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Crime
6:01 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Judge disqualifies himself from Gomery case

Credit David Cassleman

Judge Thomas Power has disqualified himself from the Clarence Gomery trial.

David Cassleman speaks with Linda Stephan about the motion hearing.

Gomery – a former prosecutor for Leelanau County – is accused of trying to hire someone in July to kill attorney Christopher Cooke.

Judge Power made the decision at a motion hearing on Friday afternoon. Gomery's attorney filed the motion asking for a new judge because of Power's past involvement in a civil suit between Gomery and Cooke.

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Homelessness
6:33 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Safe Harbor revises homeless shelter plan down to 90 beds

A coalition of churches now hopes to open a shelter in Traverse City with 90 beds sometime early in 2015. Safe Harbor submitted formal paperwork today.

City leaders recently approved new zoning rules that would allow a shelter of up to 100 beds. But some neighbors near this proposed shelter have complained that would be too large for the area.

Safe Harbor Chairman Peter Starkel says the group is responding to concerns.

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Election 2014
4:56 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Peters asks Obama for answers on Iraq, defends health care law on Michigan Calling

Rick Pluta (left) talks with Congressman Gary Peters.

In a wide-ranging interview on Friday, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Gary Peters said he does not support sending ground troops to Iraq.

The militant group calling itself the Islamic State has taken control of large sections of Iraq. But the Michigan congressman says he’s not interested in sending troops back into the country to fight the group.

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Northern Michigan Elections & Government
5:26 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Plan to revamp Hickory Hills Ski Area moves forward

Credit Hickory Hills Multi-Season Recreation Master Plan

Traverse City has approved a plan that could bring millions of dollars in upgrades to Hickory Hills Ski Area.

The City Commission adopted the master plan on Monday. Planners say the investment would make the park more financially stable by attracting more guests.

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