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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has barred embattled Michigan civil rights director Agustin Arbulu  from cabinet meetings. Whitmer says it’s time for Arbulu to be fired for “unacceptable conduct.”
 

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The International Association for Great Lakes Research has released its findings that cleaning up the most polluted areas of the Great Lakes has the most significant economic impact.

Our waters are for drinking, fishing and transportation. In the 1970’s, industry used and abused those waters. It got so bad, four American rivers caught fire. The Clean Waters Act was passed in 1972. Over the last 15 to 20 years, the U.S. Congress has budget roughly $20 billion for Great Lakes restoration.

Thomas the Tank Engine to bring school supplies to Flint

Aug 14, 2019
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  FLINT, Mich. (AP) — More than 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms) of school supplies are headed to the Flint-area along with characters from the popular children's show "Thomas & Friends."

Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt are scheduled to arrive Thursday at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad in Flint.

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  Kayakers on a tour of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in northern Michigan narrowly escaped injury when a large section of cliff collapsed near them into Lake Superior.

WLUC-TV reports the kayakers were in an area where sandstone cliffs stand up to about 200 feet (61 meters) above the water.

Man with history of scams at airports arrested in Michigan

Aug 14, 2019
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  Authorities say a man who has a history of scamming people at airports around the country is now accused of trying to get money from travelers in Michigan.

The Wayne County Airport Authority says officers arrested 44-year-old H. Michael Borovetz on Saturday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus after getting a tip he'd have a flight layover at the airport. Airport officials say they'd been on the lookout for him since 2015.

The Docks Part 1: An overview

Aug 14, 2019
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Developers are calling it "The Docks" and it’s a new, 240-unit upscale housing project that would theoretically lie between Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. While the City of Muskegon has publicy backed the project, nearby residents are voicing thier opposition to the build, arguing that the new neighborhood will permanently alter the character of the surrounding, historical area. 

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On Monday, the Trump administration released the final version of the public charge statute -- a statute allowing the government to reject green cards for people who are deemed likely to depend on government aid such as food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid. 

Here is Eva Alvarez from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center explaining how this could affect the local immigrant community. 

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A judge says a Michigan manufacturer that was ordered to shut down amid concerns about fires and the release of chemical clouds can continue most of its operations.

The Daily News of Greenville reports an Ionia County judge signed an order Friday allowing Kassouni Manufacturing Inc. in Belding to conduct business, but it can't use trichloroisocyanuric acid.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she would support a “red flag” law to allow law enforcement to seize firearms from someone who is deemed a risk.

Governor Whitmer was asked about the topic, and said more can be done to prevent mass shootings by murderers who use rapid-fire, high-capacity firearms. She says that includes identifying people who pose a risk of violence and getting a court order to seize their guns. She says the prospect of a mass shooting is terrifying.

Life without parole for Grand Rapids freeway shooter

Aug 13, 2019
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A man convicted of killing his girlfriend before exchanging gunfire with officers on a freeway in western Michigan has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Thirty-four-year-old Adam Nolin was given the mandatory punishment Monday after a Kent County jury convicted him in June. He declined to make a statement at the hearing. There was no dispute that Nolin fatally shot Tia Randall at her home in Wyoming, near Grand Rapids, last September.

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