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The family of an inmate who died of water poisoning in April 2014 has settled a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections.

The Grand Rapids Press reported Thursday the lawsuit filed by relatives of 40-year-old Kenneth Dalstra was settled for $1.1 million.

The suit alleged that staff at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia didn't do enough to help Dalstra.

The lawsuit says Dalstra drank large amounts of water due to a compulsion to consume liquids sometimes seen in people with mental health problems.

Lawmakers and regular folks stroll the Farmers Market at the Capitol on Thursday, August 25.
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Lawmakers and regular folks strolled past more than 70 venders at the Farmers Market at the Capitol Thursday.

But while goers ogled the plethora of fruits and vegetables, State Representative Dave Pagel (R-Berrien Springs) was there to bring attention to the lack of healthy food access in Michigan.

Pagel is sponsoring a bill he says would increase the availability of healthy food in Michigan - particularly in rural and urban areas.

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The campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan now hopes the state Supreme Court will order the question onto the November ballot.

A state Court of Claims judge just dealt the campaign a setback. He ruled state elections officials were simply following the rules when they rejected petition signatures gathered outside a 180-day window.

That’s supposed to ensure that only the signatures of currently registered voters are counted.

Jeff Hank is an attorney for MI Legalize. He says that rule disenfranchises thousands of people who signed petitions.

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The office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says a Detroit-area charity with a mission of supporting firefighters and fire victims is closing after an investigation found it misled donors.

Schuette's office announced Thursday that Wyandotte-based Firefighters Support Services has agreed to dissolve within 60 days and its directors will pay $144,000 during the next three years.

Most will go to the American Red Cross' southeastern Michigan chapter for home fire relief.

Rapid transit employees address Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday, August 23.
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Monthly healthcare premiums for Rapid union employees are set to increase hundreds of dollars beginning October 1, under a state law regarding expired union contracts.

The increased premiums start at $238.23 a month for a single high-deductible HSA and rise to $886.99 a month for a family PPO, according to paperwork provided to WGVU. A similar family plan currently costs about $218 a month, according to employees.

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Human viruses are like a fine chocolate truffle: It takes only one to get the full experience.

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A team at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has found a mosquito virus that's broken up into pieces. And the mosquito needs to catch several of the pieces to get an infection.

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The family of an inmate who died of water poisoning in April 2014 has settled a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections.

The Grand Rapids Press reported Thursday the lawsuit filed by relatives of 40-year-old Kenneth Dalstra was settled for $1.1 million.

The suit alleged that staff at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia didn't do enough to help Dalstra.

The lawsuit says Dalstra drank large amounts of water due to a compulsion to consume liquids sometimes seen in people with mental health problems.

Lawmakers and regular folks stroll the Farmers Market at the Capitol on Thursday, August 25.
Cheyna Roth

Lawmakers and regular folks strolled past more than 70 venders at the Farmers Market at the Capitol Thursday.

But while goers ogled the plethora of fruits and vegetables, State Representative Dave Pagel (R-Berrien Springs) was there to bring attention to the lack of healthy food access in Michigan.

Pagel is sponsoring a bill he says would increase the availability of healthy food in Michigan - particularly in rural and urban areas.

Enormous trucks from all over the country are rolling down highways toward Baton Rouge, La.

When they get to town, their task is to clear neighborhoods where streets are lined with trash from last week's massive flood.

Baton Rouge contracted with DRC Emergency Services to handle disaster response when the floods began last week. It started out rescuing people in boats, and now that the boats are docked, trucks are coming in to handle the cleanup.

The messaging service WhatsApp is changing its privacy policy for the first time since being bought by Facebook in 2014. The app will begin sharing some of its data and phone numbers with the social network. It will also start testing how businesses, too, can talk to its users, for instance by offering flight or shipping or banking notifications.

They've known each other for only a few months, but this love story between an Australian ultramarathoner and a Chinese stray dog has seen extraordinary highs and lows.

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Michigan Supreme Court
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The campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan now hopes the state Supreme Court will order the question onto the November ballot.

A state Court of Claims judge just dealt the campaign a setback. He ruled state elections officials were simply following the rules when they rejected petition signatures gathered outside a 180-day window.

That’s supposed to ensure that only the signatures of currently registered voters are counted.

Jeff Hank is an attorney for MI Legalize. He says that rule disenfranchises thousands of people who signed petitions.

In a speech Thursday in Reno, Nev., Hillary Clinton argued that Donald Trump is "helping a radical fringe" — the alt-right — take over the Republican Party.

"From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He's taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America's two major political parties," she said. "His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous."

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