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Russia meddled in Enbridge Line 5 controversy

A new report by a US House committee says Russian social media trolls meddled in the debate over the Line 5 pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology worked with Facebook and Twitter to identify nine-thousand posts related to US energy issues that originated from Russian accounts. The report cited the shutdown of the Line 5 pipeline as one of the issues Russians accounts tried to influence. Brandon VerVelde is the press secretary for the House...

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A sheriff's office in southwestern Michigan plans to dedicate available patrol time in and around county schools to help relieve concerns parents might have about school safety.

The Allegan County sheriff's office says Thursday that some schools have offered space to allow deputies to work on police reports and other administrative paperwork during daytime hours.

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West Michigan’s 2018 economy got off to a strong start in January and February was even better.

Traditionally, West Michigan’s economy experiences the winter blues in February. It either flattens out or slides just a bit, but not this year. Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business. He explains with the recent passage of the tax law the local economy accelerated backed by firms specializing in capital equipment or export.

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Lawmakers at the state Capitol want to strengthen crime victims’ rights. Legislation that passed the State House today.

Last December, Jeffrey Willis’ blew a kiss to the courtroom as he exited. He left because he refused to listen to the statements of the family members of the woman he had murdered.

   Now lawmakers want to make it a requirement that defendants hear victim impact statements.

Jessica Josephson is the sister of Willis’ victim.

“Nobody should have to go through and if we can prevent that, so be it.”

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Michigan legislators are moving to bar juvenile sexual offenders from attending the same school district as their victims.

The state House voted 106-1 Thursday to require schools to remove students who commit criminal sexual conduct against another pupil in the same school district.

The bipartisan bill is being touted as a victory for safeguarding the protection and healing of school-aged victims of sexual assault. Current law only addresses expulsions for sexual assaults committed on school grounds.

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The Legislature has sent a bill to Governor Rick Snyder that forbids local governments from adopting ordinances dealing with questions employers may ask in job interviews.

   It’s an effort to preempt local rules that bar asking about salary histories and criminal backgrounds.

There are no such local regulations in Michigan, but they have been adopted in other states.

   Democratic state Representative Jeremy Moss was a “no” vote. He says these decisions belong with local elected officials.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday that he's seeking the Republican presidential nomination, joining an already-crowded GOP field.

"My approach is different from most of the other people running for president," Jindal said in New Orleans hours after announcing his run on Twitter. "The United States of America was made great by people who get things done. Not lots of talk or entertaining speeches.

As a region, the Americas fare quite well in Gallup's new global index of personal well-being, but the U.S. fell from No. 12 to No. 23 worldwide. The top 10 includes Costa Rica, Belize, and Mexico.

Panama took the top spot for the second straight year in the Gallup-Healthways Country Well-Being report, with Costa Rica second. Switzerland was the top European country, in fourth. At No. 23, the U.S. is one spot behind Israel and one ahead of Canada.

Talk highlights community role in tackling inequality

Jun 24, 2015
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“Particularly in the field of education, they talk about achievement gaps. What we really should be talking about are opportunity gaps.” 

 Dr. Timothy Ready is the director of the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at Western Michigan University.  “It shows up in education outcomes, it shows up in economic outcomes, it shows up in all kinds of fields.”   Ready's discussion looked at local data for Kalamazoo and Kent Counties; both of which experience greater inequalities across racial and economic lines – both also heavier in their respective city cores. 

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Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke his silence Wednesday and apologized to the victims and the survivors of the deadly 2013 attack.

"I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, and the damage that I've done," he said Wednesday during his sentencing hearing.

It was Miguel de Cervantes' dying wish to be buried inside the walls of Madrid's Convento de las Trinitarias Descalzasthe Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians — where a dozen cloistered nuns still live today, nearly 400 years later.

The fossilized remains of a bizarre-looking reptile are giving scientists new insights into how turtles got their distinctive shells.

Some 240 million years ago, this early turtle-like creature lived in a large lake, in a fairly warm, subtropical climate. But it didn't have the kind of shell modern turtles have, says Hans-Dieter Sues, a curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Vietnam is having condom problems.

Hundreds of thousands of condoms sold there are substandard. They tear easily and don't offer reliable protection. While this might seem like a red flag, it's actually a sign of progress.

At The New Republic, Chloe Angyal pens a piece on the role of white womanhood in America's racial dynamics, and why she will "no longer be an excuse for violence."

The Confederate battle flag and three other symbols of the Confederacy were taken down Wednesday from the Capitol grounds in Montgomery, Ala., after their removal was ordered by Gov. Robert Bentley amid a growing backlash against the symbols following last week's racially motivated mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina.

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Hillary Clinton's speech Tuesday at a historic black church in Missouri was mostly well-received by the audience, but three words angered some of the activists she was hoping to appeal to.

Clinton spoke to frequent applause about religion, racism, access to education, repairing communities and the shooting last week in Charleston, S.C.

The church where Clinton spoke, Christ the King United Church of Christ, is in Florissant, Mo., fewer than 5 miles from where the rioting and protesting happened in Ferguson.

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