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Michigan’s Medicaid expansion has helped improve the financial and physical health of people enrolled in the program. That’s according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

   The study found that after people enrolled – their signs of financial stress started to decrease.

Sarah Miller is a professor at the University of Michigan – she worked on the study. She says improved financial health – like a higher credit score – can allow people to borrow money in cheaper ways and maybe even get a car so they can drive to work.

The state is trying to figure out the “best way forward” for medical marijuana patients and shops. A judge ordered the state to allow ALL medical marijuana dispensaries to stay open while they wait for their licenses to be approved by a state board.

“This has been nothing but a roller coaster ride and it’s gotten higher and steeper.”

That’s attorney Denise Pollicella. She represents Montrowe dispensary.

The state said some shops could stay open while they wait for their license to be approved. But about 100 shops would have had to close by September 15th. 

  

Governor Rick Synder has put together a team he says will fix the state Child Protective Services program. 

This comes after a state audit revealed C-P-S failed to follow a plethora of state requirements.

C-P-S is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse or neglect. But an audit found it has not consistently conducted criminal background checks, put child abusers on a statewide registry, or responded to victims and complaints in a timely manner.

       There’s still a chance Michiganders could vote straight ticket on the November ballot. A group trying to keep straight ticket voting has appealed to the U-S Supreme Court.

     

       Whether voters can make a single mark and vote for an entire party on the November ballot has been a back and forth issue.

       A lower court judge called the ban on straight ticket voting discriminatory against African American voters. He lifted the ban. A federal appeals court put the ban back in place.

In the race for state Attorney General, Michigan voters will get to choose between a Democrat, a Republican…and a candidate without a party.

   The Board of State Canvassers officially put Christopher Graveline on the November ballot.

Christopher Graveline only had about half the number of signatures he needed to be on the ballot. So he sued the state – and he won. The underlying issue about the state’s requirements for independent candidates is still being fought out in court. But Graveline will be on the ticket.

Larry Nassar’s requests to be resentenced are now in the hands of the Michigan Court of Appeals. An Eaton County judge denied the former Michigan State University sports doctor’s request.

   Nassar sexually assaulted his young female patients for years – and lately he’s been trying to get a new sentencing hearing.

 

   Nassar was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison in both an Ingham County Court and an Eaton County Court. An Ingham County judge had previously denied his request for a new sentence.

   The state Legislature is back this week and Democrats want to see action on protecting people from chemicals in its groundwater.

PFAS is a family of chemicals that’s been used in things like fire-fighting foam. It’s been found in the groundwater of communities all across the state.

   Democrats say the Legislature isn’t doing enough to fight PFAS. Although the state put 23 million dollars toward the problem.

   Representative Christine Greig says oversight hearings about PFAS are crucial.

The state plans to fight a lawsuit filed in federal court by a group of Michigan college students.

   The students say a law discriminates against young voters.

A retired Michigan State University Gymnastics coach is charged with lying to law enforcement. Kathie Klages turned herself in to police today

Investigators with the Attorney General’s office say they asked Klages if prior to 20-16 anyone reported to her that they had been sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar – and Klages said no. Nassar is the former M-S-U sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for decades.

But the Attorney General’s Office says they have witnesses who say they told Klages about Nassar as far back as 1997.

  

Michigan State University say the National Collegiate Athletic Association has ended its inquiry into the school’s handling of sexual misconduct complaints.

The school announced the end of the inquiry today.

The NCAA began its review in January. That stemmed from revelations that former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulted his patients for decades. The organization later broadened its inquiry after an ESPN program unearthed concerns over how the men’s football and basketball programs handled possible sexual misconduct of their players.

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