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Michigan State News              Updated 07/18/14


FRI 18JUL14

(Oscoda-Monument Stairs Closed through Labor Day) – The wooden fstairway that leads down to the AuSable River at Lumberman’s Monument will be closed temporarily for reconstruction.  The existing wooden steps will be completely removed and replaced with metal steps.  Work is expected to begin in late July and last approximately six weeks.  Visitors will not be allowed to use the stairs at all during that time.  During the temporary closure, the rest of Lumberman’s Monument will remain open to the public.  All activities will continue as scheduled.  For more information, call the monument at 989-362-8961.



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(Wyoming-Missing Woman Dead-UPDATE)
Police have identified the suspect who allegedly killed a 25-year old West Michigan man and his pregnant girlfriend then took his own life in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming.
31-year-old Brady Oestrike of Wyoming shot himself in the head after crashing his car on a US-131 overpass late Thursday night during a high speed chase with police.
It was only then that officers found the body of 18-year-old Brooke Slocum in the car's trunk. Slocum was eight months pregnant.
Police say Oestrike was a suspect in the death of Slocum's boyfriend, Charles Oppenneer who was found murdered in some woods near Gezon Park in Wyoming earlier this week.
Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody said today (Friday) that investigators have “no idea” as to the motive in the deaths, but said they did know that Oestrike and Slocum had made contact over the internet.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Ogemaw Co-Murder Sentence)

A 49-year old man is headed to prison for the shooting death of another man in northeast lower Michigan in January.
Karl Hatton of Prescott was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison after pleading no contest to second-degree murder, and several firearm charges, meaning he accepts the punishment but doesn't admit to the crimes. As a habitual offender, Hatton faced up to one and a half times the maximum sentence for the crimes.
He was accused of shooting 33-year-old A.C. Dennis in Ogemaw County's Churchill Township. Police have not disclosed a motive for the shooting.


 


(Pontiac-Mummified Body ID)
A mummified body discovered in Pontiac several months ago has been positively identified, however a cause of death remains unclear.
Pia Farrenkopf's body was discovered in the backseat of an SUV inside the garage of her home in March, roughly five years after authorities believe she died.
Investigators say no dental records could be found to identify the woman so the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office had to use DNA. Officials reportedly told relatives this week that they had positively identified the woman.
The cause and manner of her death have been ruled undetermined, however officials say they've not ruled out hypothermia or drug or chemical intoxication.
(24/7 News Source)

(Detroit-Marygrove Immigration)
The president of Marygrove College in Detroit says he’s prepared to shelter and educate child immigrants from Central America - but first President Obama has to stop deportation actions against those seeking help.
Dr. David Fike (Fahyk) says the Catholic school of almost three-thousand students is converting a former convent on the campus to residence housing to shelter the refugees. Pope Francis this week insisted that the children should be "welcomed and protected" upon arrival.
Fike says that denying refugee status to these women and children is diminishing their humanity. He also calls some of the protests of the refugees ‘ugly.’
A couple of dozen people this week protested outside a facility in the community of Vassar in Michigan's Thumb where Wolverine Human Services is interested in providing a temporary home.
Marygrove College would be the first college in the country to commit resources to educate the refugees. It would provide scholarships to college-ready refugees to attend the school.
(Marie Osborne, WWJ, Detroit/24/7 News Source)

(Sturgis-Hatchet Attack)
Police were dispatched to an apartment complex in Sturgis last night (Thursday), when callers reported two men were fighting, and one of the men was being attacked with a hatchet.
Officers located a man who had fled the scene on foot. He suffered a large laceration to the hand and a gash to his upper back.
The victim said he was attacked by a black male with a small build and short dreads. The victim only knew the subject as “CJ”.
Police have identified a person of interest as the investigation continues.
(WLKM, Three Rivers)

(Battle Creek-Child Beaten)
Battle Creek Police say that they now believe a 10-week-old child who is currently hospitalized was intentionally hurt and not injured in an accident three weeks ago as they originally thought.
The infant was rushed to the hospital in the early morning hours of June 25th with serious head injuries.
The child was supposed to be under the care of a 25-year-old man at a house in Battle Creek. Now investigators say that they think that the man hurt the child on purpose.
Calhoun County prosecutors are being asked to charge the man with first degree child abuse.
The victim is in intensive care at a hospital in Kalamazoo.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(St. Clair Co-Double Fatal)
Two people were killed when a semi crashed into a car near Lakeport n St. Clair County Thursday afternoon.
The Sheriff's Department identified the victims as 15-year old Jarrod Smith of Wixom, and his mother, 52-year old Karen Smith.
Authorities say Jarrod Smith, driving on a learner's permit, stopped at an intersection in Burtchville Township, then turned left into the path of the semi-truck. The two vehicles crossed the centerline and struck a sign and a parked car.
A passenger in the car, 21-year old Kaitlyn Smith, was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released. The driver of the semi refused medical treatment.
Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
(WPHM, Port Huron)

(MI Poll-Governor's Race)
Another poll shows the gubernatorial race between Republican Governor Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer is tightening.
The survey by Lansing-based EPIC/MRA shows Snyder at 46-percent and Schauer at 43-percent, a statistical tie with the poll's error margin of plus or minus 4-percentage points.
That compares to an EPIC/MRA poll in May that had Snyder with a 9-percentage point lead over Schauer.
The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted July 12-15 via live telephone interviews.
An NBC News/Marist poll released earlier this week, also showed a narrowing gap between the candidates. It showed 46-percent support for Snyder, while 44-percent backed the former congressman.
The EPIC/MRA poll also covered the U.S. Senate race between U.S. Rep. Gary Peters and former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land. The poll shows that Peters at 45-percent and Land at 36 percent.

(Detroit-Biden Visit)
Vice President Joe Biden launched into a conversation about the nation's immigration policies in Detroit yesterday (Thu) after his speech was interrupted by activists chanting "Stop deporting our families" referring to undocumented immigrants who have entered the country.
Mlive reports the group of about five activists were wearing t-shirts that indicated they were members of the Washington-based immigrants' rights organization United We Dream.
After the demonstrators were removed from the Cobo Center, Biden urged the crowd to cheer for the group saying (quote) "Because if you were a member of a family... Can you imagine the pain, the anxiety of coming home and wondering whether your mother or father will still be there?"
Biden went on to say that Washington needs to pursue "rational policy" on immigration.
The vice president's speech began about 45 minutes late as a result of White House involvement in the investigation of the Malaysian airliner crash in Ukraine.

(Ranking-MI Colleges)
Seven colleges in the state of Michigan have made the list of the top 300 schools in the world.
The ranking was released by the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
Both the U of M, along with MSU, made the list.
So did Albion, Alma, Calvin, Hope and Kalamazoo colleges.
It called Alma (quote) "as friendly (a school) as you'll find," adding it's "the college that put the 'Alma' back in alma mater."
It cited Michigan State's "strong" pre-professional programs like hotel and restaurant management, pre-vet, business and engineering, saying the campus is like a town unto itself, noting the shuttle buses which cover the huge campus.
It noted the U of M was about 'football and fraternities,' which also happens to be a world-class university with top-rated programs, according to The Detroit News.
And it added that Kalamazoo is a small liberal arts college that "opens up the world to its students."

(Flint-School District Deficit)
The Interim Superintendent for the Flint School District says the district wants more time to get out of its $20.4 million deficit.
Under Flint schools deficit elimination plan (DEP), approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), the district has until June 30, 2018, to resolve a $10.4 million in debt. But Superintendent Larry Watkins says his new financial team found an additional $10 million in debt.
Watkins says no decision has been made on seeking an extension. He says (quote) "All that is up in the air while our CFO completes the deep dive."
Flint schools has until July 31 to file an updated deficit elimination plan. Watkins says the board of education will most likely call a special meeting before the July 31 deadline to have its updated DEP sent to the state.
An MDE spokesman says until they see Flint's updated plan, they cannot comment on whether they would approve additional time.

(Sault Ste. Marie-Curfew Enforced)
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Department is cracking down on the enforcement of the city's curfew policy following a foot chase that landed two officers in the hospital on Thursday morning.
According to WPBN-TV, around 3:45 a.m., Soo police officers on patrol were spotted by two teens who then ran off. The officers chased after the subjects and during the incident both were seriously injured.
One officer was flown to Marquette General Hospital. The other officer is reported to be in stable condition after facing serious injuries.
The teens are being questioned relating to the incident.
Police say due to the incident as well as others in the past few months, the department is now increasing enforcement of its curfew. It states that no one under the age of 16 can be out between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

(Detroit-Boy In Basement-Update)
A referee has ordered that a jury trial be held to determine whether the father and stepmother of a 12-year-old Detroit boy found barricaded in a basement should lose their parental rights.
No criminal charges have been brought against Charlie Bothuell IV or Monique Dillard-Bothuell, whose son, Charlie Botthuel V, was missing for 11 days - with national coverage of his “disappearance” - when he was found hidden the basement of his father’s condo.
A petition filed in Wayne County’s family court alleges Dillard-Bothuell ordered Charlie to complete extreme daily workouts and hide in the basement as a punishment. Another petition alleges Charlie Bothuell IV physically disciplined his son with a PVC pipe, leaving scars.
Charlie Botthuel V is currently in the care of his biological mother and is doing fine.
Authorities removed the boy’s two younger siblings - 4-years-old and 10-months-old - from the couple’s custody of Dillard-Bothuell and Charlie Bothuell IV.
The Bothuell’s next court appearance is set for July 28.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(MI/DC-Animal Park Probe)
The former owner of Deer Forest in Coloma is the target of a complaint filed against the animal park by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa tells WSJM Radio the complaint was filed within the past several weeks in the federal court system and is based on several complaints that were filed by the public over the course of several years.
Espinosa says it's a civil case, not a criminal one, and current park managers Jon Stolarz and his wife Amy Gadberry are not included. John Modica of Chicago owns the land and is the former park operator, and could be hit with fines.
Another investigation is also underway by the USDA into Deer Forest, and pressure has been put on Coloma Township officials to make moves to shut it down.
A group of people is calling on the township to revoke the grandfathered status for Deer Forest that allows it to be run as an animal park, which could force its closure.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

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THU 17JUL14

(MI/DC-GM Probe)
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are continuing an investigation into General Motor's safety problems and recalls.
In a Senate hearing this morning (Thursday), GM CEO Mary Barra (BEAR-ah) said the company is committed to fixing the problems and ensuring that such problems never happen again.
Defective ignition switches have been linked to 13 deaths and millions of recalls of GM vehicles.
Barra has spent much of her adult life working for GM but only took the helm of the company a few months ago. She said GM is on-track to provide a new industry standard for safety.
Opening the hearing, Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill praised GM's workers but ripped "outrageously incompetent management" at the company.
The faulty ignition switches were manufactured by Delphi. CEO Rodney O'Neal testified that GM is responsible because GM approved the faulty parts.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI/WS-GOP Official Extortion)
The prosecution has rested in an extortion case in a Wisconsin courtroom against 52-year-old Doug Sedenquist of Escanaba. His arrest received statewide attention because of his position on the Michigan Republican State Central Committee.
Sedenquist is charged with extortion against his ex-wife, using a computer in connection with the extortion charge, stalking and possession of a controlled substance. The charges carry a 20 year prison term on conviction.
His ex-wife, Carmen Labute, testified Wednesday. She said she received a call from her attorney during divorce proceedings that Sedenquist demanded she continue spousal support, have first rights of refusal on their cottage and keep his retirement benefits or he would tell her employer that she violated patient confidentiality at her nursing job in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
She also testified to several incidents where she felt harassed including a suicide threat in Green Bay.
Sedenquist was arrested in March of 2013 after a standoff with Green Bay police at a mall parking lot when police responded to an alleged suicide threat by Sedenquist.
He co-hosts a conservative radio talk show in the Upper Peninsula and serves as vice-chairman of the Delta County Republican Party.
(WYKX/WDBC, Escanaba)

(Kent Co-Former Prosecutor Charges)
Former Kent County assistant prosecutor Mark VanderMolen is facing several sexual assault charges for an alleged incident at his home last week.
A 41-year-old woman accuses VanderMolen of sexually assaulting her after they had dinner on Friday.
He was arraigned yesterday, and the prosecution will be handled by Eaton County, while a judge will be brought in from outside the area for his preliminary examination on July 31.
VanderMolen retired in 2011 after more than two decades in the prosecutor's office.
(24/7 News Source)

(Alcona Co-Heroin Trafficking)
A 32-year old Alpena man has been arrested on 3 felony heroin trafficking charges following a four month investigation by members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team in Northeast Lower Michigan.
Officials say the Alcona Sheriff Department assisted in a traffic stop early this (Thursday) morning on a vehicle containing 3 individuals from Alpena who were headed downstate for a load of heroin.
Authorities seized several thousand dollars believed to be profits from previous sales in Alpena and was to be used to buy more drugs and resold in the Alpena area.
The 32-year old suspect was arrested on 2 counts of delivery and 1 count of conspiracy to deliver heroin. Those charges stem from the investigation that started last March after being referred to the HUNT group by the Alpena City Police Department.
He was also charged with 1 count of felony absconding from the Michigan Department Of Corrections. His name was not released.
The Alpena County Prosecutors office is expected to issue felony charges against the other 2 suspects that were in the vehicle.
(WATZ, Alpena)

(Capitol-Marijuana Dispensaries)
State legislators have moved bills that would allow for the return of medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan and the use of marijuana-laced foods.
The Senate Government Operations committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow municipalities to permit dispensaries to sell marijuana to certified patients or caregivers, which is not currently allowed under Michigan law.
Cities and townships would have some authority to restrict where dispensaries could operate.
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville supports the restrictions. He says his concern has always been playgrounds and neighborhoods, and making sure there aren't leakages into places where vulnerable children live.
The committee also passed a bill that would add marijuana-laced foods to the definition of "medical marijuana."
The bills now head to the full Senate. Both bills have already passed the House.

(Capitol-E-Cigs Bill)
E-cigarettes and alternative nicotine products would be categorized as smokeless tobacco and subject to a new tax, under legislation introduced Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.
The measure would establish a 15 cent per 1.5 milliliters and proportionate rate on all fractions of 1.5 milliliters tax on vapor products.
Gongwer News Service reports it also would change how loose tobacco, or "moist snuff," is taxed, moving it out of the 32 percent rate and instead taxing it at the rate of 53 cents per ounce. Tobacco distributors who collect the tax would see their cut of those revenues rise from 1 percent to 1.5 percent.
The legislation comes amid a stalemate between Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature on bills that would block there sale of e-cigarettes to minors, but do not treat them as a tobacco product, which are taxed at 32 percent of the wholesale price.

(MI-Pro Business)
A Chicago-based think tank has named Michigan the most Improved State for 2014 in its annual Top 10 Pro-Business States report.
The report comes from the American Economic Development Institute and Pollina Corporate Real Estate.
Overall, Michigan ranked no. 3 among the nation’s top 10 most populous states and no. 2 among the eight Great Lakes states.
Snyder administration officials note that the state’s improved rank pushed it ahead of other top population states, including Georgia (ranked 22), Ohio (23), Texas (27), New York (30), Pennsylvania (39), Illinois (49) and California (50). Only N. Carolina and Florida finished ahead of Michigan at no. 11 and 15, respectively.
Michigan advanced 21 spots in this year’s Pro-Business States report, up to no. 18 from no. 39 in 2012.
In its announcement, AEDI/Pollina Corporate said (quote), “certainly, two of the state’s boldest moves were to pass Right to Work legislation and repeal of the maligned MBT business tax” as key factors in improving the state’s business climate.

(MI/DC-Tourism Funding)
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee is moving legislation to the full House to reauthorize tourism funding through Brand USA.
Republican Committee chairman Fred Upton of St. Joseph notes the fund is aimed at increasing the number of international tourists to the United States and is instrumental in helping promote tourism in West Michigan.
The Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014 has also been praised by Travel Michigan. The agency is part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
(24/7 News Source)

(Muskegon Co-Sheriff Investigated)
Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler is under criminal investigation for alleged misuse of funds.
The Muskegon Chronicle reports Roesler is alleged to have made 13 withdrawals over several years totaling $2,290 from an account set up to benefit the county's Memorial Charity Golf Outing.
But according to a report from Michigan State Police, who began an investigation in January, based on a complaint from Roesler’s former political opponent, John Jurkas, Roesler had transferred a total of $1,850 from his personal account into the golf outing account.
Eaton County Prosecutor Douglas R. Lloyd, who was assigned as the special prosecutor to the case, is currently reviewing the MSP report.
Lloyd says his office will continue to gather information about the case before a decision is made on charges.

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WED 16JUL14

(MI-Tornadoes Confirmed)
The National Weather Service now confirms that a third tornado touched down in West Michigan last week.
The twister produced winds near 80 miles per hour and touched down in Lyons Township, east of Ionia, hitting shortly after midnight on July 7. The Weather Service says it moved northeast for about a quarter of a mile and ended south of M-21.
Four buildings were damaged including two farm buildings and two homes that lost roofing.
The other tornadoes previously confirmed were an EF-0 that also touched down in Ionia County also shortly after midnight on July 7 and and EF-1 tornado that hit late at night on July 6 in Kentwood and Wyoming in Kent County.
A fourth twister, an EF-0, hit Clinton County in Mid-Michigan just before 1 a.m. on July 7.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids/24/7 News Source)

(MI/DC-Miller-Asian Carp)
Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller is sounding off about a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago regarding Asian carp.
The Macomb County Republican says the appeals court is wrong to uphold a lower court ruling dismissing a multi-state lawsuit to require the Army Corps of Engineers to separate the Mississippi watershed from Lake Michigan to keep out the carp.
Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin filed the lawsuit.
Miller has introduced legislation to require the Chicago River system to be cut off from Lake Michigan, but it has not advanced on Capitol Hill. The Chicago River flows out of Lake Michigan into the Mississippi River basin, and is the only river taking water away from the lake.
Environmental experts warn if the Asian carp make it to Lake Michigan, the Great Lakes commercial fishing industry will be destroyed.
(24/7 News Source)

(Grand Rapids-Infant Death)
A 20-year-old Grand Rapids was found competent to stand trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter for the death of her five-month-old son nearly a year ago.
Diva Robinson allegedly left her son alone for the night on the floor of his room last August 21, and he suffocated after coming in contact with a plastic bag.
Her trial date has not been set.
(24/7 News Source)

(Benzie Co-Fire Victim ID)
Authorities in Northwest Lower Michigan have identified the woman who was found in a brush fire over the weekend.
WWTV reports that Benzie County Sheriff's investigators identified 58-year old Connie Anthony through her fingerprints.
Anthony's body was found under a tree that caught fire close to her home in a subdivision near Lamb Road and US-31 in Inland Township. Firefighters found her body while putting out the blaze. An autopsy will be conducted to determine her cause of death but the Sheriff's office says there were no obvious signs of foul play.
Investigators have determined the fire was deliberately set, but it's still not clear if someone else set the fire or if the victim started it.
Anthony's death remains under investigation.

(Saginaw-Carbon Monoxide Deaths)
Carbon monoxide may be the cause of death for a Saginaw man and woman found in a home on the city's northeast side Monday night.
Police said the home’s electricity appeared to be turned off and a generator was found in the basement. It was noted that the bodies showed no signs of trauma.
Carbon monoxide was cited as a "90 percent certainty" by Saginaw Police Chief Brian Lipe at a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday.
The names of the victims, as well as a cause of death pending autopsy results, have not been released by authorities.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(Detroit-Drunk Bus Driver)
Police say a 53-year-old Detroit Department of Transportation bus driver had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he crashed his bus with passengers aboard, including a 3-year-old child.
Police say the driver failed to stop after he struck a parked vehicle just before 11 p.m. Tuesday on the city's east side.
Wayne State Police caught up with the bus and detained the driver who was relieved of duties by a DDOT supervisor who was on the scene.
Police say the driver submitted to a preliminary breath test resulting in a reading of over .20 percent. The legal limit in Michigan is .08. The driver, who was not identified, was arrested for operating while impaired.
A statement from DDOT Director Dan Dirks said the driver was immediately suspended without pay pending further investigation. He said it’s possible the driver could lose his job.
Authorities say the child and his father who were on the bus during the alleged hit and run sought medical attention for minor injuries.
(WWJ, Detroit/24/7 News Source)

(MI-Hospital Rankings)
U.S. News and World Report is out with its 25th annual ranking of America’s best hospitals. The magazine ranks hospitals overall, by region and by specialty.
Beaumont, Royal Oak ranked number one in Michigan. Beaumont ranked nationally in 10 specialties, including cardiology, neurology and orthopedics.
In second place, the University of Michigan ranked nationally in eight specialties, including cancer, cardiology and urology.
Third on the list, Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids ranked nationally in five specialties including gastroenterology, gynecology and pulmonology.
Nationally, the top three hospitals in the country are the Mayo Clinic, Boston’s Mass General and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
(Sean Lee, WWJ, Detroit)

(Detroit-More Water Options)
The U.S. District Judge handling Detroit's bankruptcy says he wants the city's Water and Sewerage Department to have more options for residents who can't pay their water bills.
Water department Deputy Director Darryl Latimer told Judge Steven Rhodes on Tuesday the average overdue bill is $540, and that customers can be cut off from water when their debt reaches $150 or becomes 60 days late.
But Rhodes asked that Latimer return to court next week with more options for people who can't pay.
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced in March it would begin collecting from residents with an outstanding balance.
The DWSD says approximately 76-pecent of those customers who had service stopped in June paid their bill and had their water back on in two days.
Approximately 80-thousand residential customers have past due bills.

(Detroit-Mob Boss Dies)
Former head of the Detroit Mafia, Jack Tocco, has died.
The 87-year-old died Monday of undisclosed causes, according to a death notice published on the website of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home in Sterling Heights.
Tocco is alleged to have headed the Detroit Mafia for 30 years. The FBI says Tocco was running the Detroit Mafia in July 1975 when Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the Machus Red Fox restaurant on Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township.
Tocco never was charged in connection with Hoffa’s disappearance, but in 1998 was convicted for mob-related crimes and served 11 months in prison.

(Grand Rapids-Spectrum Consolidation)
Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids said it's opening a new integrated heatlhcare facility to provide medical services to area residents in a comprehensive way.
On Monday, Spectrum dedicated a three-story, 120,000 square foot building that houses several Spectrum services under one roof. Services at the new campus range from family medicine to radiology.
Seth Wolk, president at Spectrum Health Medical Group said the facility at the corner of East Beltline and 3 Mile Rd. uses a "team approach" based on a similar model used at its Holland campus.
The new facility is about a 15-minute drive from Spectrum's Urgent Care facility at 3350 Broadmoor Ave., which closed temporarily last week. Spectrum said it was considering the future use of the Kentwood facility.
The new integrated campus opens to the public Friday.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Detroit-Security Guard Killers)
Two men convicted of killing a security guard in Detroit will serve decades behind bars.
20-year old Jamare Rucker and 24-year old Jeremy Jackson were found guilty of killing Courtney Meeks, who was working as a security guard at a CVS store in February.
The 24-year old Meeks went to the aid of woman who came into the store saying her vehicle was being stolen in the parking lot. One of the men fired a shot that killed Meeks.
Both Rucker and Jackson were ordered to serve up to 60-years in prison for second-degree murder and also received time for armed robbery and a firearms charge.
(24/7 News Source)

(Saginaw Co-Clergy-Immigration Compassion)
Religious leaders of other faiths are joining Saginaw Catholic Diocese Bishop Joseph Cistone calling for compassion as the immigration controversy comes to the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Bishop Cistone calls the influx of undocumented children from Central America and Mexico a humanitarian crisis. A joint statement from the group says they are aware of the frustration which has led to anger and some threats of violence but expresses concern about the safety of the children.
The religious leaders from Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and other churches urge lawmakers to protect these vulnerable children from further danger and exploitation. They're calling for all parties involved to work expeditiously for comprehensive immigration reform.
(Bill Hewitt, WSGW, Saginaw)

(Mecosta Co-Check Fraud)
Two business owners in Big Rapids have been charged with multiple fraud counts in two counties.
Mecosta County Sheriff's Department detectives say 29-year old Joseph Kukla and 28-year old Nancy Kukla of Your Floor Store were arrested after several complaints were reported that the Morley couple was passing multiple non-sufficient personal checks and multiple non-sufficient business checks, totaling thousands of dollars.
The pair faces similar charges in Newaygo County as well.
The couple remains in Mecosta County Jail.
(WBRN, Big Rapids)

(Muskegon-Record Fish)
A 22-year-old Grand Haven man caught a record-breaking fish while competing in the Bowfishing Association of Michigan's tournament in Muskegon.
Joshua Teunis was taking part in the tournament on June 15 when he caught a black buffalo that weighed 41.25 pounds and measured 38.25 inches.
The catch helped his team to win the tournament title and a $250 prize. The next day a Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist verified the catch.
The previously state-record for a black buffalo was held by Bryan Degoede of Kalamazoo, who caught a 37.06-pound, 39.25-inch fish on the Kalamazoo River on Sept. 5, 2012.

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TUE 15JUL14

(MI-Fracking Hearings)
Two public hearings will be held over the next two days by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on proposed fracking rule changes.
Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a process to use millions of gallons of water to break up the ground to bring up crude oil.
The first hearing will be tonight (Tuesday) at Treetops Resort in Gaylord starting at 6:30, followed tomorrow with a hearing at the Lansing Center, just blocks from the state Capitol at the same time.
The DEQ's hearings are the first opportunity for Michigan citizens to weigh in on fracking regulations in the state.

(Tuscola Co-Protesters Armed)
Waving "Don't Tread On Me" flags and toting AR rifles and handguns, more than four dozen people on Monday showed their opposition in Vassar to plans to bring undocumented Central American immigrant children and teens to Tuscola County.
The children have crossed over the border into the United States illegally, and Wolverine Human Services out of Grosse Pointe Park is working on a contract to bring some of them to the Thumb area community.
Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement organizer Tamyra Murray says Vassar's City Council wants to rezone Wolverine Human Service's Pioneer Work and Learn Center to accommodate the relocation of unaccompanied, 12 to 17 year old boys from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, which is still being negotiated.
Over 50 people marched from Vassar City Hall to the Wolverine site where they prayed for the government to return the youths to their home countries and sang "God Bless America".
Murray said they have sympathy for quote, "the kids being used and exploited by the feds," but the group wants the border sealed and everyone who is in the country illegally deported. She adds they'll fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
Thousands of minors have come across the border since last October.
(WSGW, Saginaw/24/7 News Source)

(Roscommon Co-Former Teacher Charged)
A former teacher in Northern Michigan is facing assault charges for allegedly attacking two students.
Kaitlyn Goslin of Houghton Lake quit her job with the Crawford, Oscoda, Ogema, Roscommon Intermediate School District after Gerrish Township police started to investigate her this spring.
Investigators accuse the 26-year-old Goslin of assaulting the special education students in class, though their work has been made difficult by the mental and physical disabilities of the alleged victims.
According to police, she was placed on administration leave and then resigned before the school district could conduct an investigation.
Goslin is facing three counts of assault and battery. She is due back in court for a trial status conference on September 2.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Alger Co-Shootout Suspect Shot)
An Upper Peninsula man was wounded during a shootout with police Monday evening.
Munising Police were looking for a suspect believed involved in a type of domestic violence incident but when they tracked down the man he fled in his vehicle.
The chase came to an end on Buckhorn Road, east of Munising. Police say the suspect crashed their vehicle, came out of the car, and started to shoot at police. The officers fired back hitting the suspect with at least one shot.
There is no word on the extent of his injury and his condition is unknown.
The suspect's name has not been released.
Michigan State Police will release more information later today (Tuesday).
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Menominee-Fatal Fire Probe)
A fatal fire at a house in Menominee over the weekend continues to be investigated.
Police and Fire Departments responded to the call at approximately 3:30 pm on Saturday. Firefighers found the body of a 70-year old woman. They performed CPR but were unable to revive her.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was ordered. The name of the victim has not been released.
The cause of the fire and death remain under investigation.
(Aaron Harper, WJNR/WOBE/WHTO, Iron Mountain)

(Detroit-Shots Fired At Reporter)
A local television reporter was just trying to interview an elderly crime victim who was tied up and robbed inside his Detroit home when the man allegedly came to the door with a gun and fired a shot at the news crew.
The shooting apparently happened Monday afternoon when WXYZ reporter Jonathan Carlson went to a home on the city’s east side.
Days earlier, an 88-year-old man was inside that home when a woman knocked on his door and asked for directions. When the man opened his door, he was apparently attacked by three people who knocked him down, tied him up and robbed him at gunpoint.
As Carlson knocked on the victim’s front door Monday, the man reportedly opened it with a gun in his hand. The crew said they retreated when they saw the weapon, but the man allegedly came outside and fired a shot at Carlson from about 10 feet away.
Police responded to the scene and after a brief standoff, the man surrendered and was taken into custody. Reports say the man was taken to a crisis center, although it’s not clear if he’ll face charges.
No one was injured in the shooting.
The three robbery suspects are still at large.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(MI-CIA-Tax Liens)
Reports say the Michigan Department of Treasury has filed three tax liens against the Central Intelligence Agency, because it failed to pay more than 20-thousand dollars in withholding tax, representing those people the agency employs in Michigan.
The Lansing State Journal reports that the liens are due to the failure by the C-I-A to pay ten assessments in March 2011 and December of 2013.
The CIA on it's website says it employs an undisclosed number of people in Michigan "to keep Michigan and the US safe from both internal and external threats."

(DRAM-Settlement Deadline)
Michigan's attorney general is reminding people who bought DRAM (D-RAM) or computers or computerized devices that contain D-RAM between 1998 and 2002, that they may be entitled to a cash payment of at least ten dollars and possibly as high as 50-dollars or more.
Attorney General Bill Schuette says at issue are devices like laptops, desktops, servers, graphic cards, video game consoles, DVD players or other devices.
The reason is that twelve manufacturers conspired to raise the prices of their products. That resulted in a 310-(m) million dollar legal settlement announced earlier this year.
Buyers of DRAM or DRAM products however, are running out of time to get their cash payments. The deadline is August 1st, less than three weeks from now.
Purchasers of large amounts of DRAM or products that contain DRAM, such as computers or other electronic devices, could recoup thousands of dollars depending on the amount of product purchased, according to the A-G.
The minimum payment for smaller purchases of DRAM or DRAM-containing products is expected to be $10.    But the actual payment amount depends on the total number of claims filed and payments could be $25, $50 or more.
The claims process is simple and can be completed online at www.DRAMclaims.com.   (Also by phone: 1-800-589-1425 (toll-free); or email: info@DRAMclaims.com)
The settling defendants that manufactured DRAM are: Elpida, Hitachi, Hynix, Infineon, Micron, Mitsubishi, Mosel, Nanya, NEC, Samsung, Toshiba, and Winbond.

(Ypsilanti Twp-Stabbing Suspect Dead)
The man suspected in a stabbing at a business in Ypsilanti Township yesterday (Mon) is dead after shooting himself along northbound US-23.
Authorities confirmed the man, whose identity is unknown, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound just before 5 p.m. yesterday (Mon).
The suspect is alleged to have stabbed an individual just before 3:42 p.m. at Mike’s Welding and Fabrication. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in unstable condition.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect fled the area in a silver Ford Escape and was stopped by Northfield Township police on northbound U.S. 23 near Eight Mile Road. The man then shot himself in the head, taking his own life.
Police continue to investigate the stabbing incident.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP (773-2587).

(MI-Dangerous Swimming Conditions)
A beach hazards statement has been issued for West Michigan.
The National Weather Service says high wave action and strong currents will make for hazardous conditions until 8 P.M. this evening (Tuesday).
Weather officials say the conditions are caused by a cold air mass moving across the warmer waters of Lake Michigan.
The advisory covers most of West Michigan from Van Buren County north to Mason County.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Shelby Twp-Missing Swimmer)
The body of a swimmer that had gone missing in the Clinton River at River Bends Park in Shelby Township was found by officials just after 8 p.m. on Monday.
Police received a call around 6:15 p.m. reporting a missing female after friends lost sight of the individual while swimming in the river throughout the day.
Shelby Township Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski says that divers from fire and police departments searched in the river for the missing woman. He says she was found further downstream from where she disappeared.
Swinkowski would not comment if alcohol was a factor, saying police will now investigate.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)

(Fremont Twp-Accidental Shooting)
A 51-year-old woman in Fremont Township accidentally shot herself in the face Monday when using a shotgun while trying to make a point.
The Tuscola County Sheriff's Department reports deputies were called to a home in Fremont Township Monday for a report of a gunshot victim.
When deputies arrived the victim told them there had been a family dispute and she had taken the shotgun out to (quote) "make a point." She said she slammed the butt end of the gun on the floor, it discharged and she was shot in the face.
Police say the victim was transported to St. Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw, and she is expected to recover.
The complaint remains under investigation.

(MI-Detroit Fined)
A mistake by attorneys representing the City of Detroit in their bankruptcy is costing the city ten-thousand dollars.
The Jones Day law firm mistakenly sent information to creditors in May that included closed-door negotiations. Judge Steven Rhodes ordered the city to pay Assured Guaranty Municipal Corporation for expenses related to the mistake.
Jones Day officials say their staff reviews all documents mailed out concerning the bankruptcy case.
(24/7 News Source)

(Marquette-Drug Suspect)
An Upper Peninsula man at the center of an investigation by local police, DEA and ATF is facing a federal gun charge.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Marquette filed a complaint on June 27th against 31-year-old Jimmy Wayne McField of Sawyer. He’s accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
U.S. District Court staff members say McField does not have any appearance dates scheduled at the moment.
After his arrest in late June, police carried out a search warrant at a residence in Sawyer, where they found additional evidence and drugs.
McField is currently in the Marquette County Jail.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Ortonville-Chocolate Milk Recall)
Cooks Farm Dairy is voluntarily recalling their chocolate milk because it may contain illness-causing pathogens.
Although no illnesses have been reported, the Ortonville dairy says it's recalling the product out of an abundance of caution.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development conducted routine sampling of the chocolate milk, where analysis found the sample with high levels of phosphatase, which indicates that the chocolate milk was under-pasteurized. The dairy plant’s owner is cooperating with the state in working to determine the cause.
The chocolate milk is packaged in plastic pints, plastic half gallons and plastic gallon containers with a 7/20 code date on the bottle. The product was distributed to retail stores in southeastern Michigan and at the “Endless Cup of Chocolate Milk” booth at the Oakland County Fair July 4th through the 13th.
Consumers who have purchased Cooks Farm Dairy Chocolate Milk with a 7/20 date code are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. No other Cooks Dairy Farm products are involved in this recall.

(Harrison Twp-Piranha-Like Fish)
A Clinton Township woman hooked a piranha-like fish in Lake St. Clair last week.
52-year-old Holley Luft says she was fishing at Waterfront Park in Harrison Township with her husband Wednesday when she reeled in the 14-inch fish. Luft says the specimen had teeth that made it looked like a piranha.
The couple brought the fish to a township worker at the park, who called Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials and sent them photos with his cell phone.
DNR experts identified the fish as a South American pacu (pa' ku), a cousin to the fierce piranha. But unlike the piranha, pacu's do not have sharp teeth, but rather square and straight teeth and tend to eat seeds and nuts that fall into the rivers.
Mike Thomas, a DNR biologist, says the fish doesn’t pose much of a threat to other animals in the lake, and usually end up dying when the temperatures drop in winter.
Thomas suspects the fish was someone's pet that had grown too large for the aquarium and so was tossed into the lake.

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UPCOMING NEWS EVENTS:

July 19, 2014

Tanner Gun Show, largest gun show in Colorado, including all types of guns, knives, ammunition, survival gear and food, and related hunting and fishing accessories including, holsters, western wear, gun safes, books, war relics, and other collectibles.

July 20, 2014

Deadline for Iran and the P5+1 to reach a permanent accord on the country's nuclear program, although this can be extended by six months if necessary. Diplomats say a today's deadline is unlikely to be met following disagreement over how many enrichment centrifuges Iran should maintain.
 
Monty Python's Flying Circus reunion concludes with 'probably' their last show together.  
 
2nd anniversary of Aurora, Colorado movie theater shootings

July 21, 2014

Court status conference for Republican Rep. Michael Grimm, charged in a 20-count indictment with mail, wire, and tax fraud after allegedly evading taxes by concealing over $1 million in sales and wages while running a small Manhattan restaurant - called Healthalicious - before he entered Congress. Prosecutors have accused Rep. Grimm of trying to evade payroll, income, and sales taxes by paying his workers - some in the country illegally - in cash. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and called the case a 'political witch hunt'. Following the charges, he stepped down from the House Committee on Financial Services, but has vowed to stay in Congress and run for re-election in the November midterm elections, although House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has said Rep. Grimm is 'going to have to make his case to his constituents and make his case in court
 
Theodore Wafer on trial in Michigan, charged with the second-degree murder of Renisha McBride, who was shot in the face while standing, unarmed, on Wafer's Dearborn Heights, MI, porch on November 2, 2013. Wafer's lawyers say he fired in self-defense, fearing the 19-year-old woman was trying to break into his home before dawn, but prosecutors say he should have called 911 and kept the door shut.
 
Two men - Kristopher Pratt and Ed Thomas - on trial accused of the murder of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed, who was shot dead at his off-campus apartment building in Ypsilanti, MI, in October 2013. Pratt and Thomas have been charged with open murder, meaning a jury could convict them of either first-degree or second-degree murder. They have also been charged with two counts of armed robbery, while Pratt faces additional weapons counts.

July 22, 2014

England’s Prince George of Cambridge celebrates 1st birthday.

Microsoft Q4 earnings
 
Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and alleged spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith scheduled to be sentenced in New York, following his conviction in March on charges including conspiracy to kill Americans, after he was detained by the FBI in Jordan on March 1, 2013.
 
Apple Q3 earnings
 
Georgia primary runoff elections, ahead of the November midterm elections, with voters choosing candidates in several unresolved races from the 20 May primary.
 
Afghanistan presidential election winner is expected to be announced. A runoff between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzi was held on June 14th after no candidate polled over 50% of the vote in the April 5th election. Inauguration of the new president is scheduled for August 2.

July 23, 2014

President Obama attends Democratic party fundraiser at the Los Angeles home of 'Scandal' creator Shonda Rhimes, raising money ahead of the November midterm elections. Kerry Washington, who stars in the ABC drama, is also on the host committee. Tickets begin at $1,000 per person.
 
Comic-Con International Show preview night, launching the biggest exhibition of its kind for comic book enthusiasts. Opens fully tomorrow.
 
Facebook Q2 earnings.
 
Boeing Q2 earnings
 
Ford Motor Q2 earnings
 
Teenager Alex Hribal arraigned, accused of stabbing 20 students and a security guard during an alleged attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA, on April 9th. Hribal faces 21 counts of attempted murder, 21 counts of aggravated assault and a weapons charge, stemming from the incident in which he is accused of using two eight-inch kitchen knives to slash students at random.
 
30th anniversary of Vanessa Williams resigning as Miss America after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine. Williams was allowed to keep her tiara and scholarship money and is officially recognized by the Miss America Organization as 'Miss America 1984'.

July 24, 2014

Comic-Con International Show opens to the public - biggest exhibition of its kind in the world for comic book enthusiasts, featuring previews of the latest comic book-inspired movies and TV shows. Further highlights including the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival and the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.
 
General Motors Q2 earnings

July 25, 2014

Comic-Con International Show continues with the 25th annual Eisner Awards for comic books
 
Court hearing for Dr Farid Fata, a Detroit-area cancer doctor accused of intentionally misdiagnosing patients and ordering unnecessary treatments. Fata, a naturalized U.S. citizen whose native country is Lebanon, faces charges of health care fraud and conspiracy to defraud the U.S., with authorities saying some patients were repeatedly exposed to powerful drugs despite having no cancer. He has denied the charges.

July 26, 2014

National Dance Day.  National Dance Day was launched in 2010 by Nigel Lythgoe as an annual celebration encouraging Americans to incorporate dance into their lives as a way to promote health and self-esteem.

July 27, 2014

101st Tour de France cycling race finishes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris after the final stage, a 136km route from Evry, with the winner of the Maillot Jaune (yellow jersey) crowned overall winner after what has traditionally been a race to the line for the sprinters.
 
National Baseball Hall of Fame 75th anniversary Induction Ceremony, with Class of 2014 Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine and the Expansion Era Veterans Committee selections Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and Bobby Cox.

July 28, 2014

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and former First Lady Maureen McDonnell on trial on federal corruption charges. The pair, who left office on January 11, are accused of accepting at least $165,000 in loans and gifts - including a Rolex watch, designer clothes, iPhones, and golf clubs - from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, who allegedly hoped that endorsements from the first couple would help his health supplement business. They have pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing, with Bob McDonnell describing the charges as 'federal overreach'.
 
Justin Bieber on trial in Miami on charges of DUI, driving with an expired license, and resisting arrest without violence. The 20-year-old pop star was arrested in the early hours of January 23, after allegedly drag racing a yellow Lamborghini on a palm-lined residential street in Miami Beach. Officers say two vehicles were being used to block off the street while Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Sharieff, who was also arrested, raced the Lamborghini and a red Ferrari. Bieber allegedly swore at the officer at the time of his arrest, saying 'What the f--- did I do, why did you stop me?', though he later reportedly admitted to police that he had been smoking marijuana, drinking, and taking a prescription medication. For a first DUI offense, Bieber could face up to six months in jail and a six-month license suspension.

Muslim festival of Eid
 
Deadline for defense lawyers in Italy to appeal January's judgment reinstating 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.

The Musical 'The Book of Mormon' opens a production near Mormon church's headquarters in Utah
 
Pretrial conference for four Southern California men accused of plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Sohiel Omar Kabir, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 2000-2001 and who was detained in Afghanistan, allegedly introduced Ralph Deleon and Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, before they later recruited Arifeen David Gojali. Deleon, Vidriales and Gojali allegedly made plans to depart the U.S. in mid-November and carry out plots in Afghanistan and Yemen, with Santana allegedly telling an FBI undercover agent that he wanted to commit jihad. The complaint also alleges that the men went to a shooting range several times

July 29, 2014

BP Q2 earnings

100th anniversary of the first test call being made on the newly completed transcontinental telephone line between New York and San Francisco

July 30, 2014

Federal Open Market Committee decision on interest rates following two-day meeting.  The FOMC decided at its last meeting in June to maintain its main rate at a record low of between 0% and 0.25%.
 
Michael Vanhise and Robert Asch sentenced, after they were found guilty in March in a plot to kidnap, rape, torture and kill women and children. The case against the pair grew out of a cannibalism case that resulted in a conspiracy conviction of former New York police officer Gilberto Valle, who prosecutors say plotted to eat women. Defense lawyers said that Asch and Van Hise were only role-playing and would never have actually hurt anyone

July 31, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor steps down from the position, following his June 10 loss in the Virginia Republican primary to Tea Party-backed Dave Brat.
 
Temporary asylum in Russia for former CIA contractor Edward Snowden expires this month a year after Moscow granted protection to the intelligence analyst who in June 2013 revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had been secretly mining data from nine of the world's top internet companies through its top-secret PRISM program.
 
ExxonMobil Corp Q2 earnings
 
North American Consumer Protection Investigators and Consumer Federation of America release annual 'Consumer Complaint Survey Report', based on responses to 40 state and local consumer protection agencies in 20 states across the nation. Representatives of the organizations release the top 10 consumer complaints made in 2013, trends that stood out from the types of complaints reported, the top five fastest-growing and worst complaints, interesting new types of problems, and new laws the agencies suggested to better protect consumers.

 

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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

On May 13th, conservative Ben Sasse (R-NE) won the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate in Nebraska. 

This is a major victory for conservatives and it's a direct result of your efforts.

Ben Sasse won this race because he never stopped fighting for conservative principles. He won this race because freedom-loving Americans like you helped him get his message out.

Thank you for believing in him and for being willing to support him financially. Your efforts made it possible for SCF to invest $1.1 million in his campaign and push him on to victory. 


Sasse said his campaign is about "restoring the American idea, returning the Constitution to its central place in American politics, and building a Republican party that crafts conservative solutions to the problems facing our nation." 

Now, we need to help him win the general election so he can spend the next six years promoting these ideas and forcing Washington to live up to them.

Senate Conservatives Fund

 

 

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.

Senate Conservatives Fund
 

 

 

 

 

 

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
 

ALEX MOONEY WINS HOUSE RACE

Alex Mooney (R-WV)

 

 

 

We're also pleased to report that conservative Alex Mooney (R-WV) won the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District in West Virginia. 

Thanks to your support, SCF was able to invest $95,000 in this race, which included a district-wide radio ad to promote his campaign.

If Mooney wins in November, he will fight to stop the massive spending and debt that are bankrupting our country.


MAKE 2014 MATTER

There are several difficult primary elections ahead and conservatives are being massively outspent by their establishment-backed opponents.

Please make a contribution to SCF to help us elect more conservatives.

Time is short so please take action today so we can send more leaders like Ben Sasse and Alex Mooney to Washington.

Senate Conservatives Fund
 

 


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