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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.

marijuana leaf
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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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No one has to dine alone on Thanksgiving, nor do they have worry about being able to afford all the trimmings.  Mel Trotter Ministries is hosting its annual community meal.

“All are welcome. It’s open to anyone who might want to attend. We want everyone to feel that they are loved and have a place to go this Thanksgiving.”

That’s Abbey Sladick, Vice President of Communications at Mel Trotter Ministries.

She says all are welcome at their 21st annual Thanksgiving Community Meal.

$300M for Great Lakes cleanup moves forward in Congress

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A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The measure cleared the committee this week and now goes to the full Senate. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative focuses on the region's most longstanding environmental problems, such as toxic pollution, farm and urban runoff, invasive species and declining wildlife habitat. 

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Paul Malley, president of Aging with Dignity, the agency behind Five Wishes, a popular living will template, says requests for the documents that guide decisions surrounding serious illness and death typically surge starting now.

A few days after Donald Trump was elected President, more than a hundred people packed into a church sanctuary in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to hear a presentation about refugee resettlement in their town.

It didn't go well.

To the many mysteries swirling around the investigation of Russian election interference and the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, add this one: Why is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein continuing to supervise the investigation?

Rosenstein is the Justice Department official who pulled the trigger and named special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the probe in May, only days after President Trump fired Comey under questionable circumstances.

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