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Monday, January 27, 2020

Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, his daughter and 7 others died yesterday in a helicopter crash in Southern California. Their helicopter crashed into a steep hillside in dense fog yesterday morning. Bryant was 41… his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, also was killed in the crash. News of Bryant’s death rocketed around the sports and entertainment worlds, with many finding out quickly, and abruptly on social media. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Chicago woman is second US patient with new virus from China
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… A Chicago woman has become the second U.S. patient diagnosed with the dangerous new virus from China, health officials announced Friday. The woman in her 60s returned from China on Jan. 13 without showing any signs of illness, but three or four days later she called her doctor to report feeling sick. The patient is doing well and remains hospitalized primarily for infection control.

Mega Millions results for 01/24/20; $130M jackpot on the line
The Mega Millions jackpot is getting bigger! With no winner last week, tomorrow night’s jackpots now worth $141 million, with a cash option just above $97 million. Tickets cost $2 each!

Early voting is underway in Michigan's presidential primary
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Voting is underway in Michigan's presidential primary. Saturday kicked off the 45-day window to cast absentee ballots. Unlike the past, people can now vote early… for any reason! Michigan’s Secretary of State thinks that will lead to more people voting early. For how to vote early in the presidential primary… click themorningsun.com.

Raffle tickets to be sold for the Kevin M. Sherwood Scholarship Benefit
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Kevin Sherwood… a former deputy at the Clare County Sheriff’s Department passed away at the age of 37, in 2003 in a car crash on U.S. 127. Raffle tickets are being sold for the Delta Police Academy’s spaghetti dinner - that will raise money for the Kevin M. Sherwood Memorial Scholarship. That provides funds to people attending the Police Academy at Delta College in remembrance of the late deputy. The spaghetti dinner is set for March 7th... raffle tickets will be sold at Cops & Doughnuts in Clare Feb. 8th and 29th. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Report: Ford to pay $30M-plus for lawsuit over transmissions
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Ford will pay at least $30 million in a proposed settlement over a class-action lawsuit related to failing transmissions in its Fiesta and Focus vehicles. The lawsuit represents nearly 2 million owners and former owners of the cars, which had bad dual-clutch transmissions, the Detroit Free Press reported, citing court documents. In addition to the $30 million in cash reimbursement, there will be an easier process for people to get compensated and a simplified buyback program for defective vehicles, the report said. If this lawsuit comes as news… that’s because the case was filed in 2012.


Friday, January 24, 2020

Blood donors urgently needed, says Red Cross
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and needs donors to restock the shelves… The organization has a less than three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. The organization has extended its urgent call for donors. To make an appointment, click RedCrossBlood.org.

Union Township Board of Trustees approves conduction of studies on the township's water systems
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Studies approved by the Union Township Board of Trustees this week will analyze operating costs and other financial aspects of the township's water and wastewater systems. Specifically, the purpose for the multiple studies, is to evaluate "the financial stability, operating costs, billing method, and billing rates associated with the Township's water and wastewater systems." The studies should last around 12 weeks and are expected to begin very soon though there is currently no projected start date. For more, visit uniontownshipmi.com.

JCPenney to offer professional attire discounts to CMU students
CM-Life reports… Next week, JCPenney will be offering discounts on professional attire for CMU students! Students next week can present their CMU ID, and will get up to 70% off discounts! Students could purchase a full men’s or women’s suit for under $100! There’s more, on CM-Life.com.

China expands travel lockdown to 35 million
Authorities today in China extended restrictions to 12 cities near Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak of a deadly coronavirus… That doubles the number of cities now on lockdown. They also raised the death toll to 26. As for the U.S. and the virus… a second possible contaminated person was quarantined at home yesterday in Texas.

The next stage of the impeachment trial
The New York Times reports… House impeachment managers are expected to wrap up their opening statements today, before yielding the floor to President Trump’s defense team. They’re scheduled to begin their presentation on Saturday. The trial will resume today, around 1 p.m.


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Gratiot considering countywide transportation millage
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Pine River Township officials were planning to ask voters to approve a millage in the March election to fund Dial-A-Ride services for residents. However, plans have changed. Instead, the township board has agreed to once again temporarily extend a contract signed last June with Alma Transit to continue providing the service through November. Talks regarding offering a countywide transportation system have been going on for years. Now, however, discussions have gotten serious. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Legal recreational marijuana sales at all-time high
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Reported sales of recreational marijuana continue to grow in Michigan, with last week’s totals being the highest since legal purchases began Dec. 1. Through the last 7 weeks of legalized sales, there’s been over $12 million collected from adult-use sales. A combined total of over $2 million from excise and sales taxes. So far, the state has issued 65 licenses for recreational marijuana businesses. One of the newest comes this week, in Bay County!

Online sports betting in Michigan will wait until 2021
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Sports bettors will be able to place wagers in person at Detroit casinos this spring, but will have to wait until 2021 to do it online. The Michigan Gaming Control Board said it will take about a year to write and finalize rules, before commercial casinos in Detroit and tribal casinos can get online sports bettor operating licenses. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Sheriff John Wilson Announces He Will Run for Re-election
The Clare County Cleaver reports… Clare County Sheriff John S. Wilson has announced that he’ll seek his fourth term as Clare County Sheriff. Sheriff Wilson is a lifelong resident of Clare County. His family moved to Harrison back in the 1930s. Sheriff Wilson started in law enforcement back when he was in the 8th grade when he joined the Explorer Program. More on clarecountycleaver.com.

Central Michigan International Film Festival will feature new events, return to Broadway Theatre
The Central Michigan International Film Festival is returning to Mt. Pleasant next month, promising a wide range of independent films, filmmaker Q&As, free movies for families, and even a hands-on filmmaking program for local high schoolers. The 17th annual festival, held Feb. 5-9 at 4 spots in Mt. Pleasant, will be 5 days full of indie films created around the globe, and some right here in Michigan! This year, unlike recent past years… many films will return to the Broadway Theatre! The festivals 3 other locations are all on campus… Moore Hall, the Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium, and The Platform. For a full schedule of the festival, visit cmfilmfest.com.

Art Reach issues call for artists to celebrate 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment
Art Reach of Mid Michigan has sent out a call to artists for a juried art show that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment… the one that granted women the right to vote. The local arts organization is looking for work that celebrates women or the women’s suffrage movement. Given the nature of the event, Art Reach is hoping to draw from the community of women artists, though the call for artists is open to everyone. The juried show is different than the gallery shows Art Reach typically hosts. Where usually Art Reach organizes shows around one or two artists, the juried show has artists submit up to three pieces for consideration. A committee then curates a show of what could be a dozen artists or more. To learn how to submit work before the deadline on Feb 7, click artreachcenter.org.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Tesla settles with Michigan AG, will be able to sell cars in the state
MLive reports… A settlement reached between automaker, Tesla and the office of Michigan’s Attorney General seems to have solved the issue between the 2… which prevented the Teslas from being sold in Michigan. The Associated Press says the settlement will allow Tesla to begin selling and servicing vehicles in the state under certain conditions. They’d be allowed to service, sell, and deliver vehicles in Michigan through a subsidiary… but the vehicles will have to be titled in another state and then transferred to Michigan. For more, click MLive.com.

CDC Announces First U.S. Case Of Wuhan Coronavirus
CNN reports… The Center for Disease Control has confirmed the 1st case of the Wuhan coronavirus in the United States. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. If someone gets them, they’ll show common cold symptoms or could possibly contract pneumonia. In the case of the American patient, he has not been named, but is receiving care in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. He’s expected to recover.

Doc Shurlow, physician to Clare County, dead at age 90
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… For decades… Doc Shurlow made house calls, delivered more than 2,000 babies and tended to the medical and societal needs of Clare County and beyond. On Sunday, he passed away at the age of 90. Dr. Elmer C. “Doc” Shurlow and his 1st wife Wilma founded the Clare Nursing Home and Clare County Ambulance Co. In 1978 he opened his own freestanding ER and surgery clinic known as the Clare Medical Building. In 2004 Doc and his second wife Mary Ann opened the Herrick House in Clare where he became the chief dish washer. A funeral service is set for 11 a.m., tomorrow at the Clare United Methodist Church. Visitation is today from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Clare Chapel of the Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home.

Mt. Pleasant Public Schools honors students with Peacemaking Awards Ceremony
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, last Monday, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools honored some of their students with their Peacemaking Awards Ceremony. Those awards have been around for 27 years and honors students from kindergarten to high school, who are peacemakers. There were 170 peacemakers nominated for this year's award ceremony. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Ithaca student wins state cabbage competition
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… An Ithaca North Elementary School student has won a statewide competition for her cabbage-growing talents. Viola Donovan’s entry was chosen from thousands of other students throughout Michigan who took part in the annual "Kids Grow Green: Cashing in on Cabbage" program sponsored by Bonnie Plants. As the winner… Viola will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the company to help with future educational expenses. She’ll be awarded the prize during a school assembly, this Friday morning @ 9:30 a.m.

Impeachment Trial: Day Two In The Books
Just before 2am this morning, the Senate adjourned...and the first real day of President Trump’s Senate Impeachment trial was done. The rules are set – and as you might’ve guessed, the votes about subpoenaing witnesses, evidence, and classified materials went along party lines. Still, there were some concessions along the way. For example, the initial decree that each side would have 24 hours or "over up to 2 session days" to present their cases, was extended to arguments from each side playing out across 3 days instead. Today’s proceedings are expected to begin at 1pm ET.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Smoothie King celebrates grand opening on Jan. 18th
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Last Saturday, Smoothie King celebrated their grand opening. That’s a new business that sells smoothies along with other health related snacks and supplements. Customers can add nutritional enhancers to their drinks, like protein, muscle builders, and energy boosts among other things. For more… visit smoothieking.com or the Mt. Pleasant Smoothie King Facebook Page.

CMU announces multiple-semester class registration
CM-Life Reports… Beginning this spring semester, Central Michigan University is allowing students to schedule classes for a full academic year, which is equivalent to 3 semesters. On Feb. 13, course schedules for summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 will be available with registration availability beginning on March 30. Each semester is on its own billing cycle, add & drop period, and financial aid schedule. That means students who schedule like this… don’t have to worry about paying for all 3 semesters at once.

Toyota Ending Tacoma Production In U.S.
Toyota will stop building the Tacoma truck in the U.S. The automaker has announced that all production of the midsize pickup will be moved from San Antonio, Texas to Mexico. No jobs will be lost when the Tacoma assembly ends by late 2021. Toyota says its Texas plant will focus on producing full-size trucks and SUVs.

Deadly Virus Being "Imported" From China
CNN reports… An outbreak of a deadly virus that’s prompted screenings at some U.S. airports is now spreading in China. Chinese officials have confirmed dozens of new cases of the coronavirus in more cities including Shanghai and Beijing. South Korea also reported its 1st case with additional patients in Thailand and Japan confirmed. Officials everywhere are very concerned – and the CDC has begun screening all passengers arriving in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles from Wuhan, China last week for signs of the illness. For more, click CNN.com.

Trump’s Impeachment Trial Day Arrives
NPR Reports… The day President Trump has said is 3 years in the making has arrived as opening arguments in his Senate impeachment trial take place. Yes, Senators will have the chance to vote to call witnesses. That said, don’t expect a cascade of witnesses or an extended trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has released his proposed rules for the trial. For more, click NPR.com.

2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium named NHL ‘Event of the Decade’
MLive reports… The 2014 Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs has been named the NHL’s Event of the Decade. It was selected by NHL.com and NHL.com International staff members. The game at Michigan Stadium also known as ‘The Big House’ in Ann Arbor was played in front of more than 105,000 fans. At face-off, the temp was 13 degrees… and it had a classic feel thanks to the Wings in all red, and Leafs in all Blue. Both goalies also wore old-school looking brown pads. Toronto won the game in a shootout, 3-2.


Monday, January 20, 2020

Powerball results for 01/18/20; did anyone win the $322M jackpot?
MLive reports… 1 player in Michigan came close and another player won $1 million, but there was no winner of the $322 million Powerball jackpot last Saturday. That makes this Wednesday’s Powerball drawing worth $343 million, with a cash option of $233.3 million. Tickets cost $2 each.

Mt. Pleasant launches downtown business rental subsidy program
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Starting today, anyone who’s wanting to open a business in downtown Mt. Pleasant can apply for rent and city services through a new program! ‘Make it Mt. Pleasant’, paid for by Lake Trust Credit Union… is a business rental subsidy program that will support retail, dining, arts, and entertainment businesses. 2 businesses each year will get up to $4,200 in rent assistance and up to $2,500 in assistance for city fees and charges. For more on the program… visit meetmtp.com.

Former Blanchard Elementary School building has been purchased
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… There’s plans for the future of the former Blanchard Elementary School - which was recently bought by an alumni! The school closed in 2008… and now thanks to Rolland Courser, will likely be donated to become a Community Center, named after her son… Ethan! The plan as of right now, is to get enough helping hands together to help clean-up the building, and get it ready to turn into a Community Center. More on the story, including how to volunteer… is on themorningsun.com.

The Care Store offers personal and household items for those in need
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… What started as an outreach pop-up store that operated twice a year for the Community Church… has now turned into a permanent organization! The Care Store is a non-profit that offers personal and household items for those in need. It’s inside The William and Janet Strickler Non-Profit Center on High Street, in Mt. Pleasant. Personal hygiene, household, and cleaning products can be bought at the store with ‘Care Bucks’, provided by local human services agencies. For more on The Care Store… visit thecarestore.org.

Brother, 16, charged with murder in death of 11-year-old Gratiot girl
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Corbin James Redman, the 16-year-old brother of Addison Redman, was charged with open murder last Friday, for her shooting death, last August. That charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Redman is being charged as an adult in the case. A probable cause conference has been set for March 3. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Impeachment Trial Eve Arrives
ABC News reports… The team of lawyers defending President Trump has finally responded to the impeachment trial, which is expected to begin tomorrow. In their first document filing, they call the House case against him “fatally flawed” and “constitutionally invalid.” The House alleges that the President abused the powers of his office and obstructed Congress in its dealings with Ukraine and the aftermath.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Isabella County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Volunteers for Victim Services Unit
From the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office… They’re seeking volunteers for their Victim Services Unit. That’s a group of trained volunteers working under the direction of the Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan Sheriff’s Association… They help victims, survivors, and their loved ones work through a crisis or crime. Applicants must live in Isabella County, possess a valid Michigan Driver’s License, have their own means of transportation and pass a criminal background check. For more, and to sign-up… click the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page!

Alphabet Inc. Valued At One-Trillion-Dollars
Google's parent company, Alphabet, is worth 1-trillion-dollars. It's now the 4th company to hit the milestone...following Apple, Amazon and Microsoft – though Amazon has since fallen below that mark. Apple was the 1st public company to cross the trillion-dollar threshold back in 2018. Investors are optimistic that Alphabet's new CEO will guide the company to new heights… and it’s easy to see why, since the company gained about $8-BILLION in value, just yesterday!

U.P. pond hockey tournament set to return to Lake Huron ice near Mackinac Bridge
MLive reports… Few things provide simple joy for hockey fans like skating on a freshly-plowed sheet of natural ice. Fortunately, Michigan is home to a unique event that allows hockey fans to do just that. The Labatt Blue U.P. Adult Pond Hockey Tournament will return to St. Ignace for the 14th time Feb. 13-16. The annual tournament draws players, teams and fans from across the Midwest, Canada, and even Europe, to play hockey on a slew of manmade rinks spread across frozen Lake Huron in downtown St. Ignace.

An obstacle course, film festival, and polar plunge: Tourism group promotes wintertime fun in town
With another week behind us, and time dwindling in the winter season… let’s see what’s ahead on the Mt. Pleasant Area Convention & Visitors Bureau ‘65 Days of Winter’ calendar. Next Tuesday… take part in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Peace March and Vigil! Next Saturday on the 25th, bundle up and enjoy the outdoors with the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy as it leads a group in identifying animal signs at Hall’s Lake Preserve. At the beginning of next month, a wintertime favorite comes to downtown Mt. Pleasant on the 1st… the 5K-obstacle course Man Vs. Mountain race returns to Nelson Park.

UPDATED: Weekend snow coming: Winter weather advisory issued
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… They said it last week, and as most of Mid-Michigan knows… we were lucky when it came to how much snow we accumulated in last weekend’s so called “snow storm”. Storm Kennedy and all the forecasters are calling for more snow again! It’s expected to come tonight, and tomorrow. As for what’s expected… that’s where it gets a little random. Different forecasters are calling for different amounts… For more, click themorningsun.com.

CMU Health Professions Building celebrates opening of $26M expansion
Epicenter reports… The doors have opened at the latest facility upgrade for Central Michigan University, a $26 million addition to the Health Professions Building. Ground broke on the 2-story, 50,000 sq. ft. expansion in spring 2018. It officially opened earlier this year at the start of spring semester. The growth in the building’s footprint corresponds to the growth of the industry and its workforce needs.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… 2 U.S. agencies have reported that the decade we just finished, was by far… the hottest ever measured on Earth. The stats come from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The 2010s averaged 58.4 degrees Fahrenheit worldwide, or 1.4 degrees hotter than the 20th century average. The decade also had 8 of the 10 hottest years on record. The only other years in the top 10 were 2005 and 1998. 2019 was the 2nd-hottest year in the 140 years of record-keeping.

Gem Theater to host Winter Blues Series
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The annual Winter Blues Series kicks-off at the Gem Theater in St. Louis this Saturday at 7 p.m. Motor City Josh and The Big 3 are just the first of 4 concerts, part of the series that goes throughout March. Rhett Yocom will play Saturday Feb. 15… Chicago's Blues Kitten and the Ivy Ford Band on Friday, Feb. 28… and the Chris Canas Band on Saturday, March 21. All begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. For more, click themorningsun.com.

GM says over 1,350 temps will get full-time jobs by end of March
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Before the end of March… more than 1,350 temporary workers at 14 U.S. General Motors facilities will get full-time positions. The plants and sites are in Michigan, Indiana, New York, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Kentucky. The workers are heading towards full-time status because of contract negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and the company. The agreement came after a contentious 40-day strike last fall that crippled GM's U.S. production and cost the company well over $1 billion.

Pelosi Transmits Impeachment Articles...And Hands Out Pens
ABC News reports… It’s official, the Articles of Impeachment are in the hands of the Senate. This as Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has signed the documents, sending them off to the Senate last night, via the appointment 'House Managers.' The 'House Managers' are the Representatives that will "prosecute" the impeachment trial in the Senate.

St. Louis Michigan Police Department requests assistance locating a runaway teen
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The St. Louis Michigan Police Department is asking for help in locating a Voluntarily Missing Juvenile. The missing teen is 15-year-old Nicholas Parcher Jr. He’s a white male with wavy brown hair and brown eyes… He’s 6' 1" and approximately 165 lbs. Parcher ran away in November… and has not returned as of today. Anyone with info on his location is asked to contact the St. Louis Michigan Police Department. For the full story, click themorningsun.com.

Starting March 1, $12 for Recreation Passport; first increase in seven years
From the Michigan DNR… Starting in March… The Recreation Passport vehicle entry fee for residents will increase from $11 to $12. Although it’s only rising by a dollar… It's the first Recreation Passport price increase since 2013. All other resident Passport fees stay the same, including those for motorcycles, mopeds and commercial vehicles.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Impeachment Finally Moving Forward
ABC News reports… After being impeached last month, by the House of Representatives… The House will vote sometime today to formally send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to name her choices for impeachment managers, who will prosecute the case against Trump in the Senate trial, which is expected to begin next week. That trial will determine if President Trump will be removed from office.

Noted sculptor, Rose Traines of Mt. Pleasant, dead at 91
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Rose Wunderbaum Traines - who was taught by her brother to use a welder and cutting torch at the age of 12 and developed her talent to become a noted sculptor of metal - passed away on Sunday. She was 91 and was at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility when she passed. For a short time she attended Michigan State… and graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor of science degree in speech in 1951. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home.

Ken Jennings Wins Jeopardy GOAT Award
Legendary “Jeopardy!” champ Ken Jennings has now been crowned “Greatest of All Time”! You might remember, Jennings won “Jeopardy!” more than any other contestant, winning 74 games in 2004. Last night… the 45-year-old Washington state native won “Jeopardy's Greatest of All Time” tournament, beating the other two top money winners James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter. The tournament was also a celebration of longtime host Alex Trebek, who has continued hosting the show despite battling cancer.

Joseph elected to second term as Mt. Pleasant mayor
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… At Mt. Pleasant’s City Commission meeting Monday night, Will Joseph was elected to a 2nd term as mayor! Newly elected commissioners Mary Alsager and George Ronan were sworn in to begin their three-year terms on the board. Those aren’t the only ones who were sworn in… to see the full rundown, click themorningsun.com.

Course drops/withdrawals period ends Friday
CM-Life reports… If you know a CMU student who's been thinking about dropping or withdrawing from a class… let them know this. Schedules can be adjusted throughout the week, but must be in place by midnight, Friday evening. The Office of Academic Advising and Assistance also warns against making changes without meeting with a Pre-Major Adviser. For more, click CM-Life.com.

Flint Bishop Airport gets service to Nashville, starting at $55 one way
For $55, Vehicle City is now only a hop, skip, and a jump away from Music City! Flint Bishop International Airport has a new route! It’s a 1-way flight, nonstop to Nashville, Tennessee! Allegiant Air will begin seasonal flights on the route in June. As of now, the only catch is that you’d have to go on a Monday or Friday… still pretty good! For more, click MLive.com.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Worldwide Debt at Record High
The Times reports… If you’re feeling the pocket pinch? You’re not alone… Worldwide debt is at a record high. Global debt, which comprises borrowing from households, governments and companies, grew by 9-trillion dollars, to nearly $253-trillion, in the first 9 months last year alone. If there’s good news...it’s that we’re not the worst – at least, not households. The biggest problem countries are New Zealand, Switzerland and Norway, all of which have rising household debt levels, while government debt to GDP ratios in the US and Australia are at all-time highs.

Head of Alma, Mt. Pleasant health provider assumes Clare duties
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Mid Michigan Health has named the president of its Alma and Mt. Pleasant locations… who will also oversee it's Clare hospital. Marita Hattem-Schiffman - current president of MidMichigan Medical Centers in Gratiot and Mt. Pleasant - will assume the role of president of MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare. She’s an Arcada Township resident, Michigan native and CMU alumni… She joined Mid Michigan Health in July 2017. The change helps Mid Michigan Health move from a location-specific mindset… to a regional focus. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Powerball results for 01/11/20; did anyone win the $277M jackpot?
MLive reports… 2 players in Michigan came close, but there was no winner of the $277 million Powerball jackpot, during last Saturday’s drawing. The next Powerball drawing this Wednesday will be worth $296 million, with a cash option of $201.6 million. Tickets cost $2 each.

Mid Michigan College president to retire in June
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… After 6 years at the helm… Mid Michigan College President, Dr. Christine Hammond will retire from her presidency this June. Before joining Mid, she served as the chief academic officer at North Central Michigan College. As for who will be the next president… Mid Michigan College has contracted with Pauly Group, Inc., a national search consulting firm that works exclusively with community and technical colleges. Applicant recruiting will begin by early February, with the Board of Trustees inviting final candidates for interviews in April.

Farwell Board of Education Votes 6-1 to Stay in Jackpine Conference
The Clare County Review reports… After a lengthy discussion and review of the community survey, the Farwell Board of Education voted 6-1 to “stay in the Jack Pine Conference… at this time.” Superintendent Steven Scoville said of the 91 responses to the community survey, “75 percent were in favor of remaining in the Jack Pine Conference. The additional travel time was the biggest concern. For more, visit clarecountyreview.com.

Mid-Michigan College, Chippewa Hills to ask voters for extra money
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… This year when people vote for their pick in Michigan’s presidential primaries… it won’t be the only thing they pick. 2 different educational entities that cross into Isabella County will ask voters for a little extra money. Voters within Mid Michigan College’s election boundaries will decide the fate of a requested 10 year millage. Also, in western Isabella County, property owners in Chippewa Hills Public School District are being asked to approve 1.5 mills for infrastructure maintenance and repairs. For more on those… click themorningsun.com.


Monday, January 13, 2020

CMU announces new 5-year pediatrics partnership
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… A new 5-year affiliation agreement between Central Michigan University College of Medicine and University Pediatricians will provide new opportunities for medical education, training and research in pediatrics. University Pediatricians, from the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, is a large group of pediatric specialists employing 225 physicians. Thanks to the partnership… pediatrics is now the 4th discipline added to CMU’s College of Medicine specialty training programs. For more, click themorningsun.com.

The Brass Cafe offers igloo dining experience during the winter months
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… If you’ve driven through downtown Mt. Pleasant… you might’ve seen the new porch igloos that occupy some street corners. Last week, The Brass Cafe added a private igloo dining experience on the curb outside of their restaurant. The dining igloo that’s available now through March, is heated and can accommodate 4 to 10 people. This year, and in years past… Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge has offered a similar experience. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Ithaca school finalize $30 million bond proposal
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… After more than a year of discussion… officials at Ithaca Public Schools have finalized a $30 million bond proposal that will go before voters in the May 5th election. The big ticket item on the nearly 28-year levy is the construction of a new elementary school on property owned by the district adjacent to the high school. The proposal also includes about $5 million for technology, security and building upgrades at the junior-senior high school and the purchase of new buses. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Great Lakes water levels higher than last year at this time
From the Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers… Water levels on each of the Great Lakes were higher at the beginning of this year, than they were last year. Don't let that fool you though, since last year the great lakes saw many record high water levels. This year, they’re expecting even more! During this past summer or fall… the water levels of each lake peaked, and since, have been in a seasonal decline.

Central Animal Hospital will be closing with Dr. Osbeck's retirement
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Central Animal Hospital will be closing in February as Dr. Neal Osbeck will be retiring. He’s been working as a veterinarian since 1979… Central Animal Hospital has been open since 1989. February 28th, 2020 will be his final day as a vet, and the last day of business for Central Animal Hospital. For more, visit the Central Animal Hospital Facebook page.

University Art Gallery opens new exhibition, "Guns: Loaded Conversations" Jan. 15
CM-Life reports… This Wednesday, the CMU Art Gallery is hosting a reception for the new exhibit, titled, "Guns: Loaded Conversations.” The reception goes from 4 - 6 p.m., this Wednesday, in the University Art Gallery. The exhibit will feature quilt art created by national and international artists, and will be on display until Feb. 8th. For more, click CM-Life.com.


Friday, January 10, 2020

Olympic Athletes Banned From Political Gestures
This summer… you won’t be seeing any athletes kneeling or putting their fists in the air. Specifically, that’s olympic athletes… NBC News reports… New rules ban them from making any political gestures, even raising a fist. The International Olympic Committee says the example set by competing with the world's best is a positive message to a divided world. They didn't say if there’d be a punishment… only saying it will be on a case-by-case basis. The 32nd Summer Olympics begin July 24th, in Tokyo.

New Facebook Controls for Political Ads
Facebook announced new controls that let users limit political ads in their own Facebook and Instagram feeds… Along with plans to increase the amount of detail available in its public “Ads Library.” Facebook directly compared its own policy of generally allowing (and not fact-checking) political ads to rivals like Twitter and Google in the announcement.

New Flu Fears
ABC News reports… So far this season, the CDC says that 27 children have died from the flu. That’s the highest number since 2003 when the agency began tracking deaths from the children's flu. To compare, there were 13 pediatric flu deaths at this point during the 2017-2018 flu season… which was one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory. The CDC estimates at least 6.4-million people have gotten sick so far this season, 55-thousand have been hospitalized and 29-hundred have died. It’s still not too late to get a flu shot either… since flu season can last until May.

Cancer group finds biggest one-year drop in U.S. death rate
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Yesterday, researchers reported the largest-ever one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate… that’s a drop they credited to advances in lung-tumor treatments. The overall cancer death rate has been falling about 1.5% a year since 1991. It fell 2.2% from 2016 to 2017. That's the largest drop ever seen in national cancer statistics going back to 1930. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Midland, MI Ranks #2 For Least Property Crime
Midland, Michigan has been recognized for ranking 2nd for cities with the least property crime in the nation! Reviews.org analyzed the FBI’s most recent crime report… It found that Midland ranks as the 2nd-safest city for avoiding property crime. The Villages, FL ranked 3rd… while Gettysburg, PA ranked 1st.

New playground equipment for Jameson Park is expected to be installed in 2020
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… One thing we know that’s true for Mt. Pleasant is this… Jameson Park will be getting new playground equipment before 2020 is over. The installation for the park located on Budd Street by Celebration Cinema, is expected to happen in late spring or early summer. For more on the installation process… click uniontownshipmi.com.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Mt. Pleasant taking applications for recreational marijuana licenses
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The City of Mt. Pleasant is ready to accept license applications for recreational marijuana businesses within the city. For retailers, growers, and micro-businesses… the application period opened last Monday, and runs through 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28th. Designated consumption establishments are not allowed, under the ordinance. To apply, the annual city licensing fee is $5,000, which is refundable if a license is not granted. To get an application, visit mt-pleasant.org/marihuana.

SpaceX Launches 60 more “Starlink” Satellites
SpaceX, the company owned created by the same creator of Tesla, launched 60 more “Starlink” satellites into space earlier this week. It’s the company’s 3rd launch in their initiative to enable high-speed internet globally… They plan on doing that through an orbiting network of satellites. The successful deployment makes SpaceX the largest commercial satellite operator, with a total of 182 Starlink satellites. The company plans to approach preliminary customers later this year.

Michigan Lottery surpassed $1B in earnings for schools for first time in 2019
MLive reports… Lottery players in Michigan turned up in record numbers in 2019 and in turn may feel a little better about their losing sessions… The Michigan State Lottery has reported a record $1.07 billion was generated for Michigan schools last year. That money will now be given to the state school aid fund. Not only was the total a record, but the Lottery generated nearly $129 million more in 2019 than it did in 2018. 2019 marked the fifth consecutive year lottery revenues have increased and completes a 44 percent jump overall from fiscal year 2014.

Supreme Court gives OK for public to bring cell phones, laptops into court
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The “no cell phones allowed” rule at courthouses and courtrooms in Michigan will soon be a thing of the past, thanks to amendments adopted by the Michigan Supreme Court. Effective May 1st, a new amendment establishes a state-wide policy that permits the public to use a cell phone or other personal electronic device such as a laptop or tablet in a courtroom or courthouse. The change means the public can retrieve or store information, access the Internet and send/receive text messages but must do so silently. For more on the new amendment… click themorningsun.com.

Isabella County Sheriff's Office investigates hit and run accident on Isabella Road
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… A week ago, the Isabella County Sheriff's Office investigated a hit and run accident on Isabella Road, north of Bluegrass. According to a Facebook post from the ICSO, the vehicle that left the scene was captured on a private citizen’s dash cam. The vehicle in question will have passenger side damage. If you have seen the vehicle and/or know who owns it… please contact the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office.

Michigan named top travel destination in world for outdoor enthusiasts in 2020
MLive reports… Michigan has more than 19 million acres of forest, 3,000 miles of freshwater shoreline, hundreds of waterfalls and miles of majestic, sweeping dunes. Apparently, us Michiganders aren’t the only ones that know about these things! Yesterday, TripSavvy, a national travel website, named Michigan the best place in the world for outdoor enthusiasts in 2020. Their annual list highlights hot spots, for different activities and interests! The state’s big outdoor attractions that helped it get on the list were the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore, the Mackinac Bridge, and The Tunnel of Trees on M-119. Of course, we can’t forget about the amazing beauty that the U.P. brings this state… like Tahquamenon Falls, Pictured Rocks, and of course… Kitch-iti-kipi. To see the full list, visit tripsavvy.com.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Iran Fires Retaliatory Missiles At American Base In Iraq
NBC News reports… The Pentagon has confirmed that Iran fired over a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. forces in Iraq, last night. Officials say the missiles targeted 2 bases in Iraq where U.S. troops are stationed, and were fired from inside Iran. As of now, there's no word on any casualties at either base as yet. The attack comes after last week's U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian general.

Michigan high schools compete in first round of WCMU’s “Quiz Central”
Both Cadillac and Mount Pleasant High School kick off the 15th season of “Quiz Central” on WCMU Public Television, tonight! “Quiz Central” is an educational, academic and entertaining quiz show produced by WCMU Public Television. 48 Michigan high school teams compete for a chance to win a two-year, $4,000 room and board scholarship to Central Michigan University. The 15th season will air tonight, at 7:30 p.m. on WCMU TV.

Girl Scout Cookie Season Is Here...With A New Cookie
There’s a lot of good food out there that will try and tempt us to break our New Year’s resolutions to eat well, get healthy and lose weight, and now you can add Girl Scout cookies to that list. Girl Scout Cookie season officially kicked off yesterday, and in addition to everyone’s favorites like Thin Mints, Tag-Alongs, and Samoas, a new cookie is entering the mix this year. The 2020 lineup now includes the Lemon-Ups, a crispy lemon cookie that features eight phrases inspired by Girl Scouts, like “I’m a go-getter” and “I am an innovator.” The new cookie is now being offered in select cities, replacing the Savannah Smiles in those markets.

Major renovation begins for Soaring Eagle hotel
Yesterday, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe announced major renovations to its Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort hotel in Mt. Pleasant. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Renovations are underway… the first phase anticipated to be completed by August. This is the first renovation on the resort’s 516 rooms since it opened in 1998. A large majority of the renovation will be focused on new hotel rooms, infrastructure such as plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and technological advancements.

Facebook Deepfake videos banned
The Washington Post reports… Yesterday, Facebook announced a ban on “deepfake” videos. The social media website now prohibits video content that has been edited by artificial intelligence in ways that aren't apparent to an average person and would “likely mislead someone” into thinking the subject of a video said words that they did not actually say. The policy does not apply to parody or satire.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

City to hold fifth Citizens’ Academy – accepting applications now
From the City of Mt. Pleasant… The fifth Citizens’ Academy is now accepting applications. Presented by the City of Mt. Pleasant, the academy is designed to engage members of the community and to expand their knowledge of the structure and functions of local government. Participants will attend seven, three-hour weekly sessions beginning Tuesday, February 18. The Citizens’ Academy is open to anyone living, working, owning property or attending school in the City of Mt. Pleasant. Registration for the academy is free, but space is limited. Applications are available at City Hall or online, and are accepted until January 31, 2020. Find the application and learn more at www.mt-pleasant.org.

Michigan recreational marijuana sales approach $6.5 million in first month
MLive reports… Recreational marijuana sales in Michigan neared $6.5 million during the first month of the new market’s existence. The state’s cut equals more than $1 million between Dec. 1st and 31st. The state also collected at least $1 million in application fees. A 2018 voter-passed law requires the first $20 million collected in excise taxes, over the first 2 years of the program… be spent on medical research involving marijuana. State budget officials have projected the recreational marijuana market to pace near $1.5 billion in annual sales by the second half of 2021.

Powerball results for 01/05/20; jackpot worth $239 million
MLive reports… The Powerball jackpot is now worth more than a quarter of $1 billion, since there was no winner of the $239 million jackpot, last Saturday. That means the next Powerball drawing this Wednesday, will be worth $258 million… with a cash option of $175.5 million. Tickets cost $2 a piece!

Foundation Announces 2020 Opportunities
The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation is now accepting applications for more than 100 scholarships. Most are available to local students who will be completing their senior year of high school or GED this spring. There are also more than a dozen scholarship opportunities for students already enrolled in, or planning to return to, some form of higher education. Frequently asked questions and a link to the online application system can be found online. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 4, 2020. To apply, visit MPACF.ORG.

Clare County Household Income Listed Nearly Bottom in State
The Clare County Review reports… The most recent Census figures are out… They say Clare County has the 2nd lowest household income in the State, with only Lake County lower. Clare County’s median household income was $37,369. Of the 5 lowest income counties, only Lake and Clare County are in Michigan’s lower peninsula. Also… Of the 87 lowest income communities in Michigan, 5 are found in Clare County. Of those five, three in Clare County are in the top 22 for the lowest income listed… Redding Township, Hayes Township, and the City of Harrison.

St. Louis teen missing since Jan. 2, Found Safe
Yesterday, Family and friends continued the search for a St. Louis teen who went missing last Thursday. From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The teen they were looking for… was 16 year old, Brooklyn Howard. After her mother posted to Facebook, she contacted the St. Louis Police Department and got the word out about her missing daughter. Last night, Brooklyn was found safe. For more, click themorningsun.com.


Monday, January 6, 2020

City finalizes sale of vacant lot next to city hall
Property that the city of Mt. Pleasant has tried to unload since the middle of this century's first decade is now officially in private hands. From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The sale was completed in December, of the vacant lot between city hall and Mountain Town Station on Broadway street. The development company that bought it, plans to build a mixed-use building on the property, with retail space on the 1st floor, and upscale condos above. Current plans are that GreenTree Cooperative Grocery will occupy the first floor. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Two new businesses are coming to Mt. Pleasant
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… This year, 2 new businesses are coming to the Indian Hills shopping center on Blue Grass Road. A sign for Big Lots has been hanging on the former Kroger grocery store, which closed in May. Another sign featuring SUMO Hibachi & Sushi has been seen in the windows of 4188 E. Blue Grass Road in Unit #4. As of now, there’s little word on the grand opening time frames for either business… although both are expected to open this year. For more, click themorningsun.com.

With hours' notice, US fast-response force flies to Mideast
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Some of the 3,500 members from the 82nd Airborne deployed to Kuwait over the weekend, to serve as reinforcements amid rising tension. More troops will deploy within the coming days… They’re serving as reinforcements after President Trump’s ordered airstrike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, last week. Iran has vowed retaliation… As of now, it’s unclear when a response might come.

Remus company emails employees that it is shut effective immediately
A longtime manufacturer of specialty stone countertops and other household fixtures in Remus told its employees by email last week that it was permanently closed. From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… United States Marble was founded by John Bishop in 1967. On Friday, U.S. Marble told its employees the business had closed and they were without health insurance immediately unless they found their own options. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Mt. Pleasant Convention and Visitors Bureau releases 65 Days of Winter list
Christmas is over and New Year's has come and gone, but there’s still a lot of things to look forward to! The Mt. Pleasant Convention and Visitors Bureau ‘65 Days of Winter’ list has activities for both young and old… and both lackadaisical and restless! Anything ranging from visiting local museums and city parks… to seeing shows around CMU, or getting a juicy burger from your favorite Mt. Pleasant Bar! Like the title says… it’s 65 days full of things to do, around Central Michigan… this winter! For the full list, click themorningsun.com.

Mega Millions results for 01/03/20; jackpot worth $60 million
MLive reports… There was no winner of the $60 million Mega Millions jackpot, last Friday. That means tomorrow night’s drawing will be worth $69 million… with a cash option of $46.4 million. Tickets are $2 a piece!


Friday, January 3, 2020

Trump Ordered Missile Strike That Killed Iranian General
NBC News reports… A top Iranian military commander is dead after a predawn U.S. airstrike in Iraq this morning… the entire situation, was not an accident. Qasem Soleimani was among several killed in the strike near the Baghdad International Airport. He was the head of Iran's elite special operations unit of the Revolutionary Guard. President Trump directed the strike that reportedly killed leaders of Iran-backed militia groups. The Pentagon says Soleimani was behind this week’s mob attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and claims he was planning more attacks on U.S. bases and service members. The question now is… what’s going to happen next? Time will tell.

New director named for Isabella's homeless shelter
A new director, with experience leading another service agency in Isabella County, is returning to Mt. Pleasant to lead the county's homeless shelter. From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Dee Obrecht, the former director of the Child and Family Enrichment Council in Mt. Pleasant, has been named the new director of the Isabella County Restoration House. She’ll be taking over for Ryan Griffus… who became CMU’s coordinator of graduate recruiting in October. The Isabella County Restoration House recently opened for its 7th season at its new location on Michigan Street. For more, click themorningsun.com.

McLaren in Mt. Pleasant welcomes last baby of decade, first of year
McLaren Central Michigan celebrated 2 special births this week… a last and a first! From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… On Tuesday, the last day of the decade, Adelyn James Thering was welcomed into this world at 12:34 p.m. The first baby born in the New Decade and New Year, came the next day! Parker Ricky was born at 4:29 p.m. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Food Labels Now Have Two Columns
New food labels are making it clear just how many calories we’re eating at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From the Food and Drug Administration… The first column includes nutritional facts in a single serving, while the second shows info for the entire package… because who really just eats 2 spoons of ice cream? You won’t be seeing the new labels on everything just yet… Companies that sell less than 10-million dollars in food a year have until next year to make the changes.

It’s official! Wettest year on record at some Michigan cities
In 2019, certain areas in Michigan set yearly precipitation records! Some of those areas like Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Kent City, Hart, and Alma, had the highest amount of yearly precipitation ever recorded! Alma’s new record was set at 44.98″. Their records go back to 1887. For more, click MLive.com.

Safety group urges disposal of Christmas trees
The holiday season is over, and the National Fire Protection Association is encouraging people to dispose of their Christmas trees. From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… As Christmas trees continue to dry out, they become increasingly more flammable… Because of that, 29% of all Christmas tree-related fires happen in January. To put it simply, they say the longer you keep one in your home, the more of a fire hazard it becomes. For more on disposing of your tree… visit nfpa.org.


Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Corner Cup coffee shop will be opening in Remus in January
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Remus is getting a new coffee shop, real close to Chippewa Hills High School! The Corner Cup coffee shop is set to open this month on Arthur Road. The concept for the shop started over a year ago… It will offer 3 different types of rooms, with 3 different types of vibes, free WiFi, and pastries from Robaire’s Bakery! For more, click themorningsun.com.

Mega Millions results for 12/31/19; jackpot worth $50 million
MLive reports… The final Mega Millions drawing of 2019, and the year, took place Tuesday night. Once again… no winner. The first drawing of 2020 will be tomorrow night, worth $60 million, with a cash option of $39.7 million. Tickets are $2 a piece!

China's TikTok banned by US Army amid security concerns: Report
From ABC News… The US Army has banned the use of the popular social media video app, TikTok. The ban comes just before an investigation to determine whether the China-owned social media app poses a risk to national security. Currently, the app is blocked on any government owned phone.

Local businesses that said hello and goodbye during 2019
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… As 2019 comes to a close, it’s good to look back and see what we’ve lost -and gained in Mid Michigan. When talking businesses, Five Guys Burgers and Fries opened in October on South Mission Street… Hobby Lobby came to Mt. Pleasant and opened in September… Cranker’s Restaurant and Brewery, Maxfield’s Restaurant, Kroger, and Cherry Berry all closed in 2019. For more, click themorningsun.com.

UPDATE: 5,300 Without Power In Eastern U.P.
If you had a nice warm shower this morning, just remember how nice it is. For almost the entire week, a lot of the Eastern Upper Peninsula hasn’t had power. If started with a huge power outage earlier in the week… luckily, the number of those without power, continues to decrease. Right now, there’s approximately 5,300 members without power (Chippewa County – 4,400; Mackinac County – 810; Luce County – 119). Warmer temps today will help melt snow and ice from the branches that

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