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MSU will pay Nassar victims over $500 million in settlement

Michigan State University confirms it is settling hundreds of lawsuits filed by survivors of Larry Nasser’s sexual abuse for a half-billion dollars. According to a press release from MSU , $425-million would be paid to current claimants. Those are the 332 sexual abuse survivors of Nassar. Another $75-million will be held in reserve for "future claimants alleging sexual abuse" by Nassar. It will not include confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure agreements. The release reported that MSU...

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The Muskegon County jury deliberated about 1 1/2 hours Wednesday before finding Jeffrey Willis guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa, who disappeared in 2013 while working late at a gas station in Norton Shores. Her body has never been found. 

A man who authorities say posed as an ambulance medic for an evening in Grand Rapids and helped with patients has been sentenced to nine months in jail. 42-year-old Anthony Mario Fortuna learned his punishment Tuesday in Grand Rapids for impersonating a medical services employee. Fortuna apologized, saying he was "totally out of line."


Michigan State University confirms it is settling hundreds of lawsuits filed by survivors of Larry Nasser’s sexual abuse for a half-billion dollars.

According to a press release from MSU, $425-million would be paid to current claimants. Those are the 332 sexual abuse survivors of Nassar.

Grand Valley State University

A group of engineering students at Grand Valley State University partnered with Beaumont Hospital on the east side of the state.  They created a medical device that has the potential to improve the quality of life for people with neuromuscular diseases.

“Really empowering opportunity.  You think in school you’re going to be working on just a project that’s small, and to give you the skills, but this was a project working with a hospital and can be used to help people.”

In a unanimous vote Tuesday evening, The Muskegon Board of Education approved over 1.6 million in total budget cuts for the next school year in order to balance its budget. Among the budget cuts is the elimination of a handful of school staff, including four high school teachers and two middle school teachers.

Cindy Larson is the president of the Muskegon Board of Education. She says the cuts will ultimately be a benefit to the students.

“We’re going to (cut staff) in order to provide programs," Larson said. "But nothing will be taken away from your kids.”

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The tragic events in Charleston this month have released years of racial and political tension in the South, and the pressure is being felt by Republican officeholders across the region.

Why the Republicans? Because it is increasingly difficult to find officeholders in the region who are not Republicans.

Taxi drivers in France formed virtual blockades around airports and key train stations Thursday, causing chaos in Paris and other French cities as part of a wide protest against the Uber ride-booking service, known in France as UberPOP.

Government and transportation officials urged travelers to take trains to many airports, as the roads around them were completely blocked.

When it comes to online video, the world is glued to YouTube. People watch billions of videos on it every day. And that huge share of online eyeballs is why other companies are trying to chip away at its dominance and lure some of its biggest stars away from the service.

Two minutes into Present Tense, a short film made by three high school students in a fishing village in the East African island of Zanzibar, a set of subtitles lay out their mission:

The Charleston, S.C., shootings have sparked lots of discussion about the Confederate battle flag, but it's not the only symbol of the Confederacy.

The Department of Homeland Security says it is changing its family detention policies, but critics say the steps don't go far enough.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin releasing families now being held at ICE facilities who are "successful in stating a case of credible or reasonable fear of persecution in their home countries."

The families will have to post a monetary bond or other condition of release.

In the wake of last week's Charleston, S.C., church shootings, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders explained his competing concerns between gun rights and gun safety.

"I think guns and gun control is an issue that needs to be discussed," Sanders told NPR's David Greene in an interview airing on Thursday's Morning Edition. "Let me add to that, I think that urban America has got to respect what rural America is about, where 99 percent of the people in my state who hunt are law abiding people."

At the hands of the Texas Legislature, the last four years have been long for supporters of abortion rights.

The next blow lands on July 1, when a new law will go into effect in Texas and drastically reduce access to abortion services — likely leaving just nine clinics that perform abortions open in the entire state.

The controversial law, passed in 2013, requires clinics to meet tougher building standards and doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

What are the makings of a great salad? You need fresh greens, of course, and then a layer of colorful vegetables like tomatoes and carrots.

That's a good start. But to help the body absorb more of the nutrients packed into this medley, you may want to add something else: a cooked egg.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will announce Thursday that it's going to crack down on hospitals, for the first time ever, to prevent an epidemic of back and arm injuries among nursing employees.

Nurses and nursing assistants suffer more of those debilitating injuries than any other occupation, and those injuries are caused mainly by moving and lifting patients.