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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib says she will not visit Israel's occupied West Bank this weekend. 

That's the latest twist in a story in which Israel first said it would allow her entry to Israel as part of a Congressional delegation – then reversed that decision Thursday – then said it would allow Tlaib to visit family on humanitarian grounds.

Tlaib is a Palestinian American and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   One year. That’s how long the former dean of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine was sentenced to spend in jail. 

William Strampel was sentenced Wednesday for two misdemeanors and one felony. He was convicted of a felony for using his position as dean to try to get sexual favors from female students.

During sentencing, Strampel’s attorney argued that Strampel has multiple women on his side – and his good characteristics should not be ignored.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A new bill in the state Legislature would ban the manufacturing and sale of personal care products with microbeads. 

The small plastic beads are already banned in some products at the federal level.

Democratic Representative Laurie Pohutsky says it’s important for Michigan’s waterways that microbeads are kept out. That’s because when they’re in products and washed down the drain they can get into lakes and rivers.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants answers regarding a controversy at the state Department of Civil Rights.

Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta says that’s after department director Agustin Arbulu was disciplined for misconduct.

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   A group of state lawmakers and law enforcement officials is meeting to address Michigan’s prison and jail systems as part of a bi-partisan criminal justice reform effort. 

It’s called the Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pre-Trial Incarceration. The group is using data to identify issues in state and local imprisonment.

NAACP convention delegates call for Trump impeachment

Jul 25, 2019

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   The NAACP wrapped up its national convention in Detroit by calling for President Trump to be impeached. 

The call was echoed by a series of Democratic presidential candidates appearing before the civil rights group.

The NAACP bills itself as non-partisan, but earlier this week convention delegates passed a resolution urging Congress to begin impeachment proceedings. The head of the civil rights group also called the Trump Administration the most racist and xenophobic since the Jim Crow era.


LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state lawmaker says Michigan needs to improve the pay of direct care workers across the state. 

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Cheyna Roth says those are people who provide in home healthcare for the sick, disabled, and elderly.

Democratic Senator Jeff Irwin proposed an amendment to the state Senate’s version of the budget a couple months ago. It would, in total, set aside enough money to ensure that all direct care workers are paid $15 an hour.

ODANAH, WI (MPRN)--    A tribe in northern Wisconsin is suing Enbridge Energy to try to force the closure of Line 5.

Dylan Jennings is a council member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He says the pipeline threatens a fragile watershed.

“There's a river channel which is migrating towards the pipeline at an alarming rate, which means that it's getting really dangerously close to being exposed,” he says.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan now has a cybercrime support and recovery hotline. Kent County residents can dial 211 if they are the victim of cybercrime and be connected to resources to help them figure out the next steps.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way and Cybercrime Support Network launched the new hotline Tuesday. It’s the first in Michigan, but more could be on the way. The plan is to expand the program to about a dozen other counties by the end of next year.

Equifax settles over data breach

Jul 23, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel Monday announced that her office, along with 48 other attorneys general, have reached a settlement with Equifax over a data breach. 

In 2017 Equifax suffered one of the largest data breaches in history, impacting nearly half of the U.S. population. The breach impacted social security numbers, dates of birth and addresses, among other things. 

Kelly Rossman-McKinney is with the Attorney General’s Office. She says Equifax will pay up to $425 million to consumers and $175 million to states.