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Santa's Workshop in the Upper Peninsula will be rebuilt after a devastating fire, thanks to the generosity of the public, especially a former Ishpeming resident with warm childhood memories. The Mining Journal reports that Tim Easterwood offered to pay the full cost of rebuilding the small structure. He hopes the community's response might turn the unknown arsonist "in the right direction."

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A majority of lawmakers in the state House want Republican Representative Larry Inman to resign.

       The House passed a resolution today urging the embattled lawmaker to step down.

Representative Inman has missed dozens of days – and votes – in the state Legislature since he was indicted in May. Inman is accused of trying to sell his vote on a controversial measure. And he’s been federally charged with multiple crimes – including lying to the FBI.

The resolution says Inman’s conduct has – quote – “drawn ridicule and disgrace to the state of Michigan.”

Ex-Michigan lawmaker pleads no contest after sex scandal

Aug 29, 2019
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  A former Michigan lawmaker pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor stemming from charges filed over a bizarre plot to hide his extramarital affair with another legislator.

Todd Courser, a 47-year-old Republican from Silverwood who resigned from the state House in 2015, could face up to a year in jail when he is sentenced on Sept. 16 in a Lapeer courtroom for willful neglect of duty by a public officer.

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  State regulators and Native American tribes are temporarily removing juvenile lake sturgeon from two Michigan rivers to protect them from chemical treatments targeting sea lampreys.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service treats rivers in the Great Lakes region to kill invasive lampreys. It doesn't harm most fish. But when the treatments are applied in the Big Manistee and Muskegon rivers, lake sturgeon are at risk.

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  A woman convicted of domestic violence will get a new trial after the Michigan appeals court says an expert could have explained why she bit off a portion of her boyfriend's tongue.

The appeals court says Desirae Glatfelter's rights were violated by an ineffective lawyer. An expert didn't testify for the woman from west Michigan's Kent County because her attorney had failed to give timely notice to the judge.

  Michigan superintendents sounded the alarm Tuesday over starting school without knowing how much state funding their districts will receive, saying it affects staffing and other decisions.

Civil rights director fired for inappropriate comments

Aug 28, 2019
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  The Civil Rights Commission in Michigan has voted to fire the director of the state's Department of Civil Rights after it emerged that he made inappropriate comments that objectified women.

The commission originally reprimanded Agustin Arbulu after an investigation into remarks he made to a male staffer during a listening session at a middle school in May.

On Tuesday, in a 5-2 vote, the commission dismissed Arbulu as director of the agency that investigates discrimination complaints.

EPA proposes $585,000 settlement for Michigan cleanup site

Aug 28, 2019
Associated Press

  The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on a $585,000 settlement for cleaning up an old aluminum smelting site in southwestern Michigan.

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  A human rights ordinance approved for a west Michigan city includes penalties for violators, including those who dial 911 to try to use police to enforce their own bigotry.

The Grand Rapids City Commission passed the updated ordinance Tuesday following months of work to develop and revise the measure, which takes effect Dec. 1.

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 Michigan State University is defending itself against a second wave of lawsuits related to sports doctor Larry Nassar but says it wants to reach a deal with the additional assault victims. 

MSU defended itself in a court filing Monday. It says it's immune to liability for Nassar's crimes, no matter how "repugnant."

Spokeswoman Emily Guerrant tells the Detroit Free Press that the school was under a court order to reply to dozens of lawsuits. But Guerrant also says there are "active settlement negotiations."

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