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A western Michigan woman faces prison time after pleading guilty to perjury related to the investigation into the beating death of her 4-year-old son and child abuse.

Sonja Hernandez entered the pleas this week in Kent County Circuit Court in Grand Rapids just before her trial was supposed to start. Sentencing is scheduled for July 19 and an agreement calls for prosecutors to recommend 29 and 57 months behind bars.

The Michigan elections board is set to certify a redistricting initiative for the statewide ballot in November.

The proposed constitutional amendment is backed by opponents of political gerrymandering. It would task an independent commission with drawing congressional and legislative districts once a decade instead of allowing the partisan Legislature to do it.

The Board of State Canvassers is expected to act Wednesday under an order from the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Scientists are studying water bodies in the area of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula to determine what kind of fish live there.

Fisheries biologist Cory Kovacs of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the sampling began in 2017, when staffers sampled Chapel Creek, Hurricane River, Miner's River, Rhody Creek, Towes Creek and Mosquito River.

This year, they'll head to Grand Sable Lake, Chapel Lake, Beaver Lake, Sevenmile Creek and Lowney Creek.

A man convicted of sawing and removing metal fence posts at a Detroit baseball field has lost his appeal, even though police lost track of the evidence before trial.

Marvin Armstead was accused of sawing 10 posts at Jayne Field so he could use them for his own fencing business. Armstead insisted that he had purchased posts that were similar to ones that were stolen.

About two dozen demonstrators were arrested for blocking a light rail line in downtown Detroit to protest the treatment of poor people including water service shutoffs.

Monday's protests by the Michigan chapter of the "Poor People's Campaign" temporarily halted light rail service and blocked the entrance to an office building. The Michigan chapter has been holding rallies weekly leading up to a national demonstration in Washington, D.C., this week.

The Rev. Ed Rowe, pastor emeritus of Central United Methodist in Detroit, said: "We're seeing a crucifixion of the poor."

The City of Grand Rapids is set to begin accepting applications for City Commissioner David Allen’s replacement.

Allen, who announced his resignation in April, said he stepped down in order to focus all of his attention on running the Kent County Land Bank Authority where he serves as Executive Director.

His departure from the City Commission leaves a vacant Third Ward seat. For those who may consider applying to fill it, Allen warns them: it’s not a job for the faint of heart.

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Survivors of sexual assault want Michigan State University interim president John Engler gone. More than 100 survivors of disgraced M-S-U sports doctor Larry Nassar called for Engler’s termination today.

This stems from emails between Engler and an aide published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In the emails, Engler said survivors are being manipulated by attorneys. Hundreds of survivors are suing the school for failing to prevent Larry Nassar from abusing patients while he was on the faculty there.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley, State of Michigan
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Two victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar are praising Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in a TV ad launched by his gubernatorial campaign. Calley last week signed legislation inspired by the Nassar scandal.

He also has joined calls for John Engler to no longer serve as interim president of Michigan State University due to emails Engler sent criticizing victims' lawyers and saying the first woman to go public with her accusations against Nassar - Rachael Denhollander - probably received a "kickback" from her attorney.

Attorney's General Bill Schuette, State of Michigan
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A new TV ad from Bill Schuette's gubernatorial campaign criticizes rival Republican Brian Calley for attending Harvard University while serving as lieutenant governor - missing days he could have been presiding over the Michigan Senate.

The 30-second ad launched Tuesday will air on broadcast stations for nine days in Grand Rapids, Flint and Traverse City.

An Ohio man who was captured by police while aboard a bus in Indiana has been convicted of murder in the July 2017 stabbing death of a woman at a Michigan motel. The Lansing State Journal reports 26-year-old Curtis Jamaar Echols of Paulding is scheduled to be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison without parole on July 25.

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