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Rep. Justin Amash calls for 'more kindness' in 3rd District tour

Former Republican and United States Representative Justin Amash made a series of stops in West Michigan on Wednesday, where the now, politically Independent Congressman called for unity in Michigan’s 3 rd District. Amash left the Republican Party on July 4. He had previously come under scrutiny from the GOP and House Freedom Caucus for declaring that after reading the entire Robert Mueller report, President Donald Trump had engaged in impeachable offenses. Amash said his decision to leave the...

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For many districts, school is back in session in Michigan.  With the return to school comes the task of watching out for kids walking, biking and waiting for school buses.

AAA of Michigan is warning drivers to be especially vigilant before and after school.

Experts say the start of the school year can be particularly challenging for parents due to new routines and increased traffic.  This is just one reason behind AAA’s annual statewide “School’s Open-Drive Carefully” campaign that just kicked off.

MSU returns mummy to South America

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In the late 1800’s, a Flint native who served in the Foreign Service gifted the mummy of an Incan girl to the MSU museum. “It’s a little mysterious how exactly he acquired Nusta, from a tower a little bit south of La Paz.” :07 bite 1 Mark Auslander is the MSU Museum director. He prefers to call the girl Nusta, an indigenous name for princess. Experts believe Nusta may have lived 500 years ago. She was placed in a tomb wearing a dress made from llama or Alpaca fur. Auslander said Nusta was part of the exhibition for many years. 

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The state attorney general’s new policy about faith-based adoption agencies will be up for debate in federal court.

Several years ago, former Governor Rick Snyder signed a law that allowed faith-based adoption agencies to turn away prospective families for religious reasons and still get state dollars. A same sex couple took the state to court.

Then new Attorney General Dana Nessel took office. She settled that case in March. The settlement required the state to only give contracts to agencies if they did not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Whitmer creates task force to tackle opioid epidemic

Aug 21, 2019

A task force is being created to tackle Michigan's opioid epidemic. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an order Wednesday forming the advisory group, which will include leaders from across state government. It is the second time a Michigan governor has created an opioid task force since 2015. Whitmer says her move will bring the state a step closer to "finally ending" the prescription-drug epidemic that resulted in more than 2,000 overdose deaths in 2017. 

Three inmates at a federal detention center in Michigan have been indicted in the fatal stabbing of a fellow inmate convicted of leading a child pornography ring. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charges 39-year-old Alex Castro, 38-year-old Jason Kechego and 39-year-old Adam Wright with first-degree premeditated murder, conspiracy and assault with intent to murder in a January attack at the Milan detention center that killed 40-year-old Christian Maire of Binghamton, New York. Wright also was charged with assaulting and resisting a law enforcement officer.

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Ron VanTimmeren from Studio C stops by previewing The Peanut Butter Falcon, Angel Has Fallen, Ready or Not, Maiden and Overcomer.   

Earlier this month, Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, authorities say, in federal prison as he faced criminal charges alleging sex trafficking of underage girls.

After weeks of public silence, the tycoon believed to be Hong Kong's richest man pulled out the stops when finally he finally weighed in on the unrest seething in his backyard. Li Ka-shing, a mega-investor worth more than $27 billion at last check, took out full-page ads in two of his local newspapers, the Hong Kong Economic Times and Hong Kong Economic Journal.

Eliane Elias releases "Love Stories"

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Singer and pianist Eliane Elias has a new album, Love Stories, that blends American classic crooning with brazilian bossa nova.

Nearly 2,000 cities, towns and counties across America are currently participating in a massive multidistrict civil lawsuit against the opioid industry for damages related to the abuse of prescription pain medication. The defendants in the suit include drug manufacturers like Mallinckrodt, wholesale distributors McKesson and Cardinal Health, and pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens.

The Trump administration's proposal to push millions of people out of the federal food stamp program would punish some of the country's neediest, including children, seniors and people with disabilities, according to mayors of 70 American cities who have sent a letter to an administrator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

When Lalita Manrai went to see her doctor for treatment of kidney disease, she noticed that some of the blood test results had different "normal" ranges for African Americans compared with everybody else.

When she asked her doctor which range applied to her — a woman born in India — he said the "everybody else" category was actually based on a study of Europeans, so neither category was right.

Instead, he said, he calculated "normal" for her by averaging the two values.

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For many districts, school is back in session in Michigan.  With the return to school comes the task of watching out for kids walking, biking and waiting for school buses.

AAA of Michigan is warning drivers to be especially vigilant before and after school.

Experts say the start of the school year can be particularly challenging for parents due to new routines and increased traffic.  This is just one reason behind AAA’s annual statewide “School’s Open-Drive Carefully” campaign that just kicked off.

Essayist Margaret Renkl writes about what she calls "backyard nature," which, to those of us who live in crowded cities, might call to mind creatures to trap or squash, like rats, squirrels, mice and water bugs. Renkl, however, grew up in Alabama and now lives in Tennessee, so her catalog of all creatures great and small is, at once, more expansive and accepting, and includes chickadees, red-tailed hawks, rat snakes, rattle snakes and crawdads.

Ending a summer of speculation, singer Taylor Swift confirmed Thursday that she's planning to re-record her existing catalog in order to regain artistic and financial control of her material after her former record label sold it in a reported $300 million deal.

Swift first spoke publicly about her plans in an interview that will be broadcast on "CBS Sunday Morning" this week.

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