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Michigan Heartbeat Coalition

Another group plans to try to bypass Whitmer signature on abortion changes

A Michigan group wants to go around Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s veto threat on a controversial proposed ban on an abortion procedure. The Michigan Heartbeat Coalition filed ballot measure language today. It would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Mark Gurley is with the group behind the measure. He says the Michigan Heartbeat Coalition actually does not want the measure to go on the ballot. “We’re looking to skip that part, just say, ‘Hey the voters want this, House and...

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The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $860,000 to settle a lawsuit over the death of a prisoner who killed herself. Judge Robert Cleland signed off on the deal earlier this month between the Corrections Department and Janika Edmond's family. Edmond killed herself at the prison for women, near Ann Arbor, in 2015.

The discovery of handwritten wills in the home of the late Aretha Franklin could ignite a dispute among family members about the estate of the "Queen of Soul." She died last August without a formal document to guide her sons about her music, property and other assets. But the newly found writings filed in court Monday could change everything.

HOW WERE THE WILLS DISCOVERED?

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Officials say a new scabies outbreak at Michigan's only prison for women led to a quarantine at the facility so inmates could get treatment. The Michigan Department of Corrections confirmed Tuesday that a residential unit at Huron Valley prison near Ypsilanti was placed under quarantine Friday. 

83 prisoners in the unit were treated for the parasitic mites that burrow under the skin and lay eggs. Department spokesman Chris Gautz says the hope "is that we contain this and it doesn't spread any further."

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               State Representative Larry Inman has been booted from closed-door planning sessions with fellow House Republicans. That’s following his indictment on charges of soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI.
 

The indictment says Inman tried to squeeze a prospective donor for campaign contributions in exchange for his vote on a contentious labor issue. Republican House members disowned Inman in a closed-door meeting.
                Republican Lee Chatfield is the also the House Speaker.

“He has lost the faith and trust of the Republican caucus.”

Michigan Heartbeat Coalition

A Michigan group wants to go around Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s veto threat on a controversial proposed ban on an abortion procedure.

The Michigan Heartbeat Coalition filed ballot measure language today. It would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Mark Gurley is with the group behind the measure. He says the Michigan Heartbeat Coalition actually does not want the measure to go on the ballot.

“We’re looking to skip that part, just say, ‘Hey the voters want this, House and Senate please approve it.”

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Saudi siblings Lina and Walid Alhathloul check their phones constantly for any mention of their sister on social media. They have already done four interviews on the day of the PEN awards and sit down for a fifth, because, they say, this is the only way to help their sister, 29-year-old jailed Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul.

"We want to raise awareness," says Lina Alhathloul, a lawyer living in exile in Belgium.

State corrections officials in Arizona are facing calls to reverse a ban on a book that that explores the impact of the criminal justice system on black men. Prison officials say the book contains "unauthorized content," while civil rights advocates claim that placing the book on a blacklist amounts to censorship.

More than 1,000 victims of the Holocaust were buried Wednesday in Belarus, some 70 years after they were killed in the genocide.

Their bones were unearthed this winter by construction workers as they began to build luxury apartments in the southwestern city of Brest, near Poland.

Soldiers brought in to excavate found undisputed evidence of a mass grave: skulls with bullet holes, shoes and tattered clothing worn on the last day of people's lives.

Kenneth Feinberg has been called on to tackle the emotionally grueling job of figuring out the monetary value of victims' lives following a slew of tragedies. And now, a federal judge in California has appointed the prominent attorney to do it again.

This time, Feinberg will serve as mediator for court-mandated settlement talks between Bayer and people who say the company's glysophate-based weedkiller, Roundup, gave them cancer, The Associated Press reports.

Editor's note: Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina died on Tuesday, May 22 after an illness. Perhaps his most acclaimed work was the satiric essay "How To Write About Africa," which we are reprinting.

May 23 is Red Nose Day in the United States.

March 15 was Red Nose Day in the United Kingdom.

Both are charity events involving red foam noses sold as part of fundraising campaigns to fight child poverty around the world.

Surprise medical bills — those unexpected and often pricey bills patients face when they get care from a doctor or hospital that isn't in their insurance network — are the health care problem du jour in Washington, with President Trump and congressional lawmakers from both sides of the aisle calling for action.

Remember the planned redesign of the $20 bill that was going to include the first African American woman to appear on U.S. currency?

Well, don't expect to see Harriett Tubman on your $20 any time soon.

Japan's foreign minister is making headlines — by pushing back on the headlines themselves.

At issue: the order in which foreign media write and say Japanese names.

In a news conference Tuesday, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said he plans to ask overseas news outlets to write Japanese names with the family name first and given name second — as is the convention in Japan.

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