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Google to pay Michigan $12M over location tracking services, experts say it’s a win for consumers 

BY: - November 28, 2022

Google this month agreed to pay out $391.5 million across 40 states, including $12 for Michigan, after attorneys general sued the technology company for being deceptive about their location tracking practices in what experts said is an important win for consumers.  The settlement was a result of attorneys general suing Google for violating consumer protections. […]

‘Delete your period-tracking apps,’ reproductive rights experts say

BY: - July 13, 2022

When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month, it put an end to safe and legal abortions in many states across the country.  But experts say the ruling also will lead to safe and legal access to reproductive health information being limited in many areas.  Robin Marty, operations director of the West […]

Michigan judge reverses course, will restart YouTube livestream Monday

BY: - May 20, 2021

St. Joseph County 3B District Court Chief Judge Jeffrey Middleton announced Thursday morning in a video posted on YouTube that beginning Monday May 24, his courtroom hearings will once again run on a livestream on the video service. The move comes after State Court Administrator Tom Boyd called Middleton personally. Middleton said the former judge […]

Michigan judge in viral videos pulls YouTube stream

BY: - May 19, 2021

St. Joseph County 3B District Court Chief Judge Jeffrey Middleton shocked his thousands of YouTube followers this week by announcing he was turning off the livestream and shutting down access to virtual hearings.  “Some of you may have heard, someone may have posted that we will be ending our YouTube livestream essentially today,” Middleton said […]

Here are two statewide ballot proposals you should know about

BY: - October 13, 2020

Presidential, congressional and state House candidates are on the Nov. 3 general election ballot in Michigan.  But there are also issues before voters, although not as many as in recent history. The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out ballot initiative efforts for LGBTQ rights, lobbying reform and a progressive income tax, as it was too difficult to […]

Black House Dems unveil ‘Equal Justice for All’ policing package

BY: - July 8, 2020

For Tyrone Carter, a retired Wayne County sheriff deputy who toiled for 25 years on the force, the recent deaths of African Americans at hands of police has been difficult to endure.  “We have an opportunity to restore the trust that doesn’t exist right now,” said Carter, an African American state House member from Detroit.  […]

Voters to decide in Nov. if police need a warrant for online info 

BY: - June 26, 2020

Should law enforcement be required to obtain a search warrant for a person’s online data and correspondence? That question will be left up to Michiganders in November.  The Michigan House on Wednesday passed on a 106-0 vote Senate Joint Resolution G, a constitutional amendment that will now go on the general election ballot.  If passed […]

Bills you may have missed: Tree frog as state amphibian, cell data privacy

BY: - March 1, 2020

A new bill introduced by state Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland) proposes to name the gray tree frog as Michigan’s official state amphibian. This comes after a fifth-grade class at Blessed Sacrament in Midland began learning about the frog and discovered that Michigan didn’t have an official state amphibian. According to a news release, Stamas said […]