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January 20th 2019 Update

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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."






A new study ranks Detroit among the worst cities in the country for jobs in 2019. Wallethub's most recent report has Detroit coming in at 173rd out of 182 cities that were analyzed.  

The United Auto Workers union is suing General Motors over claims the company breached its labor contract by using temporary workers. The UAW filed the suit requesting seniority union members to be transferred to the plant in Fort Wayne.  

A West Michigan goat farm is asking for your old Christmas trees. Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo in New Era hopes you'll give them your old trees so they can use them to feed their goats through the winter season.  

Kent County is among the top places in 2018 for Airbnb renters. According to the vacation rental company, more than 600-thousand guest arrivals were reported last year, earning hosts a combined 78-million-dollars.

An explosion and fire at a Detroit factory left three people injured. Detroit Firefighters were called to the Global Titanium site on Flier Street near Seven Mile Road. 

Hurley Medical Center's "Hospital Elder Life Program" is in need of volunteers. Cathy Metz, service line administrator at Hurley Medical Center, said the program is needed to keep elderly patients active and up on their feet.  

A man was taken to a local hospital, after he crashed his truck into the CP Federal Credit Union on E. Kipp Road in Mason. No other injuries were reported.

The man killed in a Presque Isle County snowmobile crash on New Years Day is Jason Saelens from Columbus, Michigan. Authorities say his snowmobile hit a rock on a trail south of Millersburg, which threw him from the sled and he hit a tree. 

Former Lt. Governor Brian Calley, will take over the presidency of the Small Business Association of Michigan. The group announced that Calley is going to become the organization's principal lobbyist.

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a massive fire at a potato farm in Greenville. Crews from nine different fire departments were called to the scene. 

Cancer survivors and patients are being offered oncology massages by Mercy Health Saint Mary's. It will be offered as an outpatient service and is free for patients.   

Detroit's newest boutique hotel in the heart of downtown is finally up and operating. The Shinola hotel welcomed guests in its official opening to the public.  

A woman is in critical condition after she was hit by a vehicle early New Year’s Day. The Flint Police Department responded around 1:15 a.m. to the area of North Saginaw and Damon streets for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. 

Hawk Island Snow Tubing Hill in Lansing is open for winter activities. The Snow Hill offers sculpted snow tubing runs and a lift to the top. Hours are Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-8pm. 

A Benzie County man was charged after allegations he held a woman at gunpoint for multiple hours. Michael Johnson, 63, met a Kalkaska County woman at a parking lot in Kingsley to give something back to her. 

A building mural is in the works along Spring Lake’s Lakeside Trail. The mural, which would be the village’s first public art, is expected to be supported by a Patronicity crowdfunding campaign for $30,000 and a match from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Michigan heads into the new year with average statewide gas prices of nearly $2 per gallon. Gas prices in Michigan have continued to fall from October into 2019, as GasBuddy reports they are down about 25 cents in the last month.  

It was a close call for a Grand Rapids police officer who almost got his cruiser stolen. A man was arrested for allegedly jumping into the cruiser and starting the engine before running off.

Beaumont Hospital in Troy welcomed the first baby born in Metro Detroit New Year's Day. Chloe Jean Catanzaro was born at 12:13 Tuesday morning weighing seven pounds and measuring at 19.5 inches.

A company is offering a signing bonus of up to $1,250 for new employees ready to hit the road. Davis Cartage Company, a trucking and warehousing firm, is set to host a hiring event from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 19, at its Corunna facility. 

The Lansing Police Department is investigating an accident that happened near the State Capitol building. Officers were dispatched to the scene of a car versus tree crash. Five people sustained minor injuries. 

One man is dead after a house fire in Grand Traverse County. Multiple crews were called to the fire on Crestwood Lane. Two other people inside the house at the time of the fire, were able to get out safely. 

Charges are being filed against a Dearborn pharmacist who charged for medication prescribed to dead people. Haytham "Tom" Fakih, committed healthcare fraud when he billed for medication that was never dispensed to patients.   

DTE Energy has agreed to pay an 840-thousand dollar fine over improper shutoffs and incorrect billing. The Michigan Public Service Commission began investigating problems with the utility's new billing system over a year ago.   

Michigan's first hand donor was honored at the Rose Parade in California. Shayna Sturtevant of Norton Shores was one of 43 donors from across the nation featured on the Donate Life float.   

Detroit Fire Department officials will be going through the former training center looking for sensitive records that may have been left behind after the site closed in 2014. The building was the scene of a suspicious fire.   

Genesee County will lose 70 years of combined experience on the bench today. Genesee Circuit judges Judith A. Fullerton and Geoffrey L. Neithercut were prohibited from seeking re-election because they surpassed the election-age limit of 70 for judges. 

Investigators have identified the man who died in a plane crash on Beaver Island. The victim in the crash has been identified as Donald Stuart Falik, 72 of Charlotte, Michigan.