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ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Gun rights supporters are pushing for more Michigan counties to declare themselves Second Amendment sanctuary counties. 

The idea is for counties to adopt non-binding resolutions basically saying they won’t comply with any future orders on gun regulations that go against the 2nd Amendment. The movement came after lawmakers in Virginia introduced new gun control bills, including a "red flag" bill that would allow law enforcement to take guns away from people considered a danger to themselves or others. 

State unveils map of shipwrecks

Jan 14, 2020

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s history center has launched an interactive map showing the location and history of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes.  

The map focuses on ships that were wrecked in Michigan waters, which means it doesn’t include wrecks like the Edmund Fitzgerald, which went down in Canadian waters. 

Sandra Clark is with the Michigan History Center. She says the map includes roughly 300 shipwrecks with information for visitors about the history of wrecks and whether they can be viewed from a kayak.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she thinks it will take more than one funding source to raise enough revenue to fix the state’s roads and infrastructure. 

The Legislature rejected her proposal last year to raise the fuel tax. Republican leaders were a quick-and-firm “no” to Whitmer’s proposed 45-cent boost in the fuel tax. That impasse stalled wrapping up the state budget. Now, Governor Whitmer seems to be offering up a menu of possibilities.

The governor says she’s willing to put toll roads and bonding on the table, which earlier had been ruled out.

Jacob Carah / Detroit News

FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   The last Flint water crisis criminal defendant had the case against her dismissed Wednesday. 

Liane Shekter-Smith was an official in the Department of Environmental Quality during the time Flint’s drinking water became contaminated with lead.

In court Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud criticized the plea deal that's allowing her to walk free.

“This plea deal...allows the defendant to walk away without a blemish without anything on her record today,” she said.

MI senators block Trump US attorney pick

Jan 7, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s two US senators have effectively blocked President Donald Trump’s pick to serve as the US attorney for Western Michigan. 

Tom Leonard is a former Republican legislator. He lost his bid last year to become state attorney general before he was nominated by Trump. But Leonard says his nomination was stopped by Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters without a meeting or a hearing.

Eric Seals / Detroit Free Press

BATTLE CREEK, MI (MPRN)--   Thousands of people gathered in Battle Creek Wednesday night, where President Donald Trump spoke for more than two hours. 

Trump took the stage at the Kellogg Arena shortly before members of the House of Representatives officially voted to impeach him.

Trump touched on many topics, including the Flint water crisis.

“…and I know your previous governor was a Republican, but I was not a big fan of his. I was not. But I’m not a big fan of the one that can’t fix the potholes, either,” he said.

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from drug companies that distribute opioid painkillers.  

The lawsuit claims the companies did not take necessary precautions despite knowing the dangers posed by opioids.

A 1992 state law allows prosecutors to recover damages from drug dealers. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says that law also allows the state to collect damages from drug companies.

The lawsuit targets four pharmaceutical distribution companies. Nessel says those companies are responsible for their products being abused.

WTXL.com

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   President Donald Trump will be campaigning in Michigan Wednesday, on the same day Congress debates impeaching him. 

President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr will all be in the state.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer does not see a problem with the spotlight on Michigan, even with the impeachment debate going on in Washington D.C.

“The world’s going to be watching Michigan and you know what that’s a good thing,” she says.

U.P. wolf census coming up

Dec 16, 2019

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   This week, staffers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will meet to discuss the upcoming census of the wolf population in the Upper Peninsula.

Every two years state wildlife officers comb through the U.P. looking for wolves.

Cody Norton is a large-carnivore specialist with the DNR. He expects this year’s census will find a number of wolves similar to the 662 they counted a couple of years ago.

Hung jury in Inman trial

Dec 11, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   The trial of State Representative Larry Inman ended in a mistrial Tuesday.

The lawmaker narrowly avoided a criminal conviction.

After over 12 hours of deliberation the jury couldn’t make a final decision on two of the three charges against Inman. They found him not guilty of lying to the FBI, and a judge declared a mistrial on the other two corruption charges.

Inman was visibly relieved when the verdict was read and says now he’ll return to the legislature.

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