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Health officials confirm measles case in Detroit resident

Jul 19, 2019

  Health officials in Detroit have confirmed a case of measles in a city resident who recently returned from overseas travel.

The Detroit Health Department says the person with the highly contagious disease went to the emergency department Tuesday of Children's Hospital of Michigan as well as a physician's office in suburban Macomb County.

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  Michigan Republicans' maneuver to weaken voter-proposed laws to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave was "outright unconstitutional," a top appellate lawyer said Wednesday while urging the state Supreme Court to stand as a "last line of defense" against the unprecedented tactic.

An attorney for the GOP-led House and Senate countered that nothing in the state constitution prevents the Legislature from amending a citizen-initiated law at any time, including during the same legislative session.

Murder conviction overturned; judge was too aggressive

Jul 18, 2019

  The Michigan Supreme Court has overturned a murder conviction in Saginaw County, saying a judge questioned a witness like a prosecutor.

The court says a judge can ask questions during a trial. But the justices say Judge Fred Borchard went beyond an attempt to clarify testimony in the case against Kareem Swilley Jr.

The court said Borchard at one point asked a witness to provide a bank statement and requested a water bill receipt. Justice Richard Bernstein says it wasn't Borchard's job to "drill" into a defendant's alibi defense.

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  The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend.

Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on relatives and neighbors. Officials also are concerned about smog, which is exacerbated by the heat and makes it more difficult for certain people to breathe, including the very young, the elderly and people with asthma or lung diseases.

Michigan tribe gets $2M grant for manufacturing center

Jul 17, 2019
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  A Michigan-based Native American tribe is receiving $2 million in federal funds to help build a manufacturing and warehouse facility.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the grant Tuesday for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. It will be matched with $350,000 in local funding.

Officials say the Upper Peninsula tribe will own the 20,000-square-foot (1,858-square meter) center. It will serve existing tribal manufacturers and entrepreneurs while helping attract new industries and business opportunities.

Study: 1 in 4 prison workers in Michigan are experiencing PTSD

Jul 17, 2019

The data released on Tuesday surveying Michigan Department of Corrections employees showed rates of post traumatic stress disorder that are as high or higher than rates of first responders.  

“If you see something traumatic that can add to those symptoms to PTSD that our staff face just as first responder, or police officer or an EMT might when they come across a gruesome medical scene. You know, we have those same things happen in prison that staff are immediately responding to, and cleaning up blood, and those effects from a beating, or a stabbing of some kind.” 

The state has received a score of 64.7 percent according to a new report from Out Leadership—a global business network advocating on behalf of LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces.  Here is Todd Sears explaining why Michigan received a low score. 

“There is no ban on conversion therapy in Michigan for example, HIV criminalization is legal, and the opportunity for trans people to change their birth markers is not available unless they have surgery.” 

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  The Trump administration on Monday moved to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants in a major escalation of the president's battle to tamp down the number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Michigan researchers use grant to study early literacy law

Jul 15, 2019

  Michigan researchers are using a $5 million federal grant to study how an early literacy law gets rolled out and its effect on students and educators.

The Michigan Education Research Institute announced the five-year U.S. Department of Education grant on Friday. Researchers are particularly interested in how the 2016 law, which goes into full effect next school year, affects third-graders being held back if they lag in reading.

The research will include educator surveys, classroom observations and analysis of regular literacy assessments.

Perjured testimony leads to early release for Flint man

Jul 15, 2019
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  A Michigan man convicted of assault with intent to murder in a September 2004 shooting has been released after perjured testimony was uncovered.

Bobby Jamar Younger, 37, was released from the Muskegon Correctional Facility on Thursday, years before his sentence was due to end. In 2006, he was convicted of shooting Pierson Hood gang member Garner Wood and shooting at another person in Mt. Morris Township. Younger was 24 when he was sentenced to 32-50 years in prison.

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