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Michigan judge throws out marijuana butter case

A Michigan judge has thrown out a case against two former corrections officers who were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana-infused butter. Michael Frederick and Todd VanDoorne lost their jobs in Kent County after being charged in 2014 following a search of their homes. Both were registered under the state's medical marijuana law to use the butter to control pain. Police allege they didn't comply with the law. Kent County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Leiber ruled on Tuesday that...

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Coco brings the Land Of The Dead to life

Nov 22, 2017

Disney/PIXAR's Coco opens, celebrating Mexican mythology and music in a critically acclaimed family picture.  Denzel Washington returns as Roman J. Israel, ESQ.  And Lady Bird opens in western Michigan, one of the most anticipated directorial debuts in cinema by Greta Gerwig.  Plus, Dickens Christmas Carol is celebrated in The Man Who Invented Christmas.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema.

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A former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor accused of molesting seven girls has pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct and faces at least 25 years in prison.

Dr. Larry Nassar entered the plea Wednesday in a Michigan courtroom. Some of his accusers attended the packed hearing.

Nassar was charged with molesting the girls under the guise of treatment at his home and a campus clinic. All but one was a gymnast.

A plea deal calls for a minimum prison sentence of 25 years. But the judge could go higher and set the minimum at 40 years.

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A Michigan judge has thrown out a case against two former corrections officers who were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana-infused butter.

Michael Frederick and Todd VanDoorne lost their jobs in Kent County after being charged in 2014 following a search of their homes. Both were registered under the state's medical marijuana law to use the butter to control pain.

Police allege they didn't comply with the law.

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Wednesday, November 22nd at 10 PM on WGVU Public Television, FRONTLINE presents Poor Kids. This is the 2018 update on the three families living in poverty as told through the eyes of their children. WGVU spoke with the producer of Poor Kids.

In 2012 Frontline introduced audiences to three kids living in poverty. Have conditions changed five years later?

“Through this film you get to learn what their fears are what they worry about and that’s what I think is quite crushing is that you realize how much anxiety there is even in a nine year olds life.”

Michigan’s special education students need more resources. That’s according to a new report released today.

In a nutshell, the report says that students who need more resources should get more resources. To the tune of about 700 million dollars.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley asked an education committee to do the report.

Calley says he wants the state to completely change the way it funds special education.

“There’s no way it would happen overnight. But it’s something that the sooner that we start, the sooner we’re going to get there.”

 

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I have covered many wars during my years at NPR, but never did I encounter such a monstrous man as Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb army commander likely to spend the rest of his life in prison.

I first heard his name when I was staying in Sarajevo in June 1992. It was a time of constant and brutal shelling carried out on the explicit orders of Mladic, who was intent on terrorizing and dividing the city and killing or expelling all non-Serbs.

On Saturday, a limousine driver plans to launch himself on a mile-long flight over the Mojave Desert in a rocket of his own making.

His name is "Mad" Mike Hughes, his steam-powered rocket is built of salvaged metals, his launch pad is repurposed from a used mobile home — and he is confident this will mark the first step toward proving the Earth is flat, after all.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president of Zimbabwe who is poised to take the helm of the country, was met with cheers in the capital city Harare when he returned to the country on Wednesday.

Mnangagwa fled the country earlier this month, citing fears for his life after Zimbabwe's authoritarian president Robert Mugabe fired him. That firing helped trigger a massive political upheaval.

Now Mugabe — the only leader Zimbabwe has ever known — has resigned under immense pressure, and Mnangagwa is set to be sworn in as president on Friday.

The ever-widening use of artificial lights is making the nighttime Earth glow increasingly brighter, with the amount of global light growing about 2 percent each year.

That worries advocates for the protection of dark skies, who say that artificial night glow can affect wildlife like migrating birds and keeps people from connecting to the stars. What's more, they say, all that wasted light sent out into space is effectively wasted money.

Puerto Rico is in the midst of the worst electricity outage in U.S. history. Most of the island remains without power more than two months after Hurricane Maria hit the island.

Some Puerto Ricans are saying that the current crisis should be a wake-up call that the island needs to move to a less centralized power system — and that solar power might be part of the solution. In other words, they believe Puerto Rico should follow the lead of many developing nations where solar power production is expanding rapidly.

Dr. Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University sports doctor and USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of molesting or assaulting more than 100 girls and women, has pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and faces decades in prison.

This state criminal case involved seven of his accusers. There are other criminal charges pending, and many more girls and women have sued Nassar in civil cases.

The Federal Communications Commission chairman announced plans Tuesday to repeal Obama-era regulations on Internet service providers. The 2015 rules enforce what's called net neutrality, meaning that the companies that connect you to the Internet don't get to decide which websites load faster or slower, or charge websites or apps to load faster.

The Mystery And The Magic Of Giving Thanks

Nov 22, 2017

This Thanksgiving I will be thinking about turkey, of course.

But also about chickens and roosters.

I now live in the United States, but I grew up in Ghana, where there is no national holiday of Thanksgiving. But giving thanks is a very important part of my culture.

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The Flint City Council has narrowly approved a 30-year agreement to get drinking water from a regional agency after court-ordered negotiations. The deal was approved Tuesday by a 5-4 vote after hours of debate and comments from dozens of residents. The pact means the Great Lakes Water Authority will continue to serve Flint. 

I recently hobbled to the drugstore to pick up painkillers after minor outpatient knee surgery, only to discover that the pharmacist hadn't yet filled the prescription. My doctor's order of 90 generic Percocet exceeded the number my insurer would approve, he said. I left a short time later with a bottle containing a smaller number.

When I got home and opened the package to take a pill, I discovered that there were 42 inside.

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