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​​​​​Endorsement Monday is upon us: Time to make some friends unhappy by offering our advice for August primary in Flint, Burton races

   ​​​​​​​​​​Endorsement Monday has been a staple of our radio show team ever since we hit the air waves. It's nice to know so many trust our advice on who to vote for when they head to the precincts.  The Morning Gazette Radio Show presented its choices earlier today and a replay of the program is available at right. Simply click the yellow button inside the black box to listen.

​   It's good for my ego, too, that we reached 10,000 listeners today. That beats our previous record of more than 7,500 who listened to an interview by Leeanne Walters who helped expose Flint's water crisis five years ago. The huge audience has me now re-thinking my prediction this morning that Flint would have an all-time record low turnout. Based on how many tuned in to hear our Endorsement Monday show, that prediction is going out the window. READ MORE

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Click above to hear the last episode for The Daily Gazette Sports Weekend Show with Mike Killbreath. He's an award-winning sports columnist with a long history of championship ways in the local Flint area coaching ranks of baseball, basketball, ice hockey and roller hockey. He counts 5 state championships along with numerous regional, league and tournament championships. Mike's 3-hour tour through the world of sports every Saturday is the longest running local sports show on local radio.


Click above to hear Wednesday's morning news from around the Metro Flint area, as well as from around the state, national and world scenes.

Funeral visitation, services announced for powerful long-time Oakland County political leader L. Brooks Patterson

​   OAKLAND COUNTY (CCN) — Former County Prosecutor and long-time County Executive L. Brooks Paterson's funeral celebration will be spread around Oakland County. Patterson, who died this weekend at age 80, had been the County Executive since 1993. He announced in March that he had  stage four pancreatic cancer and Patterson  died at his Independence Township home Saturday morning after a brief battle.  Funeral arrangements are being handled by  Coats Funeral Home in Clarkston. A public viewing will be held Tuesday 1 pm until 7 pm at inside the Conference Center of the L. Brooks Patterson Building in Waterford. Visitation will be at  Woodside Bible Church's Troy campus on Wednesday from 3-8 pm and on Thursday from 11 am until 1 pm.  Funeral services will be at the church on Thursday at 1:30 pm and will be open to the public. A burial service with full military honors will be private for family and his many close friends. 


Mayor Weaver has no comment on weekend scandals about Club 69 consulting, accusations by former top AG investigator

   FLINT (CCN) —FLINT (CCN) — Two scandals that have become hot topics on The Morning Gazete Radio Show and on social media have not sparked any comments from Flint Mayor Dr.Karen Weaver. 

   The silence does not surprise her competitors in the upcoming election on Tuesday. Mayor Weaver, who won her first term in 2015 by unseating incumbent Dayne Walling and then survived a 2017 recall, faces four challengers in the August primary race with the top two finishers moving on to the general election in November. She has refused to debate her opponents during the current campaign and also refused to take part in any debates during the 2017 recall campaign.

   A $7,500 check for consulting to a topless bar owner's company was exposed by one of the challengers (Don Pfeiffer) on Friday after inspecting campaign finance reports filed a day earlier by the mayor. Another challenger (State Rep. Sheldon Neeley) hosted his weekly radio show Saturday morning on WFLT 1420 AM where Ellis Stafford , a former top investigator with the Attorney General's prosecution team in the Flint water crisis, leveled stunning accusations against Flint's mayor by alleging his work led to uncovering probable cause that criminal activity took place by Mayor Weaver diverting donations into a private 527 fund at a local credit union when they were instead intended to help Flint residents. Stafford said he alerted former Special Prosecutor Todd Flood to the fund and said Flood told him it was outside the scope of what they were assigned to investigate by former Attorney General Bill Schuette.  READ MORE

Norwood Jewell was sentenced to 15 months in a federal prison Monday in federal court.

Former UAW Region 1C Director in Flint headed to prison after admitting theft from UAW in former Vice President role

   DETROIT  (CCN) — Disgraced former UAW executive Norwood Jewell of Swartz Creek is headed to prison. The government asked U.S. District Judge Paul Borman Monday afternoon to give Jewell 15 months in federal prison and Judge Borman did exactly that. He ignored letters supporting Jewell, including one from his attorney who also delivered a passionate speech Monday when urging Judge Gorman to sentence his cient home confinement or probation.  READ THE EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK OPINION BY MIKE KILLBREATH


Click above to hear an "On Demand" replay of Saturday's Daily Gazette Sports Weekend Show segment about legendary Flint fastpitch softball star Jim Doyle. Listen to the tribute from host Mike Killbreath who is an award-winning sports columnist with a long history of championship ways in the local Flint area coaching ranks of baseball, basketball, ice hockey and roller hockey. He counts 5 state championships along with numerous regional, league and tournament championships. Mike's 3-hour tour through the world of sports every Saturday is the longest running local sports show on local radio.


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Click above to hear a replay of Monday's episode of The Morning Gazette Radio Show with award-winning investigative reporter Mike Killbreath. He serves as a watchdog over your tax dollars and spreads a little Metro Flint Pride every weekday live at 8 am on CCNRADIO.net.


Kevin Orr was spotted in Downtown Detroit Tuesday near what could be a potential grand jury location by radio show host Mike Killbreath after report. 

Kevin Orr spotted in Downtown Detroit with two lawyers at American Coney Island near likely grand jury location

   DETROIT (CCN) — Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Charlie LeDuff reported in a column for Deadline Detroit last week that a grand jury is seated in Downtown Detroit to investigate public corruption. Mike KIllbreath, host of The Morning Gazette Radio Show, reported Tuesday on his program that he spotted Kevin Orr leaving a restaurant that's within walking distance to the likely location for just such a grand jury. "Kevin Orr was huddled with two lawyers at a lunch table inside American Coney Island," Killbreath told his listeners about the man who led Detroit's municipal bankruptcy filing in July of 2013. Orr served as former Governor Rick Snyder's Emergency Financial Manager for 18 months.

   Orr may have information the FBI wants about current Mayor Mike Duggan who was elected in 2013 and is under investigation for numerous scandals, according to multiple Detroit media reports.

​​Meet Flint's All-Stars selected for Connie Mack World Series event

   FLINT (CCN) — Below is a link to a Media Packet prepared for the Flint All-Stars by the Flint Area Chamber of Commerce and its advertising agency, Advantage Advertising Agency Strategies. Included within the Media Packet is a player-by-player profile of the high school stars from around the Metro Flint area selected to represent our community at the upcoming regional tournament qualifier for the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico. The prestigious tournament features top 18-&-under players aiming to impress big league scouts and collegiate programs. Click below for the Media Packet previewing Flint's first ever regional tourney.

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Click above to hear Tuesday's episode for The Daily Gazette Sports Night Show with Executive Editor Mike Killbreath and his team of Sports Writers at The Daily Gazette. The one-hour program airs every weeknight at 6 o'clock, and often includes an opportunity for listeners to call and voice their opinions on the latest sports world topics.


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Flint All-Stars beaten 6-3 by Saginaw Means to bow out of Connie Mack World Series national qualifier tourney in Flint

   FLINT (CCN) — The Flint All-Stars were beaten 6-3 by Saginaw Means Friday to bow out of the AABC Connie Mack World Series baseball qualifier in Flint. They suffered from a single bad inning when surrendering five runs in the bottom of the first when Saginaw erased a 1-0 deficit despite getting only one hit when using four walks and a hit batter to jump in front.   READ MORE


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Legendary fastpitch softball pitcher Jim Doyle (at left) was honored Saturday morning when Whaley Park's smaller complex was renamed as "Jim Doyle Field." At right is Jim's nephew, Eric Doyle.

Ceremony held to name Whaley Park's softball complex as 'Jim Doyle Field' in honor of legendary local fastpitch softball star  

   FLINT (CCN) — Whaley Park's smaller complex will forever be known as "Jim Doyle Field" after a ceremony Saturday morning honoring the legendary fastpitch softball star. Doyle tossed 212 no-hitters and 27 perfect games during a legendary career that included 1,500 victories as one of the world's all-time best pitchers in the fastpitch softball game. READ MORE

   A Facebook Live video of the ceremony is below. You can also click to hear an audio replay of Saturday's Daily Gazette Sports Weekend Show that's available below the video.


Veteran Flint area high school coach to lead Foutch-sponsored local all-star team in Connie Mack World Series Regional event July 10-14 in Flint at Broome Park, Whaley Stadium and Mott Community College's Ernie Myers Field.

Veteran Flint area high school coach to lead Foutch-sponsored local all-star team in Connie Mack World Series Regional event here

   FLINT (CCN) — Steve Facolak was the "perfect" choice to lead Flint's team of high school baseball all-stars as they take aim at making it to the AABC Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico.  That's how long-time local baseball man Roger Foutch described Facolak, saying, "He's the right guy with the right temperament to handle all these big stars and mold them into a competitive team. We know we will be underdogs but I think people will be surprised how much talent we have in this area if get kids to buy into playing together. We didn't get everybody we wanted, but we have a great team to represent our community."

   Foutch fought back tears at one point during a press conference to introduce the "Flint" team sponsored by Foutch's Strike Zone. Foutch and friend Dave Dohrman launched the indoor baseball training facility five years ago next door to Foutch's Pub and behind Foutch's Auto Wash at the corner of Linden Road and Corunna Road in Flint Township. All of the businesses are located at West Pointe Plaza that's also owned by Foutch. 

   Click below to watch a Facebook Live video of the press conference held at Foutch's Strike Zone.

It was revealed in federal court Monday that Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver wrote a letter to the judge in support of disgraced former UAW Region 1-C Executive Director Norwood Jewell.

Flint's mayor identified by federal judge for writing letter of support for disgraced UAW official now headed to prison 

   DETROIT (CCN) — Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver was identified by a federal judge Monday afternoon as one of several prominent people who wrote a letter of support for disgraced former UAW leader Norwood Jewell. The revelation came as voters head to the polls on Tuesday to decide her fate in a hotly-contested primary race to keep her job as mayor.   READ MORE

The Florida Legends won the Flint regional to punch a return ticket to the AABC Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico.

​​​​Florida Legends win Flint regional to punch return ticket to Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M.

   FLINT (CCN) — The Florida Legends beat the Ontario Blue Jays Saturday to win Flint's regional and punch their ticket for a return to the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico.

   They beat the Canadian squad 7-1 at Broome Park to win a $10,000 travel voucher. The Florida squad, which featured players drafted last week by big league teams, won its opener 7-4 over the Flint All-Stars by scoring six times in the sixth inning to wipe out a 4-1 deficit.

   The victory gave the Legends a 4-0 run in the Flint event. They also had to come from behind in an earlier match-up against the Ontario Blue Jays, rallying from a 5-0 deficit to win 8-5.

   The Florida Legends have had 11 players move on to Major League Baseball since 2007 and 22 more have made it to minor league rosters. They made it to the Final Four in Farmington in 2017 and also qualified for the AABC Connie Mack World Series in 2018.

Pastor Raymond Vliet of Flushing pleaded guilty to fraud charges against an elderly couple at his church in Mt. Morris Township. 

Mt. Morris Twp. pastor pleads guilty to 5-year felony on embezzlement case against elderly church member

   FLINT (CCN) — A Flushing man who is the pastor at a Mt. Morris Township church pleaded guilty to a felony case Wednesday that could land him behind bars for up to five years.  Pastor Raymond Vliet reached a plea deal with the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office to avoid a preliminary exam Wednesday in front of Genesee County 67th District Court Judge Mark McCabe. He is now scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 20 by Genesee County Circuit Court Judge David Newblatt for a felony charge of attempted embezzlement from a vulnerable adult for more than $20,000 but less than $50,000.  READ MORE

Former Oakland County Prosecutor and long-time County Executive L. Brooks Patterson passed away at age 80.

August 15, 2019