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A former Michigan state trooper who fired his Taser at a Detroit teenager on an all-terrain vehicle has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Mark Bessner fired the Taser from the passenger seat of a patrol car while he and his partner chased Damon Grimes in 2017. 

The 15-year-old crashed the ATV and died.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has agreed to settle a lawsuit over a ban on so-called ballot selfies.

Joel Crookston, a voter in the Kalamazoo area, sued in 2016 to try to stop Michigan's ban on taking photos of marked ballots or publicly exposing them.

Several Michigan State University faculty members want to ban sexual relationships between teachers and students.

Professor Mark Waddell is among those asking the University Council to recommend policy changes to prohibit romantic relationships between faculty or academic staff and undergraduate students. Waddell tells the Lansing State Journal that the existing policy lacks clarity to protect students from predatory relationships.

A man who threw water balloons at supporters of President Donald Trump outside a Michigan rally has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor but says he might do it again.

Robert Truax Jr. tells TV station WZZM that "actions are going to be louder than words these days."

A colorful and controversial former mayor of Flint has died.

Don Williamson's death from a respiratory ailment was announced Tuesday by Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton, who called the former mayor a "brilliant" businessman who "could turn about anything into a profit."

Stories about the Larry Nassar scandal have been published in a magazine for Michigan State University alumni, months after campus officials spiked the content.

Michigan’s congressional delegation reacted along party lines at the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report's findings.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, Mueller did not find the 2016 Trump presidential campaign or its associates "conspired or coordinated" with Russia. Though Mueller did not exonerate President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice or find that he committed a crime.

Disgraced ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has failed again in his efforts to reduce the time he's spending in federal prison for corruption.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds on Tuesday denied a motion to vacate the 28-year sentence she handed Kilpatrick in 2013 for extortion, bribery, conspiracy and other crimes during his years in office.

The 48-year-old Kilpatrick said in his motion that the court made errors during his trial that included incorrect jury instructions.

Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin expects it will be difficult overriding President Trump’s veto of legislation to block his emergency declaration to build a southern border wall.

Samples are expected to be taken from about 49 residential drinking water wells in western Michigan to test for chemical contaminants.
 
Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality says the wells are along Trout Creek in Cascade Township and that the testing is part of its ongoing investigation of potential PFAS contamination sources near the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

The Michigan Supreme Court says a Jackson County judge was irresponsible for communicating privately with prosecutors in disputed cases and then vilifying prosecutors when they informed defense counsel.

In 2017, Judge Joe Filip sought briefing by lawyers on key issues in a few cases, a common practice in any court. But Filip also emailed prosecutors and suggested they look at certain appeals court decisions as they prepared their briefs for him.

The judge didn't tell defense lawyers what he had done.

New Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging lawmakers to let absentee ballots be counted before Election Day, and to make other changes following the passage of a ballot initiative that expanded voting options in Michigan.

The Democrat says the number of absentee ballots is expected to increase significantly now that people can vote absentee for any reason. Benson wants clerks to be able to start counting ballots four days before Election Day.

An amendment added by Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) passed the U.S. House of Representatives as part of a campaign finance and government accountability reform bill. The bill is aimed at reducing the role of big money in politics, ensuring fair elections, and strengthening ethics standards. It would make election day a holiday for federal workers, create a public financing system for congressional campaigns, bar voter roll purges, and restore voting rights for ex-prisoners.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel calls President Trump’s emergency declaration for a southern border wall a “publicity stunt”.

That’s why she’s signed on to a federal lawsuit filed in California this week.

Local Secretary of State offices around Michigan and the department’s online services will be getting a major computer upgrade this weekend.

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