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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.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state of Michigan has promised to make sure adoption and foster agencies that receive state money do not discriminate against same sex couples. 

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced a settlement in an ongoing federal lawsuit between the state and same sex couples. The couples tried to adopt through an agency that contracts with the state, but they were denied services because of their sexual orientation. The agency cited religious beliefs.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed her first bill into law Thursday.

The new law will keep a judge’s seat in a court in Menominee County.

Republican Representative Beau LaFave represents part of the Upper Peninsula – including Menominee County. He sponsored a similar bill in the state House.

“We want to make sure that judges don’t have to drive 250 miles to ensure the due process rights of everybody,” he said. “Doesn’t matter if you’re in Monroe or Menominee. You have a right to due process and that means you got to have a judge close by.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A lawsuit against former Attorney General Bill Schuette will be decided by the highest court in Michigan. 

Several years ago, Progress Michigan started what would become a years-long court battle with then-attorney general Bill Schuette. The case is over whether Schuette and members of his office used private emails for public business.

Now the Michigan Supreme Court will decide if the attorney general’s office needs to do a review of all personal emails from Schuette’s time in office and turn over any that involve state business.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers in the state House unanimously passed a group of bills they say will make state government more transparent. 

The bills would, in some cases, open the Governor’s office up to Freedom of Information requests. They would also create a new Legislative Open Records Act to allow for some records requests from state lawmakers.

Republican Representative Daire Rendon is a bill sponsor. She says Michigan is one of only two states that doesn’t allow for records requests from the governor and Legislature.

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