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High school students in a western Michigan county have the opportunity to earn diplomas and associate degrees or pre-apprenticeships with up to 62 college credits at no cost. The state's Talent and Economic Development Department says professors at Lake Michigan College travel to teach at the Early College Allegan County program in Allegan, southwest of Grand Rapids. The 3-year program allows students to extend high school by one year. \

  

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Retired four-star General Wesley Clark visited Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies where he spoke about overcoming the polarization in American politics.

“What you find is that politics is more about the heart than it is about the head.”

In 2004, retired four-star General Wesley Clark ran as a Democratic presidential candidate. Clark explains the emotional reaction to politics is widening and the media covers the conflict.

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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign has announced he's holding a rally in Michigan at the end of the month.

The announcement came shortly after Trump vetoed a congressional measure blocking his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border.

The campaign says the rally is set for the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 28.

Trump narrowly won the Midwest state's 16 electoral votes in the 2016 presidential election.

Michigan’s new secretary of state, Jocelyn Benson, has released details of her personal finances.

She says this sort of disclosure should be required of all state elected officials.

Benson, a Democrat, says Michigan suffers from low trust of public officials, and it will be up to public officials to help restore people’s confidence in state government.

      

“There’s a reason why 48 other states and the federal government require this of their elected officials.”

Republicans like state Representative Steve Johnson are not entirely on board.

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Michigan is one of only four states that automatically prosecutes all 17-year-olds as adults for any offense. Although the bill was introduced nearly two years ago, it wasn’t until this past Thursday that the Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting heard from fellow legislators of the bill’s implications. Here is Senator Sylvia Santana, one of the lead sponsors of the bill. 

“In my humble opinion MDOC is not equipped to raise children in the adult system nor support their cognitive needs to get them back on the right track.”

Detroit-area mosques boost security in wake of attacks

Mar 15, 2019

Detroit-area Muslim leaders are working with police to boost security in the wake of deadly attacks on two New Zealand mosques. Imam Hassan Qazwini of the Islamic Institute in Dearborn Heights said mosque officials have spoken with authorities about increasing security, "especially during Friday prayers." Imam Mohannad Hakeem says he expects local police to "go out of their way to help our community members feel secure." He also expects "a lot of awesome non-Muslim neighbors to show up and provide support."

       A federal judge says a computer program that’s supposed to help ensure Michigan kids in foster are safe is a failure. Governor Whitmer says it will be fixed or replaced.

This problem has bedeviled two governors who preceded Whitmer – Democrat Jennifer Granholm and Republican Rick Snyder. They both struggled to ensure the state knows where foster kids are living and that they’re not being abused.

The report says the system drastically undercounted children who were abused while they were supposed to be under state protection.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to stop using school aid fund dollars for higher education could hit a roadblock.

The state has been using money from the School Aid Fund toward higher education for years now.

And Governor Whitmer says that needs to stop. That’s because the School Aid Fund, historically, is meant to be for kindergarten through twelfth grade.

But Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey is not on board. Here’s his spokeswoman Amber McCann:

Employment scams were the “riskiest” scams in 2018.  That from the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan.  It’s most recent report shows employment scams had more instances and higher losses than in previous years. 

“This report takes how likely are you to fall for it and how much money are  you going to lose and combines data into one report and shows what’s the riskiest scam out there and for 2018 it was employment scams.”

That’s Troy Baker, Communication Manager for the Better Business Bureau, serving Western Michigan.

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