A judge has rejected a six-month freeze in the involuntary manslaughter case of Michigan's former health director, who is the highest-ranking official charged in the Flint water scandal.
     A new team of prosecutors wanted more time to assess and collect more evidence after learning about 23 boxes of records in a state basement. But Judge Joseph Farah on Friday said the discovery has no practical impact on his next step.

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Authorities say two people suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford have been charged with misdemeanors.

Grand Rapids prosecutors have charged Christian Johnson with malicious destruction of tombs and memorials and Alexis Binkert with receiving and concealing stolen property.


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Wayne County in response to widespread flooding resulting from this week's heavy rainfall.

   Whitmer acted Thursday after Wayne County Executive Warren Evans issued a similar declaration. Evans pointed out about 3,000 homes in the county including Detroit have been damaged and local resources are inadequate to deal with it.

   With her declaration, Whitmer is making available state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the designated area.

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A report says a Lansing School District internal investigation following a 13-year-old student's suicide shows the boy was bullied in school and district officials received pleas for help from the boy's mother and a request for intervention from his teachers.

   The Lansing State Journal reported Thursday that the investigation was conducted by a school public safety officer after the Everett High School eight-grader's death in January and was submitted to school officials March 25.


Two pairs of oversized wooden shoes that were displayed as part of an art competition for the annual Tulip Time Festival in Michigan have been stolen.

   Artists decorated 45 big pairs of the traditional Dutch clogs called klompen for the "Klompen Garden" public art event in Holland and the shoes were on display outdoors. The festival officially starts Saturday, but workers on Thursday noticed two pairs were missing from Centennial Park.

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Michigan utility regulators have approved a rate increase for DTE Energy's electric customers - amounting to roughly $6 more a month for residents - but less than what the utility sought.

The Michigan Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a $273 million increase which is roughly $203 million less than what the Detroit-based utility had requested. Commissioners also denied DTE's request to assess a charge for customers who have installed renewable energy projects.

Michigan admits to errors in state prison death counts

May 3, 2019

The Michigan Department of Corrections has acknowledged errors in its state prison death counts after a newspaper investigation revealed the agency hasn't been accurately or consistently tracking the deaths as it's federally mandated to do.

The Detroit Free Press' analysis of open records comes after Michigan reported to the federal government that 2018 saw the highest rate of deaths in Michigan prisons in 25 years.

A bill to forgive four school days for extreme weather caused a standoff in the state Senate. But lawmakers have thawed on the issue and sent the bill to the governor today.

The bill was already stripped down from its original version – and Democrats in the Senate wanted some additional things back in the bill. Like a guarantee that hourly workers would still get paid for the time off.

       Democrats used a procedural move to effectively render the Legislation meaningless. But after negotiations and some changes, another vote got the job done.

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Legislation that would forgive Michigan Schools from having to make up as many as four days is headed to Governor Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature.  This comes as good news for the Grand Rapids Public Schools District which was going to have to make up at least two days. 

“This comes as welcomed news.”

John Helmholdt is the Executive Director of Communications & External Affairs with Grand Rapids Public Schools.  He says they were going to have to make up at least two days if the state legislature didn’t make a move.

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On Wednesday, hundreds of people took to the streets to march advocating for driver’s licenses for all immigrants. The march was a part of a demonstration for the “day without immigrants” organized by an immigrant rights group known as Movimiento Cosecha GR. Around the country dozens of cities held similar peaceful demonstrations. 

Before the march began in Garfield Park, officers from the Grand Rapids Police Department told the crowd that they would be making arrests or issuing citations if the group marched on the street.