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Aretha Franklin's funeral set for Aug. 30 in Detroit

Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 30 in her hometown of Detroit.

The late singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be held at Greater Grace Temple, is limited to the Queen of Soul's family and friends.

Public viewings will take place Aug. 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Franklin will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father Rev. C.L...

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A Republican who had been seeking his party's nomination for Michigan secretary of state has withdrawn from the race.
 
     The Detroit News reports that Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot cited family obligations Friday when announcing his withdrawal. Grot also said "timing and the overall political atmosphere" influenced his decision.
 
     Delegates to the Aug. 25 Republican Party state convention are expected to pick their nominee for secretary of state.
 

Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 30 in her hometown of Detroit.
 
     The late singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be held at Greater Grace Temple, is limited to the Queen of Soul's family and friends.
 
     Public viewings will take place Aug. 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Shannon Cohen, Founder and Principal of Shannon Cohen, Inc. here to talk about her new book, Tough Skin, Soft Heart, and upcoming #Rockstar Woman event. This weekly radio segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Joining the discussion is WGVU inclusion reporter, Michelle Jokisch Polo, and WGVU grant Writer, Steve Chappell.

The Trump administration is opposed to designating the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan as a national park. National Park Service acting director P. Daniel Smith told a U.S. Senate subcommittee Wednesday that the administration wants to limit that designation to sites with a variety of resources and encompassing large land or water areas.

A former Michigan special education teacher's assistant has been sentenced to a year of probation after being convicted of assault and battery in connection with alleged student abuse. The Ann Arbor News reports Tiffany Massey learned her punishment Thursday in an Ann Arbor courtroom. A jury last month found her guilty of one misdemeanor count and not guilty on a charge of fourth-degree child abuse, also a misdemeanor. 

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A Republican who had been seeking his party's nomination for Michigan secretary of state has withdrawn from the race.
 
     The Detroit News reports that Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot cited family obligations Friday when announcing his withdrawal. Grot also said "timing and the overall political atmosphere" influenced his decision.
 
     Delegates to the Aug. 25 Republican Party state convention are expected to pick their nominee for secretary of state.
 

Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 30 in her hometown of Detroit.
 
     The late singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be held at Greater Grace Temple, is limited to the Queen of Soul's family and friends.
 
     Public viewings will take place Aug. 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 

A prominent outside group supporting House Democrats is out with a new ad attacking top House Republican leaders as a scandal plagued trio following in the mold of disreputable party predecessors.

The new ad, called "Answer" opens with old news footage of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich while a menacing male voice says "they've shut down the government" before reminding viewers of unsavory moments for each of the three Republicans vying for the top House leadership spots.

A federal judge has sentenced Esteban Santiago to life in prison for carrying out a 2017 shooting in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport that killed five people and injured six others.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom called Santiago's attack "85 seconds of evil" when she announced the sentence Friday.

Santiago had accepted a plea bargain, admitting guilt on 11 charges in exchange for prosecutors declining to seek the death penalty.

Nearly a year since Myanmar began its bloody crackdown on the Rohingya, driving more than 700,00 members of the Muslim minority group to flee, the U.S. is sanctioning several high-level commanders and units in the country's armed forces.

The Treasury Department announced the penalties Friday, saying they're part of a "strategy to hold accountable those responsible for such wide scale human suffering."

Seven years ago, Florida Gov. Rick Scott killed a federally funded project to build a high-speed train between Tampa and Orlando.

Scott now supports the idea of a similar train route — fueled by private investment instead. And the governor and his wife have invested millions of dollars with a company that stands to profit off such a project, as first reported by the Miami Herald.

The official death toll from flooding in the Indian state of Kerala spiked to at least 324 people on Friday, and the office of Kerala's chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, said "the rains continue to remain strong."

More than 223,000 people are now being housed in some 1,500 relief camps, Vijayan's office says. Nearly the entire state in southern India is under a red alert.

"Torrential rains have been battering Kerala for the past nine days, causing the worst floods to hit the coastal state in a century," Sushmita Pathak reports from Mumbai for NPR's Newscast unit.

Editor's Note: This story was originally published on Nov. 1, 2016, and has been updated.

Crazy Rich Asians is, of course, not a movie about global development. But as it happens, the topic gets a cameo in the rom-com.

Main character Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu) is a professor of economics. And on a trip to Singapore to meet the family of her "crazy rich" boyfriend Nick, she goes to a big wedding and runs into a Malay princess, who has written an article about ... microloans.

For almost 40 years, Pilar Navarro thought her daughter was dead.

She gave birth at a private Catholic hospital in Madrid in 1973, anxious to start a family. But less than 24 hours after delivery, Navarro's nurse — who was a nun — told her and her husband that the baby had died from respiratory issues. The young couple could not see the body because the hospital had already baptized and buried the child, according to the nurse.

"We never thought a doctor or a nun would do something like that," says Navarro, who is now 68. "We couldn't understand it."

A Medicaid committee in Texas is requiring those who comment at its meetings to disclose more details about their ties to pharmaceutical companies after a Center for Public Integrity and NPR investigation into the drug industry's influence on such boards.

The state is one of the latest to respond to the findings of the Medicaid, Under the Influence project. Officials in Arizona, Colorado and New York have already taken action.

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