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A full federal appeals court will consider whether a Michigan county's tradition of Christian-only prayers at public meetings violates the U.S. Constitution.
 
     The order on Monday by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacates a ruling earlier this month by a three-judge panel of the court that said prayers by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners were unconstitutional. In that 2-1 decision, the court ruled in favor of a Jackson County resident who was offended after he began attending county commissioner meetings in 2013 to discuss environmental issues.
 

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Lawmakers will continue to tackle reshaping Michigan’s schools this week.

It started with a plan to repeal the so-called failing schools law that could result in up to 38 schools closing in Michigan. Last week a bill was introduced to repeal the current accreditation system for schools in the state.

   Lawmakers hope to have replacement plans in place for both before moving them through the Legislature.

Senator Phil Pavlov is the chair of the Senate Education committee. He says they plan to form outlines of an education plan over the next few weeks.

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After a series of delays a new hotel is coming to Grand Rapids’ North Monroe District. Construction of a seven-story Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel will begin Tuesday with the demolition of a building at the corner of Bond Avenue and Newberry in downtown Grand Rapids.

West Michigan-based developer and operator, Suburban Inns, explains when the hotel is finished at 710 Monroe Avenue NW, it will be the first upscale all-suites hotel located downtown.

A full federal appeals court will consider whether a Michigan county's tradition of Christian-only prayers at public meetings violates the U.S. Constitution. The order on Monday by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacates a ruling earlier this month by a three-judge panel of the court that said prayers by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners were unconstitutional. 

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. is expected to plead guilty Monday to a criminal charge and agree to a $1 billion penalty for concealing a deadly air bag inflator problem. The company is scheduled to be in U.S. District Court Monday afternoon. Last month it agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. 

Three executives also were indicted on charges that they falsified test reports. Takata inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 16 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 have been hurt.

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A full federal appeals court will consider whether a Michigan county's tradition of Christian-only prayers at public meetings violates the U.S. Constitution.
 
     The order on Monday by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacates a ruling earlier this month by a three-judge panel of the court that said prayers by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners were unconstitutional. In that 2-1 decision, the court ruled in favor of a Jackson County resident who was offended after he began attending county commissioner meetings in 2013 to discuss environmental issues.
 

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Lawmakers will continue to tackle reshaping Michigan’s schools this week.

It started with a plan to repeal the so-called failing schools law that could result in up to 38 schools closing in Michigan. Last week a bill was introduced to repeal the current accreditation system for schools in the state.

   Lawmakers hope to have replacement plans in place for both before moving them through the Legislature.

Senator Phil Pavlov is the chair of the Senate Education committee. He says they plan to form outlines of an education plan over the next few weeks.

One of the very first bills President Trump signed into law this month killed a Securities and Exchange Commission rule meant to promote transparency in countries riddled with corruption. Trump said getting rid of the rule, which required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose overseas royalties and other payments, would bring back jobs and save extraction companies many hours of paperwork and, potentially, hundreds of millions of dollars.

A 19-year-old white man accused of kicking a coat hanger up the rectum of a mentally disabled black teammate received no jail time at his sentencing on Friday.

Former high school football player John R. K. Howard entered a so-called "Alford plea," meaning he maintains his innocence while admitting a judge or jury would likely find him guilty. He was sentenced to probation and community service, and his conviction might be entirely dismissed at a later date.

Suburban Inns

After a series of delays a new hotel is coming to Grand Rapids’ North Monroe District. Construction of a seven-story Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel will begin Tuesday with the demolition of a building at the corner of Bond Avenue and Newberry in downtown Grand Rapids.

West Michigan-based developer and operator, Suburban Inns, explains when the hotel is finished at 710 Monroe Avenue NW, it will be the first upscale all-suites hotel located downtown.

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The Department of Justice is reversing the federal government's position in an important voting rights case, involving a Texas voter ID law. The switch was not unexpected following the election of Donald Trump and confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Both Trump and Sessions claim voter fraud is a major problem and have backed voter ID laws.

Wildfires can start when lightning strikes or when someone fails to put out a campfire. New research shows that people start a lot more fires than lightning does — so much so that people are drastically altering wildfire in America.

Fire ecologist Melissa Forder says about 60 percent of fires in national parks are caused by humans: "intentionally set fires, buildings burning and spreading into the forest, smoking, equipment malfunctions and campfires."

Bomb threats forced evacuations at Jewish schools and community centers in 11 states Monday, with the Jewish Community Center Association confirming threats in states ranging from Florida to Michigan. In Ann Arbor, Mich., police gave the all-clear after a Hebrew day school was threatened, forcing students to leave.

Sweeney Todd is a piece of theater that should make you lose your appetite. The grisly musical by Stephen Sondheim tells the story of a demonic barber whose clients become the filling for meat pies. Many productions leave the stage soaked in blood.

Millions of people in Chile are scrambling to find alternative sources of drinking water after authorities cut off service to the capital, Santiago, following torrential rains that contaminated the water supply.

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