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Time is running out for Michigan residents to weigh in on changes to the Healthy Michigan insurance plan.

The comment period ends Sunday.

This is the last chance Michigan residents have to try and shape the controversial law that requires able bodied people on the plan to work to get benefits. State officials are putting together the application to get a waiver from the federal government.

Lynn Sutfin is with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She says it’s important for participants to give the state their input.

Private investors have a plan to bring one of the nation’s largest dairy processing facilities in the nation to Michigan.  

This means the state’s farmers will be able to cut back on transportation costs potentially starting in 20-20.

Governor Rick Snyder says the new processing plant will bring hundreds of jobs. He says Michigan has the second-most productive cows in the U-S – and we need a more cost-effective way to store all that milk instead of sending it out of state.

“This is a tremendous win for the dairy farmers in our state, for all of Michigan.”

An estimated 2 million people voted in yesterday’s primary election. Election officials say that turnout hasn’t been matched since at least the 1978.

High turnout could a signal boost in attendance for the general election in November – fewer people tend to vote in primaries than in general elections.

Fred Woodhams is a spokesperson for the Michigan Secretary of State. He says the number of contested primaries – including for governor – played a roll in getting people to the polls.

A state law that allows tax dollars to go to private and parochial schools is making its way through the courts.

The Michigan Court of Appeals heard arguments in the lawsuit against the state today.

Multiple public school organizations are suing the state. They say a 20-16 law to give five  million dollars to nonpublic schools over two years is unconstitutional.

That money was supposed to be distributed, but a judge froze the payments until the case is sorted out.

Daniel Korobkin is with the ACLU of Michigan.

  

Michiganders will head to the voting booths tomorrow for the state’s primary. This is when Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians will choose who they want to see represent their party in various races come November.

There could be a higher turnout this year than in the 20-14 primary.

Matt Grossmann directs the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. He says there could be greater turnout among Democrats this year because of President Donald Trump.

 

The judge who told Larry Nassar she signed his death warrant won’t step down from his appellate case. At Nassar’s sentencing, more than 100 women and girls said Nassar sexually assaulted them.

   Nassar wants to be resentenced.

   Nassar’s attorneys say Judge Rosemarie Aquilina made inappropriate comments during Nassar’s sentencing. They also argue that because of social media posts where she voiced support for survivors of Nassar, that she has a bias against him.

After a marathon sentencing hearing, Larry Nassar wants a do-over. Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

Nassar wants to be resentenced – but first, he wants a new judge.

More than 100 victims of Nassar gave impact statements during his 7-day sentencing hearing in January. During that time, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina made supportive statements to each victim that spoke. When it came time to sentence Nassar, Aquilina told him she was sorry she couldn’t impose cruel and unusual punishment on Nassar.

   A liberal advocacy group says the state Attorney General has improperly used his office for political activity for close to a decade.

   Progress Michigan released more emails today that it got from a lawsuit against Bill Schuette.

One of the emails shows that Schuette may have used a state office building for a meeting about the then upcoming Republican National Convention. Others are sent between employees and political allies during 9 to 5 hours on weekdays.

The Michigan Supreme Court won’t decide if a controversial practice by the Grand Rapids Police Department is constitutional. But it did make a decision that advocates say could improve police relations in the future.

The court declined to decide if police can stop someone and then take their fingerprints and photograph them if the person doesn’t have ID. It kicked that question back to a lower court.

Some Michigan farmers and farmers markets might not be able to accept SNAP benefits soon. That’s because the federal government ended its contract with a transaction service about 50 Michigan farmers markets in Michigan use to process food stamps payments.

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