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Prevailing wage ban stalls on path to the Legislature

The Michigan Supreme Court has called a halt to a petition campaign to repeal wage protections for workers on government-funded construction projects. The court order came less than an hour before a state board was supposed to send the question to the Legislature. The stay allows time for a legal drama to play out at the state Supreme Court. Construction worker unions say petition circulators broke the rules, and that should disqualify the initiative. Steve Claywell is with the Michigan...

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Michigan will continue paying a company for prison food and to use its software while transitioning back to having state workers run prison kitchens.
 
     A state subcommittee on Tuesday approved a new $35 million one-year contract for Trinity Services Group. The full State Administrative Board is expected to vote next week.
 

The Michigan Supreme Court has called a halt to a petition campaign to repeal wage protections for workers on government-funded construction projects. 

The court order came less than an hour before a state board was supposed to send the question to the Legislature. The stay allows time for a legal drama to play out at the state Supreme Court. Construction worker unions say petition circulators broke the rules, and that should disqualify the initiative.

   Steve Claywell is with the Michigan Construction and Building Trades Council.

Victims of certain crimes in Michigan could become harder to track down – and advocates say that’s for their own safety.

   Legislation that passed the state Senate would let victims keep their addresses confidential.
 

   Victims of certain crimes – like sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence – should be able to keep their addresses secret in order to stay safe. That’s the idea behind a package of bills.

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Memorial Day is less than two weeks away.  It of course kicks off the start of summer.  After enduring a wicked winter, Michiganders will start the season by traveling in record numbers.  That from AAA Michigan officials

“I think people have had it with rain, sleet and snow and they are ready for sunshine and the beaches in Michigan and they are ready for sunshine and the beaches and a good time in Michigan and kicking off Memorial Day in a safe and happy way.”

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The Supreme Court has struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. How could the ruling impact the future Michigan sports betting?

WGVU spoke with Michael Huff an attorney with Grand Rapids-based law firm Mika Meyers where he specializes in corporate and real estate with an interest in sports law. Huff is currently a member of the Sports Law Association which he tells us is a national organization for lawyers who practice in the area of sports law. We begin our conversation with Huff’s intrigue with professional sports, sports wagering and the law.

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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.

Better communication with the families of kidnapped Americans — and a pledge that those relatives won't face criminal charges if they pay ransoms — are at the heart of an update to the U.S. federal hostage policy, released Wednesday.

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