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Friday, October 18, 2019

 A Haunting on McDonald will take over for previous Haunted Yard tradition
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… It’s spooky season! If you’re trying to get scared this season… tonight starts a brand new attraction, in Mt. Pleasant! A Haunting on McDonald is the new, spooky event taking place of the Haunted Yard… which was previously put on by Kriss and Mike Roethlisberger for 22 years before it was retired. The event is free, though donations are encouraged as proceeds will be donated to Special Olympics of Michigan. A Haunting on McDonald will take place on 2116 McDonald Drive, this weekend… as well as next weekend, and the week of halloween. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer increases CMU's state funding for the 2019-20 academic year
From the CM-Life Newsroom… After more than three months of budget battles between the governor and Republican lawmakers, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed 16 bills on Sept. 30 that created the budget for the state of Michigan, using line-item veto power 147 times. Within that budget, Whitmer approved a 0.5 percent increase to public university operations which was distributed to each state university. In addition to operational budget allocations, Whitmer approved a $6.7 million addition to the North American Indian Tuition Waiver Funding pool, which makes tuition free for Native American students. For more, click cm-life.com

CMU Program Board to host Silent Disco
From the CM-Life Newsroom… Tonight, CMU’s Program board is hosting something that’s kept pretty quiet… Silent Disco goes a little something like this. Instead of playing music over a speaker system, participants use wireless headphones that are all connected to a central music source. Silent Disco is scheduled to start at 7pm tonight in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. The event’s free… for more info, click cm-life.com.

First-Ever All Female Spacewalk Is A Go
The 1st all-female spacewalk is scheduled for this morning at the International Space Station. As we told you before, American astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will put on their spacesuits to replace malfunctioning battery components connected to the station's solar power system. The walk was originally scheduled for the spring, but issues with spacesuits forced the delay. It's a big milestone for NASA. Of the 38 active astronauts, only 12 are women. It started earlier this morning at 7:50am ET. To watch the spacewalk, visit NASA’s YouTube Channel.

Drug take-back day is Oct. 26, several sites throughout state
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The Michigan State Police and other law enforcement agencies are urging residents to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted pills on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day… that will be next Saturday… Oct. 26. All MSP posts will serve as drop-off sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All collected pills will be destroyed, with no questions asked. Liquids, inhalers, patches and syringes won’t be accepted. During the April 2019 event, MSP posts collected 1,184 pounds of prescription drugs. There’s more information on themorningsun.com.

Five Guys announces Oct. 28 opening date
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… there’s been buzz ever since the company announced they’d be opening their next location in Mt. Pleasant. Five Guys Burgers and Fries released a poll on Facebook asking potential customers when they think the new location will open. The 2 options were October 28th, and November 11th. After releasing the results, people can now see that the store next to Shin’s Korean Restaurant and Pita Pit on Mission Street, will open on October 28. There’s more on themorningsun.com.
 


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ithaca selects interim school chief
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Ithaca has selected a new interim superintendent for the school district. Sarah Kettlelhohn, a 1981 Ithaca grad, will hold down the fort for the next 15 months while Superintendent Steve Netlzey serves a 15-month deployment with his Michigan National Guard unit in Iraq. Kettlelhohn retired as superintendent of Merrill Community Schools, in June of 2018. For more on the story, click themorningsun.com.

The Gratiot County Players present Neil Simon’s "The Good Doctor"
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Starting this weekend, the Gratiot County Players will present the Neil Simon comedy, “The Good Doctor” at The Strand Theatre in Alma. This show kicks off the 2019 to 2020 season! Showtimes are at 7:30pm for tomorrow, Saturday, as well as next Friday and Saturday. This Sunday and next Sunday, it shows at 2:30pm. For tickets, visit gratiotcountyplayers.com. For more on the Gratiot County Players, click themorningsun.com.

GM, UAW Reach Tentative Agreement To End Strike
There are reports that General Motors and the UAW have reached an agreement to end the current strike. The deal on a 4-year agreement appears to have come on day 31 of a strike that has kept nearly 50-thousand workers from their jobs and cost the company more than a billion dollars. The union said the strike will continue until its UAW GM Council can vote on the proposed agreement. It is expected to consider that deal today. This has been the longest strike against GM since 1970.

20K prehistoric-looking lake sturgeon stocked throughout Michigan
You know what they say… at some point, “all old things become new!” The same goes for Michigan’s fish! Over this summer and fall… nearly 20,000 young lake sturgeon were released in Michigan waters. The threatened, prehistoric-looking species can grow up to 7 feet long, weigh up to 300 pounds and can live to be over 100 years old. The native fish was once considered a nuisance, but then became prized meat. Then, overfishing, pollution, dam construction and other factors drove the lake sturgeon to near extinction in Michigan. Michigan’s DNR says Lake sturgeon are important to our state’s history and future.

Coldwater Lake park upgrades get final okay from county board
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… a project to expand and upgrade Coldwater Lake County Park is expected to get started as soon as possible. The project calls for some changes in lot size and access… but the most notable change is an increase in the park’s electrical infrastructure. Currently, the park offers 30-amp plugs… with the new project, the camp will be able to serve campers that require 50-amps. For more, click themorningsun.com.

National Guard exercise to simulate chemical spill in Isabella County
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… “Northern Exposure” is one of the national guard's annual exercises, and this year it is rotating into the Michigan State Police's Sixth District. Basically, the exercise is what would happen if the entire state were engulfed with floodwater, in this case, caused by unusually high water levels in the Great Lakes and a 500-year flood scenario. Part of that is an exercise in Isabella County, intended to provide Hazmat training to area first responders and the county's emergency management team. Currently, the office of emergency management, the sheriff's office and the county's hazmat team are scheduled to participate in April of next year. An invitation to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe was forwarded and participation of its police and fire departments is possible. For more, click themorningsun.com.
 


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Powerball results for 10/12/19; jackpot worth $90 million
There was no winner of the $90 million Powerball jackpot for last Saturday’s drawing. That makes tonight’s drawing worth $100 million, with a cash option of $69.4 million. If you’re playing, tickets cost $2 each!

‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ will air twice this year
Hardcore Halloween fans are in for a treat this year! The classic, ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ will air not only once… but twice on ABC this year! This Tuesday night at 8, and again next Sunday night at 7! The film that celebrated its 50th anniversary 3 years ago originally aired on CBS in 1966. Since 2001, it's been on ABC.

Governor Declares October As Agritourism Month
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed October as Michigan Agritourism Month. Agritourism is a niche form of tourism and defines the places where agriculture and tourism connect, including any time a farming operation opens its doors to the public and invites visitors to enjoy their products and services. Examples of agritourism include farmers markets, on-farm markets, school farm tours, wineries, roadside produce stands, on-farm weddings and events, corn mazes and much more. Visit MichiganFarmFun.com for a directory of Michigan agritourism businesses.

Fireworks might be part of downtown Christmas festival
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… a lot of people are ready for Halloween… If you’re one who can skip the holiday, and go straight for the Christmas Tree, here’s some news for you! Fireworks will once again likely be a part of Mt. Pleasant Christmas celebration. If the necessary $10,000 is raised, the fireworks will be held after the Lighted Parade in downtown on Dec. 7. There’s more on themorningsun.com.

Happy anniversary, CMU police
What began with 4 individuals, 1 patrol car and a handful of mobile radios just after World War 2, is now a professional department of 35 employees, 32 student employees, 10 marked patrol vehicles, 3 Safe Rides vans, and some of the most advanced training and equipment in the state. This year, the CMU Police Department is celebrating 50 years of service! Yesterday, visitors of their open house were able to flip through old police logs, view pictures from many decades, and peek inside patrol vehicles.

Michigan judge stops ban on flavored vapes
A court order issued Tuesday blocks Michigan from enforcing its recent ban on selling flavored nicotine vaping products as a lawsuit from vaping companies makes its way through the courts. “... defendants are hereby enjoined and restrained from enforcing the emergency rules at issue until further order of this court,” wrote Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens in granting a preliminary injunction sought by vaping companies. 906 Vapor and its owner, Marc Sils, sued the state last month, arguing it didn’t have the authority to put the vaping ban in place. Stephens combined the case with a similar one from A Clean Cigarette Corporation. The order granting a preliminary injunction does not resolve the case itself, which is still moving through the court system.
 


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Athletics releases updated renditions for Chippewa Champions Center
From the CM-Life Newsroom… earlier this month, CMU’s athletic department released an updated vision for the Chippewa Champions Center. That’s the building that will go up next to the north endzone of Kelly Shorts Stadium. The building’s dedicated to both student-athletes, and the community that will visit it. The more than 62,000 square-foot structure will feature a 7,000 square-foot workout center, a sports medicine and rehabilitation facility, as well as 2 pre- and post-workout nutrition stations. The football team’s locker room will cover 4,200-square-feet, along with an equipment, laundry and video operations room… and that’s just for the athletes! Along with all the new student-athlete features, the Chippewa Champions Center will feature 2 different options to watch football games. For the full updated vision, click cm-life.com.

M-20 bridge to reopen this week
After a year and a half of construction, the M-20 bridge just West of Midland is set to reopen all 4 lanes this week! The total investment of $21.3 million covered demolishing the old bridge, constructing a new one, a new asphalt and concrete pavement roadway, drainage, sidewalks, traffic signals and street lighting. The Karl B. Robertson bridge crossing over the Tittabawassee River is set to open at the earliest on Wednesday… at the latest, Friday.

Mega Millions results for 10/11/19; jackpot worth $60 million
There was no winner of the $60 million Mega Millions jackpot for the drawing held last Friday. That makes tonight’s drawing worth $65 million, with a cash option of $44.7 million. If you’re playing, tickets cost $2 each!

October Declared Fire Prevention Month In Michigan
Over the weekend, Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed October as Fire Prevention Month. It’s to help emphasize this year’s National Fire Protection Association theme: “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape.” Make sure to develop a home fire escape plan and practice it, especially in the dark! It’s vitally important to know 2 ways out of every room in case of a fire. In Michigan, the majority of fire deaths happen overnight, with fires starting in living rooms or bedrooms. Closing bedroom doors when sleeping, and having working fire alarms in every bedroom, on every level of your home - are the best defenses against fast-moving fires! For more fire safety tips from the state of Michigan, click michigan.gov/miprevention.

Fifth Michigan Resident Dies From EEE Virus
The risk of EEE continues in the State of Michigan. That’s a dangerous mosquito-borne disease, with a 33 percent fatality rate in people who become ill. As of right now, EEE has been confirmed in 10 people, with 5 fatalities. The cases were in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren counties. For safety precautions and more on the disease… click Michigan.gov/EEE.

Mt. Pleasant chamber names interim president
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Last month, Brett Hyble announced he was leaving the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce. Last week, Teresa Rupert began her new duties after she was named interim president and CEO of the Mt. Pleasant Chamber. She started her tenure with the chamber as an ambassador in 2013 and joined the board in 2015. She took on the role of secretary, treasurer and chair for the board in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The search is underway for an official President & CEO of the chamber.
 


Monday, October 14, 2019

For Michigan… October 14, 2019 is Indigenous Peoples Day
Last Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a proclamation marking today, October 14th, 2019 as Indigenous Peoples Day! The state of Michigan recognizes the presence of the 3 major tribes in our state today… the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Pota-wato-mi, who have lived upon this land since a time way before Columbus came to this continent. Still, many people don’t know or just refuse to realise historical truths about pre-existing indigenous cultures that survived a violent colonization process. Today in Michigan, as any other day should be also… is to uplift our country’s indigenous roots, history, and contributions.

CMU studies where Great Lakes meet land
A new hour-long documentary shines a light on coastal wetlands, a "last line of defense" for the Great Lakes and a major focus of research by CMU. Produced by WCMU Public Media in partnership with CMU's Institute for Great Lakes Research, "Linking Land and Lakes: Protecting the Great Lakes' Coastal Wetlands" showcases the efforts of 15 universities and government agencies collecting data to help restore an ecosystem that has been 50% destroyed throughout the Great Lakes region. The WCMU production team traveled the entire Great Lakes basin over 18 months, covering 5,000 miles in Michigan; Wisconsin; Indiana; Illinois; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; and Ontario, Canada. It premieres this Wednesday at 8 P.M. on WCMU Public Television.

Autumn brings spike in car-deer accidents
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… We’re in the middle of Fall, and with that comes the rut… if you don’t know what that means, long story short… it’s mating season for deer. Bucks are chasing after does and sometimes, those chases cross roadways, to unfortunate conclusions. The Michigan DNR is warning of more deer movement and activity on Michigan roads. Use caution when driving during the fall… especially in the early morning and evening hours. Just last year, the sheriff’s offices of Isabella, Gratiot, and Clare counties responded to a total of 2,337 car accidents caused by deer. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Taco Bell pulls beef from some stores on quality concerns
From the Associated Press… Over the weekend, Taco Bell was apologizing… for an inconvenience that hindered some customer’s ability to enjoy their late-night cravings. After some locations beef was found to not meet their quality standards… the company has stopped serving seasoned beef temporarily at some locations. Taco Bell says, until they can replenish supplies, customers should try chicken or steak in their burritos. Affected locations are in Michigan, Kentucky, and Ohio. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Apex nearing site choices for its 136 Isabella project turbines
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… It should only be a couple of weeks until property owners in Northern Isabella County know where Apex Clean Energy LLC plans to build 136 wind turbines. Right now, one of Apex's subcontractors is running map simulations to test different locations for things that generally annoy neighbors of wind turbines. Some of those include sound and shadow flicker, a phenomenon that happens when light from the sun is cut-off by turbine blades, creating fast-moving shadows. The current plan is to hold off on putting up the turbines, until next year… after the frost restrictions are lifted from the county's roads. Then they’ll try to build all 136 turbines by the end of the year.

CMU educates students during Cybersecurity Awareness Month
From the CM-Life Newsroom… If you didn’t know, October is Cyber-Security Month! CMU’s Business Information System faculty and Cyber-Security Club have been working to make CMU students and community members aware of the importance of cyber-security. Some tips they’ve been hanging up around campus include using your personal hotspot from your smartphone while in public places… they’re more secure than free Wi-Fi; only use sites that begin with https:// when shopping or banking online; and don’t respond to or click links from people or organizations you don’t recognize. To see more tips and be cyber smart, click cm-life.com.
 


Friday, October 11, 2019

Former marching band announcer will introduce the halftime show for homecoming
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… From 1973 to 2008, Dr. Dick Allen was the announcer for the Central Michigan University Chippewa Marching Band. On Saturday, he’ll come out of retirement for the Homecoming game to introduce the band at the halftime show. In the past, the halftime announcement was live but because the halftime shows currently does prerecorded announcements, tomorrow a prerecorded version of Dr. Allen's voice will be played. For more, click themorningsun.com.

CNC Receives Grant for Chippewa Trail Bridge
The Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) has received a $125,000 grant from the Midland Area Community Foundation’s Healthy Community Fund for its Chippewa Trail Bridge Maintenance and Repair Project. It will go towards one of the two bridges that were constructed in 2005, to connect the CNC to Downtown Midland, at the Tridge. Thousands of visitors use this non-motorized pathway annually, and its ADA accessibility makes it an ideal way to connect individuals with limited mobility to nature. Over the years, the Chippewa Trail bridges have sustained weather-related damage, which has been addressed with hinged ramps, repaired decking and railings and asphalt to level out the approaches. Now, money from the grant, will help reconstruct 1 of the bridges.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe leads state in 2018 gaming cash payouts
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Payouts to mid-Michigan governments from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe topped all other tribes in the state for 2018, marking a return to the top of the list for the first time in at least seven years. In addition, the city of Mt. Pleasant – recipient of $1.4 million in payments made in lieu of taxes – was the fourth-largest beneficiary in the state, according to an annual report issued Thursday by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe – with casinos in Mt. Pleasant and Standish – led the state with payouts of $6.03 million. For more, visit themorningsun.com.

Homecoming 2019 at Central Michigan University
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Tomorrow’s a busy day, with busy plans, busy roads, and busy parking lots. If you’re heading to Central Michigan University for Homecoming festivities… here’s a quick look at tomorrow’s agenda! Tomorrow at 7AM, the 5k Run/Walk that benefits Special Olympics Michigan will kick off at Finch Fieldhouse. At 9AM, the 50-year Reunion Brunch will celebrate the classes of 1960-69 in Powers Hall. The Homecoming parade starts at 11AM in Parking Lot 22 and travels through campus before heading north on Main Street, towards Downtown Mt. Pleasant. The tailgate lots will open at 11AM… the CMU football game vs. New Mexico State starts at 3PM. There’s more on themorningsun.com.

Michigan residents have second-highest beer tolerance in U.S., survey says
Well, it’s no surprise… Michigan likes to drink. Our state has a thriving craft beer industry and a summer culture anchored by things like boating, camping and golfing. Regardless of the season, drinking, in moderation, can be an enjoyable compliment in social situations, but according to a survey released by Alcohol.org, Michiganders have a higher perceived tolerance to alcohol than most states. According to the survey, Michiganders have the second-highest perceived tolerance to beer in the country at 4.02 beers to get intoxicated. Only Arizona @ 4.04 beers was higher. Maine with 3.8 beers, Wisconsin with 3.88 beers and Missouri with 3.87 beers rounded out the top 5.

DC Council votes to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day
This ‘Columbus Day’, Washington, DC, will be celebrating ‘Indigenous Peoples' Day for the first time. The DC Council voted Tuesday to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day, but the change will only last a year. Councilmember David Grosso proposed the "Indigenous Peoples' Day Emergency Declaration Act of 2019." Grosso has championed the bill for the past five years in efforts to honor indigenous people and their contributions.If no permanent legislation is passed in the next year, October 14 will once again revert to Columbus Day.
 


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Safer route coming for cyclists, walkers on CMU campus
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Construction will soon begin on a pathway extension for cyclists and pedestrians who live south of Deerfield Road. The hope is to provide a safer commute to campus for hundreds of CMU students. The project will connect 2 existing sections of non-motorized pathway with a 1,000-foot extension along West Campus Drive… from Denison Drive, to just north of Theunissen Stadium. Once the 8-foot-wide lighted pathway opens, more than 1,600 CMU students living in private apartment complexes on the south side of Deerfield Road will be able to reach campus by foot or bike, without having to use the shoulder of Crawford Road or West Campus Drive. There’s more on themorningsun.com.

Great Lakes Science in Action Symposium aims to connect people, politics and science
From the CM-Life Newsroom… the 6th annual Great Lakes Science in Action Symposium is tomorrow from 9am to noon in the Biosciences Auditorium on CMU’s campus. It’s hosted by CMU’s Institute for Great Lakes Research. The symposium’s a way to prepare and present the next generation of Great Lakes science by translating water quality to lawmaking. A panel discussion covering the importance of native mussels in Michigan rivers, changes in water quality amongst the Great Lakes and "a Great Lakes basin wide coastal wetland monitoring program” will also be featured. They’ll close the symposium up with a premiere of a brand new documentary from WCMU, called “Linking Land & Lakes”. For more, click CM-Life.com.

CMU to celebrate World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10
From the CM-Life Newsroom… Today is World Mental Health Day… Central Michigan University is spreading awareness about the importance of self-care today, through highlighting their resources available to students! All day, a Pop-Up De-stress Zone will be open on the 2nd floor of the CMU Library. From 10am - 2pm, Graffiti boards will be set up around campus for anyone to stop and write how they take care of their mental health. These are just a couple of the resources that the University is featuring all day, for World Mental Health Day! For the entire list, click cm-life.com.

A "glorious day" for Alma's opera house
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… It’s official! The newly refurbished and restored historic opera house in Downtown Alma is now complete! Now called the Wright Leppien Opera House Block, the $6 million restoration was completed with a $1.5 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, along with donations from Alma College alumni and community members. The 5,000 square foot building houses 30 upper story apartments, as well as store fronts on the ground level. So far, 3 businesses are preparing to open on the ground floor. An e-sports arena, a women’s boutique, and a business called “Healthies of Mid- Michigan." For more, click themorningsun.com.

10 Halloween costume safety tips from Beaumont Hospital
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Whether the children will be going trick-or-treating or attending a Halloween party… a few precautions can help make their experience safe and enjoyable. Here are 10 costume safety tips… Purchase or make costumes that are bright, reflective and can be seen in low light conditions. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes. Most commercial costumes are flame resistant. Check the label on your child’s costume to ensure it’s made of flame-retardant material. Make sure that if a costume has a prop like a knife or pitchfork that it’s soft and flexible. Test all face paint and costume makeup to make sure your child doesn’t develop a rash or adverse skin reaction. Make sure your child’s costume doesn’t impede their ability to walk. Shoes should fit properly and the length of the costume should allow your child to move freely. Be careful of sharp edges on masks and make sure it fits your child properly. Tell your child to remove their mask when walking from house to house for better vision. Don’t allow trick-or-treaters to change their eye color with nonprescription cosmetic contact lenses. This may not only impede vision, but can result in an eye infection and/or damage to the eyes. Make yourself and your trick-or-treaters visible. Use reflective treat bags, bring flashlights with new batteries or use glow sticks. Older children should wear a watch and carry a cell phone. Fore more, click themorningsun.com.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Powerball results for 10/05/19; jackpot worth $70 million
The Powerball jackpot continues to climb since there was no winner of the $70 million jackpot from last Saturday’s drawing. That means tonight’s drawing will be worth $80 million, with a cash option of $57.2 million. If you’re playing… tickets cost $2 each.

St. Louis City Hall to hold community forum for "Your Water, Your Choice" campaign
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Center for Michigan to host a community forum for the Center's "Your Water, Your Voice" campaign from 7 to 8:30 p.m. next Tuesday at St. Louis City Hall. The nonpartisan event will cover the topic of Michigan's water and its how it intersects with infrastructure and the economy when making public policy. Those who attend will be asked questions about their thoughts on various issues facing the state's waters followed by a discussion. The information shared at the forum will be incorporated in the Center's ongoing "Citizens's Water Agenda," a report on what state residents view as priories. When complete it will be delivered to all Michigan lawmakers. For more, visit themorningsun.com.

Legislation could give McGuirk Arena a standing liquor license
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… This basketball season, there’s a possibility you could be cracking open a cold one while watching the chippewas. House bill 4912 would give a standing liquor license to to the John G. Kulhavi Events Center, part of McGuirk Arena. The bill could get a vote in the House as soon as next Tuesday. a Central Michigan University venue could get a vote as soon as next week. CMU and the 3 campuses under the University of Michigan umbrella are the only public universities in the state without a standing liquor license at a public venue on campus. Click themorningsun.com for more!

Poisonous caterpillar spotted on Clare County trail
A poisonous caterpillar has been found in Clare County. It was an American dagger caterpillar, on one of Mid Michigan College’s Harrison campus trails. It may look harmless, but the insect is poisonous and anyone who encounters one is advised not to touch it. This caterpillar is typically about 2 inches long and is covered in bright yellow-green bristles. 4 long bunches of black bristles extend near the head and midsection, with a 5th bunch near the creature’s rear.

Outman welcomes Cops & Doughnuts owners to state Capitol
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Yesterday, State Senator Rick Outman celebrated a legislative milestone. He had his first bill signed into law. He contacted some friends to continue an informal tradition many senators participate in… that’s finishing that milestone, with some donuts. Bubba and Ryno from Cops & Doughnuts, made the trip from Clare to the State Capital building with plenty of donuts! For more on the story, click themorningsun.com.

Alma approves tax break for Avalon expansion project
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The Alma city commission has granted a tax break for another expansion project at Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing Inc. The pontoon builder is adding 23,000 square feet to its Michigan Avenue plant that includes increased production and office space as well as a new dealer meeting room and additional equipment. Total cost of the project is $1.44 million. The expansion will allow Avalon & Tahoe, already Gratiot County's largest private sector employer with a workforce of 391, to add 35 more jobs. The Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption presented to the city commission was for $1.2 million in real property value. The expansions due to be completed by the end of the year, and will increase the facility's total space to 260,000 square feet. There’s more on themorningsun.com.
 


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Legends of the Dark seeking volunteers
From the CM-Life Newsroom… Legends of the Dark, an annual event at Central Michigan University, is seeking volunteers to fill a variety of positions for the spooky campus tour. The Office of Student Activities and Involvement (SAI) is hosting tours Oct. 28-30. Oct. 28 will be a family-friendly night without jump scares. The haunted campus tour is currently seeking to enlist over 400 volunteers. Positions such as tour guides, makeup designers, security guards, runners and scarers are needed. The majority of volunteers will be scarers. This role requires individuals to jump out and scare groups as they travel the route. Tour guides are responsible for telling stories about the legends of CMU, which involves memorizing a script. Auditions will take place for this role as sign-ups occur. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $4, or the day of the event for $5. There’s more on cm-life.com.

Alma seeks grant to upgrade park restrooms
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The city of Alma - to say the least, is not quitters. After having their grant application for upgrades to restrooms in 3 city parks rejected… city commissioners recently approved a resolution to try again. This time the application for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant will be a revised version that provides the city a better opportunity to qualify for the funding. It's a competitive process where the state awards "points" to various application categories and the communities that have the highest scores based on set criteria are awarded grants. However, "there is no guarantee" that 360 points will be enough to qualify in this round of grants. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Art Reach to host Greg R. Baird for presentation and regional film premier
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Art Reach of Mid Michigan will host national LGBTQ and anti-bullying speaker, Greg R. Baird, for a presentation and regional premier of the film “2:02 A.M.” Baird, a 1991 graduate of Central Michigan University, will present “Disarming Hate and Bigotry: Building an Accepting & Inclusive Community” this Thursday, at 7 p.m. in the Morey Family Gallery, inside Art Reach of Mid Michigan, in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. Baird says, "This lecture is geared towards those who long for community, acceptance, peace and understanding”. The presentation is appropriate for those ages 13 years and older. It’s free, and open to the public! For more, click themorningsun.com.

Governor Orders Michigan Flags Lowered On Tuesday
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff today, to honor the service of Army Staff Sgt. Kelly Richards, which will coincide with his military funeral. A resident of Grayling, Staff Sgt. Richards was currently serving as a healthcare specialist with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry at Fort Carson in Colorado. He was deployed to the Middle East under Operation Spartan Shield. Staff Sgt. Richards passed away on Wednesday, September 25 at the age of 32 years old while competing for an expert field medical badge at Camp Casey in Seoul, South Korea. The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor, and selfless service of Staff Sgt. Richards by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

Participants sought for marijuana rules workgroup
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Doctors and other medical professionals, attorneys, marijuana business licensees, local government representatives and more are being sought to participate in an upcoming workgroup on the state’s marijuana licensing regulations. The workgroup will be held Oct. 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Traverse City, following the Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s public meeting there. Participants will discuss and make suggestions regarding designated marijuana consumption establishments, marijuana temporary events and other special licenses. It’s for information-gathering purposes only. To be considered for the workgroup, find directions on themorningsun.com.

Oprah Makes Largest Donation In Morehouse College History
Oprah Winfrey has donated $13-million dollars to Morehouse College in Atlanta. It’s the largest endowment ever to the school. Ms. Winfrey was at the all men’s historically Black college yesterday for the 30th anniversary of the Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program. The fund started off at $12-million. Her current donation brings her total investment to $25-million dollars. While speaking, she said, “I’m so proud of you, I'm proud of everybody in attendance at this school who is seeking to know more clearly who you are, the value you hold and how you will share that value with the rest of the world.”
 


Monday, October 7, 2019

Michigan sees first death from vaping-related lung problem
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… another man’s death in Michigan is being attributed to the ongoing national problem associated with vaping. Last Friday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services made the announcement, which raises the national death toll to 19. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that there are 1,080 cases in 48 states and 1 territory. About 75 percent of the cases saw the patient having vaped marijuana products either alone or in combination of nicotine. For more, click www.themorningsun.com.

Official 2019 state Christmas tree donated by Iron Mountain family
A lot of people have their Halloween decorations up… some others are completely skipping the tricks or treats, the thanksgiving turkey, and headed straight for the winter wonderland. Christmas is a lot of people’s favorite time of the year! If you’re one of them, plan to take a trip to Lansing this year during the holiday season! You’ll see a 61 foot blue spruce is the Official 2019 Christmas Tree! It was donated by a family from way up, in Iron Mountain! The tree lighting ceremony will take place Friday, Nov 22nd.

Mega Millions results for 10/04/19; jackpot worth $50 million
Slowly but surely the Mega Millions jackpot continues to grow since there was no winner of the $50 million jackpot from last Friday’s drawing. That means tomorrow night’s drawing will be worth $55 million, with a cash option of $39.7 million. If you’re playing… tickets cost $2 each.

With 2019 deer season underway, Michigan’s best places for hunting
With deer season underway, and hunters in the fields, woods, and country… the question is: “Where is the best place to hunt in Michigan? Last year, Mich igan's DNR conducted a deer harvest survey. It showed that Mid-Michigan and Southwest Michigan offered hunters the best opportunity to bag a deer. Out of over 550,000 deer hunters in Michigan last year… about 49% of them killed at least 1 deer. This year, the DNR says there’s an increasing deer population in Mid-Michigan, Southwest Michigan, and Northern Michigan. As for the U.P. - it's about the same as last year. Deer Firearm season beings November 15th. To see the last year’s full deer harvest survey… visit michigan.gov/dnr.

Master plan draft has big ideas for Mission, University Street and Town Center
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Last week, we told you that Mt. Pleasant’s Master Plan would be unveiled to city groups. Now, since they’ve seen it, everyone else can see what could be a possibility for the next 3 decades. Some ideas in the plan include changing Mission Street to a boulevard, with 2 lanes of traffic in each direction, a median in the middle, and on-street parking. Another possibility would be roundabouts at several sites on Mission like Broomfield, Preston, and Bellows. Possibly having an exit and entrance ramp for U.S. 127 on Broomfield Road instead of the current location south of the city. Of course there’s more ideas in the plan - that the City Commission will see at their Oct. 14th meeting. Planning commissioners have until mid-November to submit their comments. After that, the City Commission would set a 63-day period for public comment. There’s more on themorningsun.com.

UAW: GM Talks Taking "Turn For The Worse"
The nearly two-and-a-half week strike between United Auto Workers and General Motors has hit a serious snag. Apparently, talks have taken a "turn for the worse." The United Auto Workers union said that while there was some progress on negotiations, talks are breaking down. The union claims GM has shown an "unwillingness to fairly compensate" its workers. The strike started on September 16th, when nearly 50-thousand workers hit the picket lines. They’re demanding higher wages, affordable healthcare and a higher share of profits.
 


Friday, October 4, 2019

Three doctors honored by McLaren Central Michigan
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Yesterday, 3 Mt. Pleasant-based doctors were inducted into the McLaren Central Michigan Physician Hall of Fame! Martin Jennings, Thomas Keating, and Paul Simmons… all were given honors because they’ve dedicated long-term service to the hospital, show excellence in their work, are leaders within the hospital, and generously support our community! For more on their induction, click themorningsun.com.

State issues instructions for people seeking recreational marijuana business licenses
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The state has released instructions for people interested in applying for recreational marijuana business licenses. Applications from a 2-step process will be accepted by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency starting Nov. 1. Applications require a $6,000 nonrefundable fee by the main applicant only. There’s more on themorningsun.com. Detailed information for prospective licensees is at Michigan.gov/MRA.

DoorDash Confirms Data Breach That Hit Nearly 5-Million Customers
DoorDash says someone stole nearly five-million of its customers' data. TechCrunch.com says the food delivery company says the breach, which took place before May 4th of this year, affected its workers and merchants as well as its customers. Apparently, thieves took the names, email and delivery addresses, order history, phone numbers and passwords. They said their full credit card numbers were not stolen, though hackers did get the last four digits and security codes. The San Francisco-based company is trying to reassure users, too – they say anyone who joined after April 5th of 2018 is not affected.

Bernie Plans To Participate In Next Debate
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is planning on participating in the 4th Democratic debate – and it’ll be less than 2 weeks following his heart surgery. A senior aide for the Sanders campaign says his "plans haven't changed and he will be at the debate" on October 15th. As we told you before, Sanders was taken to the hospital after he experienced chest discomfort during an event on Tuesday evening. The Sanders campaign canceled all planned events and appearances over the next few days after he had two stents put in to clear a blockage in an artery.

State budget spat could cost Isabella sheriff's office $200,000
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… While the talk in Lansing is that Gov. Whitmer's line-item vetoes whacked the Pure Michigan tourism campaign… closer to home they had Isabella County Sheriff, Michael Main looking at a $200,000 sudden hole in his budget. 2 programs were cut from the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department. The first, was the secondary road patrol grant. Money from that, helped pay the cost of a sheriff's deputy whose primary job was to conduct traffic control on secondary roads. Another line item would take the $160,000 his office is reimbursed by the state for a program that sends felons who violate their probation or parole, to county jails rather than back to state prisons. For more, click themorningsun.com.
 


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Driver drug testing pilot program underway across state
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… After Phase 1 of the driver drug testing program concluded last year, the state has now moved on to Phase 2! That means drivers suspected of being impaired by drugs, could be subjected to the preliminary oral fluid test, as well as the drug recognition 12-step evaluation. The test detects the presence of amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamines and opiates. Refusal to submit an oral fluid analysis upon lawful demand of a police officer, is a civil infraction. There’s more on the new testing, on themorningsun.com.

Absentee voting option now available to all registered voters
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… All registered voters in Michigan are now eligible to vote via absentee ballot without a specific reason. For Mt. Pleasant, a written request to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office, 320 W. Broadway Street by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Absentee Voter Application Forms are available at the City Clerk’s office or can be found online at www.michigan.gov/sos.

Isabella takes first official step towards building new jail
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Earlier this week, Isabella County took its first concrete step towards building a new jail by agreeing to the contract. It's not a contract for the entire project, just the pre-construction phase of it. Technically, the county could go in a different direction with the actual construction. The next step is rounding out the team by hiring a company to handle the architecture and engineering. For more, visit themorningsun.com.

Meijer joins other retailers in pulling Zantac over potential cancer risks
Yesterday, Meijer followed the trend set by other retailers by pulling the heartburn medication Zantac from its over-the-counter shelves. An FDA analysis showed low levels of a potentially cancer causing chemical in the drug. Walmart, Rite Aid, and CVS Health also made the same decision to pull the product from their shelves. All the companies say they do not plan to sell generic versions of Zantac that contain ranitidine, the chemical of concern.

Hoedown Fundraiser for Surrey House Renovation Project to take place at KB Ranch
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This Saturday, an old-fashioned hoedown, complete with line and square dancing for both newcomers and experienced dancers, is set for KB Ranch in Harrison. It’s not only a n opportunity to learn or hone dance skills, but also a fundraiser for the Harrison District Library’s Surrey House Renovation Project. The historic building will become the library’s new home when complete. If dancing isn’t an interest, the afternoon also includes a complete pulled pork dinner and a fundraising auction of unique items. For more, click themorningsun.com

City of Mount Pleasant to present draft of 2050 Master Plan
From the CM-Life Newsroom… The City of Mt. Pleasant is ready to unveil their draft of the 2050 Master Plan. The Master Plan is meant to guide Mount Pleasant during the next 3 decades with policies regarding transportation, parks and recreation, infrastructure and public space. Today, the plan will be presented to 3 different groups… the Downtown Development Authority, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Planning Commission. If you want to see the master plan, all 3 meetings tonight will be live streamed on the city’s YouTube channel. For more, visit CM-Life.com.
 


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Public health programs earn accreditation
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… CMU’s public health programs have received 5-year accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health. To be accredited, schools must show they provide the highest quality of education possible and can ensure academic excellence so students will achieve solid employment upon graduation. The undergraduate major is designed to prepare students for a number of health careers, from community-based organizations to private health agencies, hospitals and government. The master’s program equips graduates to be leaders in areas such as public health policy, planning, management and research.

Three Gratiot corrections officers get Life Saving Awards
Over the summer… If it wasn’t for 3 corrections officers, a Gratiot County Jail inmate might have died. From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Last week the news surfaced of the incident that happened on April 7th. A gentleman in his 40s had been charged and brought into the jail. Later, corrections officers noticed he was possibly having medical problems in the holding cell. After checking on him, and administering tests while calling MMR, the inmate was transported by ambulance to Mid Michigan Medical Center - Gratiot in Alma, then transferred to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. It was discovered the man was having a stroke. Since, the corrections officers, Chris Castanon, Russ Pierce and James Andrew were presented with framed certificates and lapel pins during a brief ceremony at the jail last Thursday. Click www.themorningsun.com for more!

Wednesday is Count Day: Critical for school funding statewide
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Today is count day! If you’ve never heard the term, it means today’s the day that schools across the state will tally the total number of students attending. The count’s info is critical, since the state determines how much aid a school should need - on a per-pupil basis. For a students attendance to count today, they must be at school and receive instruction in all classes. For the detailed rules, click themorningsun.com.

Deadwood Grove Haunts Again!
Here’s something you might not have known! Mid Michigan College’s Harrison Campus offers nearly 20 miles of trails for hikers and mountain bikers. On 6 scary nights in October, Mid’s trails turn into Deadwood Grove and become… HAUNTED! The Haunted Forest is designed and staffed by members of Phi Theta Kappa at Mid. Also known as the international honors society, for 2-year college students. If you can’t make it to the Harrison campus this year, students also created a ‘manic maze’ within the Morey Technical Education Center, on the Mt. Pleasant campus. Funds from Deadwood Grove go towards service learning projects and leadership development experiences. For more, visit midmich.edu/deadwood.

Time is running out to claim $1M winning Powerball ticket, deadline Thursday
Time’s running out for a lucky winner to come forward and claim a $1 million winning Powerball ticket. Someone has until tomorrow at 4:45 p.m. to claim the prize from last year’s October 3rd drawing. They’ll need the winning ticket: ‘41-53-59-63-66’. If no one claims the prize, it’ll be the second $1 million winner to go to the state school aid fund this year!

CTE unveils new auto lab at open house
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The Clare-Gladwin Career & Technical Education’s Automotive Technology program is making big moves! At a recent open house, CTE unveiled one of its 2 state-of-the-art auto laboratories. The CTE offers vocational and skilled trades training to juniors and seniors from Beaverton, Clare, Farwell, Gladwin, and Harrison. 1 of the new automotive labs is located at CTE’s John Magnus Center property in Clare… the others housed at Gladwin High School. For more, click themorningsun.com.
 


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Powerball results for 09/28/19; jackpot worth $50 million
There was no winner of the $50 million Powerball jackpot drawing held last Saturday. That means tomorrow night’s drawing will be worth $60 million with a cash option of $42 million. If you plan to play, good luck! Tickets cost $2 each!

Gratiot water supplies free of PFAs
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… For the past year, the Michigan PFAs Action Response Team has been taking samples of public water supplies, statewide. There’s good news comes from those samples, for Gratiot County. Tests for PFAs on private wells and municipal water supplies have shown that all are free of the hazardous substance. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Governor Signs Budget; Issues 147 Line-Item Vetoes
Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed all 16 state budgets while at the same time, issuing 147 line-item vetoes… From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… She says its to help protect Michiganders public health and safety, access to healthcare, and classroom spending for our children. She also mentioned it’s going to take additional steps to protect Michiganders, and help close the skills gap. For more, click themorningsun.com.

Alma College sees fourth-highest enrollment, most diverse class
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Enrollment at Alma College has always been strong… Lately class sizes have been on an upward trend! 2019’s student headcount is in… at 1,442 it’s the 4th highest enrollment in Alma College’s 133-year existence. The class is also includes the school’s largest number of international students, and overall… the most diverse - in the college’s history! For more on the school, and this year’s class… visit themorningsun.com.

Judges decline to halt Michigan’s flavored vaping ban
Since Governor Gretchen Whitmer implemented a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, she’s had quite a bit of push back from vaping companies and users. 2 lawsuits have sought temporary restraining orders to stop the ban. Both last week were denied their requests. The ban on the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products, officially going into effect tomorrow.


Monday, September 30, 2019

CMU Event management program named world’s best
Central Michigan University has the “World’s Best Undergraduate Recreation and Event Management Program.” The Gold Pinnacle Award was honored by the International Festivals and Events Association, for Best Event Management Bachelor’s Degree. The Association evaluated the program in number of staff and student-to-staff ratio, number of students enrolled and graduated, cost of tuition and financial assistance offered, alumni success, and practical event experience required by the program.

Michigan Lottery Launching New Game Tuesday
Tomorrow, the Michigan Lottery is giving 5 players a chance to win up to $1 million! The adventure’s to participate in a special lottery version of the Wheel of Fortune® Big Money Spin event. Starting tomorrow, players can enter wheel codes from non-winning Wheel of Fortune tickets on michiganlottery.com/wof. 5 lucky players will win an all-expenses paid VIP trip for 2 to Hollywood to participate the real-life lottery. For more, visit michiganlottery.com.

Governor Declares Michigan Manufacturing Week
Last week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation declaring this week is Michigan Manufacturing Week. Michigan’s been the heart and soul of manufacturing in the U.S. for decades. The state has more than 11,000 unique manufacturing firms, which account for more than 635,000 jobs. That all adds up to the $98.64 billion of total output annually. Now every year, September 29th - October 5th is Michigan Manufacturing Week!

Mega Millions results for 09/27/19; jackpot worth $40 million
There was no winner of the $40 million Mega Millions jackpot for the drawing held last Friday… That makes tomorrow night’s drawing worth $45 million, with a cash option of $31.8 million. If you’re trying to play, tickets cost $2 each.

Library exhibits showcase past university photographers
From the CM-Life Newsroom… the public has a chance to see CMU through the years, from the eyes of the people who photographed it. Photos through 66 combined years, by 3 photographers are on exhibit at 2 libraries on campus. The stories of preachers, civil rights leaders, students, musicians, and many others are laid out in front of you in the dual exhibits “Through Three Lenses”, and “Hands, Blues, and Views”. To see both exhibits, visit both the Charles C. Clarke Historical Library, and the Charles V. Park Library. Both exhibits will stay open for the next few months. To get more on the exhibits, visit CM-Life.com

GM reverses course, says strikers will keep health coverage
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… 9 days after General Motors said their workers would not get company-paid health insurance… they’ve changed their mind. Last Wednesday, GM claimed employee health and well-being were part of GM’s top priorities. The worker’s strike pushing for a contract agreement still continues. A GM plant in Mexico was forced to close due to parts shortages caused by the strike.
 


Friday, September 27, 2019

Clare residents warned about high lead levels
The city of Clare is cautioning residents to take precautions after high lead levels were found in a recent round of water testing. Yesterday, Clare’s City Manager posted a letter saying the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy notified officials that test results showed 2 of the 6 samples collected from downtown businesses were above the action level. The city of Clare wants to remind you… the city does not have lead in its water mains. They’re in the process of inventorying all service lines within the City’s water system to enable them to identify what lines they suspect may contain lead. Their goal is to complete the inventory by December 31st, and to replace any known lead service lines.

Pontiac Silverdome site could be new $250M Amazon distribution center
Finalizing of plans is still months away, but the former home of the Detroit Lions could become Amazon’s first campus in the nation. The Pontiac Silverdome would be used as a fulfillment center and delivery station if everything goes as planned. The $250 million project would create 1,500 full-time jobs!

Annual CMU vs. WMU blood drive to take place Sept. 27
Tomorrow’s battle on the Football field isn’t the only battle happening this weekend between Central Michigan and Western Michigan Universities. From the CM-Life Newsroom… The American Red Cross is once again hosting the CMU vs. WMU blood drive today from noon to 5:45 p.m. in the lobby of Emmons Hall. An engraved trophy is awarded to the school that donates the most blood. Western currently holds the trophy that CMU plans to get back, with a goal of 50 units of blood… that’s enough the save the lives of 150 people! To schedule a donation time… visit redcross.org.

Trustees approve $1M Culinary Center, discuss declined retention rates
In the coming years, CMU’s Nutrition and Dietetics program will get a brand new, state-of-the-art cookin

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