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The Human Trafficking Community Group Raises Awareness in Roscommon Human trafficking is a problem nationwide - and Northern Michigan is not immune. "When we left our subdivision we saw police cars just kind of sitting around. Ya know? So we knew that they were watching for somebody," Jean Tornga says police busted a group of men soliciting people right in her neighborhood near Houghton Lake.

Montcalm County officials advocating for local veterans STANTON - Montcalm County's Veteran Affairs Department director went from part-time to full-time this year, and he's looking to expand local resources for veterans even more.

Ionia tops Lansing Catholic, 69-63, to take first place in CAAC-White and remain undefeated The Bulldogs welcomed in Lansing Catholic with both teams sporting a 3-0 record in the CAAC-White early in the season. The Bulldogs put their perfect season record on the line and came out with a key victory, defeating their conference rival, 69-63. The crowd was large and loud as the two teams showed a lot of energy in the first half.

MCC animal science students receive hands-on experience with dog microchipping session "It was amazing," Covey said. Following a period of lecturing and teaching from the instructors, those who were brave enough to attempt microchipping a dog themselves were able to do so under the supervision of their instructors.

Pine River Wrestling Hosts Inaugural 'Fallen Buck Invitational' Saturday afternoon Pine River hosted a wrestling tournament featuring five other schools from all over the state but it was more about what the tournament was representing than what happened on the mats. This meet will be an annual event now named the Fallen Buck Invitational.

Thirty Seven Years Later, Friends and Family Search For Janette Roberson's Killer For 37 years, the friends and family of Janette Roberson just want to know one thing, who killed her? On January 19, 1983, Janette was murdered in the basement of a department store in Reed City. The investigation never led to any arrests and the case still remains open.

CC-Crystal schools board organizes, hears superintendent search update CARSON CITY - The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education is getting organized for a new year. Before Monday's regular meeting, the CC-C school board briefly met for an organization meeting.

Analyzing new LB coach Brian Jean-Mary from a recruiting perspective While at USF, he gained the defensive coordinator title and his focused definitely shifted from recruiting to X's and O's, as he's only listed as the primary recruiter for three players in the last two years there.

Bob Shoop's history as a recruiter and how he will fare at Michigan Despite not being known for his recruiting chops, that all can change in Ann Arbor.

Michigan officially announces two assistant coaching hires These positions became open when safeties coach and special teams coordinator Chris Partridge left for Ole Miss and linebackers coach Anthony Campanile left for the Miami Dolphins. "It is an honor to join Coach Harbaugh's staff at the University of Michigan," Jean-Mary said.

WOOD-TV reporter coincidentally gets 'DCK 247' license plate WOOD-TV reporter Lynsey Mukomel took to Twitter on Friday to marvel at the new license plate she got…

Howes: Trump's case for re-election hinges on economics It must be an election year. Right on cue, the trade wars are coming to an end. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed what he calls "Phase One" in a massive trade deal with China.

Cassius Breaks the Record; Wing Play Breaks the Badgers, 67-55 MSU improves their Big Ten record to 6-1 with a convincing, bounce-back win.

Recap, takeaways from Michigan basketball's loss at Iowa Iowa's Luka Garza had another massive performance, tallying 33 points on the evening after having 44 points in the 103-91 Michigan win at Crisler on Dec. Michigan got off to a nice start in this one in the first half, but the Hawkeyes would use an 18-2 run to pull ahead and take a 47-43 lead into the locker room over the Wolverines.

Green Medicine GREENVILLE - When starting a medicine shop in Greenville, Shawnee Lenon and Matt Bonner didn't want to offer their customers average, run-of-the-mill CBD products. "You can buy CBD at gas stations or video stores, but buyer beware" Bonner said. "That's not us." Rather, the husband and wife team are hoping to make Green Medicine Shop at 500 N.

Manistee Conservation District Looks Ahead at Lake Michigan Water Levels for 2020 Bill Parsons raised his family in Arcadia, but now the place that he has called home for so long is calling out for help. Lake Michigan's rising water levels are posing big problems for homeowners like Bill. "We have expended 5 to 6 hours-each one of us - each day for the entire summer pumping water out of our basement," says Parsons.

Ionia man relies on his faith to help teens IONIA - Ken Baker had a rough start in life. The director of the Soaring Above Teen Center in Ionia ran away from home at the age of 13 to escape years of abuse and neglect. Running the streets of Detroit unable to read or write, Baker figured he would live to see 23 maybe 24.

Focus Podcast: Keeping Kids Off Tobacco A federal ban on certain vaping products aims to keep them out of the hands of teens. But the FDA rules are not nearly enough to do that say two public health experts interviewed by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Midland Co. Man Sentenced for Picking Up High School Girl, Inappropriately Touching her A Midland County man is heading to prison for more than four years for picking up a high school girl and inappropriately touching her back in September. Jeffrey Kaiser drove a 14-year-old girl from the parking lot of Shepherd High School on September 12 and had her with him for almost two and a half days before she returned home.

Ian Elliott's Attorney Responds to New Plea Agreement The former CMU student body president serving prison time accused of raping two students had his sentence thrown out in court on Friday afternoon. Ian Elliott has now pleaded no contest to a lighter charge of criminal sexual conduct - fourth degree. It happened Friday afternoon in the Isabella County Courthouse.

Focus on Generation Z SIDNEY TOWNSHIP - Not yet two weeks into the job leading Montcalm Community College, President Stacy Young seems to have a firm grasp on the number one threat facing the institution - declining enrollment. Young, who began her tenure Jan.

'Wrestling is in his blood' CARSON CITY - Success continues to breed further success among the Carson City-Crystal wrestling team as junior Jaron Johnson added his name to the long list of career 100-win wrestlers for the Eagles on Jan.

Stateside: Electroplating company's pollution history; UIA lawsuit, Sen. Lucido comments Today on Stateside, what the story about a state senator's alleged sexual harassment of a female journalist says about Capitol culture. Plus, a look at where Michigan's recyclables are going, two years after China stopped accepting U.S. waste. Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

Gov. Whitmer writes letter to Facebook CEO in response to Metro Times story about violent group Gretchen Whitmer shared a letter she sent to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg following a Metro Times report about a Facebook group where…

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