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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Tens of thousands of people were falsely accused of cheating on their unemployment benefits.  

The state took money from their tax refund or ordered them to repay benefits after a problem with the state’s automated system.

Now the Michigan Supreme Court will decide if a lawsuit against the state for the false fraud accusations can go forward. It held a hearing on the issue Wednesday.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   If you want to have a say in deciding Michigan’s next governor, you must register to vote by Tuesday.

Governor Rick Snyder is unable to run again due to term limits. That makes this the first time in eight years Michigan residents have a governor’s ballot without an incumbent.

After a high turnout in the primary, Michigan’s former state Elections Director and political consultants are predicting about four million voters will head to the polls on November 6th – which would be pretty high for a midterm.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Legislation in Michigan would reduce criminal penalties for people who intentionally don’t tell their sexual partners that they have HIV in order to spread the disease.

The bills have stalled in a state House committee. Democratic Representative Jon Hoadley is a bill sponsor. He says there’s an unintended consequence of that type of law – people don’t get tested and treated.

“What it still says is that stigma related to those people who are living with HIV is still real, and we’ve got work to do,” he says.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A controversial pipeline that carries crude oil and natural gas liquids under the Straits of Mackinac is on its way toward being decommissioned. Sort of. 

On Tuesday, Governor Rick Snyder’s administration announced an agreement with Enbridge, the owners of the decades old Line 5 pipeline.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder wants to improve the state’s response time to PFAS chemicals. They’ve been found in groundwater, surface water, and drinking water across the state. Snyder issued a directive on Tuesday calling on state departments and agencies to create a readiness and response plan. 

“We want to be ready in case something else happens, how do we respond as quickly and effectively as possible and that’s what this is about,” said Snyder spokesperson Ari Adler.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state Attorney General’s office has opened an investigation into the seven Catholic dioceses of Michigan. 

The office plans to look into alleged sexual abuse and assault of children from 1950 to present.

The AG’s office says the investigation started in August, after a Pennsylvania investigation revealed that hundreds of priests had sexually abused children.

Michael Diebold is with the Diocese of Lansing.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Two candidates for governor are fighting over how Larry Nassar came to be charged. 

Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients.

Attorney General Bill Schuette is the Republican candidate for governor. His office handled the case.

“My team at the Department of Attorney General had the capacity, had the ability, and we had the will to do this case.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   An ex-Michigan State University coach’s criminal case continues. 

A judge determined Thursday there is enough evidence against Kathie Klages to go to trial for a misdemeanor and felony charge.

Two women testified in court. They say when they were teens they told Klages that Larry Nassar sexually assaulted them during medical treatment. Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

Larissa Boyce is one of the women. She says Klages told her she must be mistaken.

House looking at underwater pipeline requirements

Sep 27, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state House is looking at new policies surrounding Michigan’s underwater pipelines – the most controversial one being Enbridge’s Line 5. It sends crude oil and natural gas liquid under the Straits of Mackinac.

Legislation passed during a House committee Tuesday. It would increase state reporting requirements and add more spill prevention plan requirements for owners of pipelines.

Sean McBrearty is with Clean Water Action. He says the bills don’t do enough to protect the Great Lakes from spills.  

Online voter registration passes in state House

Sep 27, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan is a step closer to letting eligible voters register online. The state House passed legislation Wednesday.

More than 30 other states already allow for online voter registration, and advocates say it will help modernize Michigan’s voting system.

Merissa Kovach is a policy strategist with the ACLU of Michigan. The group supports the policy, in part, because they say it will make voter rolls more accurate.