Lawyers for state Representative Larry Inman says the government’s case against him would virtually shut down campaign fundraising and efforts to persuade voters to support candidates.

This brief is the response by Inman’s legal team to the government’s charges he tried to squeeze labor groups for campaign donations to get Republicans to vote against an anti-union bill. The brief says legislators and candidates have a right to convey their positions via print, radio, TV, and internet ads.


Dozens of dogs rescued from the path of Hurricane Dorian in Florida are now in Michigan, and according to officials, the dogs will soon need forever homes. Julia Willson is the president and CEO of the Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing. Right now, she’s sharing an office with Bessie, a brown and white dog that’s quietly laying down on a dog bed.

“She’s about 10 years old and you can see she’s nervous and affected by the stress so we’re going to let them individually decompress," Willson said. 

Thousands join in annual walk across Mackinac Bridge

Sep 3, 2019
Mackinac Bridge
Michigan Historical Center

  Light rain let up as thousands of people started the 62nd Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined those walkers crossing the nearly 5-mile (8-kilometer) long bridge that links Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas and crosses the Straits of Mackinac, which connects lakes Huron and Michigan.

Many people waiting in the pre-dawn darkness wore ponchos in rainfall that gave way to some sunshine as the walk started at 7 a.m. Monday.

Local organizers expected 20,000 to 30,000 people to make the trek between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.

National immigrant advocacy conference planned in Detroit

Sep 3, 2019

  A national conference focused on immigrant and refugee advocacy is planned for next month in Detroit.

The 12th annual National Immigrant Integration Conference is scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the TCF Center, formerly the Cobo Center.

Organizers say the conference supports naturalization, voting and the pursuit of public office by new Americans, as well as sharing strategies to counter what they call "racist rhetoric and policies" targeting immigrants.

With a new head of the department in place, the Michigan State Police is looking to modernize.

Colonel Joe Gasper was on WKAR’s Off the Record. He says they’re looking to take some components of a traditional paramilitary agency – like discipline and chain of command – and combine those with empowering troopers to make more decisions.

 “As we’re looking at how we’re going to conduct training in the future, we need to look at what the current generations and future generations are going to want because they are our future.”

GR approves its very first Bicycle Action Plan

Aug 30, 2019

The Grand Rapids area has one of the worst bicycle-related crash rates in Michigan, according to data from the City of Grand Rapids and one way city officials are hoping to change that is through the approval very first Bicycle Action Plan. Here is Kristin Bennett, transportation planning and programs supervisor for Mobile GR.

Founders Brewery sold to company in Spain

Aug 30, 2019
Wikimedia | Paul Joseph

According to the Associated Press, Founders Brewery is being sold to a Spanish partner. The largest beer maker in Michigan, Founders in Grand Rapids has informed state regulators that Mahou San Miguel Group will have a 90% stake in the brewer by January. 

Mahou San Miguel, based in Madrid, acquired a 30% stake in Founders in 2014. Founders says Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, who co-founded the brewery in 1997, will each retain a 5% share and "have no intention of leaving."


Education policy advocates say Michigan is not doing enough to improve student literacy rates.  The 2019 M-STEP assessment scores are in…and the data shows just 45-point-1 percent of Michigan’s third graders are proficient in English language arts.  That’s up just seven-tenths of a percent from 2018.

By law, third graders who fail to achieve reading proficiency on the Spring 2020 M-STEP will be retained.  Brian Gutman with the nonpartisan research group Education Trust Michigan says the figures are alarming.


Democratic House leader Christine Greig doesn’t think the governor’s proposed 45-cent fuel tax increase will ever happen. Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a fellow democrat, proposed the hike in her budget proposal back in March as a way to raise money for the roads. Greig says Democrats are trying to work with Republicans to put together a roads plan and a state budget.

“I’m not going to do a hypothetical on 45-cents," Greig said. "We’ve had a lot of conversation that that’s probably the extreme that won’t happen.”

GR votes unanimously to approve human rights ordinance

Aug 30, 2019
the city of Grand Rapids

The vote comes nearly twenty two months after local advocate, Lyone LaGrone wrote his own Human Rights Ordinance and presented it to the Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission. 

“Our city has to have ways for people who are experiencing pain to have that pain relieved. An ordinance helps protect individuals, but also helps remove some of the pain and the sting of society by saying this is what we believe, this is how we will operate in this community.”