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House committee approves bill to close marital rape legal loophole

BY: - May 19, 2022

A bill that would close a loophole in the state’s marital rape ban made it through the Michigan House Judiciary committee Tuesday with unanimous support.  The Michigan Penal Code currently allows marital rape when the perpetrator’s spouse is mentally incapacitated, which includes instances where a spouse has been drugged or coerced and is unable to […]

Report: DePerno met with Trump State Dept. official on Jan. 6, 2021

BY: - May 17, 2022

Republican Attorney General candidate Matthew DePerno met with former Assistant Secretary of State Robert Destro during the right-wing insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Destro confirmed to the Washington Post. DePerno, who is endorsed by the Michigan GOP and former President Donald Trump, frequently espouses conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election […]

State reports 46 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in the last week

BY: - May 16, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 176 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Monday. Of those, 46 K-12 schools in 17 counties are experiencing new outbreaks or clusters as of Monday that total 343 COVID-19 cases. The state reports school- and sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on […]

Updated: Blue Lakes Fire in the northern Lower Peninsula is now 75% contained

BY: - May 16, 2022

Updated, 4:12 p.m., 5/16/22 Firefighters continue to battle a wildfire in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula, which, as of Monday, is about 75% contained. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports its fire crews, along with local partners, continued to connect remaining containment line gaps in wet, low-lying areas in Montmorency and Cheboygan counties. The […]

On this day in 1968: RFK visits Detroit just before fatal shooting

BY: - May 15, 2022

On May 15, 1968, presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.) toured Detroit — only 23 days before he was killed in Los Angeles. The five-hour visit came as the race for the Democratic nomination was heating up. Vice President Hubert Humphrey, also a Democratic presidential candidate, held a campaign stop in Detroit the […]

On this day in 1968: MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign rallies in Detroit

BY: - May 13, 2022

On May 13, 1968, Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign was carried out without him in Detroit. America’s leading civil rights leader was murdered on April 4 of that year.  The objective of the national effort was to gain “economic justice” for poor people in the United States. It was organized by King and the […]

Michigan reports 27,705 new COVID-19 cases, 76 deaths over the last week

BY: - May 11, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,472,596 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,140 have died from the virus — an additional 27,705 cases and 76 deaths since last week. The new numbers combine all confirmed and probable cases and deaths since last Wednesday, as […]

Biden administration vows to speed up environmental permits needed for infrastructure projects

BY: - May 11, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration will seek to hasten construction of roads, bridges, wind farms and more by tweaking the federal review process for environmental and other permits, administration officials said Tuesday. On a press call, administration officials said they were seeking to make permitting easier without sacrificing environmental standards. The new permitting plan includes five […]

State reports 48 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in the last week

BY: - May 10, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 122 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Monday. Of those, 48 K-12 schools in 14 counties are experiencing new outbreaks or clusters as of Monday that total 287 COVID-19 cases. The state reports school- and sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on […]

Legislature OKs term limits, financial disclosure measure to go on the November ballot

BY: - May 10, 2022

The Michigan House and Senate on Tuesday voted to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November that would both revamp the state’s legislative term limits law while also requiring annual financial disclosures from legislators and state officers. The state’s current system of term limits — allowing three two-year House terms and two four-year […]

Biden signs Rep. Slotkin’s Ukraine Lend-Lease bill

BY: - May 10, 2022

A Michigan lawmaker’s bill designed to cut through red tape and speed the delivery of weapons, munitions and other military equipment to Ukraine was signed into law Monday. The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act was introduced by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and passed by the House last month. It was signed into law Monday […]

GOP lawmaker introduces bill banning telemedicine abortion

BY: - May 9, 2022

A bill aimed at banning telemedicine abortion was introduced last week by Republicans in the House.  Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Twp.) on Wednesday introduced House Bill 6069, which states that “a physician shall not utilize other means including, but not limited to, an internet web camera, to diagnose a pregnancy or the gestational age of […]