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Flint city council expected to vote on trash collection service Monday

Rizzo Environmental Services, a trash collection agency that was vying for a contract to pick up trash in Flint, is under investigation with the FBI for what federal investigators call a pay-for-play scheme in a nearby county.

Rizzo Environmental Services is under investigation for allegedly paying bribes to a Clinton Township official. Dean Reynolds was arrested Thursday and charged in federal court.

FBI officials said between 50-70 thousand dollars was paid to Reynolds to secure a lucrative contract to tune of 18 million dollars.

In the meantime, Flint’s mayor and city council are working to reach an agreement on who should collect trash in the city;  Rizzo, who the mayor wants or competitor Republic Waste Services, which most of the city council has voted for.

Scott Kincaid is the Ninth Ward City Council Member for the city of Flint.

“The tentative agreement is a one year contract starting November 12, 2016 through November 12, 2017, with the option for an extension of the contract from November 12 2017 through November 12, 2018 with Republic Waste Services at the bid price that Rizzo quoted in their three year bid proposal.”

Kincaid says  Rizzo’s legal woes did not influence the city council’s decision to oppose them. He says council member never believed that Rizzo was a “responsible bidder” to begin with.  

The Flint City council has reached a tentative agreement, awarding the trash contract to Republic. The agreement is expected to be voted on Monday.

Officers and state dispute whether protest turned into a riot at Kinross Correctional

Kinross_admin_building_503865_7We’re learning more details about an incident that occurred earlier this month at the Kinross Correctional Facility in the eastern Upper Peninsula. The union that represents prison guards there says the state has played down the incident… which the union describes as a full blown riot. But the Department of Corrections disagrees.

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Schuette must decide whether to take voting case to SCOTUS


The deadline is closing in to finalize Michigan’s election ballot. There’s still a legal battle playing out over whether straight-ticket voting will be allowed on Election Day.

The deadline to finalize ballots is a week away, and a federal appeals court refused a request by Attorney General Bill Schuette to review earlier decisions that blocked a Republican-adopted ban on straight ticket voting. Continue reading

A statewide public threat alert system will go into effect this fall


The state is working to develop criteria for a new public threat alert system.

Governor Snyder signed legislation last month to put the public alert system into effect.

The alert system will work much like Amber Alerts. Continue reading

New film argues women need equal protection under the law

MG_2225A new film explores what the director calls the assault on women’s rights in the U.S. and outlines the need for an Equal Rights Amendment explicitly giving women equal protection under the law.

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MSP asking for help looking for missing woman from Presque Isle County


The State Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman from Presque Isle County.

Heather Young, 42, was last seen in Onaway Saturday morning. Her car was found Wednesday.

Young is 5’4” and 129 pounds with dark hair and brown eyes.

She is from Marshall but has been staying in Onaway for the past few weeks.

Anyone with information about Young should call the State Police Gaylord Post, at (989) 705-3800.

Victims to have easier time keeping track of offenders

Detroit Crime LabMichigan crime victims will soon have an easier time keeping track of offenders. The Michigan Victim Information Notification Everyday service, or MI-VINE, is a notification system for victims of crimes. It sends victims texts, emails, or phone calls telling them if an offender is in custody, and gives them updates about their case.
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Michigan casinos working to end human trafficking

Pair of dice in front of poker chips.

Pair of dice in front of poker chips.

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.
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Recommendations for Sexual Assault Kits processing submitted to legislature

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.