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There are about two and a half million children in Michigan, and health officials say an estimated 285-thousand of them experience a serious emotional disturbance that affects their daily functioning.
Michigan’s prisons are still plagued with food service problems. That’s according to liberal watchdog group Progress Michigan.
College students who block protesters or speakers from speaking on public colleges and universities would be penalized under a bill now in the state Senate.
The “Campus Free Speech Act” would penalize people who infringe on protester’s, speaker’s, student’s and professor’s first amendment rights.
The rules would apply to the state’s public universities and community colleges. Continue reading
To make a living, Gregorio visits about 20 farms in Southwest Michigan every year. He has a car, so he often picks up other workers on the way.
The Snyder administration and publicly funded mental health agencies have been at odds over an overhaul plan. It would allow private insurance companies to manage $2.5 billion in Medicaid funds earmarked for mental health.
“When you hand over publicly funded services to a profit-driven organization, people hurt and people suffer, and taxpayers should be paying attention to this,” said Nicole Lawson is an Oakland County mental health services administrator.
Leo Rohn is a patient who also serves on several mental health advisory boards. He’s concerned that private management of mental health funds will limit access to medications.
“They’re going to have limits on levels and who qualifies and the medications they need to live and function will be taken away from them,” he said. “People’s lives will be destroyed.”
Governor Snyder says the plan’s focus is not on controlling money, but bringing together physical health care and mental health services. He says private insurance companies could help cut management costs.
Tiffany Easthom has been extensively involved in efforts to create peace in places like South Sudan and Syria. She’ll be speaking to members of Midland’s chapter of the Nonviolent Peaceforce on Monday, May 15. Continue reading
Investors who buy blighted property would get new tax incentives, under a set of bills on their way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.
Governor Rick Snyder has chosen the newest member of the Michigan Supreme Court.
There were tears and hugs on the floor of the state House Tuesday as colleagues got word that state Representative John Kivela took his life – one day after his second arrest on a charge of drunk driving.
House Speaker Tom Leonard announced that sessions today and Wednesday would be cancelled to mourn the passing of the Democrat from Marquette.
“I’m sure today is the toughest day we will experience this term together. And I truly have no words about the loss of our dear friend, John Kivela.”
Kivela’s body was found in the home he owned in Lansing. That’s after he was released from the Clinton County jail following his arrest. Kivela was 47. He is survived by his wife and two children
A new bill could change the way auto insurance is calculated across the state.
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen has been chosen by President Trump to serve on the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals. Trump once put Larsen on his list of judges and lawyers he would consider naming to the US Supreme Court.
The state is stepping in to help struggling schools instead of closing them.
Before water contamination emergencies hit Flint, Mich. a crisis in Canada became deadly.
The Michigan Department of Corrections is sending out letters to lawmakers this week, pleading for changes to a proposed budget that would cut 41 million dollars to prison facilities statewide.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking information regarding Turkey poaching on state land.
The campaign submitted its petition form to state officials for approval. A spring and summer signature-gathering effort would then try to put the question on the 2018 ballot.
Former state lawmaker Jeff Irwin is the campaign’s political director. He says banning marijuana has been a waste of time and money, just like the nation’s experiment with Prohibition in the 1920s.
“We also know that alcohol prohibition was a huge failure. We know that alcohol prohibition fueled crime and violence, just like marijuana prohibition is doing today.”
Irwin says legalization would allow a new business sector, and generate millions of dollars in revenue for schools, roads, and local governments.
Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel was in Lansing Friday. Her visit comes on the heels of a controversial health care vote.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture has issued a consumer advisory for certain lots of Pepsi. State Officials said some plastic bottles of the soft drink have been found to contain small flecks of metal. Continue reading
The Michigan Department of Agriculture has issued a consumer advisory for certain lots of Pepsi. State Officials said some plastic bottles of the soft drink have been found to contain small flecks of metal.