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Lawmakers might not try to do away with the state income tax after all.

Governor Rick Snyder opposed the plan to phase the tax out completely. And there were skeptics in the Senate as well.  

   So lawmakers have a new version of the bill.

It would drop the income tax from 4 point 25 percent to 3 point 9 percent by 20-21 and keep it there.

Representative Lee Chatfield is the bill’s sponsor.

 

Northern Michigan priest charged with sexual assault

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A Roman Catholic priest in northern Michigan has been charged with sexually assaulting a man. The Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka appeared in court Tuesday in Presque Isle County and was returned to jail without bond. He's charged with first-degree and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Grand Valley State Sports Report

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The Grand Valley State University women's basketball team advancing to last year's Final Four was a talented bunch. Today on the Grand Valley State Sports Report we shine the spotlight on the seven seniors anchoring the team.

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A police chief in western Michigan is urging members of the area's immigrant community to ignore fears of deportation if they become crime victims.

Grand Rapids police Chief David Rahinsky told a meeting at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan on Monday that his department is "not concerned with your immigration status."

The Grand Rapids Press reports he says immigrants "do not need to be afraid to call us."

The comments come amid President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigration and uncertainty about how local police agencies might change how they work.

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The 1963 civil rights march led in Detroit by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be re-enacted at the Michigan state Capitol in Lansing as part of Black History Month.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will join other elected leaders and community officials Tuesday morning on the west side of the Capitol building.

The March for Freedom reenactment will proceed to the Richard H. Austin building where a program highlighting Michigan's role in the civil rights movement will be presented.

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Against a backdrop of turmoil and after big losses in November, the Democratic National Committee votes this week for its next leader. The winner of the DNC chair race will very likely reflect whether the committee's voting members think it prudent to align their party with the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama camp, the Bernie Sanders camp — or neither.

When Vitaly Churkin was Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman in the early 1990s, he would in effect brief the Moscow press corps twice.

First he'd speak in Russian, formally, behind a lectern.

Then he'd step to the side, his hands folded before him, and wait for the foreign broadcast journalists to approach with their cameras and microphones. The questions and answers were in English, and the audience, it was understood, was the United States.

Saying that he's been diagnosed with the same condition that struck his mother and grandfather, singer David Cassidy has revealed that he is fighting dementia. The star whose career was launched by 1970s TV show The Partridge Family had recently told fans that he was on a farewell tour.

"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," Cassidy, 66, tells People magazine, in an interview about his condition.

More than a month after an Israeli military court found Sgt. Elor Azaria guilty of manslaughter, the soldier has been ordered to serve an 18-month prison sentence. Azaria, who worked as an army medic, shot and killed Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a Palestinian assailant who was already incapacitated.

The 114th North American International Toy Fair boosts a chance for industry players to see "hundreds of thousands of innovative new toys and games before they hit store shelves."

To attend the four-day event in New York City must be a lot like being a kid in a candy store — er — make that toy store.

At the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, hundreds of thousands of square feet are dedicated to the "hottest new toys and trends."

Health Insurance Woes Add To The Risky Business Of Farming

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There are many challenges to farming for a living: It's often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that's often ignored is the cost of health care.

A University of Vermont researcher found that nationally, most farmers cited health care costs as a top concern.

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About 300 people held a demonstration in Downtown Grand Rapids yesterday to protest President Donald Trump and his policies.

People showed up at 4:00 p.m. Monday for the "Not-my-president’s-day demonstration," called by the Facebook group Indivisible West Michigan. By 4:30, about 150 people brake into civil right’s songs.

The chants begin by invoking the right to protest.

[Call: “Tell me what democracy looks like”]

[Response: “This is what democracy looks like]

Then come chants decrying the administration’s immigration and refugee policies.

The cellphone video is vivid. A Border Patrol agent aims his gun at an unarmed 15-year-old some 60 feet away, across the border with Mexico, and shoots him dead.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a case testing whether the family of the dead boy can sue the agent for damages in the U.S.

Between 2005 and 2013, there were 42 such cross-border shootings, a dramatic increase over earlier times.

Transitioning to adulthood isn't new, but there is a more modern way to describe it: adulting.

Get your car's oil changed? That's adulting. Cook dinner instead of order takeout? That's adulting.

And now a new school in Maine, called the Adulting School, is dedicated to teaching skills like these to fledgling adults so they can become successful grown-ups.

As a Seattle-based fiction writer and a part-time stay-at-home dad, Josh Mohr, 40, spends his days in the world of make-believe.

His routine begins at approximately 5:30 a.m. when his 3-year-old daughter, Ava, waves a magic wand to turn him into a children's storyteller.

Mohr cozies up to his toddler, who's dressed for the occasion in a purple princess dress and a sparkly crown with rainbow jewels. After they've finished a few readings of Curious George, Ava asks her dad to read the story again.

"Again, Daddy. Let's do it again," she says.

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