A U-S Supreme Court decision has effectively ended a lawsuit in Michigan that could have resulted in new political district lines for the 20-20 election.

A lower federal court had found that Michigan’s lines were unfairly drawn to benefit Republicans.

The U-S Supreme Court decided a case from other states – but it also impacts Michigan. The majority of the justices said that these types of gerrymandering issues are political questions - and that’s beyond the scope of what federal courts can decide.

As a result, Michigan’s lawsuit is dead.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wants a court to shut down an oil and natural gas liquids pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac.

   Nessel says the line is a potential hazard to the Great Lakes.

   There had been talks between Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Enbridge about a plan designed by the previous administration. That plan would build a new section of Line 5 and put it in a multi-use tunnel under the bedrock of the Straits.

SCOTUS rules not to include citizenship question in 2020 census

Jun 27, 2019
National Census Bureau

The announcement came on Thursday morning, several days after the U.S. Census Bureau released a study estimating that close to 9 million people would choose not to participate in the census if the citizenship question was included. Here is Kyle Lim, a resident of Grand Rapids, who says he would choose not to participate out of fear.

“I am really politically active and feel like being added to a federal list where my status is quote and quote counted could turn into a way to target me because of my political orientations and actions.” 

OMG: Forest Hills Public Schools ban cellphones

Jun 27, 2019

Put that phone away! The Forest Hills School District in West Michgian has announced the use of cell phones by students during school hours has been officially banned.

The district near Grand Rapids says students won't be allowed to use their phones but can keep them in their lockers. The district says it's "clear that excessive exposure to cellphones has a negative effect" on kids. If students need to reach a parent, they can use a school phone. 

Pride Immigration Law

“We’ve seen in the press lately, right, that the conditions that children are living under waiting for appropriate placements. It seems like there is no better time than now -- more urgent time than now to step forward and offer temporary foster care to children in those situations.” 

That’s Donna Abbott, head of Refugee and Immigrant Services at Bethany Christian Services.  The children the organization is hosting are children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border . 

Courtesy Roberta F. King


A proposed new neighborhood in Muskegon picked up steam this week, as the city commission Tuesday approved plans for it’s development. The new neighborhood is called “The Docks” and it’s a new, 240-unit housing neighborhood that will theoretically lie between Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake.

If built, it would be the largest new housing development in the city of Muskegon since the 1980’s, and with City Commissioners approving the plans Tuesday, The Docks moves one step closer to becoming a reality.


The clock started today for abortion rights opponents to get enough valid signatures in order to get a measure on the 20-20 ballot.

Some churches, Right to Life of Michigan and other groups now have 180 days to get more than 340-thousand valid signatures. Their measure would outlaw the abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation – or D-and E. The procedure is most commonly used in the second trimester.

       If the group gets enough signatures, the state Legislature would first have a chance to pass the measure into law without the governor’s signature.

In honor of National HIV Testing Day, June 27th, the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) will be providing free walk-in HIV testing. 

Health officials say everyone should know their status.

“We’re offering free walk in HIV testing all this week.”

April Hight, is the Kent County Health Department Program Supervisor.  She says in honor of National HIV Testing Day, June 27th, they’re offering free testing through Friday.  The testing takes place at the main clinic on Fuller NE. 

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is criticizing the Republican-led Legislature for taking a "vacation" without a deal to fund state services or spend more to fix the roads. The Democratic governor held a budget briefing with reporters Tuesday, as lawmakers began a two-month stretch in which session days are "tentative" only. She says average people cannot go on vacation until their work is done. 

A 63-year-old man has been charged with murder in the fatal shootings of two men in West Michigan. Jon Otis Barnett was ordered held on $10 million bond following a hearing Monday in Hastings. He faces assault and weapons charges as well, and authorities say he also tried to strangle his wife. Gordon Shane McNeill, a lawyer appointed to represent Barnett, declined to comment Tuesday.