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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to take a case stemming from the 2014 water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Approximately 25,000 people have sued over the crisis, in which a change in the source of the city's water resulted in lead contamination.

The case the justices turned away without comment Tuesday involves a lawsuit against the city and water regulators.

The lawsuit claims the officials failed to protect residents from a foreseeable risk of harm.

Michigan Lawmaker Alleges Fellow Senator Harassed Her

Jan 21, 2020
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A Michigan lawmaker who is under investigation for allegedly making a sexist comment to a reporter now faces a sexual harassment complaint from a fellow senator.

State Sen. Mallory McMorrow filed the complaint Tuesday against Republican Sen. Peter Lucido over an incident that occurred during an orientation near the Capitol shortly after the November 2018 election.

McMorrow, a Democrat, says Lucido held his hand on her lower back for an extended period of time while suggesting she beat an incumbent Republican because of her looks. Lucido denies the allegation.

MSU May Give Students A Day Off On Election Day

Jan 21, 2020
Jennifer Weingart/WVPE

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is considering a fall break next school year, which could give students Election Day off.

But some think the schedule change could undercut efforts to encourage student voting on campus.

Classes could be canceled on Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3, which is Election Day.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A technology change is forcing Michigan's corrections department to spend about $4.6 million to fit more than 4,000 parolees and others under state supervision with new ankle monitors.

Michigan Department of Corrections Public Information Officer Chris Gautz says the change is necessary because the 3G-enabled monitors won't work because Verizon is upgrading its network from 3G to 4G.

He says the process of swapping out devices for those wearing the ankle bracelets is expected to take about 45 days.

Michigan State Park Fees Will Rise $1 Starting In March

Jan 20, 2020
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Annual fees that allow unlimited access to Michigan's state parks is rising by $1.

Starting March 1, it will cost $12 for the Recreation Passport when it's bought with one's license plate registration renewal.

It's the first fee increase in seven years.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources attributes the fee change to a provision in the law that ensures the funding source keeps pace with inflation.

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: 

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