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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 09APR21

After several homes in Gladwin County's Bourret Township were damaged by vandals this week, police have identified three minors as the suspects. M-Live reports the three , two under the age of 10, allegedly splashed paint on walls, poured out some chemicals, and smashed glasses and plates. Police say some marijuana and clothing were stolen. Police say the three siblings, ages 13, eight, and 5 had been placed in the 13-year-old's care while their single mother worked. Information will be forwarded to the prosecutor's office and charges could be issued, but police want to work to help the family get some resources to help them.

Alcona School officials recently made a decision due to COVID-19 cases.  Alcona Community Schools are transitioning to remote learning because newly reported COVID-19 infections and subsequent quarantines are impacting district operations. According to the Alpena News, Superintendent Dan O’Connor said it wasn’t possible for the district to continue operations because one-seventh of its student population are in quarantine and there aren’t enough substitutes to cover employees who either tested positive for the virus or are in quarantine. He said the food service and transportation departments, which are pretty essential to keep students in the classroom, are significantly impacted. Students are in the process of transitioning, with full-scale online remote learning to begin on Monday and end April 19th.

Oscoda County officials are looking to fill a vacancy.  The Oscoda County Board of Commissioners is seeking a Manager for Oscoda County Park. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the position requires the ability to manage the park budget, administrate park reservations and operations, maintain park facilities and supervise seasonal park staff and be responsible for compliance to local, state and federal regulations. Prior experience in the parks and recreation industry and grant writing is also required. Resumes will be accepted through Tuesday, April 20th at 4pm and can be sent via email to BMoore@OscodaMI.com.  

A streetscape project is close to being wrapped up in Indian River in Tuscarora Township in northern Michigan. They replaced sidewalks and street lights and plan to install benches and bike racks along Straits Highway. The road will also be repaved. The project will reportedly be complete by the Fourth of July.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 08APR21

A Roscommon County man has pleaded guilty to child sex crime. 50-year-old Michael Clune of Houghton Lake pleaded guilty to one count of Child Sexually Abusive Activity and one count of Using a Computer to Communicate for the purpose of Child Sexual Activity. Clune admitted on the record to using the internet to communicate with multiple boys under the age of 15 and coercing them to send him child sexually abusive material. Clune was previously arrested for similar activity in Clare County. He will spend a minimum of 25 years in prison for his crimes. (Police Photo: Clune)

Tawas City officials recently approved a road repair plan.  The Tawas City Council approved the Capital Improvement Plan. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the plan includes major street resurfacing beginning this summer. Streets included to be repaved include Oak Street from East Lake Street to Lake State Railway; First Avenue from Anna Drive to Roberta Drive; from Roberta to Sunset Drive; Sunset to Manor Drive and Manor to Hemlock Street. Total cost for the project is just over $48,000 dollars. Also being resurfaced this summer will be Court Street from the dead end to First Street; Roberta Drive from 5th Avenue to Victoria Lane; Victoria to John Street and John to First Avenue. Total cost for that project is just over $62,000 dollars. The Capital Improvement Plan for Tawas City covers road and bridge improvements through 2026.

Huron County officials will hold a special meeting next week.  The Huron County Planning Commission will hold the special meeting Wednesday, April 14th. According to the Huron Daily Tribune the commission will hold two public hearings for a special use permit and a zoning reclassification. The reclassification comes from Sherman Township, which is requesting that the parcels of land the township hall sits on in Ruth change from residential and agricultural use to general business use. The township is planning on making a 40 by 68 foot addition next to the existing fire hall, with a covered entry and handicapped accessibility. Kurt Geiger, the Sherman Township supervisor, said the new space would be used for township offices, meeting rooms, and a voting area.. The meeting will take place at the district courtroom in the Huron County Building on Huron Avenue in Bad Axe.

The Alcona County Road Commission reports that seasonal load and weight restrictions in the county will be lifted Friday morning at 7:30am. For further information visit the Alcona County Road Commission website at Alcona CRC Dot Com.

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 07APR21


Officials with the Iosco Exploration Trail continue to seek funding. 
The Iosco Exploration Trail Committee recently met to discuss funding for Phase Three of the project. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Trustee Bill Palmer told Chairman Fred Lewis that Rowe Professional  Services is seeking a USDA Grant while working to get the necessary match funding. Doug Schultz, Director of Landscape Architecture with Rowe Professional Services told committee members that they are also seeking a Consumer’s Green Planet Grant of $100,000 dollars. Phase Three of the Iosco Exploration Trail is expected to include two extensions running from Oscoda High School to Foote Village and from Foote Village to Old Orchard Park. 

Michigan lawmakers have reintroduced bipartisan legislation making reforms and improvements to dams and hydropower safety. Representatives Debbie Dingell and John Moolenaar originally pushed for the revisions after the breach of the Edenville Dam and Sanford Dam failure. Their proposed measure would enhance safety operation requirements nationwide and modernize existing infrastructure.

The Iosco County Community Foundation recently awarded grant money.  The Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council recently awarded six new grants totaling just over $10,000 dollars to area nonprofits for programs and projects that benefit area youth. The six organizations are Pegasus Springs Therapeutic Riding Center for “Project Renew”; Ascension St. Joseph Foundation for the “Reach Out and Read” program; Oscoda Fish Incorporated for basic needs; Iosco County Coats for Kids for their “Warm Hands, Warm Hearts” project; Huron Hockey and Skating Association for its “Skate Rental” program and D & R Acres Hobby & Rescue Farm for repairs. For more information on grant opportunities visit CFNEM Dot Org.

On Monday, the Mathews Street Bridge, between U.S. 23 and 5th Avenue in Tawas City will be closed to all traffic as contractors work to rehabilitate the bridge. It is scheduled to reopen on Friday, May 14th.

The Department of Natural Resources will hold a virtual meeting tonight. The Trails Advisory Council will meet from 6-8pm. The meeting gives residents the opportunity to share input and ideas on policy decision, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities. For link information for tonight’s Trails Advisory Council virtual meeting visit Michigan.gov/DNR. 

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The Michigan High School Athletic Association is seeking student-athletes to become members of the MHSAA Student Advisory Council beginning in the 2021-2022 school-year. Four boys and four girls from the class of 2023 will be selected and will meet six times per year in East Lansing with additional video meetings and one 24-hour leadership campo. Council topics include MHSAA event planning, the promotion of the educational value of athletics, and the four S’s of educational athletics: scholarship, sportsmanship, safety, and scope. To be eligible for the committee, candidates Class of 2023 students complete an official application, submit a letter of recommendation from a school administrator, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be available for all scheduled meetings. Candidates must also show a history of leadership on athletic teams and also community service and/or in the work place. And also show an understanding of the role of high school sports and have ideas for promoting educational athletics.  Applications are due by email on April 28th and can be found at MHSAA.com/Schools/Students/Student-Advisory-Council. New members will be notified by May 7th. For more information call 517-332-5046 or email andy@mhsaa.com.

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 06APR21

District Health Department #4 has announced three different vaccination clinics taking place this week, featuring the first dose of the Moderna vaccine.  No appointment is needed for the following clinics:  Tomorrow, 451 walk-in spots will be available at the Cheboygan Knights of Columbus hall.  Thursday 300 spots will be available at the Alpena Mall and Friday at St. Francis Church in Lewiston, there will also be 300 vaccinations available.

The Tawas and East Tawas Fire Departments responded to a house fire last week.  On Monday, March 29th at approximately 2pm, the Tawas City Fire Department along with the East Tawas Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire. Residing at the home were Mr. and Mrs. Sean Wrathell along with their children. A witness saw flames coming from the outside of the building at the rear side of the home and called 911. Some of the residents were home at the time the fire occurred and were able exit the home safely along with their pet dog with the assistance of the Tawas City Police Chief. The family pet cats also survived the heat and smoke as they were found by firefighters during salvage and overhaul process. Fire personnel quickly extinguished the flames and hot embers and extinguished locations where fire extended inside two walls. The main fire was confined to the outside walls along with one interior room, smoke and water damage also occurred to the interior of the home. The preliminary cause of the fire is still undetermined. Assisting the Tawas City Fire Department were East Tawas Fire Department, Iosco County EMS, Tawas City Police Department and Iosco 911 Dispatch. The Oscoda Fire Department was on standby in the Tawases.

The state of Michigan is moving to revoke the license of a private juvenile detention center near Saginaw after investigators find "physical abuse" and other safety violations.  Wolverine Secure Treatment Center in Buena Vista Township is operated by Wolverine Human Services.  The state is finding other placements for 35 kids. No details were publicly released.  Health department spokesman Bob Wheaton says a report about the investigation has not been finished.  Wolverine Human Services strongly disagrees with the action and plans to appeal. An appeal could ultimately reach the desk of department director Elizabeth Hertel.

A public meeting will be held tomorrow afternoon to discuss a proposed ordinance.  The meeting will be held in the West Branch Township Hall Wednesday to discuss the Public Dock Permit Ordinance. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the purpose of the ordinance is to regulate the licensing, installation and removal of public docks in West Branch Township. If passed, the ordinance would allow residents to use public road access for any activity such as fishing or swimming. In order to build a new dock at the end of the public road would require a permit. The ordinance would also allow the township to remove any dock that does not meet necessary qualifications. The meeting will begin tomorrow at 5pm in the West Branch Township Hall. The ordinance proposal can also be accessed at the township’s website, WestBranchTownship.org.

The Ogemaw County Road Commission reports that seasonal weight restrictions will be lifted from all Ogemaw County roads effective Wednesday, April 7th at 8am. For weight restrictions or additional information visit their website at Ogemaw CRC Dot Org or call 345-2337.  

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 05APR21

State police say two people are dead after a murder-suicide in Missaukee County in northern Michigan. Troopers were called to a West Branch home Saturday night for a welfare check. They found a 62-year-old woman dead inside. Later, Cadillac Police tried to pull a suspect over and a chase ensued along M-55 near M-66. They later found the man dead on a nearby golf course, an apparent suicide.

The Arenac County Jail was recently inspected.  The Arenac County Jail’s annual inspection took place on Tuesday, March 23rd. According to the Arenac County Independent, the inspection was conducted by officials from the Michigan Department of Corrections. The Department of Corrections reported that the jail passed its inspection with comments including the facility was clean, well run and safe. Comments also included there were no issues and that the Arenac County Jail, which is located at 126 Grove Street, in Standish is being run by an exceptional staff.

An Oscoda County Township will hold a public hearing tonight.  The Budget Hearing will be held by the Clinton Township Board of Trustees. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the 2021-2022 budget will be a subject of tonight’s hearing. The hearing will be held at 6:30pm in the Clinton Township Hall, located at 3583 North Abbe Road in Comins. A copy of the proposed budget is also available for inspection at the Clerk’s office during regular business hours. For more information call Clinton Township Clerk, Sheri Sanderson at 989-848-2729.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 09APR21

Are you ready to travel again? Pure Michigan is counting on it. The award-winning advertising campaign with actor and Michigan native Tim Allen is returning in the Midwest to foster spring and summer travel this season. A new television commercial inviting travelers to catch up on lost time this summer will run through the fourth of July.  Travelers are encouraged to take proper precautions while safely enjoying Michigan's great outdoors and visiting destinations across the state while following basic health protocols and getting vaccinated.

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Michigan will receive nearly 16-thousand doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine as part of a partnership with universities and colleges. The Health Department says
the vaccine will be shipped to local health departments. Officials say the effort is intended to vaccinate students at 26 schools before they return home for the summer.  The President at Northern Michigan University says the additional doses will protect not only the age group that is now seeing a higher rate of infection, but it protects
communities and families across the state.

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The City of Ypsilanti has declared a local state of emergency as the city experiences some of the highest COVID-19 case numbers in Washtenaw County. The City Council approved the declaration at its April 6th meeting.
As of April 7th, the health department reports ZIP code 48197 has over 36-hundred confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 380 probable cases and ZIP code 48198 has over
22-hundred confirmed cases, with 180 probable cases.

-Surgeries Delayed-

With Coronavirus cases spiking throughout Michigan, some hospitals are postponing surgeries. Michigan Medicine announced today that it has rescheduled a small number of scheduled surgeries this week and next week due to the rising number of people going into the hospital with the virus and forecasts for continued high demand for
emergency care. Michigan Medicine says it has experienced record high emergency room and admission volumes for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 care this week.

-Latest COVID Stats-

Michigan has now topped 800-thousand cases of confirmed and probable cases of the Coronavirus. The state Health Department reported just over 78-hundred new cases today along with 73 deaths. In the past year there have been 16,400 people who have died as a result of the virus. In addition to the new cases, the state is reporting more than 37-hundred people are hospitalized. Most are in Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties.

A judge has ordered an Oak Park man to pay 500-thousand dollars to his ex-girlfriend for putting naked pictures of her on a porn site without her permission. The practice is
called "revenge porn." 39-year-old Kelley Turner was accused of harassing the woman for eight years. The complaint further alleges that Turner published the woman's name and address, so the pornographic content would be more likely to appear in internet searches for her. Turner has 10 years to pay the judgment.

Manslaughter charges have been filed against five people in the death of a Muskegon County Jail inmate Paul Bulthouse. The Michigan Attorney General's Office has filed
involuntary manslaughter charges against four jail staff members, Jeffrey Patterson, Crystal Greve, Jamall Lane and Sergeant David Vanderlaan and nurse Aubrey Schotts . State prosecutors say the five were on duty the night the 39-year-old Bulthouse suffered 17 seizures in a jail cell before he died in April of 2019. The Bulthouse family has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in his death against the county sheriff, jail administrators, guards and others alleging a cover up in his death.

General Motors will shutdown more plants as a result of a shortage of computer chips.  GM's plant in
Delta Township, near Lansing, will shutdown the week of April 19th, which other plants in Spring Hill, Tennessee and in Mexico will also be closed. The Delta Township factory makes the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave.  General Motors has said the plant shutdowns and chip shortage will cost the company between one-and-a-half and two billion dollars this year.

Unemployment fraud is rampant in Michigan. About 100-thousand likely fraudulent claims have been filed with the state's Unemployment Insurance Agency since Friday.
The claims were flagged for identity verification and no payments were issued. The agency says the claims are filed by criminals using previously stolen or fraudulent
personal information. Fraudulent claims continue to plague the state agency as the government has increased Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Airports across Michigan will receive millions of dollars for improvements. Michigan's two U.S. Senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, announced Thursday that
Bishop International Airport in Flint will receive 2.4 million dollars while MBS International Airport, near Saginaw, was awarded 1.5 million from the U.S. Transportation Department. Another 1.7 million dollars will be handed over to the Capital Region International Airport while another five million in federal funds will split up among Ford, Sawyer International, Houghton County Memorial, Delta County and Chippewa County International airports. The money will be used for operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, and combating the spread of pathogens at the airports.

Music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs is calling out General Motors for failing to support Black-owned media.  Combs wrote an open letter Thursday saying his publishing company REVOLT fights for crumbs while GM makes billions of dollars every year from the Black community.
His letter comes after a group of black media owners ran ads in national papers, calling CEO Mary Barra racist for what they describe as years of refusing to meet with them.
GM has responded by saying the automaker has agreed to hold several meetings and boost the amount of ad dollars it spends with Black-owned media.

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A student is being blamed for racist graffiti found in a dorm at Albion College last weekend. Albion Police Chief Scott Kipp says a 21-year-old African American student was questioned and admitted to creating most of the graffiti. The student was released. Kipp says the information will be submitted to the Calhoun County Prosecutor's office for any possible charges once the investigation is complete. The student has been removed from campus and placed on temporary suspension.

The former CEO of a mid-Michigan charity has been arrested on fraud and embezzlement charges. The U.S. Attorney's office says 56-year old John Lynch allegedly used money from the Holy Cross organization to pay for repairs to his own cars, install a new roof on his Grosse Pointe Park house, pay down his personal mortgage, and make payments on a personal American Express account. The Holy Cross organization, which is based in Clinton, helps and provides services to disadvantaged children, adults and the homeless. A federal complaint charges Lynch with wire fraud, mail fraud, and embezzling and stealing funds from an organization receiving federal funds.

A Lansing man causing quite a disturbance on I-96 east of Lansing Thursday afternoon. The Ingham County Sheriff's Department closed the eastbound lanes of I-96 because the 38-year old was jumping on cars and a semi. Authorities say the man was showing signs of "excited delirium" and wouldn't get off the semi truck. The man finally jumped onto a Sheriff's car and was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation. No one was hurt. The eastbound lanes of the freeway were closed for about an hour.

The city of Monroe wants to hire an expert to try to reach a community consensus over the future of a monument dedicated to General George Custer. Custer lived in Monroe and has long been recognized as a heroic Army officer, first during the Civil War. But critics note that he also went to war against Native Americans before dying at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. Custer is immortalized in a statue that shows him on a horse in downtown Monroe. The city council voted to seek a consultant who would work with the community. Options include adding more information about the Indian wars, moving the monument to another location or removing it from public view.

Meijer is revealing new shopping trends since the pandemic started last year. The retailer says families are choosing easier meal choices.  Meijer sold 500-thousand hot, rotisserie chickens over the last month alone.  Home delivery and pickup services have also increased, with people making bulk purchases to cut down on their
shopping trips. Shoppers are also looking to add some comfort to their homes with sales of pillows, weighted blankets and candles all increasing. And for ways to beat boredom, shoppers are scooping up things like board games, bikes, pools, grills and fishing poles.

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STATE NEWS for THU 08APR21

With a jump in COVID-19 cases in Michigan , a petition is being circulated to stop in-person school in the state until the spread slows down. M-Live reports the petition
already has almost three thousand signatures. It's being signed by teachers, students, and parents and has received support from groups like the Michigan Caucus of Rank and File Educators, Black Lives Matter Michigan and others.

-Meanwhile-

Michigan's health director says the state is focusing on getting more people vaccinated, not imposing new restrictions on the economy, despite a wave of COVID-19 cases. Elizabeth Hertel notes that indoor high school sports, a source of infections, are wrapping up soon, and spring sports are outdoors. All teen athletes must be regularly tested. Michigan lately has been No. 1 in the U.S. for new COVID-19 cases. The health department says about 37 percent of residents 16 and older has had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  The number of people with COVID-19 admitted to Michigan hospitals has doubled
every 12 to 14 days for three weeks.

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Michigan State University is opening a Covid vaccine clinic just for students. Starting tomorrow, students will be able to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The student-only
clinic will open by appointment inside the Pavilion for Agricultural and Livestock Education. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are asked to
bring a valid university ID, state ID, passport or driver's license.

-Latest COVID Stats-

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of Michigan is now 715,478 with total deaths at 16,327. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
reported 8,015 new cases and 30 deaths on Wednesday.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein has been living in Dubai (Doo-BY) for the last two months, with no plans to return home any time soon. The 46-year-old
says he was quarantined in Dubai for two weeks on his way to visit Israel in January when Israel closed its borders. He was told he could stay in Dubai or fly home, so he
chose to stay. Bernstein has been living at a hotel on the famous palm-shaped artificial island, and says his case work has not been impacted as court meetings are being held virtually due to COVID.

A woman is dead after the vehicle she's riding in went airborne on a Detroit freeway ramp and crashes on top of another car. It happened around 10:30 last night on the
northbound M-10 ramp to westbound I-94. State Police say a driver was speeding when he lost control and hit the embankment wall. His vehicle launched into the air, landing on another vehicle. A 36-year-old woman in his car was killed. The driver ran off but was seen by firefighters peeking down at the crash scene. He was taken to the
hospital for treatment. No one in the other vehicle was injured.

A baby is being treated for hypothermia after being left alone in the woods in Orion Township.  It started with a report of a distraught woman ringing doorbells and hiding in the woods . Deputies interviewing the woman eventually discovered that she had a baby.  After an all out search involving more than a dozen officers and a tracking dog, the four month-old boy was found face-down near the Orion Township creek. The baby will is being kept overnight in the hospital but is expected to be fine.
The child is in the care of Child Protective Services. The mother is in the hospital as police seek a warrant for child abuse.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office in west Michigan is asking for the public's help to find a missing woman, who walked away from an assisted living facility . 60-year-old
Dixie Ausema, walked away from Serenity Homes in Marne (MARN) on Tuesday. The sheriff's office says she left without her medicine and she struggles with mental health
issues. She's five foot ten , 250 pounds with short black hair.

After nearly a year of research and field testing by deputies and pressure from community groups, the Grand Traverse County Commissioners have approved buying body cameras for the sheriff's department. Sheriff Tom Bensley says 52 officers will be equipped with the body cams by this summer.

Turkeys are causing problems in Charlevoix. The DNR says the local turkey population there exploded this year, resulting in residents downtown being harassed. Some are
being chased or even jumped on by the large turkeys, according to Charlevoix Police.  The DNR is asking people to stop feeding the turkeys and to remove their bird feeders
for the time being. Turkey hunting season begins this month in Michigan and runs through May.

Law enforcement agencies across Michigan are increasing distracted driving patrols.  The high-visibility enforcement effort begins today and runs through Monday. Officers
will be looking for drivers who are eating, drinking, using a GPS, talking to passengers and texting or otherwise using a cell phone. State police say the fine for texting while
driving is 100-dollars. If you've already been caught once, that fine doubles to 200-dollars.

College Electronic sports are coming to Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. The college has announced it's creating two varsity E-sports teams this Fall. The college currently has more than 90 students participating in E-sports at the club level and plans to recruit about a dozen students to compete in the first year of varsity E-sports.

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STATE NEWS for WED 07APR21

The Covid-19 positivity rate in northern Michigan is the highest it's been since the
pandemic began. The latest reports show a positivity rate of 16 percent. Health officials say the new surge is being driven by the younger population, mainly because of their low vaccination rates, school interaction and youth sports.

-Meanwhile-

Traverse City Schools are now reporting more than one thousand students are in quarantine. Grand Traverse County Health Department has advised all middle school
and high school classes to go to virtual learning at least through the rest of this week.

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The city of Detroit plans to send workers door to door to encourage residents to get the COVID vaccine. The Detroit City Council has approved a contract with Detroit Employment Solutions to hire over 50 people. The effort comes after the Mayor yesterday warned of skyrocketing COVID rates in the city. The number of people in the
hospital has tripled in two weeks. The city's vaccination rate is just 21-percent, well below the statewide average.

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New restrictions go into effect today at Wayne State University amid a surge in Coronavirus cases. All face-to-face instruction is suspended for the next 10 days.  Athletics are also being suspended. Access to student housing and libraries will be restricted, and the Student Center will be closed except for the vaccine clinic. The
school will reassess the situation in a week-and-a-half to determine the next course of action.

-Air Travel Checks-

Airline passengers coming into Cherry Capital Airport will now be offered a chance to be tested for free for COVID-19. Starting today, the testing will be available to any traveler as they pass through the terminal on the day of arrival. It is provided as part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' Travel Points Testing Project, which focuses on testing for incoming travelers at ports of entry across Michigan. To be tested, passengers will have to provide proof of passenger travel on the day of testing
before being administered an antigen test. The free post-trip testing is voluntary and performed on a walk-in basis.

-Latest COVID Stats-

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of Michigan is now 707,463 with total deaths at 16,297. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 4,964 more cases and 58 more deaths on Tuesday.

More than $90 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been awarded to Michigan to expand vaccine programs across the state. 75% of the total funding must focus on specific programs and initiatives intended to increase vaccine access, acceptance, and uptake among racial and ethnic minority communities; and 60% must go to support local health departments, community-based organizations, and community health centers. Funds may also be used to support hiring community health workers who perform bilingual health outreach.

Muskegon County, like Kent and Ottawa Counties have already done, may extend its state of emergency. WOOD TV reports that's as county officials say cases of COVID-19 have been going up for a month. It would mean the county could hold virtual meetings for no reason because an amendment to the state's open meetings law has expired. Mercy Health Muskegon has declared an internal disaster, which it says allows it to make changes in staffing and resources. The hospital has 19 COVID-19 cases, but says there have been more motorcycle accidents and other sick people.

Some students at Grand Valley State University protested at the Allendale Campus yesterday, calling for the university to end its contract with Aramark. M-Live reports
students say Aramark does not align with the university's vales and does not provide all students with equitable food options. A spokesperson for Grand Valley, Mary Eilleen
Lyon says they have several people in discussions with the students about their concerns.

Two people died in a house fire in Benton Harbor on Tuesday. The roof reportedly collapsed and once the fire was under control, one victim was found in the front room
and one in the kitchen. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The driver of a vehicle who allegedly hit three children and took off in Sherwood Township, south of Battle Creek , has been found. The 42-year-old man is cooperating with police and gave a sample of his blood for toxicology testing. The man was located through a tip. A 13-year-old boy was airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo and was last listed in critical condition. A six year old boy had surgery for a femur fracture and a 14 year old girl was treated for less serious injuries.

A federal lawsuit filed against Eastern Michigan University claiming the school turned a blind eye to rape is growing. The lawsuit was initially filed on behalf of 11 women who
claim they were assaulted at two fraternities between 2015 and 2020. Now, 11 more women have joined the case. The lawsuit claims the school failed to follow federal law, which bars discrimination based on sex. The university says there has been no cover ups of the alleged assaults, and they are investigating.

Three Metro Detroit attorneys have been arraigned on multiple charges accused of racketeering, forgery and obstruction of justice-stealing over a million dollars in a 3-year period.  Genesee County Sheriff, Chris Swanson says--70-year-old Marc Fishman, his son, 32-year-old Ryan Fishman and 33-year-old Alexandra Ichi, all of the Fishman Group in Bloomfield Hills claimed in court documents that they had legally served defendants in attempts to collect a debt, when they had not.

The Mackinac Island Police Department would like to remind visitors, residents, employers and employees that Electric Bicycles are prohibited on the island with the
exception of those used as mobility devices for those with mobility disabilities as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Being a top tourist destination in the state from April to November, even in the midst of the COVID pandemic, police are obligated to provide a safe environment for visitors and residents whose primary modes of transportation are walking and biking. The presence of an ever-growing number of EBikes on the island precludes police from providing the safe and enjoyable experience that visitors and residents expect.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 06APR21

Sixteen (16) Michigan businesses have recently been fined for being unsafe when it comes to COVID-19 precautions. The violations include: not wearing masks and not disclosing to the health department or other employees when an employee tests positive for COVID-19. Among those cited: Brann's Steakhouse in Onsted, Napa Auto Parts in Grand Rapids, and Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream in Holland.

-Meanwhile-

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is rolling up her sleeve today. The governor is set to get her first COVID vaccination this morning at Ford Field. She'll be joined by a group of
student ambassadors who are encouraging other teenagers to get vaccinated.  The shots were made available to anyone age 16 and older yesterday. Teens age 16 and 17 must receive the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only recommended for those 18 years and older.

-School Outbreaks-

At least 76 COVID-19 outbreaks have been associated with educational institutions in past week. Your local health department and school are investigating the outbreaks
and will contact you directly if were possibly exposed to Coronavirus on the school grounds. Some school districts reporting the largest outbreaks include Bay County with
Bay City Central High School reporting 22 new cases. Sparta High School and Frankfort High School also top the list while many outbreaks are reported in Traverse
City, Midland and the Holland area.

-Latest Stats-

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of Michigan is now 702,499 with total deaths at 16,239. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 10,293 more cases and 21 more deaths on Monday.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson won't testify before a state Oversight Committee hearing on the 2020 elections. Benson says she's concerned the hearing
could serve as a platform for misinformation on the election. This as Senate republicans are trying to pass a bill they say will improve election security with stricter ID requirements and a shorter deadline for returning absentee ballots in drop boxes.

A West Michigan man allegedly put anti-freeze in the water bottle of a co-worker several times. 48-year-old Johnny Castellanos (Cast-ee-ahn-Ose) has been charged with poisoning someone's food, drink , medicine or water supply. He and the female co-worker worked at Packaging Personified in Sparta. The victim had called police in March, according to court records, to say a co-worker had put an unknown substance in her water bottle. She bought a camera to record her work area when she became suspicious and caught the suspect on camera putting a green liquid in her water bottle.  She is not believed to have been harmed.

There was a house fire in St. Ignace in the U-P on Monday near the St. Ignace Schools. The home was heavily damaged, but no one was injured.


Robert Grigsby and Vanessa Phillips are due in court later this week for a probable cause hearing on sex trafficking charges and other charges for allegedly running a prostitution ring out of a home in Wayland and motels in the Grand Rapids area.  Unsealed search warrants show that police believe the ring reportedly produced nearly six thousand prostitution ads. Police say the sex trafficking ring goes back to at least 2016.
(Police Photo: Grigsby & Phillps)

State Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that hit three children and took off in southwest Michigan's Sherwood Township Monday afternoon. Michigan State Police say a silver Chevy Equinox hit three siblings while two were riding bikes just before four yesterday afternoon. A 14-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital, while a seven year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl were taken to the hospital. Police say the Equinox should have extensive damage to the right front and right side.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says an Easter card mailed to an inmate was laced with fentanyl. Authorities made the discovery using a "VeroVision Mail Screener," which can detect more than 150 illegal and controlled substances. The handmade card was found on Saturday. Charges are now being sought against the person who mailed the card.

An ambulance was involved in a two vehicle crash in west Michigan last night. WOOD TV reports the accident happened in Oakfield Township in Kent County at about ten last night and four people were hurt. State police say three of those injured were in the ambulance. The crash is under investigation.

Lake Superior State University n the Upper Peninsula  is now the first in the country to offer a cannabis scholarship. Steadfast Labs, based in Hazel Park, has launched a yearly 12-hundred dollar scholarship for students majoring in cannabis chemistry at Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie. Those applying must be at least sophomores and have at least a three point grade point average.

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A 26-year-old woman is dead after a crash in southwest Michigan's Prairieville Township, north of Kalamazoo last night. WOOD TV reports deputies in Barry County say the vehicle went off the roadway and hit a tree. No other vehicles were involved.

A grass fire in southwest Michigan's Almena Township nearly spread to homes before firefighters were able to put it out over the weekend. M-Live reports the Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Department were able to put out the fire . One home has minor damage, but no one was injured.

Ann Arbor Police have identified a possible suspect in the stabbing of three women in a hotel room.  Police say they were called to Sonesta Suites around 1-30 Easter morning. When they arrived, they found the three women injured. One of the victims, a 27 year old from Ypsilanti, is in critical condition. The other two, both in their thirties, are in stable condition. The relationship between the victims and the suspect is unknown.

A 55-year-old man has died after crashing his motorcycle in Grand Rapids yesterday afternoon. Police say the man hit a vehicle that was pulling out of a driveway. Police believe speed was a factor in the accident.

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A motorcyclist is in critical condition after crashing along a Detroit freeway. Police say the man was among a group of motorcycles on northbound I-75 near the Davison about 8:30 last night when he rear-ended another vehicle. The man was thrown from his bike about 20 feet. He was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. No one else was hurt. The crash remains under investigation, though police say speed appears to be a factor.

A faulty air compressor is being blamed for an explosion and fire at a home in Macomb Township. It happened around 4 yesterday afternoon. Neighbors report hearing a boom and several loud noises that sounded like gunshots. The family was able to get out and no one was injured. Investigators are now trying to determine what caused the air compressor to blow up.

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Mid Michigan Health has begun contacting eligible patients by phone to schedule their COVID-19 vaccination. With the vaccine in high demand and the supply limited, early clinics filled quickly. Paul Berg, president of the Mid Michigan Physicians Group said with proper plans in place, they were able to begin calling eligible patients in an orderly fashion to schedule their vaccine. Berg said he advises everyone to take the time to learn more about the vaccine and how it will help in the fight against COVID-19. Those interested in the latest information on the vaccine distribution can visit MidMichigan.org/COVIDVaccine.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

25th anniversary of President Bill Clinton signing the Line Item Veto Act into law. The Line Item Veto Act gave presidents, within five days of signing a bill into law, the ability to reject particular spending items or tax breaks

NHL games:
Washington Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Pirates @ New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers @ New York Islanders
Edmonton Oilers @ Ottawa Senators
Minnesota Wild @ St. Louis Blues
Arizona Coyotes @ Vegas Golden Knights
Colorado Avalanche @ Anaheim Ducks
Los Angeles Kings @ San Jose Sharks

NBA games:
Indiana Pacers @ Orlando Magic
Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Boston Celtics
Memphis Grizzlies @ New York Knicks
Toronto Raptors @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Philadelphia 76ers @ New Orleans Pelicans
Charlotte Hornets @ Milwaukee Bucks
San Antonio Spurs @ Denver Nuggets
Washington Wizards @ Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets @ Los Angeles Clippers

MLB games:
New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
Washington Nationals @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Colorado Rockies @ San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Angels @ Toronto Blue Jays
Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians
Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves
San Diego Padres @ Texas Rangers
Oakland Athletics @ Houston Astros
Cincinnati Reds @ Arizona Diamondbacks

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

The Masters Golf at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia - the first major of the year - continues with the third and penultimate rounds.

Donald Trump speaks at RNC Spring Retreat in Palm Beach, Florida. Republican National Committee Spring Retreat continues, with day two including an address from former President Donald Trump. Other attendees and speakers reportedly include former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Republican Sens. Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, Rick Scott and Lindsey Graham, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

National Siblings Day, founded by Claudia Evart in 1995 and celebrated annually on the birthday of her late sister, Lisette.

Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, recognized by the organization Advocates for Youth.

Grand National horse race in the UK. one of the world's most famous steeplechase races, with an expected 40 runners and riders racing over the four-mile, three and a half-furlong course at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, on what is traditionally the biggest betting day for UK horse racing. Held behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Last year's event was canceled.

NHL games
Florida Panthers @ Dallas Stars
Detroit Red Wings @ Carolina Hurricanes
Chicago Blackhawks @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Boston Bruins @ Philadelphia Flyers
Winnipeg Jets @ Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators @ Toronto Maple Leafs
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Nashville Predators
Minnesota Wild @ St. Louis Blues
Los Angeles Kings @ San Jose Sharks
Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames

NBA games
Los Angeles Lakers @ Brooklyn Nets
Philadelphia 76ers @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Sacramento Kings @ Utah Jazz
Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors
Washington Wizards @ Phoenix Suns
Detroit Pistons @ Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors @ Cleveland Cavaliers

MLB games
Miami Marlins @ New York Mets
New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
Seattle Mariners @ Minnesota Twins
Kansas City Royals @ Chicago White Sox
Milwaukee Brewers @ St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Angels @ Toronto Blue Jays
Oakland Athletics @ Houston Astros
Colorado Rockies @ San Francisco Giants
Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians
Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Boston Red Sox @ Baltimore Orioles
San Diego Padres @ Texas Rangers
Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves
Cincinnati Reds @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Washington Nationals @ Los Angeles Dodgers

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Masters Golf reaches its final day. The Masters Golf final rounds. The winner is presented with the green jacket by last year's champion unless they retain the title, in which case the club chairman is on hand. Only three players have successfully defended their Masters title - Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, and Tiger Woods

NASA Ingenuity Mars helicopter makes first attempt at flight on another planet today at the earliest

Black Reel Awards (virtual). It is the 21st Black Reel Awards presented virtually, recognizing and celebrating the cinematic achievements of the Black and African Diaspora experience in feature, foreign, documentary and independent films.

World Parkinson's Day, an annual event highlighting Parkinson's with facts, figures and real life stories provided by Parkinson's UK

San Diego Restaurant Week kicks off today until April 18, spotlighting the city's top chefs and restaurants.

NHL games
Buffalo Sabres @ Philadelphia Flyers
Arizona Coyotes @ Vegas Golden Knights
Colorado Avalanche @ Anaheim Ducks
Pittsburgh Penguins @ New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers @ New York Islanders
Washington Capitals @ Boston Bruins
Dallas Stars @ Nashville Predators

NBA games
Atlanta Hawks @ Charlotte Hornets
Boston Celtics @ Denver Nuggets
New Orleans Pelicans @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Milwaukee Bucks @ Orlando Magic
Toronto Raptors @ New York Knicks
San Antonio Spurs @ Dallas Mavericks
Indiana Pacers @ Memphis Grizzlies
Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Detroit Pistons @ Los Angeles Clippers
Miami Heat @ Portland Trial Blazers

MLB games
Boston Red Sox @ Baltimore Orioles
Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Los Angeles Angels @ Toronto Blue Jays
Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians
Miami Marlins @ New York Mets
New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
Seattle Mariners @ Minnesota Twins
Kansas City Royals @ Chicago White Sox
Milwaukee Brewers @ St. Louis Cardinals
San Diego Padres @ Texas Rangers
Colorado Rockies @ San Francisco Giants
Cincinnati Reds @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Washington Nationals @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves

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Monday, April 12, 2021

60th anniversary of Russian Yuri Gagarin becoming first man in space. He blasted off from the Baikonaur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the Vostok 3KA-3 Space Capsule. His first-ever orbit of the earth came just three weeks before the same feat by U.S. astronaut Alan Shepard, eight years before NASA's Apollo 11 moon landings.

Muslim month of Ramadan begins in the U.S. The date varies by country depending on moon sighting. Muslims typically fast from dawn through dusk throughout the month long festival as part of an effort towards self-purification and moral excellence. Ends with Eid ul-Fitr (Festival of the Breaking of the Fast), when Muslims celebrate over three days with special prayers followed by community celebrations.

Congress returns after Easter recess

NHL trade deadline is today

NHL games
Detroit Red Wings @ Carolina Hurricanes
Chicago Blackhawks @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Montreal Canadiens
Winnipeg Jets @ Ottawa Senators
St. Louis Blues @ Minnesota Wild
Arizona Coyotes @ Colorado Avalanche
Vancouver Canucks @ Edmonton Oilers
Vegas Golden Knights @ Los Angeles Kings
Anaheim Ducks @ San Jose Sharks

NBA games
Los Angeles Lakers @ New York Knicks
San Antonio Spurs @ Orlando Magic
Brooklyn Nets @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Philadelphia 76ers @ Dallas Mavericks
Chicago Bulls @ Memphis Grizzlies
Sacramento Kings @ New Orleans Pelicans
Washington Wizards @ Utah Jazz
Denver Nuggets @ Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets @ Phoenix Suns

MLB games
Boston Red Sox @ Minnesota Twins
San Diego Padres @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Seattle Mariners @ Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays
Texas Rangers @ Tampa Bay Rays
Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets
Miami Marlins @ Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers
Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals
Detroit Tigers @ Houston Astros
Los Angeles Angels @ Kansas City Royals
Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox
Oakland Athletics @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Cincinnati Reds @ San Francisco Giants

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Costume Designers Guild Awards held virtually. It’s the 23rd annual event and it will be livestreamed on the CDG Twitter page, rewarding films and TV series in categories including Contemporary, Period and Fantasy. Hosted by Lana Condor.

Thomas Jefferson Day, marking birthday of the third president (born 1743)

Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion Subcommittee hearing on 'The State of Travel and Tourism During COVID', with testimony from Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO and President Steve Hill; MGM Resorts International Regional Portfolio President Jorge Perez; Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association President and CEO Carol Dover; and U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes

NHL games
Buffalo Sabres @ Boston Bruins
Philadelphia Flyers @ Washington Capitals
New York Rangers @ New Jersey Devils
Calgary Flames @ Toronto Maple Leafs
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Nashville Predators
Florida Panthers @ Dallas Stars

NBA games
Los Angeles Clippers @ Indiana Pacers
Atlanta Hawks @ Toronto Raptors
Los Angeles Lakers @ Charlotte Hornets
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Utah Jazz
Miami Heat @ Phoenix Suns
Boston Celtics @ Portland Trail Blazers

MLB games
Boston Red Sox @ Minnesota Twins
Oakland Athletics @ Arizona Diamondbacks
San Diego Padres @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Seattle Mariners @ Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays
Texas Rangers @ Tampa Bay Rays
Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets
Miami Marlins @ Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers
Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals
Detroit Tigers @ Houston Astros
Los Angeles Angels @ Kansas City Royals
Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds @ San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies @ Los Angeles Dodgers

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Joint Economic Committee hearing on 'Vaccinations and the Economic Recovery' (virtual) held via WebEx, with testimony from Nobel Prize-winning economist and NYU Professor Dr Paul Romer; Columbia University Barnard College Assistant Professor of Economics Dr Belinda Archibong; NYU School of Medicine & Bellevue Hospital Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine & Infectious Diseases Dr Celine Gounder; and George Mason University Professor of Economics Dr Alexander Tabarrok

Pan American Day, celebrated annually as 'commemorative symbol of the American nations and the voluntary union of all in one continental community' marking anniversary of the day in 1890 when this union was established

National Association of Black Social Workers Annual Conference

2020/21 UEFA Champions League soccer quarter final second leg fixtures: Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City, Liverpool vs. Real Madrid * Semifinals begin 27 Apr * Matches played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

NHL games
Calgary Flames @ Montreal Canadiens
Winnipeg Jets @ Ottawa Senators
Colorado Avalanche @ St. Louis Blues
Arizona Coyotes @ Minnesota Wild
Vegas Golden Knights @ Los Angeles Kings
Vancouver Canucks @ Edmonton Oilers
Anaheim Ducks @ San Jose Sharks

NBA games
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Charlotte Hornets
Brooklyn Nets @ Philadelphia 76ers
San Antonio Spurs @ Toronto Raptors
Los Angeles Clippers @ Detroit Pistons
Orlando Magic @ Chicago Bulls
Milwaukee Bucks @ Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks @ New Orleans Pelicans
Indiana Pacers @ Houston Rockets
Golden State Warriors @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Dallas Mavericks @ Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat @ Denver Nuggets
Washington Wizards @ Sacramento Kings

MLB games
New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers
Los Angeles Angels @ Kansas City Royals
Boston Red Sox @ Minnesota Twins
Cincinnati Reds @ San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Seattle Mariners @ Baltimore Orioles
Detroit Tigers @ Houston Astros
Texas Rangers @ Tampa Bay Rays
Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets
Miami Marlins @ Atlanta Braves
Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox
Colorado Rockies @ Los Angeles Dodgers

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

World Art Day

celebrated globally on the anniversary of the birth of Leonardo da Vinci in 1452.

HHS Secretary Becerra testifies to House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on budget. Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on 'FY 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Health and Human Services', with testimony from Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra

Latin American Music Awards, celebrating today's most influential and iconic Latin artists, as voted for by fans. Karol G and J Balvin lead the nominations with nine each, followed by Bad Bunny with eight and Ozuna with seven. All four compete for Artist of the Year with Anuel AA, Christian Nodal, Eslabon Armado, Maluma, and Sech. New categories include Favorite Virtual Concert of the Year. Nominees are based on key fan interactions including streaming, sales, airplay and social activity

Indoor live events resume in California as COVID restrictions are eased. It is part of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening framework, including the resumption of indoor live events or performances.

8th anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Two pressure cooker bomb set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killed three people and injured at least 264 others. The suspects were identified as Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. During the manhunt for the brothers, in which an MIT police officer was killed, Tamerlan died, while Dzhokhar was captured, and subsequently convicted and sentenced to death

Tobacco companies make annual payment to reimburse health care costs. The 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement means that the tobacco companies are protected from most forms of future smoking-related litigation, but in return, they pay $9 billion on 15 Apr of each year into perpetuity

WNBA Draft

RBC Heritage PGA Golf: 53rd annual RBC Heritage golf tournament. The field includes Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa, Lee Westwood, Shane Lowry, Dustin Johnson, Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Paul Casey, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and Tyrrell Hatton * Attendance limited due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Last year's competition was canceled

NHL games
New Jersey Devils @ New York Rangers
Buffalo Sabres @ Washington Capitals
Nashville Predators @ Carolina Hurricanes
Florida Panthers @ Tampa Bay Lightning
 Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Winnipeg Jets @ Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks @ Detroit Red Wings
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Dallas Stars
New York Islanders @ Boston Bruins

NBA games
Milwaukee Bucks @ Atlanta Hawks
Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Boston Celtics @ Los Angeles Lakers
Sacramento Kings @ Phoenix Suns

MLB games
Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets
Miami Marlins @ Atlanta Braves
San Diego Padres @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Seattle Mariners @ Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox @ Minnesota Twins
Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox
Arizona Diamondbacks @ Washington Nationals
Texas Rangers @ Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays @ Kansas City Royals
Detroit Tigers @ Oakland Athletics
Colorado Rockies @ Los Angeles Dodgers

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Friday, April 16, 2021

President Biden meets Japanese PM at the White House. President Joe Biden meets Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House - the first foreign leader visit of the Biden administration * During his visit, PM Suga also meets Members of Congress

50th anniversary of Selena's birth. 50th anniversary of the birth of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, American singer and actress known by her stage name Selena, who was the bestselling Latin artist of the 1990s and often referred to as the Queen of Tejano * Selena was shot and killed 31 Mar 1995 by her friend and former business partner Yolanda Saldivar following a confrontation over accusations that Saldivar had been embezzling funds from the singer's fan club and boutiques

Paul McCartney releases remix edition of latest album. Paul McCartney releases 'McCartney III Imagined', a personally-curated version of December's 'McCartney III' album featuring contributions from the likes of Josh Homme, Beck, Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent, Damon Albarn, 3D and Idris Elba, covering and/or re-imagining their favorite tracks from the original album

National Healthcare Decisions Day. National Healthcare Decisions Day - collaborative effort of national, state, and community organizations encouraging patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare, including end-of-life-care, and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes

National Math Festival (virtual). Featuring lectures, hands-on activities, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, and children's book readings

Billie Jean King Cup tennis play-offs ties. Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas - formerly the Fed Cup - women's team tennis tournament play-offs: Poland vs. Brazil, Great Britain vs. Mexico, Serbia vs. Canada, Latvia vs. India, Japan vs. Ukraine, Romania vs. Italy, Argentina vs. Kazakhstan, Netherlands vs. China * Japan's 'home' match is played in Ukraine due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions *

NHL games
New York Islanders @ Boston Bruins
Calgary Flames @ Montreal Canadiens
San Jose Sharks @ Minnesota Wild
Los Angeles Kings @ Colorado Avalanche
Vegas Golden Knights @ Anaheim Ducks

NBA games
Indiana Pacers @ Utah Jazz
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Clippers @ Philadelphia 76ers
New Orleans Pelicans @ Washington Wizards
Charlotte Hornets @ Brooklyn Nets
Orlando Magic @ Toronto Raptors
Memphis Grizzlies @ Chicago Bulls
Denver Nuggets @ Houston Rockets
Miami Heat @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Portland Trail Blazers @ San Antonio Spurs
New York Knicks @ Dallas Mavericks

MLB games
Atlanta Braves @ Chicago Cubs
Arizona Diamondbacks @ Washington Nationals
St. Louis Cardinals @ Philadelphia Phillies
Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Yankees
Cleveland Indians @ Cincinnati Reds
Chicago White Sox @ Boston Red Sox
San Francisco Giants @ Miami Marlins
Baltimore Orioles @ Texas Rangers
Toronto Blue Jays @ Kansas City Royals
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Milwaukee Brewers
New York Mets @ Colorado Rockies
Minnesota Twins @ Los Angeles Angels
Detroit Tigers @ Oakland Athletics
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Diego Padres
Houston Astros @ Seattle Mariners

Soccer FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s world rankings released.

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