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New proposal could impact the hundreds of thousands of people receiving mental health services in MI

Duriel Cohen is a therapist at Wedgewood Christian Services working with youth and he says that if the rule in the Licensing and Regulation Office goes through it would end his ability to practice therapy in Michigan. “If therapists and counselors like myself, if this is the way that they earn their living, then they would no longer be able to provide their services for free or at the very minimal rate that clients would be willing and able to pay.” The change in rule would prevent Licensed...

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Legislature sends K-12 budgets to Whitmer

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The Legislature has sent a bill to fund K-through-12 funding to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk, as this is the first budget bill adopted with an October first deadline looming. October first is the beginning of the state’s new fiscal year. Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey say with budget negotiations stalled, it’s time to force choices on Governor Whitmer. 

“We’ve got to run government," Shirkey said.

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In an effort to bring awareness to the ongoing opioid epidemic along the Lakeshore, the Muskegon County Opiate Summit is returning for its third year as organizers work to bring awareness to the issue. Hosted by Muskegon based HealthWest, the Muskegon County Opiate Summit this year wants to bring inspiration to those affected by opiate abuse by highlighting those who have beaten the disease, and who have found hope on the other side of addiction.

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The U.S. Justice Department is suing a Detroit suburb after a Muslim group failed to win local approval to turn a commercial building into a mosque and community center.
 
     The government says Troy is violating a federal law that's intended to accommodate religious groups. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider says the lawsuit is an effort to "protect the religious liberties of all people."
 

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The Legislature has sent a bill to fund K-through-12 funding to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk. This is the first budget bill adopted with an October first deadline looming.

October first is the beginning of the state’s new fiscal year. Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey say with budget negotiations stalled, it’s time to force choices on Governor Whitmer. 

“We’ve got to run government.”

“I think she’s going to take a hard look at the individual lines and we’ll see what happens. I mean, she’s got a lot of options.”

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The Republican-led Michigan Legislature has given final approval to a K-12 schools budget.

The legislation was approved 91-18 by the House and 21-17 by the Senate on Thursday. Legislators directed an additional $30 million toward special education, above what was in legislation that cleared a panel last week.

The minimum per-student grant would increase from $7, 871 to $8,111, a $240, or 3%, increase. Districts at the higher end would get $8,529, or $120 more than the current $8,409 allotment - a 1.4% bump.

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Hurricane Humberto knocked out the power for some 80% of Bermuda's electricity customers — but many of them now have power again, and government officials say they're relieved no one died when the Category 3 storm passed close to the island Wednesday night.

"We've made it through," Minister of National Security Wayne M. Caines said in an update Thursday morning.

Caines added that during the hurricane, emergency crews rescued a stranded boater in the harbor. A baby was also born during the storm.

On Aug. 1, Yegor Zhukov posted his last YouTube video, making an impassioned appeal to support anti-government protesters caught up in the wheels of Russia's criminal justice system. Wearing a dark blue button-down shirt, the 21-year-old Moscow political science student leaned into the camera and urged Russians not to be cowed into silence.

"Russia will eventually be free," he said. "But we may not live to see it if we let fear win."

Two days before his wedding this past April, Cameron Fischer had one heck of a bachelor party, hitting a few bars in the Old Town section of Fort Collins, Colo., with his friends into the wee hours. The next morning, the 30-year-old IT professional from nearby Loveland woke up with a killer hangover.

"I couldn't keep anything down," Fischer says. "I just felt miserable."

He was in such bad shape that, with their wedding day fast approaching, Fischer's fiancée urged him to leave their rehearsal dinner in Denver and head to an emergency room to be rehydrated.

The United Arab Emirates said Thursday that it would join a U.S.-led maritime coalition aimed at protecting international shipping in and near the Strait of Hormuz following alleged Iranian attacks on oil tankers there.

The UAE joins neighbors Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, along with the United Kingdom and Australia, in the effort to protect vessels in the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf and the narrow Strait of Hormuz waterway that separates the gulfs and acts as a transit point for a fifth of the world's oil exports.

America's best-known obelisk reopens to the public on Thursday after more than three years of construction on a new security facility and renovations to its elevator system.

The Washington Monument will again welcome visitors up to its observation deck, where, from more than 500 feet in the air, visitors can see national landmarks including the U.S. Capitol, Washington National Cathedral, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial.

But first, you have to go through security.

On Sept. 14, a major Saudi oil processing plant was rocked by a series of explosions. The facility, and another oil field to the south, had been attacked from the air. Here's what we know — at this time — about the attacks based on physical evidence.

The strike was large and sophisticated

Emergency sirens wailed on Hawaii's Oahu and Maui islands Wednesday evening, warning of a tsunami, but the alert turned out to be a mistake. The error sparked anger from residents who recalled a similar false warning last year of an imminent ballistic missile attack.

Within minutes of the alarm going off shortly after 5 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET), authorities were trying to calm the public by getting out word of the mistake.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., unveiled her long-anticipated plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs on Thursday. It is a priority shared by President Trump, fueling a glimmer of hope that there is a deal to be had on the issue ahead of the 2020 elections.

"It is transformative," Pelosi said of her plan."We do hope to have White House buy-in."

One of America's most recent espionage cases started with a friendly hello over the Internet.

It ended with a jury in Virginia finding former CIA officer Kevin Mallory guilty of spying for China. The Mallory case — a rare counterintelligence investigation to go to trial — provides a lesson in how Chinese spies use social media to try to recruit or co-opt Americans.

For the head of the Justice Department's National Security Division, John Demers, it also highlights a broader point.

After 25 years of running Ellen's Bed and Breakfast in Longmont, Colo., Ellen Ranson got tired of cooking breakfast.

"So we decided to change the name to Ellen's Bed, Bath & Begone," she says.

That left her more time for sleeping in or reading the paper. But that prospect wasn't too exciting, because the local paper had been thinning out for a while, though Ranson says it used to be relevant.

"And now there's news about Frederick or Erie or Fort Collins or something," she says. All are cities she lives near, but not Longmont.

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