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Catholic parents, GOP lawmakers want to challenge ban on money for private schools

A court fight will decide whether a group of Republican lawmakers and Catholic school parents can challenge Michigan’s ban on public money for private schools. The group wants to become part of a legal fight over reimbursing private schools for state mandates related to health and safety. School officials and the ACLU say that violates the state constitution’s ban on any taxpayer money going to private or religious schools. ACLU attorney Dan Korobkin. “There’s a lot at stake when it comes to...

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Scientists hope sterile males will reduce lamprey population

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Scientists will release sterile sea lampreys into several Michigan rivers in the continuing quest to control the aquatic parasites that threaten fish in the Great Lakes region. Crews this month will put about 4,000 sterile males into the Pigeon, Sturgeon and Maple rivers in the northern Lower Peninsula. 

Michigan challenges motorists to help boost seat belt rate

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The Michigan State Police is launching a new click-it-or-ticket campaign. The effort that began Monday challenges motorists to help once again make Michigan the top state in the country for seat belt use. The nationwide seat belt mobilization period will end June 4. Michigan also is challenging neighboring Ohio and Indiana to see which state can improve the most in its seat belt usage rate this year. 

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A portion of the state Senate budget is getting pushback from the Michigan Crime Victims Services Commission.

The Senate voted to move crime victim services out of the Department of Health and Human Services – and into the Attorney General’s Office.

   The crime victims commission says that’s a bad idea. It oversees funding and services for crime victims in Michigan.

Cass County Prosecutor, Victor Fitz is the chair of the commission. He says the current structure is doing a good job.

  

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A court fight will decide whether a group of Republican lawmakers and Catholic school parents can challenge Michigan’s ban on public money for private schools.

The group wants to become part of a legal fight over reimbursing private schools for state mandates related to health and safety. School officials and the ACLU say that violates the state constitution’s ban on any taxpayer money going to private or religious schools.

       ACLU attorney Dan Korobkin.

      

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The Art of Rube Goldberg opened this past weekend at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. WGVU stopped in for a preview.

Rube Goldberg was a beloved 20th Century cartoonist and inventor.

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Former CIA Director John Brennan testifies Tuesday — on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and Russia's use of "active measures" — before the House Intelligence Committee. Brennan is also expected to be questioned about the many leaks regarding national security issues since President Trump took office.

Brennan led the CIA during the Obama administration from 2014-2017. Prior to that, Brennan was a top counterterrorism and homeland security adviser to Obama.

Scientists hope sterile males will reduce lamprey population

7 minutes ago

Scientists will release sterile sea lampreys into several Michigan rivers in the continuing quest to control the aquatic parasites that threaten fish in the Great Lakes region. Crews this month will put about 4,000 sterile males into the Pigeon, Sturgeon and Maple rivers in the northern Lower Peninsula. 

The actor Sir Roger Moore has died at 89, after "a short but brave battle with cancer," according to a statement from his family.

Moore played the role of James Bond between 1973 and 1985, and was knighted in his home country of England in 2003.

He was the third of six actors who have played James Bond on the silver screen, beginning with 1973's Live and Let Die. He starred in a total of seven Bond films over 12 years, ending with A View to a Kill in 1985.

Michigan challenges motorists to help boost seat belt rate

23 minutes ago

The Michigan State Police is launching a new click-it-or-ticket campaign. The effort that began Monday challenges motorists to help once again make Michigan the top state in the country for seat belt use. The nationwide seat belt mobilization period will end June 4. Michigan also is challenging neighboring Ohio and Indiana to see which state can improve the most in its seat belt usage rate this year. 

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A bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, has killed 22 people and injured 59 more, police say. Monday night's concert had drawn thousands of children and young people — many of whom were trying to leave when the blast hit. Authorities say it was a terrorist attack, carried out by a man who died at Manchester Arena.

Civil rights advocates and Democrats are celebrating after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature had drawn two congressional districts that amount to unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. Election experts say the decision is likely to boost the prospects for success in similar challenges across the South.

Harry Friedman has run a consultancy training entry-level retail workers in customer service and other basics for 35 years. But in all his years, he has not retrained retail workers for new skills.

"Nope; we do none of it," he says. "I don't know that anybody does any of it."

Would the House Republican health care bill impact insurance provided by employers? And why don't people without insurance just go to an emergency room for regular care? Here are answers to those and other recent questions from readers.

Will employer-based health care be affected by the new Republican plan?

Dina Merrill was born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton on Dec. 9, 1923, into a life of high society.

Her father was Wall Street broker E.F. Hutton and her mother was cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old.

A 2010 exhibit at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco showcased precious pieces that the French jeweler Cartier made for America's mega-rich.

In 1983, an explosive story appeared in an Indian newspaper, The Patriot: the AIDS virus was the result of American biological weapons research.

Two years later a Soviet newspaper picked up the thread: The U.S. Army had developed AIDS as a bioweapon at Fort Detrick, Md. Other publications followed suit and by 1986, an East German biology professor was publishing "research" in which he explained that the virus had been tested on service members used as human guinea pigs — who then began spreading it among vulnerable populations.

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