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Trump Skipping Correspondents Dinner For Detroit-Area Rally

For the second straight year, President Donald Trump is holding a rally instead of attending the White House Correspondents Dinner. The president’s campaign announced Tuesday that Trump will hold a rally on April 28 in the Detroit suburb of Washington Township. His rally is slated to begin around the same time as the glitzy gala. Trump has skipped the dinner both years he has been in office. But this year, unlike in 2017, he has encouraged aides to attend. Some, however, will be needed to staff the just-announced rally. Last year, he held a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and spent much of the evening bashing the press, saying he was “with much, much better people” at the rally.. ...Read Full Story

Lt. Gov. Calley Turns In Signatures To Qualify For Ballot

(Lansing, MI – AP) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley has submitted more than 25,000 nominating signatures to qualify for the ballot. The lieutenant governor turned in the petitions Tuesday at the secretary of state’s office, where he was joined by his wife and their three children. He says his campaign is about “continuing Michigan’s comeback.” He cites job gains and a lower unemployment rate and a plan to help people fill professional and skilled trades jobs of the future. Calley is the fourth Republican candidate to turn in signatures in what has become an increasingly pitched battle between himself and Attorney General Bill Schuette, particularly as super PACs backing them run negative ads on TV.. ...Read Full Story

Tugboat Blamed For Pipeline Damage

From the Associated Press — The U.S. Coast Guard says it’s still looking into what caused damage to underwater electric cables and oil pipelines in the channel that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Cmdr. Shaun Edwards declined to comment Tuesday on an announcement by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette that his office was bringing civil action against VanEnkevort Tug & Barge of Escanaba, Michigan. Schuette says a company vessel dragged an anchor along the Straits on Mackinac on April 1. Edwards says Schuette’s move was separate from the investigation led by the Coast Guard and includes other federal, state and tribal agencies. Edwards says that after the investigation is finished, any mariner who acted wrongly could lose credentials or be referred to the Department of Justice for a
criminal investigation. Officials say two underwater remote vehicles will examine the damaged cables and pipelines.. ...Read Full Story

Olympic Medalist Wieber Sues MSU, USA Gymnastics

Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber is the latest gymnast to sue Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee over former sports doctor Larry Nasssar’s sexual abuse. Wieber grew up north of Lansing was on the “Fierce Five” team that won gold in 2012. She filed a lawsuit in California Tuesday alleging Michigan State and former USA Gymnastics leaders hid Nassar’s conduct from the public and law enforcement. She says the abuse spanned between 2006 and 2012, her medical records were destroyed, and she and her teammates “were not protected.” More than 250 women and girls say Nassar sexually assaulting them under the guise of treatment. He’s serving 60 years in federal prison for child pornography and if he survives that sentence, he’ll serve the rest of his years in a Michigan prison for sexually abusing hundreds of women and girls. Accusers include three other members of the 2012 team – Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney. Those being sued have denied cover-up allegations.. ...Read Full Story

Commission Talks Procedures

Benton Harbor City Commissioners this week shot down a couple of proposals that would have changed up some of their own procedures. At Monday’s meeting, the commission considered changing a rule which states the mayor gets to make all committee appointments, which are then voted on by the full commission. Under the proposed resolution, committee appointments would instead be made by the legislative committee. Mayor Pro Tem Duane Seats wasn’t having it.. ...Read Full Story

Congressman Upton Comments On Death Of Barbara Bush

Congressman Fred Upton is among thousands of Americans remembering former First Lady Barbara Bush. In a statement, the St. Joseph Republican called her “the epitome of class and as genuine as they come.” He added he has great memories of campaigning with her and former President George H.W. Bush, saying she “always thought of others first, was always kind, and was always quick with a joke and a smile.” Barbara Bush was only the second woman in history to be both a first lady and the mother of a President. Her funeral will be Saturday in Houston, and by invitation only.. ...Read Full Story

Proos On Prison Kitchen Inspections

State Senator John Proos is working on language to insert in the Michigan Department of Corrections budget to subject all department-operated kitchens to the public safety requirements of the state’s food code. Proos tells WSJM News it would make sense for prison kitchens to be inspected the same way as restaurants.. ...Read Full Story

Teachers Voice Support For Principal

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education has heard from a group of teachers opposed to the possible release of High School Principal Donald Pearson. The board was presented on Tuesday with a letter signed by nearly 40 staff members stating support for Pearson. Teacher Shay Briggs-Sternaman read from it.. ...Read Full Story

Realtors Helping To Create Dog Park

The village of Baroda is getting a new dog park thanks to the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors. Association Executive Alan Jeffries tells WSJM News they award a $2,500 grant each year to a local community for an improvement project with the national association’s placemaking grant program. This year, Baroda gets an area where people can take their dogs.. ...Read Full Story