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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. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A former Detroit superstar will now have a portion of the freeway named in her honor. The Aretha Franklin Memorial Highway will run along a section of the M-10 freeway, between Livernois and I-94 in Detroit. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the law Monday. Franklin died last August at age 76. The bill signing happened on a pink Cadillac in downtown Detroit. Whitmer called Franklin an “American icon” and said her musical contributions helped shape the state.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether it was legal for the state Legislature to adopt citizen-led ballot initiatives last year, then quickly change them. 

State Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud argued against the “adopt and amend” move. She said the Legislature thwarted the will of the people who signed the initiatives.

“This would create a permanent escape route for the Legislature, for the people to never get their voice through initiative power.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s official monthly jobless rate was unchanged last month (June) at 4.2 percent.

The numbers come from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. And those numbers show the number of unemployed people went up last month. But that was largely offset by how many people joined or rejoined the workforce with the hope of finding a job.

Employment in the manufacturing sector bumped up slightly as factory workers were recalled from layoffs. The leisure-and-hospitality sector showed the biggest jobs gains from this time last year.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state lawmaker says people with misdemeanor marijuana convictions should have their records cleared automatically now that Michigan has legalized it. 

Voters last year legalized marijuana for recreational use in Michigan.

State Senator Jeff Irwin is a Democrat from Ann Arbor. He says 235,000 people in Michigan have been convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawyers from the state Attorney General’s Office will be in front of the Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday. The twist? They’ll be arguing both sides of the same issue. 

The Attorney General’s office says this move is part of its dual role. The office represents both the people of Michigan as well as the state.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 20 other attorneys general from across the US to ask a court to force the federal government to keep children safe in immigration detention centers. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court says prosecutors in criminal cases cannot rely on experts to testify on how often children typically lie or tell the truth about sex abuse. 

The court says juries were swayed by opinions, not the facts, in two individual cases. It ruled that sexual abuse trials are not credibility contests where juries determine who is most likely telling the truth.

Energy task force discusses upcoming plans

Jul 11, 2019

MARQUETTE, MI (MPRN)--   The UP Energy Task Force held its first meeting in Marquette this week to discuss energy needs in the Upper Peninsula.

At the meeting the 19-member board discussed what it hoped to tackle over the coming months.

Mike Prusi is with the Governor’s Northern Michigan Office. He says he’s interested in learning about rates.

“How did the UP end up with such disparate utility rates? Why do we pay more than pretty much anywhere else in the country?” he said.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court is unsure if it can weigh in on the method used to change Michigan’s minimum wage and earned sick time laws, and it wants Attorney General Dana Nessel to weigh in. 

Last year the state Legislature adopted two ballot measures. The measures increased the state’s minimum wage and required certain employers offer paid earned sick time.

The Republican-led Legislature quickly made major changes to those measures in the same Legislative session. That brought up the question of whether that “adopt and amend” move was okay.

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