Category Archives: Courts

Foster care bills on Governor’s desk drafted by U of M law students

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Two bills signed into law this week could help keep siblings in foster care together.

We’ve already done some reporting on the bills, but not on the unusual path the bills took to get to Snyder’s desk.

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Parties on the Fourth of July might not be as wild as past years on Torch Lake, new court ruling suggests

Photo courtesy of the Torch Lake Protection Alliance. The photo was used as evidence for the civil case.

Photo courtesy of the Torch Lake Protection Alliance. The photo was used as evidence for the civil case.

A Torch Lake protection organization has won a lawsuit against party promoters who brought more than 10,000 people to the lake last Fourth of July.

The Torch Lake Protection Alliance filed a lawsuit against party promoters from Lansing. They say the DJ and party bus company enticed more than 10,000 people to come to the lake for Fourth of July last year. Continue reading

“A little bit of freedom” is result of training program which pairs inmates and leader dogs for the blind

DSC_8275 (1)Service dogs for the blind are being trained by prison inmates at a growing number of prisons state and nationwide.

And some of the professionals who work with the program say prison inmates are the best trainers around.

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Bay City follows anti-discrimination ordinance trend

LGBT_flag_02An anti-discrimination ordinance passed unanimously this week in Bay City, and looks similar to ordinances that are popping up in cities and counties across the state.

Some worry these ordinances will affect business. Others say they are essential for inclusive communities.

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Dow Dupont merger makes pursuing lawsuits more difficult

DowBy 2017 Dow Chemical and Dupont USA are expected to merge, becoming the largest chemical company in the United States.

However, it may take nearly 100 years before lawsuits brought against Dupont are resolved.

Late last year, Dupont USA was found liable in the first of 35-hundred cases brought against the company for causing cancer in individuals who drank water contaminated with one of their chemicals.
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National Wildlife Federation files intent to sue

mackinac-03On Monday the National Wildlife Federation filed an intent to sue the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which oversees pipeline safety.

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Dalton Charged With Murder in Kalamazoo

gavelAccused Kalamazoo shooter Jason Dalton was formally charged today (Mon.) with murder, assault with intent to commit murder, and weapons charges. That’s in connection with a weekend shooting spree that left six people dead and two critically injured.

Jason Dalton was quiet throughout the hearing carried out via video camera from the jail where’s being held without bail In fact, one of his few statements was that he’d prefer to not say anything. He faces 16 charges – including six counts of murder. Prosecutors said in court that Dalton acknowledged being the shooter after he was read his rights.

But Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas (MA’-chus) says a motive remains a mystery.

“We’re really not that much closer to why this occurred then we were 10 minutes after he was arrested.”

Federal authorities say a cache of weapons was taken from Dalton’s home following the shootings.

Dalton’s next court date is March 3rd. He’s been assigned a public defender.