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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.

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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 Senate handed President Obama a huge victory Wednesday afternoon, giving him final approval of legislation that enhances his power to negotiate trade deals.

The bill needed just 51 votes, but passed 60-38, making it look almost easy.

But earlier this month, the legislation granting Trade Promotion Authority seemed likely to die because of fierce opposition from many Democrats and some Republicans. Various legislative maneuvers were employed to set back the measure.

The director of the Office of Personnel Management underwent another grilling Wednesday, this time from members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Katherine Archuleta sat for more than three hours as lawmakers questioned her competence and her estimates of how many government workers may have had their data breached in the hacking of OPM's computers discovered this spring.

If you're searching for a place that has a big backyard for the kids, look no further.

The largest cattle ranch in the world, Anna Creek, is on the market in Australia. For context, the ranch is about the size of New Hampshire, according to Time magazine.

There's nothing like jamming a waxed piece of string between your tightest molars and sliding it back and forth. And who doesn't do that once a day, just as the dentist prescribes?

Email regrets? We've had a few. Google now has a solution for the dreaded "reply all" misfire and other e-disasters. With a few adjustments to Gmail settings, users have the option to withdraw a message sent in haste, in anger or from a bar.

From the Gmail help page:

To enable Undo Send:

  1. Click the gear in the top right.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Scroll down to "Undo Send" and click Enable.

Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET

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
Western Michigan University

“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. 

Updated at 2:28 p.m. ET

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.

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