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Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature are proposing a $1.3 billion one-time funding boost to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. The plan unveiled Tuesday also calls for letting schools start before Labor Day without needing a waiver, redefining "attendance" to allow for online learning and reducing the number of snow day allowances so remote instruction occurs instead. The GOP proposal would increase state funding by $800 a student to implement robust distance-learning plans and to cover new health and safety measures.

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Michigan's attorney general is asking a judge to shut down a pipeline in the Great Lakes after an energy company discovered that an anchor support had shifted deep below the surface. Enbridge insists the Line 5 pipeline itself was not damaged. The company resumed the flow of oil and natural gas liquids in the west leg of the system Saturday. Meanwhile, the east line in the Straits of Mackinac remains closed. That's where the anchor support assembly had moved. State attorneys say both east and west lines should be turned off until an independent review is conducted.


Tuesday, June 23rd @ 10:00pm  on WGVU Public Television - PBS FRONTLINE presents Opioids Inc. revealing how one drug company bribed doctors, committed insurance fraud and made millions for Wall Street investors pushing a highly addictive opioid painkiller.

NARRATION: “Wall Street loves a success story and John Kapoor had a great story to sell.”

NARRATION: “This is a very dangerous product. It was misused. It could actually kill people.”

MI NAACP declare racism a public health pandemic

Jun 23, 2020

On Juneteenth, a historic day marked as the day the abolition of slavery spread across the state of Texas, Pamela Pugh, Health Chair of the Michigan State Conference of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is demanding a policy and structural change to address inequities affecting Black people in the state. 

The nonpartisan commission that sponsors the formal election year presidential debates announced Tuesday that an October debate that had been set for Michigan will now take place in Florida. The change comes after the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, determined it was no longer “feasible” to host the Oct. 15 debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates said. The debate will instead be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami.

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Defendants in criminal cases get to decide whether remote testimony will be allowed. That six-to-zero decision was issued Monday by the Michigan Supreme Court.

The court said video testimony can violate a defendant’s right to confront opposing witnesses. Both the U.S. and Michigan constitutions have confrontation clauses.

Kristin Lavoy is the defense attorney for a man convicted of criminal sexual conduct.

She says the decision means prosecutors can't decide to use remote testimony due to cost or convenience.

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A legal battle between the state and gym owners will determine whether gyms will open across the state this week.

Last week, a federal court granted an injunction allowing gyms across the state to reopen starting on Thursday.

In his decision granting a preliminary injunction to gyms on Friday, Judge Paul Maloney wrote that when gyms asked in court why they must remain closed the state could only answer “trust us.”

A civil lawsuit filed Monday following the death of a 16-year-old in a Michigan youth facility says he screamed "I can't breathe" as a staff member placed weight on the Black teen's chest for nearly 10 minutes. The lawsuit filed Monday names Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo and Sequel Youth and Family Services as defendants. Cornelius Fredericks died May 1 after going into cardiac arrest April 29. At the time, authorities said he was being restrained by staff after throwing a sandwich.

Upper Peninsula. A search at the Alger prison turned up methamphetamine, LSD, a medication for opioid addiction and a digital scale. The DFederal agents are investigating a drug operation behind bars at a prison in the etroit News says the details are in federal court records. No one has been arrested, and there's no mention in the documents about how drugs got into the prison.

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Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees is delaying its 2021 budget awaiting state appropriations clarity. It did approve a boost in student financial aid while also raising tuition.

The coronavirus pandemic shifted the education model at Grand Valley State University from classroom to virtual learning.