The state Court of Appeals says a fund created by the Legislature to pay the medical bills of catastrophically injured accident victims does not have to publicly share details on how it operates.

The appeals court upheld a law that exempts the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association from the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The MCCA was created by law, but is run by insurance companies. It’s funded through a mandatory fee on auto insurance policies.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is going to have to change how it handles some of its food assistance claims. Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, benefits can be revoked from anyone who committed a felony and is fleeing authorities.  

But the U.S Court of Appeals recently said that Michigan was not following the rule correctly.

Michigan was applying SNAP’s felon rule to anyone with an outstanding felony warrant. The state had a computer system that would automatically cancel benefits if someone had a felony warrant and SNAP benefits.

Partners for a Racism Free Community

Partners for a Racism Free Community will host the first of four community talks on Racism in Grand R

apids tonight. 

“We simply pose one question, which is ‘what does racism look like in Grand Rapids,’ and we give the community the microphone.”

That’s Breannah Alexander, with Partners for a Racism Free Community, they are inviting anyone in the community who wants to engage that very question for an open discussion at the Inner City Christian Federation on Cherry Street at 5:30 pm.

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Health officials are looking into recent illness linked to a local high school program. 

The Kent County Health Department says it’s investigating a likely outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis in people connected to Rockford High School varsity football.

Officials confirmed a second case on Friday and say about 30 people have reported similar symptoms.

Cryptosporidiosis is a contagious, parasitic infection that can be spread in a variety of ways but most commonly through water.

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The state with a history of manufacturing motors and Motown music is making more room for mustard.

The Holland Sentinel reported Thursday that the Kraft Heinz Co. plant in the western Michigan city of Holland is expected to be the home of all Grey Poupon production in about a month.

The plant also plans to expand production of yellow mustard.

The moves come amid a $17.2 million investment in the longtime Holland plant and addition of 50 employees.

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Good news: We've got a Code Switch podcast extra for you this week — Karen Grigsby Bates sat down with NPR's movie critic, Bob Mondello, to talk about Southside with You, a new independent film about Michelle and Barack Obama's very first date, back in the summer of 1989.

The film takes place over the course of a single afternoon, and, as the title suggests, is set on the South Side of Chicago.

When the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau looked into the Mississippi-based regional bank BancorpSouth, it didn't just review thousands of loan applications. It sent in undercover operatives — some white, some black — who pretended to be customers applying for loans.

"They had similar credit scores and similar background and situations," says CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "Our investigation had found that BancorpSouth had engaged in illegal redlining in Memphis, meaning refusing to lend into specific areas of the city."

The state Court of Appeals says a fund created by the Legislature to pay the medical bills of catastrophically injured accident victims does not have to publicly share details on how it operates.

The appeals court upheld a law that exempts the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association from the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The MCCA was created by law, but is run by insurance companies. It’s funded through a mandatory fee on auto insurance policies.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is going to have to change how it handles some of its food assistance claims. Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, benefits can be revoked from anyone who committed a felony and is fleeing authorities.  

But the U.S Court of Appeals recently said that Michigan was not following the rule correctly.

Michigan was applying SNAP’s felon rule to anyone with an outstanding felony warrant. The state had a computer system that would automatically cancel benefits if someone had a felony warrant and SNAP benefits.

Partners for a Racism Free Community

Partners for a Racism Free Community will host the first of four community talks on Racism in Grand R

apids tonight. 

“We simply pose one question, which is ‘what does racism look like in Grand Rapids,’ and we give the community the microphone.”

That’s Breannah Alexander, with Partners for a Racism Free Community, they are inviting anyone in the community who wants to engage that very question for an open discussion at the Inner City Christian Federation on Cherry Street at 5:30 pm.

Pixabay | CC BY 2.0 / pixabay.com

Health officials are looking into recent illness linked to a local high school program. 

The Kent County Health Department says it’s investigating a likely outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis in people connected to Rockford High School varsity football.

Officials confirmed a second case on Friday and say about 30 people have reported similar symptoms.

Cryptosporidiosis is a contagious, parasitic infection that can be spread in a variety of ways but most commonly through water.

In Zimbabwe's capital city, police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse a demonstration that the country's top court had ruled could proceed.

Opposition leaders termed Friday's march in Harare a "mega-demonstration." It marked "the first time that Zimbabwe's fractured opposition joined in a single action to confront President Robert Mugabe's government since 2007," as The Associated Press reports.

The California judge who is subject to a recall campaign after imposing a six-month jail sentence on a former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault has been reassigned at his own request from criminal to civil court.

Aaron Persky, a Superior Court judge in Palo Alto, will move to a courthouse in downtown San Jose, effective Sept. 6.

The obscene, threatening voicemail left for Maine Rep. Drew Gattine certainly wasn't anonymous.

"Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage," it began. ""I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you c********r" — a vulgarity referencing fellatio.

"I want you to prove I'm a racist. I've spent my life helping black people and you little son of a bitch, socialist c********r," he continued, using the same expletive, " ... I am after you."

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The state with a history of manufacturing motors and Motown music is making more room for mustard.

The Holland Sentinel reported Thursday that the Kraft Heinz Co. plant in the western Michigan city of Holland is expected to be the home of all Grey Poupon production in about a month.

The plant also plans to expand production of yellow mustard.

The moves come amid a $17.2 million investment in the longtime Holland plant and addition of 50 employees.

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