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Michigan U-S House races break fundraising records

There are only a few weeks left until the November election, and the races for U-S House have been heating up. New campaign spending and fundraising reports are out. And this election is a record-breaker. At this point it’s almost impossible to separate money from politics. And it’s turning out to be a banner election for money in politics. Craig Mauger is with the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. It’s a watchdog organization that analyzed recent fundraising disclosures. They found that all...

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A federal judge says Grand Rapids has an unconstitutional policy of arresting people on private property without hint of criminal behavior.
     Judge Paul Maloney on Wednesday said evidence against the police department is "overwhelming." Grand Rapids doesn't dispute that police routinely asked business owners to sign no-trespass letters. Officers then arrested people without warning, even if a business didn't call to complain.

A new state law in Michigan makes the sale of marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks illegal.

The passage of this law comes before voters weigh in on Proposal 1.

The ballot initiative will decide whether or not to make recreational marijuana use legal in Michigan.

Josh Hovey is the spokesperson for the Yes on 1 campaign. He says the no marijuana in drinks law is a way for legislators to subtly voice their opinions against the proposal.

There are only a few weeks left until the November election, and the races for U-S House have been heating up. New campaign spending and fundraising reports are out. And this election is a record-breaker.

At this point it’s almost impossible to separate money from politics. And it’s turning out to be a banner election for money in politics.

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The midterm elections are in less than three weeks. As the political divide widens, one author and political historian visited Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies explaining American Conservatism and Populism in the Age of Trump.

“What’s going on with conservatism today? There’s a sense of great turbulence and dispute and so forth.”

George Nash is a historian of American conservatism and author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in American since 1945. 

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With businesses such as Adidas, Best Buy, Delta, Kmart, Macy’s and Sears experiencing data breaches this year, the free credit-monitoring website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft and Fraud.   According to this new study, Michigan is the ninth most vulnerable. 

“These are all existing data points from the federal trade commission, the internet crime and complaint center, the FBI and the Experian information solution center.”

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A hologram depicting Amy Winehouse, the British singer whose music, addictions and premature death dominated headlines, is expected to embark on a tour, according to Reuters.

Research published this week predicting that beer prices could double as increasing global temperatures and more volatile weather cause shortages of barley created a big splash in global media. Twitter and major news outlets widely circulated the dire headlines. But brewers and barley growers say don't drown your sorrows just yet: They have a plan.

Norway issued an apology on Wednesday to women who faced retaliation and public disgrace for having relationships with occupying German forces during World War II.

Up to 50,000 Norwegian women are thought to have had intimate relationships with German soldiers, the BBC reports. Many of them faced government retaliation after the war's end, including illegal arrests, job firings and being stripped of their nationality.

Former Marine Lance Cpl. Josh Onan was in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2006 when his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb.

"I remember laying down in the truck," Onan said. "Waking up, there's dust, there's debris all over me, and there's an Iraqi colonel who's sitting in the truck with us, and he's just screaming, screaming. I don't understand what he's saying."

Onan suffered a head injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. During the next year, he was in and out of trouble with military officials, mainly for small infractions, which he chalks up to the medications he was taking.

The Trump administration is celebrating a drop in the nation's greenhouse gas emissions last year, even as the president himself continues to challenge the scientific understanding of climate change.

The Environmental Protection Agency says U.S. production of heat-trapping gases was 2.7 percent lower in 2017 than the previous year. Despite the improvement, independent analysts say the country is likely to fall far short of the pollution controls needed to rein in global warming.

The 2018 elections could see the highest turnout for a midterm since the mid-1960s, another time of cultural and social upheaval.

"It's probably going to be a turnout rate that most people have never experienced in their lives for a midterm election," Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who studies turnout and maintains a turnout database, told NPR.

In January, Border Patrol agents walked up to a ramshackle old building on the outskirts of a small town in Arizona's Sonoran Desert. They found three men.

Two were Central Americans who had crossed the border illegally. The third was an American — a university lecturer and humanitarian activist named Scott Warren.

Warren was arrested and ultimately charged with two federal criminal counts of harboring illegal migrants and one count of conspiracy to harbor and transport them. Warren has pleaded not guilty.

Health insurance wasn't available through his job, so Jose Nuñez turned to Medicaid, the nation's public insurance program that assists 75 million low-income Americans.

Like most people on Medicaid, the Los Angeles trucker was assigned to a private insurance company that coordinated his medical visits and treatment in exchange for receiving a set fee per month — an arrangement known as managed care.

Steve Penny, the former president of USA Gymnastics who has been criticized for allegedly covering up sexual abuse by Larry Nassar, was arrested on Wednesday for tampering with evidence related to a Nassar investigation.

If convicted, Penny could receive two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

He was arrested in Gatlinburg, Tenn., after a Texas indictment dated Sept. 28 called for his arrest.

The warden at the women's prison in Iowa recently instructed her corrections officers to stop giving out so many disciplinary tickets for minor violations of prison rules, like when a woman wears her sweatshirt inside out or rolls up her sleeves.

It's a small thing. But it's also part of a growing movement to reconsider the way women are treated in prison.