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ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   The University of Michigan needs to do more to atone for allowing the late Doctor Robert Anderson to sexually abuse patients.

That's according to several survivors who spoke at a press conference Wednesday. They say the university hasn’t done enough to fully investigate institutional complicity in Anderson’s decades of abuse.

Jon Vaughn says he was abused by Anderson when he was a U of M football player from 1988 through 1991. He says he and other survivors will "expose the entire truth of this evil.”

Senate adopts bills to enact voter restrictions

Jun 17, 2021

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate adopted bills Wednesday to expand ID requirements to vote in-person or to get an absentee ballot.

The bills were adopted on party-line votes over the objection of Democrats and the promise of a veto from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Republican Senator Ruth Johnson is a former Secretary of State. She says showing a photo ID is a reasonable expectation.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   There appears to be a deal between Democrats and Republicans in Lansing on plans to make early childhood programs more available and more affordable to more families.

The deal includes using federal COVID-19 funds to make childcare more affordable and regulatory changes to encourage more providers to enter or remain in the field.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer stood alongside a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the state Capitol to make the announcement.

She said this would help meet a pressing need that predates the health crisis.

FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   The attorney for former Governor Rick Snyder is upset with how slowly the state is sharing evidence in his criminal case.

Snyder is charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty in connection to his handling of the Flint water crisis.

But the discovery process has been slowed as evidence presented to a grand jury is reviewed before being shared with defense attorneys. At a pre-trial hearing Tuesday Snyder attorney Brian Lennon described the process as "outrageous." 


DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   A former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Russia is asking President Biden to negotiate his release during the upcoming summit with Vladimir Putin. 

Michigan native Paul Whelan is serving a 16-year sentence for espionage. Russian officials arrested Whelan in 2018, accusing him of having classified documents. Whelan says he thought were vacation photos.

Now, Whelan’s parents have released a recording of a phone call their son made two weeks ago – a direct appeal to President Biden.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer outlined plans Monday to use $1.4 billion dollars in federal COVID-19 funds to expand childcare in Michigan.

The governor traveled to a childcare center in Oakland County to present her plan, some of which will require approval from the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Whitmer said employers need workers as the COVID crisis lifts --- and parents who want to work need someplace for their kids to go. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a group that wants to limit the governor's emergency powers.

“Unlock Michigan” successfully gathered enough signatures to place a proposed law before the state Legislature.

The petition would repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer relied on that Act to impose an extended state of emergency during the pandemic.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A task force will look for more ways to change the state’s juvenile justice system to help young offenders avoid jail time and criminal records. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order creating the task force Wednesday.

“We need to start focusing on uplifting our young Michiganders, and treat them with dignity and respect and, first and foremost, recognize that they are children,” Whitmer said. “We cannot allow an early mistake to define the rest of a child’s life, especially if it’s a non-violent offense.”

LANSING, MI--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has called for a dramatic expansion of the Great Start Readiness preschool program.

She rolled out a proposal Tuesday to use $405 million in state and federal funds to make the program available to every eligible four-year-old in Michigan.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s Secretary of State says her department is adding 350,000 more appointment slots through September at local branch offices.

Jocelyn Benson blames budget cuts and COVID closures for a massive backlog that resulted in a growing number of Michiganders driving without new license plates.

Benson says working more efficiently will create the additional appointment times.