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$1 million grant will fund sexual assault prevention on campuses across Michigan

In an effort to enhance sexual assault prevention on college and university campuses across Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder Tuesday announced $1 million in grant funding has been awarded to 22 Michigan colleges and universities. Snyder made the announcement Tuesday, as the funds will come from Michigan’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program (CSAGP). This year marks the highest investment in the program to date, with more than $2.5 million in grant funding available since it was launched in 2015...

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A federal judge in Detroit says regulating female genital mutilation is up to states and that Congress had no authority to pass the 1996 law banning it.
     U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman dismissed mutilation and conspiracy charges Tuesday against two doctors and others involved in the procedure on nine girls at a suburban Detroit clinic.
     Jumana Nagarwala says she performed a religious custom on girls from her Muslim sect, the Dawoodi Bohra. Others are accused of assisting Nagarwala.

Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has been charged with lying to police conducting an investigation of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse.
     Simon, who stepped down earlier this year over the scandal, was charged Tuesday with two felonies and two misdemeanors.
     She is now the fourth person other than Nassar to face criminal charges related to his serial molestation of young female athletes under the guise of treatment. Numerous other people have lost their jobs or been sued.

In an effort to enhance sexual assault prevention on college and university campuses across Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder Tuesday announced $1 million in grant funding has been awarded to 22 Michigan colleges and universities. Snyder made the announcement Tuesday, as the funds will come from Michigan’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program (CSAGP).

Michigan flags at half staff for fallen firefighter

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Governor Rick Snyder has ordered all state flags to be flown at half-staff  for a fallen Michigan firefighter.  Michael Lubig died Monday, Nov. 12, following a medical emergency at the end of a 24-hour shift Thursday, Nov. 8.

"Michael was a fearless man who cared deeply about protecting the people of Detroit,” Snyder said. “Sue and I send our deepest condolences to his friends, family and colleagues during this difficult time.”

A judge has ordered a Michigan man to surrender two antique lighthouse lenses worth at least $600,000, months after the collector lost a court battle with the federal government. Judge Mark Goldsmith told Steve Gronow that he doesn't want to jail him. He set a new February deadline Monday. Gronow didn't object. Coast Guard officials went to Gronow's mansion in Howell, 50 miles northwest of Detroit, and weren't allowed through a gate. He was supposed to give up the lenses last summer.

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After decades of Americans gobbling up more and more turkey, production of the bird hasn't quite been flying the same in recent years.

The U.S. produced about 6 billion pounds of ready-to-cook turkey in each of the last two years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Those were among the highest production levels on record for the industry.

But just looking at those two years misses the bigger picture.

After 10 years of consistent gains, the number of immigrant families enrolled in SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, fell by 10 percent in 2018.

By the time someone clicks "buy" on Amazon, Jenny Freshwater's team has probably expected it.

Freshwater is a software director in Amazon's Supply Chain Optimization Technologies group. Her team forecasts demand for everything sold by Amazon worldwide.

This task, into which NPR got exclusive insight, underlies the entire Amazon retail operation. And it's central to Amazon's wooing of some 100 million people who shell out up to $119 a year for a Prime subscription, which guarantees two-day shipping.

A federal judge in Mississippi has permanently blocked the most restrictive abortion law in the country that bans the procedure after 15 weeks of gestation.

Mississippi was set for a fairly mundane midterm election runoff next week — deciding who would win the final undecided U.S. Senate seat in a state that easily elects Republicans, until a senator greeted a cattle rancher.

In a video posted on Twitter last week, Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith is talking to a tall man. A rancher named Colin Hutchinson is seen putting his arm around Hyde-Smith at an event in Tupelo, Miss., earlier this month.

Evacuee Roxanne Peters had planned to prepare food tomorrow, for Thanksgiving dinner.

"I was celebrating at two different houses. We were invited to two different places, and I was cooking, you know, potluck," she said.

Both those homes burned to the ground in the historic Camp Fire. The scale of the fire's destruction is so spread out that very little of the towns of Paradise, Magalia and Concow remain. So far, the fire scorched 230 square miles — an area the size of Chicago.

"I'll be giving thanks this year that we made it out alive," Peters says.

A milestone oil development project in Alaska's Arctic waters is having to extend its construction timeline to accommodate the warming climate. The recently approved Liberty Project — poised to become the first oil production facility in federal Arctic waters — has altered its plans due to the shrinking sea ice season.

Last March, Tony Schmidt discovered something unsettling about the machine that helps him breathe at night. Without his knowledge, it was spying on him.

From his bedside, the device was tracking when he was using it and sending the information not just to his doctor, but to the maker of the machine, to the medical supply company that provided it and to his health insurer.

Schmidt, an information technology specialist from Carrollton, Texas, was shocked. "I had no idea they were sending my information across the wire."

When Democrat Stacey Abrams ended her bid last week to become governor of Georgia and the first black woman ever elected governor of any state, she issued a stinging indictment of Georgia's voting system, a system overseen by her Republican opponent Brian Kemp, who was the state's top election official during the 2018 midterms.

"Democracy failed Georgia," said Abrams in a speech acknowledging Kemp would be the state's next governor.

Each autumn, farmer Amandeep Singh has just a few days to prepare his fields for the next crop. He must clear stubble left over from the rice harvest, before planting wheat, which grows over winter.

Amandeep, 42, is from a long line of farmers in India's breadbasket, in the northern state of Punjab. Like his father and grandfather before him, he'd always burned the residue known as rice straw – the dry stalks of the plant after the grain and chaff have been removed. It's the fastest, cheapest way to prepare his fields for the next planting.