Congressman Dan Kildee is among the Michiganders gathered in Philadelphia this week for the Democratic National Convention. He spoke by phone this week with CMU Public Radio, and reflected on the campaign season so far, on the water crisis that is still affecting thousands of people in Flint, and on his own future political ambitions. Continue reading →
A state panel will be named soon to look into improving Michigan’s dismal literacy rate. Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order Wednesday creating the new PreK-12 Literacy Commission. Continue reading →
The Firekeepers Human Trafficking Awareness Program is continuing its efforts to raise human trafficking awareness. Over the past year, the program has been working to combat human trafficking in its casino and hotel. The program provides training to employees on how to spot and report possible human trafficking. Continue reading →
A Native American tribe in west Michigan has agreed to share revenue from its casino with the state as part of a dispute over online Lottery games. The Gun Lake tribe says the state broke a treaty when it started online lottery games. As a result, the tribe stopped half of its revenue sharing payments. Instead of sending the usual payments to the state, the tribe put them in an escrow account that will now be divided between the two. Continue reading →
Photo by Alex Richards, courtesy of Petoskey News-Review Dayna Valpey of Disability Network of Northern Michigan, stands next to a brock dock boardwalk installed at the Petoskey State Park beach. The boardwalk allows those facing mobility challenges easy access to the beach and the water.
A disability advocacy organization hopes to raise funds and provide access to Lake Michigan in Wilderness State Park in Mackinaw City.
After building access infrastructure for people with disabilities at nine different public beaches throughout the region, Disability Network of Northern Michigan now has their sights set on Wilderness State Park. Continue reading →
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has set the stage for the next step in the fight over straight-ticket voting. A federal judge last week blocked Republican efforts to stop voters from using a single mark on the ballot to support a political party’s entire slate of candidates. Continue reading →
Monday, the Democratic National Convention officially kicks off in Philadelphia. The youngest member of Michigan’s delegation to the convention hasn’t even been able to vote in a general election before. He’s an incoming Central Michigan University student experiencing the political process for the first time. Continue reading →
Seven years after thousands of untested sexual assault kits were found Detroit, officials have released recommendations to help prevent backlogs in the future.
A state commission has submitted recommendations to improve the processing and review of sexual assault kits.
Officials said the proposal would allow for tracking of rape kits.
Debi Cain is the Executive Director of the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. She said, the process to get sexual assault kits can be embarrassing for the victim.
“I don’t think people understand how much of an affront it can be for an victim who have gone through this very intense and invasive process. To find out that the kit ends up on a shelf and nothing happened to it.”
Cain said, under the proposal sexual assault kits must be processed within 90 days. She said the move would give victims a sense of control and security.