Michigan

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Michigan plans to allow medical marijuana patients and their doctors to complete registrations online.

The Detroit News reports the change is scheduled to start by Oct. 8. Andrew Brisbo, director of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation , said it's likely to make the registration and renewal process easier and quicker for many medical marijuana patients and doctors who have so far relied on paper forms. B

risbo says that the bureau will maintain its paper process for those who prefer it.

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is hosting its Annual West Michigan Day of Remembrance. This marks the 17th year West Michigan Boy Scouts are saluting the flag from sun up to sundown paying their respects to all who died 17 years ago during the 9-11 terror attacks.

“Second rank attention…right hand salute…”

“We have the flag here under constant salute from dawn until dusk.”

“…First rank, two. Right face. Forward march...”

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The son of a Michigan appeals court judge has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

Prosecutors say Sameer Gadola exploited teen boys by urging them to send photos of themselves. His lawyers say Gadola made "terrible mistakes" when he was 21 years old but didn't share the photos with anyone or meet the victims.

Gadola, now 23, is the son of Mike Gadola, an appeals court judge and Gov. Rick Snyder's former lawyer. His mother, Preeti Gadola, hears property appeals at the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

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A federal grant is boosting the work of a Michigan program aimed at putting more health care professionals in underserved communities.

Wayne State University announced this week that its program, the Michigan Area Health Education Center , has received $1.1 million from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Most of the money will be used to strengthen the center's statewide network of five regional centers as well as career preparation and continuing education programs.

An audit of Michigan's Children's Protective Services cites numerous deficiencies in the system that has been under court oversight for 10 years.

The scathing report released Thursday by the state Office of the Auditor General found the agency failed to launch and complete investigations within required timeframes, and didn't complete criminal history checks.

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Grand Rapid’s Richard M. DeVos, co-founder of Amway, NBA team owner and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has died at the age of 92.

Richard M. DeVos was an entrepreneur who, with boyhood friend Jay Van Andel, pioneered direct selling in 1949 when they invested $49 distributing Nutrilite vitamins. That would lead to the creation of Amway in 1959 selling an all-purpose cleaner. Nearly six decades later it is a multi-billion dollar international corporation.

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The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate has adopted ballot initiatives that would increase the state's minimum wage and require paid sick leave.

If the GOP-led House follows suit later Wednesday, the measures will become law and not be placed on the Michigan ballot in November. The strategy would make it easier for lawmakers to change the proposals in the postelection "lame-duck" session with simple majority votes. A group backing the minimum wage drive says the maneuver would be unconstitutional.

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A group backing a Michigan initiative to allow same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting has filed a federal lawsuit demanding the state certify the measure for November's ballot.

Promote the Vote - which includes the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan - and three voters sued Wednesday. They accuse state election officials of improperly rejecting some signatures pulled in a 500-signature sample. 

Because the first sample determined it is a "close call," a larger sample of 3,000 to 4,000 signatures was pulled.

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The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is currently the second fastest growing airport in the United States.

In its 54-years serving West Michigan travelers the Gerald R. Ford International Airport has expanded physically and added service.

In recent years passenger growth has been recorded in 60 of the last 67 months. The airport says July was the seventh record breaking month in a row serving more than a quarter-million passengers. It marked a year-over-year increase in passengers of 16.7 percent.

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Michigan's health director will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of two men linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area.

Judge David Goggins on Monday ordered Nick Lyon to stand trial. Lyon is accused of failing to issue a timely alert about the outbreak. Some experts have blamed Legionnaires' on Flint's water, which wasn't properly treated when it was drawn from the Flint River in 2014 and 2015.

Goggins found there's probable cause for a trial. The legal standard isn't as high as beyond a reasonable doubt.

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