Michigan News

Michigan Governor Urges Facebook To Curb Hate Speech

Jan 18, 2020
Michigan.gov

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should do more to curb hate speech on the platform, days after a page was shut down over racist, misogynistic posts advocating violence against Muslims and female Democrats.

Whitmer went on social media Friday to post a letter she sent to Zuckerberg.

The creator of the anti-Whitmer group deactivated it after the Metro Times in Detroit began asking questions.

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A Lake Michigan community has voted to spend $20,000 to kill as many as 30 deer at two parks in western Michigan.

The unanimous vote by the Muskegon City Commission is an effort to control growing herds, although there are different opinions among residents.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports the cull by sharpshooters must be completed by March 31.

Residents in favor of a special kill have talked about damage to vegetation and concerns about tick-borne illnesses.

Some critics say the deer should be considered a community asset. 

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A Michigan lawmaker has apologized after telling a young female reporter that a group of high school boys could “have a lot of fun” with her.

State Sen. Pete Lucido, a Republican from Macomb County's Shelby Township, issued a statement Wednesday addressing the incident that occurred outside the Senate chamber Tuesday.

Lucido referred to a group gathered nearby from an all-boys Catholic high school and told a 22-year-old reporter from Michigan Advance: “You should hang around! You could have a lot of fun with these boys, or they could have a lot of fun with you."

Michigan House Votes To Lift State's Ban Against Stun Guns

Jan 14, 2020

Michigan would lift its ban on stun guns under legislation advanced by lawmakers. 

The bill would allow the sale, possession and “reasonable use” of a stun device by those 18 and older.

Michigan currently allows law enforcement and people with a concealed pistol license to use a Taser, which is a different type of self-defense device than a stun gun.

The Republican-led Senate will consider the measure next after it cleared the GOP-controlled House on an 84-24 vote Tuesday.

Supporters say the stun gun ban contradicts court rulings.

Jail Task Force Urges Overhaul Of Michigan Bail System

Jan 14, 2020
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A task force says Michigan should reclassify many traffic offenses as civil infractions, release more defendants before trial without requiring them to pay money and take other steps to reduce jail populations that tripled in under 40 years.

The 21-member group was created by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with support from Republican legislative leaders.

It delivered its findings and 18 recommendations to lawmakers Tuesday.

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

Cell phones are now allowed in all Michigan state courts.

As part of the weekly series MichMash Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about why that matters to just about everyone in Michigan.

Two Children Die From The Flu In Michigan

Jan 10, 2020
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that two children have died in the state as a result of the 2019-2020 flu season. 

Michigan Sees a Third Vaping-Related Death

Jan 10, 2020
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Today the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services announced there has been another vaping-related death in the state.

You can read the department's release about it below. 

Deadline Extended For Benton Harbor School Survey

Jan 9, 2020
Justin Hicks/WVPE

Today the Michigan Dept. of Treasury announced on behalf of the Benton Harbor Area Schools Community Engagement Advisory Committee that more time will be given for Benton Harbor community members and resident to take a survey about the Benton Harbor Area Schools. 

The survey submission deadline has been extended to Jan. 31, 2020.

Late in May in 2019 the state announced a plan to close Benton Harbor High School which drew an outcry. That plan is now on hold as a committee studies options on moving forward.

Potter Park Zoo, Lansing, MI

A contest to name a rare endangered black rhino calf in Michigan is over. The rhino born over the holidays at the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing has been named Jaali. The voting ended at midnight on January 8th. 

The birth of the calf marked the first time in the 100 year history of the zoo that such a creature was born there. Jaali was born on Christmas Eve of 2019. Jaali was born to a rhino named Doppsee. This was Doppsee's first pregnancy.

The zoo has released the following additional information: 

George Perles, Longtime Michigan State Coach, Dies At 85

Jan 8, 2020
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Longtime Michigan State football coach George Perles has died at the age of 85.

Perles coached the Spartans to a Rose Bowl victory in 1988 after helping the Pittsburgh Steelers win Super Bowls as an defensive assistant.

Perles played football at Michigan State and later was an assistant, head coach, athletic director and member of the school’s governing body.

He won Big Ten titles in 1987 and 1990 as coach and guided the school to seven bowls.

Michigan Supreme Court Gives Green Light To Phones In Courts

Jan 8, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court says the public can bring laptops, tablets and phones into local courthouses.

The court announced the groundbreaking policy change Wednesday.

The new rule covers the use of electronic devices in courtrooms and clerk's offices, where public documents are stored. 

The public can bring electronic devices into courtrooms to take notes, use the internet or exchange email and text messages.  

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group is launching a 2020 ballot initiative to expand Michigan's civil rights law to include anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.

Fair and Equal Michigan submitted petition language to the Board of State Canvassers on Tuesday.

Once it's approved, the committee of business, political and philanthropic leaders will try to collect 340,000 signatures to place the initiated bill before lawmakers.

If the Republican-led Legislature doesn't adopt the legislation, the initiative would go to a statewide vote in November.

MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE VIA AP

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is considering adding an alternative to the male or female designation on driver's  licenses.

Such a designation might be an "X." Fourteen other states that offer an option other than male or female.

Erin Knott is with Equality Michigan. 

She says it would help people who are transgender or who don't conform to traditional gender roles.

"It's saying that all Michiganders, including members of the transgender community, deserve to live with dignity and respect," Knott says. 

Federal Prosecutor Appointment In Michigan Being Held Up

Jan 7, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as the top federal prosecutor in Grand Rapids is being held up by Michigan's two Democratic senators.

The Detroit News reports former state House Speaker Tom Leonard's nomination, announced in August, is being blocked after Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters declined to meet with him.

Typically, a nominee isn't confirmed without two positive blue slips from his or her home-state senators - but the Republican-controlled Senate has approved some appeals court nominees anyway.

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