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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 10JUL20

President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Midland county as well as Arenac and Iosco counties after flooding destroyed area homes in May. The president tweeting on Thursday that he's responding to a request from Congressman John Moolenaar and will provide more than 43-million dollars in federal funds to help effected residents. Mr. Trump adding "I will always stand with Michigan!".  The declaration will free up FEMA funds for area residents to claim in their cleanup and restoration efforts.

Iosco County residents could see a gypsy moth millage on their November ballot.  The Iosco County Board of Commissioners discussed the proposal at their July 1st meeting. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the millage would be the first of its kind in over twenty years. Residents in the northwest part of the county have complained about the infestation of gypsy moths this year. In the past, Iosco County has paid to have portions of the county sprayed in the springtime to mitigate the spread of the moths. Iosco County Treasurer Cathy Anderson told commissioners that if a millage were to be approved in November, they could start collecting the millage from voters during the winter tax payments.

The Mio AuSable school board recently held a special budget meeting.  Board members discussed the financial uncertainty the district faces. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Superintendent Paul Ciske said the problem is a lack of direction from the state. Ciske said the indicators of state budget assistance are not easily recognized this year because of COVID-19. Ciske said he budgeted for the loss of ten students and budgeted $75,000 dollars for federal timber sales although the district received $132,000 dollars. Ciske said there is also federal funding from the Cares Act that totals approximately $168,000 dollars.    

Ogemaw County officials recently received a revenue update.  Ogemaw County Administrator Timothy Dolehanty gave the projected revenue report to commissioners at their meeting. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Dolehanty told commissioners that 21% of revenues have been received for the county's general fund. He added that while the number may look low, the county was at 24% at this time in 2019. Dolehanty told commissioners that the bulk of the revenue will not come in until July as 60% of revenue comes from property taxes. He said that based on revenue projections from the last five years, Ogemaw County is right on target.

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 Thu. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for THU 09JUL20


This is an update on the AuGres River bridge closure on U.S. 23 in AuGres. Crews are working to repair damage to the bridge, but that work is only expected to take three to five weeks. The Michigan Department of Transportation crews are working on repairs to the Bessinger Road detour to make it easier on motorists. All AuGres businesses are open. For more information call the Arenac County Road Commission. 
There are two detours available to motorists.  The first uses gravel roads.  If you are going south on US-23 into AuGres, turn north onto Tonkey Road, left on Bessinger, past the fire department, and then left on Court Street which will emerge at the traffic light in AuGres on US-23.  The second detour is all paved and will go completely around AuGres.  Take Tonkey Rd. north to Twining road.  Turn left and travel approximately 8 miles until Twining Road joins with M-65 south going towards Omer.


A livestock trailer overturned on a portion of southbound I-75 this morning, releasing approximately 40 cows, according to Crawford County EMS management.  The accident occurred at mile marker 254 near the exit that goes north into Grayling on the south side of town.  Crawford County Animal Control, local veterinarians, volunteers and an area farmer all assisted with the round up of the loosed animals.  Some cows were killed in the accident and some had to be "put down" due to the severity of their injuries.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation.  The incident caused traffic to be closed in the southbound lanes until about noon today.
(Photo by Thomas Kramer)

Three suspects were recently arraigned in Huron District Court on drug charges.  On July 1st, the Michigan State Police announced three people had been arrested for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, Morgan Burhans, 31, of Bad Axe; Justin Clemens, 31 of Caro and Erika Sprague, 48 of Elkton, were arraigned in Huron County District Court on charges stemming from the arrest. The suspects will appear in district court for a pretrial hearing on July 16th and are scheduled for preliminary exams on July 24th. If convicted the three face up to twenty years in prison. 

The Air Force will expand PFAS treatment in Oscoda.  A contract has been awarded through the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the project will expand capture zones to better control mitigation of PFAS to Clark's Marsh and two other plumes under treatment near Oscoda. The Air Force is awarding the contract one year earlier than anticipated and will work with the michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to verify work plans along with the design and installation of the capture fields.

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 Wed. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for WED 08JUL20

In response to recent severe flooding in mid-Michigan, the ad hoc Michigan High Water Action Team has scheduled a webinar Wednesday, July 8th, for residents who are recovering from the event and its aftermath. State, federal and local officials on the webinar from 6 - 7:30 p.m. will provide residents a basic overview of recovery services and activities. After the presentations, there will be time for attendees to ask questions. To attend the webinar you can register ahead of time at Go To Webinar Dot Com. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the meeting. You can also use a phone to listen to the webinar by calling 415-930-5321 and using access code 411-703-533. However, those accessing the webinar by phone will not be able to ask questions due to technological limitations.

Alcona County residents will see a millage proposal on their August 4th ballot.  The millage proposal is for the Alcona County Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the Alcona County Review, voters will decide on a new eight year point 20 mills proposal. The millage would keep the VA office in Alcona County operating full time with an accredited veteran counselor. Currently Tony Atkinson serves county veterans and explained that over the past two years, working five days a week, he has helped with over 2,500 VA assistance requests in the county. If passed in August, the millage would raise an estimated $155,000 dollars in its first year, helping to keep Atkinson working full time for Alcona County Veterans.

The Fairview Schools Board of Education recently held a budget meeting. The board discussed and voted to approve the 2020-2021 school budget. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Finance Director Mary Jo Green said the district has been awarded nearly $21,500 dollars in federal funding through the Cares Act. The program provides assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that state funding per pupil is expected to be cut this year due to the impending budget crisis caused by the Coronavirus. Fairview school board members also discussed removing busses to away athletic events as a cut that could be made to the budget for the upcoming school year.

Ascension St. Joseph Hospital has been named a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital in the United States by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The annual award honoring rural hospital performance is determined by the results of the I-Vantage Health Analytics Hospital Strength Index. Ascension St. Joseph was one of only four Michigan hospitals on the 2020 list. Hospital Administrator Shane Hunt said this recognition is evidence of their teams commitment in providing the best health care possible to our community. Hunt added that they will continue to work with all departments and physicians to further improve patient care and performance.

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 07JUN20


The Michigan Department of Transportation will be closing the US-23 bridge over the AuGres River in AuGres for an extended period of time to affect repairs after the severe flooding in May damaged the bridge.  The bridge will be closed effective at 6PM this evening and the closure is expected to last for three to five weeks.  (previous reports were nearly a year).  There are two detours available to motorists.  The first uses gravel roads.  If you are going south on US-23 into AuGres, turn north onto Tonkey Road, left on Bessinger, past the fire department, and then left on Court Street which will emerge at the traffic light in AuGres on US-23.  The second detour is all paved and will go completely around AuGres.  Take Tonkey Rd. north to Twining road.  Turn left and travel approximately 8 miles until Twining Road joins with M-65 south going towards Omer.

Arenac County residents could see tax relief due to flooding and COVID-19.  The House bill passed in the House and Senate and is now awaiting the Governor's signature. According to the Arenac County Independent, the bill will provide residents more flexibility for 2020 Summer property taxes. The bill, if signed by the Governor, would allow families in Arenac and Gladwin Counties until May 2021 to pay their Summer property taxes, extending payment by nearly a year. In order to qualify, property owners must sign an affidavit claiming impact from either COVID-19 or the flood. The affidavit must be filed before August 28th. For more information on the bill visit www.Legislature.mi.gov. 

Thumb Electric will be receiving a federal loan. The  loan for Thumb Electric Cooperative in Ubly is through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Electric Loan Program. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the $26.5 million dollar loan is intended to finance capital improvements on electric infrastructure in the Thumb over the next five years. The Cooperative will use the loan to connect 252 rural consumers and build of improve 97 miles of line through infrastructure improvements.  Three ($3) Million dollars will be used for smart grid technology. Funding will also fund installation of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure System which will allow for two way communication with meters.     

Patients in the West Branch area now have access to new technology that improves breast cancer detection while reducing false positives. Mid Michigan Medical Center, West Branch, is now offering 3-D mammography. This new technique uses the same digital mammography equipment as a regular mammogram, but captures additional layers of images through the breasts. It takes just a few seconds more than a regular mammogram. Mid Michigan Health has special funds available to help with the cost of a mammogram. For those who qualify, the funds will cover a significant portion of the cost of mammography. For more information call toll free 888-626-4547.

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 06JUL20

A church in northern Michigan's West Branch is a possible exposure site for COVID-19. The District Health Department Number 2 posted on its Facebook Page that anyone who attended the 11am or 6pm service at Calvary Baptist Church on June 28th may have been exposed to the virus. They say people who attended those services should seek testing and self monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

Oscoda Wurtsmith Spaceport Development officials are seeking volunteers.  Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport has been selected as a preferred location for establishing space vehicle launch operations. According to the Alcona County Review, the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association are now conducting feasibility investigations and assembling application materials for the Federal  Aviation Administration Commercial Spaceport licensing. The licensing includes public outreach and participation from the local community. In response to that, a Community Advisory Committee will serve to solicit feedback regarding community interests with respect to establishing safe, secure, efficient and environmentally respectful spaceport operations. Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport Authority is seeking applications from individuals that are willing to serve as volunteer members. Application forms and additional information may be obtained by calling 739-1111.

Arenac County farmers affected by recent flooding may be eligible for assistance. Farms suffering severe damage in Arenac County during flooding on May 18th and 19th may be eligible for assistance through the Emergency Conservation Program. According to the Arenac County Independent, the assistance is administered through the Farm Service Agency County Office. Producers who suffered a loss from the excessive rain and/or flooding can contact the Arenac County FSA Office at 846-4565 extension 2 beginning today through August 6th.  

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During the virus crises, the Red Cross needs more blood donations than ever.  Please schedule a blood donation appointment.  Give the gift of life.  Due to the health crises, donation restrictions on certain groups of individuals have been eased, please check the Red Cross website for more details.


 


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STATE NEWS for FRI 10JUL20

Nearly 600 acres burned in a wildfire at Camp Grayling near Grayling on Thursday. There are no reports of injuries. There is no additional information provided by the National Fire Incident Reporting Agency.

A slight decrease in the daily Coronavirus numbers has been counted here in Michigan. The state health department reporting 446 new confirmed cases on Thursday -- that's down from 610 the day before. There were also 9 new deaths reported. The biggest jump in cases continues to be seen in Region 1, which includes the Lansing area, and Livingston and Jackson Counties. Other jumps were seen in West Michigan and the UP.

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A new survey of Michigan residents shows many are less concerned about the Coronavirus now than in March, April and May. The poll of one-thousand residents by TargetPoint Consulting found 40-percent of adults are less concerned about the virus today than a month ago, even though the number of cases is rising. 17-percent said they were more concerned than before. The survey also found that nearly half of the state’s population were “conflicted, confused or casual” with respect to following health and safety guidelines. The other half said they were “committed” to following health and safety protocols

A Flint-area man accused of punching a Macy's store manager has been arrested. 18- year old Damire Palmer was wanted on a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm. The attack was caught on video. It showed Palmer walking around the store at the Genesee Valley Center and then walking up to the 50-year old manager and punching him in the head. The Genesee County Prosecutor called it an unprovoked attack.

Police are asking for the public's help to find the suspect(s) who shot at a home in west Michigan's Byron Center, south of Grand Rapids, Thursday morning. WOOD TV reports a few shots were fired at the home where owner Mylee Murphy says one landed in the trim above their bed, just a couple feet above their pillows. The couple has two small children . No one was injured and police believe it may have been a careless firing of a gun.

A teen is in critical condition after crashing his motorcycle in mid Michigan. It reportedly happened Wednesday afternoon when the 17-year-old passed a vehicle in Surrey Township and lost control of his motorcycle. The teen went in a ditch, hitting a gate and was thrown from the motorcycle. He was flown to a hospital in Saginaw.

Some Ford plants in Metro Detroit and across the country may have to shutdown because there are no engines to put in trucks. Ford says due to the Coronavirus, the state of Chihuahua Mexico has limited plants to 50-percent of the workforce. Since plants in Michigan and the United States are running at 100-percent, Ford executives say suppliers can't keep up with demand. At least one of the engines made in Mexico are used in Ford's Super Duty pickups.

A 46-year-old woman is missing in Kalamazoo. The Department of Public Safety says Alanda Gaines' family has not had contact with her since the first of June. She was last known to be staying at a Motel Six in the city. Gaines is African American, five foot four , 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She has a tattoo on her neck which says "Low Key".

The state Attorney General's Office has agreed to handle the prosecution of any crimes stemming from a large party on a southwestern Michigan lake in which hundreds of people ignored state orders to wear masks or socially distance. The Cass County Prosecutor's Office asked the Attorney General's Office to appoint a special prosecutor after a viral video showed hundreds of people in swimsuits Saturday gathered at Diamond Lake, near Cassopolis. The prosecutor's office says it asked for the review because of a conflict of interest stemming from a longtime affiliation with one of the lake associations.

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Another sand bar party in Michigan is a possible exposure site for COVID-19. The Central Michigan District Health Department says eight people who tested positive for COVID-19 attended a sand bar party at Littlefield Lake on July 4th and then an after party at a private residence. They say anyone who attended those parties should self monitor for symptoms of the virus.

A reward is being offered in mid Michigan for information leading to an arrest in some arson fires in Harrison. The city says two vehicles were set on fire in the area of Long Lake Road and North Clare Avenue this week and another attempt was found at Long Lake Party Store. Anyone with information should call the Clare County Sheriff's Office.

An arrest has been made in a shooting in west Michigan . A man was shot in Ionia County's Easton Township in west Michigan after an argument. Michigan State Police say the 40-year-old man was taken to the hospital in Ionia with a gunshot wound to the back and the suspect had taken off. He was arrested later during a traffic stop and faces charges of assault with intent to commit murder and other charges.

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STATE NEWS for THU 09JUL20

Some members of the Detroit Tigers organization have tested positive for COVID-19, but management has not identified who they are. Team officials do say they are being monitored by the Tigers' medical staff with the hopes of having them on the field soon. Reports have six Tiger players who have not taken part in workouts. MI-COVID Governor Gretchen Whitmer will give an update today on the state's response effort to COVID-19, as cases continue to rise in Michigan. Michigan now has 67,237 confirmed cases of of Coronavirus, which is up 610 in one day. That's that's the highest daily increase since May. The state has recorded 6,015 total deaths.

A 4-year-old boy who went missing in Sanilac County has been found safe. He was located with his mother, when the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office stopped her vehicle. The child is in the process of being turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services. Under Sheriff Brad Roff says the mother had not been cooperating with the investigation, after deputies were called to the child's home on Monday.

Just over 16-thousand DTE customers still waiting for the power to be restored following Tuesday night's storms in Metro Detroit. The utility has 160 crews in the field repairing downed lines and damaged equipment. The largest pockets of outages remain in Royal Oak, Southfield, Dearborn and Highland Park. DTE estimates powered being restored to much of the areas by this afternoon or evening.

A Black Lives Matter march was held last night in southwest Michigan's Schoolcraft county, south of Kalamazoo. Organizer Maddy Ring tells WOOD TV that the marches have gone on and they've seen some changes, especially in bigger towns. But she says getting out there in small towns is what needs to come next. They are calling for change to end racial bias in the schools, the justice system and the community. The group walked to the former home of Dr. Nathan Thomas that had been a station on the underground railroad.

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STATE NEWS for WED 08JUL20

Michigan Technological University in Houghton in the U-P is confirming two cases of COVID-19 in the campus community. The MTU Flex Task Force says the two cases appear to be unrelated and they are not releasing information about who tested positive. WLUC reports the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is contact tracing to stop the spread of the virus.

An effort by the Grand Rapids city commission to slash nine million dollars from the police department budget did not go to a vote last night. That's as the city attorney Anita Hitchcock told commissioners that state laws prohibit commission from making that kind of change on an existing budget without agreement with the city manager. WOOD TV reports Commissioner Senita Lenear wasn't pleased to learn that so late, saying that should have been something that should have been communicated to the public, and the commission… so they would be aware of what was in their authority and what was not.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it had its busiest Fourth of July weekend in years as tens of thousands of people were out on the water. The Coast Guard says they conducted more than 100 search and rescue operations in the Great Lakes region , with calls including boat collisions to drownings. There were two deaths on the Great Lakes over the weekend.

"Let it go!", that advice from Michigan State Police, Lt. Mike Shaw to drivers as his department has investigates 12 separate freeway shootings in 3 weeks that stemmed from road rage. Of those 12 non-random shootings, eight of them started as a traffic altercation. Police say speeding, improper lane changes, no signal, cutting someone off or "disrespecting" someone has led to giving people the finger, swerving at another driver and finally pointing a gun at someone and shooting.

Traffic over the Mackinac Bridge down some over the Fourth of July weekend compared to last year. Nearly 62-thousand cars crossed the bridge...92-percent of the number that crossed the bridge last year. The Mackinac Bridge Authority says they've been seeing 85-percent of normal traffic lately.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 07JUL20

Three employees of Gun Lake Casino in Wayland Township, north of Kalamazoo, have tested positive for COVID-19. The casino says a member of its table games supervisory team tested positive last week and two more employees have reportedly tested positive through routine testing and contact tracing. The casino says staff who tested positive are required to self quarantine for at least 14 days and receive a negative Coronavirus test before returning to work. The casino says it will remain open and continue to monitor the situation.

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The baseball season is on hold for the Traverse City Pit Spitters of the Northwoods Collegiate league after some players tested positive for COVID-19. General manager Mickey Graham says these guys are young athletes and they don't always notice symptoms of this , so that's why they tested and screen them every day. He says they're asking everybody to be safe, practice social distancing, and wear masks. He says their goal is to restart the season this Friday.

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You'll have to wear a mask if you go to enclosed areas in Elk Rapids, which is north of Traverse City. Upnorthlive reports this comes after a recent rise in COVID-19 cases in northern Michigan. It also comes after thousands of people were out on Torch Lake over the Fourth of July weekend . Village Council Trustee Douglas Bronkema says they can't fix stupid. He says Torch Lake is an example of that, but they can fix Elk Rapids.

Michigan State Police are investigating another possible shooting on a Detroit freeway. The latest occurred just after five o'clock Monday afternoon on southbound I-75 south of Seven Mile. Troopers spent several hours on the scene .. looking for evidence. There's no information about the driver involved. If it indeed was a shooting, this would be the seventh shooting on Detroit freeways in the past week. There's no indication the shootings are related. Two people were arrested after shootings on I-94 and I-96 last week.

This is the time of year that the National Cherry Festival would normally be held in Traverse City. Because of the Coronavirus, the festival was canceled, but some events are being held virtually. That includes the cherry pie eating contest.

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STATE NEWS for MON 06JUL20

A pair of cooling centers opening today in the Ann Arbor area to help residents beat the heat. They include the atrium of the Community Mental Health building in Ypsilanti will be open and the Learning Resource Center in Ann Arbor will be open from 9 to 5 through Friday, as temperatures stay in the 90's. Southeast Michigan is under a heat advisory today. Officials say the normal gathering places that provide such needs like churches and libraries are still closed under the pandemic.

Disturbing find by a new homeowner in Trenton in Metro Detroit last night, when he came across a human skull in a backyard fire pit. That home was previously owned by Mark Eberly, who was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police in Tennessee last month, according to reports there. The new owners called police following the gruesome discovery. Investigators say they have found the remains of only one person, and are now combing the area.

An argument between two Fiat-Chrysler workers turned violent outside the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant with one of the employees being stabbed. Investigators did not say what led up to the stabbing, but the victim was taken to the hospital and was last reported in critical condition. No one else was involved and there were no other injuries reported. No word on the other employee as the investigation continues.

A man was partially ejected from a car and a woman was pinned in the car after a crash last night on I-96 eastbound near Fruitport Township, southeast of Muskegon. WOOD TV reports witnesses say the driver was driving recklessly at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle and went off the road in Crockery Township. The car hit several trees . The woman driver was pinned, but wasn't injured. The man, who was ejected, was taken to the hospital .

A food distribution event will be held in west Michigan later this week . The Kent County Community Action event is open to the public with low income on Thursday. About 900 families are expected to be helped with the food drive.

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

President Donald Trump delivers remarks at roundtable on Venezuela

President Trump holds outdoor campaign rally in New Hampshire - Attendees must voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19), and must discharge Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the venue from liability. Campaign is providing 'ample hand sanitizer' and face masks which attendees are 'strongly encouraged to wear'

60th anniversary of 'To Kill a Mockingbird', a story of racial injustice in the fictional town of Maycomb, AL, during the Great Depression. The book was Lee's only novel until the publication of 'Go Set a Watchman' in 2015.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2020 published
The brand launched its own swimwear line last month, created in partnership with Venus Fashion, with select pieces featured in the magazine

Walt Disney World theme parks begins phased reopening, having been closed since March as part of measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Animal Kingdom are scheduled to reopen today, pending approval from government officials, followed by EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios on July 15.

75th anniversary of napalm's first use, by the U.S. against the Japanese in the Philippines. Use of napalm against civilian populations was banned by the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) in 1980

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Sun sets in perfect alignment with Manhattan street grid to create 'Manhattanhenge' - The term 'Manhattanhenge' was coined by American Museum of Natural History Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson. Marks the second of two such events each year, following the first in May. Sadly, members of the public have been urged not to visit Manhattan to photograph the phenomenon this year due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

National French Fry Day

Made in America Day

Federal government resumes capital punishment after nearly 20 years - Execution scheduled for Daniel Lewis Lee, a member of a white supremacist group who murdered a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl. After robbing and shooting the victims, he weighed the bodies down with rocks and threw them into the Illinois bayou. He was found guilty of a number of offenses in 1999, including three counts of murder in aid of racketeering, and was sentenced to death. The execution represents the first by the federal govt in nearly 20 years, after the Department of Justice announced in July 2019 that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) was adopting an addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol to replace the previously-used three-drug procedure with pentobarbital, which is used in 14 states and has been cleared as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Former First Lady and UK's Duchess of Sussex speak at virtual UN Foundation gender equality summit - Girl Up, the gender equality initiative of the United Nations Foundation, hosts free virtual global Leadership Summit for young female leaders and gender equality activists. Presented by P&G, this year's summit is themed 'We Need To Talk', pushing the conversations about issues intersecting with gender equality, such as representation in STEM and sports; access to education; organizing for change; and how to create solutions for gender-based violence. Launches with a special message from U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama on behalf of the Obama Foundation's Girls Opportunity Alliance, while other speakers include the Duchess of Sussex and actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas

The 2020 Democratic National Convention would have begun today - Postponed to the week of August 17due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

'CMA Best of Fest' special on ABC, hosted by Luke Bryan - A three-hour retrospective featuring over 25 televised performances from CMA Fest over the past 16 years airs on ABC, hosted by Luke Bryan with special guest Darius Rucker. Featured artists include Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Billy Ray Cyrus, Joan Jett, Miranda Lambert, Lil Nas X, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Lionel Richie, Gwen Stefani and Rita Wilson.

90th anniversary of start of first soccer World Cup that ended with a 4-1 win for France over Mexico. The hosts went on to win the inaugural World Cup on July 30, 1930 with a 4-2 win over Argentina in Montevideo in front of 93,000 fans

30th anniversary of 'Ghost', starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn, and Rick Aviles. The film grossed over $505 million at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1990, and received five Oscar nominations, winning Best Supporting Actress (Goldberg) and Best Original Screenplay at the 63rd Academy Awards.

Sir Patrick Stewart celebrates 80th birthday today? Make it so! - The British actor is best known best for his performances as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the 'Star Trek' franchise and Professor Charles Xavier in the 'X-Men' series of movies.

CDC may issue additional guidance this week on reopening schools after Coronavirus-related closures, described by Vice President Mike Pence last week as 'part of a five-part series of recommendations that will give all-new tools to our schools', although CDC Director Robert Redfield subsequently said that the agency is only releasing 'additional reference documents', despite President Donald Trump attacking the initial guidance as 'very tough & expensive' and 'very impractical' and threatening to cut federal funding to schools that would not physically reopen - a threat repeated by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The guidance includes keeping desks six feet apart, use of cloth face coverings by children, closure of communal areas, and installation of physical barriers. Director Redfield has said that it should not be used as 'a rationale to keep schools closed.'

Ford unveils its new Bronco mid-size SUV
The original launch date was moved from July 9, which is also the birthday of O.J. Simpson who was famously filmed in a white Bronco being chased by police in 1993. Simpson was later acquitted of charges linked to the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Ford said last month that 'we are sensitive and respectful to some concerns raised previously about the date, which was purely coincidental'

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The MLB All-Star Game and Home Run Derby would have happened today if they hadn't been cancelled because of COVID

Court hearing for Cuba Gooding Jr.
The actor is accused of groping 14 women at bars and clubs. Hearing is in New York criminal court

President Trump's niece publishes 'How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man' book
'Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man' by trained clinical psychologist and President Donald Trump's only niece Mary L. Trump published by Simon & Schuster, exploring 'how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world's health, economic security, and social fabric'. In the book, the author uses firsthand accounts from her family history to explain how specific events and general family patterns have created the man who currently occupies the Oval Office. A New York state judge temporarily blocked the release last month after President Trump's brother, Robert Trump, filed a lawsuit claiming that the author has violated a confidentiality agreement that bars members of the family from publicly discussing their relationships with one another without permission from the family. A New York court later lifted the restraining order, allowing the publisher to continue printing and distribution

Bastille Day in France-4th anniversary of truck terror attack in France during Bastille Day celebrations, killing at least 87 people including children. The driver was shot dead and guns and grenades were found inside the truck. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility. French President Francois Hollande extended the country's state of emergency, which had been in place since the Paris attacks the preceding November

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Tax Day
IRS tax filing and payment extended deadline. The govt announced in March that individuals and businesses would be allowed to defer tax filing and federal income tax payments for the 2019 tax year due April 15 until today without penalties or interest as part of measures to ease the burden on Americans dealing with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Free Comic Book Day returns as nine-week celebration following May delay for COVID
Retailers will receive five to six Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) titles in their weekly shipments during each week of the promotional window, chosen from 45 previously-announced titles and varying from shop to shop, and are encouraged to release the books as they see fit for their own unique circumstances. Participating publishers include Marvel Entertainment, DC, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Boom! Studios

Latest execution scheduled after federal government resumed capital punishment after nearly 20 years - Execution scheduled for Wesley Ira Purkey, who violently raped and murdered a 16-year-old girl, and then dismembered, burned, and dumped the body in a septic pond. He was found guilty of kidnapping resulting in a child's death in 2003, and was sentenced to death.

Disneyland Paris theme parks reopen after coronavirus closure, having been closed since March as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Both theme parks, Disney's Newport Bay Club hotel and Disney Village reopen today, with enhanced health and safety measures in place for both cast members and guests, and capacity limited in the parks

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report - Initial Claims

Ruling in Facebook data privacy case in European court

25th anniversary of online retailer Amazon launching online

Secretary of State Pompeo delivers speech on the Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights

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Friday, July 17, 2020

World Emoji Day including World Emoji Awards
A day of global emoji celebration with people encouraged to tweet using only emojis. In recent years, businesses have used the day to announce emoji-related products or research. The chosen date of July 17 is the date shown on the Calendar Emoji. Includes the announcement of the World Emoji Awards. Categories include Most Popular New Emoji and Most Anticipated Emoji

Secretary of State Pompeo addresses The Family Leadership Summit

Annual Perseid meteor shower due to be visible, with peak expected between August 12 - 13. The shower has been observed for over 2,000 years and occurs as the Earth passes through the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Latest execution scheduled after federal government resumed capital punishment after nearly 20 years - Execution scheduled for Dustin Lee Honken, who shot and killed two men who planned to testify against him, plus a single mother and her 10-year-old and six-year-old daughters. He was found guilty of a number of offenses in 2004, including five counts of murder during the course of a continuing criminal enterprise, and was sentenced to death.

The Chicks release first new album since dropping Dixie from name - It is the band's first album in 14 years, and their first since dropping the word 'Dixie' from their name following a backlash due to the word's links with slavery

20th anniversary of Bashar al-Assad becoming Syrian president, following the death a week earlier at the age of 69 of his father Hafiz al-Assad, who was of Alawi descent and had been in power for over 30 years following a coup in 1970. Bashar's elder brother Basil had been groomed as heir apparent, until he was killed in a car accident in 1994.

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