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Some lawmakers want to join New York and California in prohibiting discrimination based on hair.

       The bill lists hair texture, locks, braids, and twists as specific examples of hairstyles that would be protected. But bill sponsor, Rep Sarah Anthony says the issue really goes beyond hair. She says this is about letting people celebrate their culture.

Anthony says people are being penalized in their jobs because of the way they wear their natural hair.

“And it has nothing to do with their performance on the job, but rather just their appearance.”

  

Thousands of motorcycles will fill up the streets of Muskegon this weekend in an effort to raise money for victims of domestic abuse.  According to officials, thousands motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country will descend upon Lakeshore streets this weekend, as the 13th annual Muskegon Bike Time kicks off Thursday and ends this Sunday.

Health officials confirm measles case in Detroit resident

Jul 19, 2019

  Health officials in Detroit have confirmed a case of measles in a city resident who recently returned from overseas travel.

The Detroit Health Department says the person with the highly contagious disease went to the emergency department Tuesday of Children's Hospital of Michigan as well as a physician's office in suburban Macomb County.

Murder conviction is overturned

Jul 19, 2019
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The Michigan Supreme Court has overturned a murder conviction in Saginaw County, saying a judge questioned a witness like a prosecutor.

The court says a judge can ask questions during a trial. But the justices say Judge Fred Borchard went beyond an attempt to clarify testimony in the case against Kareem Swilley Jr.

The court said Borchard at one point asked a witness to provide a bank statement and requested a water bill receipt. Justice Richard Bernstein says it wasn't Borchard's job to "drill" into a defendant's alibi defense.

Bike accident in GR claims life of 19 year old

Jul 19, 2019
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The crash took place close to six in the morning in the intersection of Turner Av NW and 6th St NW which is a 3-way stop. 

Accident reconstructionist from the Grand Rapids Police Department Traffic Unit have determined that the bicycle, ridden by 19-year-old Devin Lamont of Grand Rapids, went through the intersection westbound without stopping at the intersection. A semi-truck was southbound on the one-way Turner Av, and after coming to a stop at the intersection, began an eastbound turn onto 6th St.

Weather experts are predicting a major heat wave for much of Michigan… a heat warning is now in effect until Saturday.  With the hot weather, AAA is offering some safety tips to help keep children safe.

“Even on pleasant days, the temperature inside a car can soar to well over a hundred degrees in less than ten minutes and that can put your children and pets at risk of heat stroke, and possibly death.”

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  Michigan Republicans' maneuver to weaken voter-proposed laws to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave was "outright unconstitutional," a top appellate lawyer said Wednesday while urging the state Supreme Court to stand as a "last line of defense" against the unprecedented tactic.

An attorney for the GOP-led House and Senate countered that nothing in the state constitution prevents the Legislature from amending a citizen-initiated law at any time, including during the same legislative session.

 

Three parks in downtown Grand Rapids are set to undergo a number of major upgrades that city officials say will dramatically change scenic views of the downtown skyline, while creating more walking and recreational options for park visitors.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, along with parks and recreation director David Marquardt, were joined by a number of stakeholders Wednesday to break ground on the three greenspaces, which include Look, Reservior and Belknap parks.

Murder conviction overturned; judge was too aggressive

Jul 18, 2019

  The Michigan Supreme Court has overturned a murder conviction in Saginaw County, saying a judge questioned a witness like a prosecutor.

The court says a judge can ask questions during a trial. But the justices say Judge Fred Borchard went beyond an attempt to clarify testimony in the case against Kareem Swilley Jr.

The court said Borchard at one point asked a witness to provide a bank statement and requested a water bill receipt. Justice Richard Bernstein says it wasn't Borchard's job to "drill" into a defendant's alibi defense.

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  The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend.

Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on relatives and neighbors. Officials also are concerned about smog, which is exacerbated by the heat and makes it more difficult for certain people to breathe, including the very young, the elderly and people with asthma or lung diseases.

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