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Jon King

Jon King

Jon King has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is the Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been recognized for excellence numerous times, most recently in 2021 with the Best Investigative Story by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Livingston Diversity Council.

MPSC OKs higher compensation for residents after power outages

By: - March 27, 2023

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) on Friday approved an increase in power outage credits for eligible customers from $25 to $35. The order also provides an additional $35 for each day customers are without power and makes the credits automatic. Previously, customers were required to apply for the credit. “The credits may not cover […]

MSU shooting survivor Troy Forbush speaks at gun reform rally in Lansing

By: - March 24, 2023

“This is more than being at the wrong place at the wrong time. This could happen anywhere, at any time in this country. This has to end.” With those words, Troy Forbush began to tell his story on Thursday at the March for Our Lives rally at Michigan’s Capitol. Forbush was among the five students […]

Lapeer District Library latest target for campaign against LGBTQ+ book

By: - March 24, 2023

The book, “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” is described by author Maia Kobabe as an “intensely cathartic autobiography” that charts a “journey of self-identity.” But to Republican Lapeer County Prosecutor John Miller, the book borders on child pornography. Caught in the middle is Lapeer District Library Director Amy Churchill, who Miller had reportedly threatened to charge […]

House passes safe storage bills as gun reform package makes way through Legislature

By: - March 23, 2023

The Democratic-led Michigan House on Wednesday passed legislation requiring the safe storage of firearms.  The legislative package, which consisted of four Senate bills and four House bills, passed with varying support from Republicans. The House and Senate have passed other gun reform bills in recent weeks in the wake of the Feb. 13 mass shooting […]

Michigan GOP Chair Karamo repeatedly defends linking Holocaust to gun reform bills

By: - March 23, 2023

The Michigan Republican Party garnered widespread condemnation and pushback Wednesday after a social media post explicitly linked the Holocaust to gun reform legislation introduced by legislative Democrats in the wake of the Feb. 13 mass shooting at Michigan State University. The House bills received the backing from a wide variety of individuals and groups, including […]

U of M graduate instructors to hold strike authorization vote

By: - March 21, 2023

Updated, 7:59 a.m., 3/22/23 Members of the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) AFT Local 3550 are a step closer to striking following a general membership meeting on Monday in which they voted to initiate the strike authorization process.  The union, which is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), represents Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) […]

‘It’s a human rights abuse’: Dems reintroduce legislation to end child marriage in Michigan

By: - March 18, 2023

Calling it an “archaic practice” and a “human rights abuse,” Democrats in Lansing this week reintroduced legislation to end child marriage in Michigan. State Sen. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) and Rep. Kara Hope (D-Holt) on Thursday held a press conference to announce a package of 10 bills that would prohibit any marriage involving a child younger […]

With landmark LGBTQ+ rights bill on the brink of becoming law, Michigan advocates look ahead

By: - March 16, 2023

With Thursday’s planned signing by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of an expansion of the 1973 Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA), LGBTQ+ advocates are savoring a hard-fought victory and looking ahead to where the fight for equal rights goes now. Senate Bill 4 expands ELCRA to protect against discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. After […]

Dems, Republicans push FOIA and ethics reforms during Sunshine Week 

By: - March 14, 2023

Legislative leaders from both parties this week unveiled Sunshine Week proposals in efforts to increase government transparency.  Started in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors — now known as the News Leaders Association — the partnership with The Society of Professional Journalists highlights access to public information and the role a free press […]

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Kildee leads congressional letter demanding strong enforcement of child labor laws

By: - March 13, 2023

More than 60 members of Congress, including five from Michigan, signed a letter Monday urging the Biden administration, including the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS), to take stronger enforcement actions against those who violate child labor laws in the United States. Led by U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), the […]

Michigan man charged after threatening Biden, Whitmer, members of LGBTQ+ community

By: - March 13, 2023

A man from Michigan’s Thumb region, who authorities say made numerous threats to kill FBI agents, members of the LGBTQ+ community, President Joe Biden, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, has been charged with illegally possessing firearms. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, Randall Robert Berka II, […]

Michigan Senate votes to repeal 1931 abortion ban

By: - March 9, 2023

Wednesday was a frenetic day of legislative activity in Lansing, with a historic vote to expand the state’s signature civil rights statute and House approval of repealing Michigan’s right-to-work law. So one might be forgiven if they missed the repeal of a more than 90-year-old statewide ban on abortions.  “Here in Michigan, the first 1931 […]