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April 14th 2019 Update

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Shiawassee Radio Series
ShiaRobots Episode 4

Lead Mentor of Corunna Robotics "Team FridgeBot," Scott Stap, talks to Durand Railroaders Lead Mentor, Justin Shankster, in a new Shiawassee Radio Series called "ShiaRobots." The series follows Shiawassee County's robotics programs during the 2019 competitive season.



Shiawassee Radio Series
ShiaRobots Episode 3

Lead Mentor of Corunna Robotics "Team FridgeBot," Scott Stap, talks to Perry Rambots coaches, Jan Luft and Jeff Cole, in a new Shiawassee Radio Series called "ShiaRobots." The series will follow Shiawassee County's robotics programs during the 2019 competitive season.



Shiawassee Radio Series
ShiaRobots Episode 2

Lead Mentor of Corunna Robotics "Team FridgeBot," Scott Stap, talks to Owosso Robotics Coach John Hankerd in a new Shiawassee Radio Series called "ShiaRobots." The series will follow Shiawassee County's robotics programs during the 2019 competitive season.



Shiawassee Radio Series
ShiaRobots Episode 1

Lead Mentor of Corunna Robotics "Team FridgeBot," Scott Stap, hosts a new Shiawassee Radio Series called "ShiaRobots," following the collaborative efforts of all Shiawassee County's robotics programs during the 2019 competitive season.



04. Staying Warm In O Town

Josh Strickland talks with Steven Cohen of O Town Cafe about their decision to stay open 24/7 to provide a warm place to the homeless of Shiawassee County during a spell of life-threatening winter weather.



03. Corunna Robotics

Josh Strickland talks with Corunna's "Team FridgeBot" Lead Mentor Scott Stap about Shiawassee County's growing place in competitive robotics.



02. A Hazzard County Christmas

Josh Strickland talks with Pastor Steve Rau from Shiawassee Harvest Church about the church's holiday concert event featuring the stars of the hit TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, and how it came together.




01. Sheriff BeGole's Farm

Josh Strickland talks with Sheriff BeGole about his barn project along with a variety of items of "Sheriff business."





Three men are in custody after they tried to steal drugs from a pharmacy in St. Clair County. Maliek Davis and Jalen Richardson both of Novi, and Dezhon Colson of Detroit were identified after deputies viewed video of the license plate of the car they were using.

The K-9 praised for rescuing a little boy that was lost a couple years ago has died. The Allegan County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that K9 Medo died at the age of eight.

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bipartisan bill to address influence in U.S. elections. Democratic representative Elissa Slotkin of Holly introduced the measure that bans foreign governments and entities from buying political ads.

Drivers in and around Grand Rapids are being reminded that with warmer weather comes road repairs. More than a dozen major road construction projects will be taking place this summer. 

A major redevelopment plan is underway for the former Standard Accident Insurance Company building in downtown Detroit. The building will feature 100 hotel rooms and 70 apartments.

Two construction companies could be contracted to replace Flint’s remaining lead pipes. Flint City Council moved the city administrator’s resolution to contract Lang Constructors for $5.2 million and WT Stevens for $5.6 million.

Lansing mayor Andy Schor announced that he's setting up the "Mayor's Interfaith Advisory Council". The group will offer advice in areas that impact the quality of life for Lansing residents. 

The city of Cadillac is a step closer to clearing out some blight on the former Mitchell-Bentley property. They received $1 million from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The wife of Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford has announced she has a brain tumor. Kelly Stafford revealed her condition through an Instagram post.

The United States Senate passed a resolution honoring former Detroit Red Wings player Ted Lindsay. Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow introduced the measure to honor the life and legacy of Lindsay.

Michigan now has 34 confirmed cases of measles, the highest since 65 in 1991. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed four new cases in Oakland County.

A new event venue is making its way to downtown Grand Rapids. Verdigris Venues, was granted approval from the Planning Commission to turn 120 Ionia Avenue into a banquet hall and event venue.

Detroit Metro Airport is ranked in the top half for on-time flight departures. Detroit Metro ranked 23rd best in the country out of 75 of the busiest airports.

Police arrested a 54 year old Flint man accused of stealing hundreds of power tools from vehicles parked outside businesses in Flint Township for several years. Investigators say the suspect broke into the vehicles without causing damage.

Michigan’s newest troopers will report to work at Michigan State Police (MSP) posts across the state, after graduating from the 135th Trooper Recruit School. The ceremony was held at the Lansing Center. 

Recent tree clearing at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City has gained a lot of attention. The airport director says in 2014 the Federal Aviation Administration gave them a list of 58 obstructions within a ten-mile radius.

Detroit is being tapped to host the second debate of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. The Democratic National Committee says the debate will air on CNN July 30th and 31st.

Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales in March were down by seven-percent compared with the same month a year ago. There were some positive reports including Ram pickup sales hitting record numbers with a nine-percent increase.

John Ball Zoo is announced one of its animals has died from cancer. Bakari, a 12-year-old African lion, passed away after being diagnosed with lymphoma late last year.

An early morning house fire in Detroit has displaced a mother and her three children on the city's west side. Crews were called to the 85-hundred block of Alpine Street.

Former Flint Mayor Don Williamson has passed away, according to the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office. He served as the mayor of Flint from 2003 until 2009.

The Potter Park zoo team is hoping they'll be seeing a baby in late December. Doppsee, the zoo's critically endangered black rhino, is pregnant. Doppsee mated with Phineus, a male black rhino from the Caldwell Zoo in Texas. released their list of the 50 Most Affordable College Educations in the United States. Two area colleges made the cut, Ferris State is the 37th most affordable school, Lake Superior State comes in at #14. 

Mental health and substance use services are being expanded in Washtenaw County. Beginning May 1 County's Community Mental Health department will begin its new Crisis, Access, Resources, Engagement and Support program.

A federal court judge will be hearing evidence next week on whether hundreds of Chrysler dealers were wronged by the U.S. Treasury. About 300 dealers are asking for an estimated 850-million-dollars, claiming they were coerced into terminating their franchises during the 2009 auto industry bailout.

Gasoline prices continue their upward trend in the latest survey from Triple-A Michigan. The average price of gas statewide has jumped by six-cents to an average of two-dollars-76-cents a gallon.

Travelers were warned to double check flight statuses before heading to Gerald R. Ford International Airport after several flights were delayed across the country due to a technical glitch.

The STEM Teaching and Learning Facility at MSU will be the first in Michigan to use an innovative wood product. The $100 million facility will be constructed of glue-laminated wooden columns and cross-laminated timber.

Repairs and maintenance at a Wexford County ice rink is a step closer to being done. A local law firm, challenged the Cadillac Men's Hockey Program to raise funds for which they would match, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.

Another felony charge is being filed against William Strampel, the former boss of Michigan State University team doctor Larry Nassar. The additional charge was filed along with four pictures found on his university work computer.

State officials are green-lighting a plan to alleviate flooding on two lakes near Kalamazoo. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has approved a permit that will allow for pumping on Crooked and Eagle lakes.

The measles outbreak in Southeast Michigan is now being monitored in Macomb County. The Macomb County Health Department says the person infected went to a Bank of America branch on Romeo Plank Road March 19th.

One person is in the hospital after a shooting in Grand Rapids. Police say it happened on Ardmore Street near Burton Street and Union Avenue.

Six auto repair shops and dealerships in metro Detroit have abruptly closed for not being in compliance with state regulations. Star Motor Auto Repair in Warren and MC Auto Repair in Detroit were both issued cease and desist orders.

The Flint Fire Department is putting on its first ever summer youth fire camp this summer. The goal of the camp is to introduce young students to the field of fire science, including firefighting. It is open to boys and girls ages 12-17.

Mid-Michigan's largest school district is asking people for more money and some people are not happy about it. Just three years after Lansing voters approved a millage to improve local schools, the district is now asking for another one. 

Renovations coming to Baraga State Park are expected to force some temporary camping closures. The north side of the park's campground will be closed May 1 with reopening scheduled for June 28.