Last year, Michigan ranked second in the country for human trafficking crimes. A bill passed by the Michigan House is aimed at improving conditions for victims and crack down on traffickers. Continue reading →
A state House committee could vote tomorrow (Tue.) on a bill to create a crime of “aggressive panhandling.” The bill would replace state and local anti-begging laws that have been struck down as violations of free speech rights. Continue reading →
Kalamazoo 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.
A 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 Rick Snyder now says it’s possible he deleted some e-mails related to Flint, even though he earlier told a congressional committee that he had not. The governor still insists it’s unlikely he deleted any Flint-related e-mails, it’s just not impossible. Continue reading →
The emergency manager of Detroit’s public schools says he thinks there should be changes to the state’s emergency manager law. Former federal bankruptcy judge Stephen Rhodes is the district’s fourth emergency manager in seven years.
He says the law focuses too much on finances.
Rhodes appeared on the Michigan Public Television show “Off The Record.” Rhodes says a state financial rescue of Detroit’s schools is necessary because bankruptcy is not a viable alternative for the district. Rhodes presided over the city of Detroit bankruptcy.
The legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis wrapped up hearings Tuesday without hearing from Governor Rick Snyder, his senior aides, or former emergency managers who were in charge of the city at the outset of the debacle. Continue reading →
The Michigan State Board of Education holds its final public session tomorrow (Tue.) on controversial guidelines to help schools come up with plans to deal with gay and transgender students. Continue reading →
A controversial GOP plan to overhaul Detroit’s schools has landed in the state Senate, and is getting a skeptical reception.
The plan was muscled through the state House in a marathon overnight session. Continue reading →