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U.S. Congressman Tim Walberg discussed the latest rules changes affecting the Affordable Care Act on today's show, along with House votes on sanctions directed toward Russia following the country's takeover of Crimea.   Other guests:  Director of Volunteer Services at Allegiance Health Dea Talmage;  University of Michigan School of Information students Jarrod Sandel, Cara Bloom and Joshua Sanchez; Entertainment critic Dave DeBaker, Ric Walton, The Walton Insurance Group. Today's show will also replay on Monday, March 31.

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Master Plan Workshops Scheduled

A series of workshops have been scheduled over the next two months to solicit community input on Jackson's Master Plan.  City Councilwoman Laura Schlecte says the master plan will provide long-term vision for our land, buildings, economic strategy, streets treasures and challenges.  All events begin at 6:30pm, with the first one April 10 at the Martin Luther King Center.   There will be one scheduled in each ward and residents and non-residents alike are invited.  Complete details at jacksonmasterplan.org.  Other guests:  Leslie Youngdahl and Kristen Cloyd, Jackson Young Professionals organizing event. 18-40 year old citizens are invited to One Five One on April 9th at 6PM to participate in the new group's first event.  RSVP to leslie.youngdahl@cmsenergy.com by April 7th.  Becky Mayer and Pam Mineweaser, AWARE;  Margaret Grose, United Way of Jackson County.  Bart reads at St. Mary's Childcare;  Jackson Coffee Co. drawings of the month.

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Lumen Christi’s Khari Willis Named JTV Sports Player of the Year

By Larry Jacobson, JTV Sports When Lumen Christi Boys Basketball Coach Rich Karasek saw Khari Willis practicing as a freshman, he knew he was watching a unique talent. “When I saw him working out as a freshman, I knew he would be something special,” Karasek said. And Willis, JTV Sports Boys Basketball Player of the Year, is just that – even though his coach loses sight of him on the court sometimes. “There will be times when I physically can’t see him,” Karasek said. “Khari is one of the best anywhere at driving to the basket, and there are times when he’ll drive into the lane amongst all those big guys and he’ll just disappear. Then the ball goes in the basket or he passes to a teammate for an open shot and I’ll find him again.” Willis, one of the best on-ball man-to-man defensive players in the state, is the engine that drives the Titan machine. This year he averaged 14 points, almost 8 assists, 5 rebounds and nearly 3 steals a game for a Titans team that finished 23-2 with back-to-back conference and district championships. Lumen Christi spent several weeks this year as the number one ranked team…

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City Hires Full-time Attorney

  Jackson Mayor Jason Smith explained the hiring of Bethany Smith as full-time city attorney at last night's council meeting was by a 6-1 vote, with the Mayor the dissenting vote.  He explained he supports the hiring, but indicated a preference to shop around a bit first.  Bethany Smith as served as interim city attorney since the retirement of Julius Giglio.  Other guests:  Jeannette Woodard, architect, Woodard & Associates;  Doug Vincent, Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Club;  Columbia Middle School students Lindsey Sullivan and Lexie Hall with PTO member Kellie Sullivan;  Coffee Talk with Nathan Brue, Jackson Coffee Company, Pet of the Week with Sue Lovell, Cascades Humane Society.

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East Jackson’s Kassidy Blough named JTV Sports Player of the Year

By Larry Jacobson, JTV Sports When East Jackson Girls Basketball Coach Meeka Sova was asked to highlight a couple of big moments this year for junior guard Kassidy Blough – JTV Sports Girls Player of the Year - she didn’t know where to start. Was it the night Kassidy hit a pair of free throws with three seconds left on the clock to beat Napoleon? Was it the second game against Napoleon when she scored 29 points? How about the night when she scored 35 in a game? Or is it the fact Kassidy is the first Trojan girl’s player to score 1,000 points (she has 1,105 in her career) and she’s only a junior. It’s all of the above, and yet it’s also none of it. “What makes Kassidy so special is her understanding of the team,” Sova said. “She’s our quiet leader and she leads by example, but she knows so much of what she has accomplished is because of the players around her.” Sova pointed to a game earlier in the year in which the media focus was entirely on Blough and her accomplishments that particular night. The junior guard, however, wanted nothing to do with that.…

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Foundation Awards Literacy Grant

Jackson Community Foundation President and CEO Monica Moser and Emeritus Trustee Ric Walton announced the awarding of a Literacy Grant to Western Schools in honor of Reading Month.  The Foundation will be awarding a grant each month to various initiatives observing the 100th anniversary of community foundations.  Other guests:  Clint Smith, Area General Manager, Integrated Deicing Services;  Jackson Area Career Center cosmetology student winners Miranda Dibiosso, Layna Kelley and Tiffany Pond;  Dave Ziolkowski, Auto-Lab of Jackson;  Andrew Sargeant, Jackson Recreation Department.

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Chase Sports Bar Offers Basketball Experience

The Chase Sports Bar is offering specials and inviting guests to enjoy the NCAA basketball tournament on its big screens.  Manager Heather Eaker showcased several of The Chase's popular pizzas on today's show.  Owner Randy Lemaster has added fish to the menu during Lent and will be adding several new craft brews on tap.  The popular establishment opens at 11am seven says a week.  Other guests:  64th District State Representative Earl Poleski;  Jennifer Feuerstein and Andy Farmer, AARP Michigan;  Video highlights from Jackson High Ambassador Dinner, Cooks for Books Fundraiser, Thought 1 Scholarship basketball tournament, Ella Sharp Museum George Manupelli exhibit and the Fokker DR1 Tri-Plane sculpture christening at Jackson County Airport.

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