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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A recent report says improvements are needed to the state’s system that protects children from abuse and neglect. 

The report comes from the state Legislature’s Auditor General. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is not disputing the findings.

Stacie Blayden is with department. She says the authority to ask a court to remove a child from a parent’s home is a big responsibility.

“I don’t think there’s any more significant service we provide in state government than child protection,” she says.

EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Survivors of sexual assault told the Michigan State University Board of Trustees Friday that its actions speak louder than words. 

MSU has spent more than a year trying to turn itself around after revelations about former school sports doctor Larry Nassar surfaced. Nassar sexually assaulted his patients for decades.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A long-term plan to fix Michigan’s roads might not be part of the state budget this year. 

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) said he wants to include more money to fix the roads in the short term in the state budget. But he also wants to figure out a long-term policy – that possibly includes new revenue sources –separately from the budget.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State lawmakers want to put in place a final deadline for medical marijuana facilities to get a license, or not be able to stay open. 

A state House committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday. It gives a June 1st deadline for facilities – and if they stay open without a license, the facility can’t get a license for a year.

CHARLOTTE, MI (MPRN)--   The state Attorney General’s Office is trying to show that the former Michigan State University president lied to investigators to protect the university. 

Lou Anna Simon was in court Monday for the second day of a hearing to determine whether Simon should stand trial for charges that she lied to law enforcement.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The former president of Michigan State University will be back in court Monday.

Lou Anna Simon is facing multiple criminal charges, including two felonies.

She stepped down from the presidency at MSU soon after former university sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced for multiple sexual assault convictions.

Simon has since been charged with lying to law enforcement.

The attorney general’s office says Simon lied about what she knew about Nassar and when. The office opened an investigation into MSU last year. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan lawmakers in Washington DC want veterans to receive full coverage for health problems stemming from PFAS exposure. 

The industrial chemicals have been discovered in sites across Michigan and the US, many of them military bases.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s new minimum wage and earned sick time laws took effect Friday.

But the laws are facing challenges.

Lawmakers adopted the ballot measures before they could go to voters – and then changed them in the “lame duck” legislative session before they got signed into law.

Advocates who backed the original proposals say that was illegal. The Michigan Supreme Court and Attorney General Dana Nessel could weigh in on the issue.

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   President Donald Trump revved up his supporters in Grand Rapids Thursday night on issues ranging from the Mueller investigation to health care to immigration.  

It was a homecoming for President Trump.

Trump won the 2016 election because Michigan – along with other states that were a part of the so-called “Blue Wall” – gave their electoral votes to the Republican instead.

“You were with me. I won’t forget it and you will be very proud, looking back, that you did it. Thank you,” he said.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The governor’s office, Legislature, attorney general’s office and the Michigan Supreme Court are joining forces to try and prevent the abuse of vulnerable and elderly adults. 

The National Council on Aging estimates one in ten older adults are victims of elder abuse in the United States. It can be physical abuse, keeping people isolated—even theft.

At a press conference Monday, Nessel said elder abuse is a problem that transcends geography, religion, and race.

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