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Friday, July 19, 2019

One side of Liberty Bridge drops moments before tall ships pass through
The Liberty Bridge drawbridge in Bay City has been stuck in the open position since June 28th due to a mechanical issue. It’s not clear what caused 1 side of the bridge to drop down back into position, just the other day… After the arm descended, it slowly went back up… with no explanation. The west arm still, never moved.

Hundreds attend funeral for veteran with no known relatives
From the Associated Press… A 67 year old, Vietnam Veteran from Michigan had made funeral arrangements a couple years ago… for himself. This year, he passed away in May. After the funeral home’s director learned that the man had no known living relatives… he invited Niles, Michigan residents to his service. As Wayne Wilson was laid to rest earlier this week… several hundred area residents and veterans attended his services and funeral.

Veterans Display Offers ‘Something Extra Special’
During this year’s Clare County Fair… there will be 2 special displays to honor Veteran’s.
It’s bring created for the American Legion’s 100th anniversary! Like usual, there’s a historical display that gives visitors a new perspective of items. The 2nd special feature is a section dedicated to Rosie the Riveter and all the Roses who served the war effort. That will be on display at the Clare County Fair next week…

Downstream of Meridian Park, full contact with the Chippewa remains unsafe
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Residents around Central Michigan are still being advised: avoid full contact with the Chippewa River downstream of Meridian Park…
Samples of the water, that were taken Tuesday show that while the water in Meridian Park remains close to its average threshold, they’re low enough the be considered okay for full body contact. That isn’t the case for the water downstream from Meridian Park. Where the North Branch enters the main body of the river, levels of E. Coli spike to almost 4 times the daily testing limit! As of right now, its advised to avoid full contact with the Chip, just downstream of Meridian Park.

Michigan national park is the first to allow visitors to rent a powerful 'track chair' to experience trails
A lot of people like to hike… for those who like to… but can’t, a group in Northern Michigan is trying to help. People who require hiking mobility assistance can now rent a motorized chair with threaded tracks to get around. The chair has tracks rather than wheels which makes rougher terrain much more accessible. The program’s run by volunteer group Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes, which wants everyone to be able to experience the park's natural beauty. They say it’s the 1st program of its kind at a national park.

Mazda recalls 262K vehicles due to increased risk of unexpected stalling
Mazda’s recalling more than 262,000 newer cars in the U.S. due to an increased risk of unexpectedly stalling. The recall goes for 2018 and 2019 Maxda CX-5, Maxda6, and 2019 Mazda3 models. Mazda says the recall will start on or before Aug. 26… To search active recalls, use the NHTSA’s website to search your 17-character VIN.
 


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Established café rebrands itself with new name and improved menu in historic downtown Clare
The Heart of Michigan Cafe, the Venue at 501, and the Upper Rooms sleep… are all right next to each other in Downtown Clare. They’re actually owned by the same person… Morgan Humphrey! Combined, the 3 businesses make up what she’s calling the 500 District. She’s also rebranding the Heart of Michigan Cafe to…. The 505 Cafe. There’s a rebrand launch party set for tonight, from 6 to 9 p.m… It will also premiere new food and drink items from the menu as well as live entertainment. It’s free and open to the public!

WNEM TV-5 dropped from DISH Network local programming
If you’re a fan of WNEM, and have DISH Network… I have some not so great news. After failed negotiations, WNEM has announced that the station will no longer be broadcast on DISH Network. Along with local news, DISH subscribers will also lose programming such as Dr. Phil, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and 60 Minutes.

CMU and the Traverse City Film Festival: Building resumes and screening films
This year, once again… the CMU College of the Arts and Media is partnering with the Traverse City Film Festival. The festival showcases films from creators around Michigan and the United States! Founded in 2005 by Academy Award-winning Michigander, Michael Moore… the festival relies heavily on it’s interns! While there’s more than 25 interns total, having 7 interns from CMU provides students a built-in support system! It also gives them a great way to learn hands on, while working!

Michigan’s Biggby Coffee wants to be the first coffee franchise on the Moon
We know you know Biggby Coffee! Soon, possibly outer space and the moon might know about the company too! Last week, the East Lansing-based national coffee chain said they’re shooting to become the 1st retail coffee franchise to set up shop in space… and no, I’m not kidding! Biggby has made initial contact with Amazon brass and Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, who, along with Texas Sen. John Cornyn, introduced the Advancing Human Spaceflight Act making permanent human settlement of space a national goal.

DNC announces presidential hopefuls invited to Detroit Democratic debate
20 candidates will take the stage at the 2nd Democratic debate in Detroit later this month! Today, they draw the names for who will go the 1st day, July 30th… and the 2nd day, July 31st. You can watch that random draw tonight at 8pm on CNN.

Mega Millions results for 07/16/19; jackpot worth $137 million
There was no winner in the Mega Millions jackpot drawing held Tuesday… That makes Tomorrow’s drawing worth $154 million, with a cash option of $98.8 million. Tickets cost $2 each, for tomorrow night’s drawing.
 


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mt. Pleasant Little Leaguers host 12-under state tourney this weekend

A lot of players will be in Mt. Pleasant this weekend! From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The little league organizations from Mt. Pleasant and Union Township will join together to host the 12-under Major State Baseball Tournament. The tournament starts tomorrow with pool play. Most of the games for the tournament will be played through the weekend, at Pickens field. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Missing girl, 2, found safe after night in woods in Northern Michigan
Earlier this week on Monday, a 2-year-old girl was reported missing after last being seen at her family’s Northern Michigan campsite. Yesterday… she was found safe! The girl, named Gabriella, wandered from her family’s campsite… it took a resident from the area to point out her pink coat sitting on the ground several hundred yards from where she was last seen. After the DNR along with State and Local police found her… they said “What a trooper! The searchers are all clearing and the command center is packing up”.

Bannister native Steve Sopocy named Gratiot undersheriff
Gratiot County is getting their 1st undersheriff! After Steve Sopocy retires from the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, where he’s worked for 25 years… he’ll be sworn in to serve and protect Gratiot County. He’ll be taking over for Mike Morris who was named sheriff in May to replace Doug Wright after he retired. There’s more on themorningsun.com.

Uber, Lyft drivers could drop off passengers in state parks without recreation passport under House bill
Proposed legislation in the Michigan house would exempt any vehicle carrying passengers for hire from needing to have a recreation passport to enter a state park. That would include public transit… buses, cabs, and services like Uber and Lyft. Although it would make it for the cars drivers to not have a passport… the passenger, who’s going to the park would still have to own one. Recreation passports right now, cost $11 for vehicles and $6 for motorcycles annually when purchased as part of a license plate renewal through the Secretary of State. The bill remains before the House Transportation Committee, and would have to pass the full House, Senate and be signed by the governor to become a law.

M-DOT Taking Comments On Improvement Plans
Here’s something you might not have known before today… Every state is required to submit a State Transportation Improvement Program or Plan to the nation’s capital. That lines out what the State is going to do to improve overall transportation. This year, Michigan is making theirs open to the public! They’re doing it because, they want your input! The 2020-2023 State Transportation Improvement Program is available online through Aug. 15 at www.Michigan.gov/STIP for you to review and add comments.

College of Medicine launches new affiliation
Last year, CMU medical students were able to begin taking part in family medicine rotations at Spectrum Health in Lakeland, Michigan. Now… the college and hospital are expanding their partnership, allowing medical students to do their rotations at either Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph, Michigan… or the Lakeland Hospital Niles, along with other facilities around the area. CMU’s Dean of the College of Medicine, said he looks forward to starting a long-term collaboration with Lakeland.
 


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Pop-up Art Exhibit in Clare

A touring, pop-up art show is at Four Leaf Brewery in Clare, now through next Tuesday, the 23rd. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Before the touring show takes a break before August, you can see unique paintings from a safari game drive that began in 2015. Animals from South Africa were painted by Sandra Doherty who collaborated with Four Leaf Brewery, the Clare County Arts Council, and the 515 Gallery. Now, til next Tuesday… the show will be at Four Leaf Brewery in Clare. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Whitmer starts hashtag to gather questions for Detroit Democratic debate

Don’t miss your chance to tell the Democrats coming to Detroit what you want them to talk about! The 2nd Democratic presidential debate is a 2 night event on July 30th and 31st, that features all the democrats who want to be the next president of the United States. This year, it’s hosted at the Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit. Governor Whitmer wants to make sure they talk about, what you want to talk about! Over the weekend, she told people to start using the hashtag, #DemDebateMI in their posts and tweets about the Democratic debate. The debate will be televised, but if you’re trying to go, you can’t buy tickets… for a chance to view it in person you can sign up online at my.democrats.org.

Powerball results for 07/13/19; 1 winner of $198 million jackpot

There was a lucky winner in the weekend’s Powerball drawing! The winner from Tennessee won the $198 million jackpot on Saturday! That resets the next drawing’s jackpot to $40 million, with a cash option of $25.9 million. If your trying to win in tomorrow night’s drawing… tickets cost $2 each.

Sun protection: Always in season

Yes, of course you’re told to lather up in sunscreen when heading to the beach on a nice sunny day… well it’s still important to protect your skin from the sun no matter what where you are, and what you’re doing. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… When sunlight hits your skin without sunscreen, cells in the top layer sound the alarm to protect your skin. These special cells produce a substance, which darkens the skin to protect it from the sun… that’s tanning! Eventually the darkened skin cells flake off and new, lighter cells take their place. Even though your skin looks great, the damage is already done. Remember… Use SPF 30 and above,  limit direct exposure to the sun, and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. There’s more on themorningsun.com!

Red Hat Strutters Community Dance

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Tonight, the Red Hat Strutters’ community dance is at the Commission on Aging from 5 - 8pm. They’re be a country music band. Couples and singles are welcome to come and enjoy! There’s a door donation of $5 per person. Snacks, water, and pop will also be available for a donation. There’s more on themorningsun.com.

Erika Ross, Mark Smith named to Community Foundation board

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation has appointed 2 new directors! Erika Ross, vice president of operations at Isabella Bank, and Mark Smith, general manager at Krapohl Ford. Ross grew up in Mt. Pleasant and attended Central Michigan University… she’s been in the banking industry for 18 years… the last 14, with Isabella Bank. Smith currently serves on the Renaissance Public School Academy board and has served with the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce and Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund. For more on their backgrounds… click themorningsun.com.

 


Monday, July 15, 2019

Gratiot Homeless Shelter Getting Upgrades

After a successful 1st year of operation, Gratiot County Hope House is getting some upgrades. The county’s only shelter received a $20,000 grant from the Gratiot County Community Foundation that’s set to go towards improvements. After some of the money went towards building modifications… the remaining $18,000 will go towards the installation of showers and a laundry room for guests. The shelter is tentatively planning to open Nov. 3. For more, head to themorningsun.com.

Sue Guevara retires as Central Michigan head coach

From the CM-Life Newsroom... Sue Guevara has retired from the Central Michigan University Women’s Basketball coaching staff. When Guevara took over as head coach in 2007, she turned the program around and gained a total of 9 winning seasons. Along with an array of former players playing professionally worldwide, multiple MAC Championships, and leading the women’s basketball team to the NCAA tournament… she also holds the title of the most winning coach in program history with a 231-156 record in her 12 seasons. Heather Oesterle will take over as head coach of the Chippewas, next season. For more on the story… go to cm-life.com.

High heat, humidity expected to return this week

We’ve had some pleasant past couple of weeks, weather wise. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This week, it looks like it’s going to be hot and humid. With temperatures nearing highs around 90…. It’s going to come with humid, muggy air. For more on the story, click themorningsun.com.

Rural Urban Day coming to Gratiot County Youth Fairgrounds

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The 44th Annual Rural Urban Day is set for this Thursday, the 18th, at the Gratiot County Fair for Youth Fairgrounds in Alma. The day will begin with a golf outing at the Fields Golf Course on State Road north of Ithaca. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. A steak dinner will begin being served at 4:30 p..m. Another new addition is an after dinner concert featuring The Talon Weatherby Band, which will play from 7 to 9 p.m. Anderson Girls Orchards will be back with its petting zoo for youngsters. For more on the day and tickets… click themorningsun.com.

Mega Millions results for 07/12/19; jackpot worth $121 million

The Mega Millions jackpot continues to grow since there was no winner in the $121 million jackpot for the drawing on Friday, July 12. That means Tuesday’s drawing will be worth $137 million, with a cash option of $87.7 million. Tickets cost $2 each.

Barry Makes Landfall As A Tropical Storm In Louisiana

As tropical storm Barry continues weakening… it’s still threatening million of residents with possible “life-threatening” flooding. As it continues to move inland, Barry has been downgraded to a tropical depression. The storm is expected to bring the most damage to Louisiana and parts of Mississippi, with wind and rain affecting more than 3 million people. Tornadoes will continue to be possible across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas through Monday. The storm will continue to dump heavy amounts of rain along the Mississippi River.


Friday, July 12, 2019

Sue Guevara retires as Central Michigan head coach

Breaking News, from the CM-Life Newsroom earlier today... Sue Guevara has retired from the Central Michigan University Women’s Basketball coaching staff. When Guevara took over as head coach in 2007, she turned the program around and gained a total of 9 winning seasons. Along with an array of former players playing professionally worldwide, multiple MAC Championships, and leading the women’s basketball team to the NCAA tournament… she also holds the title of the winningest coach in program history with a 231-156 record in her 12 seasons. Heather Oesterle will take over as head coach of the Chippewas, next season. CFX would like to congratulate Coach Guevara on the great career, and wish Coach Oesterle and the team the best of luck! For more on the story… go to cm-life.com.

 

Sidewalk sales returning to downtown Mt. Pleasant

A lot of people and businesses have wanted Sidewalk Sales back in Downtown Mt. Pleasant… those who did, just got their wish! From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… July 25th and 26th, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. customers can shop the in streets of Downtown. The last time sales were held on the sidewalks was in 2015. As of this Wednesday, there were already 4 stores that had committed to putting up sales on the sidewalks! For more on the Sidewalk Sales, click themorningsun.com.

Weidman Sawmill Days celebrates 125 years of community with music, fireworks, and tractor pulls

It used to be called Weidman Days… now, it’s the Weidman Sawmill Days. No matter what you call it, the celebration through the years has stayed close to the same as it was 125 years ago! Starting today, Weidman’s celebrating 125 years of existence! There’s a lot to do around Weidman the next few days… like seeing the quilt, craft, and car shows, playing in a cornhole and horseshoe tournament, running in a 5K, mingling at the beer tent, and watching the fireworks! For a full rundown of the events, click the CFX Buzzboard at wcfx.com.

Seats, murals, lockers among Pistons items for sale in Palace of Auburn Hills auction

Before the Palace of Auburn Hills and the memories it brought are in the past… you now have a chance to make sure you bring a piece of history home! Practically everything, like team memorabilia, seats and furniture, fixtures, restaurant equipment, and even stadium support supplies is being auctioned off online. If you’re looking to buy a seat, a commemorative metal plate of confirmation comes with each one! To place a bid on items before most of the auction closes, go to OwnPalaceHistory.com before August.

Almaadopts resolution for responsible pet ownership

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… A couple months ago, Alma city officials started receiving complaints about bothferal and pet cats damaging homes and property. Since, commissioners and staff have discussed possible, sensible ways to handle the problem. Their 1st step was adopting a resolution with guidelines for “Responsible Pet Ownership” at a meeting earlier this week. Proper Identification, public pet etiquette, feral and stray guidelines are all laced out within the resolution. For a full look into it, head to themorningsun.com.

Powerball results for 07/10/19; jackpot worth $178 million

More drawings, means more money! The Powerball jackpot is closing in on $200 million since there was no grand winner in Wednesday’s drawing. Tomorrow night’s jackpot will have $194 million in it… with a cash option of $128.1 million. If you’re trying your luck over the weekend, tickets cost $2 each!

Dollar General Now Open in Clare

Tomorrow, the new Dollar General in Clare is celebrating their official grand opening! At 8 a.m., customers get free prizes and special deals! The 50 first adult shoppers will get a $10 Dollar General gift card… the first 200 get a Dollar General tote bag with samples. The store at 303 W. Fifth St. in Clare is the company’s newest location.


Thursday, July 11, 2019

CMU Museum to host "Tour Tuesdays" in July

Once again this year, the CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History is inviting the public in for “Tour Tuesdays”! Kids, parents, and everyone can learn about the moon landing, the fundamentals of music, and different animal habitats. To join in on the free tours, for the next 3 Tuesdays… head to Rowe Hall @ 650 E. Bellows St. @ 10am. July 16th is “The Moon Landing”… the 23rd is “Feeling The Music”... and the 30th is “Habitats and Homes”. All the event’s details and times can be found on the CFX Buzzboard at wcfx.com!

United Way sets goal to sponsor every elementary classroom in Isabella, Gratiot

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… We’re pretty much in the middle of the summer… United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties has made their goal for “Stuff the Bus”... That was a school supply collection drive that started in the early 2000s. Since, the organization’s changed its format into raising money through scholarships. Their goal this year is to help nearly 500 elementary school classrooms… to donate 1 classroom… it only costs $75! Now, through July 31st, you can donate @ uwgic.org/bus.

Island Park Arts Pavilion to open Aug. 5 with ribbon cutting and concert

If you’ve been down to Island Park lately, you’ve probably seen a lot of construction by the bridge… The final product will be the Island Park Arts Pavilion! A spot for music, art, and fun with family and friends! The City of Mt. Pleasant is hosting an opening ceremony next month, on Aug. 5th. At 6pm that Monday, a ribbon cutting ceremony, musical performances, and food from Cruisin’ Chef Catering! The pavilion concept is Taylor Idema’s… a Mt. Pleasant freshman who won United Way’s “Pitch-Er This” competition is 2016.

Mountain Dew apologizes for U.P. mishap, will create special label for peninsula

Well, we talked… and they listened… Yesterday, Michigan residents were either confused, mad, both… or maybe neither because this is just about pop, non the less… After Mountain Dew designed the state of Michigan without the Upper Peninsula in their latest marketing campaign, a twitter account called @UpperPeninsula tweeted at the Pop company. Yesterday, Mt. Dew replied with a tweet saying they’re going to create a special edition label dedicated to the U.P. as part of an apology.

St. Louis police report thefts from vehicles

St. Louispolice are warning residents in the northern part of the city to lock their vehicles and property after several thefts took place in the area Tuesday night. The department received "multiple reports" of items taken from unlocked vehicles and garages on Andrea Lane and Madison Road. Money, cigarettes and other miscellaneous items were among the things stolen. They’re warning residents… make sure your vehicles, homes and garages were secured.

20th-century art exhibition opens at the Midland Center for the Arts' AB Dow Museum

Renowned 20th-century art is up at the Midland Center for the Arts’ AB Dow Museum! From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Artwork will be up through September 1st… adult admission is $10… $7 for ages 4-14… and kids 3 and under are free. For more info, visit midlandcenter.org.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Like usual.. the 4th of July was a fun time for a lot of people! Many traveled, visited family, and ate some great tasting food. A lot of people leaving their communities over the week lead to fewer blood drives being organized, which then, resulted in the American Red Cross receiving 17,000 fewer donations than they needed in a single week! They’ve issued an emergency call for all eligible people to donate blood. All blood type donors, especially type O, can make an appointment to donate by visiting redcrossblood.org, or using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Michigan governor OKs $15M to help farmers amid wet weather

It hasn’t been an easy year for planting crops… Governor Whitmer’s signed legislation that will distribute $15 million to a low-interest loan program, to help out farmers! From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The spring, as we all know, was very rainy... along with making days grey… it made it hard for farmers to plant their crops since the fields were flooded. The spending from the bill is going to cover upfront loan-processing along with subsidizing private lenders so they can provide 1% interest rates to farmers, and others in the agriculture industry. Before we move on… let me just put this into perspective: as of a month ago… about 63% of the state’s corn crop had been planted. That’s down from last year’s 88%. There’s more on themorningsun.com.

Great Lakes Water Levels Reach Record-Highs in June

If you’ve noticed higher water levels this year, you’re not the only one! Actually, it’s not just inland lakes either… the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says some of the Great Lakes recorded monthly high water levels in June. The records were broken for Lake Superior, Erie, and Ontario… The last highest recorded water level in Lake Superior was set in 1986! Erie and Ontario, in 2017… The new recorded levels were between 3 and 4 inches higher than the last.

Research at CMU targets brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… A team of scientists at CMU just got funding from the National Institute of Health… The $433,500 two-year grant is going towards novel research that has the potential to treat brain disorders, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s! The end goal they’re working towards… to come up with a way to deliver large DNA fragments into brain cells. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Mountain Dew mistakes U.P. for part of Wisconsin in new ad campaign

It looks like Wisconsin aren’t the only ones that thinks the Upper Peninsula belongs to them… now Mountain Dew thinks it’s Wisconsin too! In Mountain Dew’s latest marketing campaign that features 50 different bottles with 50 different states, they designed Michigan without the Upper Peninsula… yes, so the U.P. looks like it’s attached to Wisconsin. The same mistake appears in a cartoon video produced by Mountain Dew that advertises Michigan. So far, Mountain Dew doesn’t appear to have reacted to the mistake.

Most Popular Baby Names For 2019 Reveal Royal Inspiration

We’re half way through the year! According to Nameberry’s half-year report, it seems folks are taking a cue from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with Archie the most popular baby boy name, while Isla seems to be the most popular for girls. The 2nd and 3rd names for boys are Asher and Silas… The 2nd and 3rd place names for girls are Aurora, and Charlotte.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Medical marijuana provisioning center open for business

Mt.Pleasant now has its very 1st medical marijuana provisioning center! Located at 309 W. Michigan St. in downtown Mt. Pleasant, Consano had a soft opening yesterday, and is officially open from here on out… Consano is open, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week… and requires a customer to have a medical marijuana state issued card and be above 18 years of age. Two other provisioning centers are in the works in the city… there’s more on themorningsun.com.

A hazy shade of summer: Wildfire smoke visible across Michigan

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom… Yesterday if you noticed a little grayscale hue in the sky, and was wondering what it was… It was or I should say, haze from the wildfires currently raging in Canada. What started over the weekend, continued into the beginning of the week, and is expected to be cleared out by tonight. Although it’s enough smoke in the air to dim the sunlight coming through… it’s not close enough to the surface to affect air quality. There’s more on themorningsun.com.

Meet Michigan's new conservation officers

Michigan’s latest class of conservation officers is very close to entering the fields, streams, and trails. After officers graduated in December, they then have to complete 3 phases of probationary training before they move into their permanent county assignments. The DNR’s primary mission is of course to enforce fish, game, and natural resource protection laws… they are also certified peace officers with authority to enforce all of Michigan’s criminal laws.

Michigan soldier breaks Guinness record for burpees to raise money for veterans

Working out, breaking records, and raising money… 1 young ROTC cadet from Michigan did ALL that, ALL at once! Over the weekend, Bryan Abell, 23, broke the record for the most completed burpees… that’s an exercise where you start from a standing position, go to a squat, kick you legs out, take your chest to the group, push up and then return to a standing position. His goal was to do 4,500… he did 4,689 to break the record. During the 12 hours of the challenge, he raised $1,300 for the Stronger Warrior Foundation… that’s a non-profit Abell and his sister founded that serves military active members and their families.

Powerball results for 07/06/19; jackpot worth $164 million

There were fireworks at plenty of places around the state last Friday… still, no fireworks in the Powerball jackpot! Since there was no winner last week, tomorrow night’s jackpot raises to $180 million, with a cash option of $118.9 million. Tickets cost $2 each for tomorrow’s drawing.

Eye drops sold at Walmart, Walgreens recalled due to ‘potential for non-sterility’

Be careful if you’ve recently bought eye drops from Walmart and Walgreens! Earlier this week, the companies, along with the FDA said some products released to stores around the country aren’t sterile. They say, administration of a non-sterile product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially life threatening infections or death. To be safe, might want to just toss the latest eye drops if you got them from Walmart and Walgreens.


Monday, July 8, 2019

New plan for SmartZone includes retail, housing

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Have you heard of the Mt. Pleasant SmartZone… do you know where it’s at? They were created around Michigan in the early 2000s to attract high-tech jobs to cities. They were put up around a lot of college towns. The Mt. Pleasant SmartZone is the area around the CMU Research Center…. There's a new design plan for the SmartZone that would add: 630,000 square feet of office space, 30 acres of industrial property capable of supporting 600,000 square feet of new assembly or manufacturing space, 105,000 square feet of retail, 915 new residences, 16 acres of parks and town squares, 40 acres of preserved open space, and 15 acres of cropland. There’s more on themorningsun.com.

Alma city officials to host 'Community Chats'

Alma City officials understand that it’s not super easy for residents to voice their opinions in a public forum... From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This summer, they’re trying something new… it’s called “Community Chats”! Alma City Officials will visit 3 local neighborhoods to talk directly with residents. Their 1st stop… Riverside Park, this Wednesday night from 5:30 - 7pm. For the chats, no agendas… whatever the residents feel needs to be discussed! The other Community Chat dates can be found on  themorningsun.com.

Mega Millions results for 07/05/19; jackpot worth $95 million

The Mega Millions jackpot is north of $100 million, since there was no winner of the $95 jackpot last Friday. That raises the total of tomorrow night’s possible winnings to $107 million, with a cash option of $70.3 million. If you’re trying the luck tomorrow night, tickets cost $2 each!

CMU, Covenant HealthCare announce long-term agreement

For the next 25 years… more and more medical professionals from CMU will learn while spending some time at Covenant HealthCare. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… For the next decade and a half, CMU medical students will go through clinical rotations at Covenant facilities in Saginaw… It's all under the supervision of physicians who serve as CMU faculty members! Last week, CMU’s College of Medicine and Covenant HealthCare signed a 25-year affiliation agreement to help strengthen the education of CMU medical students.

Michigan Lottery To Unveil New Instant Game Tuesday

If you’re a fan of Michigan Lottery games… tomorrow, you get a new one! It’s a $1 pull tabs game called CashBot… a player opens all 5 tabs on the ticket and reveals symbols… if they uncover 3 consecutive winning symbols and a “CashBot”, they can text a number to find out the prize multiplier! The multipliers go by 2X, 5X, or 10X… the game will give players a chance at prizes ranging from $1 - $10,000.

Kids music room part of 60s-theme exhibit at CMU museum

In 1969… it was all about the music and the moon landing! To go back in time, and relive it… head to the CMU Museum of Cultural & Natural History… From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… they’ve gotten a makeover to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1969! On your visit, you can see an old psychedelic looking VW bus, play different instruments that were popular during the 1st Woodstock, and read a comic book about the moon landing! To visit the exhibit called “Kozmic Clash: Peace, Love, and Outer Space… stop by the museum M - F, 8 - 5… and 1 - 5 on Saturdays. There’s more on themorningsun.com.


Friday, July 5, 2019

CMU, faculty association reach tentative agreement for five-year contract - From CM Life, Central Michigan University and the CMU Faculty Association reached a tentative agreement on a five-year contract…The Faculty Association represents 665 tenure-track faculty members, will release details of the deal after it's voted in…The current contract expired on June 30th

We have a wiener! Joey Chestnut eats 71 hot dogs for title - Joey  Chestnut ate 71hot dogs and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan's Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest Thursday…He was 3 short of the record he set in 2018, 74…17 competitors tried to take his title…Miki Sudo won the women's competition by chomping down 31 hot dogs, short of her 2018 total of 37…She won for the 6th consecutive time…Sonya Thomas holds the all-time women's record of 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Mt. Pleasant police continue to investigate suspicious west side death - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Mt. Pleasant police continue to investigate a "suspicious death" on the city's west side from earlier this week…24 year old Bianca Nieto was found dead Monday after Tribal police and animal control officers arrived at the house on Pennsylvania in response to a call about an aggressive dog. When they checked the house, they discovered Nieto's body…The case remains open pending the outcome of a drug screening…She was not known to have had health problems that might have contributed to her death.

Most Michigan corn isn’t knee-high by the Fourth of July - Drive by any farmer's firled & the corn certainly isn't Knee High by the 4th of July, Yesterday to be exact…Michigan corn got a late start this year with the rainy spring & late planting…Smaller crops could have a domino effect resulting in higher meat and dairy prices…All livestock in Michigan is fed corn or corn products, & with less coarn available, the prices will be higher, contributing to the higher overall food costs

Powerball results for 07/03/19; jackpot worth $150 million - The Powerball jackpot continues to grow as there was no winner of the $150 million jackpot for the drawing held on Wednesday, July 3…Saturday's draw is now worth $165 million

The Powerball Numbers (white) for July 3: 40-43-45-50-61

The Red Powerball Power Number: 25

The Power Play Number: 3

In Michigan, six tickets sold won $300 in the drawing. That was the largest prize won in the state.

The next Mega Millions drawing is tonight with an estimated jackpot of $95 million

The next Lotto 47 drawing is Saturday with a jackpot of $10.95 million

9 beaches across Michigan closed, have contamination advisories - Hot, muggy weather on a holiday means a trip to the beach will be in order for many of us today…Be careful about where you're dipping your toes…High bacteria counts from storm water runoff or other, unknown sources has closed or prompted contamination advisories at nine beach areas across Michigan…The Beach Guard website gives information on beach water quality  across the state, including water sampling results and daily updates  on which beaches are under advisories or have been closed…The closest beaches to us to double check are…

Ross Lake, Beaverton City Park in Gladwin County

Lake St. Helen - Richfield Township Public Fishing Site, Roscommon County

Reed Lake, Oakland County

Campbell Lake - Robert Morris Park, Kalamazoo County's Comstock Township

St. Clair Shores Memorial Park Beach, Macomb County

Eagle Lake - Lakeland Estates in Oakland County

Lake Gogebic - Gogebic County Park in Gogebic County

Lake Gogebic - Lake Gogebic State Park Beach

Quarry Beach at Central Park, Schoolcraft County


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Fundraiser created for young family member of crash victims

If you haven’t heard of the terrible accident that happened on Sunday… 4 died in a 3-car crash on the corner of M-20 and Vroman Road in Chippewa Township. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Jasmine Jackson lost her mother, father, and her 3-year-old brother. To try and help Jasmine with her future… a GoFundMe page was created! At the time this story was written, it’s raised just over $14,000! If you want to make a donation to Jasmine’s future, including counseling, education costs, clothes and school supplies… search “Jasmines Future” on GoFundMe. There’s a link on themorningsun.com.

State police looking for missing child believed to possibly be in Mt. Pleasant

The Michigan State Police are looking for a missing infant… they believe it could be in the Mt. Pleasant area! From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Dakota Blackwood is only 12 days old… she’s believed to be with her mother, Ilah May Mankel, and grandparents, Linda Mankel, and Bryan Mankel. It seems that the family’s on the run, since there’s a court order for the infant to be removed from the Mankel’s care. It’s possible that they’re driving a tan minivan with a “Student Driver” sticker on the back. If you can provide info on the family and the infants whereabouts… please contact the police. There’s more through themorningsun.com.

Michigan and Mt. Pleasant Fireworks Laws Outlined For The Holiday

For a lot of people, the holiday’s already begun! Before you start yours… it never hurts to remember a couple things! Of course, the safety tips and… the law. Michigan’s local government entities - like villages, townships, and cities - have the right to restrict the days and times when their residents can use fireworks. Mt. Pleasant’s City Ordinancestates a person can only use fireworks on their own property, the day before, the day of, and the day after a recognized holiday… for example… today, tomorrow, and the 5th of July. The city ordinance also restricts the use of fireworks in between 1am and 8am... during that time, fireworks may not be discharged within City limits.

Giant American flag to hang from Mackinac Bridge via ‘ingenious’ new reel system

Tomorrow, if you’re heading North and crossing the bridge… you’ll see Red, White, and Blue flying high! This time… right above you, in between the tower on the Mackinac Bridge! Each year, the giant 30’ x 60’ flag hangs from the bridge on Memorial Day, Flag Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Patriots Day, and Veterans Day! In the past, each time the flag was lowered from the tower, traffic had to be stopped and about a dozen staff members had to unroll it... This year, the Mackinac Bridge Authority specially engineered a device that stores the flag when not in use! The best part… it runs on a remote control system… eliminating the need to stop traffic when it’s raised and lowered! This weekend, enjoy the flag a wavin’... while you’re a headin’ north!

Former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca Dies

Former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca has died. His family confirmed the news the automaker died at age 94 – from natural causes. For those too young to recall, Iacocca is best known for saving Chrysler after it filed for bankruptcy in the 1980s. Truthfully, he didn’t just save it – he completely revived the brand! After spending most of his career at Ford and leading the team that designed the Ford Mustang, Iacocca took over a troubled carmaker and stabilized it. He became nationally known through television commercials where he told viewers, "If you can find a better car, buy it."

NASA Successfully Tests Moon Launch Abort System

Yesterday, NASA had a 3-minute test of the abort system on the Orion spacecraft. The Orion test was a success… that’s the capsule designed to carry astronauts to orbit around the moon. It’s a step for NASA towards putting astronauts back on the moon!

Nike Pulls Betsy Ross Flag Shoe After Kaepernick Complains

 

Nike’s pulling their Air Max 1 USA shoes, just before their expected release for the 4th of July. They’re taking them out of market after Former NFL, and current spokesman, Colin Kaepernick said he and others consider the Betsy Ross flag offensive since it was flown at a time when slavery was common in a lot of states. The flag with 13 stars in a circle on a blue field, and 13 red and white stripes, was flown during the Revolutionary War and early days of the U.S… one things for sure… it won’t be flying anytime soon on Nike’s newest shoe.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Isabella sheriff says employee name being used in credit card scam

Yesterday, the Isabella County Sheriff’s office posted to Facebook… their warning was to not fall for a recent credit card scam. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This one, actually involves the sheriff’s office themselves! They say, there’s a scammer calling around, using the names of different employees from the office… saying there’s a warrant for the individuals arrest and if they don’t go to provide payment, they’ll be arrested. The sheriff’s office says… clearly… this is a scam. Don’t try providing payment information. There’s more on themorningsun.com.

Habitat breaks ground for new home in Ithaca

The 1st house built in Gratiot County from the Clinton-Gratiot Habitat for Humanity is going up! From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… If you head down Barber Street in Ithaca, you’ll see the habitat crew and officials working hard. Agency officials choose families based on the applicant's level of need, their willingness to partner with Habitat and their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan. Construction should be completed within three or four months… threes more at themorningsun.com.

Gas prices in Michigan, Midwest expected to spike heading into Fourth of July

Gas prices lately have been on the rise, nationwide… for the 1st time in weeks! Don’t be surprised if they jump even more, heading into the weekend! As of this morning, the average cost for a gallon of unleaded gas in Michigan’s around $2.75… The reason we warn about a possible rise in Michigan’s average gas price, is because the national average had its 1st jump, since declining consecutively for the past 6 weeks! Now, we hold onto our wallets and purses… wait, and see.

CMU trustees approve new physics doctoral degree

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… A few years back, CMU had their 1st graduating doctoral class… last week, the school took steps to expanding their doctorate programs! Graduate students in the physics program will be trained to become independent researchers capable of performing high-quality, original research. The research-intensive program is designed to equip students with professional scientific training in specific subfields, including condensed matter physics, nuclear physics and astrophysics. There’s more at themorningsun.com.

Powerball results for 06/29/19; jackpot worth $136 million

It was a relatively slow night for Powerball players, since there was no winner of the $136 million jackpot from last Saturday’s drawing. That makes tomorrow night’s jackpot worth $150 million, with a cash option of $99.2 million. If you’re going to try for the extra cash before the holiday… tickets cost $2 each.

More Than $1.9 Billion in State Income Tax Refunds Issued for 2018 Tax Year

From the Michigan Department of Treasury… more than 3.3 million state income tax refunds were processed for the 2018 tax year, that left taxpayers with over $1.9 billion. This year’s average taxpayer refund was higher than last year’s… raising from $552, to $571. The state Treasury Department estimates more than 500,000 taxpayers still haven’t filed state income tax returns for the 2018 tax year. Taxpayers have 4 years to file a return and claim an outstanding refund. For more, click michigan.gov/incometax.


Monday, July 1, 2019

New Tribal sub-chief named

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… After Julius Peters passed away last month, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe started a search for a new sub-chief. Last Friday, they named Diana Quigno-Grundahl the new sub-chief… she’ll serve the remainder of the 2017-2019 council term. This is her 6th term on the Tribal Council… the next general election will take place November 5th… There’s more on themorningsun.com.

Cops and Doughnuts Celebrate 10 Years

Back 10 years ago in 2009, the Clare City Bakery was going out of business after 113 years. Naturally, a group of 9 police officers from the Clare area investigated… After seeing and thinking of what they could do… they pooled toge

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