term, but the poll shows McDaniel trailing by just 6 points in a hypothetical race with Cochran. The early competitiveness of this race has shocked the GOP establishment.

We launched a new statewide TV ad highlighting Chris McDaniel's conservative message. The ad includes footage of Chris McDaniel's remarks at his campaign announcement and will run for two weeks.


Watch the "Rightful Heirs" TV ad here.

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KENTUCKY-Matt Bevin

Conservative Matt Bevin (R-KY) won the straw poll at the Boone County GOP Christmas gala, which was attended by nearly 700 Republicans. Bevin dominated the straw poll, winning over 80% of the vote against incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). This is a clear sign that the grassroots in Kentucky are ready for a change and that Matt Bevin's message is beginning to get out. 

Also, Breitbart News reported that Mitch McConnell attacked conservatives on a conference call organized by Karl Rove. According to the report, McConnell was critical of Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) and said that the Senate Conservatives Fund should be "punched in the nose." It's yet another reason why conservatives should support Matt Bevin.

Senate Conservatives Fund
 

 
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