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Detroit police officer being investigated

keyboardFor the second time in as many days… a Detroit Police Officer is being investigated for an inappropriate social media post. Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the most recent controversy involves an African American Sergeant who is being reassigned and put on restricted duty while the investigation is underway.
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Changes Coming to Great Lakes Coast Guard Stations

Coast guard station scheduleSecurity and rescue operations on Great Lakes waters are changing. The U-S Coast Guard is planning to temporarily shut down 8 Coast Guard stations around the Great Lakes. It’s the beginning of a larger transition aimed at improving the efficiency of stations around the nation. But Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller in Cleveland reports on one Ohio community that doesn’t want to see its Coast Guard unit go.

Kalamazoo shooter bound over to Circuit Court

gavelKalamazoo mass shooting suspect Jason Brian Dalton has been bound over to Circuit Court for trial. That’s the result of a hearing in District Court today. Dalton had to be removed from the hearing after an outburst at a witness. He’s accused of killing six people and seriously injuring two others February 20th.

Seventeen-year-old Alexis Cornish was among those who testified today. She watched as her boyfriend and his father were shot to death at a car dealership. Cornish says she saw Dalton approach them, then pulled out a gun and started shooting:

Dalton was in court as the hearing began. But he was dragged away by officers after yelling at shooting survivor Tiana Carruthers as she testified, causing her to break down on the witness stand. She finished her testimony after a recess.

Dalton removed from courtroom following outbreak

jail imageA Kalamazoo County District judge says there’s enough evidence to send mass shooting suspect Jason Brian Dalton to trial in Circuit Court. The ruling came today (Friday) after a hearing where Dalton had to be removed after an outburst. He’s accused of fatally shooting six people and seriously wounding two more as he drove around Kalamazoo February 20. Prosecutors called several witnesses, including shooting survivor Tiana Carruthers.

As Carruthers testified, Dalton began to talk. Later he tried to stand up, causing Carruthers to break down on the witness stand.

Sheriff’s deputies dragged Dalton out of the courtroom and he watched the rest of the hearing from jail via a video link.

Governor Snyder addresses public on criminal investigation

Gov Rick SnyderGovernor Rick Snyder addressed Wednesday’s announcement on criminal charges in the Flint water crisis in an afternoon press conference.  He called investigations into wrongdoing in Flint “critically important”.

Snyder says both state employees have been suspended without pay following the criminal charges.

He says a concurrent investigation by the Michigan State Police is still ongoing.

State task force member speaks about Flint water crisis

epa logoA task force appointed by the Governor has laid most of the blame for the Flint water crisis on bad decisions by state departments like the Department of Environmental Quality.

Task force member Chris Kolb says the D-E-Q completely missed the boat when it allowed Flint not to use corrosion control for its drinking water.

The report also criticized the state’s emergency manager law, because it allowed non-elected officials to ignore public complaints about the water.

Michigan cities in financial trouble

money-coinsThe revenue prospects of Michigan city governments are bad and not getting better. That’s the message of the Michigan Municipal League, an advocacy group for cities and townships. Great Lakes Economics Consulting’s Mitch Bean spoke at a Municipal League event on Monday. Bean says Michigan’s property tax caps combined with a big drop in revenue sharing played a big role in the financial crises in cities like Flint and Detroit.

The League says state revenue sharing with cities dropped more than 50 percent between 2002 and 2012, even though state revenue grew about 30 percent in that time.

State task force puts responsibility for Flint water crisis on Michigan environmental officials

rick-snyder-mugjpg-446cf7790e6a2ea6Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has repeatedly claimed that Flint’s lead contaminated water crisis was caused by all levels of government. But today, a task force that he appointed called those claims “inappropriate official public relations efforts.”
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