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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   Attorney General Bill Schuette has chosen Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate for the November election. 

Schuette is the Republican nominee for governor – he won about 50 percent of his party’s vote in the primary. If Schuette is successful in the general election, Lyons will be the state’s next Lieutenant Governor.

Nassar denied new judge for appeal

Aug 15, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Larry Nassar’s attempt to have a new judge consider his appeal in Ingham County has been denied. Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years. 

Nassar is working through the appeals process – and he wants to be resentenced. But first he wants a different judge to consider his request for a new sentence. Nassar says Judge Rosemarie Aquilina was not fair and impartial when she sentenced him to up to 175 years in prison.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state plans to appeal a judge’s decision that said straight-ticket voting is allowed in Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder signed the law that banned the practice.  

A lawsuit to keep straight ticket voting was filed in 2016. A federal judge ruled that the ban disproportionately hurts minorities and means longer wait times at the polls.

The Attorney General’s Office is representing the state in the case. Andrea Bitely is a spokesperson for the AG’s office.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A billionaire took his fight to impeach President Donald Trump to Lansing Monday, this time with a slightly new message.

Tom Steyer, a Democratic activist and hedge fund manager, launched his Need to Vote campaign – with $10 million going toward the effort. The plan from now until the general election in November is to get as many people to vote as possible. The goal is to elect enough people to national office across the US that are willing to impeach Trump that the president can be removed from office.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan is on its way to a fully regulated and licensed medical marijuana system.

The state approved licenses for two marijuana testing labs. That was the last piece the medical marijuana industry in the state needed to have a fully functioning market. Other pieces, like dispensaries and a processing facility already have licenses.

But people are concerned about the pile of dispensary applications waiting to be reviewed. That’s because come September 15th those shops will have to close if they don’t have a license.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder is not endorsing a candidate for governor.

Attorney General Bill Schuette won his party’s nomination after Tuesday’s primary. Schuette went up against Snyder’s own Lieutenant Governor, Brian Calley.

Snyder and Schuette have had a fraught relationship. Schuette is currently prosecuting several people in Snyder’s administration over the Flint Water Crisis, and Snyder backed Calley during the primary.

But now, Snyder says he’s just going to focus on being a governor.

ST. JOHNS, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan dairy farmers are getting a $510 million boost. Two new dairy processing facilities are scheduled to be built in St. Johns, north of Lansing. The plants are expected to create more than 250 new jobs. 

“This is a tremendous win for the dairy farmers in our state, for all of Michigan,” said Governor Rick Snyder, who is a fan of Michigan’s cows.

“We have the second most productive cows in the entire nation, second only to Colorado and they’re not even close in terms of number of cows,” Snyder said. “So, we have the best cows in the country.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michiganders flocked to the polls Tuesday in numbers that haven’t been matched in recent decades. Election officials say it is the highest primary election turnout since at least 1978.

There were multiple contested primaries – including for governor and state House and Senate.

“That drew a lot of interest and that was wonderful to see. Looking like we’ll surpass two million votes,” said Secretary of State spokesperson, Fred Woodhams.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The judge who told Larry Nassar she signed his death warrant won’t step down from his appellate case.

At Nassar’s sentencing, more than 100 women and girls said Nassar sexually assaulted them. Now, Nassar wants to be resentenced.

The former sports doctor’s attorneys say Judge Rosemarie Aquilina made inappropriate comments during Nassar’s sentencing. They also argue that because of social media posts where she voiced support for survivors of Nassar, that she has a bias against him.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Prosecutors in Michigan say adult witnesses should be able to use emotional support dogs in courts. Ingham County prosecutors have filed an appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court.

The Court of Appeals said allowing an able-bodied adult to testify with a dog would be an unprecedented change. They said it could only happen through legislation, court rule, or a decision from the Supreme Court.

So prosecutors are trying to get Michigan’s highest court to rule.