Category Archives: State Government

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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Tribe and state government reach a partial agreement

file5761274152311A 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.
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Schuette says appeal of voting decision in the works

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

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.
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Recommendations for Sexual Assault Kits processing submitted to legislature

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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.

School districts receive waivers to start early

old-school-signIf you have kids and are planning a Labor Day trip, you might want to check your child’s school calendar. 50 school districts have received a waiver to start classes before the holiday. Many districts say they need to start earlier because the state is requiring an extra week of school next year. They worry that will mean meeting further into the hot summer months.
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Enbridge Energy reaches settlement over Kalamazoo River oil spill

f369230151edf0a4e0101cbd111732a1It was announced this week the company behind the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, Enbridge Energy, will pay 177 million dollars for the spill.

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State bans chum in trout streams

e8bd46b6f17f558547adb749a42dd826Anglers won’t be able to use chum while fishing on many Michigan trout streams. “Chumming” is where a fisherman throws bait into the water to lure fish. Some anglers say the practice is unethical. The Natural Resources Commission made the decision to ban chumming in certain trout streams yesterday after hearing from more than 250 anglers at its monthly meeting.
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